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Past Workshops + Retreats

DROP-IN SESSIONS THE SATURDAY OF EASTER WEEKEND

HATHA YOGA + MANTRA

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 9:30am AND/OR 11am
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

You are welcome to attend either or both sessions!

Hatha Yoga 9:30-10:45am
with Heather Fenton

Start your day with an energizing 75-min traditional Hatha Yoga class, combining postures (asanas) with breath (pranayama) to help you reduce stress, and increase strength, focus and flexibility. This is a regular Hatha class, but we’re having it on a Saturday morning!

Cost: Use 1 class pass or drop-in $15 (includes HST)

Mantra Chanting 11am-noon
with Julie Boyse

We will be chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, a powerful mantra from the Bhakti Yoga tradition, used for cultivating peace and harmony, health and healing for ourselves and others. For those who are new, Julie will take the time to briefly explain and will guide us through the practice.

Mantras are repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and adjust the vibration of all aspects of our being, physical, mental and emotional. The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is chanted in Sanskrit, on the full moon, and is specifically used to overcome fear and any obstacles that we are facing.

Cost: By donation

For more information and to pre-register: email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Awakening Integrity
BACK-TO-BASICS YOGA WORKSHOP

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 1–4pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

with Megan Bennett

In this Sunday afternoon workshop, we will explore the balance between effort and ease on our yoga mats.

Designed to be both an on-ramp class for brand new yogis and a fundamentals class for experienced yogis, we will introduce and take time to investigate alignment in foundational Hatha poses.

Cost: $30 (includes HST) or you can use 1 class pass + $10
Please pre-register.

For more information and to pre-register: email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Clearly Knowing Day-Long Meditation Retreat

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 9am–4pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

When walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up, talking, and keeping silent one acts clearly knowing.” – Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta

Join us for a day retreat!

We will use basic buddhist practices of mindfulness and insight to investigate the nature of our experience. Our day will include periods of silent seated and walking meditations, instructions for practice (dharma), Q&A and discussion. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

This workshop is designed as a ‘day-long intensive’ to complement the weekly meditation classes here at Stream. However, you do not have to have attended these classes to come and enjoy the retreat.

Sessions will be lead by Jacqueline Gilbey, who will be joining us from Arrive Yoga & Mindfulness, in Guelph, Ontario, and Heather Fenton.

Registration fee: $35* (includes HST)
Lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by Mar 21st, so that we can plan appropriately.

For more information and to pre-register: email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

* Your $35 registration fee covers lunch and the operating costs of the retreat. In the tradition of the Buddha, the teachers will offer instruction (dharma) freely and will be accepting donations. The practice of giving (dana) in this way happens on the side of the teacher when they share the teachings and their experience, and happens on the side of the student when they support the teachers, in accordance with their means. This practice also allows us to offer the retreat at an accessible cost. If the registration fee is still beyond your means, please let us know and we will do our best to arrange a scholarship.


Meditation + Mantra Specialty Class

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 7–9pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join Heather Fenton and visiting instructor Julie Boyse of Journey 2 Balance, for this special edition of our Wednesday evening meditation class. We’ll be combining the paths of Buddhist Insight Meditation and the Bhakti Yoga tradition, in an evening of meditation and mantra.Beginning at 7pm, Heather will guide a meditation and give instructions (dharma) for cultivating clarity of heart and mind through Buddhist Insight Meditation. Heather’s approach is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our hearts and minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives. There will be time for Q&A.  

Following this, beginning just after 8pm, Julie will introduce the practice of chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, a powerful mantra from the Bhakti Yoga tradition, used for cultivating peace and harmony, health and healing for ourselves and others. We will then chant the mantra together 108 times.

Mantras are repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and adjust the vibration of all aspects of our being, physical, mental and emotional. The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is chanted in Sanskrit, on the full moon, and is specifically used to overcome fear and any obstacles that we are facing.

Cost: $15/person drop-in meditation (or series pass) + donation for chanting. If you are new to Stream studio your first class is free + you are invited to give a donation for the chanting.

Please note: We are hoping you will join us for the full evening, however, if you are only able, or prefer, to join us for only one part or the other, that is certainly fine. Meditation is 7-8pm, and Mantra is 8-9pm.

Get in touch: by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

If you have questions about the chanting: or to connect directly with Julie, email her at journey2balance@outlook.com


Yoga Nidra Specialty Class

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 7–8:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Enjoy a special 90-min class with visiting instructor Julie Boyse of Journey 2 Balance.

