November 2022
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We are passionate about creating wonderful experiences for you and your little ones. It takes a village and we strive to create the community you need to nurture and awaken the enjoyment in this process of raising wonderful human beings. We encourage children at our Centre to explore, create and flourish while we also learn and develop our knowledge and skills.

Awaken Learning Pod offers:

  • Camps and events

  • Focused courses and classes

  • A learning experience that nourishes the whole child, awakening their wonder

  • Small class sizes for expansion of talents and to cultivate children’s individual interests.

  • Incorporation of Yoga, breath work, and other important tools for self-regulation.

  • Strong emphasis on outdoor time to encourage Connection to Nature.

  • Hands-on learning & creating through a variety of tactile mediums and engaging activities.

  • Songs, story time and introduction to instruments & French.

  • Ample time for child-led play.

  • Guided by a professional educator in a secure, trusting environment.

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Meet Shawna Blair, Lead Teacher

Hi there! My name is Shawna, I’m so happy you found our Centre.

Let me introduce myself: Growing up I always had a strong interest in gymnastics, baseball, music and theatre. After high school I followed my passion for child care. I have been caring for children age 2 – 6 for 8 years now. I began at a French learning centre where I stayed for 3 years, I then craved growth and knowledge which lead me to explore different opportunities. I have been an educational assistant, child care class lead, music and French teacher and continue to grow my skills with little ones.

I strongly believe that each child has something special to offer and I thrive on expanding those interests and goals for the child. I help nurture passions and individuality. I strive to create an environment where all children feel accepted, loved and heard. The environment in which we learn is one filled with smiles and laughter, which I believe aids in the learning and participation of educational activities. I love focusing on each child as their own person to help them learn new skills, find new passions and create long lasting friendships.

I provide physical and engaging activities for education as opposed to sit down activities. Children love to learn AND have fun!

I can’t wait to meet you and your child and show you all of the amazing things we have to offer!

Awaken Learning Pod offers the perfect environment for kids to explore, create and flourish. We are located on a 14 acre property with trails, manicured gardens, an organic vegetable garden and a stunning post-and-beam ‘Yoga Barn’ with a picturesque yoga studio overlooking the pond. We have a kids cabin and designated kids spaces.

How It Started

Liz and her husband Richard were running Nirvana Retreats as a weekend Retreat Centre. After a break from hosting and with a new focus on growing a wholistic family, they have transformed the Centre into a Learning Pod- one that engaged the whole family and lets them learn through play; a safe, nurturing environment with an outdoor component for families to explore nature and learn about seasonal cycles and growing food. They also encourage physical strength and self-awareness,  as well as self regulation tools for adults and children. They are offering a variety of programming t0 share with the community. Liz and Richie work closely with her father, Michael, who lives at the Centre and meticulously maintains the grounds and landscaping.

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I loved this place. We were so well taken care of, and the grounds are so beautiful and tranquil. The Yoga barn is absolutely stunning and the food was outstanding!

Elke (Retreat Participant, July 2016)


Awaken Learning Pod’s mission is let our kids be kids. 

Allow your child to explore nature, build skills, do yoga, learn basic french, sing songs and dance, enjoy story time and engage in creative activities with an experienced Educator


Awaken Learning pod’s vision is:

To nourish the whole child
Stimulate their natural curiosity & wonder
Offer small class sizes to cultivate individual interests
Incorporate important tools for self-regulation
A strong emphasis on outdoor time to encourage Connection to Nature
Hands-on learning & creating
Use a variety of tactile mediums and engaging activities

Play, with songs, story time and an engaging introduction to instruments & French

Guide your child with a professional educator in a secure, trusting environment


Our beautiful and secluded 14 acre property in the Oak Ridges Morraine. It is 10 minutes west of Tottenham, 20 minutes north of Bolton, 20 minutes south of Alliston and 20 minutes east of Orangeville.

Contact us for exact directions. 

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