Getaway Guide 2017



Golden Lake, ON


The Sacred Gardener offers intensive, integrated workshops, teaching the skills and deep understanding of traditional environmental knowledge. Workshops focus on wild edibles, herbal medicine, co-creation and permaculture, fermentation and food preservation, and natural building. With all of our workshops, the aim is always the same – to make the Earth come alive for you, so you can come alive for the Earth.

Hosted on a 200-acre heritage farm, with 140-year-old log buildings surrounded by the Algonquin wilderness this area is home to the Algonquin Tea Farm, as well as permaculture gardens, a tropical greenhouse, and a round-stackwall earthship.

Come join us for a unique, life-changing experience. Be immersed in a world you’ve been missing, where people work in harmony with nature to create true culture, where life is honoured from the seed to the table and where the food alone is worth the trip! Camp out on the land, stay in guest houses, or at local B&B.

The primary facilitator at The Sacred Gardener is Steven Martyn M.A, Hon. B.F.A. Steven has more than 30 years experience practising traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. Steven co-created “Livingstone & Green-bloom” (Toronto’s first “green” landscaping company in 1989), and the Algonquin Tea Company in 1996. Upcoming workshops:
– Courting the Majestic Heal-ers; Intuitive Healing with Local Herbs: June 22 – 26
– Wildculturing; The Art of Field & Forest Permaculture: July 21 – 24
– Wild Condiments; sumach, gomasio, more: Aug. 26 – 28

To find out more, please visit, email at, or call (613) 625-1106.


Durham, ON


Earth Tracks specializes in wilderness living skills and naturalist-led canoe trips. We offer courses, workshops, and apprenticeships in wildlife tracking and naturalist studies, edible plants and foraging, medicinal plants and herbology, medicine making, bushcraft, earth philosophy and awareness. We also run guided naturalist canoe trips into Algonquin Park and other regions of central Ontario.

We blend ancient and modern wisdom, and view nature as the ultimate teacher. Our workshops and trips are small and focused, providing quality education and practical field experience. Both the curious beginner and seasoned outdoors person will benefit from our programs. We have classes suitable for adults as well as children, in which we create a strong mentoring experience for participants.

We also offer custom “Deep Nature Connection” experiences for your private groups, schools, family/friends, nature clubs, scout groups, homeschoolers, etc. We work with each group individually to design and deliver many programs, classes, wilderness canoe trips, and presentations.

“The Earth is the ultimate provider, and for countless generations our ancestors knew how to survive and live in harmony with nature. By learning and practising these skills, we begin to experience nature in an ancient and meaningful way.” ~ A. Burnett

For more information about our programs, please call us at (519) 217-4921 or send email to Visit us on the web at


Madawaska Valley, ON


The Avalon Retreat Centre is a sanctuary in the heart of Ontario’s Madawaska Valley, near Algonquin Park, offering a variety of accommodations for private or group spiritual retreats. Allow the healing energy of our semi-private lake to support you in connecting to yourself and the spirit of the Earth Mother. Hike, swim, canoe, relax, and rejuvenate.

Upcoming retreat dates:

  • Thirteen Canoes™, Navigating our Intuitive Gifts of Birth: A Celtic Calendar Retreat: Summer Solstice on the weekend of June 23 – 25
  • Lammas Festival, A Celtic Calendar Retreat: Aug. 4 – 6
  • The Teachings of the Fire, A Celtic Calendar Retreat: Fall Equinox Sept. 22 – 24

Please check our website for additions and updates to retreat itineraries, visit For further details: call (416) 588-4503 or (613) 757-1539 or email


Mt. Albert/Uxbridge, ON


The Realign Ranch is a space dedicated to the alignment of body, mind, heart, breath, and soul through its “Sacred Living Programs”. Event offerings include Seven-day Liquid Feasts, Vision Quests, Seven Generations Life Coaching, raw food classes, yoga, meditation, Sacred Moon ceremonies, shamanism ceremonies, and mandala garden design. They offer both onsite and online programs. Online programs are designed to spark your own ‘involution’ and anchor more deeply into the inner space of sacredness and personal truth.

Onsite programming takes place on 48 acres of forested natural beauty, where we connect deeply with the world outside of ourselves as an expression of our inner world. This is meant to recalibrate our heart compass and facilitate the creation of a more solid personal foundation from where we can truly revolution ourselves alive! Located 15 minutes east of Newmarket and 45 – 60 minutes from Toronto.

Call (905) 251-2372, email or visit to view upcoming events.



Midland, ON


Escape the city and rediscover yourself at Sugar Ridge, 90 minutes (150 km) north of Toronto, close to Midland – but a world away. A natural experience awaits you. Breathe fresh air! Listen to the sounds of nature! Watch the wildlife! Smell the flowers! Private cabins offer stress-free peace and quiet, comfy beds offer deep sleep. Get back to nature with organic vegan whole foods, forest walks, star gazing, yoga and meditation. Create your own personal getaway, or join a group retreat and make new friends. Sugar Ridge offers exceptional combinations of experiences to nourish body, mind, and soul. Cleanse your body with a juice fast or learn to cook a vegan feast. Get your book written or paint a masterpiece. Be silent or share your stories.

