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4 Days Sacred Relationship Yoga Retreat in Canada

  • Shanti Retreat, 89 Waldo’s Lane, Box 36, Wolfe Island, Ontario K0H2Y0, Canada

4 Days Sacred Relationship Yoga Retreat in Canada

  • Shanti Retreat, 89 Waldo’s Lane, Box 36, Wolfe Island, Ontario K0H2Y0, Canada

Couples Yoga Retreat Canada

Join this retreat designed for you to explore and be introduced to Tantra, Partner yoga, and compassionate communication. Explore ways to maintain, improve, and re-ignite connection, communication, and sexual intimacy. Experience techniques, exercises, and lots information drawing from the teachings of yoga, meditation, and tantra among others. This will be a weekend filled with explorations, play, and transformation in the way in which you view sexuality, partnership, and love.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic teachings and techniques
  • Compassionate communication workshops
  • Sexology mechanics practices
  • Pranayama and breath work
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • German, Spanish, English
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During this retreat you will stay in a shared room. You will feel at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins. The beautiful property has stunning views of the Saint Lawrence River and the sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm. It is truly the perfect setting to curl up with a book, relax by the wood stove, and connect with kindred spirits.

You will enjoy the ambiance of peace and tranquility that the Asian decor and sacred spaces exude. The guest rooms are decorated in themes inspired by travels and connection with matters of the spirit. As a retreat center, they offer shared accommodation with either a water or garden view, all with private bathrooms.

Commune with mother earth on this waterfront property and enjoy watching the wildlife that lives waterside.

You may even be blessed by a visit from our resident heron. Connect with the majesty of the maples, oaks, weeping willows, and extensive gardens that surround the retreat. Shanti’s amenities include Wi-Fi, a wellness tea bar, an infrared sauna, canoes, kayaks, a water trampoline, hammocks, a meditation garden, and walking and cycling routes.

During this retreat, you will experience various techniques, exercises, and a wealth of comprehensive information drawing from the teachings of yoga, meditation, Tantra, compassionate communication, modern sexology, Ayurveda, and your own relationship. This course will be comfy and applicable for both singles and couples and there will be absolutely no nudity or explicit exercises.

Yoga classes

You will learn Partner yoga and the beauty of practicing, playing, and connecting as one on the mat. You will also learn a series of specific yoga asanas that will assist in the control, movement, and awareness of the potency of the sexual energy, as well as their healing potential for the reproductive organs.

Meditation sessions

You will explore meditation practices that will be focused on opening your heart to connection, pure love, and deep intimacy with yourself, your lover, and in your general relation to others.

Breath work and pranayama

This will be an introduction into specific breathing techniques that can offer the benefit of guiding the sexual energy to bring about states of deep peace, love, and presence.

Ayurvedic considerations

You will learn about “ojas” (vigor and vital force), maintaining and replenishing sexual energy, simple aphrodisiacs and reproductive tonics, and dietary and lifestyle considerations.

Tantric sexuality workshops

This will be an exploration and an unlearning of some of the conditioning and limiting beliefs that most people hold around sexuality, relationships, and the sexes.

Sexology mechanics sessions

You will learn tools and practices for more pleasurable, sensual, prolonged, and orgasmic lovemaking for both men and women. You will also discuss the importance of the sexual energy for health and well-being, and the benefits of channeling and directing this energy.

Compassionate communication teachings

You will learn ways to remember and maintain empathic, loving, and connected communication with your partner, how to deeply listen and honor your own needs and the needs of the other, and how to move forward without blame or shame from times of discord and disconnection.

  • Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Tiffany Nicholson-Smith is a radiant yogini, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a lover of life, who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy, and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers. A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric, Hatha, and Kundalini yoga, Advaita Vedanta, spiritual nutrition, Ayurveda, compassionate communication, and sacred sexuality.

  • Kristof Wittstock

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Kristof Wittstock is a down-to-earth spirit, who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20 years with various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya, and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.

This retreat will be held at Shanti Retreat in Wolfe Island, Canada. Wolfe Island located in Ontario is an amazing place of natural beauty. During the day, you will enjoy the country fresh air and commune with mother earth as you explore the island and during clear evenings, you can pause at the wonder of the country sky and stargaze.

The island is a paradise for cycling and running and there’s also the Big Sandy Bay, a beautiful secluded sand beach, only 15 minutes away. Shanti Retreat is set in a tranquil 11-acre property with its spacious century inn and cabins situated on 1000 feet of private shoreline.

