Spa & Wellness Blog: Canadian Wellness Experiences Summer 2018

Spa & Wellness Blog: Canadian Wellness Experiences Summer 2018

The days of summer for many Canadians means lakeside evenings and fresh sunny mornings. Meanwhile, for the wellness junkies, summer in Ontario is the long-awaited season for yoga, wellness, and health based retreats in some of our provinces most sought after locations. Gone are the days of the simple yoga retreat, as we have now entered an era of wellness beyond the basics. From wellness themed adult summer camps to chef led yoga retreats to female only empowerment weekends, Ontario is bursting with wellness experiences ready to take your breath away. Read on for our top five retreat picks in Ontario this summer.


Dates: June 22-25, 2018

Location: Cedar Ridge Camp, Bancroft

Facilitators: Amanda Stokes, Rachel Ward and many more. 

This female-only retreat is a celebration of authentic and amazing women. Enjoy 150 acres of lakefront property, fireside conversations and countless activities to fulfil any desire including slacklining, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, fitness and movement classes, sailing, hiking, running, paddleboarding and more.

Photo Credit: RAW Retreat

Photo Credit: RAW Retreat


Dates: July 6-8, 2018

Location: Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat, Grafton, Ontario

Facilitators: Vitina Blumenthal, Andrey Gentile and Rob Gentile

Slow down, unplug and allow your body, mind and spirit to be nourished by this countryside glamping retreat inclusive of daily yoga and meditation, a cooking class, hiking, games, wine and a wellness workshop.

Photo Credit: Wanderwell Life

Photo Credit: Wanderwell Life


Dates: July 20-22

Location: Nirvana Retreats, Bolton

Facilitator: Amanda Stokes

The recipe here is simple. Yoga + Meditation + Digital Detox + Vegetarian Meals = Bliss. Combine this with hiking, journaling, swimming and a visit to the sauna and you will come home feeling completely refreshed and reconnected.  

Photo Credit: Nirvana Retreats

Photo Credit: Nirvana Retreats


Dates: August 13th-16th, 2018

Location: Shanti Retreat Centre, Wolfe Island

Facilitators: David Good and Nicky Poole

Immerse yourself in nature with morning and afternoon meditation and yoga sessions, outdoor activities, hiking and family style vegetarian meals before falling into a sound bath by Megan Marie Gates. 

Photo Credit: Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Center

Photo Credit: Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Center

The Open Collective Retreat Series: Run, Activate, Reset, Harvest

Dates: August 20th-September 4th, 2018

Location: Prince Edward County

Facilitators: Lisa Messina, Adam Martin and Jeronimo DeMiguel

These 4 retreats are either 2 or 3 days of nourishing experiences in an inspiring venue meant to support and enhance well-being away from your your daily routine. The Open Collective centres each retreat around connection with other like-minded individuals who are curious about living life to the fullest. While the retreats revolve around dedicated programming, you have the opportunity to customize your experience by tapping into the many wonders Prince Edward County has to offer. Each retreat includes retreat-theme specific programming, a holistic and nutritious brunch, dinner, and a daily snack curated by our featured in-house chef. All retreats provide an opportunity to add-on optional activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, registered massage therapy, private yoga sessions, wine tours and extra nights of room & board when available.

Photo Credit: The Open Collective

Photo Credit: The Open Collective

Flow Into Fall Yoga Retreat

Dates: September 14-16, 2018

Location: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, Wyebridge 

Facilitator: Ella Isakov

Slow down and restore after summer with this body and mind nurturing retreat complete with bicycle rides, bonfires, yoga classes and intention setting. 

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