The Silent Retreats


The silent 5-day retreats are held on a beautiful hill-top property outside Bancroft (about 3 hrs from downtown Toronto).

Perched on top of a cliff, the Worst Horse Zendo accommodates up to 18 sitters, amid 60 acres of rolling rocky bush.

Accommodations are off-the-grid and quite spartan, with tenting optional.  This grants sweet intimacy with the moods of Mother Nature, perfect for the cultivation of our natural ‘big mind’ consciousness.

Silence is observed throughout the retreat, except for a couple of talks each day, and participants are encouraged to find their own rhythm of stillness and activity throughout the 24 hours.

The practice is the ‘natural’ full immersion approach of zazen sitting, but on the third and fourth evening this is combined with heart transmission (as described here).  This makes for a quite different overall experience than the typical Buddhist retreat experience, and why we describe these as silent meditation/heart transmission retreats.

Most participants in this heart-process would probably agree with the age-old insight that this is the deepest work and that it is in the deep silence – when words have gone away – that the greatest illumination occurs.

Costs are kept to a minimum, which allows us to offer this for $275 all included.

Retreats run from Thursday afternoon until Tuesday at noon. Arrive by 3 pm on the first day.

The next one: Dec 27, 2018 – Jan 1st, 2019
After that: Feb 7 – 12, 2019

The final winter retreat will be in March, and the date of that, as usual, will be partly determined by the weather, so I shall let you know that as soon as ice and snow have inscribed a date in frosty script on the schedule.

If you are interested in attending please click here.