Getaway Guide 2019


 

 Our annual directory of vacation destinations with a focus on health and yoga, country and workshop retreats, plus urban getaways in Ontario. 

COUNTRY RETREATS

WHITE BEAR HAVEN

Midland, Ont.


COUNTRY RETREATS

Nestled on 100 acres of lush green fields and forest, White Bear Haven is a technology-free retreat centre where you will find peace and tranquility. Feel like meditating by sitting on a hay bale in the middle of a farm field? Want to walk barefoot on homa- healed soil? Mother Earth invites you to slow down, find your own little spot and stop. Reflect. Contemplate. Breath.

We hold space for celebration, understanding, reconnection, and reverence for the elements of water, earth, air and fire. We integrate Bear Medicine as a pathway to nurturing, strength and courage.

White Bear Haven offers three unique Group Retreats throughout the year and welcomes healers, energy workers, Earth keepers, writers and artists who want to create their own Retreats.

Simcoe County’s Home of Agnihotra Homa

Agnihotra is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda. It’s a process of purifying the atmosphere, healing the body and mind, water, and land. We perform daily sunrise and sunset ceremonies.

Spend some time apart from telephones, television, and work responsibilities and come visit us. Disconnect from the world of “busy” and “doing” and reconnect to the natural world of “harmony” and “being”.

White Bear Haven is located just 90 minutes North of Toronto. Please call (705) 835-7070, email whitebearhaven@outlook.com or visit www.whitebearhaven.com  

NATURE IMMERSION AND HEALTH RETREAT

Tiny, Ont.


COUNTRY RETREATS

Just over an hour north of Toronto, a whole new world awaits you. Nestled in an old-growth stand of maple and pine trees, on the banks of a winding river, our retreat will rejuvenate your body and soul.

Dine on wild, organic, and non-GMO food, and luxuriate in the quiet of the forest while enjoying your own private space. Three bedrooms and an ensuite bath can accommodate up to six people, so it’s easy to make this a family-and-friends experience, or go solo and get away from it all!

Proprietors Galina and Boris will be your guides during your stay, where you can enjoy long walks in the nearby 60-acre preserve to discover and harvest wild foods and medicinal herbs. Wild foods are seasonal and ever-changing, so new experiences happen year-round. In the springtime, explore leeks, fiddleheads, and budding salad greens, while in the summer berries and mushrooms are popping up on the land – and a beehive is churning out raw honey!

Reclaim and enhance your own knowledge of the environment, and dive into the wisdom-teachings that this unique and loving family provide. Indoors, sip on a warm elixir while receiving a health analysis via live blood microscopy. This technology will allow you to get an inside look at your body and optimize your well-being with a thorough consultation.

Contact Galina to find out what’s in season, and to set up your own personal Nature Immersion and Health Retreat. All packages are completely customized to your health, needs and physical mobility. For more details, call (416) 906-4125, email thegreenpyramid@gmail.com or visit www.greenpyramid.ca

CRYSTAL WOODS HEALING RETREAT

Wilkesport, Ont.


COUNTRY RETREATS

Welcome to a small and private retreat experience, customized for you, or two people. Sink deeply into a more personal process of renewal, reconnection, and healing. We offer one gorgeous little guest cabin on 50 acres of wooded land – land that sings with the many crystals that have been planted in the earth, around the entire property, in geometric patterns. Each building – from your private cabin, to the beautiful treatment and meditation cabin – are enfolded by the vibrant consciousness of Nature, and the activated energies of the crystal grids.

Enjoy organic cotton sheets, and fluoride-filtered water in your cabin, with organic gardens and fruit bushes in your backyard. Relax, cleanse, and regenerate in our wood-burning Finnish sauna, and cool off in your outdoor shower. Prepare your own meals in the cabin kitchen or ask about our gourmet vegan meal options.

We currently have 5 km of secluded walking trails through the woods and along the creek, which allows you the option of being without clothing on the entire property. It’s a rare and beautiful experience to walk along the trails with your wonderful body fully open to Nature’s soft embrace, allowing sunlight to touch every part of you. And we have a gorgeous, woodstove-heated space for meditation and healing work.

Many people come to Crystal Woods specifically to have sessions with Kathleen. These two-hour sessions are powerfully transformative – combining masterful bodywork with high-level energy work, psychic work, and sound healing, with an emphasis on supporting and activating your Ascension path. Quite simply, it’s beyond anything you may have experienced. Some people choose a more intensive ‘healing’ retreat – to do a deep dive and a Soul-level re-calibration – with a daily session, each one perfectly tailored to your needs and healing progression. Tremendous shifts can happen from one day to the next.

