“What I like best about the retreat is the depth of knowledge of the teachers”

“The retreat reminded me of the stillness inside, of what’s important in my work life and personal life”

“The retreat benefited my ability to recognize when I am overwhelmed by lack of control and providing energy to those in my life”

“The retreat brought a sense of calm to my day and helped me recharge to be able to continue providing compassion to others”

“The retreat benefited me by cultivating self-compassion, to be more compassionate, more present for colleagues and patients at work and friends and family at home”

– Retreat Testimonials






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Mud & Lotus Wellness would like to invite you to a one day Urban Retreat!



Being Kind to Ourselves: Mindful Self-Compassion


“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that its bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

– PEMA CHODRON, Start Where You Are



Saturday November 10, 2018 –  9:30 am – 4:00 pm



Multi-Faith Centre – University of Toronto



$85 for the day *Registration deadline is Nov. 3, 2018

To register and complete payment please go to our Eventbrite link provided below:



Are you looking to nourishing your well-being and resilience? If you are, then this is the event for you!


We will spend a day together engaging in a variety of Mindful Self-Compassion practices developed by Kristin Neff (Ph. D) and Christopher Germer (Ph. D). Mindful Self-Compassion entails combining three core components; self-kindness, common humanity (our connection to others) and Mindfulness. Participants will learn ways of attending to their own needs in a kind and caring way while also attending to the needs of others.


This one day urban retreat will be an interactive and experiential event promoting your well-being and resilience. Everyone is welcome, whether you have been practicing for years or are just beginning your journey with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.



  • A cushion or something comfortable to sit on, including a yoga mat if you have one
  • A light blanket or something to cover yourself with for deep relaxation practice and for your comfort throughout the day
  • Comfortable clothing that you can sit and move around in, layers are typically preferable to accommodate for the temperature of the room
  • A jacket and comfortable shoes as some practices will take place outside
  • Please bring a lunch. We will provide a light snack
  • We would recommend that everyone bring a bottle of water with them to support their hydration and well-being throughout the day



  • We will maintain silence throughout our time together
  • Pictures will be taken at the event for promotional purposes…if you have any concerns about this please speak with the facilitators


We look forward to seeing you there!


Dagmara & Anna Marie

Co-founders of Mud & Lotus Wellness


WORKSHOP – Helping the Helper: Mindfulness Informed Compassion


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There is a cost of caring for others in emotional pain. Burnout and empathy fatigue are normal consequences of the vital work that helping professionals engage in. Professional caregivers can be defined as individuals whose career it is to alleviate the suffering of those in need, this includes professionals working in healthcare, education, emergency services, criminal justice and social services.

As professional caregivers there are evidence based ways for us to enhance our resilience and career longevity. Using the methodologies of mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, and compassion we will explore a practice that promotes health, wellness and resiliency in professional caregivers.  To begin, we will explore a variety of motivational “myths” that drive professionals in their unrelenting dedication to those in their care. This includes concepts experienced by many professional caregivers of “giving until it hurts” which is a sacrificial approach that leaves them feeling diminished and depleted. We will highlight evidence that links best outcomes for those in our care to the well-being and resilience of professional caregivers. We will delve into alternative “ways of being” including the use of mindful awareness of body, emotions, thoughts, behaviours and relationships associated with the professional caregiver role. We will explore both the practice of self -compassion and compassion, considering their difference. Drawing upon neuroscience and theories of the social brain, we will explore a variety of ways to enhance professional caregivers abilities to continue the long term work of supporting themselves and those in their care.



Saturday Jan. 19 & Sunday Jan. 20 – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm



Multi-Faith Centre – University of Toronto



$365 for two day *Registration deadline is Jan. 4, 2019*

To register and complete payment please go to our Eventbrite link provided below:




Past Events – Urban Retreats






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