About This Center

Willow Retreat & Healing Space is a boutique wilderness retreat with a difference. Nestled against the Middle River Wilderness Area, yet only 20 minutes from Baddeck, this uniquely secluded and tranquil off-grid property is a perfect base for touring the Cabot Trail. Pitch your tent in one of our lush woodland campsites, or choose our cozy new camping cabin with queen bed. All guests have access to our washroom facilities with toilets and shower room, screened gazebo with hammock, central firepit, organic gardens and hiking trails. Homemade breakfast is available, plus a range of wellness services including Reiki, massage, yoga & meditation. Our group retreats include all meals and services. Leave stress behind and let the peaceful breezes, birdsong and the gentle buzz of the bees and hummingbirds soothe your cares away.  

The best thing I ever did was to come here when my life wasn't going so great. - Sheri

Venue Highlights

Willow Retreat & Healing Space is located on the world-famous Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. We are nestled against a protected Wilderness Area, surrounded by tranquil nature. Come out for a personal retreat, or make some new friends at one of our group retreats. Hike our peaceful wooded lane, stroll in the garden, or just flop back in the hammock and do nothing. Group retreats include all meals, plus yoga, meditation, chakra clearing, Reiki and massage.


For most of our group retreat events, you will bring your own tent. We have spacious private woodland campsites with firepit and picnic table. If you would rather sleep under a roof, we have a camping cabin with a queen bed. All retreat guests have access to our washroom facilities, which includes a shower room.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Because we keep our group retreats small and intimate, we can cater to your individual dietary needs. Just let us know when booking. All meals are included in our group retreat price.


We are 20 minutes from Baddeck, 40 minutes from Inverness, and 90 minutes from Sydney Airport (YQY). We are 4 hours from Halifax Airport (YHZ).

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.