An Early Winter Retreat - Cultivating Stillness

An Early Winter Retreat - Cultivating Stillness
A Weekend of Supported Silence and Stillness

December 3-6, 2020.
Thursday Evening to Sunday Noon

We are living in unprecedented times and the draw to “do something” in response, is strong. But what if ... instead you were to stop. 

These days I often ask myself, and now I ask you: What would my life look like, your life look like, what might the world look like if we finally got to that place of being deeply rested and deeply restored? What might we be able to create from that very new place? 

From silence and stillness, from deep listening, we can re-set our habitual ways of responding to life; we can show up differently; we can be a source of renewed wisdom, groundedness, and more spirit centred - something our world desperately needs right now. 

The poets always say it better:


Not many teachers in this world

Can give you as much enlightenment

In one year

As sitting all alone, for three days,

In your closet


This means not leaving.

Better get a friend to help with

A few sandwiches

 The chamber

And no reading in there or writing poems,

That would be cheating;

Aim high—for a 360 degree


This sitting alone, though, is

Not recommended

Is This Retreat for You?

Do you feel a need for stillness, for silence, but find it hard to make happen on your own?

Does even the thought of all the “nothing” make you a bit or a lot uncomfortable?

Support for this experience and the companionship of others, can help you hone your capacity for going inward. 

To that end, this retreat will provide a container and structure for silence, stillness, self-care, connections and community. 

The days will look like -
Thursday evening 7-9 p.m. we will have an opening ritual, set intentions and create the container for the weekend;

Friday and Saturday we will meet in the morning from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. to again speak your intention for the day.  I will offer a short teaching and some guidelines for what supports a day like this, and we’ll meditate together. 

Then you will go into your separate spaces for the rest of the day.  Each day you will have the option to come back to the retreat space to meditate - have a guided movement session 3:30 p.m. This is an optional activities.

We will then reconvene at the end of the day, 7-9 p.m., to share where the day has taken each of us. We’ll then close the day with a mediation.  Evening sessions are a time for our inner exploration to be witnessed, and for the group to glean the collective wisdom revealed to us through silence and stillness. 

Sunday 9:30 - 12:30 a.m. will be integration time, preparing to re-enter the day to day world and closing the circle. 

Some preparation guidelines for silence and stillness will be provided for those who are not familiar with days of stillness and silence; as well as a couple of Pathwork Lectures offered, as support for the day.

Facilitated by: Madeline Dietrich M.A., Senior Pathwork Helper, Leader of Pathwork Ottawa;
Creator of the Unlock Pleasure Project; Somatic Therapist; Helpership Development Faculty Member in Canada, USA, Israel and Japan.  Madeline has been a student of Pathwork, a contemporary framework for spiritual healing and transformation, since 1984.

December 3, 2020 to December 6th

Fee for the workshop: $335. Canadian
Fee for accommodations and food: $335. Canadian

For anyone facing a financial hit from Covid-19, a donation for the retreat fee is warmly welcome. 

To register and reserve your place email Madeline at

Send payment in full to same address by e-transfer (for Canadians) or PayPal (For international currency)

Cancellation Policy Full refund minus a $50. administration fee up to November 20, 2020.  No refunds will be offered after that date. if you are ill due to Covid-19 a full refund will be given.

"Excellent teaching style of concrete information and experiential exercises"

Workshop attendee