Harmony Dawn Workshops


Andy James co-founder of Harmony Dawn, is a renowned author, Qigong healer and master teacher of integrated mind-body skills which include Insight Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan.  He offers these skills through his workshops at Harmony Dawn and through the Toronto “Tai Chi and Meditation Centre” of which he is the Founder and Chief Instructor.  He is an active member of the Forge Guild, an international association of trans-traditional spiritual leaders and teachers. His books and DVDs are available on our online store.  Andy is available for workshops, lectures and presentations.

Nicola Lawrence James co-founder of Harmony Dawn, is the Chef and Manager of Harmony Dawn retreat.  Nicola brings to her cooking an intuitive sense of Yin-Yang balance as well as formal training as a Medical Qigong Practitioner (MQP) and Fengshui consultant.  Her cooking workshops at Harmony Dawn as well as her cookbooks are always in demand.

Please check our Guest Workshops page for a full listing of all offerings and workshops being held at Harmony Dawn.

Please call or e-mail us for available booking dates. 

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Andy's Retreats & Workshops 2018 - Click Here To Purchase Workshops & Retreats

10 Day Silent Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation Retreat With Shifu Andy James

Date: APR 19 - 28/2019
Cost: $1200.00 plus HST if paid in full by January 31, 2019, after $1500.00 plus HST.

Retreatants are welcome to pay in installments prior to January 31, 2019, contact us for details

Space is limited so book early 

Join Shifu James for this powerful and life- transforming 10 day retreat.  Shifu James has been trained as a teacher by the Thai Meditation and Dharma Master, Dhiravamsa, and has been leading meditation classes and retreats in Canada for 34 years. Vipassana/ Mindfulness meditation is seemingly simple, but requires guidance from an experienced “spiritual friend” if we are to realise its purpose as taught by the Buddha – Freedom from Suffering and Enlightenment.

Periods of sitting meditation will alternate with other activities like qigong, nature walks, walking meditation, private interviews, dharma talks and more. 

Please contact Shifu James at andyjames@andyjames.ca if you would like to participate in this retreat.

Location: Harmony Dawn Retreat.

"For anyone interested in the art of qi gong, on any level, I highly recommend the 3 Treasures workshop given by Sifu Andy James. I don’t think you would find anyone as knowledgeable and dedicated to this art as him. "

"You asked about what we expected from the Three Treasures Workshop#1 and I said I wanted to learn from you as I have in the past since teachings you design have great profundity."

"It was a wonderful, peaceful, gentle, nourishing in all ways, weekend....for which I thank you hugely."   

Please click here to read all testimonials.

Qigong & Tai Chi With Shifu Andy James

Date: TBA
Cost: $355.00 plus HST

If you are interested in learning (or learning more) about Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan, this unique weekend workshop is for you!

The workshop will offer detailed instruction on universally important fundamentals like standing, walking and breathing as well as more advanced mind-body-energy self-healing techniques.  Instruction will be individually adjusted to your level of experience or lack thereof.  All are welcome.

Professor Jerry Alan Johnson, founder of the International institute of Medical Qigong, wrote about Shifu James: “James’ in-depth understanding of Chinese integral mind-body training stems from his (more than) thirty-five years of personal internal martial arts experience… A master instructor internationally recognized by his peers for his mastery of the most esoteric aspects of the internal martial arts”.
The workshop will be held at the beautiful and tranquil Harmony Dawn retreat, famous for its Yin-Yang based cuisine.  Instruction, food and accommodation are all included.

Click here to purchase and book your place or for more information, please contact nic@harmonydawn.com

Location: Harmony Dawn Retreat, please contact us to register.

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Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation Retreat (Fall) With Shifu Andy James

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Two Dates: OCT 19 - 21/2018 or longer*
Cost: $355.00 plus HST

Additional days of up to 7 days
can be added for 110.00 per day plus HST

Insight Meditation (Vipassana) is the foundation of Buddhist meditation practice. Simple, yet profound and powerful, it helps build awareness in each moment so you can begin to understand and free yourself from restrictive patterns, whether mental, emotional or physical. Ongoing, supervised practice leads to compassion, clarity, wisdom, purpose and a sense of interconnection with others and with the environment.  Shifu James uses active self-inquiry meditations to help retreatants tackle particular conflicts and specific Qigong techniques to enhance cleansing, opening and grounding.. Qigong regulates body, energy (Qi) and mind. It has been used in China in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), internal martial arts and spiritual transformation.

