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Day by day you will learn and grow with the support of caring trainers, therapists and guides. The initial first days is about decompressing and de-stressing, followed by a clear sense that toxins are starting to flush out of your body. By the fourth and fifth day you will feel and see a more youthful you; clearer skin, brighter eyes, several pounds lighter and most importantly, you will have a deep sense of accomplishment and wellbeing
The second wing of the Grails Springs Bancroft inn opened in 2001 and would be described as modern classic with renaissance-style accents, four-poster carved beds, gothic windows, rich tapestries and draperies from Belgium. Each of these rooms are spacious with propane fireplaces and walk-out balconies overlooking the lake, stream or gardens. Luxurious bathrooms, lux fixtures and granite top counters, deep soaking tubs and most with rain showers.
Hatha Yoga: A gentle yoga combined with breath awareness and a state of mindfulness that is intended to witness our thoughts and emotions - that connects us with spirit and really affects change in our lives.
Yoga Flow: Opening, stretching, breathing, moving in rhythm to your vital life force is a powerful way to experience yoga. With grace & strength, creating meditation in motion, you will flow in the present moment. In this class we will begin by connecting to breath with a pranayama practice - Nadi Sodhana, equalizing and balancing the flow of Prana in the body. We then move gently and with fluid motion from asana to asana awakening your Chi -linking breath and movement. To bring completion to the practice we will rest in Shavanasa for 5 minutes as we are surrounded by beautifully sung words of a Sanskrit prayer, uplifting, embracing and transporting us to a celestial place of deep clam and bliss.
Candlelight Meditation (seasonal): Join us for a serene and special experience of light, breath and gentle movement & evening meditation.
Yin Yoga: Ready to take our Chi deeper still, slowly we will begin a short practice of Yin Yoga. These postures of stillness promote growth, clear energetic blockages, and enhance circulation.
Renowned for its dedication to wellness, self-development and life-transforming events, Grail Springs Spa is located near Bancroft, Ontario, the 'Mineral Capital of Canada'. Energized by a therapeutic, naturally alkaline spring-fed lake, hundreds of acres of forest and massive deposits of healing quartz crystal, this awe-inspiring setting allows us to reconnect, fill our cup and breathe new life into body, mind and spirit.
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Boxes lunches available upon departure for a fee
Delicious ph balance meal plan or juice fast plan or a combination of both, advise at time of booking
Grail Elixirs, Master Cleanse, herbal teas
Candlelight Yoga (seasonal)
Yoga on the Lawn (seasonal)
Qigong ~ weekly
Nia ~ weekly
Outdoor Dry Sauna, Hot Mineral Salt Soaking Tub & Cold Plunge Tub
Fed by hundreds of vigorous springs, the lake is alkaline based which makes it extremely beneficial for detoxifying and purifying the body. Magnetically charged by the ancient granite bedrocks below, these vital alive waters are then naturally filtered, kept in its purest form, with no chemicals added. Guests bathe, drink and swim in one of the last remaining purest water sources in the world.
A long time dream, we have recently partnered with 'Deep Roots Gardens' to build new, sustainable, edible gardens for our kitchen. The aim is not only to provide fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables for our menus but to also provide educational classes on growing, harvesting and preserving food for all seasons to our guests. Classes begin spring 2013.
Our sacred labyrinth is designed after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France built in 1201. Some interpretations surrounding the labyrinth is that it represents the solar system, the chakra system or it is a symbol of the soul. In October 2012, we were honored with a visit from Venerable Sonam Rinpoche who cleansed and blessed the land in the centre of the labyrinth with a traditional Buddhist ceremony. People around the world use the labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and healing.
Originally used for logging and hunting, Grail Springs transformed these one hundred plus acres into a well-groomed trail system where animals and people can flourish together in harmony. In 2010 Grail Springs added two forest eco-tabins as a compliment to their earth-committment and to provide unique eco-experience to those who are looking to connect more deeply with nature. Available May to October.
Our family of Rocky Mountain Horses add a special presence here at Grail Springs. Known for thier therapeutic effect on the human condition our gentle herd of five have been known to assist and heal many of our guests through simple encounters out at the paddock, by attending one of our Horse Wisdom classes or being more adventurous and booking a one-hour horseback ride. Living in harmony with nature, the property is also home to deer, loons, geese, blue herons, fox, hare, pheasants and the occasional moose just to name a few.
Planet Earth, much like our human body, has a complex subtle energy field; Geomancy is the Ancient applied science of balancing subtle energy fields within architecture and the landscape. Grail Springs sits in the Canadian Rockshield, the oldest exposed rock on the planet. Rich in massive deposits of quartz crystal where visitors can hike to the propertys own crystal-crop, Grail Springs has committed to the observance of this ancient art.
Austrian Moor Mud Wrap & Relaxation Massage
Himalayan bath salts Holistic Massage
Ion Cleanse Detox Foot Bath
Luxurious robe & slippers provided
Mineral Rich Moor Hydrating Body Polish
Organic spa room amenities
Reiki Energy Healing Session
Do not rely on GPS or MapQuest. Follow our recommended directions.
Important Note - Do not take Hwy #401 to Belleville to Hwy #62 North. This route is deceptive when looking on a map and takes one hour longer.
Take Hwy #401 East (15 min past Oshawa) to Hwy #115/#35 North.
Follow Hwy #115 for 30 min to where it ends at a set of lights.
Go straight through the lights. You are now travelling on Television Road.
Proceed for 5 min until you come to the first stop sign and turn right on County Road #4 (gas station on your right).
Travel for approx 5 min until you come to a flashing light. Turn left and follow this route for 5 min until it ends at at T-intersection.
Turn right on Hwy #28 North and follow to the town of Bancroft. Just before the town bridge, turn right on Hwy #62 South and follow this for 2 kms.
Turn right on Bay Lake Road (opposite Rona Building store) and follow for 2 kms.
Grail Springs will be on your left.
Do not rely on GPS or MapQuest. Follow our recommended directions.
Highway longest route
Take Hwy #7 West to Madoc.
Then take Hwy #62 north towards Bancroft.
Just before you get to Bancroft, you will turn left onto Bay Lake Road (adjacent from the Rona Cashway store). Important note: DO NOT take the first entrance into Bay Lake Road, but rather the second entrance which is 5 min north of the first entrance.
There will be a complimentary Sunday group shuttle for every participant that purchases the 8 day retreat package.
Sunday Shuttle departs from the Airport at 2pm. Your flight must arrive no later than 1pm.
Sunday Shuttle departs from Grail Springs at 10:30am. Please make sure international flight depart no earlier than 3:30pm to allow for traffic, security and customs.
Our reservation desk requires the name of the airline, flight# and your cell phone # if available
Please note the shuttles cannot wait for flights with lengthy delays. Alternatively, go directly to the 'Travel Concierge Desk' and pay for a ticket to Peterborough on Coach Canada (approx 125 CAD). Our in-house shuttle will pick you up at the Peterborough depot (70 CAD).