Seasonal Retreats

Today, may you know yourself as Beloved. May you follow the thread of soul-deep longing that takes you more deeply into Life and Love. ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer 

Knowing Yourself as Beloved

A Spring Mini-Retreat w/Cedric Cobb
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
at La Maison Trestler, 85 Chemin de la Commune, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC


About Our Retreat

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. It takes place at La Maison Trestler in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Our theme, “Entering the Stillness,”  focuses on how we can let go of what gets in the way of knowing ourselves “as the Being underneath the thinker.”

We sit on comfortable chairs for meditating, but feel free to bring your own meditation bench. Dress casually, and bring a water bottle if you like.

We will practice a variety of awareness techniques, including silent and walking meditation, and guided visualizations. As well, Cedric will recite some of his favorite “revelatory” poems.

The walking meditations will take place on the beautiful grounds of the site, which overlook the Ottawa River.

This mini-retreat is “a shift from the Western achievement model of ‘making it happen’ and ‘just doing it’ to quieting the mind and being in the moment, being present and attentive and loving—just being.”

We will maintain silence throughout the retreat, and end with refreshments in the dining room.


Registration begins at 1:45 pm, and we start promptly at 2:00 pm. The suggested donation is $22.  You may pay by cheque or cash when you arrive on retreat day. Bursaries are available.

Please reserve your place in advance by emailing Cedric at cedric.c.cobb@gmail.comThe deadline for registration is May 19th. 

On Retreat: Ahhh… I Needed That!ph_la-maison-trestler-2

Sometimes if we fill our time with activity, we do not have to experience what is really going on in our lives.

I have always felt that the deepest form of therapy for me is to attend a meditation retreat.

During these retreats and after several days of silence, I would often discover things about myself that I never recognized before.

It is very common during long periods of silence to have people begin to cry and face issues from the past that have clouded their ability to be present.

Two major sources of stress are the mind and the way in which we interpret every situation in our lives.

Our bodies respond physiologically to the thoughts  that we hang on to (past or future thinking) or that result from distorted thinking….

These thoughts become the basis for stress and anxiety.

Learning to quiet the mind is the basis for becoming more mindful and open to the beauty surrounding us.


Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness  by Jerry Braza