Meditation Classes

RiverSound Retreat, is located in the center of nature perfect for meditating.  Sunlight through the trees, the sound of the rippling river, and birdsong can help to ground and relax you through your mediation.

Breathe in the wisdom of nature that surrounds you as you meditate. You may share your view of the river with herons, osprey, bald eagles and deer.

This space is designed to awaken the awareness of your interconnection to the natural world.

Please refer to the calendar for dates and times

All in person classes are currently on pause as we navigate Covid19 home stays. I am available to book a private virtual meditation or yoga class.

I am currently offering ongoing YouTube live stream meditation teachings and practice every Wednesday evening 7:30 p.m. EST and Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. EST. I’d love it if you are able to tune in live sometime. There is an optional chat bar where you can ask questions or say hello.

You can also watch anytime after they are uploaded, on the True North Insight on YouTube:   True North Insight YouTube Channel<

Thank you for your support. Wishing you ease and wellness.

Meditation and Group Support for Caregivers

Are you a personal caregiver for an elderly, ill or disabled family member or friend? If so, you may wish to take a much-needed pause to meditate and share your fears, your joys, your challenges and your coping strategies. Beginning in September, and in association with True North Insight, Joan and Jill invite you to join them for online sessions of meditation and sharing with other caregivers, every Tuesday (alternating afternoons and evenings). These English-language sessions will be offered via Zoom so you can attend from the comfort of your home. French-language sessions will be offered by Pierre-Vincent, Benoit, Gilberte and Joan on Thursdays (also alternating afternoons and evenings).

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at We will be happy to get back to you with the exact schedule and details on how you can log into the sessions.

These meditations will be offered freely. Donations to the teachers will be welcome.

Vipassana Insight Meditation

This on-going drop in meditation group is open to all. No pre-registration required. If you are new to meditation I will offer some guidance during the sitting so you can learn how to practice. There will be a teaching either before or after the sit with time for sharing and questions.

We have chairs, meditation benches and cushions.

Occasionally I am away and the sangha (community) will be taking turns with time keeping and sharing a short reflection before opening to group check-in. Open to drop-ins.

Please arrive a few minutes before 10:00 to settle in.

Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 am, ongoing

Deepening Dharma

Vipassana Meditation class for students that have completed at least one Meditation for Beginners or Mindfulness in Daily Life series. Chairs are available for sitting. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Jill to see if this class is suitable for you to join at this time.

Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 am
Victoria Park Seniors Centre
12 weeks. Resumes January 8

Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Relief
Co-facilitated by Jill Davey and Blakie Sahay

Life is stressful. Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can assist develop greater capacity for managing stress in our lives. This 8 week group will focus on developing a different relationship to stress with a variety of mindfulness meditation practices as well as through discussion on stress and the impact it has on our lives. Learning how to rest in present moment awareness teaches us how to respond rather than react to this changing life. Mindfulness is a training that you can learn and practice. Some of the benefits of mindfulness meditation are improved sleep, lower blood pressure, fewer worries.
Please bring a journal or notebook to class.

This class will be held at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre (Fergus).  Pre-registration is required.

Mondays, 3:30-4:45
8 weeks. Begins Jan. 20 (no class Feb. 17)

Open Heart Mindfulness Community

This is a weekly sitting group in Toronto.
I will be guest teaching once a month on Wednesdays beginning again in January 2020, 7-9 PM
Drop in’s welcome. No experience necessary.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Sunnyside Wing Classroom 5
(just N of the Queensway on Sunnyside Ave)