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Deeply Radiant Retreat : Ultra Wellness from the Inside Out with Stefani Chan-Wright

 

September 4th – 6th 

Radiance is a state of being that encompasses mind, body and heart. In this three day, mid-week retreat, Stefani will guide you into exploring how to deeply nourish yourself with daily Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Herbs & Nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover what it means to feel deeply radiant from the inside out and leave feeling rejuvenated and equipped with practical tools on how to nurture yourself on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will also be plenty of free time to enjoy the radiance of nature and September’s beauty on Wolfe Island. Sit waterside and savor the warmth of summer’s end, maybe even enjoy a swim in Brown’s Bay or take one of Shanti’s kayaks or the canoe out for a ride. All scheduled activities are optional – it’s your retreat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat Includes : 2 nights accommodation, vegetarian meals, yoga classes, meditation, yoga nidra, inspiring workshops, evening gathering, infrared Sauna Session, and use of Shanti’s Amenities (Wellness Tea Bar, WiFi, Labyrinth, Hammocks, Canoes and Kayaks, and Walking and Cycling Routes).

About Stefani

Stefani Chan-Wright, RYT-500, has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and teaching in studios, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings for over 14. She has studied with various lineages such as Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, Classical Hatha & Tantra Yoga in India and Thailand, and Vipassana and Hridaya meditation. In addition, she has studied Ayurveda, Herbalism, and Holistic Nutrition and her workshops integrate the ancient practises of Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation with cutting edge Nutritional Science for a holistic vision of health and wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FULL RETREAT DETAILS HERE including rates, schedule and registration.


Date Added: July 29, 2018 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



4 Day Silent Retreat with Wendy and Darin of Shanti Retreat Wolfe Island

Monday August 20th – Thursday August 23rd 

Give yourself the gift of retreating in silence and join Darin and Wendy, co-creators of Shanti, for 4 days of diving within. This offering is an opportunity to go beyond the mental chatter of the mind and connect with the Stillness – the Presence – that lies at the level of our Spiritual Heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Retreats are a beautiful practice of mental hygiene; cleansing the subconscious mind. The practice of shifting attention from the mind to the Stillness of the heart brings depth – connecting us with the sacred dimension of our being, and anchoring life in a place of increased peace, joy, love, and Freedom. Disconnect from the “busyness” of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relax, reflect and unfold waterside while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the countryside and Shanti’s country inn.

Retreat offerings include:

gentle hatha, slow flow, restorative, and laughter yoga, yoga nidra,

guided meditation,

morning walks,

inspiring talks,

delicious, lovingly prepared vegetarian meals,

and use of Shanti’s amenities, including an infra red sauna session, canoes and kayaks.

 

About Wendy and Darin

Darin and Wendy are incredibly grateful to have discovered yoga more than 25 years ago at the University of Toronto. This ancient philosophy became a full-time passion in 2003 when they co-created Shanti; a place for kindred spirits to experience the gifts of yoga together. Their journey has led them to explore yoga’s physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual dimensions by drawing upon the Agama, Hridaya and Sivanada yoga traditions. A joyful enthusiasm to share yoga with others is a result of their own direct experience of the healing power of yoga in all aspects of life. They are deeply inspired to ―pay it forward‖ by passing on the pointings they have been blessed to receive from both past and present day masters.

 

More Information  (rates, schedule and registration)

 


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Ayurveda, Yoga & Self Care Retreat with Mona Warner

May 11th  13th, 2018

Join Mona Warner, founder of Janati Yoga School in Kingston, for her annual ayurvdea, yoga and self care spring retreat!

It is so important in our busy lives to take time to care for ourselves on the levels of body, energy, emotions, mind and spirit. Yoga & Ayurveda provide us with many wonderful tools to do just this – nourish all levels of our being so we can be fully present, centered, and engaged in our lives.

Our weekend together has many wonderful options for you to enjoy. We will share delicious vegetarian meals prepared with love. There are scheduled classes and activities, as well as free time for you to do what you need for yourself.

Retreat includes 4 Ayurvedic yoga classes, 2 evening gatherings with self massage and yoga nidra, an afternoon workshop, all meals, accommodation, and ample free time to relax, read a book, have massage, take a walk.

FULL RETREAT DETAILS HERE including registration, rates and weekend schedule.

About Mona 

Mona Warner is the founder and owner of Janati Yoga School in Kingston, ON.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and an Ayurvedic Health Consultant. Passionate about providing people with the tools they need to take ownership of their health and wellness, she encourages her students and clients to tap into their own potential and take conscious steps toward their self care and healing.

After many years of working as a yoga teacher, Mona opened Janati Yoga School in 2013 with the intention of creating an optimal yoga environment for both practice and teacher training.

She believes that teaching yoga is a profoundly meaningful spiritual practice that requires an ever-evolving understanding of technique and the deeper meaning within those techniques. Core values of integrity, compassion, simplicity, and kindness are woven into the fabric of her practice and her work, and she encourages a deep commitment to the practice in order to achieve the best results and benefits.

Mona’s success in teaching yoga and Ayurveda revolves around maintaining her own personal practice. Believing strongly in the philosophy of “filling your well and giving from your overflow”, her own positive healing experience with yoga is what drives her commitment to helping others.

Blessed with an engaging sense of humour, Mona builds a strong foundation of trust, support and fun into everything she teaches. Students and clients can expect a perfect balance of solid knowledge and gentle playfulness as they learn empowerment towards a greater quality of life.

 


Date Added: November 27, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



2018 Retreat Spotlight: A Weekend of Flow, Yin & Chant with Lana Sugarman

 

Join Lana Sugarman for a spring renewal retreat which will nourish mind, body and spirit.

