CEC Summer Retreat: Meditate! Celebrate! Activate!

Meditate! Celebrate! Activate!

Not a retreat. This is an ADVANCE


Jeff Warren, Tasha Schumann, Erin Oke, and other CEC teachers will be your trusty guides for a weekend of


We sit in MEDITATION throughout the day, a mix of solo and guided excursions into sound, energy, openness, silence, gratitude, and rest, as well as more dynamic movement and nature 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. As the meditation and the silence settle our minds, we begin to make contact with a nice stillness …



… thus opening a space for our late afternoon ACTIVATION sessions. Here we build on our meditation insights by playing with them live, in community. So: how to trust our own spontaneity and creativity, how to live with intention and purpose, and finally how to connect with others by using our own honest direct experience as both teacher and guide.




The CELEBRATION here is what emerges naturally when there’s trust and relaxation and the right proportion of irreverence. So: we might recreate embarrassing moments with theatre props, or explore the deranged richness of our imaginations in an evening drum-journey and art practice, or we might explore movement and dance – eyes open or closed – maybe with the instruction to dance like robots, or barn animals, or whatever it takes to free ourselves from the social pressure to look “good.”

Basically we have a good time. And why shouldn’t we? What else is meditation for if it can’t deliver on that?


So we sit to find the freedom, move to warm it up ’til it’s so hot you got to let it out and spread it out, which takes us back to the Consciousness Explorers Club’s guiding principles: Meditate, Celebrate, Activate. Repeat.



Location & Dates

We begin mid-afternoon on Friday, August 2nd, and wrap up at lunch on Monday, August 5th. Meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Monday are included. Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre is located in Paris, Ontario – a 90 minute drive from Toronto, Ontario and Buffalo, NY.


Testimonials from previous retreats

“Come to this retreat if you want to experience meditation in many forms and find what fits you. You will find the people sitting with you are cool, interesting, fun and amazing, as are the teachers/guides and the space! It’s for everyone!”

“I loved the playful, non-dogmatic approach to meditation. This retreat is a great place if you are just starting out and curious about meditation, or if you are looking to deepen your practice. The teachers are knowledgeable, supportive, and also open to sharing their own experiences with meditation. I appreciated how diverse the group was, as it included people of different ages and backgrounds, and felt a sense of belonging to this wonderful community.”

“I had an amazing time. I feel relaxed and refreshed. The teachers were great. This was not a typical meditation retreat. It was superfun. I connected with myself and other people. The activities were innovative and interesting. The grounds were gorgeous. The food was great too. I’d highly recommend a CEC retreat!”

Read the CEC Retreat Manual here 
(updated version coming soon!)


$500-$900, depending on your choice of accommodation.

Financial assistance available to offset the cost of the retreat

Registration via Eventbrite



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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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


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