Generate the connection you desire with yourself, others and this incredible world you live in by stepping into your power, being present as well as generating the wonder. You will enjoy a constellation of experiences to enjoy, celebrate and vision. Experience fierce love, fierce presence, understanding, evolution and opening into infinite possibility. Join in incomparable Haida Gwaii for a retreat dedicated to nurturing and expressing the divine feminine within you.
You will be accommodated in Haida House at Tllaal which is nestled on the banks of the serene Tlell River and surrounded by forest as well as the open sky. Proudly 100% Haida owned, this cultural lodge focus on preserving the past with integrity and respectfully sharing their knowledge with future generations. The employees at both Haida House at Tllaal and Ocean House at Stads K’uns GawGa are considered a reflection of the island home and all cultural excursions are led by Haida interpreters.
The property highlights of Haida House at Tllaal include 50 acres of river and ocean frontage, fruit orchard as well as forest trails, full-service gourmet restaurant, licensed lounge, river view patio, ten comfortable guest rooms with private facilities, relaxing den with complimentary Wi-Fi, board games, books, DVDs, conference room for meetings / gatherings / retreat, carving house, greenhouses, gardens, gift shop with a focus on local art and products as well as a resident cultural ambassador.
As a result of Haida House at Tllaal's commitment to environmental responsibility and their respectful balance with nature, you will discover the untouched beauty of this incredible land. Haida House at Tllaal's hope is that from your unique experience, you will leave as an ambassador of this northern archipelago with a deep appreciation for culture, tradition and environment.
This retreat and adventure are designed to be an opportunity to step into your own power as a woman and find true depth, authenticity and presence in every moment. You will be asked to fully embrace who you are, to grow and to step into your full potential as a leader. You will be supported by a group of incredible and inspiriting women and together you will co-create an unforgettable experience.
You will also have the gift of time to nurture yourself on a personal level and be able to explore these healing practices in your own way. Together, you will gather in sacred community to learn how to nourish, express, heal and cultivate your innate feminine radiance into your daily lives. As a sisterhood, you will slow down go deep within and connect to the essence. You will use breath, movement and awareness to cultivate deep presence as well as empower yourself to live wildly with a fully open heart.
Carla Wainwright Yoga will invite you to be the woman you desire deep within your heart. You will be the one who takes the step forward towards becoming a more fully conscious being. You will be the woman who embraces and yearns for the qualities of openness, depth, honesty, presence, emotion, connection, authenticity, vulnerability and imperfection. The foundations of the gathering will include:
Carla Wainwright will integrate the many styles and learnings she has accumulated over the years into her own personal offering to you. You will explore many different styles including Vinyasa (flow), Hatha as well as Yin postures during the retreat depending on the theme, time of day and what serves the participants best at the moment.
Together, you will uncover the mysteries of your feminine sexual essence through subtle movement, tantric meditation, sexual Qigong and visualization. Your work will happen in a safe and sacred way that will support your own honored inner body.
Daily meditation practice will help you cultivate mindfulness and create the space within to receive other practices at deeper and deeper levels. You will also explore "Breath of Bliss" which is a breath work practice that will connect you to your heart and help you to align with your truth. Carla Wainwright Yoga hopes that you will fall in love with these practices and make them a part of your daily life.
Sacred ceremony is an essential gathering of the community to support each woman to be a whole, healthy and fully embodied version of herself. The gift of ritual will allow you to connect with your feminine nature, the earth in "her" abundance and into the many gifts that the group will share together.
You will close your eyes and imagine yourself glowing and trouble free, laugh and enjoy stories with new friends, playing in the mystical old growth forests as well as beaches of Haida Gwaii. You will have already enjoyed a Shakti Embodiment and yoga class earlier in the day along with a delightful home cooked brunch at Haida House at Tllaal. You will feel relaxed and radiant.
