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Best Retreats to Attend in Canada for Some R&R

With summer officially over and winter rearing its head, many of us are feeling rundown and in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation.

While every person may have their own idea of what it means to unwind, there is no shortage of places across the country where you can go to be pampered and get back in touch with yourself.

The June Motel, Ontario 

The hustle and bustle of work and personal life takes a toll on even the most organized individual and sometimes when we stop to think about it, we find ourselves questioning where we are going and why what our goals are and are we genuinely fulfilled. These are the very questions that the ‘Your Best Life’ retreat package is designed to help you answer. This two and a half day retreat allows opportunities for reflection outside of the business of day-to-day life. Guests receive support in reaching mental clarity and realizing their potential in order to focus in on their goals as well as what logical next steps they need to take. Ingo Rauth, Ph.D., career coach and international speaker, helps lead you to find your own answers. Located in Picton, Prince Edward County, this is mid-century motel reinvented, complete with spa and yoga retreat packages, great food, local wine and craft breweries. Catch the “Your Best Life Retreat taking place November 18h -20th. Bonus tip! there are special rates now for groups of 4 or couples who want to share a room, which can reduce price overall. 

Cover image and above image credit to The June Motel


Vipassana Meditation Centre, British Columbia

Vipassana, an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, means to see things as they really are, and if you are looking to kick your mindfulness and meditation practice up a notch or ten, the Vipassana Meditation Centre near Merrit in British Columbia is the place to go. Accommodations are basic and If you’re not sleeping or eating during this 10-day retreat, you are meditating and even when you’re not, all day-to-day activities are carried out without cell phones, television, speaking or interacting with other patrons. It may seem strange, and not everyone who starts the 10-day process sees it to the end, but those who do are left feeling rested and revitalized.

Evolve Retreat Co., Alberta

Located in the scenic Rocky Mountains at the five-star Azuridge Estate Hotel, just 30 minutes southwest of Calgary, the professional team at Evolve Retreat Co. handle the details, so all you have to do is concentrate on yourself. By focusing on fitness, nutrition and wellness through meditation, yoga, lifestyle and outdoor adventure, they take an individual approach with each guest to customize meal and fitness plans, which provide sustainable results and assist in helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.     

Grail Springs, Ontario

For over twenty-four years, Grail Springs has dedicated itself to the wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet by investigating their interdependency on one another for overall sustainable health. Its ultimate goal is to provide experiences that inform the body, mind and spirit, and promote balance and equilibrium to all aspects of life leaving participants feeling happy, whole, and fulfilled.  One of its biggest pulls is the healing, alkaline waters of Chalice Lake, whose name s inspired by the legend of the Holy Grail. It is fed by hundreds of springs from the magnetically-charged rock bed, and the ‘holy’ water is infused in the cooking, drinking, therapies and bath waters for guests to indulge in one of the few resources of pure, indispensable, and alkaline-based waters in the world.

Ochre House, Newfoundland

Formerly a church, Ochre House has been tastefully renovated to provide a small-group facility for aspiring writers. The five-day writing retreat provides the ideal experience to take your skills to the next level. Utilizing both unique and successfully proven creative tools and approaches to structure, observation, and concentration, the workshop delves into individual processes, one-on-one consultation, guided reflection and allows ample time to write in a comfortable and stimulating environment.  

Self-care is essential to practice to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. When you are not at your best, you do not perform your best and taking the time to realize that you may need to recharge is a mature and responsible decision. Life’s too short. Take the time to treat yourself every once in a while. You won’t regret it.

Emily Rumball

Emily is a freelance writer, blogger, tea addict, and animal lover based out of Vancouver, BC. You can follow her at and @callherem.