2018 Silent Awareness Retreat   

Treat yourself to a weekend meditation and mindfulness retreat in a natural setting with a teacher of unmatched experience. Your senses will come alive as you practice mindfulness, meditation and connecting with nature  – all in silence at a nourishing and rejuvenating retreat.

Jess and his 17 years experience in Buddhist Thailand brings you:DSC_0228

  • Daily instruction in mindfulness (also known as insight or vipassana practice)
  • Daily metta (loving-kindness) practice
  • Group and individual silent practice
  • Dharma talks and guided meditations
  • Daily walks and hikes
  • Morning movement, connecting with nature and yoga
  • Private Reiki treatments with A Certified Intuitive (for a fee)


Wednesday October 3 – Sunday Oct 7.  Late arrival or early departure available. Register by $300 deposit.

Where IMG_0796

At Nirvana Retreat Centre near Bolton on the Oak Ridges Moraine, 1 hour from downtown Toronto. They offer comfortable accommodation, lovely nature in a secluded are, 14 acres of it to explore. Click here for google map location.


Shared Room 3 people: $600 (3 nights)  or $750 (4 nights)

Camping (bring your own tent): $500 or $620

Fees include accommodation, simple breakfasts, delicious vegetarian/fish lunches, light dinners, all meditation and mindfulness instruction and use of all activities and spaces on-site including walking trails and small lake. Reiki treatments are available for a fee.  Thai Massage also available for a fee.  Those with food restrictions over and above lactose and gluten preferences should bring plenty of snacks for yourself as we cannot accommodate special requests beyond these.  Please bring your own dinner for the first night and there is a fridge and microwave to keep and warm your own snacks. Arrival is between 3pm-8pm on Wednesday.  Saturday or Sunday departures are at noon.  Saturday evening departure please add $100.

Register now – space is limited

You will need to secure your spot at the retreat with a deposit of $300 by Interac Transfer or Paypal using the form at the bottom of the page. The balance of the retreat fee is paid on your arrival when checking in at the retreat.

Once You’ve Registered – Things to Note
Sharing Rooms

If you have a preference for a roommate, please indicate this at the time of registration. All others will be assigned rooms. Prices are based on double occupancy.  Please inquire for limited private rooms.


What to Bring
  • All personal belongings
  • Indoor shoes
  • Hiking boots (highly recommended)
  • Unscented toiletries
  • Mobile phone charger and cord (there is little or no wifi connection)
  • Hat with brim for the sun
  • Small flashlight
  • Any personal snack / meal items to store in the kitchen or dining hall fridge
  • Sweaters with hoods
  • Warm socks
  • Watch / Alarm clock
  • Yoga mat (if you wish to practice)
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Recommended Link

A guide to mindfulness and Vipassana meditation as taught by Luangpor Pramote

To register a $300 deposit is required. Complete the form below and click send.  That will take you to Paypal. Your registration info will be received even if you close the Paypal page and pay by email to contact@jesskoffman.com instead.