GETAWAY GUIDE 2016
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 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 thesacredgardener.ca, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (613) 625-1106.
INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY SHAMANIC STUDIES
August is a magical time to do ceremony. Our Ceremonial land is at its most beautiful in high summer. Join us for our week-long retreat A Shamanic Vision Quest, geared towards men and women who are seeking a connection to spirit through teachings and ceremony.
We also offer an opportunity for parents and children to experience together the beauty of this land through experiential teachings, personal and relationship ceremony, and Rites of Passage. Connection to spirit is a family affair. Come and see your children through the eyes of Spirit. Ceremonial Retreat Dates: August 7 –13.
Call (416) 603-4912, send email to: email@example.com, or visit www.icss.org for information
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 Herb-ology, 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 through our teaching style, and view nature as the ultimate teacher. Our workshops and trips are small and very 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on the web at www.earth tracks.ca
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 and family getaways or artist retreats. Enjoy fabulous fishing, canoeing, and swimming and allow the beauty and healing energy of this land and the semi-private lake to embrace and rejuvenate you.
Upcoming retreat dates: Summer Solstice Retreat – June 17-19: Summer Solstice marks the time when the sun is at its highest – the longest day of the year symbolizing a return to the sacred feminine and her six-month cycle. Come celebrate the wisdom of the Celtic calendar and dance with the Sun King’s wisdom as you enter into the dream of the feminine cycle.
Priestess and Merlin Camp July 30 – Aug. 2: Join us as we celebrate the Celtic Calendar via the Priestess / Merlin Teachings in a 3-4 Day Retreat with guest speakers from the Whispering Song School of Energy Medicine. Advanced and general interest programs. Please check web-site for itinerary.
For further details: call (416) 588-4503 or (613) 757-1539, email@example.com or visit www.whisperingsong.ca
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. Our offerings include 7-day Liquid Feasts, Vision Quests, 7 Generations Life Coaching, raw food classes, yoga, meditation, Sacred Moon ceremonies, shamanism ceremonies and classes, mandala garden design, forest gardening workshops, and Mandala Garden CSA weekly food basket shares. We offer both onsite and online programs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.therealignranch.com to view upcoming events
THIRTEEN MOONS WOMEN’S WELLNESS RETREAT
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 N.E. of Toronto, our retreat’s lush cedars will hug you as you come up the driveway to your secluded home-away-from-home. The artist-designed, light-filled 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. A roster of gifted wellness practitioners are available to pamper your body with a wide range of rejuvenating treatments. Our cozy 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 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.
Contact Louise Racine, RR1, Norwood Ontario K0L 2V0, call 1-888-326-7326, send email to: email@example.com, or visit www.thirteenmoons.ca
NORTHERN LIGHT CENTRE
A retreat facility available for groups of up to 25. Great for family fun, or workshops of all kinds – meditation, sweat lodges, yoga weekends, vision quests, and spiritual-seeking groups, to name a few. It is a magical place where peace abounds and coyotes howl at night.
Participants gather around the fire at night and watch the sky of a thousand stars. Occasionally, Heather teaches herb workshops on the land, showing the local, edible, and medicinal herbs, and how to use herbs in food and as medicine.
PURE + SIMPLE SPA
Toronto & Waterloo, ON
You are only a subway ride away from urban getaway! Whether you are in Toronto or Waterloo, Pure + simple has the holistic treatments to rejuvenate your soul while putting the glow back into your skin.
Experience why NOW Toronto readers have voted Pure + simple “Best of Toronto” for its facial treatments year after year. In just over an hour, you can revive your spirit with an Urban Renewal Facial. Or, cool yourself down with a skin-smoothing exfoliation from an Aquabrasion facial treatment. It gently exfoliates dry, sensitive skin to reveal the smooth dewy skin below. All gain, with no pain!
If you believe health is the foundation of beauty, then you will love the Pure + simple Wellness Centre in Yorkville. A team of holistic therapists, from Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors to Registered Massage Therapists, work to support the Ayurvedic skincare professionals and estheticians in keeping you beautiful from inside out. Other services offered include Facial Acupuncture, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki, and Indian Head Massage.
Pure + simple is also a pioneer in sustainable business practices, from their daily operations to their packaging. The company is a supporter of climate change groups and is a sponsor of Planet In Focus and Environmental Defense events. It has been the runner-up in 2010 and 2011 for the RBC Women Entrepreneur Awards for Sustainability. But being considerate of others does not overshadow the results you want – Pure + simple was also voted Best Beauty Spa in NOW Magazine in 2011 and 2015, and listed in the “Top 10 Skincare Stores in Toronto” by blogTO in 2015.
Get your skin glowing and your spirits refreshed at any of its three GTA locations, or at its Waterloo location:
1) 2375 Yonge St., (Yonge / Eglinton), Toronto, call (416) 481-2081
2) 108 Cumberland St. (Yorkville), Toronto, call (416) 924-6555
3) 725 King St. West, (King/Bathurst), Toronto, call (416) 366-8558
4) 1-42 Bridgeport Rd. E., Waterloo, call (226) 647-5042
For more information or to shop online; www.pureandsimple.ca
HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS
SUGAR RIDGE RETREAT CENTRE
HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS
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, rolling hills, and lush 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!
Contact Sugar Ridge at firstname.lastname@example.org, call Liz toll free 1-866-609-1793 (Canada) or visit www.sugarridge.ca
NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH RETREAT
HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS
This is the Fountain of Youth. Nonpareil 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/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 rolling 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 is located only 2 hours, 15 minutes east of Toronto.
Call (613) 395-6332. Email email@example.com, visit www.nonpareilholistic.com. Address RR#3, 658 Wellmans Road, Stirling ON K0K 3E0
MAPLE KI FOREST • SPIRIT WATERS
HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS
Since 1986, we have been providing truly magical and restorative retreat experiences: Misty lake sunrises. Still waters. Spectacular sunsets. Nourishing cuisine. Soothing ambiance. Cozy 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 and 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 lake-side setting. Beginners welcome!
Inspired cuisine is created with care. Meals are delicious, nutritionally balanced, and restorative. Mindful of the 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 and 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 centering the mind, healing the heart, and uplifting the spirit. We welcome individuals retreating in solitude, coming with family and friends, as well as facilitators bringing groups.
Midway between Toronto and Ottawa, just north of Napanee / Kingston. Contact Julianna Norrie at (613) 379-2227, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.mapleki.com