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WRITE ON THE FRENCH RIVER

A Creative Writing Retreat
at the Lodge at Pine Cove
May 5 to May 10, 2017

Applications due by April 5, 2017

"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
Mark Twain

Introduction

water from the window We invite writers of all skill levels to take part in the 5th annual Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat being held from Friday, May 5 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the magnificent Lodge at Pine Cove. Whether you want to write a memoir that will inspire your family, or make a living with your pen, this retreat welcomes you.

Limited to only 25 participants and taught by some of Canada’s leading writers, Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a writing environment that will draw out the prose you harbour inside.

Applications are due by April 5, 2017.

Please read on to learn about this unique opportunity that combines excellent instruction with superb meals and accommodations at Ontario’s top specialty lodge.

If you haven't visited the French River, it's time.


Special Guests for 2017

Marni Jackson and Brian D. Johnson Join Write on the French Retreat
The Retreat's special guests this year are Marni Jackson, writer, broadcaster and author of an acclaimed novel Don't I Know You? and Brian D. Johnson, writer and long-time entertainment reporter for Maclean's magazine. This duo will discuss the craft of filmmaking and their experience creating the feature-length movie Al Purdy Was Here, the story of Canada's leading poet.

Lindy Mechefske Returns
Lindy Mechefske, a food columnist with the Kingston Whig-Standard and the award-winning author of Sir John's Table and A Taste of Wintergreen, also has a successful blog named Love in the Kitchen. Lindy will share her social media secrets in a workshop entitled Developing an Effective Social Media Strategy. (lindymechefske.com)

Developing an Effective Social Media Strategy
Like it or not, social media is here to stay and most publishers now require even the most reluctant of authors to have some form of online presence. Self-publishing? Social media is paramount. These days, the question isn't whether to use social media or not, it's how to use it wisely and effectively.

In this workshop, we'll discuss the best social media platforms for writers; how to manage your social media time; and how to move beyond likes and retweets to create an honest, intelligent, engaging and cohesive social media presence for likable and legitimate promotion of your work.


Instructors

Don Gillmor – author of Canada: A People’s History, Kanata,
Mount Pleasant and more
Don Gillmor Don Gillmor is what you might call a "Jack of all Genres," since there seems to be no style of writing at which he doesn't excel. Don is a novelist whose most recent book, "Long Change," (2015) paints the oil industry in a certain light. The Globe & Mail's Mathew Henderson writes, "The action in the novel is relentless; as with any good mystery or thriller, you can allow yourself to be pulled from page to page, confident that you won't be kept waiting for a payoff." It follows his first novel, Mount Pleasant (2013), as well as nine children's books, (two of which were nominated for a Governor General's Award). Gillmor is also an established non-fiction writer as well, the author, no less, of Canada: A People's History. Rounding out his resume is his experience as a senior editor at Walrus magazine, and a contributing editor at both Saturday Night and Toronto Life magazines.
For more information about Don Gillmor visit www.dongillmor.ca.


Alison Pick – author of the novel Far to Go (nominated for the
Man Booker Prize), the poetry collections Question & Answer
and The Dream World, and more
Alison Pick Alison Pick is most recently the author of Between Gods, a memoir about depression, family secrets and forging a new identity from the ashes of the past. It won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Memoir, and was shortlisted for both the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and for the prestigious JQ Wingate Prize in the UK. Between Gods was also a Top Book of 2014 at the CBC and The Globe and Mail.
Pick's best-selling novel Far To Go was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Far To Go was a Top 10 Book of 2010 at NOW magazine and the Toronto Star, and was published around the world to international acclaim. It has been translated into many languages, and optioned for film by House of Films in Toronto.
Alison Pick is also the author of the poetry collections Question & Answer and The Dream World, and the novel The Sweet Edge. She was the winner of the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award for most promising writer under the age of 35 in Canada. She also won the 2002 National Magazine award for poetry and the 2005 CBC Literary Award for poetry. Her writing has appeared widely in publications including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and enRoute Magazine.
Alison Pick lives and writes in Toronto. She served on the jury for the 2015 Giller Prize, and is currently on faculty at the Humber School for Writers and the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Her new novel, Strangers With The Same Dream, is due out in the fall of 2017.
For more information about Alison Pick visit www.alisonpick.com/.


