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Seeds of Intention: Yoga & Nature Retreat

Guided by Monica Sheridan and Kristina Domsic at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre

Retreat Dates: Friday, May 24th, to Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Early Bird: $390+hst by Apr 8
Final: $450+hst as of Apr 9

Take time to unplug and reconnect with yourself and nature for a weekend at the beautiful Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre.

Slow down and cultivate the inner space you need to better meet the challenges of everyday life. Explore a mindful connection to nature through the practices of yoga, meditation, and forest therapy. You’ll leave the retreat with a variety of nourishing self-care practices to bring into your daily life.

Harmony Dawn is a gorgeous centre situated on the shores of beautiful Rice Lake in Northumberland County. It is surrounded by 50 acres of rolling meadows and healing forest, with many beautiful walking trails. Built with mindfulness to environmental impact, beauty, and sustainable materials, the Centre is entirely self-sustaining with renewable energy. Harmony Dawn was voted one of the greenest buildings in Canada. Because the Centre is off the grid, there is a calm and quiet in the building and surrounding natural area that is deeply rejuvenating. Their vision is to provide an ideal environment for self transformation and renewal as well as giving guests an 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 facing a meadow, high-efficiency bathrooms, and comfortable dorm-style sleeping quarters. Everyone leaves the Centre raving about the amazing vegetarian food by Nicola Lawrence James, chef and co-founder of Harmony Dawn.

Seeds of Intention: a Yoga & Nature Retreat

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PHOTOS FROM PAST RETREATS

The spacious practice room has giant windows to let in the sunlight and breeze. We usually reserve this room as a quiet space for self-practice outside of group classes.

A gentle guided meditation with facilitator Kristina. Take in the silence and dawn light to ease your way into each day.
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An outdoor view of the Harmony Dawn building, which looks out over a meadow and sits atop a high hill. 

Facilitator Monica on the right, hanging out post-practice with good buddy and retreat participant Marta.

A sample spread of the delicious plant-based food prepared by Chef Nicola. Always delicious, hearty and prepared with love.

A different view of the practice room with retreat participants getting their lunge on, with the morning sun shining in.

A community-created altar of special objects, candles, and the obligatory Spring-time favourite tulips!

Harmony Dawn from above, offering a view of the meadow labyrinth and Rice Lake, which is accessible by way of a short hike.

Details About Seeds of Intention

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.

Monica Sheridan and Kristina Domsic completed their Yoga Teacher Training together at Queen Street Yoga in 2014. They have both continued their studies of Ayurveda and the Tensegrity Repair Series. Kristina is a certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and guides folks through the forest therapy sessions with her business, Rooted Heart. Monica is also trained in Restorative Yoga and is certified in Massage Therapy through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Both enjoy slow and exploratory movement paired with expansive breath awareness and grounded meditation.

Forest therapy is a simple and accessible practice designed to help folks connect more deeply with the natural world. Guided group sessions include invitations to notice your senses, move slowly, explore your own unique connection to nature, and be supported by a group atmosphere that focuses on building openness and respectful listening.

Read more about Forest Therapy in Kristina's Blog.

Everything is optional!

Friday

4:00-6:00pm Arrive and get settled

6:00-7:00pm Dinner

7:30-9:30pm Welcoming Circle followed by a Slow Flow & Restorative Yoga Practice

Saturday

7:00-7:45am Morning Meditation & Movement

8:00-9:00am Breakfast

9:00-10:30am Silent Space & Free Time - intentional journaling

10:30-11:45am Resilient-Body Yoga Flow

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm Nature Hike & Intro to Forest Therapy (snack and tea time to end)

4:00-5:30pm Silent Space & Free Time - intentional journaling

5:30-6:30pm Dinner

7:00-8:15pm Mindful Yoga Flow

8:30-10:00pm Campfire (weather permitting) & Cozy Time

Sunday

7:00-7:45am Morning Meditation & Movement

8:00-9:00am Breakfast

9:15-12:15pm Guided Forest Therapy

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Closing Practices

3:00-4:00pm Pack up and check out!

Seeds of Intention: a Yoga & Nature Retreat

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