Moving Mountains Women's Weekend

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Awaken your spirit, as the Earth awakens to welcome Spring and all things possible.  New beginnings! new Magic!  New life emerges from winter!
Experience the beauty of a natural space while you explore your own potential, awaken from winter slumber and recharge your passions.

Our weekend is part of a grass-roots fundraising campaign for one of our community’s daughters who needs life-saving surgery.  Our weekend is about living, living well, living long and living with a planet we can sustain for generations to come. 

Your weekend getaway includes meals, shared accommodation and everything on the schedule below:


RETREAT SCHEDULE:

 

Friday
3 – 4 pm         Arrive and settle into your cabin
4:30 – 5          Meet & Greet in the studio
5 – 6 pm         Intro to mindful eating
6 pm              Dinner
7 pm              Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) with Liz Frost
                       
Saturday
7:30 am        Gentle Yoga class – or sleep… do what you need!
8:45 am        Breakfast
10 am           Hike the forest – guided forest bathing
12:30 pm      Lunch
1:30 pm        Meditation practice and group discussion: Learn basic techniques and understand the science behind meditation – how does it help with stress in your life?
2:30 pm        Free time – book a massage, mani/pedi (based on availability and booked on a first come, first served basis), nap, or chillax
5:30 pm        Dinner
7:00 pm        Zumba dance fun or curl up by the fire        

Sunday
7:30 am        Movement class or sleep – do what you need!
9:00 am        Breakfast and free time
10:30 am      Paint a pocket stone to take home – with Gill Smith
12:30 pm      Lunch –  Mindful Eating

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance & your new friends.  Depart at your leisure.

Moving Mountains is a grassroots non-registered fundraising entity. Our mission is to raise funds for a young woman in our community of Midland, Kelsey Moreau McGuire, to receive life-saving surgery unavailable in Canada.  Kelsey has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic defect of the connective tissue that holds joints, vessels, organs, skin, together.  The immediate concern is the morbid instability of Kelsey’s neck and spinal cord. The surgery, a craniocervical fusion, is approved in Canada but currently, and tragically, available only in the United States.  The cost for the procedure is $100,000.

Moving Mountains has already raised almost $48,000 between local events, commercial and private donations, but still has a long way to go to meet this goal.  That’s where you come in!  Enjoy a fun weekend at Sugar Ridge, relax, ditch some stress and you’ll be supporting Kelsy at the same time.  win win!

All profit from this weekend will go directly to Kelsey’s surgery under Dr. Henderson, Neurosurgeon, in Silver Springs, Maryland.  Everyone involved in Kelsey’s life would be honored, humbled and grateful if you join us in this extraordinary local campaign.  All you have to do is enjoy yourself at the retreat!

What the heck is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?  From The Pain Relief Foundation article “What is Craniocervical Instability?”, 2019

  • Genetic connective tissue disorder, historically underdiagnosed, but now confirmed through biopsy, blood tests or geneticists
  • 1 in 15, like Kelsey, develop craniocervical instability (CCI)
  • Symptoms may include chronic severe headaches, brainstem compression (sudden changes in heart rate or blood pressure, fainting, unusual thirst, heat intolerance, fatigue), neck and or face pain/numbness, sleep apnea, balance and vision problems, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, paralysis and more
  • Treatment is craniocervical fusion

Excerpts from Kelsey’s letter describing her life then and now:

My name is Kelsey McGuire (Maiden name: Moreau).  I was born on June 16, 1994 in Orillia, Ontario. I’m 25 years old.

I grew up in the Midland and Penetanguishene area… completing most of my secondary school education through home study and online courses… went to college in Newmarket, Ontario – The Hair Company Academy. It was, and still is, one of my passions to get to be creative and help people feel as beautiful as they are. 

I used to enjoy hiking, canoeing and photographing wildlife and nature, and I hope and pray that I’ll get to experience it again.

While navigating the world of chronic illness, my desire to help people as been reinforced even more, and I’ve fallen into an advocacy role; speaking up for those just like me, who are fighting to get proper health care here in Canada. I’ve quickly had to learn the ins and outs of legislation and become my own lawyer at the drop of a hat. I’ve had to learn to cope with the weight of becoming one of the “guinea pigs” for imaging and treatments, but I’m thankful that it brings others closer to accessing proper care in the future. (Send a letter to your local MPP to encourage rare disease research!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration Details

Date:
Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:29 pm – Sunday, April 26, 2020 @ 9:29 pm
2020-04-24T20:29:00-04:00
2020-04-26T21:29:00-04:00
Cost:

Retreat tuition is $465 + HST and includes all meals, accommodation, classes and new friends!

Accommodation is shared in our forest cabins with up to 4 people sharing a cabin.

Semi-private (2 per cabin) is $540 + HST – limited to 3 cabins

Awaken your spirit, as the Earth awakens to welcome Spring and all things possible.  New beginnings! new Magic!  New life emerges from winter!
Experience the beauty of a natural space while you explore your own potential, awaken from winter slumber and recharge your passions.

Our weekend is part of a grass-roots fundraising campaign for one of our community’s daughters who needs life-saving surgery.  Our weekend is about living, living well, living long and living with a planet we can sustain for generations to come. 

Your weekend getaway includes meals, shared accommodation and everything on the schedule below:


RETREAT SCHEDULE:

 

Friday
3 – 4 pm         Arrive and settle into your cabin
4:30 – 5          Meet & Greet in the studio
5 – 6 pm         Intro to mindful eating
6 pm              Dinner
7 pm              Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) with Liz Frost
                       
Saturday
7:30 am        Gentle Yoga class – or sleep… do what you need!
8:45 am        Breakfast
10 am           Hike the forest – guided forest bathing
12:30 pm      Lunch
1:30 pm        Meditation practice and group discussion: Learn basic techniques and understand the science behind meditation – how does it help with stress in your life?
2:30 pm        Free time – book a massage, mani/pedi (based on availability and booked on a first come, first served basis), nap, or chillax
5:30 pm        Dinner
7:00 pm        Zumba dance fun or curl up by the fire        

Sunday
7:30 am        Movement class or sleep – do what you need!
9:00 am        Breakfast and free time
10:30 am      Paint a pocket stone to take home – with Gill Smith
12:30 pm      Lunch –  Mindful Eating

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance & your new friends.  Depart at your leisure.

Moving Mountains is a grassroots non-registered fundraising entity. Our mission is to raise funds for a young woman in our community of Midland, Kelsey Moreau McGuire, to receive life-saving surgery unavailable in Canada.  Kelsey has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic defect of the connective tissue that holds joints, vessels, organs, skin, together.  The immediate concern is the morbid instability of Kelsey’s neck and spinal cord. The surgery, a craniocervical fusion, is approved in Canada but currently, and tragically, available only in the United States.  The cost for the procedure is $100,000.

Moving Mountains has already raised almost $48,000 between local events, commercial and private donations, but still has a long way to go to meet this goal.  That’s where you come in!  Enjoy a fun weekend at Sugar Ridge, relax, ditch some stress and you’ll be supporting Kelsy at the same time.  win win!

All profit from this weekend will go directly to Kelsey’s surgery under Dr. Henderson, Neurosurgeon, in Silver Springs, Maryland.  Everyone involved in Kelsey’s life would be honored, humbled and grateful if you join us in this extraordinary local campaign.  All you have to do is enjoy yourself at the retreat!

What the heck is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?  From The Pain Relief Foundation article “What is Craniocervical Instability?”, 2019

  • Genetic connective tissue disorder, historically underdiagnosed, but now confirmed through biopsy, blood tests or geneticists
  • 1 in 15, like Kelsey, develop craniocervical instability (CCI)
  • Symptoms may include chronic severe headaches, brainstem compression (sudden changes in heart rate or blood pressure, fainting, unusual thirst, heat intolerance, fatigue), neck and or face pain/numbness, sleep apnea, balance and vision problems, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, paralysis and more
  • Treatment is craniocervical fusion

Excerpts from Kelsey’s letter describing her life then and now:

My name is Kelsey McGuire (Maiden name: Moreau).  I was born on June 16, 1994 in Orillia, Ontario. I’m 25 years old.

I grew up in the Midland and Penetanguishene area… completing most of my secondary school education through home study and online courses… went to college in Newmarket, Ontario – The Hair Company Academy. It was, and still is, one of my passions to get to be creative and help people feel as beautiful as they are. 

I used to enjoy hiking, canoeing and photographing wildlife and nature, and I hope and pray that I’ll get to experience it again.

While navigating the world of chronic illness, my desire to help people as been reinforced even more, and I’ve fallen into an advocacy role; speaking up for those just like me, who are fighting to get proper health care here in Canada. I’ve quickly had to learn the ins and outs of legislation and become my own lawyer at the drop of a hat. I’ve had to learn to cope with the weight of becoming one of the “guinea pigs” for imaging and treatments, but I’m thankful that it brings others closer to accessing proper care in the future. (Send a letter to your local MPP to encourage rare disease research!)