Susan Scott – non-fiction editor at The New Quarterly and
author of Temple in Teapot
Susan ScottAnyone who has ever worried about having an editor read their prose must meet Susan Scott. Not only does Susan make your words glide across the page with the ease a figure skater over ice, she will become your best friend, confident and trusted keeper of your innermost secrets. If ever there was the perfect editor for memoir writers, Susan is it.
She is the nonfiction editor with The New Quarterly, the award-winning literary magazine celebrated for its savvy, generous and collaborative style. Short fiction, personal narratives and the well-wrought essay are her focus, as is working across genres with a wide range of artists, scholars and community activists. Susan launched her first writing workshops in Boulder, Colorado in the 1990s, and now teaches short story writing at St. Jerome's University, in Waterloo, Ontario.
"Susan Scott is indeed an editor's editor with the MO of an insistent literary Q-Tip, poking you in the forehead until you laugh." writes Moira Dann, a former Facts & Arguments editor at the Globe and Mail who had the pleasure of working with Susan.
For more information about Susan Scott visit susanlscott.twohornedbull.ca.


Retreat Organizer and Travel Writer

Nicola Ross – author of Caledon, Healing the Landscape, Dufferin County and more
An award-winning author of five non-fiction books, Nicola published Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes in 2015 and has another book expected to be published in 2016. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal, Canada's national environmental magazine, Nicola also set up the adventure programs at The Lodge at Pine Cove. She is now pursuing her love of writing, travelling and sport on a full time basis.

For more information about Nicola visit www.nicolaross.ca.

Nicola is the go-to person for the retreat and can answer your questions now and during the event. Contact nicola@frenchriver.com.


About Write On The French River Creative Writing Retreat

Open to writers of all levels, this six-day retreat combines an opportunity to learn from some of Canada's foremost writers and editors with a stay at the stunning Lodge at Pine Cove. Rated the finest lodge in Ontario by tripadvisor.com, the Lodge at Pine Cove is an integral part of this writers' retreat.

Writing Retreat Consisting of a series of lectures, one-on-one time with instructors, discussions on the craft of fine writing and some free time to work on your own, Write on the French River will hone your skills. It is for writers who want to improve and, in some cases, market their magazine articles, short or long fiction. You will receive assistance with your memoir or essay, take part in a seminar on travel writing or poetry, and receive tips from seasoned editors.

Students are encouraged to bring a short piece of their writing (about 500 words) to work on during the retreat. There will be an opportunity for all students to read this piece in the student readings on the last night of the retreat.

But there is more to Write on the French River than great writing. You will also be staying at Ontario's premiere lodge in the heart of the Canadian Shield. Kim T from Kitchener, a lodge guest, writes, "This is a piece of Canadian heaven. We had the most wonderful getaway, and plan to return every year. A beautiful location, great food, an awesome little cabin." When asked what she liked best about the lodge, one of last year's students wrote, "We liked the screened porch, the cleanliness, the ambiance, the bed, the linens...everything!"

To understand how beautiful the lodge is, please visit our website and read some of the 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor (tripadvisor.com) Our guests will tell you about their canoeing, kayaking and hiking experiences, the delicious cuisine, our hamper breakfasts, immaculate cottages, friendly staff and attention to detail. You will learn that The Lodge at Pine Cove offers a very special kind of peace, one that will undoubtedly contribute to your workshop experience.

A trip down the French River guided by Alex, who will bring this waterway alive with his stories, is an integral part of Write on the French River. So too is your freedom to explore the area around the Lodge and its rocky shores, and to enjoy excellent canoeing, kayaking and hiking.


2017 Fees

Based on Private Cottage (you will have your own deluxe cottage with a private bedroom and bathroom)
Tuition including accommodations for five nights and all meals
$1,700 + gratuities (10%) + HST - We have a limited number of private cottages available.

