Event Highlights

  • -gi gong practice and exploration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Philosophies
  • -yin yoga and exploration of the meridian system followed by sound bath
  • -optional morning meditation


Friday ~ 4 pm arrive and settle into your room

~5:30 / 6 pm dinner

~7 pm welcome circle, self massage, meditation

~8 pm Yin Yoga with Sound Bath Sivasana

Saturday ~ 7 am optional meditation sit

~ 8 am - 9am breakfast

~ 10 am - 12 pm Qi gong

~ 12 pm - 1 pm Lunch

~ 4 pm - 5 pm (with short break) 5 elements discussion

~ 6 pm Dinner

~ 8 pm Yin Yoga with Sounding

Ssunday ~ 7 am optional meditation sit

~ 8 am - 9am breakfast

~ 10 am - 12 pm Qi gong

~ 1 pm - 2 pm Lunch

~ 3 pm - 5 pm break

~ 6 pm Dinner

~ 8 pm Yin Yoga with Sounding

Monday ~ 7 am optional meditation sit

~ 8 am - 9am breakfast

~ 10 am - 12 am Qi gong

~ 12 pm - 1 pm Lunch

~ 2 pm - 3 pm closing

~ 3 pm departures

About This Event

Join Sonja den Elzen for a restorative, nourishing, and empowering weekend of meditation and movement practices rooted in Traditional Chinese Philosophies. This weekend retreat will be an immersion into Qigong, Yin Yoga, and Sound Healing to help support healing, longevity, and harmony.

We hope you will go home at the end of the weekend, nourished, calm, in flow and have learned some foundational tools for cultivating and balancing your Qi (energy), body, mind and spirit and not only be in more harmony with yourself and the natural world around you, as well as having a deeper understanding of your relationship with the elements.

Qigong with Sonja:

We will practice Qigong longevity practices, meditations and look at the five phase and go in depth to a study of the spring season. This practice invites participants to actively participate in transformation processes to support healing and growth of the body, mind, and spirit.

Yin Yoga & Meditation with Sonja:

Explore your energetic body through a yin yoga meridian awareness based practice. We will explore yin postures and connect to the meridians that each posture effects and learn about the Traditional Chinese Medicine Philosophy of 5 elements as it relates to each meridian, and how we can use these elements to be in harmony with the natural world and elemental energies around and within us. We will learn how to surrender into our bodies, to create a yin balance to our yang lifestyles. Meridians are the network of channels that conduct energy and life force through our bodies. Through this we can learn to balance and support or Qi (energetic life force). Go home having learned some postures that can help you relax your nervous system, balance your energy, move into your day with a calm your mind and help you cultivate a good nights sleep.

Comfortable, cozy accommodation at the space is included along with 6 meals. Meals will be whole food, plant based, nourishing and delicious and in harmony with the season.

Land in a place where the energy feels calm, take a deep breath and feel your shoulders drop as you let out a sigh that releases the tension you forgot you were holding on to. Enjoy a delightful, whole food meal that leave your taste buds satisfied a

What's Included

  • meals
  • accommodation
  • qigong
  • yin yoga
  • sounding
  • good vibes
  • five phases conversation

What's Not Included

additional nights (ask if you would like to book extra nights
shiatsu treatments ($80 extra)

Venue Highlights

Nestled in the Gateway to the Muskoka's, just south of Taboo Resort. A 5 min walk to Muskoka Beach. Walking trails near by.
A yoga / ceremony room that walks out to the back yard, with firepits and hammocks. A large gourmet kitchen to create and share meals, comfortable, modern bedrooms.


1 room - 3 single beds
3 rooms - 2 single beds
1 room - treatment room or 2 single bed

2 full bathrooms, 1 powder room, 1 infra red sauna
towels are provided


Delicious whole food, plant based menu in accordance with the energetics of the season. Macrobiotic.


Getting there :

193 Maple Heights Dr. Gravenhurst.

Driving ~ Toronto to Gravenhurst 2hrs.

Bus ~ OntarioNorthland Bus goes from Yorkdale to Gravenhurst, leaving at 3pm or 2:30 from Toronto Coach terminal for $42 each way (we can pick you up at the Gravenhurst bus stop)

There is also a small airport with summer flights from Porter airlines in Toronto To Muskoka that is nearby and we can pick you up from

What is near the healing arts centre: Nestled in the Muskokas, towns of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge are within 7 and 18 min drive respectively. A 5 min walk from the house with bring you to the shores of Muskoka Lake, or to a forested river… bring snowshoes if you have them as its a nice adventure to go exploring.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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