Reconnecting With Our Sacred Stories Women's Writing & Yoga Retreat, Quebec Canada
- Centre de vie (retreat center)
- May 3, 2018 - May 8, 2018 (6 days)
- $1375 Shared Rate ($160 private upgrade)
Retreat to the enchanted countryside near Montreal, Quebec to join a women’s circle at the beautifully intimate Centre de Vie in Ripon. Practice yoga in a spectacularly renovated French country barn temple. Gather each evening by fire and candlelight as we share stories of the mythical goddesses. Take a writing journey to deeper reveal the many faces of our feminine nature. Indulge in home-prepared fresh vegetarian meals, wander through the countryside, and dip in the lake. We will bring the themes of the Divine Feminine to the here and now. You are invited to reconnect to the sacred energies within you.
Together, we will reclaim the tradition of sharing mythical stories to ignite the light of feminine intuition. Each sacred story provides a lens through which we can perceive and reconnect to the multiple aspects of our own feminine nature. The stories reveal essential insights into honoring our unique power as women. We will gather our scattered pieces, celebrate our contradictions, validate our unique yearnings and claim our wholeness.
Gorgeous, intimate location with sprawling countryside views
Daily morning meditation & yoga practice
Daily morning & afternoon self-exploratory writing circles
Daily evening sacred storytelling sessions by candlelight/fire
Integration of sacred ceremonies
Inspiring, new temple space in spectacularly refurbished barn
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day 5 nights stay in shared, comfortable bedrooms (or private)
Beautiful shared spaces, outdoor sundeck and fire circle
Sauna and bicycles for guest use
On-site therapies and treatments available
Breaks for relaxing, walking, therapies and exploration
Intimate Women’s Gathering: Maximum of 15 participants
LOCATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Enjoy the atmospheric beauty of the Outaouais region of Québec in springtime as we gather to reignite the sharing of stories among women.
In the heart of the Petite Nation, in the beautiful Outaouais region, Centre de Vie offers a gorgeous French Canadian country style retreat setting, less than two hours away from Montreal. The Petite Nation is known for its sparkling rivers, green and lush hillsides, glowing fields and refreshing lakes. At the valley’s center, Centre de Vie is located on 216 acres of beautiful countryside lined with walking trails, providing the space to disconnect and reconnect with yourself and nature. Centre de Vie offers inviting shared spaces, comfortable rooms (private, double, triple) with cozy beds, inspiring horizon views, dipping pond, dry sauna, therapy center, nature trails and delicious home-prepared vegetarian meals.
The retreat center combines the intimacy of a country home setting with the spaciousness of a nature retreat. At the “Center of Life”, you will feel very well taken care of and most certainly, charmed.
Our primary gathering space for sacred circle and yoga will be the spectacular, light-filled temple in the newly refurbished interior of the old style barn. The sun will pour in as we practice morning and yoga meditation, and the dusk will bring atmosphere to our afternoon gathering. The outdoor deck provides further space for gathering when the shade is sufficient. In the evening, we will gather by fire and perhaps candlelight, depending upon the mood that calls to our circle. Mats, props, and cushions will be provided.
Retreat guests will stay in beautifully decorated and uniquely designed rooms and can choose either shared accommodation (double/triple) or private upgrade. Expect unique rooms, cozy pillows, comfortable duvets, warm bedside lighting, and steamy showers. Please note the bathrooms are shared. Centre de Vie has a bright spacious modern kitchen and dining area. The retreat center has two shared lounge spaces, one with a fireplace, as well as a large sun terrace.
SAMPLE DAILY FLOW
Guests may arrive to Centre de Vie on Thursday, May 3rd (check in is 4pm) to relax and settle in. After dinner, we will open our circle.
Our daily flow will begin on Friday, May 4th.
Thurs, May 3rd:
4:00 pm Check-In
6:30- 7:30 pm Dinner
7:45 pm - Opening Circle & Storytelling Circle
May 4th - May 7th (Sample Flow):
7:00 - 8:30 am: Medi & Yoga
8:30 - 9:30 am: Breakfast
10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Exploratory Circle
12:30 - 3:30 pm: Lunch & Break
3:30 - 6:30 pm: Exploratory Circle
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:45 pm: Storytelling Circle
Tues, May 8th:
7:00 am - 8:30am: Medi & Yoga
8:30 - 9:30am: Breakfast
9:30am - 10:00am: Final Closing
10:00 - 12:30: Optional Relaxation
12:30-1:30 pm: Final Lunch/Lunch to Go
We will finish by 10am on Tuesday, May 8th, and you have the option to linger and enjoy the beauty of Centre de Vie as well as lunch.
Please see Your Stay at Centre de Vie for advice on booking travel.
Delicious meals are vegetarian and served in the outdoor kitchen. Coffee, tea and snacks are available at all times.
On-site therapies are available during break times, as well as many opportunities to relax or walk or bike in nature and explore the enchanting beauty of this very special place. You might feel like taking a sauna or visiting the resident donkeys.
FOOD AND DINING
All delicious meals will be vegetarian, varied and generous in portions. Our meals are prepared with big love by Hélène and Michael, the resident owners of Centre de Vie. If you require a vegan/gluten free option or require separate meals due to allergies, this is available at $10/day extra. Our first included meal will be dinner on May 3rd. Our final meal will be lunch on May 8th. Coffee, tea and snacks are available throughout the day. The kitchen also offers a small refrigerator for guest use.
