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Meditation Series

March 15, 2020 - Our classes are now being offered online due to the call for 'social distancing' of the COVID 19 outbreak.

For details about our weekly schedule, please visit our Online page.

Join us for guided meditations, instructions (dharma) and encouragement for creating a daily at-home meditation practice.

Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a community (sangha) to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’

An Undefended Heart

An Undefended Heart

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
May 6 – June 24, 2020
ONLINE COURSE HOSTED BY
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Find the links to join each week on our Online page.

In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.”
― Mark Nepo

Join us for these weekly sessions, designed to help you start and/or support a regular at-home meditation practice. Learn and gain confidence with mindfulness habits that can transform your life.

In these ongoing Wednesday sessions, we investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020

Cost
$15 drop-in per class (includes HST) or
purchase a Stream class pass (passes can be used for any weekly class, yoga or meditation)

For more information please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

 

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is facilitating the sessions?
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.

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The Shape of Contentment

The Shape of Contentment

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
March 4 – April 22, 2020
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

How we experience the world depends on the state of our mind. When we are anxious, then people, places and things appear overwhelming, maybe even dangerous. But when we are content, the world appears friendly and safe and life is enjoyable.

Our states of mind are not random. Just like all conditioned phenomena, they are a result of causes and conditions. When the conditions come together in the sky (e.g. moisture, sunlight, perspective), a rainbow will appear to an observer. In the same way, when conditions are right in the mind (e.g. integrity, effort, wisdom), contentment will arise.

What does this mean? It means we can shape our experience. We can create conditions for contentment, for ease, for acceptance, joy, love, compassion, generosity, wisdom… we can live more fully + freely.

Join us for these weekly sessions, designed to help you start and/or support a regular at-home meditation practice. Learn and gain confidence with mindfulness habits that can transform your life.

In these ongoing Wednesday sessions, we investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020

Cost
$96* (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class); you can also drop-in any time using any of our Stream Yoga class passes.

*This price is offered to cover the dates for the current 8-week series only. However, if you purchase a 5- 10- or 20-class yoga pass you can come to any yoga or meditation class (including these and any future series).

For more information please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

 

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is facilitating the sessions?
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.

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2020 Vision

2020 Vision

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
January 8 – February 26, 2020
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Happiness is a habit ― cultivate it.”
― Elbert Hubbard

Find your focus for the year ahead. Join us for these weekly sessions, designed to help you start and/or support a regular at-home meditation practice.

Learn and gain confidence with mindfulness habits that can transform your life.

In these ongoing Wednesday sessions, we investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020

Cost
$96 (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class); you can also drop-in any time using any of our Stream Yoga class passes.

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

 

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is facilitating the sessions?*

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.

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*a note on ‘Who is facilitating the sessions?’

This 8-week course has been organized and will be overseen by our regular meditation teacher, Heather Fenton, who will kick off the first session January 8th. Heather will be on maternity leave (starting mid-January) but close at hand to provide guidance to a handful of senior students who have been practicing meditation regularly here at Stream for the past 2-3 years. These senior students will guide the weekly sessions and group discussions.

Open Heart, Open Mind

Open Heart, Open Mind

a 6-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
November 6 – December 11, 2019
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free.”
― Ajahn Chah

Join us for a 6-week meditation series. In this late Autumn series leading up to the holidays, we will explore practices that open the heart and mind: generosity, forgiveness, love, compassion, joy and equanimity.

In these ongoing Wednesday sessions, we investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 2019

Cost
$72 (includes HST) for the 6-week series (or $15 drop-in per class); you can also drop-in any time using your Stream Yoga class passes.

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

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is leading the sessions?

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.

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Walking the Path | Sept-Oct 2019

Walking the Path

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
September 11 – October 30, 2019
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

You can’t ever get everything you want. It’s impossible.
Luckily, there is another option: You can learn to control your mind,
to step outside of the endless cycle of desire and aversion.”

