Embodied and Free: establishing mindfulness and freedom through the body


Dawn Scott

April 10-14, 2023

Loyola House
Guelph, ON

$610 / $670 / $730
Deposit: $305

During this four-night residential retreat, we’ll practice with three specific exercises fundamental to the first establishment of mindfulness: anatomical parts, elements, and cemetery contemplations. Practicing with the first establishment will support us in cultivating mindfulness while also laying the foundation for liberative insight into the nature of the body. Each day will consist of guided meditations, periods of sitting and walking, brahma vihara practice, and an evening dharma talk.

This retreat is taught in English.



Dawn Scott, meditation teacher


Dawn Scott has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2008 and served as the Family Program Coordinator for eight years at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society’s 2017 – 2021 teacher training program, a co-principal teacher of Marin Sangha, and is a core teacher of Spirit Rock’s Liberation, Emptiness, and Awareness Practices (LEAP) Program and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Insight Meditation's joint program, Exploring the Heart of Freedom. Dawn has a deep love of long retreat practice and the Buddha's liberative teachings.

Registration Information


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LOCATION: Loyola House, 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario (http://www.loyolahouse.ca/)
All of the rooms at Loyola House are single rooms with a sink. Some rooms have a private bathroom; otherwise, washrooms are shared.


ARRIVAL TIME: 4:00-5:30 pm, Monday, April 10. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Friday, April 14. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch. The teacher requests 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:
$610 - $670 - $730



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