The Quiet Company is Toronto’s First Modern Meditation Studio
Emily Thring, Founder/Director
I live in downtown Toronto, where I was born and raised. I'm an extroverted introvert who loves to cook, read, spend time with friends and family and travel. I have a degree in art history and communications and worked in marketing for 8 years before this adventure. I'm also a certified pilates instructor. If I like something I become deeply passionate about it.
The Quiet Company is Toronto's first modern meditation studio. We are a secular space offering drop-in classes for meditators of all levels to find a less stressed, more centered version of themselves. The studio also has workshops that range from immersive sound healing experiences and mindful making, to learn to meditate multi-week programs.
I wanted to learn to meditate about 6 years ago and found it really really hard. Because it is! The apps didn't feel right for me - I like a community experience and a teacher, and the spaces in the city didn't really fit with my super busy, type A lifestyle. In truth, I was intimidated by them and wasn't sure I wanted to commit to a religious practice (several of the prominent ones in Toronto are Buddhist). I remember thinking "why doesn't this exist for people the way a yoga studio does?" I have always been really into wellness and personal development and when I saw a few stand-alone meditation studios open in New York and LA I was inspired to bring that concept to Toronto.
We only offer meditation. Well, and one yoga class a week! But the idea is to be a space where people can come really take a breath from their day to day busy-ness. I often say you don't meditate to get better at meditating you do it to get better at living, which I really believe to be true. Developing a personal practice is hard but the intention and support of meditating with a group can make it much easier. We opened in June 2018 but had spent about 15 months before doing pop up classes and workshops, really developing the community and brand. There are no gimmicks in the studio, just a comfortable supportive environment to try or build a meditation practice.