retreats

Savour the End of Summer: A Yoga and Writing Retreat

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In Canada, summer is a time to play

It's a time to remember a time when the months stretched by like years, when summer meant a refreshing dip into the lake. A time to meet the day with wild, uninhibited abandon.

I'm so pleased to be teeming up with renowned yogi (and all around great guy) Joshua Lewis on a special four-day, mid-week retreat savouring the full glory of summer. Before the routines and obligations and general busyness of fall take hold, we'll gather together at gorgeous Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island, an idyllic lakeside getaway just a short ferry ride from Kingston. 

Looking for a sweet combination of relaxation and grounding as summer winds down? 

Unwind into the final days of August with vigour and play—while heeding the call to anchor in and cultivate reflective practices to support you as the seasons shift and the autumn ‘new year’ arrives. We've lovingly structured the retreat to provide the twin anchors of a nourishing yoga practice and structured personal writing time to help you tap into your innate creative spirit.

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Daily meditation and yoga will be led by Joshua in his signature all-levels accessible and inclusive style. Long-time practitioners, as well as those with little or no experience, will find Joshua’s embodied and inspired teaching methodology to be approachable and profoundly impactful – calming and soothing for the body, mind and the heart. Classes will be offered in the Hatha tradition weaving a creative mixture of dynamic slow flow sequences with therapeutic modalities such as yin, self-massage ball rolling and guided meditation and visualization (yoga nidra).

I'm excited to be leading the writing practise at the retreat. Whether you are curious about writing, love to journal, have been working on a secret memoir, or have a specific fiction, poetry, or other projects in mind, this retreat will give you ample space to commit time, energy and focus to your writing practice. Guided activities will include responding to writing prompts, playful and interactive storytelling activities, and the opportunity to complete a short piece through the week. No prior writing experience is necessary, and there will be no expectation that you share your work if you prefer to simply indulge in some quiet writing time. All writing activities are optional. We hope to end the retreat with an opportunity for participants to share their own writing (or other talents) in a low-key, supportive setting.

An essential element supporting these personal adventures is the shared experience of connecting with your deepest self while in the community of others doing the same. Everything about the Shanti experience is intentionally designed to drop you in to the sweetest and most sublime state—from the idyllic lakeside locale and private seclusion of Wolfe Island to the vibrantly fresh and flavourful meals, not to mention the various waterfront activities at your disposal (swim, sunbathe, canoe and kayak to your heart’s content!)—this retreat promises to be a time for self-care, renewal and enlivenment.

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Shanti retreats sell out early. We'll be offering a number of group and other special discounts through early spring, so get in touch with questions or learn more about how to secure your spot