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3 Days Clear Mind Pure Heart: Movement, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Quebec, Canada

Gaia Wellness Retreat, 209 Chemin Usher La Peche, Quebec, Canada

Weekend Yoga Retreat Canada

In this two-and-a-half day retreat, you will learn the basic essential techniques of meditation distilled from ancient practices and placed in a western context without the dogma or jargon of religious belief. You will understand the science of how stress manifests in your body and is a major contributor to most of our modern health problems.

You will learn to access at will, the “relaxation response” like a “re-set button” that re-establishes the equilibrium of physical relaxation, emotional calm, and mental alertness. You will experience how the “deep rest” that meditation gives is an antidote to the constant tension in your life.


  • Yoga and movement
  • Sound therapy sessions
  • Paired self-inquiry exercises
  • Guided meditation and training exercises
  • Delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals
  • Silent sitting and walking periods
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available: Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
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Gaia Wellness Retreat can accommodate 20 guests in single occupancy (shared accommodations) or up to 44 guests if beds are shared. Each cabin and room sleeps four to seven people. They have four beautiful winterized cabins with their own screened porch. Cozy and quiet, you are sure to get a good night’s sleep. You can access the main kitchen for cooking meals and fresh drinking water is provided in the cabin.

Each cabin is fully outfitted with linens, cozy blankets, plush towels, and luxurious pillows to enhance your stay. The clean and environmentally friendly "honeypot outhouses" are easily accessible to each cabin and you will have 24-hour access to their indoor change rooms with beautifully tiled, floor-to-ceiling showers.

The 780-square feet yoga space is perfect for workshops, teacher training, group retreats, and private yoga sessions. This space can accommodate up to 20 students and one to two teachers comfortably. It comes fully equipped with mats, blocks, blankets, and meditation cushions.


By the end of the retreat you will have acquired a daily practice of meditation that when practiced over time can free you from the constant disabling chatter of the mind and help you access inner serenity, happiness, and joy. "Meditation frees individuals from the tenacious preoccupation with the past and future and allows them to fully experience life's precious moments" - Daeja Napier, founder of the Insight Meditation Center, Boston

Features of the retreat:

  • Delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals
  • Accommodation for two nights in a secluded rural retreat center
  • Guided meditations that you then do on your own
  • Yoga and movement periods
  • Sound therapy
  • Silent sitting and walking periods
  • Some paired self-inquiry and meditation training exercises

Instruction on:

  • The scientific basis of meditation
  • The basic techniques of meditation: and their most effective applications
  • How to elicit the “relaxation response” at will
  • Simple relaxing yoga and movement instruction
  • Crucial prepatory practice, often missed in meditation instruction, that quickly puts you in the “meditative zone”
  • How to use breathing to deepen your serenity
  • Sound "bathing" for healing with gongs, singing bowls, chimes, and other instruments
  • A special "Letting Go" ceremony to clear the stress of the past year and launch your new aspirations for the rest of 2019
  • A guided meditation CD that you can use to reinforce your practice at home
  • In addition, for an additional cost, there will be an option to receive a half hour 2019 reading from an intuitive reader while at the retreat

Although subjective results cannot be guaranteed, these are the common experiences people have on the retreat:

  • Physical relaxation
  • Emotional calmness
  • Heightened mental alertness and clarity
  • Inner happiness not dependent on outer circumstance
  • Improved concentration
  • More detachment from “mind chatter” and worry
  • A deeper connection to your “true being”
  • An expansion and stabilization of a prior spiritual experience
  • More balanced energy
  • A sense of inner wholeness

This retreat will be a fit for you if you:

  • Would like to be in your life differently and want time to uwind, relax and experience a deeper serenity within.
  • Are a beginning meditator or have done some meditation before and want to establish a daily practice to bring calmness and centerness into your daily life.
  • Have an established meditation practice and are open to try some different approaches to meditation and the unique form of paired self-inquiry taught on the retreat.
  • Are looking to follow a non-dogmatic spiritual path without having to follow a guru.
  • Yearn to let go of stress from the past and experience optimism and new possibility for the future.
  • Feel an inner pull to connect more intimately with your true self.

Note: The retreat will have an extended silent period and talking will be allowed at some meal and break times on Sunday. There will also be some communication during the paired self-inquiry exercises on Sunday.

Retreat location

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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This retreat includes delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole 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

  • 2 nights accommodation in a secluded rural retreat center
  • Yoga and movement periods
  • Guided meditations that you then do on your own
  • Sound therapy
  • Silent sitting and walking periods
  • Some paired self-inquiry and meditation training exercises
  • Delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Transportation
  • Reiki sessions
  • Very restrictive diets

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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