Welcome to Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre

Dedicated to Health, Healing and Sustainability
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

Monday to Friday 8-4pm and by appointment


Clinic - 2386 Thomas A Dolan Parkway, Carp, ON K0A 1L0


Resting in Presence: Mindfulness Retreat

Deep rest is a radical act that requires skill.  

It’s not as simple as taking a break, listening to soothing music, going on vacation or observing your breath. It’s a conscious practice that supports your overall wellbeing: physical, emotional, mental and more. Deep rest is not a luxury, it’s an essential part of taking good care of yourself. It allows your system to heal and repair, it develops clarity so that actions are aligned and meaningful, and it allows you to show up more fully to the people you love and serve. 

Even though deep rest has its many benefits, it’s difficult to slow down and relax. When you go to rest, you may find that the body is in a resting posture, yet the mind is still active: Thinking about the to-do lists. Thinking about what to have for dinner. Thinking about making plans, about an ongoing conflict, about all the things you could be doing right now instead of resting.

Does this resonate? If so, this is where the retreat comes in. 

You’re invited to tap into the restful quality that mindfulness offers. When you rest in presence, you rest in the here and now, and you rest in who you truly are. This creates radical self-acceptance: knowing that you are enough exactly as you are IN this moment. Not some future moment, but this moment right here. This realization changes everything.  

Our time together will be designed to support you in settling your inner system, tuning into your own inner stillness and embracing the wisdom that arises from retreat practice. We begin with instructions and teachings. Then, we explore calming practices such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and gentle reflection. Noble silence will be honored during our time together, which is an ancient form of practice that connects us to our deeper sense of purpose and belonging. It also cultivates transformative simplicity: seeing the truth directly and aligning ourselves accordingly. We will end our day with reflection, sharing and integration.  


This retreat is for you if:

  • You feel like you’re running on empty. Even though you’re going through the motions of your day, it feels like you’re treading through mud.
  • You hold stress and tension in the body. You catch yourself holding your breath, hiking up your shoulders and clenching your jaw. Over time, this stress accumulates and you may experience an aching back, sore muscles and even chronic pain. 
  • You feel the change of seasons. Less sunlight and colder temperatures affects your state of mind, and you find yourself dreading winter every year.  
  • You want to take good care of yourself. You recognize the importance of filling your own cup and notice the benefits of living from a place of wholeness, balance and flowing energy.


  1. Invite yourself to relax so that you feel resourced when accomplishing your goals. 
  2. Settle your nervous system so that you can release the patterns of tension and stress. 
  3. Embrace the changing of seasons and the constant changes of life. Knowing that whatever happens, you can meet it with grace, ease and equanimity using your mindfulness tool kit. 
  4. Include self-care into your daily routine so that you can experience life from a place of energy, balance and ease. 


Energetic exchange: $135 + HST, bring your own lunch and props. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. After registration, you will receive an email from Ruth Li at ruthie85@msn.com with additional instructions. Please add this email to your Safe Senders list in your email account, and please contact her if you have not received an email after completing registration. Share this gift of transformation by sharing this event with a loved one or by purchasing a gift card! 


– Guided group meditation

– Gentle and restorative yoga

– In-person teaching and support

– Complimentary 30-min Integration Call to support you after retreat

– Like-minded community and group energy to foster a deeper sense of belonging and connection

– Personal time to rest, relax and be in silence


Dec 09 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm




Ruth Li