There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.
- Einstein
Savour the beauty


Retreat Spotlight: Silent Heart Meditation & Gentle Yoga Retreat with Manu

September 8th – 10th (3 day silent retreat) or September 8th – 13th (6 day silent retreat)

Come to Wolfe Island and savour the silence, serenity, and stillness.

“It was a truly wonderful experience for me, and I am so happy that I was able to stay for the 6 days. I found that Manu’s approach to both introduce and enhance meditation practices for the retreat participants truly supported our collective energies. Of course, the beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful food at Shanti also made the retreat unforgettable. As someone relatively new to meditation, I was also much encouraged by your words and feel more confident that “slowly, slowly,” I will feel and understand more about how the mind works, helping me to go deeper in my own practice.” ~ Carolyn

This unique offering is a wonderful opportunity to retreat with Manu Akshobhia, a very gifted teacher and facilitator. The popularity of his retreats brings him back to Shanti for the 9th consecutive season offering a 3 or 6 day silent retreat.

Give yourself the gift of going within as well as time to soak in the beauty and wonderment of the nature that surrounds us here at Shanti.

Manu will offer a truly inspiring silent meditation and yoga retreat. He will share simple but powerful tools to begin or help deepen your meditation practice. A regular meditation practice can help to navigate life with greater joy, lightness and ease.

The retreat will also be infused with gentle and restorative energy yoga classes and yoga nidra.

About Manu 

Manu Akshobhia (Emmanuel) has been studying and practicing Indian and Tibetan yogic teachings for more than twenty years. Some of the main influences on his path are Agama, Hridaya yoga and the Path of the Heart of Prem Baba (Awaken Love). He has been teaching workshops, intensives and retreats around the world since 2000. The main thread that has guided Manu through this quest of life is the work on purifying and harmonizing the Heart, and how to open deeply to spirituality and at the same time become a better human being. Manu has a wealth of information to share and inspire you on your journey.





The Importance of Silence 

Mauna (silence) is a very important part of this retreat. We will start after the evening talk on the first day and go until the end of the last session on either Sunday or Wednesday. A lot of energy and ego goes into our speech, and to refrain from it is a great support for meditation and improving the process of self-discovery. We keep silent during the retreat in order to quiet our mind and maintain a serene, peaceful environment for everyone. This can be difficult at times, but most people find it a powerful and wonderful experience. You will find that you begin to cherish this silence and will learn how to be comfortable with it. Training ourselves to walk, move, and perform daily activities quietly leads to a calm and graceful experience. Maintaining silence is a way of developing self-discipline and a deeper, more compassionate understanding for all things.

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Date Added: August 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings

Humble Herbs: Mint, Parsley and Sage…oh my! Meal Ideas from the Kitchen & Health Properties

It’s the end of May, and here at Shanti Retreat we are all feeling so lucky to already be enjoying the herb garden, as well as some harvest from the permaculture beds. Often times, herbs are only used as garnish (if at all) and their high nutrient profile is forgotten about. However, we definitely  recognize their nutritious and healing properties and have been infusing as many of our meals as possible with these superfoods.

Since some herbs start to come up early spring, it can be an exciting time and the first taste of organic, seasonal, home grown food! Herbs can be used in a variety of ways and contain high amounts of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to improve digestion, protect against cancer, boost mood and reduce inflammation, to name a few.

Today we present to you – mint, parsley and sage. Below you can read about the health benefits of each herb, as well as the different ways we have been included them in retreat meals.


Benefits of Mint

  • Promotes digestion
  • Relieves Nausea
  • Fights fatigue (try diffusing peppermint essential oil to boost mood and energy levels)
  • Relieves headaches
  • Cleanses palate, improves oral care
  • Clears congestion, helps asthma

…ways we have been using mint:

  • Homemade herbal tea
  • Yogurt Dips like Greek tzatziki  (with lots of garlic and lemon!) or Indian raita
  • Fruit salad topper
  • Mango and pistachio salsa (for enchilada night)
  • Fennel and apple salad

Benefits of Parsley

Parsley, often used as a garnish, is an under appreciated superfood full of many healing properties!

