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Disconnect to Reconnect

Open Circle & CVC Weekend Retreat

Fri. Jan. 10, 4:30pm – Sun. Jan. 12, 4pm

Discover yourself
For more authentic living
To recharge the soul

Reconnect to your authentic self through a weekend retreat filled with opportunities to recharge yourself, connect with others, and get back in touch with your center. This retreat serves as a quiet space to re-center, unplug, and focus on the parts of ourselves that want to be heard. Awaken to your life as you uncover where you are now in your story and reflect on where your story is taking you.

Engage in contemplation and community through hiking, reflective exercises, creative arts, meditation, cooking and sharing meals. We’ll put away our phones and connect with others face-to face in an atmosphere of respect and safety, sharing your story and listening deeply to others. Take this chance to ask questions of your inner self and listen for meaningful answers.



  • Student: $140
  • Waged Recent Alumni: $215

Cost includes transportation, accommodations, food (vegetarian options), and activities/materials.


We will provide transportation for those participating in the entire weekend. (When you register, please indicate if you will have access to a car to help with the transportation. Gas will be reimbursed.) We will meet on Friday, Jan 10 (4:30pm). We will return by 4 pm on Sunday, Jan. 12. If you wish to join in later or leave early, you will need to arrange for your own transportation.


We’ll be staying at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre, about a 40-minute drive North of Hamilton. We’ve reserved a cozy house that is surrounded by trees, woodlands, and nature trails.

To Register (deadline January 8):

Spots are limited. Your Spot is reserved when you do both of the following:

  • Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form (New Window)
  • Step 2: Arrange to give your $50 non-refundable deposit to a Reflection Circle Facilitator, by e-transfer or arrange to drop it off by contacting: Your spot is only reserved once deposit has been paid.

This retreat is available to McMaster undergraduate and graduate students. After November 29, recent Open Circle/CVC alumni can register for spots that are open.