Jun 23 2023 - Jun 25 2023

Self Care via Ancient Wisdom Traditions

Quiet your mind, open your heart, relax your body!

This weekend is inspiring, fun, relaxing, rejuvenating, educational, and a welcoming of summer!  It’s an opportunity to learn simple but powerful ancient wisdom from many different cultures.

Relax with the combination of gentle Yoga, and other movement forms, hiking forest energy, stillness of meditation practices, and free time to relax or head to the beach.  Time in nature soothes your soul!  Exploring forest trails  renews your vitality.  Fresh air and peaceful surroundings.  Enjoy bonfires, forest walks, new friends and create sacred memories.

restore physical and emotional well being

Learn basic meditation techniques to calm your body, mind and spirit to help restore physical and emotional well being.  Who doesn’t need more of that?  Within the first two minutes of meditating, even for the very first time, your whole being shifts into a more healing, restful state.

Anyone can attend this retreat! No experience in yoga or meditation is necessary. In fact, this is the perfect retreat if you are looking to explore new ways of being in the world or simply want a restful weekend away.  Make this weekend what you need – everything is optional!


Friday June 23
Meet and Greet, Ancient Movement Practice Session (drawing from: Yoga/Tai Chi/Pilates/Qigong/Alexander Technique/Somatic Bodywork)
learn basic Self-Massage (Shiatsu practice), Detox Basics (Lecture) and enjoy a Sound Bath (Relaxation) before bed
Saturday June 24
Gentle Vinyasa (flow) Yoga Practice – Salute the Sun, Hatha Yoga poses for optimal spine health, and Gua Sha (Chinese facial massage) using your own face cream or coconut oil which will be provided – any allergies, please alert Sugar Ridge in advance
Guided Forest Bathing (Japanese practice of Shinrin) – a slow meditative walk in the forest with pauses to notice your surroundings
Lunch and Sumac Tea-Making (Indigenous Canadian)
Learn to applying a healing Castor Oil pack for sprains, strains or to reduce inflammation (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – bring cotton socks and a towel you don’t mind getting oil on. Castor Oil will be provided.
Free Time to do whatever you want – book a massage, enjoy the forest or relax on the patio
The Medicine Wheel and the 4 Directions (Indigenous Teachings) – explore the medicine wheel garden in your own time
'Visualizations for Healing’ Guided Meditation Session
Fire outside and star gazing (weather permitting)
Sunday June 25
Mobility Morning Practice (Tai Chi and Mobility foundations) for Vitality, and then Meditation
Breakfast & free time to pack up your cabin
Guided Journalling and Circle Sharing Closing Session
Lunch - Enjoy the ambience, new friends and depart at your leisure.

Meet Your Facilitator

Andrea Leplae

Andrea is a trained Physiologist from the University of Toronto, spent just 2 weeks as a Science Teacher, but found a higher calling in Youth Work and Teaching Yoga.  She has owned and operated 3 yoga studios over the years, 2 in Dundee, UK, and 1 in Scarborough, Ontario. She also teaches Pilates (original Matwork Series), Nordixx Pole Walking, Cardio and Strength small-group classes, and offers 1:1 Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage. She surfs in the North Sea.

BEd, HBSc, FIS, CPR-C, FFY, FP, Member of REPS Canada & FitPro UK, Ayurvedic IHM 2020

Book Your Retreat

Friday June 23
Sunday June 25
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Tuition for this adventure includes all meals, classes and accommodation.
Rates are per person.

Shared - $575 + HST (up to 4 people in a cabin)

Semi-Private - $650 + HST (2 share a room)

Private - $825 + HST for a room to yourself


Shared - Cabin will be shared with up to 3 other guests of the same gender. If you are booking for just yourself, depending on the retreat, we will match you with other guests of the same gender.

Semi-private - Cabin will be shared with the 1 other person you are registering with. If booking alone, we will try to match you with someone of the same gender.

Private - Cabin for one person, not sharing with others.

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The Centre

Welcome to Sugar Ridge! It is our mission to provide a space for you to be nourished in body, mind and soul. From completely silent to dip your toe, testing mindfulness, we have what you’re looking for!

23rd June: Self Care via Ancient Wisdom Traditions