  • Extremely high in vitamin K which is important for bone healthy
  • A rich source of immune boosting antioxidants, mainly  vitamin C and A
  • Kidney cleanser
  • Anti aging / anti – inflammatory
  • High in iron

…ways to have been using parsley:

  • Greek salad and quinoa tabouleh
  • Herbed yogurt dip
  • Herb garden hummus
  • Minestrone soup

Benefits of Sage

Sage is another super herb which has been used medicinally and spiritually for thousands of years.

  • Promotes healthy digestive system
  • Reduces depression
  • Relieves asthma
  • Improves memory and alertness
  • Eases menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes
  • Lowers inflammation
  • High in antioxidants
  • Strengthens bones

….ways we have been using sage

  • Creamy cashew,garlic and sage sauce (for buddha bowls)
  • Sage cornbead (with veggie chili!)
  • Rustic cheese and nut loaf
  • Homemade herbal tea with slices of fresh ginger root.


…Written by Lacey Budge, Shanti Retreat Coordinator and Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Date Added: May 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Green Living,Living Seasonally & Locally,Shanti Kitchen

Retreat Spotlight: …Awaken the Power of Compassion Within : Living with an open heart can be a daily reality…

Goddess Tara Retreat with Antoaneta Groeta 

Monday August 21st – Wednesday 23rd, 2017  

Attune with the energy of the heart and invite in the healing power of truth, love, kindness and compassion.

This transformative 3-day Tara Retreat includes:  

Presentation of Goddess Tara • Hatha Yoga Practice (Heart Opening) • “Heart Breathing” Methods • Tara Mantra Chanting • Tara Mantra Japa • AUM Chanting • Tara Visualization Practice • Blowing Upon the Embers of the Heart • Awakening Compassion Meditation (Metta meditation)

Antoaneta will guide you through a variety  simple and effective empowering practices to awaken the power of compassion within yourself {and toward others!).


Plus, enjoy all Shanti has to offer during the summer months like swimming in the St- Lawrence River, canoeing, kayaking, jumping on the water trampoline, reading lakeside under the warm sun, taking a nap in a hammock, cycling around the island, or driving out to Big Sandy Bay beach.

Antoaneta Gotea is a senior yoga teacher and the co-founder of Hridaya Yoga. During the last 20 years she has led meditation retreats, yoga courses and workshops on Tantra, Mystical Relationships and the Divine Feminine in Europe, Asia and North America. She spends many months of the year serving, teaching and practicing at the Hridaya Yoga headquarter in Mazunte, Oaxaca in Mexico. She is skilled at holding the space for sacredness and transformation. She creates an intimate atmosphere in which participants feel comfortable going deeper into themselves.



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Date Added: May 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga

Retreat Spotlight: Summer Sacred Relationships Retreat

Come explore, play and transform the way you view sexuality, partnership and love! 

This retreat offering (and its facilitators) has been so well received the past 2 seasons at Shanti, that we have decided to offer it twice this season: Summer and Fall!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome back, dear friends and inspiring facilitators, Tiffany and Kristof!

Monday, June 26th – Wednesday, June 28th for a retreat exploration and introduction to Sacred Relationships.

“From the moment you pull up to the picturesque property, you feel your daily stresses begin to wash away. Myself being the yogi, my partner didn’t know what to expect, but he was quickly reassured by the number of people ‘out of their comfort zone’. The inspiring and real teachers guided us through meditation, open communication and partner yoga exercises with sincerity and acceptance. Everything is optional so you’re free to experience the waterfront, water trampoline, kayaks, canoes, hammocks or lounge at you leisure. The yoga was guided and accessible to everyone and the session on tantric sexuality was super interesting. All you need to bring is an open heart and mind, and you’ll leave recharged and inspired with a better vision of yourself and your relationship! We will definitely be heading back to the sacred relationships retreat!” ~ Kat, Retreat Guest  
Some of the topics covered will include:

~ Tantric Sexuality – How do we remember the Sacredness of Sexuality? This will be an exploration and an unlearning of some of the conditionings and limiting beliefs we hold around sexuality, relationships and the sexes.

