Self Directed Retreat

  • Fells Meadows Fells Meadows
  • 2429 Hwy 25, Castleton, ON Canada
  • Ongoing package (3 days)

Event Highlights

  • Attend to your soul
  • Rest, contemplate, listen
  • Ignite passion
  • Ideal for: artists, consultants, caretakers, couples, entrepreneurs, health care providers, mothers/fathers, social service providers, students, teachers, therapists, etc.
  • This is a self-directed retreat. It is not suitable for those experiencing extreme challenges emotionally and/or psychically.


This is a self-directed retreat. The property has trails throughout over 100 acres of diverse ecosystems including rolling hills, meadows and forests. There is a 30 foot diameter yurt which you are welcome to use for self-directed yoga, meditation, journaling, etc. Your host Leslie Fell is available for mentoring sessions (additional fee) should this be desired. Leslie is certified in mindfulness practices and The Work of Byron Katie.
Presently self-directed retreat participants are responsible for their own meals. There is a full amenities kitchen available for use - shared common space. Should there be a minimum of 4 self-directed retreat participants then meals may be an option (must be planned and organized with the host in advance).

About This Event

For those seeking quiet, reflective time in nature.

Attend to your soulRest, contemplate, listenIgnite passion

Ideal for: artists, consultants, caretakers, couples, entrepreneurs, health care providers, mothers/fathers, social service providers, students, teachers, therapists, etc.

This is a self-directed retreat. It is not suitable for those experiencing extreme challenges emotionally and/or psychically.

 What's Included

Private room or cabinCountless private sit spots in natureNumerous trails through diverse ecosystems across the hills and valleys including forests, meadows and wetlandsRockers and comfy chairs to cozy up with a journal, a tea and a blanket by the fire in kitchen, dining and living area when it’s cool outsideFull amenity kitchen for your meal prepShared common space held in silence/whispering voices (i.e. kitchen, living & dining area, yurt)Limited number to support quietness and privacy
Spending time on retreat at the beautiful farmhouse and land was a truly restorative experience. Everything I needed to be comfortable was provided, allowing me to engage fully in the experiences which called my soul. I cannot recommend this place more highly for reflective time away from the demands of modern life, and as a container for deeper contemplation. M.V. January 2018

Venue Highlights

Fells Meadows is a tranquil country property of over 100 acres of ecologically diverse land located in the heart of Northumberland County, Ontario. Numerous trails, meditation areas and quaint buildings throughout the property offer opportunities to immerse in nature and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

This is a sanctuary where nature thrives and wildlife abounds. It includes:
• Trails throughout the hills, meadows, forests and wetlands
• A tastefully decorated 1860’s renovated six-bedroom farm house
• A 30-foot diameter yurt with pine flooring and propane stove
• Charming cabins with sleeping lofts
• A Chartres Meditation Labyrinth overlooking the valley

We continue to create a holistic vision focused on regeneration and well-being by planting organic gardens, orchards and native vegetation which support soul-stirring retreats and fortify wildlife such as the butterflies, bees and bluebirds. You are warmly welcome to come and experience the magic of Fells Meadows.


There are four types of accommodation at Fells Meadows: The Farmhouse, Yurt, Haven on the Hilltop and Haven in the Meadow.

The Farmhouse:
This exquisite 1860 renovated farm housed is situated on over 100 acres of ecologically diverse land. It comes with a full amenities kitchen and a spectacular masonry.

The dining area has a large pine harvest table easily accommodating 6 - 12 people. The living area complete with comfortable sofas and chairs has a wood stove and fully operational fireplace.

There are six bedrooms; one on the main floor near the front entrance and five on the second floor. The main floor bedroom has a double bed. The bedrooms on the second floor include: one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, one with a single and double bed, and two bedrooms with two twin beds in each (9 beds in total in the farm house).

New baseboard heating has been put in the bedrooms to ensure people are warm on cold nights. There are two fully equipped bathrooms. Additional sleeping is available in the cabins as noted below. The outdoor patio has a table, chairs and BBQ. There is ample room to park vehicles. Bicycles can be stored in the workshop barn.

The Yurt:
Our 30-foot diameter yurt has pine floors and is perfect for circles, yoga, Tai chi, dance and the arts. It is situated in the valley about 1/2 km from the farmhouse. A propane stove provides heat in cooler months.

Haven on the hilltop:
This enchanting cabin has magnificent views of the hills & valleys of Northumberland. A perfect sanctuary, it has a seating area on the main floor which includes an twin and 1/2 sofa bed. In the loft there is a double mattress. There’s an upscale outhouse near the cabin. Also on this hill overlooking the valley is the stone labyrinth. This cabin is on the first hill approximately a 15 minute walk from the farm house.

Haven in the meadow:
Haven in the Meadow (available as of late May, 2018) is located on the meadow’s edge nestled in the whispering pines. The main floor includes a double sofa bed and writer’s desk. A queen mattress is in the loft. Nearby there’s an outhouse with a pedal toilet. The cabin is close to the yurt and is approximately a 5 - 10 minute walk from the farm house.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

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


Scrumptious, healthy, home made meals are often part of the group retreats/workshops offered by Fells Meadows (not as yet for self directed retreats unless agreed upon to add and with a fee). We are committed to doing our best to meet diverse needs (vegetarian or gluten free) when requested. Whenever possible we source organic foods locally, including our own on-site vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. Groups renting accommodations usually provide their own meals. Please inquire if your group would like to book a cook or catering. We’ll do our best to arrange meal services if the cook is available.


Located 1.5 hours east of Toronto, Fells Meadows is easily accessible by car or Via train (pick up and drop off service at train station in Cobourg can be arranged if planned ahead and for a fee). If driving from Toronto Pearson, take the 401 heading east and take exit #497 at Colborne (look for The Big Apple landmark). At the stop sign, turn left onto Hwy #25 or Percy St and head north towards Castleton. It’s about 10 km to the village of Castleton and when you get to the stop sign/flashing light in the town turn right which onto Spring Rd (County Rd 25 continues). The Farmhouse is approximately a 1 km drive and is located on the right side with mail box #2429 at the end of the drive.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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