After a daunting 17 months (who’s counting?), There has never been a better time to pack your travel bag and embark on a journey of epic self-care. Whether you want to practice mindfulness, relax, or just want to have more introspection in your life, Ontario offers hundreds of ultra-relaxing yoga retreats perfect for a wellness weekend getaway.
Breaking away from the everyday demands of modern life can do wonders for your soul, especially with a quiet location as a backdrop. From yoga and meditation retreats to relaxing spa treatments, here are five health-focused Ontario hot spots to visit for your next mini vacation:
Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat
Located just over an hour from town in Grafton, Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat offers two unique yoga retreat experiences. Your glamping yoga retreat includes daily yoga classes, live music, wine tastings, and guided workshops. In addition to the characteristic yoga classes, the Health + Harvest package also offers plant-based meals from farm to table, and you still get a little taste of the glamping experience through the accommodations available with this package. If you want to reconnect with nature without getting the full camping experience, Whispering Springs is your best bet. Learn more at Whisperingsprings.ca.
The Strathmere in North Gower offers a range of spa treatments such as massages, facials and body wraps, as well as activities such as yoga and hiking, and is ideal for relaxation all year round. After 38 years of hosting weddings, vacations and other events, Strathmere added a retreat as part of its transition to a “wellness community”. Enjoy the complete package of yoga workshops, field-to-plate dinners and gardening courses in this fascinating nature resort. Learn more at strathmere.com.
North Rim Algonquin
At Northern Edge’s Center for Transformational Retreats, visitors can choose from a range of wellness-themed retreats. Northern Edge’s yoga-focused offering includes daily yoga as well as trying out other activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, all of which are wrapped up in his self-described “eco-retreat” on Kawawaymog Lake. With a wide variety of dates to choose from this summer and fall, you’re sure to find a retreat that suits your goals and schedule. Learn more at northedgealgonquin.ca.
Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa
Just a jump, skip, and hop away from town, the Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa helps you channel your inner peace through Ayurvedic practices, nature trails, yoga, and even an anti-aging treatment with pure caviar. If you’re looking for the luxury of your yoga practice, Northumberland retreat packages won’t disappoint. Learn more at northumberlandheights.com.
Bliss Haven Retreat Center
Nestled on a sprawling 82.5 acre property with three majestic buildings including the mansion, guest house and hall, the Bliss Haven Retreat Center truly lives up to its namesake. The center offers many wellness retreats that include yoga, meditation, vegan cuisine, and more, using a spiritual and physical approach. Learn more at blisshavenantiques.com.