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GETAWAY GUIDE 2017

WORKSHOP RETREATS

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EARTH TRACKS OUTDOOR SCHOOL AND WILDERNESS CANOE TRIPS

EARTH TRACKS OUTDOOR SCHOOL AND WILDERNESS CANOE TRIPS

~ 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 earthtracks@gmail.com. Visit us on the web at www.earthtracks.ca

AVALON RETREAT CENTRE

AVALON RETREAT CENTRE

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 www.whisperingsong.ca. For further details: call (416) 588-4503 or (613) 757-1539 or email arc@whisperingsong.ca

THE REALIGN RANCH

THE REALIGN RANCH

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 info@natyhoward.com or visit www.natyhoward.com to view upcoming events.

SACRED GARDENER, SCHOOL FOR CO-CREATIVE LIVING

SACRED GARDENER, SCHOOL FOR CO-CREATIVE LIVING

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 a local B&B. The primary facilitator at The Sacred Gardener is Steven Martyn, MA, Hon. BFA. Steven has 30+ years experience practising traditional living skills of growing food, building, and healing. 

Upcoming workshops:

  • June 11: Talk & Workshop in Toronto – The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden
  • June 23 - 25: Herb Healers
  • July 8: Forage and Feast
  • July 27 - 30: Wildculturing
  • Aug. 5: Forage, Feast, Ferment – Wild Brews

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

HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS

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MAPLE KI FOREST • SPIRIT WATERS

MAPLE KI FOREST • SPIRIT WATERS

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 info@mapleki.com or visit www.mapleki.com

NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH RETREAT

NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH RETREAT

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 nonpareil@sympatico.ca or visit www.nonpareilholistic.com

SUGAR RIDGE RETREAT CENTRE

SUGAR RIDGE RETREAT CENTRE

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 info@sugarridge.ca, call Liz toll free 1-866-609-1793 (Canada) or visit www.sugarridge.ca

COUNTRY RETREATS

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THIRTEEN MOONS WELLNESS RETREAT

THIRTEEN MOONS WELLNESS RETREAT

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 moons.ca or visit: www.thirteenmoons.ca

URBAN GETAWAY

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PURE + SIMPLE SPA

PURE + SIMPLE SPA

4 LOCATIONS IN GTA; 1 LOCATION IN WATERLOO

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.

To shop online visit: www.pureandsimple.ca.

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

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Canción del Corazón Lifepath Center

Canción del Corazón Lifepath Center

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

In 2011, former Canadians Phil Larstone and Suzannah Ohlune sold their farm and moved to Ecuador where they bought a tired, old pasture in the Andes Mountains and began a new way of life complete with orchards, forests and organic gardens. Living with a deep call to support and inspire the evolution of human consciousness, they wanted to fulfill their calling to create a centre to uplift the human transformational potential. “Canción del Corazón” was born to express the song of their hearts and to offer an experience of integrated living, weaving together the threads of deep ecology, permaculture, wholistic wellness, and spiritual evolution in a philosophy they call “Eternaculture”.

The new permaculture farm, home and retreat centre nourishes its guests and retreat participants with exceptionally high-vitality meals. As Phil and Suzannah guide and inspire others into self-knowing and empowerment, they find fulfillment in providing guests with the hands-on experience and nutritional understanding to evolve their dietary lifestyle toward ever greater health and vitality.

Join them at their upcoming Healthy Cooking Course: Nourish and Heal with Conscious Cuisine from Oct. 7 - 21, 2017. Enroll via email with “Vitality Magazine” in the subject line and receive a 15% discount! To find out more about their upcoming retreats, custom offerings and programs, email aspire@eternaculture.com or visit www.eternaculture.com

Vision Travel International Wellness Retreats

Vision Travel International Wellness Retreats


Our International Wellness Retreats are ideal for those who share a mutual passion for travelling to out-of-the-ordinary destinations and maintaining an active lifestyle while vacationing. We focus on unique journeys to the most extraordinary locales around the World. Our bespoke retreats offer a combination of yoga and the indulgence our clients deserve during their holiday. To keep our Retreats organic and personal, we organize small groups only ranging from 10 - 12 like-minded travellers. The mix is an interesting combination of couples, friends and solo travellers. 

Top 5 reasons to join us on our upcoming Wellness Retreats:

  1. We stay at idyllic properties in the most exotic corners of the World: Africa, Latin America, Mediterranean, Middle East, the Orient, South Asia and South Pacific
  2. You will experience a journey of self-discovery
  3. Sunrise & sunset meditation are led by an expert yoga teacher
  4. It’s the perfect blend of yoga, adventure and cultural immersion
  5. Guaranteed to make new friends

Coming soon for 2018: Our themed wellness retreats! Allow us to inspire you and see the World differently! Contact Nancy: (416) 953-9423, nancy.ferragine@visiontravel.ca, www.visiontravel.ca/nancyferragine