Resting in Presence: Mindfulness Retreat
Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2023 from 10am-4pm
Cost: $135 + HST
Venue: Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre in the Studio
Address: 2386 Thomas Dolan Pkwy, Carp K0A 1L0
Deep rest is a radical act that requires skill.
It’s not as simple as taking a break, listening to soothing music, going on vacation or observing your breath. It’s a conscious practice that supports your overall wellbeing: physical, emotional, mental and more. Deep rest is not a luxury, it’s an essential part of taking good care of yourself. It allows your system to heal and repair, it develops clarity so that actions are aligned and meaningful, and it allows you to show up more fully to the people you love and serve. Higher, long term productivity comes from deep rest, so you can set aside the need to grind hard or push through.
Even though deep rest has its many benefits, it’s difficult to slow down and relax. When you go to rest, you may find that the body is in a resting posture, yet the mind is still active: Thinking about the to-do lists. Thinking about what to have for dinner. Thinking about making plans, about an ongoing conflict, about all the things you could be doing right now instead of resting.
Does this resonate? If so, this is where the retreat comes in.
You’re invited to tap into the restful quality that mindfulness offers. When you rest in presence, you rest in the here and now, and you rest in who you truly are. This creates radical self-acceptance: knowing that you are enough exactly as you are IN this moment. Not some future moment, but this moment right here. This realization changes everything.
Our time together will be designed to support you in settling your inner system, tuning into your own inner stillness and embracing the wisdom that arises from retreat practice. We begin with instructions and teachings. Then, we explore calming practices such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and gentle reflection. Noble silence will be honored during our time together, which is an ancient form of practice that connects us to our deeper sense of purpose and belonging. It also cultivates transformative simplicity: seeing the truth directly and aligning ourselves accordingly. We will end our day with reflection, sharing and integration.
This is your invitation to take a day outside of the city, to enjoy the beautiful country drive and to drop into this meaningful, healing experience around a cozy wood stove fire 🔥. Invest in a practice that can fill you during the busy holiday season. Share this gift of transformation by sharing this event with a loved one or by purchasing a gift card!
Please register to secure your spot. All are welcome! Detailed information about the event will be emailed to registered participants via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com – please add us as a safe sender in your email platforms.
WHO THIS IS FOR:
This retreat is for you if:
✔️ You feel like you’re running on empty. Even though you’re going through the motions of your day, it feels like you’re treading through mud.
✔️ You hold stress and tension in the body. You catch yourself holding your breath, hiking up your shoulders and clenching your jaw. Over time, this stress accumulates and you may experience an aching back, sore muscles and even chronic pain.
✔️ You feel the change of seasons. Less sunlight and colder temperatures affects your state of mind, and you find yourself dreading winter every year.
✔️ You want to take good care of yourself. You recognize the importance of filling your own cup and notice the benefits of living from a place of wholeness, balance and flowing energy.
LEARN HOW TO:
Invite yourself to relax so that you feel resourced when accomplishing your goals.
Settle your nervous system so that you can release the patterns of tension and stress.
Embrace the changing of seasons and the constant changes of life. Knowing that whatever happens, you can meet it with grace, ease and equanimity using your mindfulness tool kit.
Include self-care into your daily routine so that you can experience life from a place of energy, balance and ease.
Register by clicking here. All are welcome! Energetic exchange: $135 + HST, bring your own lunch and props. Registration is required and spots are limited. Detailed information about the event will be emailed to registered participants via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com – please add us as a safe sender in your email platforms.
🧘♀️ Guided group meditation
🌿 Gentle and restorative yoga
🤝 In-person teaching and support
📞 Complimentary 30-min Integration Call to support you after retreat
🌟 Like-minded community and group energy to foster a deeper sense of belonging and connection
🌙 Personal time to rest, relax and be in silence
“I can sense the vastness of the peace, ease and joy that is available to me because it is already in me just waiting for me to become aware of it.”
- Kathy Bolton
Our day is well-structured and balanced so that we move from moment to moment with greater ease and grace.
1:1 Private Coaching Sessions with Ruth LiAs part of this program, you will receive 3 hours of 1:1 private coaching each month (two 1.5 hour sessions per month). This is an opportunity to receive custom support on your aligned path to building a mindfulness practice that brings your goals to life. In this container, you will tap into accountability, build a strong mindfulness practice, and integrate and deepen your practice over time. Flow with momentum towards your goals. Specialties: Purpose, embracing the unknown, effective and aligned decision-making, exploring the root of patterns and behaviors, leveraging challenges and fears, mindfulness techniques and maintaining a mindfulness practice.
In-Between Session SupportThis offers accountability (24 hours response during weekdays). As you journey towards your aligned goals, challenges and difficulties will naturally arise. This is a normal part of the human experience and none of us are free from pain, challenge or difficulties. This is a potent opportunity to deepen your practice and to skillfully awaken the hidden wisdom that can be discovered through every difficulty. I will be here to compassionately listen to whatever arises for you, the wins and the challenges alike, as well as to help you integrate and build your mindfulness practice. Text message, voice memo and email support are available to you. You will receive advance notice when I am offline and when I will be returning back online.
Root and Rise LibraryA resource of tools to tap into as needed. You will learn the foundation of mindfulness and self-inquiry, explore common roadblocks or challenges that tend to arise on this path and get support on building your practice in between sessions. Videos will be dripped out over time to meet you where you are.
Access to Weekly Meditation Class: Wake Up Mindfully!Every Wednesday: In this drop-in session, we discuss a meaningful topic, practice meditation and have space for sharing.