~ Sexology – Mechanics, tools and practices for more pleasurable, sensual, prolonged and orgasmic lovemaking for both men and women. We will also discuss the importance of the sexual energy for health and well-being and the benefits of channeling and directing this energy.

~ Ayurvedic considerations – Ojas (Vigor/Vital force); Maintaining and replenishing sexual energy; Simple aphrodisiacs and reproductive tonics; Dietary & Lifestyle considerations

~ Yoga practice – You will learn ‘partner yoga’ and the beauty of practicing, playing and connecting as one on the mat. We will also introduce a series of specific yoga asanas that will assist in the control, movement and awareness of the potency of the sexual energy, as well as their healing potential for the reproductive organs.

~ Meditation – Together we will explore meditation practices that focus upon opening our hearts to connection, pure love and deep intimacy with ourselves, our lovers and in our general relation to others.

~ Breathwork/Pranayama – An introduction into specific breathing techniques that can bring deepened presence and connect with our own life force and that which resides in our partner. These will also offer the benefit of amplifying sexual energy and guiding it to flow harmoniously through our system.

~ Compassionate Communication – We will offer ways to remember and maintain empathic, loving and connected communication with your partner, how to deeply listen and honor your own needs and the needs of the other, and how to move forward without blame or shame from times of discord and disconnection.

About the Facilitators


Tiffany Nicholson-Smith (E-RYT 500, RPYT) is a radiant Yogini, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a lover of life who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers.A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric Hatha & Kundalini Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Spiritual Nutrition, Ayurveda, Compassionate Communication & Sacred Sexuality. Her students appreciate her art of drawing upon the wisdom of these approaches to offer their truths in ways that are both accessible and highly applicable.
Kristof Wittstock (E-RYT 500) is a down-toearth spirit who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20+ yearswith various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric Yoga, Meditation and Buddhism. His students often comment on his artful blend of focus, precision, laughter and joy, and enjoy his mindful invitations to live a life of true alignment and awareness.

Date Added: May 11, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings

What is a Sacred Relationship? by Andrew Burrows

Last month, Shanti was blessed with the return of two good long time friends of ours, Tiffany and Kristof, to offer their inspired and annual Sacred Relationships retreat here on Wolfe Island. In partnership, the two have created and continue to shape Living in the Self, the space for the home of their offerings and the place through which they inspire others to live in an authentic and tantric way. Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means “woven together.” Buddhist and Hindu practitioners of meditation use “sexual union as a metaphor for weaving together the physical and the spiritual: weaving person to person, and humanity to the divine. The purpose is to become one with God.”(1) With this at the forefront, Tiffany and Kristof’s retreat here is continuously laced with different techniques and exercises to bring about union and intimacy – both union within and with oneself, but also with another, as two souls come together to celebrate, in connection, a sacred relationship.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to partake in bits and pieces of their retreat here a few weekends back. I feel especially blessed to have participated with my partner who, as of this season, I live and work with here at Shanti. Together and among other couples, we were sweetly guided by Tiffany and Kristof through a variety of partner yoga postures and exercises, breathing techniques, the creation of a relationship manifesto, and a ritual involving foot massage and the whisperings of what I like to call sweet everythings, also known as adorations.

I now understand a little bit more when I see the couples of these retreats leave Shanti with a detectable lightness and palpable brightness to them. I now understand a little bit more how when they say that this weekend changed their lives and their relationships, this is absolutely and indeed the case. Spending the few sessions together with my partner in this sacred context was such an enriching experience. Synchronizing breathing and gazing into the eyes of another with one hand on our heart and one hand on theirs – a beautiful practice of connection, or reconnection, and union.

Being in a relationship is such a rich experience, one that is constantly changing and unfolding all on its own. It is an experience that can be as organic as we allow, and can also be the arena in our lives where we learn the most about ourselves. Although we all come into this world alone and leave in this same way, we are forever in relation with those around us – firstly with our mothers who gave us life, as well as with our fathers, our siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, and also with strangers.

Undeniably, we are social creatures, and Tiffany and Kristof’s retreats here remind us of exactly this. Not only do they remind us of this, but they remind us to enjoy it, and to completely embrace the sweetness and the sacredness of human to human connection – eye to eye. They remind us to embrace the highlights and joys and the celebration of relationship, but also the challenges, resistances and difficulties that arise and inevitably show up. Embracing the totality of the human (and human-to-human) experience, all highs and all lows, and all else in between, is what guests of this retreat can expect to take home with them.

Next year, fortunately for all, Tiffany and Kristof will be back to host two Sacred Relationships retreats: June 26-28 and September 29-October 1. Get in touch with us at Shanti today to make your reservation either by e-mail ( or by telephone (613-777-0247). We look forward to welcoming you and yours.


Date Added: November 14, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

August Long Weekend Bhakti & Yoga Celebration (August 4-7, 2017)

Come to Wolfe Island for our 5th annual celebration of Bhakti; the yoga of love and devotion! Enjoy the beauty and aliveness of Shanti in August. Immerse yourself in four days filled with yoga, meditation, kirtan, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and free time to spend savoring the beauty that surrounds us. This year’s lineup features Brenda McMorrow, Lana Sugarman, Narada Wise, special guest bassist Chris Gartner, and we welcome for the first time Swaha. Om Namah Shivaya… We look forward to welcoming you!

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Your Weekend Retreat Includes…

Accommodation at Shanti Retreat, 6 Vegetarian Meals, 2 Afternoon Snacks, 4 Yoga Classes (Suitable For All Levels), 3 Morning Meditations, Over 12 hours of Kirtan, 1 Afternoon Workshop with Brenda, 1 Infrared Sauna Session, and Use of Shanti’s Amenities (Wellness Tea Bar, WiFi, Labyrinth, Canoes and Kayaks, Hammocks, Walking and Cycling Routes).

Your Schedule…

Arrival After 2:00pm
4:30pm Yoga with Darin
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Kirtan with Swaha

Light Breakfast Upon Rising
8:00am Meditation with Darin
8:45am Yoga with Wendy
10:30am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00-2:00pm Kirtan with Lana
2:30pm Afternoon Snack & Free Time
4:30-6:00pm Conscious Dance with Lacey
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Kirtan with Brenda
10:00pm Bhakti Bon Fire

Light Breakfast Upon Rising
8:00am Meditation with Darin
8:45am Yoga with Wendy
10:30am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00pm Check Out for 3 Day Guests
12:00-2:00pm Kirtan with Narada
2:30pm Afternoon Snack & Free Time
4:00-6:00pm Workshop with Brenda
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Kirtan with Lana
10:00pm Bhakti Bon Fire

Light Breakfast Upon Rising
8:15-9:15am Yoga with Wendy
9:30-10:30am Closing Kirtan
10:45am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00pm Check Out of Rooms
Enjoy the Property Until 2:00pm

4 Day Rates

Semi-Private             Shared
$630+HST                    $605+HST

Shanti Tent               Personal Tent
$580+HST                   $555+HST

For the 3 Day Rate, please subtract $150+HST from the above rates.

Saturday Day Pass (10:00am-10:00pm) includes brunch, snack and dinner, as well as kirtan with Lana, Conscious Dance with Lacey, evening kirtan with Brenda, and use of Shanti’s amenities.

Sunday Day Pass (10:00am-10:00pm) includes brunch, snack and dinner, as well as kirtan with Narada, 2 hour workshop with Brenda, evening kirtan with Lana, and use of Shanti’s amenities.

Off-Site Accommodation is also available in the event that our rooms and cabins fill up. Please contact the Dreamcatcher’s Inn (5 minute drive away) at 315-955-3990. The 4 day rate is $555+HST, and the 3 day rate is $405+HST.

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Date Added: November 12, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

Advice for New Yoga Teachers by Kathryn Flynn

On this summer’s yoga retreat – nourish + ritualize – I woke up the earliest each day. Put on the coffee, and then had sufficient agitated energy with the busy-ness of the week to want to run. My morning asana wasn’t shaking the anxiety, and so I took the little terrier at Shanti Retreat, Gypsy, with me for a jog.

