silent retreats

Take time out to deepen your practice and refresh body, heart and mind.

Connect with and care for yourself while practicing with the support of a community.

Your first experience of a Simply Mindful all day silent retreat will be as a participant in the MBSR program as it is an integral part of the program. The retreat is a full day of meditation practice held in silence under the guidance of the Simply Mindful teachers. The day is intended to make space to simply be and explore further what you have learned in the program in the first 6 weeks.

Upon completion of the MBSR program you will receive regular invitations to join in our silent retreats as part of the Simply Mindful community. We are always delighted to welcome the many previous participants to the silent retreats.

Please note that in most cases, you must either be a current student or a graduate of our 8 week MBSR program in order to attend our retreats.

The full day retreat was amazing and I can’t wait for the next one. — All Day Retreat participant

Mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, connect us with a strong calm presence and enable us to act skilfully, cooperatively and compassionately.

We offer several retreat lengths to suit you

All Day Retreats

7 hours

Offered 4 x year

Half Day Retreat

4 hours

Offered 2-4 x year

Weekend or Week-long Residential Retreats

Offered 1-3 x year

Practicing as a community helps us all stay sane, stay connected and reminds us of our shared humanity.

What do our silent retreats include?


Teaching & guidance

Sitting & walking meditation

Mindful yoga

Poems & stories to inspire you

A safe container for your practice

Connection with your community

Connect with and care for yourself while practicing with the support of a community.

typical retreat schedule

This is an example of what an all-day retreat may look like.


Arrival & welcome. The retreat begins.

Introduction & setting intentions

Lying-down yoga

Sitting & walking meditation practices

morning tea break

Teacher talk

Sitting & walking meditation practices

lunch break


Sitting & walking meditation practices

Standing yoga

Closing meditation practices

We break silence together, reflect on the day for a brief time and then close the retreat.

Meet your retreat facilitators

Megan Layton

Megan Layton

Director, Senior MBSR and Yoga teacher

Trevor Heldt

Trevor Heldt

MBSR teacher

Questions? Send us a message.