Workshops & Retreats

workshops & retreats

All workshops & retreats will be offered on a rotating basis. Additional dates arranged upon request.

introduction to compassionate living

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the concept and practice of compassionate living. This workshop series is offered on a regular, repeating basis in February and October on Wednesday evenings. All session times are Eastern Time Zone, Canada. Please check the time converter for the start time in your location.

  • Session 1: Introduction & Mindfulness Time:  6:30-9:00 PM
  • Session 2: Compassion & Empathy Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Session 3: Barrier, Benefits & Strategies Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Session 4: Self-compassion Time:  6:30-9:00 PM
  • Session 4: Wrap-up Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Fall 2022 Dates: Pending Registration deadline: Pending
Winter 2023 Dates: January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22. Registration deadline: January 20, 2023

the 9 gates project:
opening to the gifts & challenges of this sacred life

We’re living in unprecedented times. Significant shifts are taking place on the planet – shifts in consciousness, in healing, and in understanding our interconnectedness with each other, the natural world, and the cosmos. This is a time of incredible transformation for humanity. Can you feel it?

Originally conceptualized as a process of exploring the second half of life, The 9 Gates Project has been reconfigured to explore the gifts, challenges & tasks of being alive at this extraordinary time in human evolution. This series – inspired by the work of Angeles Arrien – explores eight metaphorical Gates of Wisdom – thresholds of transformation reflective of these times.

Self-study modules as well as monthly gatherings and integrative sessions featuring Biodynamic Breathwork with Megan Hill will be offered each month and will be tailored to the gate themes under review. Two Transformational Coaching sessions with Denise will augment the integrative process.

2022-2023 Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: August 29, 2022
  • Series begins:  September 1, 2022
  • Series ends: February 4, 2023


The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the concept of shadow and the practice and experience of working with this denied and repressed part of the self.  Working with shadow invites the opportunity to heal and integrate the self by bringing into the light of awareness, ALL that we are.  This course will be offered in 2023. 

Contact: for details. 

Enhancing self-compassion, resilience and equanimity in the face of challenge

This one-day event provides participants with an opportunity to slow down, move inward, and cultivate resources and techniques for managing challenge and cultivating a peaceful heart. The retreat takes place in June each year, at the Soul Horse and Nature Retreat in Battersea, Ontario. It runs from from 0900-1630 and features time with a small herd of healing horses. While some basic meditation experience is helpful, it will not be required to attend this retreat.

Talks and meditation practices will be featured along with opportunities for Q&A. There will be ample time for integration and breaks between sessions. Some of the topics and practices to be explored:

  • Finding compassion within
  • Introduction to self-compassion techniques
  • Enhancing resilience
  • Drawing on strength
  • The peaceful heart
  • The near enemies of equanimity


"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."
C. G. Jung