The first five minutes were difficult. Gypsy jumped, circled and barked at me, clearly confused as to what we were doing. A somewhat seasoned dog owner, I gave her more distance between us and held her calmly but clearly by the leash to diminish the circles and jumps. Eventually, she may have been too tired to continue jumping, but either way we figured out a rhythm and both spent our morning crazies with a few kilometres of movement and fresh air.

It reminded me of teaching yoga specifically, as everything does, but what I noticed is true of any situation where you are leading the less experienced. When we are uncertain of what is going to happen, it is natural for us to react both physically and mentally with signs of distress, confusion, and anxiety. (The fear centre of our brain – the amygdala – fires up our fight or flight response.) With familiarity, we develop self soothing techniques and realize and integrate the healing potential of curiosity and new pursuits. (We reallocate mental energy away from the amygdala and back to our prefrontal cortex, the assessment centre of the brain.)

As facilitators, it means we need to be the best prepared we can be so that when our students experience panic, we do not follow suit. We continue to provide the container within which they can explore their experience and perception, rather then diving into that experience with them.

This is simple to do and does not require seasons of teaching. It means being the best prepared for where you’re at, which includes preparation and ensuring YOU are well taken care of so that the situation is not triggering for you. You don’t need to have all the information, but you do need to be as grounded and self-aware as you can be. That means prioritizing practice, meditation, and self-study (svadhyaya).

What’s really cool is that this means you can be an amazing teacher without immense physical skillfulness. Big ups to my handstanders and bendy girls, but physical ability doesn’t mean much as a facilitator to those whose goals are less… bouncy. Precisely because I am a slower runner, I felt no desire to force Gypsy to keep up with a faster pace. She was led out of her comfort zone with the new experience, but not so far that she felt frustrated and I felt held back. A faster runner may have found Gypsy limiting, but I was able to find her motivating and charming. (The cows we jogged past looked up occasionally to see if the “good girl!” shouts were for them.)

Our skills as leaders are not in what we can do, but how we allow others to explore what they can do with curiosity and a sense of support. Get your own work done, so you can be in compassion and clarity as they do theirs.

See original post on Kathryn’s Intelligent Edge Yoga website.

Date Added: August 20, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

5 Stunning Yoga and Wellness Retreats in North America by Carrie Pallardy

Ditch the same old yoga studio and take your mat to the great outdoors. Step into downward dog against the backdrop of the ocean, desert or mountains at one these five gorgeous yoga and wellness retreats.

The bonus? They’re all in North America so are perfect for a luxurious long weekend away…

Prana Del Mar

Baja, Mexico

Prana Del Mar is cradled in the desert in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but remains just steps away from the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The palatial suites here come with ocean and garden scenery, custom teak furniture and private baths. Prana Del Mar’s menu is a dream come true for the health conscious foodie. Discover elegant dishes created from the retreat’s own organic garden and local produce. Fresh seafood also finds its way to the table. If you love what you taste, take a cooking class with the resort’s chefs. After you’ve eaten your fill, take your yoga practice to Prana Del Mar’s Sun or Moon studios. For those in search of peace and adventure off of the mat, snap some awe-inspiring Instagram shots while whale watching, hike the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains or take a snorkeling tour for a glimpse beneath the waves.Prana Del Mar Sunset

Prana Del Mar Yoga Studio
Prana Del Mar Pool

Esalen Institute

California, America

If you’re on the hunt for a spiritual trip, Cali is the perfect answer. The state’s Esalen Institute embraces the dramatic landscape of Big Sur with an ocean view, rugged mountains and hot mineral springs. Try out the shared housing for a group experience. If you’re looking to connect with just yourself, opt for a private suite overlooking the ocean. The private redwood deck is the perfect spot to catch up on all that reading you keep meaning to do or just listen to the sound of the waves. While you can take your yoga practice here, the Institute is about so much more. Grab your partner in crime for a couple’s workshop or come out solo for a creative class. Whatever calls you here, you can’t miss a soak in the cliffside hot spring baths.
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Shambhala Mountain Center

