Silent Winter Mindfulness Retreat with Kat Marr, Kimberly Sogge & Pure Kitchen Ottawa

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Silent Winter Mindfulness Retreat March 24 – 26, 2017
with Kat Marr & Kimberly Sogge
Meal offerings by Pure Kitchen Ottawa cooks Olivia Cruickshank and Tara Porter


You are invited to open to the heart of winter through yoga, mindful movement, mindful eating, and mindfulness meditation practices in the holding environment of the beautiful Domaine St Bernard, with the profound embrace of silence.


Kat Marr MA, CCC, RP, E-RYT 200 is a certified clinical counsellor, registered psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist specializing in mind-body therapy.

Kimberly Sogge PhD, CPsych, RYT-200 is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation and yoga, Spirit Rock trained meditation teacher (MYMT), student of Mark Coleman (Awake in the Wild; Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California) and a registered clinical health psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR, MBCT, MSC and MiCBT.

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”

– Albert Camus


Take refuge in silent mindfulness practice in the beautiful, natural setting of the Domaine St-Bernard in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

From Friday evening to Sunday morning (3 days) participants will cultivate mindfulness through skillful means of hatha yoga, yoga nidra (yoga of rest), breath practice (pranayama), mindfulness meditation, mindful eating, guided and solo mindful nature practice, and dharma teaching offerings by experienced practitioners of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

All group practices will be offered with gentle guidance from lead teachers. Space and time will also be offered for participants to
explore independent nature practice in Domaine St-Bernard on their own in silence.

Guiding teachers: Katherine Marr, M.A. RYT, Yoga Therapist & Kimberly Sogge Ph.D., C.Psych. Psychologist and Spirit Rock trained meditation teacher (MYMT)


Check out Domaine St-Bernard in Mont Tremblant.


Google maps – get directions to Domaine St-Bernard


Private room: $440 + HST (before January 8th, 2016)

$550 + HST (after January 8th, 2016)

Shared room: $330 + HST (before January 8th, 2016)

$440 + HST (after January 8th, 2016)

Space is limited. Early bird registration until January 8, 2017.  Use code WILD for 10% discount.

Participants must bring their own pillows, bedding linens and towels. Sleeping bags work well.


The practice of mindfulness extends to connection with our world through the pleasure of food.

In keeping with the Five Precepts taken by retreat participants, all meals at the retreat will be vegetarian. Three meals per day will be offered starting with dinner on Friday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday. Meals

All meals at this retreat will be offered by the brilliant staff of vegan/vegetarian Ottawa phenomena Pure Kitchen – lead cooks Olivia Cruickshank and Tara Porter. Meals will be served buffet style.


Teachers may make adjustments to the schedule as an appropriate response to changed conditions. Generally, this is the schedule we intend to follow:

Day 1               (Friday, March 24th, 2017)

4:00 pm Arrival, room check-in,

4:30 pm          Yoga

5:30 pm          Dinner – First meal is NOT in silence! yay! Get to know your fellow practitioners, if you wish.

7:00 pm          Welcome and Orientation – Silence begins – Sitting Meditation

8:00 pm          Restorative Yoga & Guided Relaxation

9:00 pm          Optional – Evening meditation

Retire to your own room & lights out by 10pm

Days 2 (Saturday, March 25th, 2017)

6:00 am          Morning wake-up bell

6:15 am          Yoga

7:00 am           Sitting Meditation

8:30 am          Breakfast – Mindful eating

9:30 am          Sitting Meditation

10:15 am           Walking Meditation (along the trails of the Domaine)

11:00 am          Yoga

12:00 pm          Sitting Meditation

12:30 pm          Lunch – Mindful eating

1:30 pm          Walking Meditation (along the trails of the Domaine)

3:30 pm          Bathing Time  &  Snack Break

4:30 pm          Yoga

5:30 pm          Dinner

7:00 pm          Dharma Talk & Sitting Meditation

8:00 pm          Restorative Yoga & Guided Relaxation

9:00 pm          Retire to your own room & lights out by 10pm

Day 3               (Sunday, March 26th, 2017)

6:00 am          Morning wake-up bell

6:15 am          Sitting Meditation

7:00 am           Yoga

8:30 am          Breakfast

9:30 am          Walking meditation (outdoors on the property of the Domaine)

10:00 am          Bathing Time  &  Room Checkout

11:00 am          Sitting Meditation  &  Closing activity – Noble Silence concludes

12:30 pm          Lunch

1:30 pm          Journey home



I WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TEACHERS: Great! We like curious students. Here is some more information.

Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych. is a clinical health psychologist in private practice in Ottawa specializing in mindfulness and compassion based interventions and evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Dr. Sogge is also a trained yoga teacher (RYT200) and mindfulness meditation teacher (registered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, Mindful Self Compassion trained teacher with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion founded by Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer) trained in the secular buddhist tradition at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Program MYMT3) and with meditation teacher Mark Coleman (Spirit Rock founding teacher, founder of Awake in the Wild) a leader in nature-based insight meditation practice and the Thai Forest meditation tradition.