Yoga nidra is a guided practice of deep relaxation into the liminal space between waking and sleeping. It is a more efficient and effective form of physiological rest and rejuvenation than sleep!

Traditionally, yoga nidra is practiced as a powerful method for releasing ourselves from our conditioned mental and emotional patterns (samskaras) — the psychological imprints or impressions that give rise to our repetitive thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Class will begin with some gentle yoga, and then we will arrange ourselves laying down comfortably, with props and blankets, and be guided to conscious relaxation of the body and mind.

Cost: $25 (includes HST)
Please register by March 13th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the class or to connect directly with Julie, email her at journey2balance@outlook.com

Gentle Somatic Yoga Specialty Class

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 7–8:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Back by popular demand!

Enjoy a special 90-min class with visiting instructor Sandi Beaupre.

A style that blends together Somatic Education (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna), yoga and meditation. The practice fosters deep awareness of bodily sensations, co-ordination and proprioception from the inside out. Somatic Education is like giving your brain a software update. It teaches you how to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns that inhibit your potential for free and easy movement.  It helps reverse chronic muscular pain by going to the root and affecting change at the central nervous system. The slow, mindful movement patterns will challenge your habits, and increase your awareness of self. Other benefits include improved posture, mobility, co-ordination, balance and stress resilience.

Cost: $25 (includes HST)
Please register by Feb 27th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Sandi, call/text 519.760.1372


Be Good to Yourself Self-Care Workshop

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7–9pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” – Parker Palmer

Join us for a nourishing community evening of:

Heart-opening yoga lead by Megan Bennett;

Lovingkindness (metta) meditation guided by Heather Fenton; and

Delicious vegetarian food provided by Port Colborne’s very own Magical Mediterranean Munchies.

Cost: $40 (includes HST)
Please register by Feb 13th so that we can plan appropriately.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you are a Stream Yoga + Meditation class pass holder (8- or 16- class pack, meditation series or unlimited monthly), the workshop cost for you is $25 (plus one class pass).

For more information or to pre-register: email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Begin Again | A Weekend Meditation Retreat

Thursday, January 17 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
Jericho House, 10845 Rathfon Rd, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V4
with Jill Davey + Heather FentonA wonderful result of letting go is to experience each moment as being enough, just as it is. It allows us to be present for our experience here and now with such clarity and freedom that this very moment stands out as something profound and significant.” – Gil Fronsdal  

Begin the new year with a quiet and curious exploration of what it’s like to be here, now — moment by moment — breathing, being, sensing, aware.

We spend so much of our lives caught up in stories that play out in our minds. Internally, we endure a constant stream of thoughts, feelings, fears, regrets, judgements. We easily become lost in the past, or in planning for the future, or fixating on our opinions — often resulting in criticizing and condemning ourselves and others.

What would it be like to be able to rest? To let go of our opinions? What if we practiced relaxing and showing up fully for what is happening right now? Could we learn to do this with fearlessness and grace?

This 4-day silent retreat will be structured using basic buddhist practices of mindfulness and insight, including periods of seated and walking meditation. You will be supported with instructions for practice (dharma), guided meditations, and periods of guided mindful movement (hatha yoga).

Suitable for all levels. Beginners are very welcome.

When
Thursday, January 17 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
Arrival and registration between 3-6pm on Thursday.
Dinner on Thursday at 6pm. First session 7pm. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday.

Where
Jericho House, 10845 Rathfon Rd, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V4

Registration Fees*
Single Room $450  |  Double Room $350
All rooms have en suite bathrooms. All meals and snacks included (vegetarian), starting with dinner Thursday night.
A 25% deposit is due at the time of registration (Single room deposit $112.50, Double room deposit $87.50).

* Your Registration Fee covers the operating costs of the retreat. The fee does not include compensation for the teachers. In the 2,500-year-long tradition of the Buddha, the teachers will offer instruction (dharma) freely and will be accepting donations. The practice of giving (dana) in this way happens on the side of the teacher when they share the teachings and their experience, and happens on the side of the student when they support the teacher, in accordance with their means. This practice also allows us to offer the retreat at an accessible cost.

Cancellation Policy
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. Cancellations after 11am on opening day of the retreat may prevent those on the wait list from attending. Deposits and payments cannot be transferred to another person. If you cancel before Dec 15, 2018, your deposit will refunded, less a $50 fee. If you cancel after Dec 15, 2018, your deposit will not be refunded.

