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Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change: Winter Holiday Retreat Online

December 27, 2021 @ 9:30 am - January 2, 2022 @ 12:30 pm America/Toronto

CAD 200

with Donald Eckler
Contact person: Marianna Siniakova

For this Winter Holiday Retreat join us either in-person at the Shambhala Meditation Centre or online over Zoom. 

If you plan to join online, please register on this page. If you plan to attend in person, please click here.

This seven half days retreat, also referred to as a weekthün in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, is an in-depth meditation retreat. It is a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation — a technique that transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life.

“Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change” is founded on the Shambhala principle that everyone, at their core, is worthy and complete. From this point of view, meditation is not so much a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities, but a powerful way to connect with the inherent goodness and wisdom within our present experience.

The daily meditation practice and routine of the retreat supports our journey of gently making friends with who we are and giving rise to our inherent fearlessness. The design of this program creates an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

This retreat is a “city retreat” and takes place at the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto as well as online over Zoom platform. Practice includes:

  • Sitting and walking meditation
  • Meditation instruction
  • Talks/Discussions
  • Study periods
  • Silence practice


This retreat is open to everyone from beginning meditators to experienced practitioners.  


Participants are encouraged to attend the entire weekthün.

It is possible to attend less than 7 days. If you need to do so, please write in the comment line on the registration page which days you are planning to attend.


Full retreat $200/$240 patron price

Partial attendance $30 per day/$35 patron price (for this option choose pay what you can and add the cost for the number of days you plan to attend)


About Donald Eckler

Donald Eckler is a senior teacher and mindfulness instructor at the Toronto Shambhala Meditation Centre where he teaches regular programs as well as yearly seven-day retreats. He leads weekly mindfulness classes for the Adult Mental Health Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and for faculty and staff at Ryerson University. In early 2019, as a teacher for the Centre for Mindfulness in Public Safety, he facilitated a mindfulness-based wellness program for correctional officers at the Elgin-Middlesex maximum security facility. Donald has trained in end of life care and he offers ongoing spousal-loss programs for Bereaved Families of Ontario. Over the past thirty years he has presented mindfulness programs at schools, universities, YMCA’s, community groups, and symposiums.

For 37 years he was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board where he taught emotionally vulnerable children. He was responsible for designing and introducing the first class in the TDSB to integrate these sensitive, yet inherently good students into regular classrooms.



Please register at least a day in advance to allow enough time to process your registration and to receive the Zoom link. Last minute registrations might not receive access to the program on time. 

If you plan to attend online, register here. If you plan to attend in-person, go to this page.

Other cost options (see details on registration page)
USD 245


December 27, 2021 @ 9:30 am America/Toronto
January 2 @ 12:30 pm America/Toronto
CAD 200
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Toronto Shambhala Center
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670 Bloor St W., Suite 300
Toronto, ON M6G 1L2 CANADA
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