Your retreat can be as spacious as you wish, from languid days to yourself, making your own meals, walking the wooded trails, and just enjoying your own Soul’s flow… or have a more directly nurturing experience: treatments, saunas, meditation, and Qi Gong sessions, gorgeous vegan meals with guidance around food and nutrition. You decide – it’s your Sacred Space, your Soul’s Journey. From our Hearts, we are grateful for the opportunity to support you.

Crystal Woods Retreat is located 3 hours southwest of Toronto, 70 minutes from London. Email: kathleen@kathleenmackay.com, (519) 312-4195, www.crystalwoodsretreat.com

HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS

NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH RETREAT

Stirling, Ont.


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 while being cared for and nourished. Awaken your inner power; meditate and practice yoga in our sanctuary/amphitheatre.

Experience the detoxification benefits of 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 beautiful maple forest.

Swim in the Crowe River and relax under invigorating waterfalls. Rest in hammocks and enjoy quiet evenings under the stars.

This is a powerful program and a permanent makeover from the inside out, which will inspire you to live your healthiest life.

Nonpareil is located only 2 hours and 15 minutes east of Toronto. For more information, call (613) 395-6332, write: RR#3, 658 Wellmans Rd., Stirling, Ont., email nonpareil@sympatico.ca or visit  www.nonpareilholistic.com

SUGAR RIDGE RETREAT CENTRE

Midland, Ont.


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 experiences to nourish body, mind, and soul. Cleanse with a juice fast, or learn to cook a vegan feast. Get your book written, 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 round.

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.

Delicious meals prepared with love are made with organic, whole foods. Contact Sugar Ridge at info@sugarridge.ca, call toll free 1-866-609-1793 (Canada) or visit www.sugarridge.ca

THE HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER

Toledo, Ont.


HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS

This is a quaint retreat nestled in the beautiful countryside of Rideau Lakes, between Kingston and Ottawa. Located on a 76-acre property near Bellamys Lake, the retreat is a place for guests to rest and rejuvenate in a cordwood house, and enjoy the subtle, healing energy emanating from the land, which brings a feeling of ancient wisdom, sacred power, and wholeness.

The retreat’s founding principle is the Honouring of Life. Lidia Kuleshnyk, a Health Potential Coach, has brought together her love of nature and animals with 22 years of experience supporting clients through personal challenges, chronic health conditions, and deep healing. All this takes place within a sanctuary that assists in uncovering and shining forth that sacred gem that glows within each guest – their Hidden Buddha.

The Center offers private and group retreats, rental space for retreat leaders, cottage rental, and bed and breakfast options, plus one-on-one programs in reiki, macrobiotics, and holistic coaching. Equine Healing Retreats, both private and group, are available for you to experience the beautiful heart energy and soul connection of horses.

Guests enjoy nature trails, biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and cruises on the Rideau Canal, or a Thousand Islands boat cruise on the St. Lawrence River.

Whether your calling is for greater self-awareness and connection to Soul, relaxation, or healing from serious health conditions, The Hidden Buddha Healing Center provides the perfect environment and services.

You are invited to experience this land of high vibration, beautiful sunsets, and midnight wonders where one can feel more alive, more connected, more conscious. For information, call (416) 912-1721 or (613) 275-2768, email hiddenbuddhahealing@gmail.com or visit www.hiddenbuddhahealingcenter.com

MAPLE KI FOREST • SPIRIT WATERS

Tamworth, Ont.


HEALTH & YOGA RETREATS

Since 1986, we have been offering restorative retreat experiences filled with misty lake sunrises, still waters, and spectacular sunsets. At Maple Ki Forest, we also offer nourishing meals, soothing ambiance, cosy bedrooms, replenishing rest, and kindred spirits. Secluded and blissfully quiet, our retreat-haven features a breathtaking expansive view of our motor-free lake, a river with rapids, and the surrounding forest. Rare privacy and tranquil beauty await your enjoyment.

We provide excellent swimming in our silky soft, clean lake; canoes, kayaks, and woodland walking trails to explore nature’s beauty; and lounges for reading, birdwatching, star gazing, and napping; a yoga class each morning, and three meals per day.

We specialize in plant-based cuisine created with care. Meals are delicious, satisfying, colourful, nutritious, and a feast for the senses. We also offer shiatsu massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, facials, and infrared sauna.

This is a sanctuary for replenishing the body, centring the mind, healing the heart, and uplifting the spirit. We welcome facilitators conducting their own group programs, as well as individuals retreating solo or with family and friends, and offer a group rate for 8 to 10 people.