Based on Single-Occupancy (you will have your own deluxe bedroom in a cottage with a shared bathroom)
Tuition including accommodations for five nights and all meals 
$1,500 + gratuities (10%) + HST

Based on Double-Occupancy (two people sharing a room in twin beds in a deluxe cottage with shared bathroom)
Tuition including accommodations for five nights and all meals
$1,300 + gratuities (10%) + HST

Information for Applicants

Enrolment in the retreat is limited to 25. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis so the earlier you apply the more likely we can confirm a spot for you.

Please complete the online application or print it out and send it to nicola@frenchriver.com. Once we have received it, we will contact you to arrange payment of a 50% deposit. It will guarantee your placement in the retreat. Full payment is due April 5, 2017.

When you are ready to make your payment, you can contact Laura Figari at laura@frenchriver.com and she will make arrangements for the payment. We accept Visa, Mastercard or a cheque.

Applicants must indicate their first, second and third faculty choices when submitting their application. While we cannot guarantee that we can place you with the instructor of your choice (Don Gillmor, Alison Pick or Susan Scott), we will do our utmost to meet your request.

Cancellation Policy

If an applicant is unable to attend the retreat due to illness or other health problems, he or she will receive a refund for the amount paid, minus a $100 application fee, ONLY if we can fill their spot at the retreat. If they cancel on or before April 5, 2017 and we are unable to fill their spot, their payment (minus the $100 application fee) can be used as a credit toward a future booking at The Lodge at Pine Cove during 2017. If they cancel after April 5, 2017, and we are unable to fill their spot, any payment made is NON-REFUNDABLE. We will endeavour to fill a spot left vacant due to illness or other health problems, but we are not able to guarantee it.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:
1. REGISTER ONLINE FOR WRITE ON THE FRENCH RIVER Retreat.
2. Download our application form, complete and return it by email to: nicola@frenchriver.com

Workshop Outline (Tentative)

Friday
May 5 
Saturday May 6 Sunday
May 7 
Monday May 8  Tuesday May 9 Wednesday May 10
8:30am Breakfast
delivered to your cottage
Breakfast
delivered to your cottage
Breakfast
delivered to your cottage
Breakfast
delivered to your cottage
Breakfast
delivered to your cottage
10:00am   Workshop Workshop Free Workshop TBA
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30pm   Meetings with instructors or writing time Meetings with instructors or writing time Meetings with instructors or writing time Meetings with instructors or writing time Check Out
4:00pm Check In   Meetings with 
instructors
Field Trip and/or Free Time Meetings with 
instructors
6:00pm Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Banquet
Dinner
8:00pm Orientation Free Panel Discussion Free Student
Readings


Seminars, Readings and Discussions

Seminars
TBA

Writing Retreat Student Readings
Participants are encouraged to read a short piece of their work. It may be something you bring with you, or perhaps it is something that you write during the workshop.

Field Trip
All participants are invited to take part in a guided trip down the French River. Our host, Alex, will bring this historic route alive with his descriptions of its geology and tales of the coureur des bois. Following the voyageurs' route to the west, these intrepid adventurers filled their Montreal canoes with fur pelts en route between the Great Lakes and the Ottawa River.

Accommodations – The Lodge at Pine Cove

Rated as a top specialty lodge in Ontario by tripadvisor.com, The Lodge at Pine Cove combines some of Northern Ontario’s most iconic scenery with a comfortable bed and crisp clean linens. Once you enter the spectacular 6500-square-foot lodge, you will leave your worries behind. By the time you cross the wooden footbridge that takes you across Pine Cove to 17 impeccably appointed cottages, you will be imagining the opening paragraphs of your next great novel. The Lodge at Pine Cove is that kind of place. One guest wrote, "Make no mistake; the shore of the French River is wilderness living at its finest. It is what Muskoka used to be."

Cottages have from one to three bedrooms. Prices are based on single or shared rooms on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some cottages have full kitchens. All cottages have a river or cove view, a refrigerator, kettle, coffee-maker, fine coffee and tea, modern bathroom, natural soaps, creams, shampoo and conditioner, screened-in porch, living area and fabulous beds. They also provide the best sleep conditions imaginable.

Meals

Breakfast comes to your cottage each morning in a hamper filled with homemade granola, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, juice and freshly baked croissant.

Lunch and dinner will be served in the lodge. For dinner, you will be offered a soup or salad, entre, dessert and coffee. Wine, beer and spirits are available at an extra charge.