Location: Harmony Dawn Retreat, please contact us to register or click here to purchase and reserve your space.

*Please Note: If you would like to do a week long retreat, please inform us asap since a longer retreat runs only if there is a minimum number of participants.

"For anyone interested in the art of qi gong, on any level, I highly recommend the 3 Treasures workshop given by Sifu Andy James. I don’t think you would find anyone as knowledgeable and dedicated to this art as him. "

"You asked about what we expected from the Three Treasures Workshop#1 and I said I wanted to learn from you as I have in the past since teachings you design have great profundity."

"It was a wonderful, peaceful, gentle, nourishing in all ways, weekend....for which I thank you hugely."   

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Cooking Workshops 2018

winter Cooking for Health Retreat Workshop

Date: Feb 23 - 25/2018
Cost: $365.00 plus HST

With Nicola and Andy James

Harmony Dawn’s Cooking for Health, Meditation and Qigong workshops have been designed to feed body, mind and spirit. The three aspects complement each other to give participants a deeper understanding of what the Harmony Dawn experience is all about and what goes into the food preparation for their guests. All skill levels are welcome; workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Our cooking workshops are an experiential celebration of food and cooking with the group preparing Saturday lunch and dinner and then Sunday lunch. The participants will gain a real understanding of how to put together a vegetarian menu plan for Cupcakesoptimal health, to use seasonal ingredients, and to make cooking fun, flavourful and nutritious. Workshops are tailored to participants’ diverse interests so  you may find yourself learning and preparing  gluten free foods , vegan cooking, culturally diverse cuisine, bread making, desserts, alternative ingredients, macrobiotics and more.

Shifu Andy James teaches the Insight (Vipassana) meditation and Qi gong sessions, which are an introduction to these disciplines. Qigong can be described as Chinese Yoga - very gentle flowing exercises with an emphasis on moving energy through your body to enhance health.

"I have been to several cooking workshops, but my experience at Harmony Dawn far surpasses any of them. The cooking experience was amazing - it was nothing short of an organizational masterpiece. Nicola provides individual and personal attention to the hands on experience all the while imparting nuggets of nutritional and cooking wisdom. Combined with Andy's meditation and Qi Gong classes, I feel inspired to make healthy and delicious changes in my lifestyle." Cindy Bryson- workshop attendee

Included in your weekend:

  1. Begins Friday afternoon around 4pm and finishes Sunday mid afternoon
  2. Accommodation and 6 amazing meals
  3. Tuition and guidance throughout the weekend
  4. Three hands-on cooking sessions – Saturday lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch
  5. Vipassana meditation sessions and Qi gong exercises
  6. Relaxation time is built into the schedule

Location: Harmony Dawn Retreat

For more information on this workshop please contact Nicola

Please click here to read all testimonials.

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Annual Cooking Celebration Weekend

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Date: November 2 - 4/2018
Cost: $365.00 plus HST

Join us for the Annual Festive cooking for Health Workshop
With Nicola and Andy James

CupcakesThis workshop is unique in that it combines hands on cooking, a touch of Vipassana mediatation and Qigong exercises, all with a festive holiday flare.

If you have experienced the cusine at Harmony Dawn and wondered how it is done and how it enhances your health, then come and join us. No experience necessary, just bring an apron, a sense of humor along with a good appetite!

Space is limited to TEN and spots go fast.


Contact nic@harmonydawn.com for info or to register.

Included in your weekend:

  1. Begins Friday afternoon around 4pm and finishes Sunday mid afternoon
  2. Accommodation and 6 amazing meals
  3. Tuition and guidance throughout the weekend
  4. Three hands-on cooking sessions – Saturday lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch
  5. Vipassana meditation sessions and Qi gong exercises
  6. Relaxation time is built into the schedule

Location: Harmony Dawn Retreat

For more information on this workshop please contact Nicola
Click here to purchase and reserve your space.

Please click here to read all testimonials.

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