CEC Summer Retreat: August 24-28, 2017

Not a retreat … this is an ADVANCE. The CEC retreat is unique for the way it builds on meditation practice, taking the insights we have on the cushion and applying them immediately to the social sphere, with engaging interactive practices and celebration-infused movement and hilarity and off-key campfire pop-punk-folk sessions. A fresh inquiry into who and how we are – and how to find centre amid the rollicking hullabaloo of life.

“A caring supportive fun community vibe unlike anything else I’ve experienced in the mindfulness world.” – A.C.

Activate Me


“Activate” is CEC shorthand for being more awake in the world, and being more awake in a particular positive direction. It doesn’t have to be grandiose – maybe you want to smooth out how you are at work, or in a relationship. Or maybe you have some ambitious idea for a new social innovation or environmental initiative. In Buddhism they talk about interdependence, a kind of energetic cause and effect, where all actions, even small ones, can have a surprisingly robust influence on the world around us.

Spiritual Challenges Work Group


Once a month, a group of us get together and discuss how best to address various personal challenges associated with life / practice. The idea is to develop a protocol for helping people, to make connections with sympathetic mental health practitioners, and to consolidate useful local resources.

Urban Elder


The idea has two-parts:

1. To meet with a wise elder in our extended community, buy ’em lunch, and talk about life. It’s a win-win situation. They receive much-needed community care and respect. And we get perspective on our own often contracted lives.

2. To start a mini monthly think-tank about how to share intergenerational knowledge in our city / country / universe.