Know thyself and you shall know the universe.
- Lao Tzu

Living with Yoga

Retreat Spotlight: Yoga for Balanced Living with Abby Blythe… You are your own best healer!

November 3rd – 5th, 2017
Join Abby Blythe, a gifted yoga instructor and yoga therapist, for an introduction to the vast benefits of yoga and how to deepen an existing practice.

 

You will be gently guided through yoga classes to better understand how a daily practice can support proper breathing, healthy digestion, cardiovascular health, increased vitality, regeneration for healthy aging and an overall sense of well being.

This fall retreat is also a beautiful time to spend enjoying time fireside, savoring the crispness of fall nature walks, and honoring the opportunity to go within – a gift to Self.

On Saturday night Abby will share her love of kirtan. Guests repeatedly share that it is such a treat to experience and bask in the energy of singing, or just listening to, sacred Indian mantras with Abby.

Retreat Includes

2 Nights Accommodation at Shanti Retreat, 5 Vegetarian Meals, 4 Yoga Classes with Abby (Suitable For All Levels), 1 Workshop, 1 Film Screening (Related to Yoga Therapy), 1 Infrared Sauna Session, and Use of Shanti’s Amenities (Wellness Tea Bar, WiFi, Labyrinth, Hammocks, Canoes and Kayaks, and Walking and Cycling Routes).

See full retreat schedule here.

About Abby

Abby is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Since the age of 13, Abby has been studying yoga, and began teaching yoga full time since first traveling to India in 2008. After spending nearly 5 years living in Thailand studying Yoga with her teacher Swami Vivekenanda Saraswati, she has returned to her home in the Haliburton Highlands, and has since founded Light Hatch Yoga Studio. Abby’s grounded teaching style finds its roots in her deep knowledge and understanding of the yogic practices, and is highlighted by her joy of teaching, lightness of heart and even the odd song or two. She enjoys meeting her students where they are at and tailors her classes to the individuals present. Additionally, she is a life-long lover of music and finds particular inspiration in singing the sacred mantras of India; a practice known as “Kirtan.” A professionally trained singer since the age of 10, blending the joy of singing with the aspiration of her yoga practice has been one of her most profound discoveries yet.

Retreat Rates 

$370 + hst for shared accommodation & $400 + hst for semi private accommodation

Contact Shanti Retreat to register at info@shantiretreat.ca


Date Added: September 3, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga



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.

For More Information, Schedule and Rates


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



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.

          

 

Click here for weekend schedule, rates, registration and more information


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

www.livingintheself.com

 

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



How To Step Into Spring & Break The Stress Cycle by Francesca Durham

When your stress levels reach an all time high, listen to your body because it knows when to feed your soul. Quiet time to decompress, gain clarity and perspective is necessary for healthy conscious living.

Staying calm and peaceful for most people is not an issue. However, staying focused day after day, meetings, deadlines, multi tasking, flexing between projects, emails, relationships and constant technology interruptions will eventually take their toll. There comes a time when you need to disconnect from it all, break the stress cycle, and return to a place of inner peace.

When’s the last time you invested in yourself? Well, there’s no time like the present to do just that. My recent discovery of Shanti Retreat located on Wolfe Island, a Ferry’s ride across the water from Kingston, certainly left an impression. More important, it reminded me how necessary it is to take care of oneself. The best way to break the stress cycle so you really can step into Spring starts with listening to the call for R&R. Shanti retreat makes a perfect weekend or mid-week getaway.

Run by co-creators Wendy and Darin, Shanti is a hidden gem on the island. I learned this tranquil retreat is frequented by many clients who return year after year. And, the staff are some of the kindest most warm hearted people you’ll ever meet.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Just remember, it’s never to late to step into Spring. What matters most is believing wholeheartedly you’re worth it.

by Francesca Durham


Date Added: May 18, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally,Living with Yoga,Shanti Kitchen,Shanti's Retreat Offerings,Uncategorized



Yin’spired

A very moving weekend was had by all this past weekend at Shanti. Angela Jervis-Read of Toronto joined us for her second season at Shanti and brought with her the beautiful offering and gift of yin yoga. Yin yoga is a slower paced style of yoga with asanas held for longer periods of time. Its teaching in the west was found by the martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink, who has definitely contributed to allowing for a more relaxed and nourished society through this practice. Yin poses apply only moderate stress to the body’s connective tissues, tendons, fascia and ligaments, with the intention of increasing the circulation of the joints and increasing flexibility.

Yin is described as “a more meditative approach to yoga. [Yin] aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality,” and is intended “not as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complement to more active forms of yoga and exercise – yang.

Appropriately, the weekend was rather rainy, a beautiful symbol of yin, allowing guests to surrender entirely into yin; the feminine, more passive, more curious side of Life, allowing emotions and feelings to arise up to the surface and to wash away with the rain’s river. Mother Nature always has a way with arranging herself, giving us all what best serves us, moment by moment. She knows.

In from the rain, guests helped us out with our labyrinth project by painting a rock to contribute. An inspired set of 11 or 12 yoginis from the group painted the afternoon away over good conversation, relaxation, tea, and a slice of the best gluten free banana bread that I think I’ve ever tasted. Stay tuned for this recipe…

A relaxing and rainy Sunday afternoon, here we are, another retreat has come and gone, flown in and flown out. Thank you to Angela and all of your guests for your receptivity through this weekend to the gift of yin. I am truly yin’spired.

Look for Angela back at Shanti the same weekend next year, and also for a mid-week retreat in the Autumn.

P.S. If you haven’t practiced yin yoga with Kim Eng’s DVD Presence Through Movement: Yin Yoga, I highly suggest you to allow her yin to inspire and change and mold your yin. We sell it here at the Shanti Boutique for $27.50+HST.

Warmly,
The Shanti Family


Date Added: May 15, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings,Uncategorized



Infused with Fusion Wellness

What a magical full moon weekend retreat here at Shanti. After the recent fullness of Mother Moon, guests this weekend of Cobourg’s Fusion Wellness for sure feel the gentle afterglow. This weekend’s offering was truly a tour and journey through the chakras. Last night’s yoga practice in the yurt, lit mystically, we explored the upper chakras through inversions to the body, promoting a fine tuned mind body soul connection.

It was beautiful to witness how open everyone was this weekend, especially since only 1 of the guests this weekend had been here before – Tera, one of the facilitators, who was at Maria Carr’s weekend last year, who will be here this coming weekend hosting her annual Shanti offering. All guests, of all ages and walks of life, had this sense of curiosity and willingness to be open to the gifts of the offerings. Contentment and satisfaction; everyone departing with a smile, a sweetness in their eyes.

Chefs Landon and Mike graced the Shanti kitchen with their presence yet again this weekend with some delicious eats and treats. Last night they presented us with our infamous Shanti Cheesy Nut Loaf (in our cookbook!), alongside honey roasted carrots and pickled beets, both from Okee’s Farm on Wolfe Island, roasted green beans and slivered almonds, and a delicious mixed green salad with our favourite Shanti house dressing – everybody’s true love. Dessert? Sweet and citrus bliss balls last night, and before that, our second round of chocolate and sea salted almonds. We’re slowly working these into perfection, let me tell you.

Guests were gifted a variety of different beads through the weekend, each colour bead corresponding to each chakra’s colour, and this morning before our blueberry hot cake brunch, everyone got to create a mala bead bracelet, arranging their beads in unique ways as a take home, a reminder, of this weekend’s blessings. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, white….

Thank you, Fusion, and we will see you this time next year!

Namaste,
Shanti Retreat


Date Added: April 24, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Green Living,Living with Yoga,Shanti Kitchen,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



One Fall Day at Shanti

So, you’ve decided to take retreat in the cooler months with us here at Shanti. What a gift to give to yourself. Upon your arrival, settle in and create warmth in the body in your yoga class before enjoying a fall harvest meal. Prepare your taste buds… sweet potato and squash stew, spicy vegetarian chili with garden herb biscuits, cheesy nut loaf with mushroom gravy. We’ve got lots to share.

On Saturday morning, perhaps rise a little earlier to join the sun for a refreshing fall walk in nature or here through our labyrinth. Breathe in the crispy climate and allow yourself to feel so nourished by your environment, appreciating these cooler times to the fullest. During your free time, we encourage you to make up a big cup of everyone’s favourite Bengal Spice tea, and to snuggle into a chair by the fire for a good read. Perhaps take another walk as the sun slowly begins to set, or relax into our infra-red sauna, sweating the autumnal chills from your bones, creating heat from the inside out, before resting into sleep.

On Sunday before you depart, get bundled up and perhaps have a sit by the trees to enjoy the Great Oak and Wonderful Willow dancing in these chilly breezes, truly taking in how serene these times can be once we surrender to the incoming and release the outgoing.

Autumn is the perfect time to give thanks for all that spring and summer brought into your life, and to refresh your connections with loved ones as you together prepare for the nourishing winter hibernation.

By Andrew Burrows


Date Added: October 3, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings,Uncategorized



Tapping Into the Infinite Supply of Energy- A transformative Reiki Retreat with Brett Bevell

On July 13th, Brett Bevell – alongside his lovely wife and newborn – arrived on the island from the Omega Institute area in New York. Brett is an incredible reiki master and spiritual healer who has graced this planet to spread well being to all whom he meets. He is the founder of the Magical Awakening Institute and is also a world renowned poet and author – of The Reiki Magic Guide to Self Attunement, among others.

