21 Jul 2023 - 23 Jul 2023

Sounds of Summer: Yoga and Sound Retreat

deeply listen to your body

This weekend getaway is an opportunity to create space for the practice of deep listening.

Two beautiful sound facilitators are coming together to guide this weekend of exploration.  Learn to deeply listen to your body, guided through slow somatic movement experiences with live music by David Hickey. Tune in to the rhythm of natures sounds in the forest, and in your practice, bathing in waves of intentional sounds. Spend the weekend immersed in the exploration of how these practices can profoundly affect your whole system as you listen with not just your ears, but with every cell in your body.

Sound therapy is rooted in the science that everything in existence is vibrating and everything vibrating carries a frequency. To keep our body/heart/mind in good health, we must keep ourselves in tune. With the harmonic vibrations created by crystal singing bowls and other intentionally played resonant instruments, we can shift our brainwaves into slower meditative states and bring our nervous system from our “switched on” sympathetic state, into our “rest and digest” parasympathetic state….and it is in this place where deep healing and restoration occurs.

Through vocal practices, healing instruments, intention and tuning back into nature, we can bring ourselves back into vibrational alignment. When our cells are vibrating at optimum frequencies, and our energetic system is flowing, we thrive, we feel great….and we are healthy and happy!

No experience with yoga or meditation is necessary, and all of the practices are inclusive. You will be supported and encouraged to respect all of your unique needs during this retreat.  Everything offered is completely optional.
This is YOUR time. If you need to sleep, then skip the early morning yoga session. Allow this time to be the kindest gift you can ever give yourself, and honour your true needs.

Crystal Journey and David Hickey

Crystal Journey and David Hickey performs with 8-10 Paiste Planet, Symphonic and Sound Creation Gongs. Every Gong features a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets. This Theory is based upon Pythagorean Cosmology.

Two Persian Santoor’s are part of the scene as well. The Santoor is an Indo-Persian trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer or string musical instrument made of walnut with seventy-two strings. It is the national musical instrument of Iran. It dates back to ancient time, Mesopotamia (1600-911 BC) and Babylonia. It’s a beautiful-sounding instrument; often sounding like a piano. The Gongs and Santoor are accompanied by 6 – 8 Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls. Each produces a pure note or tone, the purest there is.

Crystal Journey has been touring Canada and the US coast to coast for the past 20 years and has performed over 1500 shows, releasing 9 CDs to date. David has played the Bowls and Gongs accompanied by various musicians as well as with the Winnipeg Chamber Orchestra in June of 2006.

Retreat Schedule

Friday July 21
Arrive and settle into your cabin
Group Circle and Introduction to the benefits of Sound 
Gentle Somatic Yoga with live music to Re-balance the Nervous System
Nada Yoga Nidra - Guided Sound Meditation
Saturday July 22
Sensory Meditation
Yin/Yang Yoga class with live music…or sleep if rest is what you need
Breakfast & free time
Forest Sounds - Deep Listening Nature Walk
Post-hike stretch. Listening to our bodies
The Science of Sound Workshop - with David Hickey and Vicki Hartley - learn to play crystal and brass singing bowls, and use a gong
Free time to read, nap, chill or explore the forest
Restorative Chakra Yoga: Exploring Frequency and Resonance
Sound Bath for Relaxation
Sunday July 23
Rise and SHINE Yoga with live music: Mantra, Meditation and Movement. 
Breakfast & free time to pack up your cabin
Sound workshop - How to work with sound in your home practice
You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambience, and your new friends. Depart at your leisure.

Meet Your Facilitator

Vicki Hartley

Vicki Hartley, Sound Maker, Deep Listener Vicki is a Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner, Yoga Teacher E-RYT-550, Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Resiliency Facilitator, Reiki Master, and a lifelong learner and explorer of consciousness. Vicki loves to offer experiential learning with vibrational medicine. Through the practices of deep listening, mindful movement, sound immersion and education, you explore the fundamental Law of Physics that states “Everything is in a state of vibration” and explore the importance of taking care of our frequency. Vicki approaches her practice with enthusiasm and curiosity, a myriad of sacred instruments and over a decade of dedicated practice.

Book Your Retreat

Friday 21st July
Sunday 23rd July
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From $565

Tuition for the weekend includes all meals, classes and accommodation.

Rates are per person.

$565 + HST Shared room (up to 4 people in the cabin)
$645 + HST Semi-private (just 2 people in a room) Some cabins have 2 rooms.
$795 + HST Private room. Some cabins have 2 rooms.

If you have questions or need help registering please call us 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]



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 the same gender but if there is no one to share with you would be charged for private accommodation.

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

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21st July: Sounds of Summer: Yoga and Sound Retreat