Insight Vipassana Meditation Retreat

About us

Shifu  James uses active   self-inquiry meditations to help   retreatants tackle  particular   conflicts and specific Qigong   techniques to enhance  cleansing,   opening and grounding.. Qigong   regulates body, energy (Qi)  and mind.   It has been used in China in   Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM),   internal martial arts and spiritual   transformation.

Thank you for the most incredible weekend. Lovely people, incredible food, beautiful surroundings and an opportunity to learn something new, how could it not be wonderful. Elva, workshop participant and guest

Venue Highlights

Harmony Dawn provides tranquil, nurturing, harmonious accommodation and highly acclaimed cuisine to compatible guest groups of between 10 and 22.  We also conduct our own HD in-house workshops and retreats on meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and Yin-Yang cuisine through which we try to help guests establish or consolidate their own mind-body health practice.  We believe it is important to balance one’s internal and external environments since they are interconnected. We can provide specific instructional classes to guest groups or individuals if arranged in advance.


  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


The cuisine we serve at Harmony Dawn is a plant based vegetarian menu. We are well versed in International cooking- Macrobiotic, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese. The menu is always based on the group that is attending and the work that they are doing at the centre. Nicola James is the author of two cookbooks, The Dao of Harmony Dawn Cooking- Innovative and Acclaimed Spa Cuisine and Eco Harmony Dawn Cooking-Balancing your Internal and External Environments.


Off the grid and sustainable, our vision is one of community living. Rooms are shared for the most part as are bathroom facilities. Eco friendly toiletries are provided.


Harmony Dawn is approximately 1 1/2 hours north east of Toronto in good traffic. Participants can contact the centre or the group leader to ask for help in getting to us. Most guests are more than happy to car pool.

Tags: insight meditation internal arts qigong self healing silent retreat spirituality vipassana yoga

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature. Rubin

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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