The Heart of Mindfulness


Molly Swan,
assisted by Jill Davey
and Patricia Rockman

November 18-22, 2015

Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario

Scale: $575/$605/$635
Deposit: $290

Experience the transformative influence of Metta (the Pali word for lovingkindness or friendliness) as it is partnered with Insight Meditation on this silent four-day retreat. With the conditions of struggle and stress so prevalent in our personal lives, and with ill-will, hatred and anger showing more forcefully in the world, the cultivation and expression of Metta becomes more and more necessary to bring about and sustain peace, both inwardly and in the outer world.

Each day will include a full schedule of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, guided meditation, and Dharma talk. There will be group meetings with Molly or Jill or Patricia, as well as optional daily yoga sessions with Sarah Kinsley. The retreat welcomes new and returning meditators.

The retreat is held at Loyola House, a dedicated retreat centre in Guelph, surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful landscape.




About Molly Swan


Molly Swan has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1980's in North America, India, and England, primarily with teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Since 1997 she has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats as well as mentoring individuals and groups. A part of Molly's practice has been supporting others in accessing the precious gift of the Buddhist teachings. She is a co-founder and past Guiding Teacher for True North Insight, and organized and managed retreats for many years in India, England, and Canada.

Molly's path has been primarily the teachings and practice of the Buddha because they speak with such clarity of the possibility of liberation from suffering and struggle that is possible right here, right now - allowing the heart, and life, to truly flower. Other sources of inspiration for Molly have been months of pilgrimage in India, and living 'on the road,' where the experience of stepping into the unknown as a daily experience is a powerful teacher.

Although Molly has been teaching and supporting the Dhamma whole-heartedly for years, she is enjoying a much-reduced teaching schedule now, allowing time in semi-retirement for supporting others in the role of meditation teacher, for pursuing other interests, and for simply ‘being’.




About Jill Davey


Jill Davey has been teaching Hatha Yoga and meditation since 2003. She is the founder and teacher at RiverSound Retreat in Fergus, Ontario. She has been devoted to studying and practicing Vipassana Meditation since her first retreat in 2008. She is an experienced teacher and is being mentored by Molly to lead residential retreats.




About Patricia Rockman


Patricia Rockman is a family physician with a focused practice in mental health and mindfulness. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto and the Director of Education and Clinical Services at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. She is also a trained yoga instructor. She is an experienced teacher and is being mentored by Molly to lead residential retreats.




About Sarah Kinsley


Sarah Kinsley is the coordinator of the Embodied Mind stream of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program in Continuing Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She is currently working at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto as a Child and Family therapist. Sarah has completed four Yoga Teacher Training courses, and has studied with various schools in North America and Asia.  Sarah teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Canada and abroad, aiming to make each session accessible to all learners.



Participant Information

Loyola House


Location: Loyola House, 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario

Arrival Time: 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Sunday, November 22. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch.

Cost: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. We offer a sliding scale with low, mid and high rates that allow retreatants to pay according to their means. Paying at the low rate covers the minimum expense of holding a retreat. The high rate helps ensure TNI’s viability as an organization. The deposit is included in all of our fees.

Please note that the retreat fees pay for your room and three meals a day. This does not include payment to the teacher. Following the 2,500-year-old Buddhist tradition, the teachings are considered priceless and so are offered freely. At the end of the retreat you wil be invited to offer dana, or donations, to the teachers, the retreat manager and TNI.