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WOMEN'S WILDERNESS CANOE &
YOGA RETREAT


 

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Relax. Reconnect. Reboot.

Imagine sitting by the lake after a day of relaxed canoeing, reflecting maybe journalling in the summer sunshine. With the city out of sight and the responsibilities of your day to day life taken care of, you are finally able to relax. Being in Algonquin, sitting around a campfire listening to the crackle of the flames, the crickets and the soul touching sound of the loon call allows you to reconnect to your self. 

If you have been yearning for some time away, time in nature, and time with other like minded women, then I invite you to join me for a weekend to 

Relax. Reconnect. Reboot.

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On July 20-22 or August 24-26  join myself Samantha, and other women between the ages of 30 and 70 looking to retreat into a weekend of wilderness paddling, yoga, nutritious delicious food, and camping in world renowned Algonquin landscape.

This 3 day retreat will reenergize you, have a relaxing tone, and reset your rhythm for the year ahead. It’s the best way to wind down, appriciate the summer connecting to nature and reconnecting with yourself in the ebbs and flows of a natural rhythm. This is your chance to unwind and take time for yourself, you deserve it!

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I am a professional wilderness canoe guide with 10 years experience and more than 250 nights out backcountry canoe tripping. I specialize in taking out beginners, in particular European tourists looking for the iconic Canadian experience of a wilderness canoe trip and making them feel safe and comfortable in the back country. I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach eager to share how easy and tasty nutritious food can be. Eating good food, feels so great. Adopting a holistic approach to health, self care and keeping expectations and goals achievable are important parts of my practice. I am also a Red Cross first aid instructor and volunteer fire fighter for the Dorset fire department. With me you can feel at ease and safely taken care of.

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Kathleen has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 1998.  She is certified in Kripalu, Esther Myers and Ashaya methods of Hatha Yoga as well as recently certified in Yin Yoga. Kathleen teaches an integrated approach to yoga combining attention to physical alignment with a celebration of the heart.  Her teaching is infused with passion, lightheartedness, connection with nature and always deep reverence to all of her teachers and to this ancient practice of yoga. Teaching outside surrounded by and embodying all of the elements of nature is Kathleen’s favorite Yoga Studio. 

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On this back country retreat you will eat well, feel alive, and feel safe with an experienced professinoal guide. 

One of the greatest benefits is the chance to breathe fresh Algonquin air increasing alertness and experience easier breathing if you live in or near a city with more vehicle polution and less trees. Canoeing is a low impact activity with numerous health benefits including its peaceful cadenace that can be meditative and relieve stress. 

Canoeing and portaging provide and astounding sense of accomplishment and self confidance.

Womens Health magazine did a survey on the benefits of nature and wrote an article about how important “vitamin N” is to mental health. Neural scientist David Strayer explains that being in nature allows our brains to restore and replenish themselves from the overtaxing multitasking of modern life which causes suppression of creativity and developing a sense of identity. Time in nature can provide a sense of renewal. 

Eating delicious nutritious food will kick start your health for increased energy and better digestion.

On this trip you will experience tranquil beauty in nature, in others, and in yourself. 

This canoe trip is designed for beginners, but is suitable for all abilities. You will paddle with a partner for 4 to 9 kilometres each day, taking approximately 3-5 hours. We will move at a relaxed pace, taking breaks along the way. We will be portaging from lake to lake as a team, you will be properly coached on how to lift with assistance and carry gear. Don't worry about feeling unable to do this, portages will only be a few hundred metres. As long as you can carry a packed suitcase, you will be able to confidently carry gear across a portage. We will use featherweight canoes from Algonquin Outfitters, 16’ prospector canoes made of kevlar weighing only 40 pounds. Portaging is a very satisfying mode of travel to feel self sufficient and move like the early explorers of Canada.

If you have never been on a canoe trip before there is no need to worry, instruction will be provided. I've taken many people on canoe trips that have never paddled or camped before, it is a rewarding form of exploration. It is a wonderful feeling to paddle up to the perfect campsite, it's like coming home at the end of a long day. You put on some cozy clothes maybe after a swim, not worry about what you look like, and set yourself up to be comfortable. Make your bed, relax and take time for you the rest of the evening. We will be staying at the same campsite both nights, giving you the chance to really settle in your home away from home in the forest. The food never tasted so good after a day of paddling, I garantee you will not go hungry and your tastebuds will be satisfied. 

There is very little cell reception around Algonquin. This will give you the chance to truely disconnect and be at peace. As the guide I will be carrying a satalite phone for emergencies, you can feel at ease you will be safe and well taken care of in an emergency. 


This Womens Wilderness Canoe and Yoga Retreat is an all inclusive trip. You will be provided with all equipment needed:

    •    Featherweight carbon/Kevlar canoe (40 lbs)     •    bent shaft or traditional hardwood paddle     •    deluxe P.F.D (life jacket)                          •   expedition canoe packs     •    self-inflating Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad     •    backpack stove with fuel     •    cookware and utensils     •    camp fire grill     •    insect repellent     •    flashlight     •    stuff sacks     •    premium lightweight tent     •    three-season sleeping bag and liner     •    1 litre water bottle     •    padded folding camp chairs     •    lightweight tarp     •    rain poncho

All 3 meals and 3 snacks per day are provided. I will create the menu with nutrition, sustainable energy and satisfaction in mind. All allergies and food restrictions will be accounted for. Suggestions will be taken into consideration.

Registration for this retreat is on a first come bases and there are only 12 spots on each trip! So sign up as soon as you can for July 20-22 or August 24-26 .

The Women’s Wilderness Canoe and Yoga Retreat is an all inclusive price of $630 if you sign up with a friend you will both receive 10% off after May 31. 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF 15% OFF FULL PRICE BEFORE MAY 31

If you want to schedule a 10 min phone call to clear up any questions you have send me a note at samanthawelleness.health@gmail.com  

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it will be  a trip that will make you feel so good you won't ever forget it and may want to put on your schedule year after year!

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