CEC Summer Retreat

Not a retreat. This is an ADVANCE

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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.


we wish to make a human party
we wish to make a human party

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.


Photos from Last Summer’s Retreat

Location & Dates

Retreat begins on the morning of Thursday, August 9th and wraps 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.


Founder, Chief Exploration Officer, Teacher

Jeff is a writer and a meditation instructor. His primary subject is the mind, whatever that is. He is the co-author, along with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler, of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, as well as the author of The Head Trip, a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking consciousness. He has won awards for … Continued


Co-Founder, Teacher

James is a meditator, emergency doctor, and author. He is an award-winning teacher at the University of Toronto, and works at an inner-city hospital – St. Michael’s – where he won its “social responsibility” award. He directs a program in Ethiopia training the country’s first emergency physicians, and is a founding editor of the open-access journal Open … Continued


Director of Programming, Teacher

Erin spends her days running a youth centre and various support programs for low-income children and youth in downtown Toronto. She also spent many years directing plays, teaching drama, and facilitating “Popular Theatre” projects. She lives in Kensington Market, travels as much as possible, and for some reason enjoys talking to people about their feelings. Erin started … Continued


Fees & Registration

Cost $650 shared accommodation (limited number of solo rooms available for $725 and camping spots for $525)
Payment by e-transfer or credit card via paypal (please add $20 to credit card payments to cover paypal fee)

Registration Form here