Please make us aware of any food restrictions you may have.

Getting to the Lodge

The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 3 1/2- hour drive from Toronto (Hwy 401 and Hwy 7) and one hour from Sudbury. If coming from some distance, you can fly to Toronto and either rent a car or take the bus (ontarionorthland.ca). You can also fly to Sudbury. Pick up from the bus stop or in Sudbury is available for a fee.

Outside Activities

You will have access to canoes and kayaks to explore the French River and Wolseley Bay. There are hiking trails that will take you to spectacular spots on the French River and, for the intrepid, excellent swimming. There is a pool table in the lodge and a selection of games and historical books in the lodge’s Toni Harting Library. The nearest towns, Noelville and Monetville, are about 20 minutes away by car. Located in the heart of Ontario’s francophone region, you are welcome to explore the area.

Communications

Internet service via satellite is available in the lodge at no charge. Since our use of broadband is limited, you will not be able to download or view movies, download music or other large files. There is no cellphone reception and Skype is not available. You are welcome to use our telephone.


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BODY AND SOUL RETREAT
June 8 - 11, 2017

Nurture | Nature | Adventure


Yoga Room Relax, re-boot and restructure your body and your mind at this 4-day yoga and nature retreat. Join Renee Holden, Fitness Professional, Personal Trainer, Movement Specialist, Thai Massage Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Tune-Up® Teacher at the fabulous Lodge at Pine Cove on Ontario's French River. For four days, let nature, paddling adventure, and riverside lodging in exquisite cottages with lovely linens, fine food, wonderful wines and Renee's personal brand of instruction take you to the next level of relaxation and help rejuvenate your body and soul for the fall.

Renee will assist you in learning techniques to self-sooth, massage, and re-hydrate tissues that limber you up and help you to either maintain or progress toward a pain and stress-free life. You will gain tools to make self-care a part of your daily routine and have an opportunity to head out on the river for a meditative kayak or canoe adventure.

No prior yoga or paddling experience is necessary. Students of all levels are welcome.


Your Instructor

Renee Holden Renee Holden - Fitness Professional, Personal Trainer, Movement Specialist, Thai Massage Practitioner, Certified Yoga Tune-Up® Teacher

Renee Holden says, "It is great to see people become more fit, but my real love involves enhancing people's lives through movement." With over 26 years in the fitness business, Renee has done everything from lead fitness classes to provide personal training services. Over the past 15 years, she has focused on promoting self-care through health-care and has drawn upon her combination of skills to develop a unique mode of practice that embraces yoga but also integrates structural alignment, mobility, strength, and stress reduction. "Movement," says Renee, "is medicine."


 Under Renee's guidance, you will explore the principals of Soothing by gently stretching, kneading, and untangling your body's tissues. Following a series of postures designed to improve breathing capacity, release stressed muscles, and increase your range of motion and strength, your body and soul will relax. Over the four days of this retreat, you will become better acquainted with your unique anatomical architecture and gain insight into how you can soothe and gently stretch it to regulate and tune out tension. Renee's Bliss Workshops will give you specific techniques to un-kneed your muscles, create spaciousness, stability, and increased range of motion by using Yoga Tune-Up® Therapy Balls. Re-Boot Workshops will re-awaken muscles that co-exist to create a strong, centred core.

For more information about Renee Holden visit www.yogatuneup.com/teacher/renee-holden.

Paddling/Hiking Options

Yoga Paddle As the sun rises, with mist skittering across the mirror-like river and great blue herons standing silently on guard, you will paddle your canoe or kayak amid soaring maple, oak, and pine trees. As morning becomes day, you will enjoy a lovely breakfast on the banks of the river before the return paddle to The Lodge at Pine Cove. Paddling in the silence of the morning's fresh air is great stress relief in itself. Take an opportunity to float effortlessly in a canoe or kayak while basking in the quiet of Pine Cove. Why not take the time to reflect and listen to the quiet sounds of nature?

Birkin's Lake-Trail has something for everyone. It travels through some mature pine, spruce and oak forest; climbs over several spectacular rocky outcrops; passes through moss so thick you'll want to sleep on it; and ends up at a beautiful little lake.

