This past summer I received my new custom made touring bike from True North Cycles – .


The bike has an internal Rohloff hub with 14 speeds. It hopefully means less maintenance and greater longevity of the chain. It also has S & S couplers, which means I can ‘break’ it into two parts and pack it in a 30” x 30” case. No more bike charges on the airlines.

I have done two tours over the summer and it has been a delight to ride the bike. in July I toured the Waterfront Trail from Niagara Falls to Windsor. From mid August to end of September I visited my friends Mike and Karen in Edmonton, who I met in Oregon. We cycled together for a week. I then spent a week in Jasper and a month visiting my son Jonathan in Victoria where I toured the gulf Islands and San Juan Islands during the week and hung out with him on weekends.

Costa Rica

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching yoga from December to mid-February and offering a one week yoga and meditation retreat in Costa Rica. This will be at Cabinsalma ( ) a wonderful small resort which accommodates up to about 20 people in total. It has a swimming pool, yoga platform and lovely rooms that are designed so heat escapes through screened ceiling vents. It is a 5 minute walk to the Pacific Ocean and close to waterfalls, reserves, and small towns. There are two options available:

1) Drop in for a day or a week or as long as you wish. Check website for daily rates. Yoga classes will be offered early in the morning before breakfast and late in the afternoon – $10 per class.

2) A one week retreat from January 3 – 11, 2015:

Single occupancy: US$760
Double occupancy: US$660
* taxes
* 3 meals per day – minus one dinner and one lunch
* 7 days (nights)
* mangrove tour – in inflatable kayaks – 2 people at a time
* a tour of the property – mostly tropical trees and plants

Airfare to Costa Rica extra.
Transportation from and to the San Jose airport is additional. Options include being picked up by bus from San Jose airport (cost to be determined ) or fly to Quepos and be picked up there by a bus/taxi.

We will have one day off so that you can take a tour and have dinner out.

A number of you have expressed interest in coming for the retreat. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested so we can plan. Deadline for expression of interest October 15th. Deadline to register October 31st. Space will be limited to no more than 12 persons. Please contact me at this time either via email or phone – 647-720-1530. Registration details will be provided shortly.


6:00 Wake up
6:15 Meditation – sitting and walking
7:00 Yoga/mindful movement
8:30 Breakfast – silent
9:30 – noon – free time
12:30 lunch
1:30 – 3:30 – free time
4:00 Yoga and meditation
5:00 Free time
6:00 Dinner – talking – one day off to go to dinner in a local restaurant
7:30 Evening program – music, talk, council/sharing, Q & A
8:30 Meditation – sitting & walking
9:30 Noble silence – lights out by 10:00

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