From October 10-12th, the Ontario collective held its annual “Camp Couchiching Seminar” in Orillia Ontario. We had 110 people total of which 25 were “new” – attending a collective weekend event for the first time. We were also delighted to host a few brothers and sisters from collectives beyond the borders of Toronto (Kingston, Ottawa) and even the United States (Buffalo and Canajoharie)!

As in the previous years the focus of the seminar was on the new people, and having the opportunity to introduce many aspects of Sahaj culture such as a havan, mantras, puja and treatments. It was truly a collective effort to make the weekend comfortable and enjoyable for the new people and no doubt this is why it worked out so beautifully.

Friday night we arrived at the camp, enjoyed some snacks, and had a wonderful welcome mediation with a talk of Shri Mataji. The town hall was cold and one wasn’t sure if the cool breeze came from the draft or from our hands.

Saturday morning we had two meditation sessions – before and after breakfast, continued by a treatment workshop of footsoak and candeling. The new people figured out if they needed the right or left side treatment.

The planned shoebeat session was cancelled due to a shower of rain, but was quickly replaced by a lecture on lemons and chillies. We enjoyed free time on Saturday after lunch and were happy to see the sun coming out. We had lots of fun playing games, exploring the scenic grounds – hiking, canoeing and kayaking while making new friends. We then had a Q & A session with great questions from our new and not so new yogis answered by a panel of experienced yogis. Following the Q & A we had a simple havan. After dinner on Saturday we continued with head massage, stories and bhajans. The vibrations were flowing and by then everybody felt settled in.

Sunday morning was a workshop on how music can help to get into the state of meditation and was demonstrated so successfully, that no one was able to think after that. To maintain this state we performed a simple puja, which was explained beautifully to the new people. Everyone was invited to come forward to offer flowers to Shri Mataji while bhajans were performed. The vibrations throughout the puja were tremendous and several yogis commented that they felt an exceptionally open heart.

We wrapped up the weekend by sharing with each other in small groups our reflections from the weekend. Parting gifts of hand painted candle holders and ghee bottles were given to the newer yogis.

Throughout the weekend, we all felt incredible vibrations and the depth of the experience was clear from the shining faces of both new and old yogis. Though the schedule was quite busy the entire weekend had a very balanced feel to it – nothing felt rushed and we had time to truly connect with each other, including people we hadn’t met before.

Group 3

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