Mindfulness Meditation – A Path and Practice

By (Rev.) Andrew Blake When we develop a daily time and space for mindfulness practice, it’s an act of kindness.  It interrupts our usual busyness, where we don’t slow down very often. We are conditioned by a natural drive to accomplish things and achieve; practice may feel like we are doing nothing…what ‘good’ are we... Read more about Mindfulness Meditation – A Path and Practice

The Light of Awareness + Altruistic Action

  By Maxine Iharosy A sharp bolt of fearless reckoning, this is what I felt watching Greta Thunberg’s address at the UN Climate Change Conference. Greta embodied presence and compassionate action with her fierce gaze. Listen to the full speech here. This 15 year old spoke on behalf of us all, calling on world leaders to... Read more about The Light of Awareness + Altruistic Action

Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Equinox Retreat 

Explore your mindfulness practice, touch into the roots of compassion and, be refreshed by the fall colours of the natural world. September 20, 21, 22, 2019 Chatsworth, Ontario Cost: $250 includes all meals.  Thanks to a generous community donor for supporting our annual autumn retreat.  Tend to Mindfulness daily with both seated and trail walking practices Contemplate Compassion for self and others Practice Deep Listening with this partially silent retreat Explore and Encounter nature on its own terms Revitalize with locally catered, mostly organic meals Customize Your Stay with camping, retreat cabins or B&B options Leave Renewed and Refreshed Mindfulness + Compassion Skills with Nature build a foundation for loving kindness and a deepening... Read more about Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Equinox Retreat 

Mindfulness in Nature: 6 day intensive for 18 – 30 yrs

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS IN NATURE?  Mindfulness in Nature is an immersive program for ages 18 – 30 that connects you to yourself and your surroundings, by deepening your awareness of the impact your actions have on your life, your relationships, and the earth. Nature attunes us to another rhythm and way of being. It helps... Read more about Mindfulness in Nature: 6 day intensive for 18 – 30 yrs

Meditation Study Series: Embodied Awareness and the Four Noble Truths

Embodied Awareness and the Four Noble Truths: Where Practice Meets Buddhist Philosophy What did the Buddha do after he awakened under the Bodhi Tree? Images abound today of the Buddha sitting serenely and crossed legged. This image conjures this notion of peaceful serenity or nirvana. After his “enlightenment,” the Buddha gave his first teachings on... Read more about Meditation Study Series: Embodied Awareness and the Four Noble Truths

3 Questions to Ask at Any Age

By, Angie Di Iorio Blake and Maxine Iharosy 3 Questions for All Ages: Reflections from the Cushion Where do I come from? Where am I going? What is my source? These were the three questions Andrew guided us to contemplate during our first day long meditation retreat at Sarana Springs this past weekend. I  was... Read more about 3 Questions to Ask at Any Age

Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat

Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat Open to the sweetness of a present heart in this early summer retreat. With guided instruction, Buddhist teachings, periods of sitting and walking meditation and nature walking, as well as guided reflections/contemplation and group council, this day of practice gives us time and space to unplug. Saturday, June... Read more about Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat

Mindfulness + Compassion Autumn Retreat

Mindfulness & Compassion Autumn Retreat  Explore your mindfulness practice, touch into the roots of compassion and, be refreshed by the fall colours of the natural world. THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULL.  Please email maxine@saranainstitute.org for wait list inquiries.  October 12 – 14, 2018 Chatsworth, Ontario REDUCED $350 NOW $225.00! includes meals With gratitude, we are able offer this retreat at a reduced cost due to the generosity of one of our long-time community members. Thank you.... Read more about Mindfulness + Compassion Autumn Retreat

Want to grow your inner leader? Nature is your guide!

  “We need more focus on nature  and food awareness in the curriculum. What do you think about more focus on medicine from the land?” I was on the phone with Angie Di Iorio Blake, our Director for the Sarana Young Adult Program, and Andrew Blake, our main facilitator for Mindfulness and Compassion teachings in... Read more about Want to grow your inner leader? Nature is your guide!

Mindfulness & Compassion Training Program For Healthcare and End-of-Life Professionals

Mindfulness & Compassion Certificate Program
“I think that it is really sinking in that I really have to show compassion for myself; that I cannot be forgotten in the process of the work we do.” -Participant of the Mindfulness & Compassion Training Program  This 9 month, 5 module program for health and end-of-life care professionals develops the skills of mindfulness and compassion... Read more about Mindfulness & Compassion Training Program For Healthcare and End-of-Life Professionals
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