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Life Transforming Retreats

 

Do you think life has more to offer?
Do you face difficult situations that cause you ongoing stress and grief? 
Want to change that? 

Life can be messy.  You can get stuck, worn out, feel lost and adrift in life. Sometimes what you need is a place to get away, reflect, rest, heal and find that inner anchor again.  Sugar Ridge has been this place for many people over the past 10 years. The natural beauty and peaceful grounds have an immediate effect as you turn into the driveway.  People say they feel lighter as they drive in.  Adding onto this fabulous, natural foundation, we offer organic whole food meals created with love, clean forest air, sleep in comfy beds with forest sound lullabies, friendly staff and programs throughout the year that to you address many of the struggles that may weigh you down.
 

Experience the power of one of our immersive retreats. These retreats can be the perfect tonic to a busy year, a wonderful starting point for a new direction in life, or a place to focus, refine or define your current life goals and get on track with tools to help you achieve them.

Our retreats provide you with the tools, the encouragement, the environment and the support to experience the full power of your potential.

Some programs are fun day workshops to escape your daily routine, take a breath, and learn something new.  We have weekend and week-long programs that delve much deeper into learning new skills and transformative tools to help you shift from struggling and step into a way of being that makes your heart sing. Sometimes a longer getaway can help you reconnect with old healthy habits that you let go of as you got busy with career, caring for kids and family.   

You need a retreat if you:

  • At times feel that life is just one big rush, feel overwhelmed or think you never get everything done
  • Are short-tempered with people you love or feel bitter towards work colleagues 
  • Find it difficult to get a good nights sleep.
  • Have unhealthy eating habits or want to lose a few pounds
  • Wonder about mindfulness and feel curious enough to experience it learn to integrate it into your daily life. 
  • Want to feel more joy in life
  • Want to feel more connected to those around you
  • Want to feel more grateful, kinder and healthier
  • Want to experience more clarity of thinking
  • Struggle with depression, anxiety or difficult emotions like grief, anger and resentment
  • You know everyone’s favourite food but your own
  • Feel guilty to leave your family alone
  • Compare yourself to others in a negative way

You will leave the retreat with:

  • More present moment awareness and have the tools to get back there when you are not
  • Feeling more connected to those around you
  • Feeling more grateful, kinder and healthier
  • More clarity of thinking
  • Skills to de-stress and reduce the feeling of overwhelm
  • Increased awareness and ability to manage your thoughts & feelings
  • Understand how to engage and use the breath to relax and come into calm
  • Improved sense of self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling relaxed and invigorated

At Sugar Ridge, quality time means me time.

Immersive retreats at Sugar Ridge allow you time and space to step away from the chaos of daily living and see things in a new light.  You can gain new perspectives and new skills to deal with difficulties.   Allow yourself to be nurtured in a friendly, supportive setting immersed in nature and positive vibes.  If you’ve lost touch with yourself and want to reconnect, we have a getaway for you! 

The following list of retreats categorizes them by type of retreat, length of stay and retreat content.

One Day Getaway Workshops

We know a longer getaway isn’t always possible so we offer day-long workshops as well.  Usually, a day workshop is from 9 – 4ish.  Here’s a list of those that have a focus on mindfulness and meditation:

     Mindfulness Meditation: A Day of Silence with Liz
Wed, Feb 13

Weekend Getaways:

Transformation Immersion – Week Long Retreats – It takes time to learn new tricks!  It takes a few days for your body to feel the effects of fresh air, healthy eating and good sleep.  And it takes time to learn new skills and practice putting them into effect.

Our retreats are anything but typical!  Each week includes daily workshops to learn new skills to respond to your life rather than live in reaction mode.  The food is yummy and good for you too: organic, plant based and nutritious without compromising any flavour. Enjoy optional daily yoga and meditation options to round out the day.  Meet like-minded people and leave feeling in charge of your life.

During longer retreats with self-development as the focus, you will leave the retreat more connected to your true nature, feel aligned with what inspires you and move forward into your life.

