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Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat

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

October 25 - 27, 2019

Gather together for a weekend of grounding movement, restful sleeps, nature walks, and reflection. Explore equanimity and refuge within yourself, and solidarity in community. Through the practices of yoga, breathwork and TRE, we will support our bodies’ innate capacity to heal the effects of stress, overwhelm, big transitions, and long-held physical tension. Connect to a deep experience of restoration, and discover ways to integrate these practices into your daily life. 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, contemplative tea by the fireplace, nourishing meals, and probably a lot of laughing.

Early Bird Price: $390+hst when you register by September 8

Regular Price: $450+hst as of September 9

What is TRE?

TRE stands for Tension/Trauma Release Exercises and is a mind-body integration and healing modality. TRE elicits innate neurogenic tremors and works with our nervous system to both ease tension in the physical body and better regulate our emotional-physiological state. TRE is a self-help tool that is simple to learn, but offers the opportunity for complex, deep and life-long transformation. Individuals who are interested in learning more about TRE can get information here, or book an individual session with Leslie, a certified TRE Provider, in advance of the retreat. Please email to book an individual session.

Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat

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About the facilitators

Chris Bourke and Leslie Stokman both completed their Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 at Queen Street Yoga, and haven't stopped learning since. They bring a shared passion for and understanding of the nervous system, therapeutic movement and trauma-aware teaching. Chris and Leslie combine their professional 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.

About Harmony Dawn, Eco Retreat Centre

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 self-sustaining with renewable energy and was voted one of the greenest buildings in Canada. 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.

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.

Sample Schedule

Everything is optional. Practice times may include yoga, breathwork, or TRE.


  • 4:30 arrival & settling in
  • 6:00 dinner
  • 7:15 welcome circle and practice
  • 10:30 lights out


  • 7:00 morning meditation
  • 8:00 coffee/tea & snack
  • 9:00 practice
  • 10:30 big brunch
  • 11:30 free time
  • 1:30 practice
  • 3:00 snack & free time
  • 6:00 dinner
  • 7:30 fireplace or campfire gathering
  • 10:30 lights out


  • 7:00 morning meditation
  • 8:00 breakfast
  • 9:30 practice
  • 10:30 free time
  • 12:00 lunch
  • 1:00 practice
  • 2:30 closing circle
  • 3:00 pack up and head out

Building Fires: a Fall Yoga

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