Discovery Programs 2021

May 2 - 7

4 Day



Explore religions. Observe rituals. This video highlights the Discovery Week.


an Hasidic Jewish yeshiva

 a Muslim congregation at Friday prayer


a Zen meditation

a Sikh langar meal

and much more



Introductory talks give you a map of the religious topography and advice on how to best savour the experience.  

Class talks are given on each religion covered, providing excellent insight into the religions we visit.

Religions Explored
Weeklong Program
  • Buddhism

  • Christianity

  • Daoism

  • Hinduism

  • Islam

  • Judaism

  • Native Spirituality

  • Rasta

  • Sikhism

  • Wicca

  • Zoroastrianism

4 Day Program
  • Bahá’í

  • Christianity

  • Hinduism

  • Islam

  • Judaism

  • Mormonism

  • Sikhism

  • Unitarianism

Site Visits

Between classes, we venture out to visit places of worship, visiting at least one site for each religion.


The visits are more than tours. You will meet hosts, encounter communities, ask questions, explore fantastic architecture, share meals, and often observe ritual. In some instances, we will be invited to join in and experience the ritual ourselves (optional, never obligatory). 


Through years of practice we have honed our schedule to optimize the combination of excellent guides, arresting architecture, and visits timed to observe ritual and communal life.


You'll explore with a great group of people, savour tasty food and, lastly, you'll love the classes - participants often marvel at how scholarly yet accessible they are.


It's a rich experience - hold on to your hats! 

Weeklong Schedule

4 Day Schedule


Cultural Exploration

Professional Development


Lifelong Learning


Diversity Training


Spiritual seeking


Intellectual curiosity


Peace building


Educational Travel


Over 15 years, 95% of participants say the program "exceeded expectations" on feedback forms 

​Reasons people give for how the week exceeds expectations:

  • the lectures greatly surpass what they anticipated

  • the warm welcome and quality of the site visits

  • the interaction with other attendees 

  • the passion of our speakers at the sites

  • seeing the religions in their own communities

  • the whole being more than the sum of the parts (food, people, ritual, music, architecture)

What our participants say
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CBC Metro Morning

Listen to Brian's interview with Matt Galloway.

Brian on Metro Morning - CBC Toronto
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