Meditate, Celebrate, Activate – A CEC Meditation Retreat

The Meditate – Celebrate – Activate retreat is unique for the way it builds on mindfulness and meditation practices, taking insights from the cushion and applying them immediately to both interactive community ridiculousness and skillful service.

This is a different kind of retreat. Lots of meditation and silence, yes, we don’t mess with that formula. But we’re also interested in the lived application of the freedom that emerges in practice, both its ridiculous aspects, and its sublime. Welcome to the 4th annual  The Consciousness Explorers Club “Meditate – Celebrate – Activate” retreat. Now at a new location at Camp Neekaunis on Georgian Bay. There will be swimming.

TEACHERSJeff WarrenAvi CraimerCaitlin Colson

Cost: $475. Retreat includes:

  • Camp Neekaunis, where Quaker children picnic under the trees

    Beautiful natural setting with shared cabin accommodations

  • 3 healthy meals plus snacks each day
  • Daily “meditate” guided and silent sits and instruction
  • Late afternoon “activate” exercises that explore how to apply meditative freedom to everyday life and – why not? – how to save the world
  • Evening “celebrate” program of creative art and music exercises
  • Morning and afternoon movement practices (dependent on volunteer leaders)
  • One-on-one meetings with teachers for practice support

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We strive to be an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. We welcome requests regarding accommodation.

What to Expect
(sample schedule and testimonials at bottom)

Meditation

We sit in MEDITATION throughout the day, a mix of solo and guided excursions into sound, energy, openness, silence, gratitude, and rest, as well as more dynamic movement and nature meditations. Each of these is an adventure into a different corner of human experience, a fresh inquiry into who and how we are, a unique exploration of consciousness. As the meditation and the silence settle our minds, we begin to make contact with a healing stillness …

Activation

… thus opening a space for our late afternoon ACTIVATION sessions. Here we build on our meditation insights by playing with them live, in community. So: how to work with the energy of our self-consciousness, how to trust our own spontaneity and creativity, and finally how to help others by using our own honest direct experience as both teacher and guide.

Celebration

we wish to make a human party
we wish to make a human party

Finally, in the evenings, we party. Not a mindless hits-from-the-bong partying, however important this may have been in our formative Canadian years. Rather, the CELEBRATION that emerges naturally when there is trust and relaxation and the right proportion of Trickster-irreverence. So: we recreate our embarrassing moments with unusual theatre props, we explore the deranged richness of our imaginations in an evening drum-journey and art practice, and then we come together in a liberating DJ finale, eyes-closed or open movement with the instruction to dance like robots-imitating-barn-animals, thus freeing ourselves from the social pressure to look “good” and transforming the room into dignified dance-floor Bodhisattvas.

Basically we have a good time. And why shouldn’t we? What else is meditation for if it can’t deliver on that?

Meditate, Celebrate, Activate

Sit to find the freedom, move to warm it up ’til its so hot you got to let it out, spread it out, which takes you back to a Consciousness Explorers first principles: Meditate, Celebrate, Activate. Repeat.

More on COST

$475 total.

The registration fee is the cost of administration and food and lodging for the retreat and includes a modest payment for CEC teachers. A limited number of sliding scale spots are available for people who are not able to pay the full cost of the retreat. Please be in touch with us directly – info[at]consciousnessexplorersclub.com to discuss payment options.

Accommodations are shared cabins. Some have washrooms located inside, others can make use of the camp’s newly built wash house.

What to Bring

  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for meditation and movement practices.
  • Inside shoes or slippers
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Flashlight
  • Pillow, sleeping bag or bedding (sheets and a duvet)
  • Your own meditation cushion or bench (recommended; we will have a limited amount of the CEC’s meditation gear on hand.)
  • Journal, books
  • Please do not bring alcohol or illegal drugs
Testimonials

“The CEC retreat was a great experience, unlike any other. More of a conscious community coming together to share in a smorgasbord of activities, all centered around, well, centering. Can’t recommend it enough, and can’t wait for the next one!” – Steven

“I expect most meditation retreats to involve a whole lot of sitting in silence to find what it means to be truly present.  Now here’s the magic of a CEC retreat: it calls on you to walk (or dance) that state of presence off the cushion, testing ‘out there’ with your fellow practitioners. It takes guts to inject crazy dance moves, lucid dreams, and laughter into a retreat. But guts is something the CEC has loads of and the results are remarkable – presence goes from passive to active, making it something I can realistically try to attain while yelling at a car on my roller blades.” – Katrina

“This was my first overnight retreat focused on meditation and it was amazing. For me, the silence was hard but important… helpful to realize that my head is filled with voices that behave like a frat party… and so good to learn, practice, and gain more strength at being with and making space around my inner world.  The blend of open-hearted sitting, focused learning, community, celebration, and activation was the perfect bouquet of experiences to create some important “turns” in my inner journey and start September with a renewed, deeper practice and more open engagement.” – Cate

 

Example Schedule (subject to small changes)

Arrival Day – Aug 24
3:00-5:00pm – Arrive, Check in, Settle
6:00-7:00pm – DINNER
7:15pm – Welcome/Orientation, Questions
8 – 10 pm – Meditation Instruction and Guidance
10-10:30pm – Goodnight and sleep

Full Days – Aug 25 – 27
6:30am – Wake up
7:15-8am – Silent meditation
8:00-8:45am – Silent breakfast
9-10:30am – Guided meditation and Instruction
10:45-11:30am – Walking nature meditation
11:45am-12:30pm – Silent meditation
12:30-1:30pm – Silent lunch
1:30 – 3:45pm – Silent free time – meditate, read, write, walk, rest
4-4:45pm – Silent meditation
4:45-5:45 – Activation Exercises
6-7pm – Social Dinner
7-7:30pm – Silent meditation
8-9:30pm – Celebration Exercises
9:30pm – Goodnight

Departure Day – August 28
6:30am – Wake up
7:15-8am – Silent meditation
8:00-8:45am – Silent breakfast
9-10:30am – Guided Meditation and Instruction
10:30-11:00am – Pack
11:15-12:30pm – Closing Ceremony
12:30-1:30pm – Loud and raucous lunch
1:30pm – Departure

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