Moira's Pond/North Channel Connector Trails can take you around Moira's Pond and out along the North Channel of the French River. As you circumnavigate the pond, the forest opens up in areas. Small rugged jack pines become evident on the massive pink granite rocks. This landscape is typical of much of the Canadian Shield. Soon, you'll come to the French River's North Channel. You can leave the trail here and scramble along the river's rocky shore.


Body and Soul Retreat Schedule

  Thurs. June 8 Fri. June 9 Sat. June 10 Sun June 11
7:00am   Sheering Pleasure - Re-structure your Tissues Hike OR Morning Mist Paddling Trip - breakfast on river (weather permitting) Chi Gong Warm Up & Re-boot your CORE
8:30am   Lodge Breakfast delivered to your cottage Lodge Breakfast delivered to your cottage if not on the river Lodge Breakfast delivered to your cottage
CHECK-OUT before 10:30am session
10:30am - 12:00   SHOULDER Ball Bliss & Re-boot Treat Your FEET Yoga Tune-Up® Re-boot your HIPS
12:00pm   Free Free  
12:30pm   Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm   Yoga Tune-Up® Ball Bliss HIPS Yin Yoga: Balance Between Day and Night  
4:00pm Check In Free Free  
5:30pm Social Social Social  
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner  
7:00pm RESTORATIVE Yoga Free Spring Fire MEDITATION  

*Schedule subject to change

Accommodations - The Lodge at Pine Cove

Lodge Accommodations Currently a top-rated Specialty Lodge in Ontario by tripadivsor.com, The Lodge at Pine Cove combines some of Northern Ontario's most iconic scenery with a comfortable bed and crisp clean linens. Once you enter the spectacular 6500-square-foot lodge, your worries will begin to disappear. By the time you cross the wooden footbridge that takes you over Pine Cove to the impeccably appointed cottages, you will be already be on your way to a stress-free retreat. The Lodge at Pine Cove is that kind of place. Cottages have from one to three bedrooms. Prices are based on private cottages or bedrooms, or shared bedrooms. Some cottages have full kitchens. All cottages have a river or cove view, a refrigerator, kettle, coffee-maker, fine coffee and tea, modern bathroom, natural soaps, shampoo and conditioner, screened-in porch, living area, and luxurious beds. They provide the best sleep conditions imaginable.


Meals

Lodge Meals Breakfast comes to your cottage each morning in a hamper filled with homemade granola, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, juice, and freshly baked croissant. Lunch and dinner will be served in the Lodge. For dinner, you will be offered soup or salad, main course, dessert, and coffee. Wine, beer, and spirits are available for an extra charge. During the day, snacks, tea, coffee, and water will be available. **Please make us aware of any food restrictions you may have so we may ensure your meals suit you.**


Food and Beverages

All cottages have refrigerators and most cottages have fully equipped kitchens, though all meals for this retreat are provided. You're welcome to bring your own wine, beer, and spirits for consumption in your cottage. The Lodge at Pine Cove features the lovely Bruléé Dining Room with a wraparound verandah that overlooks the French River and Rioux's Bar. Social hour and all meals will be served in Rioux's Bar. In the Lodge, all alcohol and food must be purchased from The Lodge at Pine Cove as stipulated by our Liquor License.


2017 Package Options and Fees

1) Friendly Package - $695 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on two people sharing a bedroom with twin beds in a two or three-bedroom (first-come, first served) cottage with shared 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition includes instruction, lodging for three nights, all meals, a pair of Yoga Tune-Up® Therapy balls and optional paddling and hiking.

2) Cottage-Share Package - $795 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on having a private bedroom in a two- or three-bedroom (first-come, first served) shared cottage with a shared 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, private bedroom with a king bed, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition includes instruction, lodging for three nights, all meals, a pair of Yoga Tune-Up® Therapy balls and optional paddling and hiking.

3) Private Cottage Package - $895 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on having a Standard or Deluxe (first-come, first served) private single-bedroom cottage with a king bed, private 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition includes instruction, lodging for three nights, all meals, a pair of Yoga Tune-Up® Therapy balls and optional paddling and hiking.

