Workshops & Retreats

workshops & retreats

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

remembering our connection: a women's retreat

At the heart of this retreat is a simple truth: we thrive when we connect…to the rhythms of nature, to the depths of our own souls, and to the vibrant stories of those around us.

What’s Waiting for You:

Place & Time:
A soul-soothing weekend at Wintergreen Studios, South Frontenac, Ontario during the colourful autumn season. October 27-29, 2023.
Nourishment: Nurturing and delicious vegetarian meals, enriched with the company of other women.
Wellness & Growth: Dive into 12 enriching sessions ranging from the calming embrace of forest bathing and mindfulness meditation, to divine feminine wisdom and moon cycles, the ancient knowledge of herbs and indigenous storytelling, to the enlivening qualities of yoga and embodiment practices. This offering provides a variety of explorations to dive deep into yourself, uncovering dimensions of being unseen. 

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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 foundational (plus one integrative) metaphorical Gates of Wisdom – thresholds of transformation reflective of these times.

Self-study modules will be augmented by monthly gatherings, as well as integrative experiences featuring Breathwork sessions, 1:1 Transformational Coaching sessions, and an optional Plant Medicine Ceremony (the 9th Gate) offered at the end of the series. Together, these experiences work to deepen into the gate themes under review. 

2023-2024 Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2023
  • Series begins:  September 7, 2023
  • Series ends: March 23, 2024

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

Winter 2024 Dates: Pending 

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



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 on demand until further notice. 

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