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Finding Purpose in an Online World

Open Circle & CVC Weekend Virtual Retreat

Fri. Jan. 22, 7:00pm – Sun. Jan. 24, 2:30pm

How can I be "offline" while online?

How do I re-center during the new normal?

What does it mean to be intentional and connected to others while engaging online?

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. In today’s “new normal,” it is not uncommon to feel a little lost or detached from your authentic self. Fully immerse yourself in the experience to gain the most out of the weekend. Step away from the distractions of working from home to fully listen to the needs of your body, mind, and soul. Structured activities, such as guided reflection, as well as social time, will foster deep connections with others in the community. Regardless of your personal intentions, this retreat is an opportunity to take some time to pause and recenter yourself. 

Engage in contemplation and community through hiking, reflective exercises, creative arts, meditation, discussion and games. 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. Awaken to your life as you uncover where you are now in your story and reflect on where your story is taking you. 

This online retreat is thoughtfully crafted to restore you, not exhaust you.

For more information, see our Retreat Brochure


  • Student: $30
  • Waged Recent Alumni: $60

Cost includes activities and materials that will be mailed to you.

Guidelines for Participation:

We ask that you participate in the full retreat experience from Friday 7pm until Sunday 2:30pm. We invite you to better immerse yourself in this experience by limiting all other distractions such as phones, social media, emails, etc. Please inform other household or group members in advance about the times that you will be unavailable. Tips and resources on how to achieve this will be provided on registration.

To Register (deadline January 14):

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: E-transfer your non-refundable fee to Spot is reserved when fee has been paid.

This retreat is available to McMaster undergraduate and graduate students. After December 4th, recent Open Circle/CVC alumni can register for spots that are open.