An eco-friendly retreat centre, Sugar Ridge respects the natural environment. The 4,200-square-foot facility is available for groups of up to 40 people overnight. This four-seasons retreat offers peace and tranquility spread over 150 acres of majestic forests, hills, and meadows. The nearest neighbour is 3,000 acres of protected provincial land (Wye Valley) with 25 km of trails to explore nature all year by foot, bike, or ski. Wildlife abounds and bird watching is spectacular.

Owners Liz and Kurt Frost are both yoga teachers and psychotherapists, offering day programs and retreats you can join, corporate mindfulness programs, or individual getaways. If you want to shift life patterns or old habits, personal coaching or therapy can be incorporated into your stay for deeper healing. They can help you create your own individual or group retreat, family reunion, or girls’ weekend away and provide facilitators and/or spa treatments. Meals prepared with love have a high yum factor and are made with organic, whole foods. Your city escape awaits you!

For more info, contact Sugar Ridge at, call Liz toll free 1-866-609-1793 (Canada) or visit


Tamworth, ON


Since 1986, Maple Ki has been providing restorative retreat experiences: Misty lake sunrises. Still waters. Spectacular sunsets. Nourishing cuisine. Soothing ambiance. Cosy rooms. Replenishing rest. Kindred spirits. Secluded and blissfully quiet, our retreat-haven features a breathtaking, expansive view of the lake, river, and surrounding forest with rare, motor-free, serene privacy. Swim in our silky soft lake. Explore nature’s wonder by canoe and kayak, or on our woodland walking trails. Read and nap in the lounge and hammock. Practice yoga in a tranquil, natural lakeside setting. Beginners are welcome!

Maple Ki offers inspired cuisine created with care: Meals are delicious, nutritionally balanced, and restorative. Mindful of dietary choices or food sensitivities our guests may have, we prepare meals accordingly, with offerings that are a feast for all the senses. Also, “Ki Wellness Services” offers shiatsu, aromatherapy massage, reflexology, rejuvenating facials, and infrared sauna…to soothe, revitalize, and detoxify.

Maple Ki is a sanctuary for relaxing and replenishing the body, calming and centring the mind, healing the heart, and uplifting the spirit. We welcome individuals retreating in solitude or with family and friends, and facilitators bringing groups. We offer a special group rate for 8 – 10 people. Located midway between Toronto and Ottawa, just north of Napanee and Kingston.

For more info, contact Julianna Norrie at (613) 379-2227, email or visit


Stirling, ON


Discover the Fountain of Youth. Nonpareil Natural Health specializes in raw organic juice fasting, cleansing, cellular detoxification, healthy weight loss for life, and yoga. Get away to this 173-acre country estate. Indulge in the simple pleasures of country life, and being cared for and nourished. Awaken your inner power; meditate and practice yoga in our sanctuary and amphitheatre.

Experience our medical-grade infrared sauna. Recharge and revitalize your energy with raw organic juices and power drinks, rest and relaxation, yoga, full-body massage, reflexology, nutritional consultations, Reiki, emotional energy balancing, and long walks through acres of maple forest. This is a powerful program and a permanent makeover from the inside out, which will inspire you to live your healthiest life. Swim at the Crowe River and relax under invigorating waterfalls. Rest in hammocks and enjoy quiet evenings under the stars.

Nonpareil Natural Health is located only 2 hours, 15 minutes east of Toronto at 658 Wellmans Rd., in Stirling, Ont. For more information, call (613) 395-6332, email or visit



Norwood, ON


Since 2001, Thirteen Moons has been a comfortable and affordable place for individuals or small groups of women to find peace, nourishment, and inspiration. Located two hours northeast of Toronto, their retreat’s lush cedars will hug you as you come up the driveway to your home-away-from-home. The artist-designed building is nestled on a magical 186-acre property.

Your relaxing getaway features fabulous vegetarian fare prepared by a holistic nutritionist and cookbook author who creates meals with a focus on organic, locally sourced ingredients. Gifted wellness practitioners are available to pamper you with a range of rejuvenating treatments and cosy beds embrace you after a relaxing day of doing whatever your heart desires.

Gain inspiration to embrace a more balanced lifestyle through reconnection to nature and experience simply ‘being.’ Spend quiet time by the water, walking the labyrinth, or exploring the trails. Ideal for special celebrations or time away, alone or with friends. We also offer facilitated programs such as monthly full moon drumming circles, cooking workshops, raw food detox retreats, drum making workshops, and healing in nature wellness retreats, as well as day and overnight facility rentals for small groups.

Write to Louise Racine at RR1, Norwood, ON, K0L 2V0; call 1-888-326-7326; email info@thirteen or visit:



Four locations in GTA, one location in Waterloo, ON


Pure + Simple is an all-natural skincare retail and wellness spa for those seeking products that are consistent with their healthy, natural lifestyle. They offer the best in natural facials, high-tech treatments, organic skincare, mineral makeup, and more. Pure + Simple sells a wide range of organic and natural skincare products, including Pure + Simple, Minimalist, and Holistic Vanity – which are all free of parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes.

They also carry a selection of other brands that meet their requirements of being natural, sustainable and effective, such as Jane Iredale, Fitglow, and Naturopathica. Their Beauty Sages and skincare experts work with each client to create a skincare regime with services and products tailored to their unique skin and lifestyle. Book a free skin consultation at any of their five holistic spas, located in Toronto and Waterloo.

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