Reconnecting with Your Source: An Anxiety Easing Retreat

A major cause of anxiety is that we lose our connection with the ordinary goodness of life. We become speedy and stressed and we forget how to simply relax and enjoy. We also lose touch with our ability to actually get back in touch.

But we are not so far off as we might think. Through simple practices done in a caring community atmosphere, we could find ourself suddenly relaxing and feeling a deep sense of ease.

(Dates, locations and other details are at the very bottom of the page.)

Retreat Description

These retreats are an opportunity for you to slow down, tune in, and relax deeply.

Our natural basis as human beings is fundamentally open and good: we have an innate capacity for relaxing and appreciating our life. But unless we take the time to tune in, we forget how to, and we stay stuck in speed and disconnection. 

During the weekend we’ll spend some time going deeper with our own experience, and have opportunities to share with each other in a meaningful way. We’ll work with three simple practices: Mindfulness Meditation, Life Rebalancing, and Circles of Society. 

Sitting and Walking Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness practice helps us tune in to how things really are, just beneath the surface of our anxiety. Mindfulness doesn’t “create” a particular state of mind, rather it’s more of a “letting go” of clutter and speed so that the natural mind can shine through. The technique itself kind of short circuits our speedy-grasping mind. As a result, the positive qualities of the mind are able to be expressed naturally, without our needing to crank anything up.

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​Chances are you probably can, but you may have a mistaken idea of how meditation is supposed to work. Meditation is not in any way trying to empty your mind or stop your thoughts, which are impossible anyway.

When most people try mindfulness meditation they think, “I can’t meditate, my mind is too speedy!” Yet, according to the tradition, this experience of speedy mind is actually the beginning point of the journey of meditation. Seeing our mind, exactly as it is, is where we start. From there the path unfolds and we gradually learn to settle.

Mindfulness practice teaches us how to slow down and be more fully present, for ourselves, for other people, and for society. Our distracted and busy mind is not the basic thing, rather it’s a habit that has become engrained. Mindfulness practice helps us gradually let go of that habit.

​By gently and repeatedly coming back to the present moment, the habitual mind begins to relax and we tune into the natural openness of our experience. It’s not easy, because the momentum of our speed is intense. But if we stay with it something starts to shift, and we find ourselves suddenly here and now.

Life Rebalancing

This is a process to help you reflect on areas of your life that are out of balance, and how you can realistically move back towards more balance. The process involves time for reflection on some simple questions, exchanging with a partner in a safe “dyad” process, writing down what you’ve discovered, and some time to further share and reflect in the group.

Circle of Society

The Circle of Society is a talking circle format where people have the opportunity to speak their heart’s truth of the present moment. Talking circle is the oldest, simplest, and possibly the most powerful form of social gathering ever practiced by human beings. Talking circles are completely safe and kind, and everyone has the opportunity to share, or to pass if they don’t feel like sharing.

The retreat will also include several presentations by the facilitator Craig Mollins, time for discussion, as well as breaks for refreshments.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Details TBA.

Reconnecting with Your Source: A One Day Anxiety Easing Retreat

Location: Transense Healing Arts Centre. 344 Bloor St. West, Suite 610, just west of Spadina, on the north side of Bloor
Schedule: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Cost: $150.00 CAD
Parking: There is per-hour parking directly behind the building, which you access from Spadina Ave. just north of Bloor St.

-Covid 19 Guidelines of facemasks and 6 ft social distancing will be in place for the retreat.

What to Bring
-Facemask or covering
-A firm, non-fluffy blanket
-A meditation cushion. (If you don’t have a meditation cushion then bring a second blanket)
-Relaxed clothing
-Notepad and pen

Schedule
9:50 Arrival
10 am: Start time
1 pm: 60 minute lunch break
2 pm: Retreat Resumes
5:30 pm: Finish time

-Please arrive 10 minutes early at 9:50 to ensure everyone is present to begin the retreat at 10 am.
-Please plan to attend the entire retreat without missing time.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel on or before November 6 you will receive a refund of $125.00, which is the full fee minus a $25 processing fee. If you cancel after November 6 no refund will be issued. Exceptions are made for last minute medical emergencies.

Registration

To register and reserve your space in the retreat, fill in your first and last name, your email address, and click the Register Now button. When you click the button you’ll be redirected to a paypal payment page where you can pay with either credit card or paypal account.

First and Last Name:
Email Address:







Reconnecting with Your Source: A One Day Anxiety Easing Retreat

Location: Transense Healing Arts Centre. 344 Bloor St. West, Suite 610, just west of Spadina, on the north side of Bloor
Schedule: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Cost: $150.00 CAD
Parking: There is per-hour parking directly behind the building, which you access from Spadina Ave. just north of Bloor St.

What to Bring
-A firm, non-fluffy blanket
-A meditation cushion. (If you don’t have a meditation cushion then bring a second blanket)
-Relaxed clothing
-Notepad and pen

Schedule
9:50 Arrival
10 am: Start time
1 pm: 60 minute lunch break
2 pm: Retreat Resumes
5:30 pm: Finish time

-Please arrive 10 minutes early at 9:50 to ensure everyone is present to begin the retreat at 10 am.
-Please plan to attend the entire retreat without missing time.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel on or before January 21 you will receive a refund of $125.00, which is the full fee minus a $25 processing fee. If you cancel after January 21 no refund will be issued. Exceptions are made for last minute medical emergencies.

Registration

To register and reserve your space in the retreat, fill in your first and last name, your email address, and click the Register Now button. When you click the button you’ll be redirected to a paypal payment page where you can pay with either credit card or paypal account.

First and Last Name:
Email Address: