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3 Days Nourish and Restorative Winter Experience Yoga Holiday in Nova Scotia, Canada

Cabot Shores, Englishtown, Nova Scotia, Canada B0C 1H0

Nourishing Yoga Holidays in Canada

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.

Meet the instructors

Blaine & Robin
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Highlights

  • 2 gentle morning yoga classes
  • Two meditation or Qi Gong sessions
  • 2 Restorative or Yin evening yoga classes
  • 1 snowshoeing or 1 regular hiking trip
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • 6 meals

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:30

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Parking lot

The chalets

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!

Large Mongolian Yurt (2-3 people per yurt)

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.

Private Small Mongolian Yurt (1-2 people per yurt)

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.

Private Lodge Room (1-2 people per room)

Located downstairs at the lodge, each room has a queen bed, a full bath, and a small deck outside.

Program

Tentative Schedule of Events:

Please note times and events are approximate, subject to casual change.

Saturday

  • 1-2 p.m. Arrival and check in
  • Tea, light snacks
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Meet and greet
  • Opening program
  • OM circle
  • 4 - 5 p.m. Welcome introductory walk-about around the property
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner in main lodge
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Yin yoga practice
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Concert
  • 9:30 p.m. Bonfire with optional hot tub, or purchase of “beverage” in main lodge (must be consumed onsite inside)

Sunday

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Gentle / slow yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the main lodge
  • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Meditation or Qi Gong
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Guided snowshoe hike
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in the main lodge
  • Free Time
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Group program: winter aligning to purpose / manifest, standing body joint sequence, journaling
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Restorative yoga
  • 8:30 p.m. Bonfire followed by optional hot tub, or purchase of “beverage” in main lodge (must be consumed onsite inside)

Monday

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Gentle / Slow yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the main lodge
  • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Meditation or Qi Gong
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. gentle movement, journal, nourishing winter daily rituals
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. pack up / free time to enjoy amenities / appointments
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in the main lodge / check out
  • 1:30 p.m. Depart, optional off-site group hike on the way home

Included excursions

Included in the price you have a guided snowshoe hike or normal hike if there will be no snow.

Instructors

Blaine Carter

Robin Thompson

Retreat location

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.

Solar energy supply

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!

Local and organic

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.

Scent and fragrance-free

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.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free toiletries
  • Internet access

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 6 meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 morning yoga sessions
  • 2 evening Restorative and Yin yoga sessions
  • 2 sessions of meditation or Qi Gong
  • 1 snowshoe hike
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Main lodge and property amenities, and all activities as identified below

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Acupuncture - 80 CAD plus tax 1 hour session
  • Massage - 90 CAD plus tax 1 hour session

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Halifax Airport

  • Take Provincial Highway 102 in direction of Truro.
  • Follow it for 45 miles until Truro.
  • Then take the Trans Canada 104 east for 100 miles in direction of Antigonish-Cape Breton.
  • After the Canso Causeway, go north on PH105 towards Baddeck.
  • About 20 miles after Baddeck, take exit 11 and follow the Cabot Trail (north) for about 25 miles until you reach Indian Brook.
  • Cabot Shores' entrance is on your right after the bridge and the fire station.
  • You shorten the last part of the trip by taking the exit 12 to the Englishtown Ferry and then follow the Cabot trail from the other side of the bay. (Count 7 CAD for the ferry)

Driving directions from Sydney Airport:

  • Take PH125 in direction of Sydney Mines until you reach the PH105.
  • Go West on PH105 in direction of Baddeck.
  • Take the exit 12 to the Englishtown Ferry and follow the Cabot trail north, from the other side of the bay for about 15 minutes.
  • You can also take the Cabot Trail a bit further, from the exit 11 (it makes the trip slightly longer but offers beautiful view of Saint Ann's bay).

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by ferry

  • From Newfoundland:

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.

  • From Prince Edward Island:

Wood Islands (PEI) to Pictou (NS): Daily service year-round; additional service mid-June to September. Provided by Northumberland Ferries Limited.

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 on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday February 15, 2020
Departure: Monday February 17, 2020

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