Retreats & Workshops

The Art of Showing Up:
with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer & Jill Davey

a two day poetry & meditation workshop

Alton Mill Arts Centre (
Saturday July 28 + Sunday July 29, 2018
9:40am – 4pm each day


Sometimes, writing a poem is good medicine. The process can help us keep our heads and hearts where our bodies are, inviting us to return to the present moment again and again. No matter how busy we are—or not—this art of paying attention to the here and now has a wonderful way of inspiring us to live better, and to make our world better, while at the same time allowing us to see ourselves and the world as “good enough.”

To explore the art of showing up, we’ll practice meditation with Jill Davey. We’ll practice ekhprasis, the art of writing poems about works of art. And we’ll practice writing poems based on our observations of the natural world.

This is a workshop brought to you by curiosity and paradox. We’ll read, write and share poems, and find quiet and voice in ourselves. All levels of writing and meditation expertise welcome.  Bring a journal with you!

Join us for this two day poetry/meditation workshop at the Alton Mill Arts Centre (   9:40am – 4pm each day. Space is limited, so sign up soon to avoid disappointment. We are so excited to be hosting this event! Note: this is not an encaustic workshop.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has 11 collections of poetry, most recently Naked for Tea, a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award (Able Muse Press, 2018). She served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and is poetry editor for the gourmet magazine Edible Southwest. She teaches poetry for 12-step recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats and more. One-word mantra: Adjust. Watch her TEDx talk! The Art of Changing Metaphors: TEDX Rosemerry Trommer

Jill Davey is the founder of RiverSound Retreat and Insight Meditation Fergus. Since sitting her first retreat in 2008, Jill has devoted herself to the study and practice of Insight Meditation and sharing her understanding with others. She has been mentored by Molly Swan and Norman Feldman. She is skilled at connecting the relevance of these ancient teachings of awareness, wisdom and kindness to daily life experience.

Pre-Registration Required:
July 28 + 29
To Register:

3 Daylong Yoga & Meditation Retreats:
RiverSound Retreat, Fergus

Sunday August 12: Renew
Sunday August 19: 
Sunday August 26: 
Slow Down

Come to one, two or all three!
10 am ~ 4:30 pm, beginners welcome.

$75 +HST per day; includes meditation teachings, guidance, silence, mindful yoga, vegetarian lunch and snacks.
Space will be limited to 12 participants per day.

Pre-registration required. Tickets through Eventbrite








Remembering and Awakening:
Residential Meditation Retreat

Loyola House, Guelph ON
November 22-25, 2018

Mindfulness can be demystified, practised and realized. When we understand that mindfulness means “to remember,” returning our attention to the present moment, we see this is possible for us. It is a training.

This present moment awareness and cultivation is not just for the purpose of developing calmness and concentration. It’s for the purpose of awakening. When this kind attention and presence is cultivated, we gain access to liberating insights. Peace is possible for us.

This retreat will include optional yoga sessions twice a day.

Sliding Scale: $405 / $455 / $505
COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees.
Information and Registration through True North Insight