If you ask me, the power of investing in yourself–in your health and in your ability to focus on your goals in a world of infinite distractions–is REAL. Retreats are like a gift for your SOUL, and buying yourself an opportunity to escape from your day-to-day life, focus on the bigger picture and connect with like-minded people yields major ROI.
If you fancy yourself on a journey to living your best, most potent and powerful life, consider splurging on an opportunity to connect with the most potent and powerful parts of yourself this summer. Here are a few retreats in Ontario for yogis, creative writers, glampers and goddesses.
Fire Within Retreat (June 29–July 1, Woodfield, Muskoka)
If you’re thirsting for a nature fix and want to immerse yourself in beautiful northern Ontario waters and trails, Woodfield is the place to do it. At this 500-acre wilderness retreat centre, you can swim in a spring-fed pond, hike, hang with therapeutic animals, eat from a local organic farm, and sleep in a yurt. The hosts at the Radiate Happy Retreat will lead burning bowl ceremonies and help you create a plan for whatever change is needed in your life.
Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Leslie Buback (July 9–12, Shanti Retreat Centre, Wolfe Island)
No yoga experience is required at this mid-week retreat led by Yoga Grove studio owner/founder Leslie Buback. If you want to deepen your yoga and meditation practice and do it at the tranquil, eleven-acre Shanity Retreat Centre property on Wolfe Island (think: old-century inn with shoreline cabins), then come escape here and live the yoga life you dream of in the city. This week is all about emotional and physical release and getting those adrenals deeply restored.
Yoga, Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Swim Glamping Retreat (July 12–15, Harmony Outdoor Inn, Parry Sound)
Outdoorswomen who aren’t above some glamping, this one’s for you! Get the best of both worlds–nature and luxury–at this four-day retreat at the Harmony Outdoor Inn, a secluded B&B in Parry Sound. “Re-wild” yourself with a long weekend of stand-up paddleboarding, beach yoga classes, mermaid tail swims, jewellery making, and evenings of wine, cheese and chill.
Firefly Creative Writing Summerglow Retreats (July 20–22 or August 17–20, Loretto Maryholme Manor, Lake Simcoe)
If you need to rekindle your love affair with words, this retreat is going to be well worth your vacation days. The Firefly team has a magical way of helping writers of all levels nurture their work and confidence. There’s space for twelve participants at the retreat locale–a manor house on a lake. Writers will steep themselves in quiet time for creative reflection, write in circles (and alone), and nerd out about words.
Get Your Glow On! Yoga Retreat (August 3–6, Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Wyebridge)
Give yourself over to a restorative long weekend at Sugar Ridge retreat centre, which occupies 150 acres of maple- and cedar-filled forests in lush northern Ontario. Yoga teacher/psychotherapist/retreat centre owner Liz Frost is leading this retreat, which will consist of sunset beach meditations and yoga sessions, homemade vegan food, bonfires, and canoe rides. Leave your makeup bag at home and let Mama Earth restore your natural glow.
Catie Fenn’s Muskoka Retreat (September 28–30, Woodfield, Muskoka)
For goddesses who are ready to step into their personal power, Catie Fenn’s two-night retreat in magical Muskoka will be the launchpad to help you lift off. The weekend will consist of cacao ceremonies, bonfires, intention-setting ceremonies, yoga flow and meditation classes and deep chats with your new soul fam, all conducted in Catie’s high-vibe fashion. You’ll leave with a solid action plan to execute your dreams in the coming months. (Spaces are almost full for this one!)