Yoga and Writing Retreat on Wolfe Island

 

 

SAVOUR THE END OF SUMMER:

A Yoga and Writing Retreat on Wolfe Island, Ontario
AUG 27-30, 2018

 

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.

Join yoga teacher Joshua Lewis and author Trevor Corkum for a sumptuous four-day mid-week retreat. Together, we’ll engage in nourishing yoga practice, outdoor meditation and mindfulness activities, and structured writing time to help you tap into your innate creative spirit.

Daily meditation and yoga will be led by Joshua Lewis 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).

Writing practice will be guided by Trevor Corkum, a widely published and awarded author whose specialized offerings focus on life writing and storytelling. 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, 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.

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.

This is a time for YOU. A time to call in what you most need. 

We promise you will be well taken care of and supported along the way.

So before the busyness of fall arrives, step outside of your every day and take advantage of the summer cottage experience that you have been longing for. We can’t wait to share it with you.

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Included in the Retreat:

  • 3 nights accommodation at Shanti Retreat Centre: Full access to the Shanti Grounds and Amenities: private waterfront, docks and Balinese hut, hammocks, canoes and kayaks, walking and cycling routes, meditation labyrinth, wellness tea bar
  • Sumptuous, healthy, locally-sourced vegetarian meals lovingly made by Shanti’s expert culinary team
  • Daily guided meditation and all-levels inclusive yoga practice with Joshua Lewis
  • Creative Intention Setting and Reflective Writing Sessions with author Trevor Corkum
  • 1 Infrared sauna session
  • Evening star-gazing and bonfire communing with tasty chai
  • Unlimited unwinding and relaxation*You’ll have plenty of free time—lazy afternoons to nurture yourself with a book, take a walk in nature, explore the surrounding local amenities or simply do your own thing. All scheduled activities are optional – you are welcome to do as much or as little as you desire.

Location: Shanti Retreat Centre

A beautiful getaway in the heart of Ontario, Shanti Retreat is located on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands.

Over the last 15 years, Wendy and Darin (along with an incredible team of inspiring yogis) have turned what was once a hunting and fishing lodge into one of the most sought out and perennially booked yoga retreat centres in the province. Shanti’s main lodge, cozy cabins and yoga yurt sit on an 11 acre property surrounded by gardens, green space and natural beauty—the sweeping views of the St. Lawrence are sure to soothe your soul, especially when accompanied by a sunrise meditation on the dock, sitting under the century-old weeping willows, or while taking in a stunning sunset from the outdoor dining patio.

Wolfe Island is a cycling and runner’s paradise with ample trails, and for those looking to feel the sand between their toes, Big Sandy Bay, a beautiful secluded beach is a short 15-minute car ride away.

Shanti offers a range of additional wellness options including massage, thai-yoga massage and reiki treatments. Further information about Shanti’s amenities can be found here.

*Although we highly encourage you to disconnect from your devices as much as possible during the retreat, wi-fi is available for those who require it.

Take a Virtual Tour of Shanti here

Retreat Program Rate:

***Early Bird Rate (available until May 31/18)***

Lock it in for only $300 +HST!

This earlybird program retreat rate* works out to about $75/day for all programming! Accommodation rates will vary depending on the option you choose. In accordance with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) guidelines and regulations, Retreat Program Rates and Shanti Accommodation Rates must be outlined and paid for separately.

In order to offer the widest possible price point and to accommodate various budgets, we have negotiated a number of shared, private, and special accommodation options. See more information under the Accommodation heading below to determine pricing options. 

*Please note:

  • All rates are listed in CAD 
  • rates will increase by $100 after May 31st
  • in order to receive the early bird rate, full payment is due at time of registration; please note that in the case of cancellation, a $150 fee will be applied to refunds. 
  • for regular rates, a non-refundable deposit of $200 is due at the time of registration; remaining balances are due by July 15th, 2018
  • there will be no refunds on cancellations after July 15th, 2018

Limited Discounts and Incentives available for:

  • Previous Yoga with Joshua international retreat participants
  • Group Booking Incentive Discount (book a room for 4 guests, and each participant will receive $50 off; conditions apply, please inquire)
  • Referral Incentive (conditions apply, please inquire)
  • Local Retreat Participants not requiring overnight accommodations (conditions apply, please inquire)

Shanti’s Accommodation Rates:

***Starting at $90 +HST (per night)

*Please note that you are required to organize payment for your accommodation through Shanti Retreat Centre.

