YOGA ON THE FARM ~Salt Spring Island, BC

As of April 20/14 there are 6 spaces left in the May 30-June 1, 2014 retreat.

Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
April 4 – 6, 2014 / May 30 – June 1, 2014 / October 10 – 12, 2014

Join me on Salt Spring Island, for a wonderful getaway weekend at Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre.
  • 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
  • SEE PHOTO’S



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May 30 - June 1, 2014
Spring Renewal Retreat
Refresh. Renew. Rejuvenate! Retreat from the world and give yourself an opportunity to start fresh! Scroll down to read more on “Spring Renewal”.

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 Friday and end at noon on Sunday

Per Person Package Price:2011 Stowel Lake Farm Garden (26)

  • $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 Weekends 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

Click here to see photo’s of Stowel Lake Farm retreats with Dorothy 


Spring Renewal Retreats ~ April 4-6 or May 30-June 1

Emerge from the winter months with this wonderful opportunity to start fresh.
Yoga postures have a naturally cleansing effect on the body. Enjoy a yoga-full weekend including these special practices:

  • Stretch and strengthen the body with 2 morning and 2 afternoon asana classes.
  • Deeply relax with an evening Candlelight Restorative class
  • 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
  • Forgiveness Asana Series – Offer 28 negative aspects to the Divine; aspects that are obstacles to self-development and spiritual growth.
  • Guided Journaling – Enjoy a cozy evening by the fire of guided journaling. Reflecting on the past helps us move forward with clarity.

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 verbalcues 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.

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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About

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.

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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?

Air:

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.

Ferries:

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.

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