“The retreat was an oasis in the midst of a busy mind…a chance to breathe, unwind, slow down, be present, and remember whats important.”

“This retreat has helped me to be a better clinician by emphasizing how important it is to be kind and compassionate to ourselves everyday.”

“The retreat gave me space and time to practice in a supportive, guided setting.”

– Retreat Testimonials

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Mud and Lotus Wellness was started by two Social Work friends and colleagues, Dagmara Urbanowicz MSW, RSW and Anna Marie Batelaan MSW, RSW. They have been long time Mindfulness and Compassion practitioners who translated their passion into teaching.

Like many others they entered the helping profession with the aspiration to help others and alleviate suffering.  Their Social Work experience, in working with vulnerable populations, has highlighted to them the importance of also attending to their own personal well-being.

They believe that by promoting the well-being and resilience of ourselves through Mindfulness and Compassion practices we nourish and promote positive relationship with ourselves and others.



  • Nov 23rd, 2019 Equine Mindfulness Retreat: Happiness in this Moment

  • January 2020: Mindful Self-Compassion Program