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By Kimberly Sogge on November 8, 2018.
On retreat on the great Ottawa River in an NCC protected forest of old growth white pines; connect with the profound peace that can arise with silent mindfulness practice in nature.
For thousands of years many cultures have known the value of retreat. Time in retreat affords us the opportunity to take a pause from the hurly burly of daily routines, and to connect more deeply to our body, heart and mind. Meditation retreats offer accessible, practical instructions in meditation, and group support for discovering psychological resources, qualities of heart, inner understanding and greater freedom.
Wild Blue Mindfulness intends to design mindfulness retreats, trainings and resources, which combine nourishing silence with generous time for meditation and connection with nature and the body, supported by systematic teachings drawn from psychological science, secular research on mindfulness and compassion, and contemporary Buddhist teachers. Careful guidance and training is offered in mindfulness and compassion meditation.
This is a Mindfulness in Nature Retreat with meditation practices led by an IMTA certified mindfulness teacher who is also a certified mindful self compassion teacher and registered doctoral level mental health professional. Some prior mindfulness meditation experience is suggested.*
This overnight retreat is an opportunity for deepening your mindfulness practice with the support of deep connection to nature. We will be practicing in a quiet, forested private retreat center on the Ottawa River, Ontario in shared accommodations with vegetarian meals by Galilee Retreat.
Participants will be expected to have the fitness to hike several km at a time with personal gear.
$200 is deposit only, and secures your spot at the retreat; deposits are fully refundable up to 3 months before the retreat.
Final payment for retreat room/board/retreat management costs is due 60 days prior to the retreat. No refunds will be available within 30 days of the retreat.
If you are engaged in volunteering or activism to protect our natural environment, or in social justice causes related to climate change, call us to discuss and see if there is a scholarship availaBle.
Sessions will be conducted both in and out of doors so please dress appropriately, with comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes or boots, clothing appropriate to the weather, hats etc. Please bring a water bottle to all sessions, and any meditation props that you find to be helpful (cushion, yoga mat, backjack or lightweight chair for sitting practice). Most sessions will include some gentle movement or walking practice so please offer care for yourself around mobility issues.
*If your application to retreat is not accepted your initial deposit of will be refunded in full. Participants with no prior meditation experience are encouraged to attend a mindfulness course or a weekly practice group in meditation prior to attending an overnight retreat.
Email notifications on any changes to the schedule or other details on the retreat will only be emailed to registered participants.
This retreat is sponsored by Wild Blue Mindfulness.
Mindfulness in Nature practices will be guided by Awake in the Wild facilitator and IMTA certified mindfulness teacher Kimberly Sogge, Ph.D. C.Psych.
Deposit (deducted from total fee): $200 CAD
Regular Registration (Full payment before June 30, 2019): $1250 CAD
Late Registration (Full Payment after June 30, 2019): $1500 CAD
Student Registration (evidence of current full time registration status required): $1000 CAD
This retreat is designed to meet retreat requirements for MSC, MBCT and MBSR teachers.