4) Private Super Deluxe Cottage Package - $975 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Lodge Meals Based on having a Super Deluxe private single-bedroom cottage with a king bed, 3-piece bathroom plus huge copper soaking tub (except Paul Kane which has two screened in porches instead of tub), fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition including lodging for three nights, all meals, a pair of Yoga Tune-Up® Therapy balls and optional paddling and hiking.

    All cottages include:
  • complimentary fine teas and Ashanti coffee
  • natural soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion
  • hamper breakfast delivered to your cottage

(See cottage descriptions.)

* If two people wish to share a 1 - bedroom private cottage (w/twins or king), the cost would be $795 + gratuities + HST each. If they wish to share a 1 - bedroom super deluxe private cottage, the cost would be $875 + gratuities + HST each.

Information for Applicants

Enrolment in the retreat is limited to 20. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis so the earlier you apply the more likely we can confirm a spot for you.

Please complete and submit the online application. Once we have received it, we will contact you to arrange payment of a 50% deposit which will guarantee your placement in the retreat. Full payment is due April 28th, 2017.

When you are ready to make your payment, you can contact Linda Gagnon at linda@frenchriver.com and she will make arrangements for the payment. We accept Visa or Mastercard.

To understand how beautiful the lodge is, please visit The Lodge at Pine Cove website (frenchriver.com), browse through some of the 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor (tripadvisor.com), or "Like" us on Facebook . Our guests will tell you about their canoeing, kayaking and hiking experiences, the quality of our food, our hamper breakfasts, immaculate cottages, friendly staff, and attention to detail. You will learn that the Lodge at Pine Cove offers a very special kind of peace, one that will undoubtedly contribute to your retreat experience.


CANCELLATION POLICY

If an applicant is unable to attend the retreat due to illness or other health problems, he or she will receive a refund for the amount paid, minus a $100 application fee, ONLY if we can fill their spot at the retreat. If they cancel on or before April 28th, 2017 and we are unable to fill their spot, their payment (minus the $100 application fee) can be used as a credit toward a future booking this season or next at The Lodge at Pine Cove. If they cancel after April 28, 2017, and we are unable to fill their spot, any payment made is NON-REFUNDABLE. We will endeavour to fill a spot left vacant due to illness or other health problems, but we are not able to guarantee it.

You may consider purchasing trip insurance with a service such as:
https://tripinsurancestore.com/canadian-travelsafe-classic-plan-detailed-description-page

How to Apply

To secure your spot on a first-come, first deposit received basis, please REGISTER ONLINE HERE FOR THE JUNE BODY & SOUL Retreat -- if you have questions regarding the form, please email linda@frenchriver.com.


Getting to the Lodge

The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 4 - hour drive from Toronto (Hwy 401 and Hwy 7) and one hour from Sudbury. If coming from some distance, you can fly to Toronto and either rent a car or take the bus (ontarionorthland.ca) to Alban, ON. You can also fly to Sudbury, then take the bus to Alban. Pick up from the bus stop in Alban is available for a feefee - about a 20-minute drive.


Communications

Internet service via satellite is available in the lodge at no charge. Since our use of broadband is limited, you will not be able to download or stream audio or movies, use Skype or other VOIP applications, or access large files.



YOGA AND THE AYURVEDA WAY
June 18 - 21, 2017

A retreat focused on well-being.


Meditation Diet. Lifestyle. Yoga. Meditation.

Spring is about new beginnings, setting roots that sustain us through summer and fall. This spring, let's commit to sustaining and thriving - through balance, deep breathing, and cleansed bodies.

Your body is remarkably intelligent and incredibly hard working as it analyzes various signals to distinguish what's good for you and what's not. It does its best to eliminate harmful substances alongside routine metabolic waste, but these days our bodies are inundated with a never-ending barrage of stressors: environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, and psychological stress, to name a few. In attempting to "digest" it all, we inevitably accumulate some degree of toxicity that over time can build up in the system, deposit in the tissues, and compromise our health. An Ayurvedic cleanse gives your body a break. It slows the flood so that the body can rest, recuperate, and repair itself. And amazingly, when the deluge of signals slow, your body will immediately take advantage of the lull to do some very deep cleansing.

