PAUSE // A Heart-of-Summer Retreat
Join us in the heart of summer to PAUSE. An opportunity to take space, be present, and breathe, deeply and fully. An opportunity to reflect, re-ground, and renew. Held at a spacious and beautiful private cottage on peaceful Lake Cecebe, you’ll join a like-hearted community to break away from the day-to-day and and open up to new perspectives and possibilities.
Our heart-centred retreat includes:
Daily yoga, meditation and healing practices to recentre and reconnect
Breakthrough coaching and guidance to tune into our values, vision, purpose and impact
Nourishing plant-based meals prepared onsite by our private chef
Time for reflection, exploration, and restoration in beautiful Magnetawan
Some fun surprises and gifts throughout :)
Hosted by Ayah Norris, Holistic Healer and Yoga + Meditation Teacher, and Zoë Paliare, Transformational Coach
We are thrilled to share food will be prepared for us onsite by Christine Flynn, Executive Chef and Partner at iQ Food Co in Toronto. A veteran of the industry with over 20 years experience in hospitality, her simple, unfussy food showcases her passion for vibrant colours, textures and flavours. A celebrated writer, food stylist and photographer, Christine's work has appeared in Wired, Bon Appetite, Eater, The London Times, Vogue, Munchies and The Globe and Mail as well as numerous other publications. Christine is currently writing her first cookbook, in collaboration fellow mama and entrepreneur Emma Knight of Greenhouse Juice, focusing on recipes and nourishment for expectant and new mothers.
Friday, July 26 (midday arrival) to Sunday, July 28 (midday departure)
Shared room accommodation: $450 + HST
Private room accommodation: $650 + HST
We’re excited to share that portion of all retreat fees will be donated to Peacebuilders International (Canada), a nonprofit organization that provides restorative programs and services for young people and works towards effecting change in the justice and education systems. In Toronto, Peacebuilders has diverted over 1000 young people out of the criminal justice system before trial, and worked with thousands more in schools and communities to address conflict productively and stop the school to prison pipeline.
What are the accommodation details?
If you come solo with the shared accommodation rate, you'll have your own bed in a shared room with roomies of the same gender. We have a couple of double rooms (2 beds) and one bunk room (4 beds). If you come with a friend, partner or family member, you can share a queen bed in a private room, and each would pay the shared accommodation fee. Private accommodation rates are for a private bedroom for one person. Bathrooms are all shared between 2 - 4 people, depending on retreat attendance. Most rooms are in the main cottage, and two rooms and shared bathroom are in an on-site bunkie near the main cottage.
What’s the retreat capacity?
We have a maximum capacity of 10 participants, so we’ll have an intimate group.
Is the retreat suitable for yoga and/or meditation beginners?
Yes! All levels of practice are welcome, even if you’ve never practiced before. The yoga practice will be a mindful Hatha flow practice, with variations given for beginners or those more advanced in their practice. All group meditation will be guided and is suitable for beginners. You’ll be responsible for bringing your own mat.
Where will activities take place?
We will practice yoga and meditation in the mornings and/or early evenings on the dock if its warm, or inside if it’s rainy or chilly. Group coaching, meals and other activities will be held indoors or outdoors depending on weather and group preference.
Can special dietary requests be accommodated?
Yes! All meals and snacks will be plant-based, and we can accommodate for allergies or intolerances. You’ll be provided with an intake form when you register where you can list any allergies or intolerances for us to plan around.
Is alcohol or cannabis included?
We’ll be practicing presence this retreat, and will not provide and ask you not to bring alcohol, cannabis (unless medically required), or any other altering substances.
Is transportation included?
Transportation is not included or provided in the retreat fee. We will help arrange for carpool buddies, connecting those with a car with passengers to share gas costs, and those without access to a car but able to drive to a group to share a car rental and gas.
Is a payment plan available?
At this time, payment is due in full.