The Inside Outside Retreat Centre logo, a trail marker blaze within a circle.
Logotype for the Inside Outside Retreat Centre.


one day,

silence will be seen

as medicine.


Kind of takes my breath away.


Read it again.


Silence as medicine.



Makes me pause.



Which makes composing a blog a little tricky.


Why fill up a page with words, noise really, even in praise of silence?


The trouble (and the irony) is that there is so much written about silence. So many good words, good thoughts. And we want to share so many of them with you.


Because maybe silence is the medicine we need right now.


So here, here’s one more thought about silence:

“Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are.”

That’s poet Gunilla Norris.


Oh, the poem at the top?


By Frank Inzen Owen. January 26, 2023, The Poet’s Dreamingbody.


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We are settlers on Treaty 13 Land, the traditional territories of many Indigenous Nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are committed to honouring the history this land bears witness to, responding to the 94 Calls to Action of the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and walking lightly on the Earth. A portion of proceeds from all our offerings are sent to:  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and The Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation.

The Inside Outside Retreat Centre, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 720 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5S2R4