Reclaiming Your Self Reboot Week – ever feel jealous of your computer that can just reboot when it gets screwed up?  This is a reboot for your life.  Get on track by creating a realistic roadmap for your life.  Pay attention to what gets in your way; your stumbling blocks and learn the tools you need to approach difficulties in a different way.  Step into your own power and learn to be vulnerable at the same time.

Reclaiming Your Self Reboot Retreat
Sun, Apr 28 – Fri, May 3, 2019

Reclaiming Your Self Reboot Retreat
Sun, Sep 29 – Fri, Oct 4, 2019

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a wonderful introduction to using meditation as a stress reduction technique.  We offer it as a week-long intensive program.   Side effects include inner peace, ditching stress, personal growth, mental calmness and improvement with mood.  This week is offered three times a year with upcoming dates of:

Summer MBSR Week Retreat
Sun, Jul 21 – Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Fall MBSR Week Retreat
Sun, Oct 20 – Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Juice and Soup Detox Week – this isn’t a fast, it’s a feast.  Give digestion a break, nourish your body with nutrient packed meals, learn about holistic nutrition, relax with daily yoga, meditation, laughter and new friends.  You’ll learn how to eat in a way that serves your body – no more dieting!

Winter Cleanse Juice and Soup Detox Week
Sun, Feb 24 – Fri, Mar 1, 2019

Summer Cleanse Juice and Raw Food Detox Week
Mon, Jul 1 – Fri, Jul 5, 2019

Spring Cleanse: Ayurvedic Meditation and Yoga Week Retreat
Sun, Apr 7 – Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Fall Cleanse Juice and Soup Detox Week
Thu, Nov 7 – Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Facilitators:

Liz FrostLiz Frost

Liz Frost M.A. Ed, RP, is a mindfulness coach, certified yoga teacher and psychotherapist in the Midland, Ontario area. She has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the Centre for Mindfulness, Norman Feldman, Lee Lesser and most recently with Shinzen Young.

Liz was introduced to meditation in the early 90’s and found yoga as a form of meditation.  With a foundation in meditation and somatic based psychotherapy, she incorporates mindfulness into yoga practice. She is co-owner of Sugar Ridge and devotes her time and energy to making the world a more peaceful place.

 

 

Bianca Azgin

Bianca’s passion for yoga started with her journey to better her physical health after dealing with many emotional challenges and debilitating illnesses over the years. This allows her to bring compassion and understanding to each and every class. Along the way she discovered that there is so much more to yoga than just the physical aspect. Her classes work on gaining better body awareness, focusing on breath and working towards mind and body relaxation.  She believes that the fundamentals of yoga and meditation are very important in furthering the students’ personal practice.  Bianca is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner. She wants to help people have a better understanding how to connect to our essence, our energies and our higher selves. 

 

Mike MurdochMike Murdoch

After finding my yoga mat, this journey has allowed me to find deep inner calmness and self-acceptance. Through this practice, I began to transform not just physically but emotionally as well. I now strive to spread this passion for yoga and mindful eating with anyone who’s willing, and firmly believe that yoga and a healthful diet, in some form, are accessible to everyone. Off my mat, I’m a Cordon Bleu trained chef in both Cuisine and Pastry. When not teaching yoga, I work as a freelance consultant; developing recipes for some of Canada’s largest food retailers. I’m also a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert; using knowledge as a tool to help people heal holistically with food. My true passion is helping individuals live more vibrantly through mindful eating, nourishing food choices, and a committed yoga practice.

 


Toni Gordon 
Registered Psychotherapist, Ayurvedic Counsellor, Yoga and Meditation Instructor.
I am  a graduate of the Centre for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing (CAISH) where I became certified as an Ayurvedic Counsellor.  In addition, I studied Women’s Herbal Remedies at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, as well as Ayurvedic Psychotherapy at Renaissance Yoga and Ayurveda in Toronto.  I adore the philosophy of Ayurveda and decided to unite its ancient wisdom with more mainstream psychotherapies as a way of providing a more holistic and complete approach to mental health.  I am also a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and like to include yoga as part of a healing plan for many of my clients.