Retreats & Workshops

Creating a Shroud in Homage to Our Earthly Vessel

RiverSound Retreat, Fergus ON
Saturday June 17, 2017
1:00-5:00 pm
Caring for the body after death used to be a natural part of life, but over time we have become distanced from some of the personal involvement that was once routine. Many of us are wishing to recover some form of honouring death, that allows us to fully embrace the ritual and ceremony of the end of our earthly time.   In gathering together to set in motion the making of our shrouds, we will have an opportunity to consider and celebrate the vessel that contains the life lived stories embedded in its cells

Pre-registration required. $60, all art materials for embellishing and adornment will be provided.
Contact Jill for more information or to register.

Please bring a length of fabric that is “double sheet size” to use as a base. Tablecloths and sheets work well. Some participants may choose to use actual clothing. Anything that speaks to your intention of enfolding is fine .


Daily Life Meditation Retreat:
Non-Residential Insight Meditation Retreat

St. Brigid’s Villa, 5420 Hwy 6 N., Guelph – parking available, fully accessible building
June 25-30, 2017 – Guelph, ON

Deepen your capacity to bring awareness into everyday activities through mindfulness and inquiry, with an exploration of themes relevant to daily life. The retreat includes sitting, walking, and standing meditation, Buddhist teachings and discussions. This retreat is suitable for beginners that would like an introduction to meditation and for those who wish to deepen their current practice.

Sunday June 25, 10:00-5:00 pm
Monday June 26 through Friday June 30
        mornings 7:00 – 9:00 am
        evenings 5:30-8:30 pm
The retreat ends on Friday June 30 at 9:00 am

Shared vegetarian breakfasts and dinners provide opportunities for further discussion as well as community (sangha) building.

Pre-registration $75.00
In the tradition of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) participants give a donation (dana) to support the teacher and the continuation of the teachings.

For more information and to register contact Karry Sawatsky at 519-400-9359 or

Opening to How Things Are
Residential Meditation Retreat

Loyola House, Guelph ON
November 16 – 19, 2017

Taking refuge in silence on this weekend Insight Meditation retreat can deepen our practice by helping us open to knowing how things are through direct experience. The three characteristics of existence will be explored: the impermanence of all things, unsatisfactoriness, and the interdependence of all beings. Designed for returners and new practitioners who wish to engage in these core teachings that the Buddha taught as gateways to freedom.

This retreat includes meditation instructions and dharma talks as well as guided, sitting and walking meditations. There will be small group meetings, and the retreat will be supported with daily yoga sessions.

Information and Registration through True North Insight