Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Retreat


Nakawe Cuebas Berrios

October 20-23, 2022

Le Manoir de la Forêt
Cantley, QC

You Choose rate* - Scholarship rate**
$445 / $485 / $530
Deposit: $120


We invite you to True North Insight's fourth meditation retreat for BIPOC folx. While we all may have experiences in common, we are also a tapestry of many colours, backgrounds, cultures, orientations, life experiences, world views, and identities. This retreat aims to bring together a community of people of colour for practice in an environment of safety and ease where all of one's self is welcome and appreciated.

The retreat will offer an introduction to Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and heart practices in noble silence as our container.

Through the offerings of guided stationary (seated, standing, or reclined) and movement (walking) instructions, you will become acquainted with the words and philosophy of the Dharma through talks and reflections by the teachers. This is an accessible retreat for meditators in the beginning stages of practice, as well as for those who have some practice experience.

It is our hope that you will experience the practice as an antidote, medicine to the impact of both the individual and collective stress caused by the cultural and structural manifestation of oppression, racism, genocide, and colonization that has impacted BIPOC for and through the generations.

This retreat is taught in English.


We are working to offer transportation through carpool for now.
Shuttle transportation may be provided if the carpool can not respond to all the requests.
Please convey to Sarah, our retreat registrar, what works best for you.
We don't want transportation to be a hindrance.


In-Person COVID-19 Safety Measures: Please click here for more information. 

Cancellation due to COVID: If TNI cancels this retreat due to COVID, we will offer a full refund to all participants.



Nakawe Cuebas Berrios


Nakawe Cuebas Berrios - For over 20 years nakawe has and continues to be a practitioner in the Buddha Dharma. Her first Buddhist teacher was Goenka. Graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program, Community Dharma Leaders Program and the IMS Teacher Trainer Program. At present she teaches retreats and is a community Insight Meditation teacher with New York Insight and other centers.

Working as a Midwife for 40 years.

Her ancestral home is Puerto Rico, blending the Spanish, African and Taino Indian roots that flow from her ancestors, that give her guidance and strength.

Nakawe believes we all have the potential to live a life of wisdom and compassion. These are the teachings of liberation that she wants to share.


Registration Information


LOCATION: Le Manoir de la Forêt, 32 Chemin River, Cantley, QC J8V 3A1.
Most of the rooms at Le Manoir de la Forêt are double rooms. Washrooms are shared, The rooms and the meditation hall are on the second floor, accessible only by stairs.


ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Thursday, October 20. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Sunday, October 23. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. The teachers request that you plan to attend the entire retreat – please arrive on time and stay through the closing talk.


COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees.


Sliding Scale:
You Choose rate* - Scholarship rate**
$445 - $485 - $530


*You Choose Rate - So that TNI can offer this form of financial assistance to as many as possible, please be as generous as you can when choosing your rate, at or above $40 per night ($120 minimum total).

** Scholarship Rate - TNI offers scholarships of up to a 50% reduction of the low rate on our sliding scale to those who request it. For this retreat, the low rate is $445. You can ask up for a scholarship of up to 50% of this rate. For example, if you ask for a 50% scholarship, you would pay $225.


In-Person COVID-19 Safety Measures: Please click here for more information. 

Cancellation due to COVID: If TNI cancels this retreat due to COVID, we will offer a full refund to all participants.