Kat Marr MA, CCC, E-RYT 200 holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver. She is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and is currently enrolled in an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program with Yoga Therapy Toronto. She has over twelve years experience in social services, youth and family intervention, counselling, group facilitation, program coordination, and teaching. Kat has always been deeply interested in understanding human behaviour, the human mind, and learning ways of reducing symptoms of suffering for healthier relationships with the self and others. She is trained/ certified in the Collaborative Problem Solving model (Tier 2), Restorative Circles, and Response Ability Pathways®through the Circle of Courage® philosophy of positive youth development.

WHAT IF A PROBLEM COMES UP DURING THE RETREAT? Got a practical problem?  We have a fixer. Retreat manager will be Peter Lloyd who will assist with any practical supports or comfort needs during the retreat. Peter will be a contact person for emergencies so you will not need to keep your cell phone with you.

DO I NEED TO BE A HARD-CORE YOGI?  No. Yoga practices will be led Kat Marr and will be an all-levels practice. Yoga will largely be gentle hatha yoga or yoga nidra in an average temperature room with modifications offered for differing levels of practice experience. Please bring your own yoga mat and meditation cushion for the retreat. If you wish, many find it helpful to bring a shawl or blanket for warmth during longer sitting practices. If you wish feel free to bring bolsters, blocks, straps or other supports for your practice. We recommend a water bottle, towel, and comfortable yoga or loose fitting clothes for maximum ease during the weekend.

DO I NEED TO HAVE MEDITATION EXPERIENCE? No.  This weekend is appropriate for beginner and advanced meditators alike.  There will be guidance from teachers during practices, and also space for deepening of mindfulness practice.  We will be using mindfulness practices from the insight tradition, so we invite experienced meditators from other traditions to participate with Beginner’s Mind with the temporary community or “sangha” of the Silent Winter Mindfulness Retreat.

TOTAL SILENCE? REALLY?  Yes, this retreat honours the deepening of mindfulness practice, the sacredness of the community and your inner world through an invitation to practice in complete silence both on and off the mat/meditation cushion. The exceptions are for guidance from teachers during meditation and yoga practice/dharma talks or when quietly bringing a concern to the retreat manager, Peter Lloyd. We are committed to providing everyone with a safe, and respectful retreat environment; noble silence will be honoured from the beginning of the first sitting practice at 7pm on Friday until the end of the last sitting practice at 12pm on Sunday.  Participants who not willing or able to honour noble silence commitments will be given up to three gentle reminders by retreat organizers or retreat manager, then will be asked to leave without refund.

DO I NEED TO BE BUDDHIST?  No.  This retreat is open to all.  Our teachers do draw from the Buddhist and Yoga traditions in which they were trained but teachings are offered freely to all with no expectation.

WHY IS DANA AN ADDITIONAL COST?  Registration costs are ONLY for the costs of food, administration, and housing for the retreat weekend.  One of the practices in our training as teachers is the practice of generosity. This means that teachers offer gifts of teaching freely, and DANA or financial offerings of gratitude by participants are offered to cooks and teachers at the end of the retreat. Dana for cooks or teachers may be offered electronically via the link below, at the time or registration online, or in person through the retreat manager at the retreat. Dana not specifically dedicated to a particular teacher or as for cooks will be shared equally. Donate at any time here.

CAN I COME WITH MY PARTNER? Couples are welcome but we recommend taking separate rooms as honouring noble silence and the Five Precepts during a mindfulness retreat can be difficult when with a partner.

WHAT ARE THE FIVE PRECEPTS?  We will invite all participants to set intentions to honour the five precepts for the duration of the retreat, as an experiment in sila and their effect on the body-mind.  For more information on the five precepts or sila (ethics) click here to see the code of ethics of your teachers.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL? No illegal drugs or alcohol are allowed at our host Domaine St-Bernard. Participants unable to honour this request by our hosts may be asked to leave without refund.

CAN I CHECK MY CELL PHONE DURING THE RETREAT? We ask that all participants offer up electronic devices in a temporary renunciation of electronica experiment for the weekend. You can either leave them at home, drop them with the retreat manager at registration, or in the renunciation ritual at our orientation session. Our retreat manager will guard their safety and they will be returned on the final day. What a relief to come home to our own bodies and minds for a few days!

SAFETY/HEALTH We commit to providing a safe, respectful environment for retreat participants as best we are able. We trust your judgment and your ability to care for your own safety and health so we will allow you to have the space to experience strong moments of emotion or sensation during yoga and meditation practices.  Any participants having safety or health concerns should speak with our retreat manager during the retreat.  If you have any specific safety or health needs we ask that you speak with teachers via email or telephone at 613-656-3331 at least 7 days before the retreat begins so that we can decide together that practice is non-harming for you.

WHY WAS MY REGISTRATION DECLINED?  Retreat organizers reserve the right to decline registration to participants who may be at risk through the practice of yoga or meditation in community in order to practice non-harming and generosity to all who wish to practice.  Retreat organizers and the Domaine St-Bernard reserve the right to ask any participant who is at imminent risk, or who puts other participants at imminent risk during the retreat, to leave Domaine St Bernard without refund.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. HOW DO I CONTACT ORGANIZERS?  Most registration and pre-retreat questions may be answered either online here at or if you have further questions call Sogge & Associates Practice in Psychology 613-656-3331 or contact us via email at

Check in here for registration links and more information. We look forward to some deep and wild yoga and meditation practices with you in the beautiful Domaine Saint Bernard at Mont Tremblant, the winter heart of the Canadian forest .

Be well. Be wild.

Kim and Kat


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