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
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.
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.
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
- $778 - The Nectar Loft Suite
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.
|accommodations||Accommodation for 2 nights on Bowen Island|
|meals||All vibrant, prana-packed, plant-based meals|
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