In this retreat, you will connect with your body through meditation, yoga and movement. You will gather by candlelight to listen to mythical stories of the Divine Feminine as keys into exploring the many faces of our femininity. You will circle for self-exploratory writing inspired by the rich themes for women stirred up by the stories. Writing serves as a channel to reveal insight, allow vulnerability and bring forth what is calling to be heard from within you. We may engage in other dynamic exercises to open and explore these energies. As women, we are reclaiming our mythology. The stories are keys that unlock personal doors and reveal the universal influences of our unique feminine nature. As we explore the stories of the goddesses and the feminine energies they represent, you are invited to reawaken to the sacred energies within you, to feel them rise and reclaim them as yours.
Connect to your body through yoga: With daily guided meditation and yoga, you will listen in to the innate guidance that is found in your body and breath. The body holds the truth of our physical and sensual experience, and is the home of our deepest intuitions. Our breath is our way back home. As we practice listening to the guidance of our body, and honor and heed its wisdom, our intuition expands. We journey into more alignment with our inner knowing.
Invoke the power of the sacred story:
Oral storytelling ignites the light of feminine intuition and understanding. This is a beautiful act of receiving in the wisdom tradition between women, a passing of the ember. Each evening, we will listen to stories of the Divine Feminine as represented by mythical goddess stories. We will use their story to connect with the different faces of the feminine within ourselves. Each goddess symbolizes energies and feminine archetypes that are alive within each of us.
As an example, the Goddess Demeter opens our awareness of the rhythms of cycles and letting go. Her story brings us in touch with a more feminine experience of time. The diversity of goddesses allows us to remember and re-invite the richness of aspects of our own feminine energy. Each sacred story provides a lens through which we can encounter more of our own feminine nature, gaining insight into what is alive within us, and also what we have lost or forsaken or forgotten. The stories reveal essential insights into preserving and honoring our power as women. The power of story brings us back to ourselves and to each other, again and again.
Open and explore through raw expression:
As we move through the stories of the goddesses, we will embody and explore the energies they represent for us, allowing them to inspire our writing and sharing circle. Whether it be honoring our own cycles, realizing the fertile power of letting go, harnessing our creative vision, or guarding over our own sacred fire, the stories provide us with rich and layered themes to unfold and explore in our lives. We will bring in dynamic self-exploratory writing exercises to unlock deep personal truth and insights. We may also call in movement or other channels of exploration.
The women’s circle provides a loving and encouraging space to reveal your heart, connect to your feelings, share your truths, spark your imagination and journey into deeper intimacy with yourself and others.
Be held in sacred space:
We renew our wise and wild feminine energy when we heed the call to gather, and when we honor this moment - this here, this now - as our sacred space. We will bring in ritual and beauty. Through sharing our stories, we hold the mirror of compassion for each other. In this reflection, we witness and embrace more of who we all are. As co-facilitator Melanie says, “May we let the stories move through us and let them whisper in the vulnerability of our hearts the treasures we long to recollect. “
Take in nature & rejuvenate:
Centre De Vie holds an enchanting atmosphere, and is perched in the midst of beautiful countryside. Wander about via walking trails or bicycle. Enjoy the beauty from one of the comfortable lounges or the sundeck. Rotate between the dry sauna and the dipping lake. Treat yourself. The in-house therapy center offers healing consultations and treatments such as massage, energy harmonization, naturopathy, iridology, and cupping therapy. Prices ranges from $40-$90 USD.
Within five minutes of Centre de Vie, you can find the organic farm The Fruits of The Earth, the organic veggie farm La Défriche, and local organic winery Domaine Des Meteores. Each of these family-run properties boasts gorgeous farm buildings in vibrant and sweet country setting. The Outaouais (pronounced Ooh-taa-way) region is blessed with hiking, hillside panoramas, culinary treats, museums, unique lodging, an incredible spa, adventure opportunities, and tucked away tourist gems. If you have or hire transport and can spend some extra time in the region, it could make for a beautiful wander.
GETTING HERE & AWAY:
The Centre De Vie retreat center is located in Ripon, in the heart of nature, just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Montreal.
The closest airport is Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport or Montréal–Trudeau.
The airport is less than two hours away from Ripon, without traffic. Depending on the number of participants requiring transport, we will help to arrange the most economical ground transport option for shared transport - eg. shuttle, taxi, shared rental car.
The cost may range from $50 - $75 USD for transport each way, depending on how many are wishing to share.
Timing of Arrival Flights:
To take part in shared transportation, we suggest to book your flight to arrive between 10am and 1pm, and be willing to wait for others arrival if on the earlier side of that range. Alternatively, you can arrive the night before and be picked up from a Montreal hotel.
Timing of Departure Flights:
To take part in shared transportation, we suggest to book your flight at 4pm or later, which would mean taking off from the center around 10.30-11.00am to give lots of time.
If you wish to linger and enjoy the final half-day to soak up the surroundings, we suggest to book your flight at 7pm or later, which would mean taking off after lunch around 1.30-2.00pm.
Please see the address for the GPS location. If you plan to drive, we can provide additional directions for arriving to Centro De Vie. The cost estimate to rent a car by yourself for the week is $340 CAD from the airport with unlimited kilometers.