People of Colour Retreat


DaRa Williams
assisted by:
Matthew Hepburn
Jeanne Corrigal

April 13-16, 2020

Loyola House
Guelph, ON

You Choose Rate*,
Scholarship rate**,
$395 / $460 / $510
Deposit: $120

We invite you to True North Insight's second silent meditation retreat for practitioners of colour. 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. It is an intention for the retreat that you will leave on the last day with a new or renewed understanding that there is the possibility for living a life with clarity and wisdom and not reactivity and suffering.

The retreat will offer an introduction to insight meditation (Vipassana) and mindfulness, and as well as an opportunity to practice in a silent retreat context. Through the offering of guided meditations, pointers on sitting and walking posture and an introduction to metta practice, you will become acquainted with the words and philosophy of the dharma through talks and reflections by teachers. In addition, opportunities to ask questions in the full group setting will make this an accessible retreat for meditators in beginning stages of practice as well as those who may have some practice experience. We will explore the fundamental teachings of the Buddha as a doorway to freedom and to meeting life’s difficulties with balance and clarity.

Participants will be offered guidance on bringing the practice into daily life, to live lightly in this world, with a compassionate heart and the spirit of the Dharma in everything we do.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your practice with the teachers in small group meetings, and individually, by sign-up request.

It is our hope that through engaging this invitation to retreat you will experience the practice as an antidote 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 POC for and through the generations.

Looking forward to seeing you in April 2020 and walking a bit of this journey together as a community.





DaRa Williams, Meditation Teacher


DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."


jeanne corrigal, meditation teacher



Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and joyfully leads the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.  Jeanne is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program.


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Matthew Hepburn, Matthew first embraced the Dharma through the Dalai Lama’s teachings on wise action and the virtues of living an ethical life for the benefit of all beings. Seeing his day-to-day life immediately benefit from training in ethics and compassionate action, he began sitting his first silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein.

Based in the Boston area, Matthew has had the great fortune to have IMS as a primary place to support his retreat practice, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) to support his practice in daily life. At CIMC he has studied with and received invaluable mentorship from Narayan Liebenson, Larry Rosenberg, and Madeline Klyne.

Matthew’s natural way of teaching is to approach mindfulness from a primary orientation of compassion & kindness, and help practitioners discover confidence (and wonder) in the immediacy of freedom available in this moment. He has a strong interest in intentionally developing relationship to make the unconscious conscious, especially in the service of transforming conditioning we inherit through our social locations (e.g., gender___, race, sexual orientation). For the last several years he has lead and learned from multiple affinity-based communities exploring privilege, identity, internalized oppression, and compassionate engagement.

Since 2012, Matthew has taught in spaces ranging from schools and prisons to fast-growing tech-startups. He now enjoys a full life of bringing Buddha-dharma and contemplative practices to people in both broad and deep contexts: He teaches classes and builds ongoing relationships with new & dedicated students as a core teacher at CIMC, and spreads the development of wisdom and wellbeing to wider audiences through his work in content development at Ten Percent Happier.

Matthew Hepburn is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, and finds continued inspiration growing with, and learning from, the deepening friendships blossoming there.


Registration Information


LOCATION: Loyola House, 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario.

All of the rooms at Loyola House are single rooms with a sink. Washrooms are shared.


ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Monday, April 13. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Thursday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch


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**,
$395 - $460 - $510


* 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 $395. 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 $200.