Meditate, Celebrate, Activate – A CEC Retreat

This is a different kind of retreat. Lots of meditation and silence, 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 7th annual  The Consciousness Explorers Club “Meditate – Celebrate – Activate” retreat. You can read the retreat manual HERE

Teachers & Location & Dates

Teachers are Erin Oke, James Maskalyk and Jeff Warren. Retreat begins on the morning of Thursday, August 13th, and wraps up in the afternoon of Sunday, August 16th. The Ecology Retreat Centre is located in Hockley Valley, Mono, Ontario – a 60 minute drive from Toronto, Ontario and a 45 minute drive from Pearson Toronto Airport. There will be carpools for people coming from out of town.

Fees & Registration coming soon


Ecology Retreat Centre


  • three 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
  • Evening “celebrate” program of creative art and music exercises
  • Morning and afternoon movement practices
  • One-on-one meetings with teachers for practice support
What to Expect
(sample schedule, old photos and testimonials at bottom)


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 nice stillness …


… 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.


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

The CELEBRATION here is what emerges naturally when there’s trust and relaxation and the right proportion of irreverence. So: we might recreate embarrassing moments with theatre props, or explore the deranged richness of our imaginations in an evening drum-journey and art practice, or we might explore movement and dance – eyes open or closed – maybe with the instruction to dance like robots, or barn animals, or whatever it takes to free ourselves from the social pressure to look “good.”

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 until 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.

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

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.


“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 changes!)

Arrival Day –
10:00-noon – Arrive, Check in, Settle
12:30-1:30pm – LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30pm –Welcome/Orientation
2:30-4pm –Meditation Instruction and Guidance
4 – 5pm – Free time
5-6pm – Activation Exercises
6:00-7:00pm – DINNER
7-7:30pm – Silent meditation
8-9:30pm – Celebration Exercises
10pm – Goodnight

Full Days – 
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 – 
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 –Loud and raucous LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30pm – Pack!
2:30 – 4pm – Closing Ceremony
4:30pm – Departure

Registration coming soon.

Some photos from our 2017 retreat:

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