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 (info@shantiretreat.ca) or by telephone (613-777-0247). We look forward to welcoming you and yours.

(1) http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/relationships/tantric-sex/

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

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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

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


Ahhh… We are still riding the waves, still in the bhav from this past weekend’s bhakti celebration. Music, chanting, yoga, dancing, meditation, inspiring workshops, and delightful and vegetarian meals upon meals.

bhāv or bhāva – भाव

Spiritual feeling (1) or attitude (2); devotion (3); the religious attitude of immersing oneself in the thought of God. (4)
According to Swami Kriyananda, the term “bhav” has multiple levels of meaning. It is the way one views God, and also the way one views oneself in relation to God. One can view God as wisdom, as love, or as a particular deity. Each of these is a type of bhav. (4)
For example:
“When [Paramhansa Yogananda] was in the bhav, or attitude, of wisdom, he was like a Himalayan yogi in a cave.”
—Swami Kriyananda, A Handbook on Discipleship

Every piece of this weekend was truly memorable and heartfelt. The morning meditations and hatha yoga practices, the scrumptious brunches, the movement meditation in the yurt, the afternoon free time to enjoy the property, the breeze, the sun, the water, the dinners from the heart, and the kirtan! Jai Ma, Jai Ma, Jai Ma… Out of the head and right into the Heart…

What is Kirtan, you ask?

Krishna Das writes… “A practice like chanting [kirtan] gradually bestows on us the ability to let go of pain in our hearts.”

Jai Uttal writes… “Whether kirtan is sung, screamed, or cried, it’s all praise.”

Rumi writes… “With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion. I am a farmer of the heart.”

and my new found favourite understanding of kirtan, Sean Johnson writes… “Kirtan is a form of purification and liberation. The mantras sensitize us, polish away the clutter in our heads and melt the numbness in our hearts, so we feel clear, awake, and brilliantly alive.”

An afternoon celebration of kirtan in our Green Tara Room…


Lana Sugarman, Narada Wise, Chris Gartner…


Evening kirtan with Brenda McMorrow…


Bhakti Bliss…


Love for All…


The altar, the devotion…


Mr. Gartner in the Light…


From left to right, Shanti’s Head Chef Landon Chatteron, co-creators Darin and Wendy Madore, and kirtan artists Brenda McMorrow, Adam Bauer, Chris Gartner, Lana Sugarman, and Narada Wise. Namaste.

Do you want in on next year’s Bhakti and Yoga Celebration? Stay tuned for our 2017 Retreat Lineup. Keep your August long weekend open and spacious for this offering in the making! To be continued…

Date Added: May 26, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

Spiced Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

This recipe is far too delicious & nutritious not to share with our readers… Shanti Sous Chef Mike recently whipped up four loaves of the best gluten free banana bread known to mankind for our guests (and staff!). This recipe was found in a new Shanti kitchen favourite by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre called The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: A Complete Nutritional and Cooking Guide for Healthy Living.

Makes 1 loaf


3/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (we used tapioca flour)
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
…and I would recommend pinches upon pinches of cinnamon, too!


5 large organic eggs (veganize it by substituting with 5 flax eggs: 5 tbsp flaxseed + 25 tbsp water)
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 medium bananas)
1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil (and more for greasing the pan)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat an 8.5 x 4.5-inch bread loaf pan with coconut oil.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In another mixing bowl, beat together the wet ingredients with an electric mixer. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and beat together.
3. Pour batter into prepared and greased pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes. Cool for about 20 minutes in the pan, then loosen the sides with a knife, and turn over onto a wire rack, allowing to cool completely.

Divide up some healthy slices, share with friends over tea, and even double, or shall I say triple the recipe to enjoy all week? Freeze a batch for next week? Delicious served with nut butter and good conversation!

Snack well, be well,
The Shanti Family

Date Added: May 18, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen,Uncategorized

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

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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.

The Shanti Family

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

Manu, Mona, and May Mid-Week Getaway

Last week we had back the wonderful and magical Manu Akshobhiai for a spontaneous and sweet three day spring retreat, Tuesday to Thursday. Manu has been hosting retreats here at Shanti for a number of seasons, and has lately been offering two weekend retreats with us each fall – one with focus on the practice of yoga nidra (“yogic sleep”), the other focused on truly going within with a 3 or 6 day retreat in complete silence. This week, Manu’s guests –  an intimate group of six – got a real taste of the teachings and offerings that he shares, in the form of seated and walking meditations, energy based hatha yoga, and an incredibly powerful practice called tandava. Tandava is known as the dance of Shiva, described as a dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. We were guided by Manu throughout the session to soften our breaths, our tongues (to dissolve tension), and our bellies, or our hara (also known as the dantian, or our life force energy).  Moving from this place of softness and curiosity without judgement really allowed us to connect to our intuition, our creative energies, allowing for a greater sense of connection to ourselves, to the Divine.

Last weekend, the magnificent Mona Warner graced us with her presence from Kingston for a women’s weekend of self-care over the mother’s day weekend. With her own mother by her side, Mona lead her guests through an inquisitive, gentle and compassionate weekend. Together, everyone had the chance to dive into learning more about themselves through an ayurvedic lens. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing modalities based on the notion that health depends on a balance between the mind, body and spirit. Mona helped her guests become more aware of their own unique elemental make-ups – air, earth, ether, water, and fire – so they could form their lives in a way best suited to their unique bodies, their minds, and their spirits!

This past week, Sunday to Thursday, we had our first Mid-Week Getaway offering of the 2016 season. A few guests joined us for 1, 2, 3 or 4 evenings here on the Island for a relaxing time away from their day-to-day and into down time. We began with a beautiful Italian Sunday evening dinner for all, and started the week off fresh Monday morning with a meditation in our yurt lead by Darin, followed by a hatha yoga practice lead by Wendy. It was a small group through the week, with six or seven or so guests at a time, which made for a bonding experience among all. This is such a beautiful part of the Mid-Week offering, I find, when guests have afternoons of free time between the morning brunch and the evening dinner to connect – with themselves, with nature, but also with one another. Advanced practitioners, and curious yogis who wish to start a practice, and all others in between, come together to rest, relax, nourish and nurture themselves. Friendships are formed so easily when you give yourself the time to slow down and really open up, go within, and reach out to a fellow yogi or yogini turned friend.

We look forward to welcoming you this season – one weekend, one week, or even one evening!

The Shanti Family

Date Added: May 13, 2016 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Uncategorized

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 15th season, Shanti has become a popular retreat destination in Ontario. More…