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Connection Retreat: Yoga, Meditation, Lectures, & More

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Ziontario Campgrounds

344516 N Line

Priceville, ON N0C 1K0

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Give yourself a break from the stressful distractions of daily life and be part of a weekend of mind-body practices, lectures, and meaningful conversation at a peaceful, scenic woodland campground. Connect with yourself by experiencing meaningful connection with others.


Activities at the Retreat

The retreat will include workshops and presentations focusing on the theme “Experience Community”. You will have the option to experience holistic mind-body practices, including yoga, mindfulness meditation, drum circles, labyrinth walks, art, nature hikes, and meaningful conversation. Additional activities will provide a safe setting for sharing thoughts and feelings, allowing you to explore yourself while creating meaningful connection with others.

Who Comes to the Retreat

All are welcome regardless of background. Participants include individuals from diverse religious traditions, many who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” as well as those who identify as agnostic or atheist. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

Where is the Retreat?

Set among the rushing waters of the Rocky Saugeen River where it winds mesmerizingly through the scenic diversity of the Grey Highland forests, the Ziontario Campground and Retreat Center rests upon 300 acres of rolling hills and walking trails near Priceville, Ontario. Although set in a quiet, serene, natural environment, the retreat center is conveniently located 2 ½ hours northwest of Toronto and 1 ½ hours north of Kitchener/Waterloo.


Mind-Body Activities and Spiritual Practices

Experience holistic mind-body practices, including yoga, mindfulness meditation, drum circles, and nature hikes. Additionally, the retreat offers activities that provide a safe setting for sharing thoughts and feelings, allowing you to explore yourself while creating meaningful connection with others.​

Drum Circle

​The beat of a drum is reminiscent of the rhythmical training we experienced in our mother’s uterus. When we hear a drum beat, especially a heartbeat pattern we unconsciously relax and feel safe. The drum circle helps to release stress, reduce anxiety and to reconnect with ourselves and with others. Experience a playful but non-competitive, uplifting, meditative, and healing space where we create various rhythms together. Join the circle and let the joyful vibrations transform you. No experience required. Drums supplied.

Mindfulness Meditation

This is a time to bring your attention to your experience of the present moment and set aside the mental "buzz" that causes anxiety, stress, and even physical pain. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced meditator, these simple guided exercises will help you find your natural breathing cycle and deep relaxation in the midst of the constant flow of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You are not required to sit in complicated poses or to stay for the whole length of the session. We combine elements of Zen Buddhism and modern psychological mindfulness considering all spiritual types and sensibilities in order to accommodate everyone: those who need to relax, those who need to manage stress and anxiety, and those who want to deepen their self-awareness and cultivate their spirituality.

Yoga

Yoga is a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Its health benefits include increasing general health and stamina, reducing stress, and improving conditions brought about by sedentary lifestyles and may have positive effects on mental health. Yoga is a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Its health benefits include increasing general health and stamina, reducing stress, and improving conditions brought about by sedentary lifestyles and may have positive effects on mental health. All ages and levels are encouraged to join Saturday morning and Saturday evening yoga sessions with Alex Leikermoser. ​Alex 's classes are fun, playful, and known to inspire people who never thought they could do yoga to incorporate the practice in their lives by experiencing the benefits of breathing and gentle movement.

Labyrinth Discernment Walk

“You enter a labyrinth to find yourself” Walking the Labyrinth is an unfolding journey into self and the experience of Holiness. This is an ancient spiritual ritual across all faith traditions reaching back 4000 years and for many has become a sacred space of pilgrimage. The experience is transformational, a roadmap to discerned new possibilities in your life. Entering the path is an emptying, the centre point is an inspirational present sense of being. Proceeding outward is a time of discernment from the healing and freeing grace of knowing oneself in the presence of the Holy. Through your walk the pathway of understanding, resolve and alignment with purpose, identity and calling emerges in your life.​

Walking Meditation

Find your mind in the experience of the world around you while mindfully walking together in silence. The technique originates in the Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism, and consists in placing one's attention on all physical sensations as we slowly walk through the woods. This meditative practice will help you focus the awareness on the senses as you become one with the nature that surrounds you, gradually letting go of replaying past events and worrying about your to-do list.

Mindful Listening

The act of taking time to listen, not only to the words of those in front of us, but also to the heart, is crucial to building authentic connection. Sacred Listening is a practice where a small group of people intentionally listen to each other share freely on a focused question. ​After a short time of quiet reflection, the other members begin to share what emerged for them - what thoughts or insights were received - without counsel or advice. Only honest response as space is held open for moments of joy and sorrow, for Sacred Listening is a time of deep investment in all aspects of life.

Mindful Dialogue

When we engage in conversation in ways that bring out the best in us and inspires everyone to discover themselves and one another, we are called forward into a greater purpose. Enjoy a cup of coffee and be part of a meaningful conversation. Make new friends of all walks of life who share a common desire to make a difference in the world. This is a safe space to share thoughts in an open and accepting environment that encourages dialogue over debate.

Creative Visualization Meditation for Self Discovery

During this fun creative process of self discovery, you will be guided on a journey of the mind to explore the deepest realms of your imagination and spiritual intuition. This will be followed up by a group discussion on imagery and what the guided process can teach you about yourself. Come explore, you will find it very interesting. Easy to do, anyone can participate.


Lectures and Workshops

The Imagery of Hinduism

The overwhelming visual iconography and confusing ritual practices of Hinduism defy our expectation that religion is all about Books & Belief. Let's step outside traditional Protestant-biased perspectives and explore Hinduism as a banquet to the eyes served in a thousand forms. Let's consider how spirituality is experienced through a celebration of the visual.

The Philosophy of Community and Friendship

While much of modern philosophy focuses on the individual and individualism, ancient thinkers emphasized the role of individuals within social networks and how the community shapes the mind. Aristotle declared that humans are “political animals,” meaning that our “natural” environment is within a group. Cicero wrote an entire text on the topic of friendship. Prophets and sages from ancient Israel to South-Asia and China proclaimed love for one's neighbour, friendliness, loving kindness, and generosity as essential components of one's spiritual path. In this workshop, we’ll examine the importance of community and of friendship for living meaningful lives both in the ancient past and today.

Ancient and Modern Perspectives on Mindfulness

This workshop is an exploration of mindfulness from its origins in ancient Buddhism to the modern applications in medicine and other secular environments. We will consider theories from evolutionary psychology and neuroscience that parallel the emphasis of many wisdom traditions on compassion, generosity, kindness, and community focus. We will learn concepts and exercises that can deepen our practice by reconciling ancient and modern perspectives.

Exploring Spirituality – Interactive Presentation

In this open discussion session, we will explore how people discover their spirituality. Learn from others how they awaken their spiritual understanding and what they find meaningful. Let’s share interesting and empowering activities, rituals, and courses of study that we believe can help each other connect deeper with Spirit. Let’s be spiritual adventurers.


What is Creating Connection?

Creating Connection is a network of more than twenty inclusive communities across Ontario committed to sharing authentic conversation and promoting meaningful activities, including: coffee & conversation, adult colouring, drumming circles, mindfulness meditation, yoga, lifelong learning & lectures, and knitting circles.

Our mission is to invite everyone into community, to continually learn & grow, to abolish poverty & end needless suffering, to pursue peace & justice, and to live life meaningfully together. Creating Connection is sponsored by Community of Christ Canada. For more information or to find a group near you, please visit creatingconnection.ca

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344516 N Line

Priceville, ON N0C 1K0

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