During this retreat you'll learn the foundation of this 5000 year-old wisdom called Ayurveda, and how to counter balance the qualities of doshas (your constitution) with food, lifestyle, yoga asana and pranayama. Most importantly you will learn how to stay aligned with the seasons and your environment so your body is able to remain strong and rejuvenated after the cleanse. You'll depart with an abundance of knowledge as well as a handout to help set your course for your daily natural regime.

Be prepared for plenty of Yoga practice, a clean Ayurvedic diet, and many hours of deep meditation and rest! The two science sisters of Yoga and Ayurveda come together in these teachings.

No prior yoga experience is necessary. Students of all levels are welcome.


Your Instructor

Moghtader-Dawe Paras Moghtader-Dawe

Paras has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years, starting her studies with Moksha Yoga in Kerala India and has since studied with outstanding teachers such as Baron Baptiste (Baptiste power Vinyasa), Jack Kornfield (mindfulness and meditation), Scott Blossom (Integrating Ayurveda into the yoga practice, Doctor Svoboda (science and philosophy of Ayurveda) to name but a few. She graduated from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in 2013 as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
http://brampton.mokshayoga.ca/blog/member/paras-moghtader-dawe/

Paras is the director and owner of Moksha Yoga Brampton and upcoming Moksha Yoga Caledon and thrives on teaching and meeting new students.
http://brampton.mokshayoga.ca/

Kayak or Canoe If You Like

hike The French River offers some of the best paddling in Ontario for all levels of paddlers. It's unusual for a river because it's more like a lake than a river as there really isn't a current, so you can paddle both up and down the river without realizing you are paddling with or against the current - which makes it very easy to paddle out and back from the Lodge. There are miles and miles of river and beautiful spots to be enjoyed within an hour's paddle of the Lodge.


Yoga and the Ayurveda Way Schedule

  Sun. June 18 Mon. June 19 Tues. June 20 Wed. June 21
7:00am   Yoga & Pranayama Yoga & Pranayama Yoga & Pranayama
8:30am   Ayurveda Breakfast delivered to your cottage Ayurveda Breakfast delivered to your cottage Ayurveda Breakfast delivered to your cottage
CHECK-OUT by 11am
10:00am - 12:00   Yoga & Lecture Yoga & Lecture Yoga, Lecture & Farewell
12:00pm   Free Free  
12:30pm   Lodge Lunch Lodge Lunch Lodge Lunch before departure
1:30pm - 3:45   Free Free  
4:00pm Check In 3:45-5:30pm: Yoga & Lecture 3:45-5:30pm: Yoga & Lecture  
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner  
Evening Free Free Free  

*Schedule subject to change

Accommodations - The Lodge at Pine Cove

Lodge Accommodations A top-rated Specialty Lodge in Ontario by TripAdvisor.com, The Lodge at Pine Cove combines some of Northern Ontario's most iconic scenery with a comfortable bed and crisp clean linens. Once you enter the spectacular 6500-square-foot lodge, your worries will begin to disappear. By the time you cross the wooden footbridge that takes you over Pine Cove to the impeccably appointed cottages, you will be already be on your way to a stress-free retreat. The Lodge at Pine Cove is that kind of place. Cottages have from one to three bedrooms. Prices are based on private cottages or bedrooms, or shared bedrooms. Some cottages have full kitchens. All cottages have a river or cove view, a refrigerator, kettle, coffee-maker, fine coffee and tea, modern bathroom, natural soaps, shampoo and conditioner, screened-in porch, living area, and luxurious beds. They provide the best sleep conditions imaginable.


Meals

Lodge Meals The specially prepared Ayurvedic breakfast is delivered to your cottage each morning in a wicker hamper. Again special vegetarian cleansing Ayurvedic lunches and light dinners will be served in Rioux’s Bar in the Lodge or if the weather allows, in the lovely Brulée Dining Room’s wrap-around verandah overlooking the French River. Please note that a mainstay of Ayurvedic meals is Kitchari. **Please let us know if you have any food restrictions.**
Kitchari recipe: https://www.ayurveda.com/online_resource/kitchari_recipe.html


Food and Beverages

All cottages have refrigerators and most cottages have fully equipped kitchens, though all meals for this retreat are provided. You're welcome to bring your own wine, beer, and spirits for consumption in your cottage though the Ayurvedic cleansing diet does not include alcohol. In the Lodge, all alcohol and food must be purchased from The Lodge at Pine Cove as stipulated by our Liquor License.


