Equanimity with Mindfulness and Yoga

Event Highlights

  • The key points of this retreat are trainings in mindfulness and a therapeutic yoga element in combination with arts therapies. The intention of the mindfulness trainings and the retreat is the cultivation of resilience and concentration, as well as:
  • Shifting out unhelpful cognitive routines;
  • Being more responsive and less reactive;
  • Present moment awareness;
  • Kindness and compassion;
  • The ability to let go;
  • The increases grey matter and cortical thickness in the brain.


1. We first meet through email connection
2. 30 min free meeting through the phone and or skype this is our time to share more information and make the next connection
3. Schedule weekly meeting times 90 min each for 6 week
4. Begin course

About This Event

Yoga involves mindfulness in movement. That mindfulness depends on a holistic interaction with the body. This sense of mindfulness also depends on an approach of Maitri (meaning Loving Kindness). To experiencing mindful awareness and kindness towards one’s self  in any given moment as being full of limitless possibilities. 

In relation to trauma, Rhodes describes a similar phenomena, “yoga assists survivors in using the body and breath to become aware of felt experiences and take care of oneself in the present-moment, whatever arises.” (Rhodes, 2015). These words resemble Maitri in their shared aspect of living kindness towards oneself . 

I combine Trauma-Sensitive methods (Bessel A. van der Kolk) and mindfulness practices into my teachings for a non-hierarchical approach towards the mind, heart, body, and spirit. 

Mindfulness is a training. I offer a 6 week personal retreat course at the Maitri Studio or through live virtual meetings through Skype. The course offers:

1. Mindfulness theory and practice

2. Weekly 90 min meeting

3. Guided meditation instruction  

4. Personalized yoga and body movement practice based upon individual needs and intentions

5. Arts Therapies practices creative art prompts as home study. 

6. Trauma informed yoga and meditation support

Venue Highlights

In a private rural setting, near mountains, forests, rivers and streams. A large organic garden. Medicinal Herbs. Meditation cushions provided.


The retreat I offer make it possible to enter into a in house personal retreat practice. It is not always possible to travel for retreat. Often family and household duties can make it difficult to experience the wonderful benefits and healing retreat practice offers. This is an ongoing offering one can begin at anytime however the full course commitment is required as mindfulness is a training. Mindfulness requires practice as well, correct technique and view. I offer course through Skype globally, and at the Maitri Yoga Studio in Rural BC.


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

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  • Terry Fishman   April 10, 2019

      Wonderful Experience

    I have been fortunate to attend a retreat with Shauna as a facilitator. She guides the participants with skill, warmth and patience. Loved the silent meditations as well as walking meditations. Hope to be able one day to attend another retreat.

  • Anna   April 10, 2019

      Prenatal Yoga and beyond :)

    I found Shauna after researching private yoga instructors in Montreal, when I was pregnant with my son. I worked with her through my second and third trimester and I often look back to that time as the time during which I felt my absolute best. My labour and delivery went really smoothly and I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy, right on his due date. I am now expecting my second child and have been working with Shauna since my first trimester (although more intensely since the second trimester) via skype sessions - this pregnancy has been more difficult for me, physically and emotionally, but I know that the yoga I do with Shauna (and on a daily basis, based on the routine Shauna gives me every week) has supported me and made me feel strong - I am 8 months pregnant, working full time and finishing my Masters Thesis, and I am doing pretty great! Shauna's intuitive and individualized approach has really supported me through both pregnancies and beyond - I was able to reach out to Shauna with my issues (hormonal/post-partum) after my first child was born and I know that I will be doing the same after my second is born. Shauna is a true gem - I am lucky to have found her and I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a more individualized practice! Anna (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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