overview

Location: Bowen Island, Canada

Join international retreat leader, Kim Wolff, for a profoundly rejuvenating weekend of restorative, therapeutic and yin yoga as we unwind the mind and deeply relax the body amidst the pristine natural beauty of Bowen Island. Engage in daily rituals designed to renew the spirit and assist you in tapping into your innate ability to manifest your deepest dreams and desires. Gain clarity on your life purpose and take away tools to help you move towards it, Connect with like minds and return home feeling grounded, nourished and inspired. All levels of practitioners welcome including those with no prior experience! Highlights include:

–Eco-luxe accommodation where the land meets the sea

–Welcome reception with light + healthy refreshments

–Farm-to-table cuisine prepared by Chef Vanessa Vorbach

–Daily yoga classes, ritual practices and meditation sessions

–Friday evening fire ceremony

–Saturday afternoon art workshop

–Full use of the retreat grounds and amenities, including 2 bicycles and 1 kayak

–Access to many forest hiking trails

accommodations

LOCATION

Bowen Island (pop. 3,362) is a dreamlike emerald isle set amidst verdant pine forests and shimmering sapphire waters of the Howe Sound in British Columbia, Canada. A nature lover’s paradise, it’s reached by a 20 minute ferry ride from Vancouver which showcases some of the prettiest coastal scenery of the Howe Sound along the way. It’s an idyllic retreat destination studded with crystal clear lakes, picture-perfect beaches, coniferous crown forests and many hiking trails—a place where absolute serenity awaits. In addition to the rich First Nations heritage of Bowen Island, you’ll find historic, turn of the century architecture in Snug Cove as well as a vibrant arts scene. And while you’re just a stone’s throw from the urban playground of Vancouver, the peace and tranquility that this natural setting offers inspires a real sense that you’re in another world altogether.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our home-away-from-home for the weekend is a sustainable, purpose built retreat center nestled amongst 100 foot tall pine trees on 1.2 acres of pristine forested land that exudes an air of exquisite peace. Throughout the common areas as well as the guest accommodations, a laid-back, modern west-coast vibe prevails, evoking a feeling of ease that allows for a letting go of the cares and stresses of daily life. Because this tiny island paradise is 3.7 miles wide and 7.5 miles long, getting around is seamless. The retreat house is just a couple minutes walk to the beach, a 20 minute walk (or 5 minute drive) to Snug Cove and has access to many forest hiking trails. Bicycles and a kayak are available for use and hammocks are at your disposal should you wish to nap or read under the trees.

food and dining

Nourishment for the weekend will be provided by Vanessa Vorbach, an inspirational Holistic Nutritionist and classically trained Chef based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Though she’s logged some serious time cooking in Michelin starred restaurants throughout Europe, these days Vanessa’s heart and soul goes into offering her clients vibrant, prana-packed, plant-based cuisine that’s expertly and lovingly prepared with seasonal, organic and local ingredients and presented with beautiful creative flair that elevates vegan cuisine to an artform. An entirely vegan / gluten free menu will be served with a mix of both raw and cooked dishes. All meals will be served in abundant portions and are certain to satisfy both belly and soul. Many options abound for restaurants within walking distance should you feel the need to supplement meals with meat, dairy or pastry during your free time.

activities

Upon arrival you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and light + healthy refreshments along with time to relax and get oriented to your surroundings before opening ceremony and our first yoga class. Friday night’s dinner will be followed by a fire ceremony. Days will begin with morning rituals, yoga and meditation with lots of free time in between sessions. Hike, swim, cycle, kayak, relax in a hammock, read, nap or treat yourself to an in-room massage. Get the creative juices flowing with an art workshop followed by lunch. Late afternoon yoga will be followed with Saturday night supper. We’ll partake in a leisurely brunch after our Sunday morning practice, have a bit more free time and conclude our weekend with a closing ceremony. Check in on Friday is at 2:00 PM, check out on Sunday is at 2:00 PM. Here’s a sample schedule:

–8:00 – 9:30: Morning meditation + yoga

–9:30 – 10:30: Breakfast

–10:30 – 1:30: Free time

–1:30 – 2:30: Lunch

–2:30 – 4:30: Free time

–4:30 – 6:00: Evening yoga + ritual

–6:00 – 7:00: Dinner

–7:00 – 8:00: Free time

–8:00 – 9:00: Fire ceremony

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $778 - The Nectar Loft Suite

Check In

2:00 PM

Check Out

2:00 PM

Directions

It’s easy and quick to get to Vancouver from the US west coast. If departing from Southern California, direct flights into Vancouver international airport are just under 3 hours. From Northern California, just under 2.5 hours and from the Pacific Northwest, 1 hour. There are many airlines to choose from and fares start at about $225 round-trip. Alternately, if you’d like to take a road trip, the drive from Seattle proper is just under 3 hours. For travel from other points in the US and Canada, please visit British Columbia’s official tourism site (hellobc.com) which has lots of helpful trip planning information. Once in Vancouver, you’ll make your way to the downtown district to board the ferry (either on foot or by car), which will take you on a 20 minute picturesque ride across the Howe Sound. When you arrive on Bowen Island, you’ll either make the short drive to our retreat center, or if on foot, catch the bus (the bus stop is directly outside the ferry terminal) which will drop you off at our center. Visit bcferries.com for ferry schedules and fares.

