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 Certificate Training 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 unique program spans 5 weekends over 9 months. It is designed for health and end-of-life care... Read more about Mindfulness & Compassion Certificate Training For Healthcare and End-of-Life Professionals

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

Sacred Action through the Sarana Young Adult Program

written by Natalie Howard https://www.natyhoward.com/ Sacred Action through the Sarana Young Adult Program words from a mother, teacher, & advocate of authentic living. “Sacred Action borne out of Compassionate Spiritual  Wisdom, Unites”— Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. As a mother of 3 vibrant boys I do all that I do not only for my own well being... Read more about Sacred Action through the Sarana Young Adult Program

On Being Compassionate

WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE COMPASSIONATE? From within all faith traditions, compassionate living and actions are seen as gateways to our highest values and principles in being humans. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “My religion is kindness.” How does kindness form the basis for compassionate actions? While all of us may say,... Read more about On Being Compassionate

Mindfulness + Compassion Retreat

Mindfulness + Compassion Retreat: Opening Our Tender Heart to Compassion This Retreat is Now Full. Please Email Us If Wishing to be on the Wait List Dates: OCTOBER 13 – 15th Location: Sarana Springs, Chatsworth ON Fee: $195 includes meals With gratitude, we are able offer this retreat at a reduced cost due to the... Read more about Mindfulness + Compassion Retreat

Opening the gifts of love & death

  “Love and death are the great gifts given to us, mostly they are passed on unopened.”     Rainer Maria Rilke Last weekend, December 3-4, sixteen from our Mindfulness + Compassion program completed Module Two–a two-day silent retreat. In the retreat, we rested deeply into our bodies as we sustained our mindfulness practice, alternating... Read more about Opening the gifts of love & death
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