― Bhante Gunaratana

Join us for an 8-week meditation series. In this series, we will explore the Buddha’s 8-fold path to happiness. The understanding and practice of these steps (wise view, wise intention, wise speech, wise action, wise livelihood, wise effort, wise mindfulness, wise concentration), offers a path of gradual and reliable relief from our ongoing struggle with the suffering caused by our confusion, greed, and hatred.

We will investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that 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.

We will spend much of our time together in meditation, but leave time each session for a brief talk and for discussion and Q&A. You will be encouraged to spend time meditating at home between the weekly classes.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019

Cost
$95 (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class)

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

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is leading the sessions?

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.

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Among other sources, we’ll take some inspiration from Bhante Gunarantana’s book 8 Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path. You may wish to get a copy of the book, but it is not necessary for the enjoyment of the series. You can simply attend sessions, relax and see what is helpful for you.

Summer of Love | July-August 2019

Summer of Love

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
July 10 – August 28, 2019
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

In this summer meditation series we will explore a mixed bag of practices for uncovering love, curiosity, light-heartedness and joy. Suitable for new and experienced meditators. Come for the full series, or drop-in to a single class at any time.

In addition to our usual practice of exploring Buddha’s teachings (dharma) in a way that is accessible, simple, nondogmatic and practical; during this 8-week series we will go ‘off road’ a little and sample a few practices from other traditions.

Dates
July 10:  Acceptance (Starting where you are)
July 17:  Forgiveness (Letting go of Hatred)
July 24:  Unplugging + Relaxing (Yoga Nidra – with Julie Boyse)
July 31:  Generosity (Letting go of Greed)
August 7:  Humility + Laughter (Letting go of I, Me, Mine)
August 14:  Re-Joy-Sing! (An Evening of Mantra, Meditation + Kirtan – with Julie Boyse)
August 21:  Lovingkindness (Cultivating goodwill and unconditional friendliness)
August 28:  Resonant Joy (Finding and increasing joy)

Cost
$95 (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class)

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

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is leading the sessions?

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.

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For two of the eight classes, Heather is delighted to have Julie Boyse, of Journey to Balance, joining us. Julie will guide the practice of Yoga Nidra (July 24) and will co-teach with Heather an evening of Bhakti Yoga + Mantra Chanting (August 14):

Julie Boyse

Julie Boyse

Visiting Instructor

Julie is a Niagara-based yoga and meditation teacher. She loves guiding others to listen to their bodies, and connect with their authentic self…

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Resting in Wisdom | May-June 2019

Resting in Wisdom

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
May 1 – June 19, 2019
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

As humans, we are made of non-human elements. Humanity cannot exist by itself alone. Humanity has to inter-be with animals, plants, and minerals. If we remove these non-human elements, there’s no humanity left.
Mother Earth is always taking care of us. When we learn to take care of our body, our feelings, our perceptions, our mental formations, and our consciousness, we are also taking care of Mother Earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us for an 8-week meditation series. In this series we will look to cultivate resting in wisdom, using practices of relaxation, inner stillness and insight. We will explore Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that 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.

We will spend much of our time together in meditation, but leave time each session for a brief talk and for discussion and Q&A. You will be encouraged to spend time meditating at home between the weekly classes.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 2019

Cost
$95 (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class)

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

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is leading the sessions?

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.

READ MORE

Clarity of Heart | March-April 2019

Clarity of Heart

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
March 6 – April 24, 2019
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

One thing that training in mindfulness can show you is that that which is aware of unpleasant sensation is the same, and feels the same, as that which is aware of pleasant sensation. There really is a kind of equanimity intrinsic to consciousness that can be quite liberating to discover.”
Sam Harris

Join us for an 8-week meditation series. In this series we will look to cultivate clarity of heart/mind through  practices of relaxation, inner stillness and insight. We will explore Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that 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.

We will spend much of our time together in meditation, but leave time each session for a brief talk and for discussion and Q&A. You will be encouraged to spend time meditating at home between the weekly classes.

A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.

Dates
March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019

Cost
$95 (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class)

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

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is leading the sessions?

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.

READ MORE

“When you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Ready to Make a Change?

We'd love to see you take the next step to better physical, mental and emotional health. Get in touch with us today.

Email us at hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call us at 905.401.YOGA (9642) or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862!