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Q. When does the ferry leave for Wolfe Island?

A free car/passenger ferry departs hourly from Kingston.

Q. I don’t have personal transportation. What are my options?

Kingston is serviced by Via Rail and Megabus. Their schedules can be found by clicking on the Find Us icon under the Discover Shanti icon of the website.   Call us to arrange a complimentary pick up once you arrive on Wolfe Island.

Q. I have allergies. Are there any animals living indoors at Shanti?
A. There are no animals living in the main inn or cabins. Our cats live in our private residence, separate from the guest accommodation.

Q. Can I bring my pet to Shanti?
A. Although we are animal lovers we are unable to accommodate pets.

Q. When is check in and check out time?
A. For a weekend retreat check in is any time after 2pm, check out is 2pm.
For a mid-week getaway check in is 2pm and check out is noon.

Q. Is there anything I need to bring?
A.Bedding and towels are supplied. We recommend you bring indoor shoes, a flashlight, an umbrella, a water bottle, your own yoga mat if you prefer, and your own pillow if you can’t sleep without it and in the warmer months remember to bring your bathing suit, an extra towel and water shoes.

If you want to go for a bike ride, bring your bicycle, otherwise bikes are available for rent on the island.

Q. Can you accommodate special diets?
A. We can accommodate major dietary restrictions and food allergies, such as vegan and gluten free, given 5 days notice. We are unable to accommodate a raw food diet.

Q. Can you describe the accommodation?
A. As a retreat center, accommodation is shared. There are semi-private, 3 share and 4 share rooms all with ensuite bathrooms. We try to accommodate room requests based on availability.

Q. Are couples provided private accommodation?
A. Yes, always.

Q. Are private rooms available for a single person?
A. Space permitting we offer private rooms at a single supplement charge of $50 pp/day  plus HST

Q. Are  semi-private rooms available for two friends?
A. Space permitting we offer semi-private rooms at a supplement charge of $25 pp/day plus HST

Q. Is Shanti open year round?
A. Yes.  Please see the calendar page of the website for upcoming retreats.

Q. Is the Retreat Center heated?
A. Yes, all buildings are fully winterized and heated.

Q. Is there air-conditioning at Shanti?
A. No, given our rural, waterside location summer evenings are generally very pleasant. All bedrooms have window fans that remove warm air in the day and bring in cooler air at night.

Q. Can I extend a retreat stay?
A. Yes you can join us in advance of a retreat or stay a few days after. Please see the mid-week getaway page for rates.

Q. Are Shanti Gift Certificates available?
A. Yes, Shanti Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for someone special.

Q. Is there anything I can purchase at Shanti?
A. Yes, there is a retail space carrying some of our favorite books, CD’s, jewelry, clothing items, healthy snacks and more. We accept cash, credit and debit.

Q. Is Shanti available for group rental?
A. Yes, we can accommodate groups up to 29 for a mid-week, weekend or weeklong rental. Please contact us for availability and rates.

Q. Is the yoga taught suitable for beginners?
A. Weekends hosted by Darin and Wendy are suitable for all levels.
Please contact guest instructors directly, using the contact information on the calendar page, to determine whether their retreat meets your needs.

Q. How far in advance should I book a retreat?
A. If there is a particular retreat date that you are interested in, we recommend that you book as soon as possible to confirm your space.

About Us

Enjoy the tranquil 11 acre property where our spacious century inn and cabins are situated on 1000 feet of private shoreline. Now in its eighth season, Shanti has become a popular retreat destination in Ontario. More…