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We created Art of Living Retreats for you to awaken to your highest potential and to find happiness and balance through 4 days of detox, raw fruits, yoga, meditation and adventure! True happiness is within everyone's reach, but sometimes the rigors of daily life make us forget what it's like to feel Alive. Join us on a journey to reconnect with your bliss and create positive lasting changes.
Nectar Retreat Centre
We have not only chosen a magical island for the retreat but also a magical retreat space. You will be spending 3 nights at Nectar Retreat Center. Surrounded by lush forests and minutes away from the ocean. Your stay will be comfortable and enjoyable in these cozy cabins. The yoga shala is a beautiful geometric dome, perfect for yoga, meditation, kirtan and ceremonies. The energy in this space alone will reconnect you to your bliss!
During this retreat, everyday will begin with a yoga practice, some breathing exercises, and a guided meditation. In your busy life it's easy to get overwhelmed with the infinite amounts of information you're flooded with, with the endless "to do" lists, and the constant running around either for work, to live up to social expectations, or tending to family needs. Not only do your body needs to be taken care of, but also more than ever you need to learn how to rest your mind.
You will be learning various meditation techniques to help quiet the chatter in the mind and finally find that sense of peace, presence, and focus that culture has compromised. The daily practice is not only something you'll be doing for the duration of the three days, but a practice that has been designed so that you can incorporate it into your lifestyle when you get back home.
This form of meditation will be introduced. Inner dance is a shamanic form of meditation intended to allow participants to trust, surrender, and flow or just let go. Depending on the participant’s ability to let go, they enter a deep meditative trance enabling a profound sense of expanded awareness.
Art is a powerful way to connect with our inner child. There is a whole universe inside of everyone waiting to be expressed. Discover your devotional side with and evening of Kirtan with Soorya Ray and Jack Resels. When you are connected to your creative self-expression, you begin to understand what the creative within you really wants to share during your time in this world.
In the modern world, you are restricted from nature and confined in man-made environments. By stepping into nature, you amplify your senses and experience freedom and joy, becoming present and engaged in the moment. You will be exploring the surrounding lush forests, holding sacred ceremonies under the stars (weather permitted) and watching the sun rise. Spending time in nature is one of the most powerful ways to reconnect with your nature and find clarity.
The price of this retreat includes nature walks through the British Columbia forests.
Sivananda Ashram (Yoga)
Bianca is one of the main facilitators and a certified yoga teacher. She is committed to living an authentic life, to be a true expression of her heart, and to approach and experience everything she does with totality, giving a hundred percent of herself to the moment. She currently runs a Vancouver based social enterprise called Doze City, an organization that brings together the community in various community service events.
Mango Joe is a conscious food chef, detox specialist, and an adventure enthusiast. His focus is on body detoxification and cellular regeneration through food, herbs, and movement. He believes that in order to connect to one's authentic self, the body has to eliminate all the toxicity that has accumulated throughout the years. His passion is to empower everyone he meets to reclaim their health and feel the vibrant energy within them.
This retreat will take place in Bowen Island is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The quiet, forested island of 52 square km lives up to its slogan of “Within Reach. Beyond Comparison.” This beautiful island is a sanctuary from the city, a place to unplug and relax in nature.
We believe improved well-being begins with the food we eat. You will be introduced to a raw fruit based diet to allow your mind and body to detox and to increase and refocus your energy. This is the beginning of your journey of self healing. Begin to listen to your body and understand what your body needs and wants. What you eat has a direct effect upon your health. "There is no magic or mystery to health or disease." Dr. Robert Morse
Learn about super foods, ways to cleanse and detox, and how to nourish yourself for peak performance. Enjoy workshops and cooking classes from our health and nutrition specialists.
Please book your flight to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Catch any of the following busses: 250, 257, 259. All end at Horseshoe Bay. Align your bus trip time to the Bowen Island Ferry schedule.
Ferries from Horseshoe Bay run frequently through the day with a one-hour interval between each departure. Please ensure you plan ahead to ensure you get on time. Transfer from and to the ferry Bowen Island ferry terminal is included. Art of Living Retreats will pick you up from the airport.
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