Getaway Guide 2018


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



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


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 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. 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; call toll free 1-866-609-1793 (Canada) or visit


Tamworth, ON


Misty lake sunrises. Still waters. Spectacular sunsets. Nourishing cuisine. Soothing ambiance. Cosy rooms. Replenishing rest. Kindred spirits. Since 1986, we have been providing restorative and memorable retreat experiences. Secluded and blissfully quiet, our retreat-haven features a breathtaking, expansive view of the lake, river, and surrounding forest. Rare, motor boat-free privacy and tranquil beauty are at our doorstep, and await your enjoyment. 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 serene, 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. We also offer holistic services: 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 centering the mind, healing the heart, and uplifting the spirit. We welcome facilitators bringing groups and conducting their own programs, as well as individuals retreating in solitude or with family and friends. We offer a special group rate for 8 to 10 people.

Maple Ki Forest is located midway between Toronto and Ottawa, just north of Napanee / Kingston. Contact the proprietors by phone at (613) 379-2227, or email, and visit


Toledo, ON


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

Lidia Kuleshnyk, a Health Potential Coach, has brought together her love of nature and animals, with 21 years of experience supporting clients through personal challenges, crises, and deep healing, into 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, as well as one-on-one services and programs in reiki, macrobiotics, health coaching, astrology, homeopathy, and more. Guests can also enjoy nature trails, biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and cruises on the Rideau Canal, or a Thousand Island 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:; www.hidden



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, our 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. A roster of gifted wellness practitioners are available to pamper you with a range of rejuvenating treatments. Our 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.

They also offer facilitated programs such as monthly full moon drumming circles, cooking workshops, raw food detox retreats, drum making, and healing in nature retreats, as well as day and overnight facility rentals for small groups. Contact Louise Racine, RR1, Norwood, Ont. K0L 2V0; call 1-888-326-7326,,



Durham, ON


Earth Tracks specializes in Nature Connection programming for children and adults. Courses, workshops, and apprenticeships in wildlife tracking and naturalist studies, edible plants and foraging, medicinal plants and herbology, medicine making, bushcraft and survival, and bird language and awareness are available. 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 / 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 For more information, call (519) 217-4921 or send email to Website:


Golden Lake, ON


The Sacred Gardener offers intensive workshops, teaching the skills and sharing a deep understanding of traditional environmental knowledge to live with The Earth. Workshops focus on wild edibles, herbal medicine, co-creation and permaculture, fermentation and food preservation, and natural building. Workshops hosted at The Sacred Gardener 200-acre heritage farm, with 145-year-old log buildings surrounded by the Algonquin wilderness, 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 published two books, The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden and Sacred Gardening.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Lyme Disease Herbal Protocol: April 28
  • The Sacred Gardener School, 2 sessions: May 9 – 13 and August 22 – 26
  • Forage and Feast, Spring: May 19
  • Attending Divinity through Sacred Gardening: June 16, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ont.
  • The Herbal Healers: June 29 – July 2
  • Wildculturing: July 26 – 29
  • Forage and Feast: Fall, September 8
  • Lyme Disease Herbal Protocol: September 29

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



Toronto, Richmond Hill, Oakville & Waterloo


Need a getaway? Relaxation and a fresh outlook on life can be yours in just minutes by subway or car! Whether you’re in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Oakville or Waterloo, Pure + Simple has just the holistic experience to rejuvenate your soul while putting the glow back into your skin. The best in facials and natural skincare, Pure + Simple focuses on helping you feel beautiful naturally with products and services customized to you.

Discover the “Best Facial in the City”, as voted by NOW magazine readers year after year, and one of the Best Spas to get a Facial by BlogTO. Let Pure + Simple’s Skin Sages revive your spirit and your glow with the Urban Renewal Facial, featuring two custom masks and a luxurious hand and foot massage. You can also let the cool splash of purifying saline water refresh you with a skin-smoothing exfoliation from an Aquabrasion Facial treatment. It gently exfoliates dry, sensitive skin to reveal the smooth dewy skin below.

Need to look great for a special date fast? Try a Toronto-Waterloo exclusive with the Pure + Simple Deluxe Sea Salt Microdermabrasion. Natural Sea Salt purifies blemishes while exfoliating dry, dead skin and fine lines. Relax afterward with a scalp and décolleté massage as a Super Hydrating Face + Neck Mask refreshes and rejuvenates your skin.

Take “Beauty from Health” further at the P+S Wellness Centre in Yorkville where a team of talented RMTs + TCM Practitioners 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. Get your skin glowing and your spirits refreshed at any of Pure + Simple’s seven locations. For address and contact information at each location, see advertisement in Vitality magazine on page 45 or visit their website at: (also shop online or find a spa near you).