Silent Meditation Retreat
- Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre
- 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge, ON, L0K 2E0
- Apr 18 - 23, 2019 (6 days)
- Private Cabin - 5 Night Retreat - CAD $1,422.00 Shared Cabin - 3 Night Retreat - CAD $797.00 Shared Cabin - 5 Nights of Retreat - CAD $1,197.00
About This Event
Whether you are in need of some space to think and reflect or are looking to be nurtured in a spiritual and peaceful environment,
this silent retreat provides the setting to turn off the world and tune into yourself.
Take this opportunity to enter into the stillness of silence. It is a wonderful way to reconnect with your inner wisdom and sort out the mental chatter of daily life.
Celebrate the renewal of spring by absorbing the gentle sounds of nature that will surround you. Time in silence helps you to feel revitalized by taking a break from the stress of daily life.
You will have the opportunity to meet other retreat participants at the beginning of the retreat and we will go into the silence after dinner on the first day. Ways to communicate if necessary will be explained with the initial orientation session after arrival.
Have you always wanted to attend a silent retreat but wondered if it is difficult to be quiet? Well, it is and it isn’t.
With the silence comes clarity of thought, motivation and attention. Without distractions of communication, electronics and media you can focus on your own thoughts, become more self-aware and grow a little more.
We will spend time with the following activities:
Meditate – sitting, walking, eating & working are all forms of meditation
Personal practice of movement such as yoga which is done in silence and without instruction
Read spiritually uplifting books
Enjoy natural beauty – walk from the Centre through forest trails
Connect with others in a deeper way – through shared experience without talking about it
Be nurtured by friendly staff and supportive teacher
Rest, recuperate and have time for reflection & napping
Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian meals to nourish your body
What are the benefits of being in silence?
Revitalize with fresh energy and deeply rest
Connect more deeply with your spiritual self, deepen or start your own practice
Access your own inner voice – gain insights and more clarity on life’s decisions, situations;
Spend time in nature and reconnect to the natural world
Clear blocks and open yourself up to greater creativity and inspiration.
There is no religious focus on this retreat. People from all paths and all walks of life come on retreat and benefit from the shared practice. You could be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic or anything in between! In silence we can recognize our similarities as beings of love, desiring peace.
Private meetings are available with Liz during the retreat. You will have a sign up sheet available to book a time that suits you. The meetings generally last from 20 to 30 minutes, and there are no formalities. You may bring a question you would like to share, or you may come just to be together in silence and see what comes up.
No experience is necessary. The initial orientation session will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to explore various ways to sit comfortably using a chair, cushion etc.
Work meditation is a daily period of shared work to take care of the daily stuff of life: washing dishes, preparing food, sweeping the floor, cleaning the washrooms, weeding the gardens. As we take responsibility for a task, we have another opportunity to become more aware of our inner dialogue.
3- 5 pm
Arrive and settle in
7:00 – 9:00pm
Orientation, opening talk, & sitting
Tea & fruit
Breakfast, work meditation, and break
Sitting, walking and a talk by Liz
Lunch and break
Group inquiry followed by open exercise period
Dinner and break
Sitting and private meetings
Tea and fruit
Same schedule as above
Depart at your leisure.