Great Canadian Yoga Getaways

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Written by Jennifer Malisauskas

You might already be benefiting from your weekly yoga classes to relieve stress and bring balance into your daily live. ARE LOOKING FOR MORE? Consider super-sizing your experience by combining yoga with a vacation for the ultimate retreat. It’s a trip that can bring health and rejuvenation to the body, mind and spirit. Most retreats offer daily yoga practice combined with time for personal reflection, time with nature and meditation to enhance your relaxation.

Discover these great Canadian retreat centres for that needed getaway from the daily grind.

 

British Columbia

Hollyhock
Cortes Island, British Columbia

Our spectacular natural setting on Cortes Island is an ideal backdrop for transformative experiences. Founded in 1983, Hollyhock is Canada’s leading centre for lifelong learning, but you can also think of us as a “refuge for your soul”, a place that allows you access to what matters, or simply time to rest, play and achieve wellness in BC. Learning here is authentic and powerful, its impact far exceeding the physical boundaries of this special place. Our evolution into a non-profit organization has also allowed us to deepen the focus of our work towards you, our community and our offerings Wake up to a relaxing and rejuvenating morning movement or yoga and meditation class, or visit the lovingly crafted cob sanctuary.
YDC Member
www.hollyhock.ca


Milagro Retreats
Lake Cowichan, British Columbia

A Vancouver Island based Grass Roots Wellness Collective, founded in 2002 with the vision of Inspiring Personal Growth and Unity with Nature. For the past 12 years we have specialized in international Yoga & Eco Adventure Retreats and Vegetarian Catering, providing nourishment on many levels. Locations for our transformational RETREATS include Vancouver Island, Canada and Todos Santos & Sayulita, Mexico.
YDC member
www.milagroretreats.com/


Paradise Found Yoga
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Paradise Found Yoga offers retreats on enchanting Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. Our mission is to provide a safe and enchanting space where the guest/student can quickly and effectively experience a shift toward the life they seek; where they can refresh and rejuvenate or simply get away from the daily grind. This pristine lakeside retreat with private dock and hot-tub offers a variety of activities. You’ll feel pampered, clear minded, relaxed and rejuvenated.
YDC member
paradisefound.ca/


Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

We invite you to take a break from your everyday life to enrich yourself in one of our many life-enhancing programs. HIGHLIGHTS: *Practice yoga in nature surrounded by the serene natural beauty of Canada’s west coast, on 70-acres of woodland, meadows and gardens. *Indulge in incredible organic, vegetarian meals using produce from our farm. *Longest running yoga retreat on Canada’s West Coast *The Centre was built and continues to be run by volunteers in the spirit of karma yoga (selfless service). *The Centre provides both financial and volunteer support to the Sri Ram Orphanage in India. *We are a non-profit, registered charity.
YDC member
saltspringcentre.com/


Yasodhara Ashram
Kootenay Bay, British Columbia

Founded over 40 years ago, Yasodhara Ashram offers a variety of yoga courses and programs based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha. The ashram is situated in woodland on the shores of Lake Kootenay, and offers a peaceful and light-filled environment for personal reflection. Courses range from two-day workshops to the three-month Yoga Development Course. Karma Yoga (work as selfless service) opportunities are also available.
YDC member
www.yasodhara.org/


Nova Scotia

Willow Retreat
Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia

A Retreat with a Difference. Nestled in the foothills of the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, on the world-famous Cabot Trail, is a special place called Willow Retreat. Completely off-grid, this  wilderness retreat sits on twenty-five acres, four acres of which are organic gardens, the rest is forest. The property is in a quiet, secluded location and backs onto thousands of acres of protected wilderness area. If you’re stressed to the max, if your smartphone is running your life, if you’re badly in need of some down time, then come and take a break from the urban/suburban grind and relax in a beautiful, peaceful country setting.
www.willowretreat.com/index.htm


Ontario

Grail Springs Wellness Retreat
Bancroft, Ontario

At Grail Springs our retreats are purpose-driven, designed to restore your wellbeing, founded on a holistic life-philosophy outlined in our bestselling book. Begin your day with the beloved Grail Mantra followed by yoga and mindfulness meditation. Hike each afternoon to the magical crystal outcrop or ride by horseback through our 100+ acres and trails. Then take to the saunas and traditional detoxifying and healing spa therapies. End your day gathered around the grand fireplace in the lakeside Great Hall and listen to transformational talks by visiting guest presenters. Fill your cup to overflowing.
www.grailsprings.com


