The Open Door Summer Retreat is almost here! This week is your last chance to join us for our 2nd Annual Open Door Summer Retreat July 3rd to 5th (this weekend!) It’s time to relax, cultivate community, and explore personal growth. Lots of hiking, swimming, yoga, meditation, dancing, singing. Relaxation is required! The intention is connection… lots of healing, love, and fun!
We are offering a $50 discount if you book the retreat with a friend – $300 each for two people! (regular price is $350.) Children & families are welcome and children under 12 are FREE!
The Retreat is happening at Cheakamus Centre: http://www.cheakamuscentre.ca/s/home.asp (2170 Paradise Valley Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0)
Established in 1969, Cheakamus Centre, formerly the North Vancouver Outdoor School, is an overnight field school and environmental studies facility located on 420 acres of ecological reserve in Paradise Valley. This Centre is owned by the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) and offers a wide variety of experiential environmental programs to children and adults from the Sea to Sky corridor, lower mainland, and beyond. The flagship K-12 Outdoor School program includes field studies, youth leadership, outdoor recreation, and other direct experiences in nature intended to instill in young learners a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world.
Cheakamus Centre also hosts visitors from around the globe for special events, retreats, conferences, seminars, and workshops. In July 2012, the BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre opened its doors in the heart of Cheakamus Centre campus, allowing for exciting new educational programs and environmental initiatives, and expanded conference and event space. The NVSD has partnered with Listel Canada Ltd. to advance the broader vision for Cheakamus Centre as a centre of excellence in environmental education and sustainable hospitality.
Personal Nutrition Consultation
What better way to focus on self-care and healing our bodies then by a private nutritional consultation with our resident Nutritionist, Sharon Pendlington? Sharon is offering a deep discount on nutritional consultations during the retreat so that you can rebalance. She will help you reach your wellness goals by assessing your symptoms and creating a wellness plan for you that addresses your nutritional deficiencies through food, natural supplements and lifestyle changes. $95.00 for a personal 1 hour consultation (value of $125.)
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1a) What are the accommodations like? You will share a room with one other person. They are bunk beds. The building is set up so that each room opens up to a common area (with washrooms, showers and sitting area.) Go here for a floor plan.
1b) Is this appropriate for small families? Not really. This is more appropriate for a single person, 2 friends or a couple. If you are coming with your kids we can book you in a cabin that sleeps 10 (2 or 3 small families in one cabin)
2) What is the menu like? The food is really great! The chef has a variety of meal plans and there will be gluten free options and vegan options. Go here to enter your dietary restrictions if you have any.
3) How much yoga will we do ? Lots! See below for the schedule.
4) Will there be meditation? Yes. Check out the schedule for more info.
5) I do not drive and would like to go. How can I get there? There is a carpooling page. Closer to the date, we will hook you up with someone to go up with together. Go here to put your name down if you are needing a lift up.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Schedule (subject to change)
~Friday, July 3rd ARRIVAL~
7:00-8:00pm Welcome Circle
8:00-9:15pm Hatha Yoga
~Sat. July 4th FULL DAY ~
7:45-9:15am Hatha Yoga
10:15am – 12:30pm or 2pm (Silent Portion on the Return Back) FREE TIME TO EXPLORE: Swimming, canoeing (fee not included,) shorter hike /longer hike (self directed maps provided)
10:30-12:30pm Yin Yoga Class
2:30-4:30pm Affirmation/Creative Visualization Workshop
5:00-6:30 Hatha Yoga
8:00-930pm Yoga for Social Connection
9:30-11:00pm Mandala Yoga with music offered by Singing Heart Yoga (Esther Bérubé) & Mars Pitre: www.singing-heart-yoga.com
“Coming Full Circle to Close the Day” – Mandalas are circular drawings, often used to depict and integrate various aspects of the self or the world. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like to create and colour your own mandala, with musical inspiration evoking various states. You may even be moved to dance! Paper, crayons, and colour pencils will be provided. No talent necessary, just a willingness to doodle and decompress: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html or http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala
~Sun. July 5th GOODBYE ~
8:00-9:00am Hatha Yoga
11:00am Checkout time: please have everything in your cars by 11am and meet in Melody Hall for feedback and close
10:45-11:30am Goodbye & feedback forms