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Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat

Guided by Christopher Bourke and Leslie Stokman at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre

Retreat Date: Friday Sept 28th - Sunday Sept 30th, 2018

Early Bird - $365+hst by Aug 19
Final - $415+hst as of Aug 20

Gather together for a weekend of yoga practice, restful sleeps, nature walks, and reflection. Explore strength and stability in yourself and solidarity in community. On the heels of the Autumn Equinox, this season of balance and transition is a great opportunity to harvest your inner resources and build yourself up. Everything is optional, because sometimes you just need to sleep in, be alone, or spend some time with a good book. Join Chris and Leslie for daily practice on the cushion and the mat, outdoor play time, contemplative bonfires, cozy journaling, nourishing meals, and probably a lot of laughing.

Harmony Dawn is a beautiful, comfortable retreat centre atop a meadowy hill that overlooks Rice Lake. It is surrounded by 50 acres of rolling meadows and healing forest, with many walking trails. Built with environmental impact and healing energies in mind, Harmony Dawn is entirely self-sustaining with renewable energy and was voted one of the greenest buildings in Canada. Because the Centre is off the grid, there is a calm and quiet to the building and surrounding natural area that is deeply rejuvenating. Owners Nicola and Andy’s vision is to provide an ideal environment for self transformation and renewal, as well as giving guests the experience of a greener, more sustainable and attainable future. Facilities include a cozy gathering space, a beautiful dining room overlooking the woods, a bright practice room, clean high-efficiency bathrooms, comfortable dorm-style sleeping quarters, and delicious vegetarian food by Nicola, chef and co-founder of Harmony Dawn.

Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat

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Getting there

The Centre is a 3-hour drive from Kitchener and 45 minutes from Peterborough. If you don’t have a vehicle, we’ll help facilitate carpooling.

About the facilitators

Chris Bourke and Leslie Stokman both completed their Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 at Queen Street Yoga. They bring a shared understanding of foundational strength and functional movement, having studied Mindful Strength with Kathryn Bruni Young and Tensegrity with Trudy Austin. Chris and Leslie combine their training and personal practices to access the insight that is revealed through embodied mindfulness and purposeful self-reflection, and carry that wisdom into their daily lives and teachings.

Tentative Schedule

(Everything is optional!)


    • 4:30 - 6:30 : arrival
    • 6:00 - 7:00 : dinner
    • 7:15 - 8:15 : welcome circle,
    • 8:15 - 9:15 : gentle practice - setting foundations, opening to sensation


      • 7:00 - 7:45 : optional morning meditation
      • 8:30 - 9:30 : breakfast
      • 9:30 - 10:45 : free time
      • 10:45 - 12:00 : active yoga practice - building strength in transitions
      • 12:30 - 1:30 : lunch
      • 1:30 - 4:15 : free time for hiking, reading, journaling
      • 4:15 - 5:30 : moderate yoga practice - playing with balance
      • 6:00 - 7:00 : dinner
      • 7:00 - 8:00 : sunset circle
      • 8:00 - whenever: campfire ceremony & chill out (rain alternative: candle ceremony)


          • 7:30 - 8:15 : very optional meditation
          • 8:30 - 9:30 : breakfast
          • 9:30 - 10:30 : casually guided outdoor play time
          • 10:30 - 12:00 : free time
          • 12:00 - 1:00 lunch
          • 1:30 - 3:00 : final practice and closing rituals - integrate your learning
          • 3:00 - 4:00 : pack up and head out

          Building Fires: a Fall Yoga

          Book your spot at the retreat