Congratulations on choosing your awakening!


On this page is everything you need for your upcoming workshop.


By making the decision to attend, you have made a commitment to your own personal growth. The workshop empowers you to change and heal a struggle that has a grip on you. The process is transformational and will provide you with tools and techniques that you can use for the balance of your life. Deciding to take the time for yourself and committing to your own personal growth is no small step and Clearmind applauds you.

We are all looking forward to being a part of your process at this workshop. For additional information contact our Workshop Director at: [email protected]




What you’ll find on this page:

-About Us



Real connection is the difference!

Clearmind International Institute offers in-person and on-line, Personal Growth Workshops, and Leadership Development.

Whether it be in one of our 3-day workshops or longer programs, we provide an adventure of self and other discovery and training in the skills required to be a positive influencer.

Our cutting-edge programs move beyond self-help, supporting people from around the globe to ignite their passion, and transform anxiety into excitement, depression into compassion, and pain into purpose through REAL Connection.
Our mission is to help you access the power of REAL and AUTHENTIC CONNECTION with yourself and others, so you can accelerate your personal evolution while positively impacting the world!

For over 25 years, thousands around the world have experienced the impact of this work and recommended it to family and friends, because it works!

For more information about Clearmind International, please visit: www.clearmind.com

our unique transpersonal philosophy

Einstein said that the most important question is “Is the Universe a friendly place or not?” We operate from the assumption that the universe is fundamentally friendly in that the essence of life and of humanity is good.

Our collective journey requires falling in love with our own stories so that we can live them out as the heroic adventures they are meant to be. When we are brave enough to extend vulnerability and love to those around us (rather than fear and defense), we contribute to the ongoing manifestation of the friendly universe.

Our programs move beyond self-help accelerating personal evolution through the power of authentic, loving connection. Our therapeutic skill is aimed at helping people become vulnerable, but vulnerability is not the final destination. Becoming vulnerable is the last step towards unveiling a pristine view of the innocent, connected, natural state beneath our fears about who we are. We, and others, are all perfectly imperfect, good enough, and lovable – flaws and all. This is the friendly universe.

We operate from a particular theoretical paradigm called ‘Transpersonal’, which more or less means ‘spiritual’. We believe that a holistic approach to healing includes mind, body, and spirit.

Our unique approach draws on the philosophy of A Course in Miracles as well as Buddhist Psychology. You need to be aware of this, particularly if you have firmly held beliefs (ie. religious) that may conflict with what we present. It is not our need that you “buy into” this paradigm; indeed, we would prefer that you think critically about how it fits you and your unique life perspective. We do ask, however, that you “try on” the concepts offered, and keep what works for you.

experiential nature of the workshop

This is an experiential/therapeutic educational program. You will be invited (not forced) to take emotional risks and reveal thoughts, feelings, and experiences that you might not normally share with a group. Rather than simply talking about an issue, you may be invited to participate in creative exercises designed to help you come to a new experience, a new way of seeing or dealing with the issue.

Facilitators will explain the reasoning behind activities; however, if you do not understand the rationale, we welcome you to ask for further clarification. They are designed to increase your level of self-understanding and awareness. Some will be offered to you spontaneously as you bring material forward, and some are part of the program structure.

We will provide options as required and we ask that you be responsible for taking care of your physical well-being. One thing we hear from our participants is that integration occurs more effectively when they take the following day off instead of a busy work schedule.

group process

Much of our psychological pain comes from disconnection from self and others. Group process is a powerful form of intervention and has many opportunities for connection and learning. You remain ‘in charge’ of your own process; you determine the speed and means with which you will get to where you want to go. Facilitators may make suggestions to you, and may be curious about your decision-making process, but the decision as to what you will do, and when you will do it, will always remain with you.


We ask participants to agree to confidentiality, which means that what is shared during the workshop by other participants will not be shared with people outside of the workshop. You are free to share your own personal experience of the workshop, but do not identify anyone else directly (for example, by naming them) or indirectly (by sharing information that could identify them).

If others are in your environment, please participate from a private space, and with headphones, and remember no recording of any form is allowed for any or all parts of the sessions.

Your facilitators are registered therapists and are ethically bound to confidentiality. They may only break it if they believe that what has been shared puts someone at a clear and present risk of harm. Aside from this caveat, your information is protected and held confidential within our organization as a whole, and will not be shared externally.

The agreement to confidentiality is essential to creating a safe place for everyone.

workshop facilitators & assistants

The Workshop is run by qualified facilitators and trained assistants; we have the highest ratio of trained assistants to participants in the local personal development field. The team is dedicated to providing you with a safe, non-confrontational, and professionally delivered workshop experience. We pride ourselves on respecting the speed at which each participant decides to proceed.

We ensure a therapeutic responsible and professional approach and our educated facilitators are registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and/or the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and/or The Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. Workshop assistants, who work under the direction of facilitators receive in-house training in responsible, ethical delivery of service. We adhere to our own internal Code of Ethics, as well as those of our associations.

preparing for the awakening

existing prescribed medications & previous counselling diagnoses

To help us support you, please advise us of any prescribed medication that you may be taking during the workshop or any previous diagnoses by a psychologist or psychiatrist that you may have seen in the past. This is asked in the Participant Information Form previously sent via email.

Change can only occur by doing something different than usual. Our program is a stretch, mentally and emotionally, which may feel quite uncomfortable at times. Over the course of therapy, clients often feel worse before they feel better, and the same is true of this workshop. We provide a loving supportive atmosphere throughout the workshop.
With this we ask that everyone refrain from alcohol or non-prescribed mind altering drugs.

what to bring

We provide a bedroom, bathroom, linens, towels, and extra blankets.