You’ll feel right at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins.

The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm—the perfect setting to curl up with a book, relax by the woodstove, peruse the enchanting gift shop, and connect with kindred spirits. Decorated simply and sacredly, you will relax in the comfort, warmth, and coziness of guest rooms decorated in themes inspired by ancient spiritual traditions. All rooms include a water or garden view, and come with private bathrooms.

The following room options are available:

Shared Room (3-4 guests)

Semi-Private (2 guests, rooms can be set up with 2 Single Beds or a King)

Private (limited spaces available)

Tent-Camping (limited spaces available)

Off-Site Accommodations (limited spaces; conditions apply)

*Shanti retreats sell out well in advance and room options are limited. In order to book your preferred room, please contact us as soon as possible.

Detailed descriptions and pictures can be found here

 

Main Inn:

Shared Accommodation: $110 +HST per night ($330 +HST total) **SOLD OUT

  • Krishna Room (Ground Level: 4 Single Beds)
  • Sawasdee Room (Upper Level: 2 Single Beds, 1 Double Bed*)

*Upgrade to the Double Bed for an additional $10+HST

Semi-Private Accommodation: $125 +HST per night ($375 +HST total) **SOLD OUT

Private Accommodation: $175 +HST per night ($525 +HST total) **SOLD OUT

  • Lotus Room (Upper Level: 2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed) 
  • Ganesh Room (Upper Level: 2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed) 
  • Monks Room (Upper Level: 2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed)  

Cabins:

Shared Accommodation: $110 +HST per night ($330 +HST total) 

  • Chi Room (Ground Level: 2 Single Beds, 1 Queen Bed*) 
  • Ananda Room (Ground Level: 3 Single Beds)
  • Wa Room (Ground Level: 4 Single Beds)
  • Rumi Room (Ground Level: 4 Single Beds)

*Upgrade to the Queen Bed for an additional $10+HST

Tenting:

Shanti Tent: $105 +HST per night ($315 +HST total) **SOLD OUT

A spacious, sturdy, family-size tent sleeps you and your friend or companion. You can easily stand in the tent and will have a 4-inch mattress and bedding made up for you. A small nightstand and light allow you to read into the evening, though you’re welcome to stay in the lodge near the fire as long as you like.

There is a full bathroom on the first floor of the lodge reserved for campers.

*We have two tents available, each suitable for two participants. We will only room two people who request to be together in a tent.

BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent!): $90 +HST per night ($270 +HST total)

If all of the other rooming options have sold out, we can accommodate two participants who choose to bring their own tenting gear, bedding and towels.

There is a full bathroom on the first floor of the lodge reserved for campers.

Offsite: 

*If there remains space in the retreat once all of the rooming options have been booked, there is an opportunity for a handful of retreat participants to stay offsite at The General Wolfe Inn or The Dreamcatchers Inn. Please inquire as to availability for this option and the discounted retreat rate for full program access and use of Shanti amenities.

Registration:

To secure your spot and desired room preference, please contact: yoga@joshualewis.com

Upon registration, please let us know your room preference, as well as the names of any other retreat participants you would like to share your room with. We are happy to answer any of your questions, though we encourage you to check out Shanti’s FAQS.

Retreat Program Payment Methods

1. Cash or cheque (contact yoga@joshualewis.com)
2. Email money transfer (send to yoga@joshualewis.com)
3. Credit Card via Paypal (additional processing fees apply; please contact me)

Shanti Accommodation Payment Methods

***As soon as we have confirmed your booking and processed your registration, you will be prompted to contact Shanti directly (email: shantiretreat1@gmail.com) for payment options and cancellation policy. Please note that accommodation payment must be received within two weeks of registering for the retreat. Thank you.

Retreat Itinerary: 

On most days, we offer a series of core workshops in yoga and writing, followed by free time for you to relax, swim, canoe, kayak, walk, rest, or work on your own writing or yoga practise. In late afternoon, before dinner, you have the option to take an additional writing or yoga workshop on a particular topic. Note that all workshops are completely optional. The goal is for you to practise, play, and rest as much or as little as you’d like. Find more information about yoga and writing activities after the schedule.

