A Commemorative Animation For Michael Stone

A Commemorative Animation For Michael Stone

Like many of us.  Michael Stone was my Zen and yoga teacher and dharma friend.  

When I first heard the news of his coma my heart and stomach sank with everyone in disbelief.  I prayed at my altar to his photograph as his life hung in the balance.  When he was taken off of life support I placed his image on the ground and began to trace it.

Gravity TO Fall Nature Hike in High Park

Event: Gravity TO Fall Nature Hike in High Park

Date: Sunday Sept. 30, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You're Invited: No need to confirm your attendance just come, family and friends are welcome, children most welcome, unfortunately no pets.

What to bring with you: dress for the weather, bring hat, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes or boots, bring binoculars if you have them

Description: Hike will enjoy the fall flora and fauna. We will experience the fall bird migration.  

Location: High Park, Toronto, we will meet at the Grenadier Restaurant located in the heart of the park.  I will be near the entrance to the Grenadier Restaurant located beside the parking lot.  Website www.highparktoronto.com

How to get there: Park is located south of Bloor Street between Keele/Parkside Drive in the east and Ellis Park Road on the west and runs south to The Queensway.  There is parking available at the park, there is a large parking area located in the middle near the Grenadier Restaurant.  

TTC: go to High Park Station and walk south to Bloor Street and walk along Colborne Lodge Drive to the Grenadier Restaurant.  


Hi friends,

The dates for the 2018 Gravity non-residential weekend meditation retreat are set: October 19-21. This is a great opportunity to slow down and take time to tune in as the seasonal rhythm also slows down and turns inwards.

I will be hosting the retreat in the new house, which has fewer spaces available than the last one (fourteen) so spots will be reserved initially for those who can attend the full weekend.

No one will be turned away from the retreat. Gravity can offer financial assistance if it will enable you to attend.





An opportunity to deepen your practice without having to leave the city. 

Where: Grant's house (near Brock Ave and Dundas St., Toronto)

When: October 19, 20, 21.
friday evening 7-9pm
saturday 9-12pm lunch 1:30pm- 4:15pm
sunday 9-12pm lunch 1:30pm - 2:30pm
bring lunch; alternatively, there are plenty of places on dundas or queen to buy a lunch.
zafus (meditation cushions), benches, and zabutons provided.

What: schedule will consist of 40 minute sits separated by 20 minute periods walking meditation either inside or outside, with a talk by Grant on Saturday afternoon.


$108 Early Bird rate until September 1st

$130 after September 1st 

Mindfulness Challenge - The Centre for Mindfulness Studies


We’re delighted to invite you to Mindfulness Challenge 2018, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies’ “meditate-athon” to raise funds for mindfulness for the disadvantaged.

It’s an incredibly diverse program designed to awaken the senses and cultivate resilience. With guidance by Lama Rod Owen, Dr. Zindel Segal and others, it's a great way for beginners to dive in, and for experienced meditators to ride the wave of so many people practising together.

When:         Sunday, November 25
                   10:30 am - 3:15 pm

Where:       Toronto  | Oakville  | London | Oshawa  | Kitchener | Virtual


What people say:

An incredible and uplifting experience
— Paul Sobocinski
A deeply rewarding act of compassion
— Felix Almeida
What this program is doing for the world is so needed. It is truly moving mental wellness in an amazing direction.
— Angela Kontgen

What this program is doing for the world is so needed. It is truly moving mental wellness in an amazing direction.



Gravity TO Nature Hike

NOTICE: Due to rain and thunderstorm weather conditions, this event has been moved to Saturday May 26.

Event: Gravity TO Nature Hike

Date: Sat. May 26, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You're Invite: No need to confirm your attendance just come, family and friends are welcome, children most welcome, unfortunately no pets (pets not allowed in the park)

What to bring with you: weather is often cooler and windy by the lake, dress for the weather, bring hat, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes or boots, bring binoculars if you have them


Description: Hike will detail how the spit was formed and we will explore its flora and fauna, we will experience the latter part of the spring migration of birds


Location: Meet at covered sign at entrance to park, near fenced parking lot just inside the park Tommy Thompson Park (also known as Leslie Street Spit)

located at 1 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON, (corner of Unwin Ave. and Leslie Street)  www.tommythompsonpark.ca


How to get there: Park is located at the base of Leslie Street, south of Leslieville, along Lake Ontario, located east of Cherry Beach, parking is available at the park

TTC: go to Donlands Subway Station and take Jones 83 Bus (ride takes 20 to 25 minutes) to its last stop on route, at the corner of Leslie and Commissioners Street and walk south 5 minutes to park entrance



PS any questions please let me know Tel: 416-703-7316 or Cell: 647-382-4952


APRIL 6-8 With Grant Hutchinson & Rose Riccio

The practice of Spring is awakening. As the snow melts and small sprouts emerge from the earth, we can sit with our own potential to awaken, unfold and blossom into the present moment. Take the time during this weekend retreat to slow down in a supportive environment with sitting and walking meditation, on the cushion and in the woods. The charming, off grid centre, Harmony Dawn, is located near Rice Lake, Ontario. You will be nourished by Nicola's fantastic yin-yang balanced vegetarian cooking, while rooting in silent community, with yourself, the birds, the changing light and the fertile earth.

Early Bird rate $360+HST before Feb 15th

Regular rate $385+HST after Feb 15th

For more information and to register please contact Grant Hutchinson at grantgrant.hutchinson@gmail.com

Creativity, Intuition, Spontaneity: A Master Class with Shinzen Young

Join Shinzen Young and the Consciousness Explorers Club(CEC) at the Institute for Traditional Medicine for a full day of practice, fun, and insight with one of the most well-respected Buddhist teachers in North America, and the CEC's prime mentor and much-loved uber-nerd.

Creativity, intuition, spontaneity and wisdom are resources available to any explorer willing to let go of their dominant frame of mind. Fair warning: cultivating these qualities through meditation will lead to more "zen bounce" in your life. To get there, Shinzen will teach participants how to activate the ability to "think without thinking." Cue the zen paradox - meditate your way into the unmeditated. Sit back, trust your inner knowing, and empower your thoughts to think themselves. Watch as thoughts self-organize into unmeditated forms bringing novel and sage perspectives to the fore, leaving the rest behind. 

Structured as a one-day retreat, the day will be focused around practice and Q and A.

Guided practices will help beginners and seasoned meditators alike get the most out of the day.

Shinzen's gift for insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, and humour has long made him one of the most respected Buddhist teachers in the West. His teachings merge scientific clarity with a rare grasp of source-language teachings, East and West. Don't miss this opportunity to sit and dialogue with a true master.

This is a fundraiser for both the Consciousness Explorers Club(CEC) and the Community for Mindful Living.

The CEC is a non-profit committed to pluralism, service and irreverance in the world of meditation. We're working hard to expand our programming and online presence to spread the emotional and health benefits of practice to explorers everywhere. We have priced tickets at various tiers so more people can come and get the benefits of these teachings. The CEC also needs help right now so we can expand our nonprofit mission to help more people and be supported doing it. Please give generously. We have included an upper tier for those who want to make a larger donation.

Tickets may be purchased here.