Grieving Through Mindfulness and Expressive Arts August 2nd-4th, 2019

Retreat Description:

Grief is a natural response to loss but often the emotional upheaval can leave an individual feeling lost, depleted and mentally exhausted. Understanding loss and learning how to navigate the unchartered waters of grief can be overwhelming especially if it is done in isolation. Practices such as meditation, yoga and creative/artistic expression grieving can help those that have had a loss to handle the grief journey more effectively. Learning how to tap into one’s own inner resources through meditation and expressive arts while grieving can empower individuals to manage their emotions and channel them into meaningful works of art. This process can encourage individuals to rediscover peace, resilience, joy and confidence in their lives.

This retreat is dedicated to supporting the bereaved and will help to equip participants with the tools to calm and strengthen the mind, reduce suffering, connect with creativity and cope with intense emotions. It is for people who are experiencing the pain of grief due to the loss of a loved one as well as other types of personal loss (job, relationship, divorce). Our time together will encourage the learning and practicing of experiential techniques for understanding the nature and impact of grief and discovering new ways to practice self-care throughout the grieving process.

Some of the tools we will share with participants include breathing techniques, stress relieving yoga poses and sequences, conscious dance, expressive arts, journaling and simple ceremonial rituals to honor ourselves and our loved ones. All the while, we will be in communication with each other and the beautiful natural forest and lake landscape of Gaia Retreat Centre. We will have ample free time to rest, connect with nature, eat delicious meals and share in a safe environment that fosters community and trust with other participants.

Key Learning Objectives:

Understand the impact of loss and the impact that grief has on our mental, emotional and physical selves (and those around us).

Develop a plan and learn strategies for sustainable self-care and a daily mindful practice that empowers individuals to tap into their inner resilience and wisdom for the process of rebuilding their lives.

Engage in a complimentary private counselling session with Margaret Lorrie Beaton if you are in need of extra support.

Learn how to access your emotional world as the bases for your creativity. ​Your deepest wounds can become your greatest expressive and artistic assets. Some forms of art that we will practice

may include spontaneous painting, collage, poetry, writing activities (dialoguing with loved ones, inner child, with objects from nature), mini sculptures, expressive movement, personal prayer flags and or soul cards.

Connect to higher states of personal wisdom and consciousness through meditation, yoga, silence, stillness, active listening and communing with nature.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Venue: ​Gaia Wellness Retreat
Cost:​ $550.00

This financial exchange includes course, accomodations (sleeping quarters and meals), art supplies, an optional private 30 minute counseling session with Margaret Lorrie Beaton (value $70) and taxes (14.97%).

Dates:​ 2pm Friday August 2nd, - 2pm Sunday August 4th, 2019 (3 days, 2 nights).

Location:​ 209 Chemin Usher La Peche, Quebec. 1 (613) 894-GAIA (4242)

Accommodations: ​Single bed occupancy in a shared cabin/room Discounts for commuter participants not staying overnight
$40 extra for private room

Includes 6 delicious vegetarian meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners) and
use of all amenities on the property ie. sauna, swimming, kayak, canoes, linens, coffee, tea, and firewood.

For more information and to book your retreat visit: Breathe True Yoga
Or Contact:

Barbara Dametto 613 334-5459 (Guelph)

Margaret Lorrie Beaton 613 304-3299 (Ottawa)


For more information on the retreat venue visit:

Gaia Wellness Retreat


  • Retreat Name Grieving Through Mindfulness and Expressive Arts August 2nd-4th, 2019
  • Type
  • Date August 2-4, 2019
  • Cost $550