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8 Days Yoga Retreat at Grail Springs in Ontario, Canada

  • Grail Springs, 2004 Bay Lake rd., Bancroft, Ontario, K0L 1C0, Canada

Yoga Retreat in Ontario, Canada

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

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Certified yoga instructor
  • Life classes & workshops
  • Grail elixirs, master cleanse, herbal teas
  • Delicious ph balance meal plan/juice fast plan
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Luxury suites:

  • Spacious, well appointed room
  • Two twins, queens or king poster beds
  • Most with soaker tubs and rain showers
  • Propane heat controlled fireplace (suite 4, 6-13)
  • Self-controlled air conditioners
  • Sitting areas, some with chaise lounge
  • Lakeside or garden view
  • Most with walk out balcony
  • Free wi-fi
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • CD player or iDock
  • Herbal teas and kettle
  • Luxurious robe and slippers
  • Organic spa body amenities
  • Himalayan bath salts (one pp)

Yoga classes

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.

Sample menu of life classes & workshops

  • Attendance to all special events guest speakers
  • Candlelight yoga (winter)
  • Chakra Healing Meditation'
  • Daily Grail Morning Mantra
  • Daily hikes
  • Daily Yoga
  • Equine Wisdom
  • Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop
  • Inspirational films & documentaries
  • Making mind-body-spirit Connection
  • Meditation & breath work
  • Nia & Qi Gong
  • Nutrition class
  • Seasonal snowshoe excursions
  • Seasonal swimming, campfires & canoeing
  • 'The Exit' emotional healing workshop
  • Traditional Fire Ceremony
  • Walking the Sacred Labyrinth
  • Walks to our crystal bed

Pre/Post Course The No No List

  • No animal meat
  • No soda pop
  • No white sugar
  • No white flour products
  • No caffeine
  • No alcohol
  • No dairy (see some exceptions below)
  • No white table salt (refer to Himalayan Salt)
  • No artificial or processed foods

Pre/Post Course The Yes Yes List

  • Yes to lots of water with lemons (consume little while eating)
  • Yes to decaffeinated herbal teas
  • Yes to dark green vegetables and lots of them
  • Yes to fruit in morning only
  • Yes to wheatgrass if you have access
  • Yes to homemade vegetable juices
  • Yes to brown rice, barley, oatmeal, lentils, chick peas
  • Yes to whole grain products
  • Yes to cooking with/or dressings made with olive oil (good fat)
  • Yes to cooking and dressings with walnut oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, hemp see oil
  • Yes to soy milk, rice milk or almond milk
  • Yes to free range chicken eggs a couple of times per week (poached or boiled)
  • Yes to live yogurt (organic goat milk best)
  • Yes to soya based substitutes once or twice per week
  • Yes to goat cheese (organic & ethical)
  • Yes to all things Organic!

Pre/Post Course And More Yes to...

  • Colonics once or twice during a cleanse
  • Himalayan salt baths
  • Energy healing modalities; Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Aromatherapy
  • Massages and relaxation therapies
  • Fresh air and lots of sunshine
  • Steam baths, saunas, infrared saunas
  • Yoga, deep breathing, nature walks
  • Sleep, naps, meditation and more naps!

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.

Activities
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Free! WiFi/Computer
  • Shop nearby

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

Activities

Candlelight Yoga (seasonal)

Yoga on the Lawn (seasonal)

Qigong ~ weekly

Nia ~ weekly

Swimming

Canoeing

Snowshoeing

Horseback Riding

Outdoor Dry Sauna, Hot Mineral Salt Soaking Tub & Cold Plunge Tub

Vital Spring~Fed Lake

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.

Edible Garden Project

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.

Sacred Labyrinth

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.

Forest & Trails

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.

Horses & Wildlife

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.

The Geomantic Project

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.