Nearby places

  • Big Sandy Bay - 15 minutes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stargazing
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Labyrinth
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals. Journey into the world of vegetarian food with culinary delights that will leave you totally satisfied. All meals are prepared and served with mindfulness and are also a feast for your eyes and a delight to your taste buds.

Shanti Retreat strive to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible and organic, shade grown, and dark roast coffee is served in the morning and a variety of herbal, green, and black teas are available throughout the day.

Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. Shanti Retreat can accommodate special dietary needs like vegan, gluten free, and minor food allergies on request. Major dietary restrictions or raw food diets can't be accommodated.

During your free time, you may choose to relax and detoxify in the infrared sauna, commune with mother earth and enjoy watching the wildlife that lives waterside, take a walk around the majesty of the maples, oaks, weeping willows, and extensive gardens that surround the retreat.

You may take a dip in the bay, bounce on the water tramp, or go for a paddle in a canoe or kayak. You can also hang out in a hammock, spend time under the Balinese hut, do a walking meditation in the local labyrinth, enjoy one of the many cyclist routes, or choose your favorite spot to retreat along this secluded shoreline.

Infrared sauna sessions

The infrared sauna is an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Its benefits include detoxification, relaxation, improved circulation, anti-aging effect, cell health, skin purification, weight loss, pain relief, and more. The price for one session is 15 CAD plus taxes.

Movement medicine or conscious dance sessions

Movement medicine, free dance, open dance, conscious dance, ecstatic dance, and trance dance all terms pointing to the same thing. As you have evolved, you have lost touch with what it means to move freely through your lives physically and as a result, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Movement medicine is a form of active meditation and devotion where music, movement, and breath are used together to shift brain wave patterns from the day-to-day cognitive beta state to the more meditative and insightful alpha state.

Reiki treatment

Reiki is an ancient alternative healing technique based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows into and through you at all times and is what sustains your life. The word “Reiki” is comprised of two Japanese words, “Rei”, which means “God’s wisdom” or “the higher power,” and “ki”, which means “life force energy.” Thus, reiki is a “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A Reiki treatment feels different every time, but can feel like a wonderful glowing radiance flowing through and around you. Reiki treats the whole being; the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation, feelings of peace, security, confidence, and all around well-being. The price for this treatment sessions are around 40 to 60 CAD and have a duration around 60 and 90 minutes.

Thai yoga massage

This massage is an ancient and sacred system of healing with roots in yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, and Buddhist spiritual practice. The massage takes place fully clothed on a mat on the floor allowing the practitioner to use her palms, thumbs, elbows, and feet to apply pressure along the body’s energy lines and pressure points, and gently apply yoga stretches to the whole body. The price for this massage is 95 CAD plus taxes for 90 minutes.

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Ayurvedic considerations teachings
  • Breath work and pranayama practices
  • Compassionate communication workshops
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Tantric sexuality lessons
  • Sexology and mechanic teachings
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation
  • Spa treatment

Driving directions from the east or west

  • Coming from the east or west on the 401 road, turn off at exit 623.
  • Travel south on highway 15 until it ends at highway two.
  • Turn right on highway two and continue for a few kilometers
  • Cross the drawbridge and after the drawbridge enter the left lane and prepare to turn left into the Wolfe Island ferry dock right next to Tim Hortons.
  • Once you’re on Wolfe Island, Shanti Retreat is located only five minutes away.
  • After leaving the ferry, turn left onto the main road (Highway 96).
  • Drive until you reach Waldo’s Lane on your left.
  • On the way to Waldo’s Lane you will pass the 9th line.
  • Continue 400 meters past the 9th line until you reach Waldo’s Lane.
  • Look for the cartoon character Waldo on the hydro pole to your left leading to Waldo’s lane. You’ve gone too far if you reach the 10th line.
  • Continue straight on Waldo’s lane 500 meters to reach Shanti.

Arrival by bus

The most economical way to reach Kingston is by bus. Bus lines offers service from Toronto’s downtown terminal at Bay and Dundas as well as from Scarborough, Whitby, Brockville, and Montreal.

Arrival by ferry

From Toronto and Montreal it takes about three hours to reach the Wolfe Island ferry dock in downtown Kingston where the free ferry (Wolfe Island ferry) departs every hour.

Coming from Ottawa the drive is about two hours.

Americans from New York can conveniently reach Shanti by ferry from Cape Vincent, New York. This service operates approximately from mid-May to mid-October. Otherwise, the 1000 Islands International Bridge is nearby.

Arrival by shuttle

There is a shuttle service available from Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) and Water Town, New York, to Kingston and the Wolfe Island ferry terminal.

