Yoga in the Hockley Valley, in connection with Merit Travel

Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18, with Mar Jean Olson and John Campbell

Give yourself the gift of time and space to breathe and release.

The location offers us plenty of opportunities, whether walking the labyrinth, hiking the trails, checking out the orchard, quiet reflection–you choose. We use the Main Meeting Hall for yoga and the Lodge for our sleeping quarters. The Hall nestles amongst trees, and the Lodge provides simple, clean bedrooms. Due to Covid restrictions, only single rooms will be offered this time.

There’s plenty of delicious vegetarian food. Special meals can be provided at extra cost and must be ordered 1 week prior – please contact the Studio if you require special meals.

What to bring? Your own yoga mat and an extra blanket if you can. The Centre provides bedding, pillows, and towels. Bring a flashlight if you have one. There’s no need for make-up, perfume, shaving, or jewellery.

Thursday – Sunday: Single, $595 for 3 nights accommodation and 9 vegetarian meals (plus the Studio yoga fee of $285)
Friday – Sunday, Single, $395 for 2 nights accommodation and 6 vegetarian meals (plus the Studio yoga fee of $195)
*Note: There are limited places for Friday-Sunday. If you wish to attend for 2 nights please contact the Studio to confirm availability before you make your payment for 2 nights at the retreat.

Registration is accepted on receipt of the Studio portion of the payment for yoga, $285 (3 nights) or $195 (2 nights), non-refundable. An e-transfer to is best; we also accept cash, cheques, debit, MasterCard, Visa or Paypal.

Days attending

For room assignments and more information, please contact the Studio at

Please register with the Studio, then contact Joseph Machado to make your accommodation and meal payment ($595 for 3 nights or $395 for 2 nights). In your communication with Joseph, please indicate the name and date of the Retreat. (Merit Travel,, 416 345-9726 x5319, 111 Peter Street, Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, TICO-registered #50017680)

Please be advised that Covid-19 regulations are relaxed but subject to change.

  • single rooms, only
  • please stagger yourselves when using shared bathrooms – a shower schedule may be created
  • step outside and breathe deeply as frequently as you can!


The Studio payment is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please check with Merit Travel regarding accommodation and meal cancellation policies.


We may arrive anytime after 3 pm.
5:00-6:20pm Opening and yoga
6:30 Supper
8:00 Meditation and Yoga Nidra
9:15 Closing chant

Friday and Saturday
6:30am Wake-up bell
7:00 Walking meditation
7:15-8:00 Pranayama, mudra and meditation
8:15 Breakfast in silence
Explore, shower, rest…..
10:00am Bell
10:15-12:15pm Yoga
12:30 Lunch
Free time
3:00 Bell
3:15-5:00 Yoga
5:00-5:30 Sitting and guided meditation
6:00 Supper
7:30 Evening meditation and Yoga Nidra
9:00 Closing chant
Silence until campfire

6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Walking meditation
7:15-8:00 Pranayama, mudra and meditation
8:15 Breakfast in silence
10:00 Bell
10:15-12:15pm Yoga
12:30 Lunch


(52 km from 401 & Airport Road) From Hwy 401 go North on Hwy 400. From Hwy 400 exit onto Hwy 9 (to Orangeville) Drive West on Hwy 9 for 32 km to Airport Rd (at Mono Mills, traffic light) Go North (right) onto Airport Road and continue for 7km. Turn West (left) onto Dufferin Rd 7 (aka County Road 7 or Hockley Road) at the amber flashing light. Drive 2.5 km to the ERC sign and turn left up the driveway. The first building on the right is the Dining Hall, parking is on the left, or continue up to the Lodge to unload.

Ecology Retreat Centre, Mono, Ontario, L9W 6N2 Tel: (519) 941-4560. For driving directions from other locations please check the Ecology Retreat Centre website at

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