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WRITE ON THE FRENCH RIVER

A Creative Writing Retreat
at the Lodge at Pine Cove
May 4 to May 9, 2018


Applications due by April 6, 2018

"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 7th annual Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat, Friday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the magnificent Lodge at Pine Cove.

Limited to 25 participants and taught by some of Canada’s leading writers, Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat offers the gift of time on a storied waterway to travellers, innovators, wordsmiths, dreamers and creatives.

Whether you want to finish the proverbial bedside novel, draft a travel memoir, query editors, or make a living with your pen, you will find expert guidance and good-natured support at this 6-day blend of nature, culture, gourmet meals and superb accommodations.

Applications are due by April 6, 2018.

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.

Overview

The 2018 retreat is a partnership between the Lodge at Pine Cove and The New Quarterly (TNQ), one of Canada’s top-flight literary magazines – a creative combination that allows you to step away from the busyness of life to write, reflect, rejuvenate, and to access the mysterious world of publishing.

Success in writing is built on dedication to the work. Success in publishing is built on relationships. TNQ, one of this country’s most celebrated publications, has been nurturing writers for over thirty-five years.

Susan Scott is TNQ’s nonfiction editor. Susan has been with the Retreat since 2013 and is your go-to person for the 2018 program. If you have a question or concern, write to Susan at sscott@tnq.ca.

Together, the Lodge at Pine Cove and TNQ have built the 2018 experience around the best of the Retreat’s lively traditions, balancing intimate workshops, small groups and talks with time to enjoy the beautiful, relaxed setting.

In addition to the Standard Retreat, we are introducing a new option in 2018: the Self-Guided Retreat. See below for details.

Writers Craft Workshops and talks or presentations by our Special Guests are optional (no sign-up is required), and open to all.

Option A, Standard Retreat – Small Groups with Instructors

Now is your chance to work closely with an award-winning writer and Instructor, in a small group (maximum of 7 participants) that meets on a daily basis for exercises, readings and discussions specific to your interests.

Groups in 2018 will focus on either fiction or creative nonfiction. If you want to zero in on fiction, you can choose to work with either Helen Humphreys or Alison Pick. Andrew Westoll’s group will tackle creative nonfiction.

Will you have a chance to learn from all three instructors? Yes! Each instructor also offers a Writer’s Craft Workshop that is open to all. These lively sessions examine the pragmatics of writing and the writing life, for example: exploring poetry, developing characters, writing historical fiction, working with editors, submitting your work for publication, leaping from lit mag to book deal, food writing, social media strategies and so on.

See the Retreat Schedule, below, for a general overview.

Option B, Self-Guided Retreat – Consulting with Editors

NEW in 2018.

The Self-Guided Retreat option allows you to enjoy the Lodge at Pine Cove’s warm, immersive environment while you drill down into your project and consult with one of the New Quarterly editors when you’re ready for concrete guidance and perspective.

If you sign up for this option, you will be opting out of group work in favour of consulting with one of two editors: Pamela Mulloy, for fiction; or Susan Scott, for nonfiction.

Please plan to correspond with that editor in advance of the retreat to discuss a work plan. Your editor will need time to read your work before May approaches, so you can have productive conversations when you finally meet in person.

What if you are just starting out, or your project is in its early stages? That is fine, too. Just plan to correspond with the editor, so you can work out details together.

Please note: enrollment in this option is limited, and up to each editor’s discretion.

We recommend this option for those who want their short fiction, essay or memoir excerpt evaluated, or for those who are new to the writing community who want to learn how to get the most out of working with an editor.

Retreatants who choose this option are also welcome at the all-inclusive Writer’s Craft Workshops and at any talks, panels or workshops with our Special Guests.

See the Retreat Schedule, below, for a general overview.

Retreat Highlights

Certain traditions bear repeating because, well, they’re just too good to miss. Here are two to keep in mind as you plan your packing list.

Student Readings

A highlight of the retreat experience is the closing banquet and student readings.

Your imagination has been firing for days on end. Now is the time to enjoy the spotlight and to share a short selection of your work.

We encourage all participants to bring a short piece (500 words) to share at the student readings, on the final night of the retreat. This could be something you bring along to read, or the piece you develop on retreat.

Field Trip

Another not-to-be-missed tradition is the guided trip down the French River with our host, Alex, who brings this historic route to life. You will learn about the region’s extraordinary geology and river lore, including stories of the coureurs de bois – intrepid adventurers on route between the Great Lakes and the Ottawa River, who followed the voyageurs’ route to the west, filling their Montreal canoes with fur pelts.