Build your own spa treatment program includes:

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

Spa

Recommended spa components:

  • Mineral Rich Moor Hydrating Body Polish
  • Austrian Moor Mud Wrap & Relaxation Massage
  • Reiki Energy Healing Session
  • Ion Cleanse Detox Foot Bath
  • Holistic Massage
  • Check-in Consultation
  • Before & After Chakra Photo & Report

Spa facilities:

  • dry Finnish sauna
  • steam sauna
  • infrared sauna
  • outdoor hot Himalayan salt soaking tub
  • Himalayan salt cold-plunge pool
  • yoga & meditation studio
  • beach, canoes, paddleboats
  • sacred Labyrinth
  • hiking trails & medtation gardens

Spa use information:

  • Take a Himalayan salt bath while you are here on a day where you have no spa product on your skin.
  • Complimentary bath salts are provided in your suite, one per guest.
  • Guest is given one complimentary spa treatment substitution allowance at time of booking.
  • We ask that all guests shower and remove all body oils and lotions from skin prior to using hot tubs or saunas.

Driving directions from Toronto

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.

Driving directions from Ottawa by scenic route

  • Do not rely on GPS or MapQuest. Follow our recommended directions.
  • Scenic shortest route, not recommended during winter months.
  • Take Hwy #417 West from the city which turns into Hwy #17 West.
  • Take Hwy #132 South to Renfrew.
  • Proceed through Dacre and then take Hwy #41 South to Denbigh.
  • Then take Hwy #28 to Bancroft.
  • Once in Bancroft, take Hwy #62 South and follow this for 2 kms to Bay Lake Road.
  • Follow Bay Lake Road for 2 kms and you've arrived.

Driving directions from Ottawa by highway

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.

Arrival by shuttle

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).

Arrival by Bus

  • We offer complimentary pick up from the Greyhound bus depot located in Bancroft.

Arrival by Train

  • Take the VIA RAIL Train from anywhere in Canada to Belleville ~ VIA Rail conveniently stops at Belleville Station, 1 hour drive to Grail Springs.
  • Arrangements can be made for a taxi service to pick you up for approximately 120 CAD pls tax. For schedule and ticket costs visit www.viarail.ca
For information about the booking conditions, please send Grail Springs an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Pam

    "Wow. I had very high expectations, everything surpassed my hopes. All of your team is amazing, Tammy, Tomoko, Eva, Marie and Debbie. The highlight was the amazing food. I only wish those at home could taste it. Waiting for the cookbook! I love the energy and space. You have done a wonderful job in creating paradise. Thank you for having me and treating me like I belong here. Be back soon. Best food ever!!."

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  • Review by Carla Collins from Los Angeles, USA

    "The Grail Springs Wellness Centre is more than a spa, it's a life-altering experience. The setting is tranquil and magnificent, the rooms are exquisite and the food is beyond delicious yet so healthy! My days at the Grail were filled with wonderful treatments (I especially loved the mud wrap and nearly proposed to the young woman giving me the massage!), hikes, yoga, meditation and swimming in the lake. It's like a spiritual Disney World! I highly recommend spending as much time as you can chez the Grail, it's the ultimate wellness spa for mind, body and soul. I can't wait to go back!."

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  • Review by Mark

    "From a guys perspective. Recently, I surprised my wife with a weekend getaway to Grail Springs Spa. As it was rated one of the top 5 spas in Ontario, I thought it was a good choice. We arent strangers to spa vacations and based on my limited research, my expectations of accommodations, spa treatments and dining at Grail Spa were high.I think its important to note that I am not a vegetarian and I love my coffee and diet cola. While on their website, I didnt read the section that clearly stated Grail Spa was strictly vegetarian, no caffeine, no pop, no alcohol. This was all news to me during our tour of the main house. Suffice it to say, I suppressed my natural instincts to run and chose to be open to this new experience, also my wife really liked the place and after all, this was HER weekend. Best decision I ever made.To keep the testimonial short, Ill surmise by saying accommodation, property, treatments, activities and food are all 5 star. What isnt on the website and what no amount of currency can purchase is the magic of this place. For example, we arrived Friday afternoon (as did the other guests) and during the dinner serving, my wife and I sat alone at a table for 2. People who came solo mostly sat by themselves and conversations were quiet and sparse around the room.Not more than 24hrs at dinner Saturday night, we were sitting at the largest table in the room with many other people, the room filled with conversation and laughter and I couldnt help but notice the transformation in everyone, myself included. This weekend did much more the massage knots out of my back and remove toxins out of my body. I wasnt focused on being a business owner and father, with insurmountable responsibilities to my children, my company, my staff or my profit margins. For 72hrs, this place let me focus on me. Like I said, you cant put a price on that."

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