Maple Ki is located midway between Toronto and Ottawa, north of Kingston. Contact the proprietors by phone at (613) 379-2227, email info@mapleki.com or visit www.mapleki.com

THEMED COURSES & WORKSHOP RETREATS

WOMEN’S CHAKRADANCE™ RETREAT

Cozumel, Mexico


THEMED COURSES & WORKSHOP RETREATS

Dance your heart out in a series of nine moving meditation workshops in the Chakradance™ Freedom Cycle, from July 9 – 12, offered by author and licensed facilitator Pollyanna Blanco.

Enjoy four days and three nights in Cozumel (or stay for a week), on this magical Mexican-Caribbean island steeped in rich history, ancient wonders, beautiful flora and fauna, and a warm, vibrant culture. Enjoy fresh, healthy, local cuisine with vegan and vegetarian options. Hotel B is a tranquil oceanfront boutique hotel dedicated to wellness and creativity, offering yoga classes, holistic spa services, bicycles, cabana beds, and artisan crafts.

Chakradance™ is a dance therapy practice that gently opens your chakra centres as you move with eyes closed to sound healing music and guided visualization. Just surrender to the music and trust your body to guide you. Return to who you truly are as this uplifting process harmonizes, rebalances, and tunes up your energy.

Give back to Gaia with your soul sisters as Mayan Ceremonial Leader Adrian Salas Xopan leads an ocean blessing to the island’s creativity goddess Ix Chel. An active member in the Mayan Nation, Adrian was initiated by the Tlahuica Grandparents into the spiritual ceremonies. As Deputy Director of Muuchxiimbal Maya Ceremonial Center for more than 15 years, he has created a self-sustaining community project, preserving Mesoamerican customs and practices. Participants can give back to the local school children on the island by donating backpacks to the Chrysalis program.

Pollyanna has 22 years as an OCTE educator. A Samhara™ Energy Medicine practitioner with the Canadian Reiki Association, and a Holistic Practitioner with the City of Toronto, she has been hosting Chakradance™ workshops for five years.

Return home renewed, feeling the inspired ripples! For more information, email info@pollyannablanco.com, call 416-960-1393, ext. 11 or visit www.talkofthetowntravel.com/wellness-travel, www.pollyannablanco.com

NORTHERN EDGE ALGONQUIN

Algonquin Park, Ont.


THEMED COURSES & WORKSHOP RETREATS

A leader in transformational travel, Northern Edge Algonquin creates & hosts all-inclusive nature retreats for small groups of 10 to 35. Our guests unplug in nature for multi-day experiences that reconnect, recharge, and re-inspire. Sleep comfortably in eco-cabins designed in harmony with our forest home, nourish yourself with organic and locally-sourced foods crafted with care, and participate in tailored experiences with locals including storytellers, artists, musicians, naturalists, yoga and wellness facilitators, food growers, and chefs.

A welcoming sanctuary and Ontario’s only solar-powered nature retreat, the Edge is located on a quiet lake at the NW corner of Algonquin Park (less than three hours from Toronto). Tailored retreat programs are available for groups of all types, and we also work with facilitators and workshop leaders looking to plan their next successful retreat.

Our guests enjoy guided hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog-sledding experiences; facilitated yoga and wellness classes, workshops on everything from microgreens to drum making. We are invited to rise early to paddle a misty river in search of moose and other wildlife. We relax in our wood-fired sauna before jumping in the lake or rolling in the snow. At night, we share stories and music in the warmth of a fire circle under a festival of stars.

For more information, visit NorthernEdgeAlgonquin.ca or give us a call at (888) 383- 8320. The Edge is also the home of the Canadian Centre for Shamanic Studies retreats, visit shamanismcanada.com

EARTH TRACKS OUTDOOR SCHOOL

Durham, Ont.


THEMED COURSES & WORKSHOP RETREATS

Earth Tracks specializes in Nature Connection programming for children and adults. Courses, workshops, and apprenticeships in wildlife tracking and naturalist studies, foraging edible plants, medicinal plants and herbology (including cannabis), medicine making, bushcraft and survival, and bird language and awareness. Guided naturalist canoe trips into Algonquin Park and other regions of central Ontario are also available.

We blend ancient wisdom with modern field ecology 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. 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 private groups, schools, family and friends, nature clubs, scout groups, homeschoolers, etc. We work with each group to design programs, classes, wilderness canoe trips, and presentations that fit your specific needs and goals.

The Earth is the ultimate provider, and for 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, Earth Tracks Outdoor School

For more information, call (519) 217-4921, email info@earthtracks.ca or visit websites www.earthtracks.ca, www.organigrowcanada.com and www.rebelrootsherbfarm.com