Canada Retreat: Coming Back Home to You

 September 16, 2020   7.30am -7pm  with Deborah Berryman

Join our very own Whitespace Teacher & Studio Director, Deborah Berryman – in the stunning setting of CANADA.

About the Retreat:
This retreat will be an unforgettable experience with time to recharge and renew whilst enjoying the stunning backdrop of Canada – ‘The Land of Lakes’ – with its wealth of culture and natural beauty. Unplug from the day-to-day grind and spend 6 Nights with Deborah and a group of yogis, committed to transformational, fun and rejuvenating pleasure.

Join Deborah for this life-changing retreat. Those of you who have joined her on retreat before will know we go deep and reconnect to ourselves in a way that is incredibly life-affirming So often we lose our way, forget what lights us up or we get stuck on a trajectory we don’t know how to change – ‘retreating’ in nature can help us get back on track with what really matters to us, what truly lights us up! Deborah is offering you a unique opportunity to ‘return back home’ and get quiet with yourself so that the heart can get loud and resolute once again.

Whether you have experienced Yoga before or if this will be your first time, this beautiful space could not be a more perfect setting in which to deepen your practice and immerse yourself in some delicious ‘me time’.

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Breath-work
  • Time in Nature
  • Hiking
  • Dharma talks on life, the struggles and joys of being human
  • Journaling

This is a once in a lifetime trip, don’t miss out!

Who is it for?
This retreat is perfect for anyone who’s looking to get away into nature and ‘reset’ their lives. All levels of practitioners are welcome and encouraged. Classes are all Open Level so lots of options to tone down a posture or take it to the next level. Every student is encouraged to work to their own ability and limits – just bring your heart and spirit!

Retreat Dates:
16th September – 22nd September 2020 (6 Nights)
We highly recommend arriving at the retreat a day early to ‘land’ gently, relax and enjoy the house.

Retreat Investment*
Shared: £825 per person (based on 2 sharing) Private bathroom for each room
Deposit £300 to secure place / Balance £525 due May 2020

Single: £1025 per person (based on single occupancy) Private bathroom for each room.
Deposit £300 to secure place / Balance £725 due May 2020  SOLD OUT

Yoga Practice:
This retreat will give you a hands-on, fun and personal experience – whether you are an experienced yogi, or have always wanted to learn, we will enter into a rejuvenating, deep, dynamic flow, overlooking the lake – Mother Nature at her best. The Yoga Shala is fully equipped with mats, bolsters, blocks and straps.

We will have a welcome session and gentle practice in the late afternoon on Wednesday 16th September, and then there will be 2 yoga classes per day, with 1 afternoon off during the week to allow for a trip to Ottawa if you are interested (extra cost). There will be a final optional Yoga session on the morning of Tuesday 22nd September if your travel timetable allows.

Sample Daily Schedule:
07:30  Juice, herbal teas & fruit
08:00  Morning energising Yoga practice (we will typically start with some meditation and/or pranayama and then move into a more dynamic asana practice)
10:00  Yummy Breakfast
11:30  Free time – kayaking, swimming, blissful massage, walking, exploring, or simply just relaxing!
13:30 Simple & nourishing Vegetarian Lunch
14:30 Free time – as above, something active or perhaps an afternoon nap
17:00 Evening lunar Yoga practice (Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, breathing, meditation and Yoga Nidra, with a backdrop of the lake at sunset)
18:00 Sunset Meditation
19:00 Delicious Vegetarian Dinner

About the Teacher
Deborah Berryman is known for her infectious passion for the practice and for life.  Drawing on over 15yrs of teaching experience, she is passionate about yoga and meditation and sharing the benefits of a regular practice.

Although she’s a thoroughly modern yogi, her practice and teachings are deeply influenced by the beautiful philosophies and great mystical teachings of Yoga’s rich history. She strikes that balance of touching the deeper & more profound aspects of our practice and ourselves, whilst also rediscovering a lightness and playful side – very life-affirming!

