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Mindfulness + Compassion Retreat

Mindfulness + Compassion Retreat: Finding Your Own Refuge

Dates: OCTOBER 13 – 15th
Location: Sarana Springs, Chatsworth ON
2.5 hours north of Toronto located on 171 acres of forest, wetland and escarpment

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This weekend retreat explores three key elements that bind together to create a whole-being experience. Mindfulness, Compassion Skills and Nature Awareness.

Sarana Springs provides us with a wilderness environment for practice from daily sitting and cultivating loving kindness to silent walking practice. Situated on 171 acres of forest, meadow, and wetland, where fresh water springs carve creeks throughout the property and small lake, ponds and a river, our practice expands to include the nature beings, the sky and the “wild” things.

Program Location at Sarana Springs near Chatsworth, Ontario.

Sarana Springs is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto, north of Markdale and south of Owen Sound, located on 171 acres of sprawling wilderness, wetland, and meadow.
See Below for where to stay options.


With guided meditation instruction and practice in our temple barn, time for personal contemplation and insight, and a retreat structure that supports our wandering minds, we peer into the reflections that appear in our mind.
Mindfulness grounds our attention into the present moment and reminds us to come back when we drift away.  Practicing compassion is both a inner feeling response to suffering, ours or another, as well as  offering  kind actions that arising from our heart’s empathy.  During this weekend of group practice,  we will also reflect on our relationship outwardly to the world of all beings that support us, where we find our gratitude and the realization that we are interconnected in web of interdependence.

In this retreat you will:

  • explore your mindfulness practice in both sitting and nature walking sessions
  • unravel the threads of compassion and kindness as distinct skills in opening our hearts
  • enjoy local, mostly organic meals, and contemplative community living
  • swim, explore, and encounter nature on its own terms
  • choose your stay with either camping or B &B options


Where to stay:

Solstice B &B $85-$125 night.  Call 519-371-1440
Sunset Country B & B  (519) 371-4559
Comfort Inn  – 20 minutes away
Quality Inn – 20 minutes away
Owen Sound Inn – 20 minutes away
Travellers Inn
  – 20 minutes away

(Revs.) Andrew & Angie Blake
( CYT) Maxine Iharosy 

Arrive between 2-4:30pm Friday and departure 4:00pm Sunday.



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