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Clear Mind – Pure Heart:
a Meditation, Yoga and Sound Healing Retreat

Experience the Calmness, Serenity,
and Deep Peace Within,
Deeply Connected to the Calm Oasis
of Your True Self.

If you clicked on this page I imagine that you might be looking for more calmness and clarity of mind in your life … hopefully in a way that is lasting.

You’ve probably had experiences when you felt wonderfully peaceful – timeless moments in your fast-paced world when you settled into a deeper serenity inside yourself.

Maybe it was on a summer beach watching the sun go down, during a quiet time after a hard day’s work, in a period of reminiscence with a loved one or even in the midst of a spiritual epiphany.

There was lightness to your being. You felt refreshed, relaxed and awake. The present moment of “being here now” was beautiful…

but for some reason it faded.

Some people fall back into one of these reactions to daily stress: the constant monkey mind chatter, the tension in your shoulders, the queasy stomach, the irritability, the worrying and the sense of being on edge, emotional, scattered or being lost in it all.

Maybe you are hoping to turn over a new leaf in a new way …to let go of all the hard stuff from the past months or year and launch yourself with ease into a new way of being?

…to experience the optimism and clarity centred in the calm oasis of your true self?

Well it is entirely possible to get that “light” feeling back and maintain it in your daily routine.

If this speaks to you then maybe you are interested in attending the

Clear Mind / Pure Heart

 New Year’s Meditation, Yoga and Sound Healing  Retreat
January 31st to February 2nd, 2025 near Orangeville at the Ecology Retreat Center.

In this 2 1/2 day retreat, you will learn the basic essential techniques of meditation distilled from ancient practices and placed in a western context without the dogma or jargon of religious belief.

You will understand how stress manifests in your body becomes a major contributor to most of our modern health problems. You will learn to access the “relaxation response” at will, like a “re-set button” that re-establishes the equilibrium of physical relaxation, emotional calm, and mental alertness. You will experience how the “deep rest” that meditation gives, is an antidote to the constant tension in your life.

By the end of the retreat you will have acquired a daily practice of meditation that when practiced over time, can free you from the constant disabling chatter of the mind and help you access inner serenity, happiness and joy.

“Meditation frees individuals from the tenacious preoccupation with the past and future and allows them to fully experience life’s precious moments” Daeja Napier, founder of the Insight Meditation Center, Boston

Features of the retreat:

  1.     6 Delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals
  2.     Accommodation for 2 nights in a secluded rural retreat centre
  3.     Guided meditations that you then do on your own
  4.     Yoga and movement periods
  5.     Sound therapy
  6.     Silent sitting and walking periods
  7.     Some paired self-inquiry and meditation training exercises
  8.     Instruction on:

In addition, for an additional cost,.you can book a 1/2 hour 2023 intuitive reading from Monica Piercey from Heart of Unity while at the retreat.


Although subjective results cannot be guaranteed, these are the common experiences people have on the retreat:

This retreat will be a fit for you if you: 

NOTE: The retreat will have an extended silent period and talking will be allowed at some meal and break times on Sunday. There will also be some communication during the paired self-inquiry exercises on Sunday

“Before the retreat I was stressed out, confused, sad, tired feeling far away from myself. Now I have a calm, clearer sense of myself, knowing that I can be who I want to be just because I want to be it and the universe supports me…that is enough. I have a slowness that I was looking for. I feel rooted in my body, healthy and really well rested”  
Meera Sethi, Artist, Toronto

Date: January 31st to February 2nd, 2025 near Orangeville, ON

Location: Ecology Retreat Centre

Tuition includes the Retreat cost plus a choice of two options for Meals and Accommodation.

Retreat cost: 
$300 plus hst of $39.00 plus 3 options for accommodation and meal costs below:

1. 6 Meals and 2 nights Accommodation 2-3 per room  $345.00 plus hst of $44.85 

2. 6 Meals and 2 nights Accommodation in a single room: $385.00 plus hst of $50.00   

 There is an early enrollment discount of $50 for the 1st 10 people that enroll with a deposit.

3.“Pay From The Heart”  Those on a limited income can pay for just their meals and accommodation (in 1 or 2 above) in advance and leave a donation to the retreat leaders at the end of the retreat. This is available after an interview with the facilitator.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that the retreat is a fit for you, it is advisable to have  a SUITABILITY INTERVIEW with one of the organizers before attending. To schedule this please click on:  Retreat

As space is limited we suggest that you register asap with  a deposit of $100.00. (non-refundable within 14 days of the retreat) Register Now with your deposit:


For more Information contact: (519)-829-4149 or e-mail:

Retreat Leaders

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Russell Scott is one of the new generation of “no dogma teachers” and  the author of the acclaimed book: “Awakening the Guru in You”. He has led over hundreds of retreats for the past 30 years. Previously as the owner of the Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville he pioneered programs in green building, sustainable living and spiritual awakening. As an “Awakening guide” he has helped 1000’s of people in his one-to-one and group programs break through past limitations so that they can walk in the beauty, honesty and magnificence of who they really are. His greatest joy in life is watching people fall off their seats in fits of laughter when they realize their true nature.


Eva Dametto (aka Barbara) is the founder and director of Breathe True Yoga located in Guelph, Ontario. She is a hatha yoga instructor, expressive arts practitioner, movement facilitator, sound healer and visual and performing artist. She received her chakra yoga 500 hour teacher training in Thailand at the Pyramid Yoga Center in 2016 and 2008. In addition she has received extensive training in Sound Healing, Journey and Soul Motion Dance and Expressive Arts. Her creativity, love of learning and eclectic background all contribute to her unique approach to facilitating and self-expression.