This five-hour silent retreat, held seasonally, will give you the opportunity to experience mindfulness-in-nature practices that allow you to rest your mind, connect with yourself and your body, and deepen your relationship to nature.
The retreat will consist of guided meditation and nature connection practices, indoors and outdoors, with the majority of the day spent outdoors. Dressing in layers, appropriate to the weather, and wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement is important.
The day will begin with an arriving practice, sharing guidelines for the day, and then proceed through guided sitting and moving meditation practices, including a combination of the following: mindful yoga, sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, forest therapy, and practices to cultivate compassion, gratitude and joy.
The day will conclude with a circle sharing about our experience from the day.
Many people find a day of silent practice in nature to be a restorative and inspiring experience that leaves them feeling profoundly connected to themselves, to others and to nature.
WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR?
This retreat is suitable for anyone who would like to experience mindfulness practices or a silent retreat, and bring positive change and transformation into their lives. No prior knowledge or experience in mindfulness or meditation is required. The day will also help you deepen your practice if you have prior mindfulness experience.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- An open and curious mind
- Arrive by 9:45 to check in, use the washroom, and settle in
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers, appropriate to the weather
- A yoga mat and blanket if you have (we will have a few extras)
- Snowpants if you wish/have them
- Wear winter boots
- A lunch that does not require heating up
- A bottle of water
- Tea and some treats will be provided
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Ameeta Dudani, PhD, RYT is a mental health practitioner and mindfulness and yoga teacher (RYT-200), based in Markham.
Ameeta believes in the healing and therapeutic potential of mindfulness meditation, as she has experienced this personally and witnessed the growth and transformation of clients and participants in her groups. She provides mindfulness-based psychotherapy, trains educators and mental health professionals in mindfulness, and facilitates mindfulness-based therapeutic groups for children, teens and adults.
Ameeta has always had a love of nature –- some of her favourite memories are hikes and outings with the “nature studies club” that she helped to initiate in high school, which stimulated her love for the outdoors. A strong advocate of nature-based learning and ecotherapy, Ameeta incorporates practices in nature into her work whenever possible, as she believes that nature is truly the best teacher of mindfulness.
• Sundays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Dates: February 24 and May 5
• Price: $59 + HST per session