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Join this holiday long weekend to help nourish yourself with a restorative winter experience. Take in the elements of the outdoors through guided snowshoeing, fresh air, and star-gazing from the hot tub, and then warm up inside with some blankets and yoga props to enjoy the stillness of cozy candlelit Restorative and Yin practices in the evenings, and gentle mindful movement in the mornings.
Cabot Shores chalets combine comfort with a genuine feeling of simplicity and peace. The Blue Chalet has a full kitchen with the necessary amenities, dining, and sitting area, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, a covered deck in front, fire pit, picnic table and hot tub. The upstairs private bedroom has a queen bed and en-suite half bath. This room can be booked by a single person or couple. The downstairs private bedroom has a double bed and located beside a full bath. In the evening you can enjoy a soak in the hot tub located right on the chalet deck!
Great for a couple or group of friends, this beautiful 16′ diameter big red yurt is made using mostly natural materials, like felt insulation and horse hair ropes. It was hand crafted by a Mongolian family on a principle of fair trade. This yurt comes with a queen bed and a trundle bed with two twin. There is an electric heater, wood stove and electric heater inside. This yurt looks over Church Pond and the Atlantic Ocean.
Great for a single person or couple, the 12′ diameter Mongolian yurts are hand painted and made using mostly natural materials, like felt insulation, and horse hair ropes. All of the small yurts have a beautiful view of Church Pond and the Atlantic Ocean and come with a double bed, electric heater, and camp chairs. On clear nights you can see the stars through the skylight. A bathhouse with shower and washroom is located a minute walk away.
Located downstairs at the lodge, each room has a queen bed, a full bath, and a small deck outside.
Please note times and events are approximate, subject to casual change.
Included in the price you have a guided snowshoe hike or normal hike if there will be no snow.
Blaine started yoga in search of a cure for his constantly sore lower back. It started during random lunchtime classes at work and then quickly escalated into a consistent Bikram practice. This sold him on Hot yoga where he has consistently practiced at Moksha / Shanti Hot yoga studios ever since. Upon reflection, things have come a long way from looking around the class to figure out what a downward dog looked like to completing teacher training in February 2015. Early in the spring of 2014, Blaine wanted to deepen his practice and be able to share his passion for yoga with others. Subsequently, he commenced and completed the registered yoga teaching 200-hour course.
Robin brings over 500 hours of certified yoga teacher training, Thai yoga massage and thousands of hours of teaching over the last 8 years from Halifax, and India. She is a part of Halifax’s On The Mat yoga studio where she teaches classes and workshops. Beyond the Mat, Robin’s boundless enthusiasm and caring approach to life frequently takes her to India where she immerses herself in the culture, run a children’s charity and share these experiences while co-leading authentic India retreats.
This holiday takes place at Cabot Shores in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cabot Shores is a way for you to get off the grid to recharge your batteries. So they try to stay off it as much as possible. Cell coverage is almost non-existent, although they do have wireless. Also, the guests always seem eager to help reduce the carbon footprint by reusing towels and reducing waste as much as possible. For that, they thank each and every one.
Cabot Shores is located on 55 acres of land, bordered on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, on the West by the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands beyond, and on the South by Indian Brook. They consider the property a Nature Sanctuary and hope that you will venture out, walk the paths, and encounter the wildlife to be seen everywhere. In 2018, they built a 2000 square-foot green-energy based special event and retreat centre. This building features an upstairs yoga and meditation space and a large 24 X 24 sun deck.
Roughly 30% of of the power is generated from solar energy. Many of the yurts and domes are off grid and use solar lights. There are 3 kinds of solar energy here at Cabot Shores. The first is photovoltaic solar energy (roof / ground panel installations). The power produced from this gets put back into the NS Power grid. The second is a solar hot water heater in the lodge. This mainly gets used to fill hot tubs and provide daily use of hot water. The third is solar air. This is based outside of rooms 5 and 6 downstairs with the collectors inside the rooms. %The register takes the cold air out of the rooms and puts it through the collector with a thermostat and blows hot air back into the lodge. Fun fact: The collector is made from pop and beer cans; a great use of recycled materials!
For a local source of unprocessed food, they have an organic garden at Cabot that gives many of the fresh greens, herbs and other vegetables for the Bistro.
Many people, especially kids, love the Churt (Chicken Yurt) where they pick fresh eggs every morning and where they can enjoy feeding the chickens compost from the Bistro and grass clippings from the apple orchard.
They do their best to reduce the amount of waste they produce, and recycle and compost what they can.
For the well-being of staff and guests, Cabot Shores aspires to be fragrance-free. For this reason they ask their guests to refrain from wearing perfume and other synthetic fragrances and they provide the guests with organic lavender shampoo and organic mint body wash.
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You have 6 meals included in the price of this holiday. Healthy hot and delicious, freshly prepared meals will nourish the system with seasonal farm to table ingredients, bringing the vitality of nutrients with a fully vegan menu. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.
There will be plenty of time to curl up inside with a book in front of the fire, enjoy the outdoor hot tubs, or hang out together in the games room (pool table, ping pong, board games, library of books). Think comfy chairs, blankets and fuzzy slippers. You will finish off both nights with outdoor bonfires.
There is also an option to book personal appointments for acupuncture and massage during your free time. The wellness appointments cost as follows: 90 CAD plus tax for 1 hour massage, and 80 CAD plus tax for 1 hour acupuncture.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Transfer not provided
You could book your flights to arrive at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) which can be reached by most major airlines company. The airport facilities include car rentals, bus and shuttle services to Sydney and Baddeck. Cabot Shores can then organize a pick-up service, under certain conditions if needed. If you intend to take a shuttle or the bus, try to arrive in Halifax before 12:00 p.m. Return flights should be scheduled no earlier than 3:00 p.m.
You could also arrive at J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY). Companies such as Air Canada and Westjet offer direct flights to Sydney airport from major Canadian cities like Montreal as well as connecting flights through Halifax. Car rentals are available at the airport.
Port-aux-Basques (NL) to North Sydney (NS): Daily service year-round; additional service mid-June to September.
Argentia (NL) to North Sydney (NS): Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, mid-June to mid-October. Provided by Marine Atlantic Reservations.
Wood Islands (PEI) to Pictou (NS): Daily service year-round; additional service mid-June to September. Provided by Northumberland Ferries Limited.
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