Meditation Study Series: Sitting with Compassionate Clarity

Sitting with Compassionate Clarity: Exploring the Five Buddha Families In this 9-week series, we will strengthen our contemplative skills and deepen the ground for our sitting practice, as we build an inner space for self-acceptance and compassionate actions. Through the exploring the Five Buddha Families, we will touch into the psychologically rich world of Vajrayana... Read more about Meditation Study Series: Sitting with Compassionate Clarity

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

Sarana Young Adult Program

 This 6-day intensive combines mindfulness, compassion, inner leadership, food and nature awareness skills in meeting the challenges of our world. Be seen and heard to bring out your unique strengths in an unplugged, off-grid learning environment. August 10 – 15th, 2018   |    Chatsworth, Ontario   |   18 – 30 years REDUCED $1440 NOW $795! THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS! *SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT US WITH YOUR FINANCIAL... Read more about Sarana Young Adult Program

Reflections from a YAP Participant

  I attended the Sarana Young Adult program in 2017. I wasn’t quite sure what I should expect, as I had never attended a program like this before. I was amazed at the end of the first day! Meditation practice was not something I had incorporated into my life, despite wanting to. I hadn’t been... Read more about Reflections from a YAP Participant

Cooking the Young Adult Program

Reflections on ‘Cooking’ the Sarana Young Adult Program by Angie + Andrew Blake As our world’s next leaders, I feel young adults really need our support in facing the complex challenges of our world today– stress, anxiety, violence, and environmental crisis. So much to cope with. In Roshi Bernie Glassman’s book, Instructions to the Cook, he explore... Read more about Cooking the Young Adult Program

The Miracle of Compassion

The Miracle of Compassion written by Renee Fedun   In mid-October, I participated in the Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat held at Sarana Springs in Chatsworth.  My intention was to coax my mind out of its endless muddlings and find some peace.  To my dismay, I came home after the weekend supremely agitated.   I gamely... Read more about The Miracle of Compassion
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