Arrival by train

From the Kingston train station you may take a taxi to the Wolfe Island Ferry. The trip is about 15 minutes and it cost approximately 15 CAD.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Roger Morter from Nicaragua

    Incredible Teaching in a Fantastic Location

    CONS Cons: Larger group occasionally was too much for single bathroom facility.

    PROS Pros: Content of teachings was really comprehensive and included 'tasters' of a large variety of practices and techniques. The centre is set in a beautiful and peaceful lakeside location. Healthy vegan food.

    2017-Apr-29 16:22:54

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    Review by Emily Corkery from Canada

    PROS Pros: Beautiful property with a lovely couple that runs it all. Delicious homemade vegan food. Off grid with outdoor shower and compostable toilet.

    2017-Apr-15 13:35:37


  • Review by Mary from London

    "I just completed the YTT300 in Ecuador & highly recommend Living in the Self. Tiffany & Kristof are warm hearted, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, organised, professional with an appropriate sense of humour & years of experience teaching & practicing yoga. We did so much on top of the curriculum such as a five day silent retreat, one day fasts, learning Sanskrit, partner yoga & attending kirtans. I've left with so much info to share with my clients in London & with guests on the yoga holidays I am running. Thank you, can't wait to attend another of your courses & pilgrimages. "

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  • Review by Atia Marie from Toronto

    "Tiffany and Kristof are the most humble and dedicated teachers I know; so much so, they probably won't include this in their testimonials, but they should. What drew me, and many others to their work, was their commitment to fostering love, compassion and community through yoga. It has been monumental for my spiritual growth, and I am certain it would aid anyone's physical well-being as much as it would serve one's overall life."

    "The YTT from Living in the Self, with Tiffany and Kristof, is absolutely unlike any other - it has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn't know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. "


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  • Review by Jody Harrison from Peterborough

    "I searched and searched for a 200 ytt that was suitable for me but also coordinated well with family life, business and daily schedules. Nothing seemed to be panning out until i heard through stoney lake wellness of the living in the self 200 yoga teacher training held in lakefield, on. "

    "I can truly say that gifts come to us in all different ways, but this was a blessing."

    "Kristof and tiffany offer a lovely style of teaching. Without a doubt, all of their teachings come directly from both of their hearts. this in itself created a wonderful learning experience. "

    "Over the last few months i have learned so much about myself, the yogic path, yogic philosophy, asanas, chakras, pranayamas, patanjali's eight limb path, the yogic diet., but one teaching that has really hit home for me is living in the present moment. I feel like this is such an importnant practise and will benefit not only ourselves, but our families, friends and students. "

    "Thank you tiffany and kristof for all of your offerings throughout this teacher training it has truly been a wondeful experience. "

    "Much gratitude to you both, "

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  • Review by Crystal Lee from Peterborough

    "When I signed on for the 200hr YTT with Living in The Self Yoga I had not attended a yoga class full time for years. I had roamed from class to class looking for something I knew should be there. None of them seemed to have that aspect of both the spiritual and physical practice I craved. After attending one Yoga class with Tiffany & Kristof I realized I had finally found it. Their warm loving personalities combined with a vast knowledge of the practice made me begin a journey into my self as a whole. I began to eat better, I slept better, I started meditating on a regular basis and the shifts didn't just happen within me, but also within my social circle and my family. I cannot recommend this program enough to anyone, whether you do this for yourself or to become a teacher, you will leave this program changed for the better of your own being. As busy mother of three children making the time for myself to do this course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am eternally grateful for the gift Tiffany & Kristof of Living in the Self Yoga brought to my life. We are forever changed for the better, more loving, centred, whole and beautiful beings inside & out."

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  • Review by Jocelyn Sousa from Boulder

    "This is SO much more than a yoga teacher training, words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for this experience. You will not only learn yoga and meditation, but also ALL the tools you need to live a healthful and vibrant life. I 100% recommend this training, it will change your life!"

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  • Review by Rory Freedman

    "The time I spent with Tiffany and Kristof was transformative. The teachings, meditation, and yoga were profoundly impactful and I am so grateful for their mastery and passion."

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  • Review by Tonya Dowding

    "Tiffany's workshop addressed food in a different way than most cooking classes...She is a walking human encyclopedia regarding nutritional information, who addresses the issue of food examined from a spiritual standpoint. I learned so many amazing things that allowed me to transform my diet to a healthier alternative, and improve my perspective on cooking and eating consciously. Bon appetite!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher training from Living in the Self with Tiffany and Kristof is absolutely unlike any other. It has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done."

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