Meet our 2018 Instructors

Helen Humphreysauthor of the novels The Reinvention of Love and An Evening Chorus

Helen Humphreys Helen Humphreys is the acclaimed author of over a dozen books, a sought-after mentor, teacher and consultant and the recipient of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Helen’s breadth of writing expertise includes fiction, poetry and nonfiction. She has written six novels, four books of poetry, and four works of creative nonfiction. The Evening Chorus was released to critical acclaim in 2015. Her latest work, The Ghost Orchard: The Hidden History of the Apple in North America, was published by HarperCollins in 2017.

Helen lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario, and is a member of Kingston Wired Writers.

For more information about Helen Humphreys, visit www.hhumphreys.com.


Alison Pick – author of the novels Strangers with the Same Dream, Far to Go and more.
Alison Pick Alison 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, was published around the world to international acclaim, and has been translated into several languages. Alison won the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award for most promising writer under 35 in Canada, back when The New Quarterly was publishing her early poetry. Critics are calling her latest novel, Strangers with the Same Dream, "brilliant,"" "astonishing", "riveting", "ambitious" and "haunting."

Return instructor Alison Pick lives and writes in Toronto. She joined the Write on the French River retreat in 2016.

For more information about Alison Pick visit www.alisonpick.com/.


Andrew Westoll &ndash author of The Riverbones and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary
Andrew WestollAndrew Westoll’s first book, The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, draws on the year he studied wild troops of capuchin monkeys. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, the biography of a family of chimpanzees rescued from a biomedical research lab, won the 2012 RBC-Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction, was shortlisted for several book awards, and selected as a Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, Quill and Quire, and CTV’s Canada AM. His debut novel, The Jungle South of the Mountain, is about a lonely primatologist who’s spent too long in the rainforest.

Andrew teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he was selected a Professor of the Year by the Underground student newspaper.

To learn more about Andrew Westoll, visit www.andrewwestoll.com.


Meet our 2018 Consulting Editors

Pamela MulloyEditor, The New Quarterly (TNQ)
Pamela MulloyPamela Mulloy is TNQ’s award-winning editor and the creative director of the annual Wild Writers Literary Festival, in Waterloo, Ontario. Her short fiction has been published in the UK and Canada, most recently in Polish(ed), an anthology of Polish Canadian Writing (Guernica Editions, 2017). Her debut novel, The Deserters, will be published by Véhicule Press in 2018. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and daughter.

To learn more about Pamela’s editing, visit www.tnq.ca.


Susan Scott – Lead nonfiction editor, The New Quarterly (TNQ)
Susan Scott Teacher, writer, editor and guide, Susan specializes in memoir, the well-wrought essay, and in helping authors to release powerful, transgressive stories. She is the editor of Body & Soul: Creative Nonfiction for Skeptics and Seekers -- an anthology (2019) of essays by diverse women writers -- and a member of Native-Immigrant arts collective. Susan has been editing with TNQ since 2009, and teaching at the Retreat since 2013.

To learn more about Susan, visit susanlscott.twohornedbull.ca.

Susan is also your go-to person for the 2018 program. If you have a question, please write to her at the magazine at sscott@tnq.ca.

Meet our Special Guests

Writers who want to combine their many interests need a lot of pluck! This year we’ve invited guest speakers who can help us broaden our reading and writing habits to include journalism, blogging, social media, food writing, travel writing and history.

Jake Edmiston – Journalist & story-hound

Jake Edmiston is a reporter and feature writer with the National Post in Toronto, focusing on crime, sometimes on food, but mostly on departures from normal in everyday life. His work has been published across Canada, in the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun.

To read Jake’s stories, visit www.nationalpost.com/author/jakeedmiston.

Lindy Mechefske – Book author, food columnist, blogger

Celebrated retreat & TNQ alumna Lindy Mechefske is the author of the award-winning Sir John’s Table and A Taste of Wintergreen and a food columnist with Canada’s oldest newspaper, the Kingston Whig-Standard. She also blogs about her adventures in the kitchen. Watch for her next book, Out of Old Ontario Kitchens, in 2018.

To learn more about Lindy, visit www.lindymechefske.com.

Nicola Ross – Retreat founder, adventurer, author

The award-winning author of several nonfiction books – her Loops & Lattes series alone is a self-publishing sensation – Nicola is the former editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine. She set up the adventure programs at The Lodge at Pine Cove, founded the Write on the French River Retreat, and now pursues her love of writing, travel and sport full time.

