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Present in Nature: Day Long Retreat

Present in Nature: Day Long Retreat

A nature retreat for cultivating awareness, curiosity and gratitude.

This retreat will be held among the deep forests and abundant wetlands of beautiful Grey County, near Chatsworth, Ontario. Experience a day of mindful practice to ground your connection and senses within the more-than-human world.

Sunday, June 24
9 – 4:30 pm

Please register and pay separately if attending both Present in the Heart and Present in Nature retreats.
Please contact us if you require financial assistance; all are welcome to attend.

Make it a Full Retreat Weekend:
This aligns well with our Present in the Heart: Day Long Retreat with (Rev.) Andrew Blake happening Saturday, June 23. 
For those travelling from out of town and who wish to arrive Friday night, we will be hosting an optional Friday night introduction to this retreat from 7:15 – 8:30 pm. To arrive relaxed on Saturday we do recommend coming a day earlier. See list below for local accommodations.

Present in Nature Program:

By choosing to slow down and engage mindfully with the natural world we deepen our appreciation for the greater web while discovering our own sense of place within it all. Participants will be given a tool set of mindfulness and awareness practices to observe subtleties in nature that are often overlooked, gaining a greater appreciation of natural systems.

Facilitators Maxine Iharosy and Jeff Kinchen, will be encouraging participants to experience independent observations through developing trust in personal intuitive insights.


  • Guided mindfulness  and sensory walks to expand outer awareness
  • Nature exploration both with self and others
  • Group discussion and educational talks
  • Time for peaceful self-reflection.

This retreat is open for any level of Mindfulness Practice. You will take away many experiences and tools to enrich your own nature-connection on returning back home.

Retreat 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.

Contact Maxine Iharosy at info@saranainstitute.org or 519.270.7450 with any questions.



As awareness grows, appreciation grows too. As appreciation grows, so does empathy. – Jon Young, What the Robin Knows

Faced with ecological crisis and growing repercussions from climate change it is easy to focus on what is wrong with our relationship to nature, or to avoid the dialogue altogether. This retreat is about taking the time not to focus on what is wrong, but to be present with nature in all her forms, appreciating the beauty and tapping into wonder.

Planning a Full Retreat Weekend – Where to Stay:

We encourage you to partake in both retreats for a full and nourishing weekend. Arrive Friday night and stay at local B & B or camp with us. You can make this a one-day dive or a weekend retreat, by combining this day long with the Present in the Heart Retreat happening Saturday, June 23. 

On site:
Payment made by cash or cheque the day of to Angie Blake

  • Tenting: $20 per night / $25 per night for 2 people in 1 tent
  • Off Grid Retreat Cabins: Please contact us to check availability. $50 per night. Bring your own bedding.

Off site:

Planning your trip:

  • Plan to arrive by 8:45 am latest. We will begin at 9 am sharp.
  • This retreat will take place in a mix of sun and shade. Come prepared for all weather conditions- we will be outside rain or shine!
  • Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Further Info:

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
– Gary Snyder


Meet the Guides:

Jeff Kinchen is a local naturalist and tracking guide specializing in nature awareness skills. He is a member and teacher with the Owen Sound Field Naturalists. Contact Jeff.

Maxine Iharosy is the founder of Inner Wilderness Yoga, teaching Yoga & Mindfulness based classes inspired by inner/outer nature in the Owen Sound area. Contact Maxine.

Both are on faculty for the upcoming Sarana Young Adult Program, with Nature Awareness skills a core part of program curriculum.


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