From the 13th to the 15th, while participating in a retreat with Wendy and Darin, guests had the chance to experience Brett’s offerings directly. He began on the Monday evening with a group healing session in our yurt right before bed, which really set the tone for the retreat. On Tuesday, guests were attuned to the energy, enabling them to give both themselves and others treatments.

Guests worked in pairs experimenting with sending each other energy, and experienced what it was like to allow this infinite supply of universal energy to flow through them. “I could feel her hands on my head before she even touched me,” one guest remarked. “Her hands were so hot, and when the treatment started, I felt such a sense of peace and calm.” Little do a lot of us know that this energy is readily available to us. All we have to do is become present, become aware of our breath, believe, and let it flow.

Before Brett left, he collected e-mails addresses of the guests to send them recordings of his sound healings on his SoundCloud. This man is truly a magical man, and if ever you get the chance to meet and experience Brett Bevell, do exactly this!

For more information on Brett, reiki, and the Magical Awakening Institute, you can visit his website at http://brettbevell.com/


Date Added: July 27, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



What to expect at your first yoga retreat? A guest post by Emily Hunter

The older we get, the more we tend to think about keeping, or getting, our bodies in shape. Our mortality becomes more obvious every day as we feel aches and pains we’ve never felt before.

We begin to think about how healthy we’ll be as we age, hoping we’ll be well enough to take care of ourselves.

Middle age is often when many of us start to get these realizations. As young adults, we probably felt pretty invincible. But with those days behind us, it’s time to really focus on getting and staying well.

Wellness encompasses a number of aspects in our daily lives. Most obvious is our physical appearance. We want toned legs, abs, and arms. We notice the cellulite, love handles, and double chins. But wellness is more than just how we look. It’s how we feel. Are we out of breath when we climb a flight of stairs? Can we play tag with our children? Are we tired when we wake up in morning? Can we sleep well at night? These are all indicative of how well we actually are.

Wellness is also how we feel emotionally. Are we feeling out of control, overwhelmed, or anxious most of the time? How do we react to normal, everyday stressors? Do we find things to laugh about daily, do we enjoy little things, and can we feel comfortable in our own skin?

Another aspect of wellness is our relationship with others. Whether we live alone or with a family of ten, how do we relate to people in the world around us? Are we agitated by normal human interactions or do we accept others? Do we argue a lot or hide away from people?

And how do we feel about ourselves? Are we constantly reinventing or searching for ourselves, or have we determined who we are, understanding our inner beings? With all those facets to wellness, how can we work toward being our best selves?

One of the best ways to take a good look within is to take a step away from the world, while still being connected to it. A vacation is a great way, but taking it a bit further, a yoga or wellness retreat is an ideal way to make huge leaps in self growth.

What exactly is a yoga retreat? It’s a place to stop time and listen to your inner voice. And it’s more than just yoga. It’s a wellness retreat. But really, what is it?

A full-service wellness retreat will include:

● Healthy meals served three times a day, taking into account special health-related concerns, balanced diets, and caloric requirements. Some resorts will focus on certain health trends like detoxing or weight loss.

● Spas, complete with soothing saunas, massage therapy, skin treatments, and other therapeutic treatments. Some will be holistic with non-traditional experiences, while others will consist of more western medicine and therapy.

● Peaceful surroundings, whether it’s a desert oasis, a mountain vista, or a relaxing beach setting. There are countless beautiful resorts around the world.

● Yoga classes in one or more of several types of yoga styles.

● Excursions to try new activities like scuba diving, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, or hot air ballooning. The sky’s the limit!

● Well-trained instructors, doctors, and therapists, helping you work on wellness physically, mentally, and spiritually.

● Various fitness classes, from aerobics to team sports to swimming.

● Like-minded seekers of health, giving you the chance to connect with others and make new friends.

What you can expect depends on the retreat you’ve selected. Some retreats are highly structured, with planned activities every minute of every day, each geared toward a certain aspect of wellness and health. You may start the day off with an hour of yoga, a healthy breakfast, classes with healers, and continue the day knowing exactly where you’ll be every moment.

Other retreats will allow you more autonomy, giving you time to choose how you want to rejuvenate and reconnect with yourself. You’ll have time to explore the local town, relax in the pool, or order healthy meals delivered right to your room.

When you get the urge to explore the depths of your inner and outer health and wellness, take some time to research vacation packages at some of the world’s best wellness retreats.

Budgets vary, but you’re sure to find something that works, even if it’s only for a day or two. Our lives our finite, but our health can always be just a little bit better than it is. You owe to yourself to push for the healthiest you.

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Emily Hunter crafts content on behalf of Samahita Retreat, a health and wellness retreat located in KohSamui, Thailand. In her spare time, she cheers for Spirit of Atlanta, Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment, creates her own sodas, and crushes tower defense games. Follow her on Twitter at @Emily2Zen


Date Added: July 24, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga



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