For more information or to reserve your space
Please call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or email hello@gentlydownthestream.org

Your 25% deposit can be made by interac email transfer to hello@gentlydownthestream.org. Please email your security answer separately.


Gentle Somatic Yoga Specialty Class

Friday, January 11, 2019 | 7–8:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Back by popular demand!

Enjoy a special 90-min class with visiting instructor Sandi Beaupre.

A style that blends together Somatic Education (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna), yoga and meditation. The practice fosters deep awareness of bodily sensations, co-ordination and proprioception from the inside out. Somatic Education is like giving your brain a software update. It teaches you how to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns that inhibit your potential for free and easy movement.  It helps reverse chronic muscular pain by going to the root and affecting change at the central nervous system. The slow, mindful movement patterns will challenge your habits, and increase your awareness of self. Other benefits include improved posture, mobility, co-ordination, balance and stress resilience.

Cost: $25 (includes HST)
Please register by Jan 8th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Sandi, call/text 519.760.1372


Resonant Joy Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

In the end, the aim is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.” – Jack Kornfield

During this half-day retreat we will explore basic buddhist practices of mindfulness and insight, with a focus on cultivating ‘resonant’ joy (mudita). Sometimes referred to as ‘sympathetic’ joy or ‘vicarious’ joy, mudita is the clear, peaceful, happy state of mind that arises when we rejoice in the happiness of others.

This half-day is designed to complement our regular Wednesday meditation series, and will include guided and silent meditations, a dharma talk (instructions for practice), Q&A and discussion. Please note, you do not have to have attended Wednesday evening sessions to attend the retreat.

Suitable for for all levels. Beginners are very welcome.

Sessions will be lead by Heather Fenton.

Registration fee: $20* (includes HST)
Vegetarian lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by Dec 5th, so that we can plan appropriately.

For more information or to pre-register: Email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862

* Your $20 registration fee covers lunch and the operating costs of the retreat. In the 2,500-year-long tradition of the Buddha, the teacher will offer instruction (dharma) freely and will be accepting donations. The practice of giving (dana) in this way happens on the side of the teacher when they share the teachings and their experience, and happens on the side of the student when they support the teacher, in accordance with their means. This practice also allows us to offer the retreat at an accessible cost.


Rest + Restore Yoga Workshop

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join Megan Bennett for a restorative half-day workshop.

Shorter days and longer nights are upon us. And as the busy-ness of the holiday season begins we may find ourselves straying from our routine — becoming overly busy, and then fatigued and depleted. Our yoga practice can be a source of stability, strength, balance and ease to carry us through.

In this workshop, we will explore combining playfulness and simple joy with the deep relaxation of restorative yoga. We’ll slow down together and connect with the natural, restful rhythm of the coming winter. After we rest, we’ll enjoy a light lunch and refreshments in the company of new and old friends.

Cost: $35 (includes HST)
Vegetarian lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by November 14th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Megan, call/text 905.802.8974


Gentle Somatic Yoga Specialty Class

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10–11:30am
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Enjoy a special 90-min class with visiting instructor Sandi Beaupre.

A style that blends together Somatic Education (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna), yoga and meditation. The practice fosters deep awareness of bodily sensations, co-ordination and proprioception from the inside out. Somatic Education is like giving your brain a software update. It teaches you how to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns that inhibit your potential for free and easy movement.  It helps reverse chronic muscular pain by going to the root and affecting change at the central nervous system. The slow, mindful movement patterns will challenge your habits, and increase your awareness of self. Other benefits include improved posture, mobility, co-ordination, balance and stress resilience.

Cost: $25 (includes HST)
Please register by Oct 24th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Sandi, call/text 519.760.1372


Holding Lightly Day-Long Meditation Retreat


Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 9am–4pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join us for a day retreat!

We will use basic buddhist practices of mindfulness and insight to investigate the nature of our experience. Our day will include periods of silent seated and walking meditations, instructions for practice (dharma), Q&A and discussion. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

This workshop is designed as a ‘day-long intensive’ associated with the 8-week ‘The joy of inner stillness’ meditation series, but you do not have to have taken the 8-week series to attend the retreat.

Sessions will be lead by Jill Davey, who will be joining us from RiverSound Retreat in Fergus, Ontario, and Heather Fenton.

Registration fee: $35* (includes HST)
Lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by Oct 10th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

* Your $35 registration fee covers lunch and the operating costs of the retreat. In the tradition of the Buddha, the teachers will offer instruction (dharma) freely and will be accepting donations. The practice of giving (dana) in this way happens on the side of the teacher when they share the teachings and their experience, and happens on the side of the student when they support the teachers, in accordance with their means. This practice also allows us to offer the retreat at an accessible cost. If the registration fee is still beyond your means, please let us know and we will do our best to arrange a scholarship.