  • Comfortable and relaxed clothing
  • Personal toiletries, hair dryer, shower supplies, swimsuits, and any other personal items that you may need
  • A lidded travel mug to prevent spills
  • Slippers to wear in the seminar room
  • Summer: sun lotion, a hat, sunglasses, and sandals
  • Fall/Winter: rain gear, warm layers of indoor and outdoor clothing, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or hiking boots if you choose to take a walk on the trails
  • Please do not bring perfumes or heavily scented products as assistants and participants can have allergies
  • If you have any special needs or accommodations, please let us know.


Room check-in and Registration will begin at 3 pm on the first day. The workshop begins at 3:30 pm.

location & Accomodations

Those that visit often refer to us as ‘the Lower Mainland’s best kept secret’.

Sitting on the Vancouver side of Golden Ear’s Provincial Park, Loon Lake Lodge &Retreat Centre is a local destination for quiet reflection and a home for fresh air, clean water, and tall fir trees that frame the majestic Garibaldi Mountain Range.

It is a retreat and not a resort and is friendly to its environment and natural beauty and the history of the land. Clearmind provides shared accommodations, so you will be sharing with same-gender roommates. If you are attending with someone you know and would like to share with them, please let us know. Couples who are attending together will be accommodated together if that is your wish.


We will provide 3 wholesome meals. Our cooking staff tries to accommodate dietary restrictions i.e. vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Most meals are accompanied by a salad and dinner usually includes dessert.

Coffee, tea, and water are available. Please let us know if you have any major medical allergies. If we cannot accommodate you, feel free to bring what you need.

We do not want anyone to be worried about food so we try to accommodate everything the best that we can.

communication & messages

We ask that you use the workshop for your growth and healing and give yourself permission to not be distracted by the outside world.

We recognize that life doesn’t stop but see if you can minimize contact. Personal communication devices need to be off. There is a public phone available to check on important affairs that require immediate attention. There is no answering service, but messages can be left with the producer at 604-513-9001 (ext.3) throughout the workshop; these messages will be checked.

approx. workshop timing

First Day

3 pm – Registration
3:30 pm – Workshop Begins, Group Time

Last Day

7:30 pm – Workshop Completion (often ends at 7 pm)

*The finish time each day is largely affected by the group size and dynamics. With larger groups, the workshop can run much later.

Please Note: The schedule is not set in stone as no two workshops are the same; it is dependent on the unique participants an group dynamics. Use this schedule as a general guide only and remain open, curious, and flexible. 


Loon Lake is located at 14500 Silver Valley Road, Maple Ridge, BC, inside the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest!

Once you arrive at the UBC Research Forest, you will reach a gate with flashing red lights. In order to open the gate, you will need to enter the following code on the keypad to your left, followed by a small arrow or check mark located at the bottom right-hand corner of the keypad: 9135

Please do not let any vehicles enter behind you; wait for the gate to close before you proceed.

Proceed 7 kms on the main road (gravel), and follow signs for Loon Lake

The speed limit inside the Research Forest is 30 km/h

The drive should take approximately 15 minutes from the gate

Once you arrive at Loon Lake you will go past the playing field on your right. You will come to a fork in the road, stay to the right and follow the road to the Johnson cabins and Koerner Center parking lot.

There will be assistants and signs to indicate and help support.

Click here to download and save a copy of the Loon Lake site map for your convenience, it will also be available at the bottom of this page.

When you arrive at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, our team will be waiting to greet you and help you check-in. You’ll be given some workshop information, a participant waiver, and your room assignment.

Please ensure you have been in touch with the Workshop Producer so that we are aware of your arrival time.

Email: [email protected]


Clearmind International prides itself on providing ongoing support beyond the workshop with groups (live and online e-group), free community events and continued programs. We will give you this information at the end of the workshop.

payments & cancellation policy

The cost of the workshop includes the fee for the workshop itself, food, and accommodations. A receipt will be included in the package you receive at the end of the workshop.

For foreign visitors: our government mandates charging taxes on all local services. Tax cannot be rebated for overseas travelers per the Canadian Government.

A non-refundable, non-transferable admin fee of $250 CDN is retained in the event that you cancel your registration. Final payments (or payment plans) are due by the Friday before the start of the workshop.

For payment inquiries including payment plans, outstanding balance, and other arrangements, email the office at: [email protected] or phone directly at: 604-513-9001 x2.

travel & cancellation policy

In the unlikely event of a Clearmind International seminar, workshop, or training event being canceled by Clearmind International for any extraordinary reasons including but not limited to:

  • Illness, unavoidable travel delays, or death of the facilitator/speaker
  • Damage
  • “Act of God” or Force Majeure
  • Public Health Emergency
  • Minimum group size not achieved

Clearmind International will refund all monies paid under the contract for the seminar, workshop, or training event.

Clearmind International accepts no responsibility for any further costs or expenses incurred by you, e.g. travel, accommodation, loss of earnings, etc. in the unlikely event of the seminar, workshop, or training event being canceled.

Please read the full Travel & Cancellation Policy and your travel provider to ensure you are entitled to a refund should the event be cancelled by Clearmind International.

For payment inquiries including payment plans, outstanding balance and other needs, contact the office at:
email: [email protected] or phone: 604-513-9001 x2

We’re excited to be supporting you in this very important step in your personal evolution. If you need anything before the workshop, just let us know. We’re here to ensure you have the best possible experience.

Reach us before the workshop via email: [email protected]


I experienced my own Awakening Workshop in 2015 and know the incredible impacts this work can bring. As Director of Workshops, I’m here to support you because I believe in this work.

Patrick McGill, RTC

Director of Workshops, Clearmind International