Bloom Yoga Victoria
Salt Spring Island Retreat November 10th - 13th
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Join Melissa Krieger and her co-teacher Jenafor Ryane on Salt Spring Island for a three night retreat from Friday, November 10th to Monday the 13th. You'll be pampered with a variety of yoga classes, gourmet vegetarian meals and lots of free time to chill out at the beautiful Stowel Lake Farm. If you're needing time away to restore and rejuvenate this weekend is for you!

This retreat is meant to be a fun time away to recharge, eat great food, do lots of yoga and relax. There will be lots of unstructured time. In terms of yoga retreats this may be considered 'light' rather than 'serious'. If you are unsure whether this retreat if for you or not please contact Melissa directly.

Stowel Lake Farm

Stowel Lake Farm is a wellness centre, working farm and community on 120 acres on Salt Spring Island. It's a five minute drive from the Fulford Ferry terminal (ferry to/from Victoria) and a thirty minute drive from the Long Harbour Terminal (ferry to/from Vancouver) and a 20 minute drive to Ganges (main hub of Salt Spring)

Stowel Lake Farm



The Yoga

You'll get to experience several styles of yoga - hatha, flow, restorative and yin. Plus you'll be guided through some mindfulness activities - yoga nidra, meditation and pranayama. There will also be a special workshop where Melissa and Jenafor team teach and break down a few common poses so you gain a better understanding of them inside and out. In total you'll experience eight yoga classes and one workshop.

It's ok if you are new to yoga or haven't practised with Melissa or Jenafor before, they will take care of you and find the options you need!

Our practice space is gorgeous and filled with natural light. Its large windows allow panoramic views of the trees. The building is so beautiful - it's warm and bright and was hand crafted by local woodworkers. Not to mention it's stocked with bolsters so we can really sink into our restorative poses.

Practice Space



The Food

The caterers at the farm are famous for their fresh and healthy vegetarian food! Look forward to nine lovingly prepared meals starting with dinner on Friday and finishing with lunch on Monday. Save room for dessert after the dinners AND the lunches, this reTREAT will be delicious!

Food



Accommodations

There are several options available for accommodating students who want shared rooms (with one to three roommates) and a waiting list for private rooms. The rooms range from conventional rooms to heated yurts and are scattered around the property. All bathrooms are shared. Please let Melissa know if you want to room with anyone in particular or are coming with your partner so she can get you in the best room for you!

Accommodations



About Melissa

Melissa has been teaching yoga full time since 2005 and is so excited to host her third weekend retreat at Stowel Lake Farm! Melissa firmly believes in the importance of self care, which is taking time out for yourself to rest, restore and relax. 

If you aren't familiar with Melissa click here to get to her bio and click here to see a few of her videos to get a feel for her teaching style and personality.

Melissa



About Jenafor

Jenafor is delighted to be co-teaching at Melissa's weekend retreat at Stowel Lake Farm for the second time! Having experienced first hand the calming and nourishing impact of yoga and related self-care practices within her own mind and body, Jenafor is inspired to share the benefits of yoga with others and has been teaching since 2011.

Click here to learn more about Jenafor.

Jen

Jen


The Schedule

This is a peek at the how the weekend will unfold:

Friday

Check-inAnytime between 2:00 - 4:00
Orientation4:15
Yoga with Melissa4:45 - 6:00
Dinner6:30
Restorative Yoga with Jenafor8:00 - 9:15


Saturday

Breakfast9:00
Farm Tour9:45
Yoga with Jenafor11:15 - 12:15 
Lunch12:30

Free time!

Restorative Yoga with Melissa5:00-6:00
Dinner6:30

Needle Felting with Renee Sala!

Sunday

Morning Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama with Jenafor7:30 - 8:30
Breakfast9:00
Pose Breakdown Workshop with Melissa and Jenafor10:30 - 12:15
Lunch12:30
Group Hike1:30 - 4:00
Yoga with Melissa5:00 - 6:00
Dinner6:30

Free time!

Monday

Morning Yoga with Melissa7:30 - 8:30
Breakfast9:00
Yin Yoga with Jenafor10:30 - 11:45
Closing circle11:45 - 12:00
Lunch12:30

Check-out

Please take a close look at the BC Ferries schedule to plan your trip to and from Victoria to Salt Spring (Fulford Harbour, five minutes drive away from the retreat centre). To be on time for the orientation on Friday at 4:15 you will have to catch the 3:00 ferry. There is also a 9am, 11am and 1pm ferry if you want to come over early to explore Salt Spring. The ferry from Victoria to Salt Spring takes 35 minutes.

On Monday when we finish lunch you should be able to catch the 1:50 ferry back to Victoria but if you miss it you can catch the 3:50. There are also ferries to from Vancouver to Salt Spring (Long Harbour, 30 minutes drive away from the retreat centre) but they take much longer and are far less frequent. The ferry from Salt Spring to Vancouver takes three hours.

Cost

Early bird pricing on or before June 30
$675 shared room + gst
$845 private room + gst
After June 30
$725 shared room + gst
$895 private room + gst
Please note there is a non-refundable deposit of $250 on all reservations for the retreat.
How to pay?
  • Pay the full amount now ($250 non-refundable deposit + the remainder of the cost) online or by cheque, cash or e-transfer.
  • Pay the non-refundable deposit now ($250) and pay the remainder by October 29 online or by cheque, cash or e-transfer.
Please register online by clicking the button below, even if you intend to pay via another method.
Please select one of the following options:
Full Payment - Shared Accommodations - $725
Full Payment - Private Accommodations - $895 (Sold Out)
Deposit - $250   (Non-refundable)
You can pay the $250 non-refundable deposit now and the
remainder of the cost no later than October 29 to hold your space.
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Payment and Refund Policy:  Advance $250 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot. If you are paying the non-refundable deposit only, you must pay the remainder of the cost no later than October 29 to hold your spot in the retreat. For cancellations before October 20 a refund is issued minus the $250 deposit. After October 20 no refunds issued.



Testimonial

The April Stowell Lake Retreat with Melissa of Bloom Yoga was perfect in every way. My husband and I booked it early as a joint birthday treat for ourselves. We loved the planned getaway to see Salt Spring Island and were delighted with the clean, unique and lovely accommodations. We really enjoyed the orientation and farm tour and the opportunity to explore this very interesting venue for a retreat. We loved the generous, healthy and delicious food that was presented in such a lovely way. We enjoyed meeting the farm team (including children and pets!) and learning more about local food and sustainable farming techniques. We even came home with garden starters and lots of lovely shrubs and plants for our garden. It was great to have just enough time to ourselves to explore the Island and kick back and relax. I really loved having the opportunity to practice yoga with two instructors who complemented each other beautifully. We would return in a heartbeat!

-- Illoana Smith
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