Raise Your Vibration Yoga Workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join Megan Bennett for this half-day workshop. We will use movement (hatha yoga) and sound (music + chanting) to unblock our energy and lift ourselves up!

A great way to start your Saturday. Please come ready to move and breathe.

Cost: $35 (includes HST)
Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by Sept 26th so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Megan, call/text 905.802.8974


Insight Meditation Day Retreat
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 9am–4pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port ColborneJoin us for a day retreat!We will consider the obstacles to our practice, and explore the seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, relaxation, concentration and equanimity. Structured within basic buddhist practices of concentration and insight, our day will include seated and walking meditations, instructions for practice (dharma), Q&A and discussion.We will practice silence. Suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the 8-week ‘Moving toward insight’ meditation series, but you do not have to have taken the 8-week series to attend the retreat.Sessions will be lead by Heather Fenton.

Cost: $45 +HST

Lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by August 16th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Chakra Yoga Workshop II
 

Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join Megan Bennett for this half-day workshop. We will explore awakening our subtle body energy, through breath work, postures and meditation. The chakras can be thought of as an internal roadmap that guides us to becoming familiar with our vital life force and awakening us to our full potential.

Please come ready to move and breathe.

Cost: $35 +HST (or $30 for Stream Yoga series pass holders)

Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by July 26th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Megan, call/text 905.802.8974


Cultivating Heart Day Retreat

Saturday, July 7, 2018 | 9am–4pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join us for a day retreat!

 
We will review the practice of the six perfections (paramitas): generosity, ethics, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom. Structured within basic buddhist practices of concentration and insight, our day will include seated and walking meditations, instructions for practice (dharma), Q&A and discussion.
We will practice silence. Suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the 6-week ‘The Six Perfections’ meditation series, but you do not have to have taken the 6-week series to attend the retreat.

Sessions will be lead by Heather Fenton.

Cost: $45 +HST

Lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by July 4th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Chakra Yoga Workshop

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join Megan Bennett for this half-day workshop. We will explore awakening our subtle body energy, through breath work, postures and meditation. The chakras can be thought of as an internal roadmap that guides us to becoming familiar with our vital life force and awakening us to our full potential.

Please come ready to move and breathe.

Cost: $35 +HST (or $30 for Stream Yoga series pass holders)

Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by June 14th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Megan, call/text 905.802.8974


Re-Awaken the Embodied Self Workshop

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 10am–2pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Return home, return to centre, release old patterns and attachments, re-awaken access to your core resources – joy, curiosity, vitality.

Join Katrina Bremner for Part I of the Authentic Reset Series.
 
In this half-day workshop, she will combine meditation with interactive group activities and body work (both intuitive energy and hands-on healing methods), to guide you to re-awaken your embodied self.
 
Cost: $110 +HST

Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by May 30th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862

For more information about the workshop or to connect directly with Katrina, call/text 905.991.1557


Lovingkindness Half Day Retreat

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 9am–1pm (NEW date!)
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join us for a mini-retreat!

During this 4-hour workshop, we will explore basic buddhist practices of concentration and insight, with a focus on cultivating lovingkindess (metta), an open loving heart.

This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the 6-week ‘Lovingkindness’ meditation series* and includes seated and walking meditations, a dharma talk (instructions for practice), Q&A and discussion. We will practice silence.

*You do not have to have taken the 6-week series to attend the retreat. Suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Sessions will be lead by Heather Fenton.

Cost: $25 +HST

Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register by May 18th, so that we can plan appropriately.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Yoga FUNdamentals Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10am–noon
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join us for some Saturday morning fun!

Are you new to yoga? Learn fundamental poses (asanas) of Hatha yoga, breath control (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana).

 
Are you experienced? Deepen your practice by slowing down and getting back to basics.
 
Please come prepared to move, breathe and enjoy!
 
Cost: $25 +HST
 
Please register early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862


Radical Acceptance Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9am–1pm
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Join us for a a mini-retreat!

During this 4-hour workshop, we will explore befriending ourselves with patience and tenderness, using basic buddhist practices of concentration and insight.

This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the 6-week ‘Radical Acceptance’ meditation series and includes seated and walking meditations, a dharma talk (instructions for practice), Q&A and discussion. We will practice silence.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Cost: $25 +HST

Light lunch and refreshments included.
Please register early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862