Colorado, America

Coastal retreats may be the go-to yoga and wellness destination, but the Shambhala Mountain Center proves inland havens can hold their own. Take your warrior pose to a whole new level with this 600-acre retreat in the Colorado Rockies. The crown jewel of this spot is the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, an intricate, graceful Buddhist structure built to honor the Center’s founder. The Center’s philosophy honors the simple things in life. Accommodations are humble, but the scenery is opulent and the experience transformational. Book a self-guided getaway to blaze your own path, or sign up for of the more than 100 different programs offered throughout the whole year.
Shambhala Mountain Center

Shambhala Rainbow

Shambhala View

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

The Bahamas

For the vacationer and yoga hound who craves white sand beaches, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreatis absolute bliss. This retreat sits on Paradise Island, only accessible by ferry ride from the Bahamas capital city of Nassau. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat takes the practice of yoga to heart with a schedule designed to invigorate and heal mind and body. Between getting your happy baby and cobra poses on by the beach, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, sit in on a spiritual talk, munch on snacks from the Health Hut or dance the night away during a concert.

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Sun Salutation

Sivananda Ashram Beach

Shanti Yoga Retreat

Ontario, Canada

Find your inner calm with this fortress of solitude ensconced on Wolfe Island in Ontario. Stay in waterside or garden view high-ceiling, warm wood cabins. The Shanti Yoga retreat goes beyond the studio to offer canoeing, kayaking, biking, hammocks and a water trampoline. Detoxify in the retreat’s infrared sauna, sip from a cup or two at the wellness tea bar or journey inwards for meditative walk through the locations very own labyrinth. Sneak a few days off of work for a mid-week getaway or take some more time for a full retreat.
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Shanti Yoga Retreat View

Yoga Retreats

Still on the wellness hype? Check out these stunning sanctuaries. Or browse these luxe tree house hotels for another vacay with a difference…


By Carrie is a writer with experience in healthcare, educational and lifestyle content. As an inveterate Chicagoan, she is constantly seeking new ways to enjoy and write about life in the Second City.

Date Added: July 16, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

Calling All Chocolate Enthusiasts!

Calling all chocolate lovers, consumers, enthusiasts and the like!
Is that you?
I sense yes?
Gather around…

Recently I had the privilege of cooking up a storm for our June Mid-Week Getaway guests – brunches and dinners and, oh yes, desserts as well. If you’ve visited Shanti, you probably look forward to our delicious vegetarian meals more than the yoga, am I right? Just teasing. But maybe not. In the kitchen one afternoon, I got my hands muddy with chocolatey goodness and whipped up a batch of these beautiful (and gluten free!) chocolate cherry brownies. The recipe called for raspberry, but we had some charming cherries on hand, so I got spontaneous and luxurious.

Double Chocolate Brownies 


2 1/2 cup of ground almond

1/2 cup of brown rice flour (I used quinoa flour)

2 tablespoon of melted coconut oil

3 tablespoon of coconut sugar

2 heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder

3 tablespoon of date syrup (I used maple syrup)

1 cup of almond milk

75 gr of dark chocolate (I used vegan chocolate chips)

400 gr of fresh raspberries (I used frozen cherries)

Start by preheating the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Click here for instructions on how to put these beauties together. Pure decadence. Pure vegan and gluten free gorgeousness. Namaste.

At the end of our Mid-Week Getaway, I also had the privilege of hosting an event in the yurt on our grounds on the evening of June 23rd: Earth Medicine: Chocolate Movement Meditation. Incoming sacred Guatemalan cacao…

Let me paint you a picture…

We chopped up this 1 pound brick of pure, rich, organic and ceremonial cacao all the way from South America, dissolved it in a big pot of boiling water, flavoured with sea salt and maple syrup, and head straight to the yurt…

We begun in seated meditation with Monsoon Point playing in the background, and were guided gently into a receptive state to allow the sacred cacao medicine to work through us, encouraging her to work with us. We allowed the sweet vibrations of our Tibetan singing bowls to permeate our spirits and slowly, as we transitioned into a very earthy, tribal set of music, we opened up and let it all go…

Thirty or so of us got the chance to experience the magic of cacao in sacred and safe space, together in community, alongside some of the beautiful musical findings of DJ Liz Diaz of Conscious Dance Parties Toronto. People came from Kingston, from the Island, from Toronto, and as far as Ottawa for this ecstatic gathering, coming together to celebrate the summer solstice in the best ways possible – with dance, and with chocolate! Ah, the pleasures of Life… So sweet.

