Meditation on the Beach with Gisele

Febuary 8 to 15, 2018

 One-week of mindfulness, meditation and mystery in Mexico with Gisele Gilfillan.

A gentle introduction for beginning meditators.  For experienced meditators the surrounding sun, sea and sand will add  enjoyment and give another dimension to your  practice.

Seldom do we give ourselves time to be in stillness. Perhaps this winter is the time. This retreat will be provide space to unplug, to quiet  inner chatter, to loosen the body, and to settle into inner explorations. You will learn a basic meditation practice, enjoy silence, and consider what key principles guide your decisions (consciously or not) and what holds you back. Examining what may need clearing from your system can often free up space and energy inside you. Providing a greater opening to life, creativity and peace.

All parts of “mind-body-spirit work” are equally important.  We will explore, question, reflect IMG_4916.jpgand play in the sun.

The pleasure of our week together will be to nurture the whole of ourselves. In this we will find rest. Our reflection will centre on the significance and benefit of reaching the quiet, calm internal wisdom we all embody, and we will explore some tools to help us  in the ongoing practice of that deepening. Some gentle yoga poses may be included to support the body in meditation.

“The texture and depth of life is what I find so fascinating.  The well of love that sustains life is so very profound and powerful that it is infinitely worthy of our mindful attention”. Gisele


Gisele is a life student, communicator, teacher and retired minister.  For twelve years she served as clergy within the United Church of Canada. “Ministry has facilitated a deep life. It has been thoroughly absorbing and enriching”. In addition, Gisele’s spiritual inquiry has led her to study under Namgyal Rinpoche and, in the same lineage, with Sensei Doug Duncan exploring eastern mystic traditions and practices, notably Buddhist, and how they intersect with western spirituality. Attending retreats and teachings over the last seventeen years  has surfaced new ways of understanding life, self and other, and has also re-framed some of the practices she has known in  other traditions.

During this retreat, Anna will be your host. She will shelter and feed us. Included in the fee is a trip to a nearby bird sanctuary and snorkeling for those who would like to frolic and explore. This playtime together, the warm sun, the good food lovingly prepared, and the ocean itself will offer the balance we seek.

A gentle combination of rest and reflection on the beach – midwinter …mmmm …. is this the right time for you?

(The mid-week timing of this retreat is to facilitate less expensive airfares.)  I would also recommend arriving Cancun early morning or the day before the retreat to allow travel time to Xo Ki’in.  For more info. email: or

Cost:  $685.00 USD room and meals – double occupancy Plus Dana for teaching.  Including a boat trip through the nature reserve and snorkeling weather permitting.  Work bursaries available

Retreat with Gisele Febuary 8 to 15, 2018

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