Deep Summer Retreat: August, 2020

Due to the current situation around COVID, this retreat
probably be moved forward to 2021.

In the heart of the summer season, this 5-day retreat (also weekend-only option) in the sweet village of Colpoys Bay on the Bruce Peninsula offers you a chance to relax deeply, let go of stress & anxiety, and cultivate your evolutionary journey in one of Ontario’s most beautiful landscapes. Colpoys Bay is a gorgeous estuary of Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) with the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail ringing it’s shores.

Besides long afternoon breaks to rest, meditate or explore the many attractive features of the area, the program will provide a warm and safe ‘container’ for your journey in self discovery, creativity and experience of the ‘nature of reality’ – right in Real Nature. Several teachers will assist this journey through kundalini and agni: yoga of the heart, meditation practices and goddess archetypology.

Our way of learning will be an experiential one through mindfulness-based exercises in the Korason & Hakomi Methods. And to exercise our creative, passionate & exotic selves, there will be some “flamenco healing” – learning & practice of some joyful, easy flamenco singing (and maybe even dancing :).

Participants will gather and take home skills & tools applicable to both personal and professional relationships.

Faculty from the last DSR (2019):

Hugh Smiley (your host facilitator):
CHP, ARCT, BA (Peace & Conflict Studies). Hakomi practitioner & teacher, created the Korason Method (KM) for Authentic Voice &  the New AndaLuz Centre for Authentic Dialogue (NACAD). He has taught both KM and Hakomi on 4 continents and developed a healing path through the flamenco art-form. 

Cheryl Crosby (U.S.):
M.A. (Psychology & Religious Studies), worked extensively in Asia & Africa, is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, and as a nurse, volunteered to take care of the health needs of Tibetan monks at the Venerable Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in southern India (where we met in 2001).

Sat Dharam Kaur (Canada):
N.D., certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, trainer, instructor & Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Owen Sound, Ontario. She recently taught with Gabor Mate in Hungary, and has written several best-selling books on breast cancer & women’s health.


Claudia (Calú) Aguirre (Canada):
Ph.D. student in Urban Planning, is a flamenco artist who performs, teaches, accompanies guest artists & has collaborated with some of Canada’s finest, including Compañia Carmen Romero & Maria Serrano’s Flamenco Dance Academy. 

Weekend only: Fri. eve. to Sun. end of lunch (6 sessions) – $240.
Complete (5 days): Fri. eve. to 2:30 Tues. (12 sessions) – $390 (20% off). 

Approximate Schedule:
• Friday evening: 7:00 -9:15 opening sacred ceremony & welcoming session
• Sat., Sun. & Monday:
8:30 – 10:30  gentle yoga, meditation
10:45 – 12:30  ‘swimming the stream of awakening’: Hakomi, KM, etc. 
12:30 lunch – Sunday catered (complimentary), other days potluck
  1:30 – 7:00   free time (reflexology & reiki treatments available)
  7:00 – 9:15   evening session
• Tuesday:
8:30 – 10:30   gentle yoga, meditation
10:45 – 12:30  swimming the stream of awakening 
12:30 – 1:30   potluck lunch
1:30 – 2:30    closing sacred ceremony and farewells

You will find your own accomodation in the area (there are motels, B&Bs, camping, etc.), and arrange for your own meals. There will be one healthful catered lunch included in the fee. The other noon-day meals will be shared together potluck at the workshop space, perhaps picnic style at water’s edge if weather permits. There are restaurants in Wiarton, Sauble Beach & Lion’s Head. Right across the road from our workshop space is  gourmet dining at QuaySide Landing (view from the dining room & deck is at right):

“The Bruce” is a much-loved holiday destination so it’s important to secure your accommodation – the sooner, the better. A good place to start: Explore the Bruce. In the stunning village of Lion’s Head (18 min. north of our workshop space), the Fitz Hostel is reserving 9 beds for our group (8 dorm beds in two rooms at $45 per night & private room with double bed ($120). Call or email Megan.  Email me (Hugh) if you have need some help re finding accom.

Bruce Peninsula’s Georgian Bay shore, Niagara Escarpment & Bruce Trail

Click below to register for the full Deep Summer Retreat ($390 + tax):

Click below to register for the weekend-only option of the Deep Summer Retreat ($240 + tax):