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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



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



Asana of the Week with Darin – Baddha konasana

Baddha konasana, also known as Cobbler’s Pose is a therapeutic hip and groin opener that can also help boost your fertility.

If your hips are tight raise your pelvis with a blanket. Bend your knees and pull your feet as close towards your pelvis as you can. Drop your knees towards the floor and push the feet together. Grab hold of the big toes  and lengthen through the front of the torso as you allow your body to sink down towards the floor.

Eventually your knees will reach the floor and your torso will lie flat over your legs. As you fold forward, lead with the heart until you reach the edge of your flexibility then let the back round and relax the back of the neck downward.  Never force your knees down.  Remain  in Baddha Konasana for several minutes, breathing constantly  through the nose.

 

 

Some of the benefits of this pose:

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees
  • Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas
  • Helps to sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, potentially improving the health of the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder.
  • Alleviates fatigue, according to traditional yoga texts
  • Helps open up the lower back and relieves sciatica
  • Metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt.

 


Date Added: July 2, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga



A Spring Awakening for the mind, body and spirit: Yoga Trance Dance

This weekend I had the chance to attend the Yoga Show and Conference in Toronto. One of the highlights of the weekend was the Yoga Trance Dance. This isn’t really something that can be explained, but has to be experienced…and in order to experience it fully, I had to let go of any inhibitions,  judgements (of my myself or others) and even all of my thoughts.

Dancing, jumping, moving, stretching and flowing around in a room full of a hundred of people, high on life. Music On, Lights off. I couldn’t believe it, but I must say, this was yoga! It was a sacred union of movement and breath-such an authentic movement with no focus or worry about form. Yoga Dance Trance invites the body to move in a way where we are truly listening to the body, to our intuition and embracing the natural flow.

This was such a different way of moving  prana through the body. Siva Rea, who began this movement 10 years ago, describes it as a high energy movement meditation to liberate your creative life force…a way to experience celebration, rejuvenation, and creative joy through movement.

Is there a better way to awaken the spirit and celebrate the Spring Equinox? Truly, this was a time of transformation and letting go of all that was no longer serving (not to mention the physical  benefits of 2 hours non-stop dancing)

What a journey! The initial softness in the music (and in the movement) feels like the gentle opening of a flower petal. Then, slowly transitioning with music of all styles (blues, jazz, tango, salsa, pop, drums, bollywood, rap –got to love MC yogi!) toward the complete blossoming of the flower – a feeling of an infinite source of light shining through my body. Finally, music for relaxation, chants and savasana as we took the musch needed rest and closing.

Together we all tapped into our own  individual creative source as we became united at the source.

This blog is by Lacey, Mid-week Yoga Instructor at Shanti Retreat

Fore more information about Yoga Trance dance visit www.sivarae.com


Date Added: March 19, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally



Recipe of the Week: Spicy Sauteed Greens and Tofu

We all know that the more greens we eat the better.

We also know that organic non-GMO tofu is a great source of vegetable protein.

Now here is something you may not know (unless you were at Shanti Retreat last weekend for Marla Ericksen’s Spring Retreat)…: Combining greens, of all kinds – we used kale, swiss chard and collards – with tofu and a spicy marinade is the best side dish ever!

Be sure to try it out at home and let us know how it turns out!!!

Spicy Sauteed Greens and Tofu

Makes 4-6 servings

One 1-pound block extra-firm tofu

3 tablespoons Tamari

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon Sambal

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 pounds bitter greens, such as collard, mustard, baby bok choy, or dandelion, washed, trimmed, and torn into pieces

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted

1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Prepare tofu (to absorb water). In a medium bowl, combine tamari; sesame oil; sambal; lime juice; ginger; and garlic. Set aside. Transfer tofu to medium bowl; toss with half the marinade; let sit for 30 minutes.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, arrange tofu in a single layer in pan. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to platter; repeat with remaining tofu. Gradually add greens to skillet with remaining marinade. Cook, tossing occasionally, until greens are wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to platter with tofu. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper; serve.

 


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