FRIDAY – You’ll arrive at the farm in Caledon, Ontario after dinner-time on Friday at 6:30 PM for your SOS Retreat. Your host will welcome you and give your small group a brief tour of the property, introducing you to the horses, donkey, chickens and dogs. You’ll then make your way to the raging Cataract waterfalls, where you’ll begin the 1st section of the Elora / Cataract Trail IN SILENCE. (5 KM / 75 minutes) Arriving back at the farm, the campfire will be waiting for you to roast marshmallows soaked in Baileys Irish Cream. We’ll have lots to talk about after your first SOS experience, as you get to know new friends before settling in for a great night’s sleep.
SATURDAY – In the morning, a nourishing breakfast will be provided. (Freshly brewed coffee, tea, juice, home baked pastries, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, and warm breakfast frittatas.) Then, we’ll provide you with nourishing snacks and water for your 2nd section of the Elora / Cataract Trail IN SILENCE. (16 KM / 4 hours) . One by one, you’ll stop at a beautiful little park by a tiny country church where your farm-made lunch will be provided. After an hour break as a group IN SILENCE, you’ll begin the 3rd section of the Elora / Cataract Trail IN SILENCE (11 KM / 3 hours). When everyone has reached the trail destination for the day, transportation will pick-up your group and take you back to the farm, where the silence ends and you’ll have time to change, freshen up, and relax before a dinner of top cut BBQ’d beef and fresh veggie shish-kebabs, wild salmon, and fresh veggies. (An abundance of veggies will be available for the non-meat eaters.) After everyone is full and content, we’ll gather around the campfire (or under cover if it’s raining) to share our experiences from the day. Saturday night will most likely be one of the most peaceful and restorative sleeps you’ve ever had.
SUNDAY – The morning begins much the same way as Saturday – nourishing breakfast and a provision of snacks & water for the trail. Then, transportation back to where you left the trail the day before. The 4th section of the Elora / Cataract Trail IN SILENCE will be an easier start to the day (11 KM / 3 hours). You’ll all meet again for another farm-made lunch and restful break. Then, you’ll commence the FINAL section of the Elora / Cataract Trail IN SILENCE (8 KM / 2 hours). Your SOS Retreat will end inside the historic Knox Presbyterian Church in Elora, where one by one our group will arrive to sit in sacred silence, as each of you individually reflect on what you’ve just accomplished and what it was that became the loudest during your Sounds Of Silence Retreat. Transportation will pick up your group and take you back to the farm, where after the farewells (around 5:00 / 5:30 PM), you’ll head back home to begin – again.
* During The September Long Weekend Retreat – Instead of heading out as soon as you return to the farm Sunday late afternoon, this weekend you will stay for another fully catered dinner at the farm, another campfire, another comfortable sleep, and another nourishing breakfast. No need to rise early. Just sleep in, sit by the fire, walk around the farm, visit with the animals, and reflect. Monday is there for you to breathe in what just happened inside, as you spend one more morning outside.