905.401.YOGA (9642) hello@gentlydownthestream.org

Living from the Heart


Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2019
Jericho House, 10845 Rathfon Rd, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V4

with Heather Fenton

“To reteach a thing its loveliness is the nature of metta. Through lovingkindness, everyone and everything can flower again from within.” – Sharon Salzberg

Retreat is a special opportunity to deepen our practice of meditation. A weekend away from our ordinary lives, spent in quiet contemplation, allows our busy minds to settle, creating suitable conditions for insight and clarity to arise.

Join us this October 3-6, and immerse yourself in the practice of lovingkindness (metta). This special view — heartfelt goodwill, kindness and friendliness — is cultivated through a series of contemplations and meditations, including the (silent) recitation of traditional verses.

What would it be like to be easily kind and loving towards ourselves and others? To learn to let go of fault-finding and condemnation? What if we practiced relaxing and cultivating an open, loving, fearless heart? Could responding with kindness eventually become effortless?

This 4-day silent retreat will be structured using basic buddhist practices of mindfulness, including periods of seated and walking meditation. You will be supported with instructions for practice (dharma), offered in a way that is accessible, simple, nondogmatic and practical. There will be guided meditations and periods of guided mindful movement (asana yoga).

Suitable for all levels. Beginners are welcome.

Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 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.

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

To reserve your space:  (i) please send a 25% deposit, and (ii) a completed registration form, which can be downloaded here, by email to hello@gentlydownthestream.org

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

Please register early. There are only 16 spaces available for this retreat.

Registration Fee*

Single Room $450

All rooms have en suite bathrooms. All meals and snacks are included (vegetarian), starting with dinner Thursday night.

A 25% deposit ($112.50) is due at the time of registration.

* Your Registration Fee covers the operating costs of the retreat. The fee does not include compensation for the teacher. 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.

For more information

Further details, such as what to bring and what to expect will be provided to registrants in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

If you have questions now about what to expect, for example, in order to help you decide whether this is the right retreat experience for you, please call 905.401.YOGA (9642), text 519.400.7862 or email hello@gentlydownthestream.org


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 Sept 1, 2019, your deposit will refunded, less a $40 fee. If you cancel after Sept 1, 2019, your deposit will not be refunded.



Where is the retreat?

Jericho House is an ecumenical retreat centre located on the west side of Port Colborne, Ontario. Surrounded by 17.5 acres of secluded woods neighbouring a former quarry reclaimed by the Niagara Conservation Authority; Jericho is less than a kilometre from Lake Erie. The centre offers completely modern facilities, with private rooms and ensuite bathrooms. The onsite staff have a deeply spiritual practice of hospitality, creating an inclusive and supportive environment for visitors.

Who is leading the retreat?

Heather Fenton

Heather Fenton

Meditation + Yoga Instructor

Heather first met with Buddhist teachings in the Fall of 2000, and has since spent her time avidly exploring the nature of mind.