April 6th -8th, 2018 at Shanti Retreat

Enjoy meditation, a morning active yoga practice (Jivamukti style), as well as an afternoon yin yoga practice. Saturday evening, Lana will share her passion and gift for kirtan. Kirtan is the practice of call and response chanting. Guests will have the opportunity to share their voices, dance, or simply relax and receive the sound. It is like a meditation through music. With the repetition of the mantras we are able to get out of our heads and tap into a sense of ease and joy. Jivamukti Yoga is creative vinyasa flow, with meditation, mantra, hand-on assists, and philosophy woven throughout the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat Includes: 2 nights accommodation, vegetarian meals, yin and flow yoga classes with Lana (suitable for all levels), morning meditation, Saturday evening kirtan (Call and Response Devotional Chanting), one infrared Sauna Session, use of Shanti’s Amenities (Wellness Tea Bar, WiFi, Labyrinth, Hammocks, Canoes and Kayaks, and Walking and Cycling Routes).

 

About Lana

Lana discovered yoga at the age of 15 in Red Deer, Alberta. She dabbled in many styles but fell in love with Jivamukti Yoga and completed her 300 Hour training in 2009. Later that year she studied Yin Yoga with Tracey Soghrati, a 40 hour certification. She continues to study with many inspiring teachers including Sarah Powers, David Life and Sharon Gannon, and the radiant community of Toronto. As a teacher, Lana strives to offer a safe and nourishing space for students and to offer insights that are relatable. Her classes are a mix of expressive asana, hands-on assists, and philosophy. Also a musician and theatre artist, Lana merges her love of sound and Sanskrit with the practice of kirtan. ‘Lana has recorded two albums: Invocation (2013) and Reverence (2017). She loves to travel to communities around the world sharing the magic of mantra!’

 

Visit Lana’s Website

Please see the more info document for the schedule, full details and how to sign up.


Date Added: November 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Instructors & Retreats,Living with Yoga,Shanti's Retreat Offerings



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



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



Brussels in the Belly! Fall Quinoa Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

Get harvesting! You know your bellies are calling for some Brussels. Though commonly unpopular among kids, you and yours will absolutely love them in this perfect and wholesome autumnal dish.

Fall Quinoa Salad With Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

From www.recipebuild.com

Yield: Serves 4 – 6          Prep Time: 15 mins         Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
12 Ounces Brussels Sprouts, Trimmed and Quartered
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Salt and Pepper
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Dry Quinoa
½ Cup Chopped Pecans, Toasted
½ Cup Dried Cranberries, Chopped

Maple Dressing:
1-1/2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced Finely
1 Tablespoon Grainy Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil and spread the Brussels sprouts on it.
Drizzle with the olive oil and salt and pepper and toss to gently coat.
Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
Toss once during the roasting time.
While the brussels sprouts are roasting, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add the quinoa, reduce the heat to simmer, and cover.
Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes and remove from the heat.
Let the quinoa sit for a few minutes then fluff with a fork.
In a small container with a lid or a canning jar (my favorite for mixing dressings), add all dressing ingredients.
Tighten lid on and shake well.
In a large bowl place the quinoa, Brussels sprouts, cranberries and pecans in.
Give the dressing one quick shake again and add while gently tossing to coat well.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

If your children grew up on raisins, substitute the cranberries for a couple handfuls of raisins. This is an incredible and complete dish for all to enjoy. For an additional oompf, toast up the pecans (or walnuts, for added creaminess) on the stove, perhaps with a dash of sea salt or brown sugar if you’re feelin’ it! This dressing is to die for, too. You could go all out and even try it with some real Canadian maple syrup tapped right from your parents’ trees or from your nearest sugar shack. Spend a day at the shack all bundled up and come home to unwind warmly to this beautiful dinner for the family. If you don’t already, you will soon love the Brussels.


Date Added: October 17, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally,Shanti Kitchen,Uncategorized



An Autumnal Embrace; Sensing the Seasons Change at Shanti

Autumn has come. Let’s embrace these moments of transition, shall we? During this time, our natural surroundings invite us to come back inside, to go deep within the center of our being. Slowly, slowly, the air is becoming a little bit more crisp, the sun is rising and setting just a little bit later each day, and the geese are preparing for their winter stay in the southern states. I invite you to take a moment now to look outside, to be still, and to sense into the slow changes unfolding all around you, both in nature and in your life. Breathe with these beautiful times. We are blessed to experience such changes.

A good friend of mine really taught me to embrace this season the last time autumn arrived at our doorsteps. Her childhood took place primarily outdoors, and so her love of feeling the cold come across the land eventually rubbed off on me, and for this I am so grateful. It happens – summers end and winters come, but right in the middle we are given this great gift. For her, the fall is always a time to reflect on the summer’s seeds that had blossomed, and to weed out and let go of anything that no longer serves, making space for the inner journeying that winter calls for. It’s also a time for a lot of apple picking!

Here on Wolfe Island, the changes in season are truly stunning! We are fortunate enough to have our own permaculture garden that produces right up until the end of our Shanti season at the end of November. We’ve got our kale still with us, some squash coming through, and Brussels sprouts searching for our bellies. We like to do autumn right! Good home cooked meals eaten fireside with our Shanti team, hot chocolates, walks in the wind, and big, cozy socks for it all. You too can embrace this season – just dress warmly, brew so many pots of tea and be sure to gather loved ones to cook hearty harvest fall meals with. Don’t forget to breathe in these beautiful temperatures and colours, remembering to smell the scent of every falling leaf, freshly reddened.

By Andrew Burrows


Date Added: October 10, 2015 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally,Shanti Kitchen,Uncategorized



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



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