Northern Edge Algonquin
South River, Ontario

The Edge is a beautiful nature and awareness retreat centre offering meaningful, memorable yoga retreat vacations where we facilitate inspiring yoga retreats for individuals and studio groups throughout the year. Located on the edge of Algonquin Provincial Park on the shores of Kawawaymog Lake, the setting is ideal for yoga in a relaxed and natural setting. Our facility and accommodations are all hand- crafted with stone and wood and ecologically- designed and operated through solar powered. Additionally, we specialize in vegetarian and vegan foods made with organic and locally grown ingredients.
YDC Member
www.northernedgealgonquin.com/index.html


Shanti Retreat
Wolfe Island, Ontario

Shanti Yoga Retreat’s secluded waterfront location is the ideal location to join or host a retreat. We offer Ashtanga, Energy and Chakra, Power, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga for Runners. To reach us enjoy a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands. We invite you to click on Shanti’s homepage video as a picture is worth a thousand words. We look forward to welcoming you to Shanti. Namaste Wendy and Darin.
YDC Member
www.shantiretreat.ca/


Still Point Yoga Retreat
Picton, Ontario

Still Point Yoga Retreat Centre is a peaceful retreat in the country with a beautiful Yoga Studio situated on the tranquil shore of the Bay of Quinte in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Still Point offers Yoga Retreats, a Yoga Teacher Training Course, Personal and Group Retreats, and Bed and Breakfast Accommodations.
YDC Member
www.stillpointyogaretreat.com/


Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre
Wyebridge Ontario

The Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre was created to provide a place for people to reconnect with a part of themselves that may be neglected or hidden, to connect with others or just getaway and have some fun! Whether you seek a much needed R&R break, a getaway from kids and family, romance, or a deeper spiritual connection, we will cater to your needs to make your visit a memorable experience.
YDC Member
www.sugarridge.ca


Québec

Kio-O, Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
Ste-Lucie des Laurentides, Québec

Kio-o is a unique spiritual retreat and wellness centre, located in the heart of a 125 acre property in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains, about 100 km from Montreal. Before the opening of Kio-o, we held our activities at the Auberge du Lac Carré. We then moved to take over the Centre de Retraite l’Ermitage, a beautiful site located in Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides.
www.kio-o.ca/?lang=en


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp
Val Morin,  Québec

Welcome to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, founded in 1963 by Swami Vishnudevananda. We are located in the idyllic setting of the Laurentian Mountains, only an hour?s drive from Montreal, Canada —a sanctuary of peace and natural beauty. We welcome guests of all levels from the first-time beginner to the more advanced practitioner. Stay for a weekend, a few days, or treat yourself to a more extended vacation. Participate in one of our meditation or ayurveda courses or enrol in our world-acclaimed Teachers? Training Course. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
YDC Member
www.sivananda.org/camp/


PS If you know any wonderful Canadian retreat Centres that I have left out please send me their info at info@yogadirectorycanada.com. I am always looking for new places to discover and share.

Jennifer Malisauskas Administrator
Jennifer Jasvinder Malisauskas is the creative force behind Yoga Directory Canada. It’s been her continuous dedication to YDC that has made the site a vibrant growing online community since 2004. She’s Ottawa based Medicine Woman, Alternative Healer, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach & Web Designer. She loves dancing, gardening and the great outdoors. In her downtime she finds peace and relaxation by curling up with a good book, usually something by Jane Austen.
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Jennifer Malisauskas

Jennifer Malisauskas

Jennifer Jasvinder Malisauskas is the creative force behind Yoga Directory Canada. It's been her continuous dedication to YDC that has made the site a vibrant growing online community since 2004. She's Ottawa based Medicine Woman, Alternative Healer, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach & Web Designer. She loves dancing, gardening and the great outdoors. In her downtime she finds peace and relaxation by curling up with a good book, usually something by Jane Austen.

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