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Is it just me?

April 13. 2023


Lately I’ve been feeling like there is a lot of noise out there.

Seems like everywhere I turn someone’s offering a product, a service or expertise to solve a problem I frequently didn’t know I had.

Maybe it’s just me?

But did you know, approximately 15,000 self-help books are published in the United States, every year?

There’s nearly 50,000 life coaches in Canada.

And then there’s social media.

(Apparently if you wrap your celery in tin foil it will stay fresh for 2 weeks.)

Of course, there are a lot of serious problems that need solving and a lot of really kind, creative people working to solve them.

But something doesn’t seem right.

I couldn’t figure out what was and then I came across this from Richard Wagamese in Embers: One Ojibways Meditations:

“I am constantly surrounded by noise: TV, texts, the internet, music, meaningless small talk, my thinking. All of it blocks my consciousness, my ability to hear the ME that exists beneath the cacophony.”

With all the advice, the fixing, the strategies and techniques for being better, getting better, and keeping your vegetables fresh floating around out there, it’s hard to hear yourself think.



it’s not about self-help

it’s not even about self-care.

Maybe what it’s about is


That’s what the Inside Outside Retreat Centre is all about.

We’re not even trying to solve your problems.

We’re just working to open some calm, gentle and inspiring space for folks to get in touch with their own best teacher: themselves.

If you’re looking to put the outside world on mute for a bit and listen to your own wisdom, your own heart, there are a couple of really lovely retreats coming up:

Reciprocity might be just the ticket if you want to step out of the fray for a short time. Note the new time and day for this micro:

Monday May 8 at 7:00 pm EDT.

Together we’ll contemplate what it could mean to live in reciprocity with the earth and each other. You can learn more about this 75 minute online retreat here.

Even better is Wildness, Enchantment & Hope. This six-session, online weekly retreat begins May 17, and meets every Wednesday afternoon (except June 21) until June 28 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT. This series will open to space to consider:

  • How do we remain joyfully engaged with nature while living with the realities of the climate crisis?
  • How do we take stock of our roles, and see our way forward, when the actions of one person seem so small against a global task? Learn more about it here.

Learn more about it and register here.

For those of you longing for an in-person outdoor retreat – stay tuned! We’re working on dates and locations right now.

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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