The mid day will stretch out before you to enjoy as you will choose between reading a book in a lounge, beach combing for treasures, shopping in the village, exploring a rainforest or just taking a walk on the beautiful grounds at Haida House at Tllaal. Later in the day, there will be another yoga or breath work class to enjoy. Once the stars are out, you will join your retreat sisters again for another exquisitely prepared meal by Chef Mickael Diabaye with abundant stories and laughter.
As you will drift off to sleep listening to the sounds of water and nature, you will feel completely connected to Mother Earth and full of ease and peace in both body as well as the mind. Your cup is now full and brimming with possibility. During free time in the afternoon, Carla Wainwright Yoga will lead anyone interested in local hikes from Haida House at Tllaal. Depending on weather and tides, there will be several options that you can explore together.
Each of the hiking trails offer a variety of terrain and experiences of the Haida Gwaii environment. A favorite of visitors and locals alike is the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail. This accessible ten kilometers trail combines coastline forest, river bed and ocean beaches that will lead you to the remnants of the Pesuta which is a 264 log barge that was beached during a winter storm in 1928.
Another popular trail is the five kilometers Anvil Trail hike through a rich floodplain and bits of old growth forest. The Beach Loop is a leisurely trail from wetland-dunes and transitioning to the expansive East Beach and returning along the Tlell River. Of course, beach-combing and agate hunting are options that will always available and take just steps away from your accommodation.
You will meditate and practice yoga at the stunning Haida House at Tllaal in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Named by National Geographic as one of the top 20 places to see in the world, Haida Gwaii is known as the Canadian Galápagos that forms an archipelago of some 450 islands lying 80 kilometers west of the British Columbia coast. The islands offer a magical trip for all those who make the journey.
Haida Gwaii enjoys a maritime climate, which enables rich stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar to flourish. Nutrient-rich waters teeming with intertidal life wash the island shores. Similar to many of the landscapes found in mainland British Columbia, the islands include alpine mountains, sub-alpine plateaus, forest plains and muskeg bogs. While the islands share many similar landscapes with the rest of the province, they are home to about 40 unique species or sub-species of plants and animals.
The rugged shorelines stand of huge trees and kilometer upon kilometer of vast and sandy unpopulated beaches offer the visitor a relaxed atmosphere where one can easily find solitude in natural surroundings. The history of the first people’s of Haida Gwaii, the Haida, goes back to the stories of the great floods, the first tree and back to the ice age with legends of ice woman swooping down from above.
There is some debate about how people arrived on the islands but what is certain is that possibly as far back as 13,000 years ago when a group of people inhabited these islands and developed a culture made rich by the abundance of the land as well as the sea. These people became the Haida who is a linguistically distinct group with a complex class and rank system consisting of two main clans including the Eagles and Ravens.
Links and diversity within the Haida nation was gained through a cross lineal marriage system between the clans. This system was also important for the transfer of wealth within the nation with each clan reliant on the other for the building of longhouses, the carving of totem poles and other items of cultural importance. The Haida occupied more than 100 villages throughout the islands and were skilled traders with established trade links with their neighboring first nations on the mainland and further a field.
During the retreat, you will be enjoying a daily brunch, snacks and three-course gourmet dinners at the Tllaal's dining room. Celebration dinner and party to commemorate the joy filled experience you shared with your sisters are also included. Haida House at Tllaal received the “Where to Eat in Canada” title for a fifth consecutive year in June 2017. Under the direction of Chef Mickael Diabaye, the culinary team enjoys the challenge of cooking in such a remote area of the world,
Here, there are no big box stores or large food suppliers around the corner. Chef Mickael Diabaye likes to support the local farmers of the Tlell region for garden-fresh produce delivered straight to the door as well as a fresh variety of seafood from Haida Wild Seafood products (a Haida House at Tllaal's sister company). One can also see the staff harvesting delicacies from the lodge’s front yard where there is an abundance of sea asparagus, sour grass, wild mint and spruce tips.