*A visa is not required when visiting for a period of less than 180 days, but a valid passport is.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy –Hold deposit is non-refundable –Hold deposit (minus $100 USD re-listing fee) is transferable to another attendee, but not to another retreat –Full balance due 60 days before start date of retreat – Cancellation requests submitted within 30 days prior to a retreat start date will receive a refund of 50% (less deposit) –Cancellation requests submitted after 30 days prior to a retreat start date are not eligible for a refund. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury, illness, personal reasons and/or emergencies –No refunds or credits given for failure to attend or failure to complete a retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early –When traveling abroad, we recommend that you purchase travel insurance and encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees are covered should unforeseen circumstances arise that would prevent you from traveling. Trip insurance can also be purchased to cover medical expenses if your current health insurance policy does not cover you when traveling. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We recommend using Travel Guard for inexpensive, all-inclusive policies –We reserve the right to cancel a retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, in which case all money paid by participants (including deposits) will be refunded in full –Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. Chrysalis Yoga Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations Accommodation for 2 nights on Bowen Island
yoga Daily classes
meals All vibrant, prana-packed, plant-based meals
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Testimonials for Kim Wolff

All you could want in a trip! 5 stars the entire way through, down to the extra attention to detail and unique finishing touches. The passion and effort Kim put into this retreat did not go unnoticed. The activities, outings and yoga classes were all super fun and enjoyable. The style and vibe of the B&B was mesmerizing. Lots of culture and plenty of delicious food. Trip of a lifetime. 2 thumbs up!“
Amanda

Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom with us. You created a wonderful space and when I think back on the trip, I remember pure joy. It was like hitting a reset button.
Leslie

Dear Kim- I’m not sure words can express the gratitude I feel in my heart for every moment that we shared together. After a retreat with you, you come home filled with joy, wonder and gratitude. With love, kindness and patience you give each of your students the tools we need in a wonderful atmosphere and space. Every pose in a yoga class, meditation, lecture, song, ritual is like a magic wand that opens our heart, heals our body and embraces our spiritual journey. You are always available to share your knowledge, your experience, your adventures and your voice that fills our vessels. We learned how to be with ourselves, how to listen to our hearts, how to be grateful for the moment, for the nature that surrounds us, for the silence and our breath. You helped us to embrace our differences, our strengths and weakness. I’m so blessed for having you in my journey, Thank you.
Paloma

Incredible experience. Soulful and nourishing.
Neelu

This retreat with was the most powerful and meaningful experience that I have had in a very long time. I am so grateful for such an amazing opportunity. As I began to process the retreat upon my return, I felt a significant shift. I feel so clear, alive and in touch with emotions. I attribute this awakening to Kim’s wisdom, spirit, beauty and guidance. Prior to this, I was aware of the profound connection between mind, body and soul, however this retreat allowed me to truly experience it first hand. I can’t wait to further achieve growth and transformation through another retreat with Kim.
Ali

Dearest Kim- A huge thank you for a fantastic weekend. You set an intention to create a space with a spirit of rejuvenation and renewal, and your mission was accomplished in the most wonderful way. I will always remember your retreat weekend as being one of the true highlights of my life.
Phyllis

Your retreat was one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences of my life. Every detail, from the clean and delicious food to the cloud like beds, was in service of the overlying tone of the weekend: relax, discover and grow. Few people can get me out of bed before 7 in the morning, but I found that on Sunday I was looking forward to the sunrise meditation and yoga classes- truly the best way to start a day! The people invited to add experiences to the weekend, through shamanic healing and music, only enhanced the positive, fun energy. Rarely do you find someone who has the ability to bring together so many compatible, like-minded people, but the group had not one person who wasn’t there to enjoy the amazing classes, scenery and conversation. I came out of the weekend with a new lease on how I live my life and having made 13 new friends. Thank you Kim, for an amazing weekend!
Caitlin

I had the honor of participating in Kim’s retreat and I still don’t think I’ve come down from it. Feeling completely blessed and inspired. From the beautiful accommodations, yoga and ceremonies performed, to the food as well the new yogi family discovered…to say it was an amazing spiritual experience in more ways than one, does not cut it. Kim has an amazing talent as a yoga instructor and a wonderful team behind her that made the retreat an experience I will always hold dear in my heart. But what was so beautiful about Kim’s retreat, is Kim’s spirit attracts similar beautiful spirits and I for one feel very privileged to have been part of this new community of people who spent a wonderful weekend together that touched all of us.
Julie

The gift you shared with us is immeasurable. Thank you for your loving spirit and awakening experience for us all.
Greg