To see where Nicola is headed next, visit www.nicolaross.ca

Workshop Outline (Tentative)

Friday
May 4 
Saturday May 5 Sunday
May 6 
Monday May 7  Tuesday May 8 Wednesday May 9
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   Writer’s Craft Workshop Writer’s Craft Workshop Free Writer’s Craft Workshop TBA
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm   Groups & Consults Groups & Consults River Trip Groups & Consults Check Out
4:00pm Check In Free Free Groups & Consults Free
6:00pm Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour Social Hour
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Banquet
Dinner
8:00pm Orientation Special Guests Special Guests Free Student
Readings

The Lodge at Pine Cove

Why venture to the French River? Because Ontario’s premiere lodge in the heart of the Canadian Shield offers something special. Kim T, 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, a retreatant wrote, "We liked the screened porch, the cleanliness, the ambiance, the bed, the linens...everything!"

To understand how beautiful the Lodge is, please read some of the 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor Our guests will tell you about their canoeing, kayaking and hiking experiences, the delicious cuisine (including hamper breakfasts), our immaculate cottages, friendly staff and attention to detail. The Lodge at Pine Cove is a haven.

Cottages have from one to three bedrooms. Prices are based on single or shared rooms. All 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.

Meals

Your artisanal breakfast arrives at your cottage each morning in a wicker hamper filled with homemade granola, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, juice and freshly baked croissant.

Lunch and dinner are 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.

Other Activities

You will have access to canoes and kayaks to explore the French River and Wolseley Bay. Hiking trails that begin onsite lead to spectacular spots along the river. There is a pool table in the Lodge as well as a selection of games and historical books in the Lodge’s Toni Harting Library. We also encourage you to explore the villages of Noelville and Monetville, about 20 minutes away by car, lie in the heart of Ontario’s historic francophone region.

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, however, welcome to use our telephone.

Getting to the Lodge

The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 3½-hour drive from Toronto (Hwy 401 and Hwy 7) and one hour from Sudbury. If coming from farther afield, you can fly into Toronto and either rent a car or take the bus (ontarionorthland.ca/en/). Or, you can fly into Sudbury. Pick up from the bus stop or in Sudbury is available for a fee.

2018 Fees

Early Birds: Apply by February 15th for a $125 discount

Your retreat fee is based on your choice of accommodations. A limited number of private cottages is available. Why not venture out and consider sharing? Year after year we hear about roommates who go on to become lasting friends and writing partners.

Based on Private Cottage (you will have your own deluxe cottage with a private bedroom and bathroom)
Tuition + accommodations for five nights + all meals:
$1,850 + gratuities (10%) + HST

Based on Single-Occupancy (you will have your own deluxe bedroom in a cottage with a shared bathroom)
Tuition + accommodations for five nights + all meals:
$1,650 + gratuities (10%) + HST

Bonus! Meet great writers and poets before they’re famous – once your enrollment is complete, you will receive a complementary one-year subscription to TNQ, publishing partner for our 2018 retreat.

How to Apply

Enrollment is limited. The earlier you apply, the better your chances for securing the instructor you want, as well as your choice of accommodation.

There are two ways to apply:

1. REGISTER ONLINE FOR WRITE ON THE FRENCH RIVER Retreat.

OR

2. Download our application form, complete and return it by email to The New Quarterly’s Susan Scott, at: sscott@tnq.ca. Please also CC nicola@frenchriver.com and laura@frenchriver.com . Once we have received your application, we will contact you to arrange a 50% deposit that then guarantees your placement.

Full payment is due April 6, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

Paddlers If any 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 that person’s spot at the retreat. If an applicant cancels on or before April 6, 2018 and we are unable to fill their spot, their deposit (minus the $100 application fee) can be used as a credit toward a future booking at The Lodge at Pine Cove throughout the 2018 season. Should an applicant cancel after April 6, 2018, and we are unable to fill that vacancy, their deposit will be 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.


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BODY AND SOUL RETREAT
May 24 - 27, 2018

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. May 24 Fri. May 25 Sat. May 26 Sun May 27
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.


2018 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, .

When you are ready to make your payment, you can contact us at info@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 15th, 2018 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, 2018, 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 MAY BODY & SOUL Retreat -- if you have questions regarding the form, please email info@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. If you do not have a car or want to share the drive, please let us know and we will contact other participants to see if there is an opportunity for ride sharing. 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.