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Opening to the World: A Weekend Retreat

Join us in Owen Sound for our very first Community Meditation weekend retreat. Over two days, we consider what it means to open to the world. What do we long for? What holds us back?

Flexible pricing from $80 to $175. Lunch included. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.


Debbie McCubbin Ken Dow

Debbie McCubbin is a long-time Buddhist student and teacher, with a particular interest in how Buddhism can be understood practically, and can change our everyday lives for the better. Debbie has three children all in their 20s, and works for a software company part-time.

Ken Dow is a trained meditation coach and course leader, and one of the founders of Community Meditation. He has been certified as a Big Mind process facilitator and a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. Ken is a freelance developer, writer and teacher.


The schedule (subject to change) is below.

Saturday (9-5)

  • Welcome
  • Sitting and walking meditation (with instruction)
  • Talk + discussion: What does opening to the world mean?
  • Meditation
  • Meditation
  • Talk/exercise: Exploring openness
  • Meditation
  • Practice: Integrating writing with meditation

Sunday (9-12)

  • Check in
  • Meditation
  • Practice: Connecting with the world
  • Dyad/discussion
  • Group discussion
  • Wrap Up

Plan to leave early afternoon on Sunday.

Cost (choose your price in the cart)

  • Regular: $150
  • Affordability: $80 or $110
  • Supporter: $175


Location: Harmony Centre, Owen Sound, Ontario

Accommodation:  A place to stay for Friday and Saturday nights is not included in the retreat fee. We will have limited free billets with Owen Sound members of Community Meditation. In addition, we will be booking hotel room discounts if there are enough people. 

After you register, if you don't live close enough to stay in your own home, please email with the subject line Retreat Weekend to indicate your accommodation preferences and whether you are interested in sharing a hotel room with someone else from the retreat. We will work with you to provide a place to stay, unless you prefer to arrange it on your own.

Meals: We will provide a simple lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and you will be on your own for other meals. We will arrange a group dinner on Saturday evening for those who wish to eat together.

Ride Sharing:  If you would like to share a ride (either offering or need a ride), please email with the subject line Retreat Weekend, where you will be coming from geographically, and whether you need a ride or are offering a ride (and how many people you can fit).

Begins April 29th at 9:00 am


We offer Affordability payment levels for those who cannot manage the Regular event fee, and Supporter payment levels for those who can contribute extra to help offset the cost of our Affordabilty program. You can choose the appropriate level after clicking Register.