It was such incredible energy here at Shanti. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here offering these gifts, these opportunities, for movement and for connection. Quickly after settling back after final relaxation, everyone began to inquire about the next gathering. Stay tuned for more information on this one, and check in with my website at

Namaste, blessed ones, and hey, happy Canada Day to you! What are you grateful for?
The gifts of this country.
Clean water.
Fresh air.
Organic food.
and Chocolate!

Date Added: July 1, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen

It’s June! (It’s Now!)

June, hello, you’re here! You’re here early, no? Same time last year?
You must be right.
Well, you look great. Truly.
Did you change something about yourself?
You are so warm and so bright and so promising.
Thank you for coming.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been home from our Southern winter travels for two months now, almost to the day. I am finding the importance of finding the time each and every day to just be. No, not to just be. To be. To really be. To connect. To breathe, consciously. To exist, mindfully and completely. Unconditionally. Whole heartedly. And it’s not that this time has to be found, or dug for, or uncovered. Time is always here. We always have it. It’s here. We forget that sometimes. We forget that, in a breath, during an energizing inhalation, or a restful exhalation, or any kind of breath in between, mindfulness is accessible. The moment is here. Let’s tap in together, at the end of this sentence. Take a breath with me? …

Take another? …

You have time for one more, don’t you? Let’s…


How did it feel? Were you anticipating the next moment, the next breath, the next unfolding, or doing, or event? The end? The next thing? We are here. June is here. Spring has arrived. We are all complete, exactly how and where and as who we are. Let’s rejoice in this truth. How about now?











With the shifts and the changes and the movement occurring all around us as we move from the winter’s womb to the sensations and the zest and the robustness of the spring and summer, I feel it is important to anchor into the present as you feel necessary. Make it a daily practice. And consciously. With deliberation, pause and allow in the beauty of the season; of this present second, rising and falling before us; of the blades of grass along the lawn, individually and as a team reaching up at the sun and stretching and soaking it in, just because it feels so good. Allow your time, your life, to feel so good.

Last weekend we at Shanti welcomed, for his first retreat offering here, Nigel Walker of Ottawa, for a nourishing and summery retreat. He shared with us the gift of yoga. If you’re in the Ottawa area, definitely see if you can squeeze in a class with him. The way he describes and outlines and phrases things is so immaculately crystal clear. From instructing a yoga-model to demo wheel pose, to guiding us through a sweet savasana (with live music), his offerings landed really well in my body, and seemingly the bodies of those around me in the yurt. Happy inhales; delicious exhales. And, incredible weather, all weekend long. The sun was our good friend, consistently and profoundly. I think I spotted tan lines. On Saturday night we had a bonfire (and s’mores for hours) accompanied by the talented and magical Lucila Al Mar, also of Ottawa, who will be releasing her first album this October. Nigel and Lucila brought with them their crew of blessed yogis and yoginis from Ottawa – a powerful and beautiful yoga family. Their spirit showered Shanti’s grounds and they left on Sunny Sunday, leaving a trail of magic, a spiritually delicious after taste. Thank you Nigel, thank you Lucila. Until next time!









This past weekend, we had back Roxanne Joly alongside Dr. Kristy Lewis, also from Ottawa, for a completely nourishing and informative weekend. Their offerings included workshops on ayurveda and naturopathy, yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, meditation, acupuncture, and all of Shanti’s amenities to help promote total and complete wellness. Lucky ducks! An eclectic bunch of yoginis graced Shanti with their presence, including a lot of swimmers! It was so nice to see so many people out enjoying the water, insofar as it inspired me to take a Saturday evening dip right before dinner. “It’s as though all of your organs say HELLO!, all at once,” a guest described to me, after her afternoon swim. Refreshing. Ahhh…

Happy June’ing to all!

The Shanti Family

Date Added: June 5, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

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