A Weekend of Bhakti! Chant and Yoga Retreat

with Brenda and Yoga Instructors/Hosts Wendy & Darin Madore

at Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island, ON (Kingston area)

Brenda McMorrow, Wendy and Darin Madore

A beautiful way to spend the Victoria Day Long weekend (2 evening or 3 evening as well as non-residential options available)

This heart-opening retreat will explore the sacred, healing sounds of ancient mantra and the joyous singing of Kirtan (a practice of devotional or Bhakti Yoga). Designed for those who would love to experience and learn more about the practice of Kirtan, we warmly welcome beginners and those looking to deepen their current chanting practice.

Shanti Retreat Waterfront

The weekend will consist of daily yoga classes, led by Wendy and Darin, meditation, in-depth afternoon chant workshops and special evening Kirtan concerts led by Brenda McMorrow and friends. Delicious vegetarian meals will be served and there will be free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful waterfront setting of Shanti. Yoga and meditation classes will be suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

All scheduled activities are completely optional.

Devotional Chant artist, Brenda McMorrow travels worldwide sharing her special approach to the joyous, ancient practice of Kirtan. Brenda has a diverse musical career spanning 20 years, and a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound. She is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for its high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal and has been invited to Bhakti festivals and events in the U.S., Canada, Italy and Germany as part of her 2011 tour schedule. Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.

Main Yoga/Kirtan room at Shanti

Weekend Schedule


Arrival anytime after 2pm

5-6:30pm – hatha yoga

6:45pm – dinner

8:15pm – Kirtan


Early morning tea, coffee, fruit and trail mix available

8:30-10:30 am – yoga and meditation

10:45am – brunch


1pm-4:30pm – Chant Workshop (followed by light snacks)

6:30pm – dinner

8pm – Kirtan


Early morning tea, coffee, fruit, and trail mix available

7:30am – silent walk

8:30-10:30am yoga

10:45am – brunch

Noon-3:30pm – Chant Workshop (followed by light snacks)

Optional three night stay option (Sunday evening)

6:30pm – dinner

8pm – Mantra Meditation with Brenda


Early morning tea, coffee, fruit, and trail mix available

8:30-10:30 – yoga with live music

10:45 – brunch

Early afternoon departure

Retreat Rate

– All inclusive 2 night option (Fri.- Sun. afternoon) – $300.00 plus HST ($39) $339.00 pp

– All inclusive 3 night option (Fri. – Mon.) – $400.00 plus HST ($52) $452.00 pp

Non-Residential Rate

– Saturday and Sunday afternoon Chant workshops only – $100.00 plus HST ($13) $113.00 for both sessions

– Saturday afternoon Chant workshop, dinner, and evening Kirtan plus Sunday afternoon Chant workshop – $150.00 plus HST ($19.50) $169.50 pp

To register, please contact Wendy or Darin by telephone or e-mail: info@shantiretreat.ca (613) 385-9912

Live Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow, Allison and Rob Menegoni

After 7 years attending and staffing Intensives, and completing the Masters’ Training course in California last year, I am thrilled and honoured to be offering my first Enlightenment Intensive this March! As is the tradition, my first Intensive will be offered “at cost”, so the price is definitely right! ($300 + HST)

I have seen such magnificent things happen for myself and others on E.I.’s; it is the most powerful and transformative process that I have discovered and I am so pleased to invite you to come and experience it with me!


Enlightenment Intensive
March 3 – March 7, 2011

Dancing Creek Retreat

Vienna, Ontario

Facilitated by Brenda McMorrow

“Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
– Ramana Maharshi

The Enlightenment Intensive is a highly focused and self-empowering process that combines an Eastern style “Who Am I?” contemplation with a communication structure found in various Western methods of psychology. There is no dogma or belief system taught on an Intensive. You discover the truth for yourself through direct experience.


A direct experience of your true nature occurs in a timeless instant, is undeniable and is accompanied by a deep, abiding sense of peace. In that moment of knowing, a profound union occurs. A direct experience with the true nature of one’s self is not reserved only for a select few. It is available to all. To give yourself the opportunity to experience this will likely be one of the greatest gifts of your lifetime!

“As we awaken we discover that we are not limited by who we think we are. All the stories we tell ourselves – the judgments, the problems, the whole identity of the small self, the ‘body of fear’–can be released in a moment, and a timeless sense of grace and liberation can open for us.” – Jack Kornfield

In addition to the contemplation/communication structure (called a “dyad”), each day will consist of periods of sitting and walking contemplations, exercise and rest time. You will be reminded to stay with your contemplation; the schedule is highly structured and clear, and the staff is there to take care of your needs so that you can completely immerse yourself in your self-inquiry.

This Intensive is being offered at cost: $300 + HST will cover food and shared accommodation.
A $125 non-refundable deposit is required by February 8, 2011 to ensure your space.

There is much more that can be shared about the Enlightenment Intensive. You are invited to e-mail Brenda at info@brendamcmorrow.com if you have any questions. A very informative website recommended to visit is: www.sandoth.com

About Brenda…

Brenda attended her first Enlightenment Intensive in 2003.
For the seven years since then Brenda has been involved in
staffing and attending Intensives, as well as completing
the Enlightenment Intensive Master’s training course.
She is grateful for the loving guidance of her teachers:
Russel Scott, Yoah Wexler, Edrid and Osha Reader.

Dancing Creek main house (accommodation and meals)

Dancing Creek Retreat - workshop/meeting building