Deborah is the founder and Director of Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio in the UK and holds the highest level of certification from Yoga Alliance Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) and British Wheel Diploma (BWY), as well as an accredited Mindfulness (MBSR) Teacher from Bangor University and Advanced Therapeutic Restorative teacher (Judith Lasater)

Rooms
The comfortable rooms have private bathrooms and large windows, most overlooking the lake, giving you a sense of living in nature. All built using local organic materials of traditional pine in a “Post and Beam” method. Guests will feel deeply relaxed after spending just one night in this truly healing location because the stress of daily life just evaporates. The retreat is the perfect place for meditating, reading or just relaxing. Thanks to this beautiful location, being still comes with ease.

Meals
The food is healthy, tasty and wherever possible organic. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, the amazing private in-house chef, makes your meals fresh each day of the retreat, ensuring you’ll have a ‘taste sensation’. This delicious, nutritious vegetarian food will help you enjoy maximum energy and buzzing vitality throughout your stay.
IMPORTANT NOTE: our chef is not able to cater for Vegan or Celiac.

Travel
Flights leave the UK from London Heathrow (HTW) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS).  Sky Scanner is an excellent service that takes the hassle out of booking flights.

For those of you who prefer to travel in company, we recommend flying with direct with Air Canada. They have a direct flight on Tuesday 15th September at 11.05am (we strongly recommend staying at the retreat an extra night to ‘land’ gently, relax and enjoy the house). Then flying back Tuesday 22nd September. We can connect everyone who is on this flight, so you can meet at either Heathrow or Ottawa airport and travel together.

The extra night and help transfers can be arranged separately by contacting our retreat host – Dominique Gill at dominique@exceller.org

Location:
Our Birchmore Retreat is set within 30 acres of Canadian forest, surrounded on three sides by the waters of Lake MacGregor, with a path that leads down to two private docks on the lakeshore. Our secluded home has a large open plan living/dining area with cathedral ceilings and incredible views of the Lake, as well as a dedicated Shala Room, screen porch and large sun deck. Here we get to really experience the true essence Canadian ‘Lake-Life’.

Just 25mins away, Canada’s capital Ottawa sits just over the mighty Ottawa River in Ontario but reflects both English and French cultures. With a population of just over 1 million, the city is small by comparison to Toronto or Montreal and houses the National Museum and Art Gallery – with several traditional open street markets and beautiful parks making a day trip a worthwhile excursion from the quiet seclusion of the Lake. The nearby Gatineau National Park offers some beautiful walks and cycle trails, with stunning views of the Champlain Valley and the city.

Outings and Extra Activities:
For those of you looking for a little more activity, there’s plenty to do including kayaks and canoes on the lake. There’s also the option for a trip to Ottawa, Cooking Class, Painting Class and Treatments.

Retreat Price Includes:

  • Morning Energising flow Yoga sessions with Deborah
  • 6 nights’ shared accommodation in an exclusive and stunning lakeside location
  • 3 Delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals by private chef
  • Water and a range of teas throughout the day.
  • Free wireless internet connection
  • Free use of Kayaks and Canoes on the lake
  • 1 Yoga-Free afternoon to allow time for a trip* e.g. Visit Ottawa, Cooking Class, Painting Class or a day of complete chillaxing by the lake. (*Day trips and classes are a chargeable extra)

Retreat Price Doesn’t Include:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Extra nights booked at retreat location
  • Excursions, treatments or day trips (other than those specified)
  • Taxis to and from places locally
  • Supplemental drinks and food

Additional Time Before and After the Retreat:
Most guests choose to arrive a day before the retreat starts to land gently and make space for jetlag. If you’d like to stay at the house on a ‘Home Stay’ basis – where meals will be provided and you can enjoy the view, this can be arranged separately by contacting our host – Dominique Gill at dominique@exceller.org.

Guests can also go on to spend a few days in nearby Ottawa, to make the most of your time in Canada.

Booking Information:
Book online today or give us a call on 01908 566610.
Spaces for this event are limited and so will need to be pre-booked and pre-paid. Bookings are all on a first come first served basis and confirmed upon payment.

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