The next retreat at the Farm is July 17-19.... and there are still 6 spots available (as of July 11). Don't miss this most beautiful and most abundant time on the farm!
This retreat starts at 4pm on Thursday and ends at noon on Saturday.
At 'free-time' enjoy a guided "organic" garden tour, a hike/walk at Ruckle Park and a visit to the famous Salt spring Island Cheese Company!
July 17-19, 2014 & October 10 – 12, 2014
Join me on Salt Spring Island, for a wonderful getaway at Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre.
July 17-19, 2014
Summer Retreat on the Farm
A Mid-summer delight at this magical location! Abundance of fresh organic food from the garden to your plate! Take a guided garden tour of the organic gardens and/or a hike on ‘free-time’. After the retreat finishes on Saturday, visit our world famous Saturday market!
October 10 – 12, 2014
Fall on the Farm ~ Thanksgiving Weekend
Spend a beautiful Thanksgiving Weekend on the Farm. The colours in the garden and the trees will make a beautiful backdrop for our fall retreat. Still abundant veggie gardens will provide a wonderful array on our plate! Time to turn inward.
*All retreat’s start at 4pm on the 1st day of the retreat and end at noon on the last day.
- $475 – Shared accommodation (for 2 or 3-4)
- $525 – Private w shared bath
- $380 – Camping or motorhome
- $335 – Commuter (includes meals but not accommodation)
- These prices are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added.
$28 per person- includes pick up and drop off at the ferry (for those who would like to leave their car behind) this includes rides to the Saturday market.
These All-Inclusive Retreats Include:
- 2 nights accommodation
- all meals and snacks (delicious vegetarian cuisine)
- 5 yoga sessions, including a ‘restorative’ evening.
- yoga related presentation on Saturday eve
- daily meditation and pranayam classes
What will the benefits be?
Learn ‘Methods’ to keep your body, mind and emotional state healthy
- Stretch and strengthen the body with mindful asana practice
- Learn the ‘Four Purifications’. Four pranayama exercises to balance the energy body and move stagnant energy keeping all vital areas healthy and stimulated.
- Practice simple meditations with profound effects.
Pelvic Floor Health and Core Strengthening
These two areas are a concern for many…and should be! Learn the difference between ‘training’ and ‘strengthening’ these vital areas.
Learn how to apply these skills to your yoga poses and to your daily life.
The benefits are many; whether you are male or female.
Support from a highly experienced teacher
Let Dorothy help you refine your practice, develop your ‘discipline’ and teach you how to let go of stress (even lifelong held stress). In the mornings explore the energetically balanced fluidity of Hatha and Hatha Flow Yoga and in the afternoons enjoy a slow, deeply inward turning practice. Dorothy is skilled at leading Multi Level classes; always giving plenty of verbal cues and modification options throughout classes. Let Dorothy know if you need specific guidance with one to one assistance. Learn more about Dorothy
Retreat, back to nature
In your free time read a book, wander the gardens, hike, or visit the village of Ganges to see the amazing ‘Saturday Market’ (April – Oct) where you will find local crafts, organic produce and baking.
Ways to enhance your stay:
- Massage ~ contact Dorothy
- Kayaking~ if you are interested in booking a short guided kayak trip connect with Islands Escapades. Check with Dorothy to see what times would be best for this.
- M. Harra, Vancouver, BC (La Manzanilla)
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Stowel Lake Farm
Stowel Lake Farm is a well established and well loved farm in the island community. The classes are held in the beautiful, newly built yoga studio. Dorothy’s weekly yoga classes and monthly retreats have been well attended by both community members and visitors from around the world.
This beautiful new facility and its accommodations are of the highest quality and workmanship. Its cherry wood floors, vaulted ceilings and panoramic views of the surrounding organic farm and meditation garden make it a ‘yogi’s dream retreat’.
Getting to Salt Spring Island is easy!
- The closest airport is in Victoria, BC.
- Saltspring Air offers a float plane service from Vancouver to Salt Spring.
- There are 3 ferry terminals on the island that bring visitors from the Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo area.
- Bring your car or leave it behind with optional pick-up (see above).
- Scroll down for more info in the FAQ’s section
Contact Dorothy if you would like assistance planning your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I bring my yoga mat?
Mats and props are provided. Bring your yoga mat if you prefer to use your own.
What should I bring?
Please bring toiletries, comfortable clothing, walking/hiking shoes, flashlight, an alarm clock and rain clothes. All bedding is provided but please bring a towel and facecloth.
*Please do not bring or use scented (natural or other) creams, lotions, hair products etc…this is very important, as it can seriously affect others enjoyment of the program.
Is cell phone available at the farm?
Cell phone reception is not available at the farm.
Is internet available at the farm?
Yes, for laptop users.
What if I get hungry between meals?
We serve up hearty meals and a mid afternoon snack. You might still get the munchies so if you have some favorite goodies and snacks (like granola bars, etc or protein/greens drink) feel free to bring them. There will be toast and fruit available for snacks. Juice, soy milk and milk will be available in the fridge.
What if I want to book a massage?
Several wonderful options are available…ask Dorothy.
How do I get to Salt Spring Island?
If you are coming from afar; the closest airport is Victoria. There, you can rent a car or take a cab to the Schwartz Bay ferry terminal and catch a ferry to Salt Spring Island (and you will be picked up once you reach Salt Spring Island). If you are coming from the Vancouver area you can travel on the ferry or take a float plane to Salt Spring.
BC Ferries Schedule.
The easiest way to get to Salt Spring from Vancouver is on the 10:10 am sailing from Tsawwassen on Friday morning. It arrives at Long Harbour/SSI at 1:10 pm.(see below). If you are planning to travel on this Tsawwassen/Long Harbour Ferry, please make a reservation asap. You might want to leave on the same route that leaves from Long Harbour in the afternoon or evening on Sunday.
Other ferry sailing options:
If you are coming from Vancouver and the above option does not work for you, then you could opt to take the following sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and get a ‘through pass’ to Fulford Harbour/SSI.
You can’t make a reservation on this ferry.
If you are coming from Nanaimo /Duncan area, You will want to come by Crofton/Vesuvius(SSI)…
You can’t make a reservation on this ferry.
* These ferries are very busy on the Fridays so plan to travel early if you don’t have a reservation.
What is the address of the retreat?
The Retreat will be held at:
Stowel Lake Farm
190 Reynolds Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
Deepen your practice whether newly on the yoga path or an experienced yogi. Heal mind, body and soul. Surround yourself with the islands’ beauty. Enjoy delicious, vegetarian cuisine. Find inspiration for leading a healthier lifestyle. Meet like minded souls, create new friendships or seek solitude; all is possible.