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Who are we?

True Peace Toronto is a group of mindfulness practitioners who meet to practice and learn mindfulness together. Our practice is based on the Zen Buddhist teachings of the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. We come from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.


Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.


In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom - solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.


Interested in learning about mindfulness? Come to a weekly practice session.

Where and When do we meet?


We meet Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Multifaith Centre at the University of Toronto. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directions. We meet all year, except for days when U of T is closed (holidays and university breaks). There will be no meditation session on Monday, January 25, as U of T needs the room for another event.


We also meet Fridays from 6:45 - 8:45 pm at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Bloor and Spadina. Click here for information about our meditation sessions. Click here for directionsWe will not be meeting on March 25 or April 22, 2016 as the MNJCC will be closed those evenings.



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5 day Retreat with Joanne Friday - April 7-11, 2017 PDF Print

Cultivating Peace in Uncertain Times

a mindfulness meditation retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with dharma teacher Joanne Friday


Registration now open



"When we have peace then we have a chance to save the planet.”

–Thich Nhat Hanh

We are delighted and very fortunate that dharma teacher Joanne Friday ( has agreed to offer a 5 day retreat for True Peace Sangha again this year! Joanne is an experienced and inspiring lay dharma teacher in the Order of Interbeing, the lineage of our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Our sangha has enjoyed retreats with her for a number of years, and her deep practice and joyful presence has benefitted so many who attended. Joanne has been teaching in this tradition since 2003, when she received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, her teacher for twenty years.

This retreat will be from dinnertime on Friday, April 7 until after lunch on Tuesday, April 11.   Five days to settle into ourselves, deepen our practice, water positive seeds and heal our difficulties. It will be held at the beautiful Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre ( on 150 acres near Midland, ON about 1.5 hours north of Toronto. Space will be limited to 35 participants.

The retreat will include sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, eating meditation, deep relaxation, working meditation, dharma sharing and daily dharma talks by Joanne.

Date: Friday, April 7 - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Location: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Midland, Ontario

Cost: $500 before March 3, $550 after March 3


The cost includes accommodation and food. Limited scholarships will be available for students and low income. Ride sharing will be arranged.

Please note that this cost does not include dana for Joanne Friday. Joanne shares her knowledge and experience of the teachings with us freely and generously in the spirit of compassion, and receives no compensation for her offering. She is a full-time dharma teacher and relies on donations (dana) for her income. A donation box will be available at the retreat to make an offering to Joanne. When we offer dana we give generously yet within our means, in the spirit of interbeing and reflecting on the value of the precious gift we have been offered in the transmission of these teachings.

  • For full details of the retreat, including the registration form, please download the "2017 registration package.pdf" attachment below.

To register for the retreat (in 3 easy steps!):


  1. Print and fill out the Retreat Registration and Liability Form - download the "2017 registration package.pdf" attachment below
  2. Fill out the online Retreat Information Form available at the following link: (if you experience difficulty with this link please try cutting and pasting into your browser or try a different device)
  3. Attach your cheque for payment (payable to True Peace Sangha) to your completed Retreat Registration Form and mail to the retreat registrar (address is on the registration form at the end of the registration package). Please mail in your registration as we will not be accepting registrations at sangha.


You must complete ALL THREE of these steps to register for the retreat.

  • Questions or concerns?  Please email truepeaceretreat [at] gmail [dot] com
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