Category Archives: Workshops

New to Yoga! We have courses for you. Yoga for Beginners Spring 2017

Over eight sessions, learn the fundamentals of yoga to help you become more physically fit, mentally calm and energetic. Just give us a call at 514-875-9642 to register and reserve your spot in the next sessions.


~ lowers blood pressure,
~ helps with weight loss or weight management through relaxation,
~ lowers stress levels through positive psychology and emotional regulation,
~ improves posture which repairs or prevents repetitive strain injuries,
~ and promotes a resilient immune system.

THURSDAYS, MARCH 23rd to MAY 11th ~ 6:15 – 7:45 pm
with Pierre-Vincent Breault

TUESDAYS, MARCH 21st to MAY 9th ~ 6 – 7:30 pm
with Elyse Stewart

Fee: $100 plus taxes (Fee includes a yoga mat for each class. )

Cultivating a Heart that Embraces the World – Meditation and More

Meditation Basics and the 4 Brahamaviharas with Allison Ulan
6 Sundays from 2:30 – 4:15 pm ~ March 26th to May 14th, 2017

(No classes on April 16th and April 30th.)

Have you wanted to work with your emotional states instead of struggling with them? Do you want to know how to deal with your stress skillfully? Have you wanted to be more focused in your daily tasks? If you answered yes to these questions, then mindfulness (vipassana) meditation and the brahma viharas are for you.

Meditation, at it’s essence, is learning to recognize the nature with our minds. When practiced with patience, we learn how to use our mind and senses with skill.  As we develop our meditation “muscles” we live with more compassion & joy with ourselves and with the world at large.

Through this six session course with Allison Ulan, we will review the basics of mediation and then study in-depthly the 4 Brahmaviharas – the traditional meditation practices to develop emotional resilience and maturity. These meditations cultivate tranquility, open our understanding to the transitory nature of emotions and nurture a mind/heart that works skillfully with the life as it is.

The course program will include:

~ Meditation practices of the Brahmaviharas which are kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

~ Study of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path,

~ Lectures on the various heart qualities essential for Mind/Heart Training,

~ Interactive themes played with in weekly discussions,

~ Cultivation of a daily mindful meditation practice and calm abiding practices,

~ learn techniques to understand and disarm stress,

~ and Mindful communication approaches.

Investment: $80 plus taxes for the six session course or one session drop in rate is $16 plus taxes

One work study position is available for people needing financial assistance to this course. Contact Allison at to apply for the position.

Meditation & Yoga Retreat – The Four Noble Truths, the Buddha’s First Teaching with Allison Ulan and Barry Gillespie

Friday, April 28th to Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario

The Four Noble Truths point the way to transform our understanding of and relationship with life. Their wisdom guides us to live with greater ease and joy. The First Truth states the undeniable fact that discomfort and suffering are a natural part of life. The Second Noble Truth identifies the cause of this discord, while the Third points to the way to release these self-created causes and lead to a sense of inner freedom. The Path towards this freedom is the Fourth Noble Truth.

In this week long retreat, Barry and Allison will present how Vipassana (Insight) and Metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation practices are the sound foundations to cultivate these truths. When practiced with patience and consistency, meditation untangles the internal obstacles which hinder us from living with ease, equanimity and fortitude.

The retreat will flow seamlessly through daily practice sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation, yoga sessions and dharma talks exploring the profound teachings of the Four Noble Truths. Plus there will be time to ease into your practice and interview time with each of the senior teachers for individual guidance. The retreat is open to students familiar with basic Insight Meditation and/or Loving-Kindness Meditation.

Cost: 7 days for accommodations and food –
Single room: $755,
Double Room: $650
Dana – Payment to the teachers for their time and teachings is additional.

To register, please contact the Galilee Centre at


Allison Ulan teaches and co-directs Ashtanga Yoga Montreal. She combines the traditional Vipassana meditation and Metta Meditation with sensory games, neurology training and mindful communication practices to help meditators access clarity, ease and joy. She has been studying Yoga and Meditation since 1989. Her main teachers are the teachers and staff of the IMS Retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts where she has sat several long retreats. Her other teacher is Pema Chodron who she studies with annually. In 2015, she was certified as a Mindful Meditation teacher in the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Program at Spirit Rock, Woodacres, California. She continues her studies and retreat at IMS.

Barry Gillespie lived and taught in Ottawa for 26 years. He was a co-owner of Santosha Yoga from when is was founded in the 90’s until 2004 when he moved to Boulder, Colorado. He was introduced to formal meditation practice in 1978 through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. In 2003, he began exploring Theravada Buddhist practice, sitting many long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA. His principal teacher is Guy Armstrong. He is an affiliated teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado.

Lift Retreat

April 28, 29 and 30, 2017.

Come join us for this awesome and fulfilling experience. This event also supports a group of kids to experience the next summer Camp LIFT in August 2017. We hope to share this wonderful weekend with you! See you soon!

After the success and awesome experience of our first adult retreat last November 2016, we are very happy to invite you to our 2nd LIFT Adult Retreat from Friday April 28th to Sunday April 30th. All profits will support our awesome work with youth at risk. For a whole weekend in the beautiful landscape of Sutton, come discover and embody the values and principles of LIFT: healthy mind, body and spirit through nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness!

Our health experts will be around all week-end with participants, to answer questions, provide services and especially to join the fun. Our main objectives are that you feel amazing, have fun and meet awesome people.

The Team
Jeanne Mudie – Yoga teacher –
Meesh Coles – Holistic Chef
Jonathan Naylor – Osteopath
Elvis Grahovic – Mindfulness teacher – co-founder of LIFT
Jonathan Sbrollini – co-founder of LIFT
Benjamin Sbrollini – co-founder of LIFT
Amélie B. Simard – LIFT ambassador

The prices                           
399$ for double rooms
449$ for single cabins



Cranio Sacral Therapy & Restorative Yoga: A Hands-On Approach with Tony Eng

Saturday April 29th ~ 2 – 5 pm

This hands-on practical workshop will take you through a journey of the nervous system. We will blend the two worlds of total relaxation bliss, Cranio Sacral Therapy and Restorative Yoga.

Cranio Sacral Therapy is an osteopathic technique that focuses on harmonizing the central nervous system using subtle therapeutic touch. Along with restorative yoga postures, which also promote the body’s rest and restore state, this will increase the body’s innate ability to stimulate its self-healing powers.

We will explore deeper understandings of the central nervous system and how we can reduce stress, anxiety and many other aliments that create imbalances in the body that may be triggered by past traumas.

This workshop is open to yoga teachers, bodyworkers or anyone who wants to learn the art of subtle healing touch of down-regulating the nervous system and bringing balance back to the body, mind and soul.

Fee: $40 in advance or $45 on the day

Tony Eng is a certified massage therapist that specializes in an osteopathic approach, using techniques such as cranio sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, neural manipulation, somato-emotional release, myo-fascia release and brain therapy. He has an extensive teaching background in several bodywork modalities. Tony is able to share his knowledge and teachings of the importance of intuitive touch and bio-mechanics of the body. He believes the body is a sacred place and it deserves the upmost metta!