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Bliss, Detox, and Yoga Retreat Canada

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.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Vision quest workshops
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Nutrition and raw food preparation classes
  • Daily guided journaling exercises
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Ferry terminal pickup
  • 3 daily raw meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

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!

Program

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.

Inner dance

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.

Creativity sessions

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.

Nature surroundings

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.

Included excursions

The price of this retreat includes nature walks through the British Columbia forests.

Instructors

Bianca Kempe
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
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.​

Retreat location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Raw Food workshop
  • Nutrition workshop
  • Daily Inner Dance
  • Daily yoga & meditation
  • 3 raw snacks & meals per day
  • Sound Healing meditation
  • Evening of heart opening Kirtan
  • Nature walks through B.C. forests
  • 4 days / 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily guided journal writing exercises
  • Improv workshop
  • Transport to & from Bowen Island ferry Terminal (Pick up from Bowen Island Ferry terminal)
  • And a couple of other surprises

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Ferry tickets
  • Ferry Ride To Bowen Island

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by ferry

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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