After a dispiriting past 17 months (who’s counting?), there’s never been a better time to pack your overnight bag and set off on a voyage of epic self-care. Whether you’re looking to practise mindfulness, limber up or simply cultivate more introspection in your life, Ontario is home to hundreds of ultra-relaxing yoga retreats, perfect for a wellness-fuelled weekend getaway.
Unplugging from the everyday demands of modern life can do wonders for your soul, especially with a serene location as a backdrop. From yoga and meditation retreats to soul-quenching spa treatments, here are five health-focused hot spots in Ontario to visit for your next mini vacation:
Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat
Located just over an hour away from the city in Grafton, Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat offers two unique yoga retreat experiences. Their glamping yoga retreat is complete with daily yoga classes, live music, wine tasting and guided workshops. The Health + Harvest package offers plant-based farm-to-table meals along with its signature yoga classes, and you’ll still get a little taste of the glamping experience through the accommodations available with this package. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature without embarking on the full camping experience just yet, Whispering Springs is your best bet. Learn more at whisperingsprings.ca.
Northern Edge Algonquin
At Northern Edge’s Centre for Transformational Retreats, visitors can choose from an array of wellness-themed retreats. Northern Edge’s yoga-focused offerings include yoga daily as well as trying out other activities, like standup paddle boarding, all packaged up in its self-described “eco-retreat” on Kawawaymog Lake. With plenty of dates to choose from this summer and fall, you’re sure to find a retreat that fits your goals and schedule. Learn more at northernedgealgonquin.ca.
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Offering a selection of spa treatments, including massages, facials and body wraps, as well as activities like yoga and hiking, Strathmere in North Gower is ideal for year-round relaxation. After 38 years as a venue for weddings, vacations and other events, Strathmere added a retreat as part of its transition into a “wellness community.” Enjoy the full package of yoga workshops, field-to-plate dinners and gardening classes at this immersive nature resort. Learn more at strathmere.com.
Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city, Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa will help 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 a lot of luxury mixed into your yoga practice, Northumberland’s retreat packages will not disappoint. Learn more at northumberlandheights.com.
Bliss Haven Retreat Centre
Nestled on an expansive 82.5-acre plot of land with three majestic buildings, including the mansion, the guest house and the hall, Bliss Haven Retreat Centre truly lives up to its namesake. The centre offers plenty of wellness retreats incorporating yoga, meditation, vegan cooking and more, using a spiritual and physical approach. Learn more at blisshavenantiques.com.