YOGA ON THE FARM ~Salt Spring Island, BC

See 2017 dates below. Individual pricing and details for each retreat will be posted soon.
Feel free to contact me with questions.

Held at Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
All done for this year, 2016. See below for my 2017 line-up!
  • April 14 – 17, 2017 – Spring Retreat, Easter Long Weekend (3 nights)
  • May 19 – 22, 2017 – May Long Weekend Retreat (3 nights)
  • July 30 – August 4, 2017 – Deepen Your Practice (5 nights)
  • October 20 – 22, 2017 – Fall on the Farm (2 nights)

Join me on Salt Spring Island, for a wonderful getaway at Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre.2011 Stowel Lake Farm Garden (54)

  • Heal mind, body and soul.
  • Surround yourself with the island’s beauty.
  • Enjoy delicious, organic vegetarian cuisine!
  • Find inspiration for leading a healthier lifestyle!
  • These retreats are designed for all levels of practice.
  • For full schedules  email Dorothy


October 7 – 9, 2016 ~ Thanksgiving Weekend~ “Gratitude”
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Come and enjoy the abundance of the farm. Food and beauty in the garden abound! Reflect on all that you have to be grateful for! Gratitude is a healthful practice. Hold this intention of gratitude in our yoga practice and see the benefits. This retreat ends at noon on Sunday so you can still get home in time for Thanksgiving supper!

This All-Inclusive Retreat Includes:
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  • Accommodation
  • All meals and snacks (delicious vegetarian cuisine)
  • 2 yoga sessions per day – a variety of yoga styles will be offed such as Hatha, Hatha-Flow, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Yin Style
  • Twice daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Farm tour

This retreat starts at 4pm on the first day of the retreat, and ends at noon on the last day.

Per Person Package Price for October Retreat

  • $485 – Shared accommodation (for 2 or 3-4 person)
  • $540 – Private w shared bath
  • $395 – Camping or motorhome
  • $345 – Commuter (includes meals but not accommodation)
  • These prices are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added.

$30 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.

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

This beautiful facility is a yogi’s dream, with lovely accommodations and incredible gardens.DSC_0421

Free time

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.
“You are a gifted and generous teacher, and your obvious love for, and belief in, the practice of yoga spills out onto your students in a gentle and infectious way…I am at a cross-roads professionally, and the opportunity to slow down, turn in, and open up at your retreat was an important piece in my path finding. It was well worth the trip from Ontario!” – A. Kennedy, Toronto, ON (Yoga on the Island)
– 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.
  • 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).
  • Harbour Air offers a float plane service from Vancouver to Salt Spring.
  • 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.

*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 variable at the farm….but possible.

Is the 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.

Is booking a massage possible?

Yes! Massage is available on site.

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 morning sailing from Tsawwassen to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island.  If you are planning to travel by car on this Tsawwassen/Long Harbour Ferry, please make a reservation. 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.

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