I really needed to get away. Friends had recommended Shanti, and my wife had found out about it independently. She sent me here as a gift. There was peace, beauty, discovery, and connection. The food was outstanding (thank you Lacey and the crew!), the yoga was every bit as meditative and valuable as you'd expect (thank you Darin & Wendy!), and the facilities were top-notch. There's no pressure at any time. Scheduled items (walks, talks, yoga, etc.) are signalled by a bell - leave your watch in the car, along any sense of being at the mercy of time. There's a free use of a far infrared sauna, all kinds of self-propelled watercraft, lots of docks, a water trampoline (!), and a couple of Zen master cats. They even have a little boutique with some snuck-in humour.
Opportunities for improvement: Add to the group introduction time with optional 1-on-1 time to get to know your participants. It's difficult with a group as large as ours was (those who don't want to participate can filter themselves out), but well worth it to form a deeper connection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Disconnect from the busyness of life and give yourself the gift of a weekend yoga retreat on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, 2 hours from Ottawa and 3 hours from Toronto. Our spacious century inn is situated directly on the water. We invite you to take a dip in the bay or choose your favourite spot to retreat along 1000 feet of private shoreline and take in the spectacular sunsets. Delicious vegetarian meals will excite and delight your taste buds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shanti Retreat Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada