CEC Virtual Summer Retreat – Meditate! Celebrate! Activate!

CEC Virtual Summer Retreat – Meditate! Celebrate! Activate!

tap into the sweetness of summer at this online weekend of meditation, movement and community connection

Join the Consciousness Explorers Club teaching team as we bask in the summertime spirit at this virtual version of our annual Meditate! Celebrate! Activate! summer retreat.

The joke is: we’re done retreating, this is an advance! Yes, we still meditate a fair bit in silence, we don’t mess with that tried-and-true formula. But we’re also interested in the lived application of our meditative insights, in how to act on the freedom that emerges from practice. So we explore self- consciousness too, we explore movement and dance, we explore the weird and terrifying psychic territory of other actual human beings .

Tentative Retreat Schedule, very subject to change! All times in EDT:

Friday, August 6th

6-6:45pm Welcome to the party, I mean retreat, with Erin Oke

7-7:30pm Preparing the body to sit with Silvia Ojeda

7:30-8:00pm:Silent sit

8:00-8:15pm: breakout group check-ins

8:30-10pm: meditation and celebration with James Maskalyk

Saturday, August 7th

9-10:30am meditation and shenanigans with Jeff Warren

11am- 12:30pm meditation and inner work with Jude Star

12:30 – 2pm lunch break

2-3:30pm meditation and communication with Luke Anderson

4-5:30pm meditation and movement with Stephanie DeBou

5:30-7:30pm dinner break

7:30-8:00pm silent sit

8:00-8:15pm breakout group check-ins

8:30-10pm Summertime Dance Adventure with dj Mark Greenspan

Sunday, August 8th

9-10:30am meditation and equanimity with Kevin Lacroix

11am – 12:30pm meditation and activation with Warren Hooley

12:30 – 2pm lunch break

2-3:30pm meditation and creation with Oliver Rabba

4-5:30pm meditation and exploration with Tasha Schumann

6-7pm Closing meditation and reflection/integration circle with Erin Oke



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.



Founder, Chief Exploration Officer, Teacher

Jeff Warren is a writer and a meditation teacher. He is the co-author, along with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler, of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and author of The Head Trip, a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking consciousness. Jeff’s specialties as a meditation guide – i.e., those things he has the most personal experience with – … 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 is a meditation teacher and Executive Director for the  Consciousness Explorers Club, an innovative contemplative community based in Toronto. 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 teaches regularly on Inward Bound’s Teen Mindfulness Retreats and … Continued


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



Jude is an integrative therapist and meditation teacher.  He became obsessed with consciousness and eastern philosophy in his late teens and has been exploring ever since.  He’s studied Buddhism and growth practices with a variety of teachers and mentors (Vipassana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism), and spent over 6 years in experiential psychotherapy training programs (Gestalt, … Continued


I started meditating in 2010 with Jeff Warren, in the early days of the Consciousness Explorer’s Club. I wanted to learn to meditate to free myself from feeling like I needed to always be busy and overtasked just to validate my existence. In meditation and mindfulness, I saw the opportunity to connect with – and live from … 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


Teacher, DJ

Mark Greenspan has a passion for creating magical spaces that enable people to connect, be inspired and manifest new realities for themselves. He also loves to listen to music from around the world, dance and practice mindfulness. Sometimes he gets the opportunity to do all three.



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


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


Warren Hooley is from the Okanagan Territory in Penticton, British Columbia. Having mixed roots of Okanagan (Syilx), English and Ukrainian heritage, Warren has consistently found himself in a place of helping people understand each other and move from polarity to deeper connection. For the past 12 years, Warren has passionately facilitated over 2000 workshops and … Continued


Fees & Registration


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.