Ringing Cedars River Sanctuary

About This Center

Ringing Cedars Retreat has been a long time in the making! Years, a lifetime, maybe longer.

Since we met 4 years ago (Matt Siemens and Caroline Stewart), we've been seeking a way to bring together our desire for connection with the earth and our wish to be of service in a bigger way. Travelling through BC and AB to find the perfect location to plant our feet and grow our dreams.

“We knew we needed to get back to the land. To remember the ways of the natural world and live the principles of harmony and sustainability that mean so much to us.”

We stopped our search and chose to let go of the outcome and almost immediately, a friend reached out to tell us that we HAD to come and see this land and meet the beautiful soul who had been stewarding this land for 20 years. The moment we stepped onto the land, we knew. It was a homecoming. A deep knowing that this space holds our vision and our hearts.

From that moment on, we knew that this would be the space we would create the Ringing Cedars Retreat community. And so, this is exactly what we've been doing!

Beginning in March of 2019, we have started running our first retreats and come this Summer, we will be ready to host larger groups and offer even more magic.

I went to a silent retreat at Ringing Cedars River Sanctuary Retreat yesterday and I just have to leave a review. What a truly amazing, spiritual and rewarding experience this was. - Hayley

Venue Highlights

We are in a very unique location. Close to Edmonton AB, and yet, in a completely different world. We are located directly on the North Saskatchewan River and surrounded by untouched natural beauty.


We offer a variety of simple, close-to-nature, accommodation options:

- Main Cabin - 2 private rooms (up to 2 guests per room), and open shared area (up to 3 guests)
- Trailer Shared (shared with 2-3 other guests)
- Belle Tent Shared (shared with 1 other guest)
- Yurt Accommodations (shared with 2-5 other guests)


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Typically, we offer primarily Organic, Vegetarian meals. We have the privilege of sourcing much of our produce either onsite or local to the area.


To get to Ringing Cedars Retreat Centre, it is a lovely drive just 20 minutes South of Stony Plain AB or 30 minutes West of Edmonton AB. Exact location and directions will be provided after registration.

The closest airport to our location is the Edmonton International Airport. We typically organize a group pick-up from the airport for each Retreat.

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Why Retreat?

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

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer

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.

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