CEC Virtual New Year’s Retreat Weekend

What do you want to cultivate in the new year? Join the Consciousness Explorers Club teaching team as we spend the first weekend of 2021 answering that question and sharing the practices that inspire and nourish us! There will be meditation, mindful movement, music, creative exercises, community discussions and lots more!! Here’s a tentative schedule (times in EST) with our working themes:

Friday, Jan 1

7:30-8:15pm: Welcome and Intention Setting

8:30-10pm: Healing with Dr James Maskalyk

Sat Jan 2

9-10:30am Mystery with Jeff Warren

11- 12:30pm Resilience with Luke Anderson

lunch break

2-3:30pm Focus with Jude Star

4-5:30pm Creativity with Tasha Schumann (aka Tasha the Amazon)

dinner break

7:30-8:15pm Nature with Erin Oke

8:30-10pm Nature in Movement – Ecstatic Dance Journey with dj Mark Greenspan

Sun Jan 3

9-10:30am Simplicity with Oliver Rabba

11- 12:30pm Self-Love with Kevin Lacroix

lunch

2-3:30pm Self-Care with Stephanie DeBou

4-5:30pm Gratitude and Closing Circle

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Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, but we understand if time zone or life calls you away sometimes! Please design a retreat experience for yourself as best suits your life and practice.

This weekend retreat is being offered on a “pay what you’re able to” model, with a wide sliding scale to accomodate all income ranges. The funds will go toward supporting the CEC and helping to expand programming and extend the benefits of practice to more people.The CEC is a registered not-for-profit with the mission of making meditation and personal growth practices fun and accessible to all.

Zoom link for the workshop will be provided upon registration.

Instructors

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

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Co-Founder, Director of Conjubilation, Teacher

James is a physician and author, both of the international bestseller “Six Months in Sudan” and more recently, “Life on the Ground Floor“. He practices emergency medicine and trauma at St. Michael’s, Toronto’s inner-city hospital and is an award winning teacher at the University of Toronto. He directs a program that works with Ethiopian partners at … Continued

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Executive Director, Teacher

Erin teaches meditation and Executively Directs the Consciousness Explorers Club. Her focus is on meditation for self-care and emotional well being and she has taught mindfulness skills in health care, education, corporate and non-profit settings. She also does mindfulness coaching for individuals, with a specialty in encouraging emotional self-regulation. Her practice and teaching have been aided … Continued

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Teacher

Jude is a psychotherapist in training and lifelong student of psychology and meditative traditions.  He became obsessed with consciousness and eastern philosophy in his late teens and has been exploring ever since.  At 21 he took after his parents by beginning to formally study Tibetan Buddhism, then went on to study Transpersonal Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, … Continued

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Kevin was introduced to Jeff Warren and the CEC in 2010, around the time he became aware of a specific anxiety that had been skulking under the radar for decades.  It was the sense that if he were to stop being busy – or at least convinced he were busy -he would disappear. Logically, this … Continued

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Oliver began studying Buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation in 2005. In 2007, he attended his first silent ten-day meditation retreat at Suan Mokh Buddhist Monastery in Thailand. Daily meditation practice, Buddhist study, and silent retreats have been a major part of his life ever since. He’s a member of the Toronto groups Satipañña Insight Meditation … Continued

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After spending 15 years in the corporate world, Stephanie started begrudgingly meditating in 2014 as a mandatory requirement of her Yoga Teacher Training. Little did she know 3 years later she would come to love sitting in meditation, as much and maybe even more, than moving on her yoga mat. Stephanie practices and teaches many forms of … Continued

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Teacher, CEC Podcast co-host

Tasha Schumann is a creator, community-builder, and explorer of the mind. A Juno-nominated recording artist (Tasha the Amazon), her work has been featured widely from HBO to Netflix, Comedy Central to video games, and she’s been profiled in places like Billboard Magazine, New York Magazine, and VICE. She’s practiced and taught in the Indo-Tibetan traditions … Continued

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Luke (he/him/his) has a background in engineering which helped him foster a respect for the importance of quantitative science in our external world and it’s part in helping create an environmentally and socially healthy planet. In 2015 he left his structural engineering gig and took on the role of Executive Director of Toronto’s StopGap Foundation, … Continued

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Fees & Registration

$150 general admission, $250 pay-it-forward price, $50 subsidized admission, PWYC option

Register via Eventbrite