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Open Circle & CVC Weekend Retreat

Re-centering: listening for your inner self

Fri. Jan. 11 evening – Sun. Jan. 13 afternoon

How can I hear my inner voice amidst the noise of outside opinions and judgments?

Listen for your authentic self at a weekend retreat filled with opportunities to explore your inner desires and true passions. Life can overwhelm us with noise and distraction, and sometimes it’s hard to hear our inner voice. This retreat serves as a quiet space to re-center and focus on the parts of ourselves that want to be heard.

Engage in contemplation and community through hiking, reflective exercises, creative arts, meditation, and cooking and sharing meals. Learn to pay attention to the kinds of voices that inform your perception of yourself and make mindful decisions about whether those voices help you hear yourself clearly. Connect with others by sharing your story and listening deeply to theirs. Take this chance to ask questions of your inner self and listen for meaningful answers.



  • Student: $140
  • Waged Recent Alumni (Early Bird Price, by December 13): $195
  • Waged Recent Alumni (after December 13): $215


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 11 (5:30pm). We will return by 4 pm on Sunday, Jan. 13. 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 9):

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

This retreat is available to McMaster undergraduate and graduate students. After December 6, recent Open Circle/CVC alumni can register for spots that are open.