We begin on the morning of Thursday, August 9th, and wrap up in the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th. The Ecology Retreat Centre is located in Hockley Valley, Mono, Ontario – a 60 minute drive from Toronto, Ontario and a 45 minute drive from Pearson Toronto Airport. There will be car pools for people coming from out of town.
Not a retreat. This is an ADVANCE
We sit in MEDITATION throughout the day, a mix of solo and guided excursions into feeling, sound, energy, openness, silence, rest, surrender, as well as more dynamic movement and nature and friendliness meditations. Each of these is an adventure into a different corner of human experience, a fresh inquiry into who and how we are, a unique exploration of consciousness.
In the late afternoons, we build on these insights by playing with them live, in relationship and in community. Standing, moving, sharing, creating, bumping, interacting. These are the energizing ACTIVATION pieces – how to find and hold our centre, how to work with challenge, how to identify where in our life and experience there is energy and direction, and finally how to trust the natural intelligence – though not, perhaps, coordination – on tap when we embrace our own ridiculousness.
Then, in the evenings, we party. Not a mindless beer-chugging hits-from-the-bong party, however important these may have been in our formative Canadian years. Rather, the CELEBRATION that emerges naturally when there is trust and relaxation and the right proportion of Trickster-irreverence. So: we DJ different tempos of music and eyes-closed movement, we recreate our most embarrassing moments with unusual theatre props, we explore the deranged richness of our imaginations in an evening drum-journey and art practice, and then we all hold hands and sing love songs around the campfire while select participants fire paintball pellets at us from a nearby wooded glade.
Basically, we have a good time. And why shouldn’t we? What else is meditation for if it can’t deliver on basic human happiness?
Meditate, Celebrate, Activate
Sit to find the freedom, move to warm it up ’til its so hot you got to let it out, spread it out, which takes you back to a Consciousness Explorers first principles: Meditate, Celebrate, Activate. Repeat.
For real keeners, you can read the retreat manual HERE.