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Retreats + Workshops

Sunday, July 28th, 2024

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Yoga and Ayurveda One Day Retreat

Arvi Gosmo has been holding retreats with other facilitators in the past 8 years combining yoga, food and music. After acquiring much experience and skills from these events, she is now forging forward to hold space on her own in this one-day retreat of

Yoga and Ayurveda (sister science of Yoga). 

 

This retreat will focus on revitalizing and energizing the body, mind and spirit
through body movement, breath work, meditation and nutrition.

 

Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, gender and religious affiliation.

This retreat is open to young adults and adults, 16 years of age and up.

Date: Sunday, July 28, 2024

Time: 9am to 4:30pm

Place: St. Brigid Villa, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph,  Ontario

Cost: $145/person, $120 Early Bird Special Until June 15, 2024

To sign up, please email Arvi at arvigosmo@gmail.com

Here’s what to expect

● Connecting with like-minded individuals
● Therapeutic Yoga and Yin Yoga
● Journaling
● Walking in nature - time alone or with a friend
● Introduction to Ayurveda
● Preparing and Cooking our lunch - with Ayurvedic Nutritional guidelines
● Cleansing and Balancing our Energy Centres (Chakras)
● Breathing Exercises
● Meditation

Here’s what to bring

● A yoga mat
● A blanket
● Two yoga blocks
● A bolster

● A yoga strap

About the facilitator

After more than 25 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very knowledgeable and
highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own restaurant and established
a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back up her expertise in the culinary trade.

 

Along with being a professional chef, Arvi is also a seasoned yogi. She has been a yoga
practitioner for over 30 years. She holds a 200 Hour Yoga Teachers Training Certificate and has
been teaching for the last 4 years.  She is currently finishing her 300 Hour Yoga Teachers Training.

 

www.magnoliacatering.ca
www.umwukayoga.com

May 30th-June 2nd, 2024

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Snake Island Weekend Retreat

Our 5th annual weekend of songwriting, fine food, and yoga

in a fabulous natural setting

Arvi Gosmo and James Gordon have worked together since 2020 to create a weekend retreat setting that has turned out to be a very rewarding experience for all of their participants. They’ve been thrilled with the success of these events. Due to popular demand, they are adding a spring retreat this coming May, this time returning to our original location: Snake Island on Ontario's Lake Simcoe. Remote but just one hour North of Toronto. It’s a welcoming setting ideally suited to what they have been offering. This will be an intimate, exclusive gathering as there are just 12 rooms available in this unique Lighthouse setting.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The retreat runs from Thursday supper until Sunday Afternoon.

  •  An opening reception and song circle.

  •  6 delicious and nutritious gourmet meals cooked from scratch on-site by Arvi, including a cooking class on Saturday where you’ll create your own meal!

  • A songwriting workshop, an assignment that will get you started on the song you’ll write, and a group songwriting exercise.

  • Additional workshops on lyrics, melody, structure, co-writing, whatever you’re interested in, as well as the return of the popular ‘Songs you Love’ song analysis session. Let us know if you have ideas about what we can offer.

  • Friday and Saturday night song circle and jamming.

  • Lots of time and inviting spaces for you to work on your song.

  • One-on-one time with James to nurture along with your song.

  • Sunday afternoon session where you’ll share your new song, get positive feedback, and a recording of it.

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in your own spacious and comfortable room. Couples welcome too.

Let us know your dietary concerns. We know you’ll love the food. Coffee, tea, water, juice, and snacks will be available throughout the day. Light snacks will also be offered in between meals. Bring your own alcohol.

The Cost

$825 for the weekend; (10% discount for couples) 

NO EXPERIENCE or Instrument necessary.

You’ll write a great song and others will help.

Payment by e-transfer to james@jamesgordon.ca

The Facilitators

James Gordon is known in Canadian music circles as the “Songwriter’s Songwriter”. He’s written more than 1500 songs, and released 40 albums solo or with his former band Tamarack.

 

He was songwriter-in-residence at CBC radio for many years, primarily with Arthur Black’s show,has led many songwriting retreats, solo or with Katherine Wheatley, and has been conducting his “Song Doctor” classes for a few years as well. His song “Frobisher Bay” has been recorded by over 100 artists world-wide, and his song “Mining For Gold”, made famous by the Cowboy Junkies, has appeared in numerous films.

 

This year he had a viral hit: 300,000 views of his controversial ‘Crybabies Caravan’, and his first novel was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock

Humour Award.

www.jamesgordon.ca

After more than 25 years of culinary experience, Arvi Gosmo is a very knowledgeable and highly successful culinary chef. She has cooked and owned her own restaurant and established a successful catering business with numerous testimonials to back up her expertise in the culinary trade.

Along with being a professional chef, Arvi is also a seasoned yogi. She has been a yoga

practitioner for over 30 years and also holds a 200 Hour Yoga Teachers Training Certificate.

She is currently in Rwanda helping to establish a retreat center there.

www.magnoliacatering.ca

www.umwukayoga.com

Arvi and James would love to share this unique experience with you.

More details on request: james@jamesgordon.ca or 226-971-9132

Julia B.

Songwriting has largely been an independent process for me and the collaboration only

happened once the song was born. During this retreat weekend, I was able to come alongside

other songwriters as we each created our new songs. It is a gift to have a window into this

creative and nurturing process. Songwriters are also such a joy to jam with! I highly recommend

these retreats for new and seasoned songwriters.

Neil H.

James and Arvi gave us a great weekend retreat of good music, good food and good vibes.

The feeling of isolation you get from the location focuses your musical efforts. I have

written a recordable song at every retreat.

Connie M.

What a joyful retreat in a serene setting in Clarksburg. James skillfully nurtured our

songwriting efforts, while Arvi nourished us with delicious food and gentle yoga.

Collaborating with such talented participants as well resulted in many wonderful new tunes

and friendships. I so appreciate the trusting and supportive environment that allowed us

all to create something wonderful.

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