2017 Yoga & the Ayurvedic Way Package Options and Fees

1) Friendly Package - $649 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on two people sharing a bedroom with twin beds in a two or three-bedroom (first-come, first served) cottage with shared 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition including instruction, lodging for three nights, and all meals.

2) Cottage-Share Package - $749 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on having a private bedroom in a two- or three-bedroom (first-come, first served) shared cottage with a shared 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, private bedroom with a king bed, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition including instruction, lodging for three nights, and all meals.

3) Private Cottage Package - $849 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Based on having a Standard or Deluxe (first-come, first served) private single-bedroom cottage with a king bed, private 3-piece bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition including instruction, lodging for three nights, and all meals.

4) Private Super Deluxe Cottage Package - $899 + gratuities (10%) + HST (13%) per person

Packages Based on having a Super Deluxe private single-bedroom cottage with a king bed, 3-piece bathroom plus huge copper soaking tub (except Paul Kane which has two screened in porches instead of tub), fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch overlooking the water. Tuition including lodging for three nights, and all meals.

    All cottages include:
  • complimentary fine teas and Ashanti coffee
  • natural soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion
  • hamper breakfast delivered to your cottage

(See cottage descriptions.)

If two people wish to share a 1-bedroom private cottage (w/twins or king), the cost would be $749 + gratuities + HST each. If they wish to share a 1-bedroom super deluxe private cottage, the cost would be $799 + gratuities + HST each.


Information for Applicants

Enrolment in the retreat is limited to 20. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis so the earlier you apply the more likely we can confirm a spot for you.

Please complete and submit the online application. Once we have received it, we will contact you to arrange payment of a 50% deposit that guarantees your placement in the retreat. Balance of payment is due May 1st, 2017.

When you are ready to make your payment, you can contact Linda Gagnon at linda@frenchriver.com and she will make arrangements for the payment. We accept Visa or Mastercard.

To understand how beautiful the lodge is, please visit The Lodge at Pine Cove website (frenchriver.com), browse through some of the 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor (tripadvisor.com), or "Like" us on Facebook. Our guests will tell you about their canoeing, kayaking and hiking experiences, the quality of our food, our hamper breakfasts, immaculate cottages, friendly staff, and attention to detail. You will learn that the Lodge at Pine Cove offers a very special kind of peace, one that will undoubtedly contribute to your retreat experience.


CANCELLATION POLICY

If an applicant is unable to attend the retreat due to illness or other health problems, he or she will receive a refund for the amount paid, minus a $100 application fee, ONLY if we can fill their spot at the retreat. If they cancel on or before May 1st, 2017 and we are unable to fill their spot, their payment (minus the $100 application fee) can be used as a credit toward a future booking this season or next at The Lodge at Pine Cove. If they cancel after May 1st, 2017, and we are unable to fill their spot, any payment made is NON-REFUNDABLE. We will endeavour to fill a spot left vacant due to illness or other health problems, but we are not able to guarantee it.

You may consider purchasing trip insurance with a service such as:
https://tripinsurancestore.com/canadian-travelsafe-classic-plan-detailed-description-page


How to Apply

To secure your spot on a first-come, first deposit received basis, please REGISTER ONLINE HERE FOR THE JUNE YOGA & AYURVEDIC WAY Retreat -- if you have questions regarding the form, please email linda@frenchriver.com.


Getting to the Lodge

The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 4 - hour drive from Toronto (Hwy 401 and Hwy 7) and one hour from Sudbury. If coming from some distance, you can fly to Toronto and either rent a car or take the bus (ontarionorthland.ca) to Alban, ON. You can also fly to Sudbury, then take the bus to Alban. Pick up from the bus stop in Alban is available for a feefee - about a 20-minute drive.


Communications

Internet service via satellite is available in the lodge at no charge. Since our use of broadband is limited, you will not be able to download or stream audio or movies, use Skype or other VOIP applications, or access large files.