AUGUST 27

2:00  Check-in

4:30    Yoga/Meditation

6:00    Dinner

7:15    Intention Setting + Storytelling

AUGUST 28

7:30   Breakfast

8:45   Morning Slow Flow Yoga

10:30 Writing Workshop

12:30  Lunch

1:30    Free Time

4:00    Pranayama (Breath Work) OR Finding Your Voice Writing Workshop

6:00    Dinner

9:00    Bedtime Restorative Yoga

AUGUST 29

7:30   Breakfast

8:45   Morning Slow Flow Yoga

10:30 Writing Workshop

12:30  Lunch

1:30    Free Time

4:00    Yin Yoga OR Life Writing/Memoir Workshop

6:00    Dinner

7:30    Evening Bonfire + Sharing Circle (an optional chance to share your writing)

AUGUST 30

7:30   Light Breakfast

8:45   Yoga Nidra (Guided Visualization)

9:30    Closing Circle

11:00  Shanti’s Famous Brunch

2:00    Final Departures

 

*Please note that all of the above meditation/yoga/writing activities are optional. Although we encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, we recognize that everyone has different needs and intentions for attending this retreat and we respect your right to make the decisions that will serve you best. We have no expectations or personal agendas in how you choose to participate–if on any given day what you need is to sleep in or to spend the afternoon reading your book, please follow what your body, mind and heart are most deeply yearning for. This is what matters most. 

*We reserve the right to make small changes to our itinerary if the need arises. You will be informed of all material changes.

Additional Details:

Yoga Practice:

Daily guided meditation and yoga will be led by Joshua Lewis with some classes offered outdoors (weather permitting). Classes will be in the Hatha tradition with a creative mixture of dynamic slow flow sequences and therapeutic modalities including yin, self massage ball rolling and yoga nidra.

*Bonus Add-On:

Pre-Booked and Discounted 1 hr private yoga session/yoga teacher mentoring session: $90+HST

Writing Sessions:

This retreat will help you to intentionally slow down and take time to rejuvenate and consciously down-regulate your nervous system through meditation, breath-work, and yoga practice. One of the ways to integrate and embody this experience is to spend time working on your own writing. Whether it’s reflectively journaling or working on a concrete fiction, memoir, poetry, or creative nonfiction project, you’ll find plenty of support and structure at this retreat. We’ll integrate creative writing prompts, interactive storytelling, and focused writing time–all with a sense of play and openness. No prior writing experience necessary.

Trevor Corkum’s novel The Electric Boy is set to debut with Doubleday Canada. An award-winning writer, coach, researcher, and editor, he has facilitated workshops across Canada and around the world. His fiction, essays, journalism and reviews appear regularly in periodicals like the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, and his work has been recognized with nominations for the Journey Prize, National Magazine Award for Fiction, Western Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, and the CBC Prizes for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Prize. Trevor was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College and a 2017 Writer-in-Residence on the Canada C3 expedition. 

*Bonus Add-On:

Looking to go deeper? For retreat participants, special discounted one hour private consulting sessions are available for $90+HST. Retreat participants will also be offered future discounts on online or in-person private editing or consultation sessions. 

 

 

Meals:

Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. With the utmost love and respect for animals and the earth, vegetarian meals are served. Shanti strives to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible.

Journey into the world of vegetarian food with culinary delights that will leave you totally satisfied. All meals, prepared and served with mindfulness, are a feast for the eyes and a delight to your taste buds.

Organic, shade grown, dark roast coffee is served in the morning and a variety of herbal, green and black teas are available throughout the day.

Shanti can accommodate a vegan and gluten free diet, and minor food allergies, given 1 week notice. Shanti is unable to accommodate major dietary restrictions or a raw food diet.

Click here for a Sample Menu

 

Transportation:

Shanti is located on Wolfe Island, a scenic 20 minute (free!) ferry ride from downtown Kingston—an easy breezy drive from Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal.

No car, no problem! If you’re taking the train or bus to Kingston, you can easily walk onto the ferry and with prior arrangement, one of the Shanti team will be happy to pick you up from the Island’s village of Marysville.

If you are looking to carpool, we are happy to help connect folks.  Please let us know if you will be driving and whether you are open to sharing the ride with another participant.

Click here for Full Directions

“Our intention for this retreat is to combine the balancing and energizing benefits of daily yoga and mindfulness practice with the integrative and creative experience of reflective writing practice. With ample opportunities to slow down, rest, relax and play—so that you can fully embody the beauty and gifts of this energetically potent time of year” Joshua and Trevor

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