There’s a time and a place for a boozy, all-inclusive, fun-in-the-sun kind of vacay – but if you’re in the mood for something at the opposite end of the spectrum, pencil in a wellness retreat. These wellness retreats close to the city spare no indulgence and will not leave you with a hangover — far from it. Ontario’s wellness retreat options will have you eating healthy, connecting to nature, shaking off stress through movement, and meditation and relaxing deeply in some worlds-famous spas. You definitely won’t miss all those buckets of beer and dance floors.
Here’s where to treat yourself to a complete wellness experience near Toronto.
Grail Springs is known as ‘Canada’s best wellness retreat’ as named by the World Spa Awards, and it’s just over 3 hours from Toronto. Choose a package from 2 – 21 nights on the private retreat centre on several hundreds of acres of pristine forest in Bancroft, Ontario. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation, saunas, hot and cold mineral tubs, guided hikes, plant-based meals, and treatments at the spa. Those seeking some soul can check out the offering of spiritual enrichment program and soulshops, too.
On 180+ acres of lush wilderness in Peterborough County, is Thirteen Moons (named after the symbol of feminine wisdom) and caters to those wanting a meaningful getaway to connect with their inner self. Go for some self-directed quiet time to unplug and reset with the support of aromatherapy massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, reiki, yoga, horse medicine, and more. Or, plan your stay around a full moon and take in a full moon drum circle under the stars.
A Shanti Retreat could be what you need to really commit to your yoga practice. Take a look at the extensive retreat lineup and pick from one of the upcoming retreats centered around yoga and mindfulness, including kundalini and mala making, conscious cooking, silent yoga, and more, all featuring a mix of different instructors. If you really fall in love with the community at this quiet island sanctuary on Wolfe Island near Kingston, there are international retreats to consider too.
If you and a group of friends or your work team want to connect to nature and each other in a new way, there are lots of all-inclusive group package options at this centre in Algonquin Park. Stay in eco-cabins, hike, paddle, experience the healing powers of yoga and wellness, learn through sessions with naturalists or artists, and nourish yourself with organic local foods. The small team leading this centre are all about making sure you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You’ll definitely be to hear yourself think at this family-owned retreat centre on 150 acres of forest along Georgian Bay. Create your own retreat (artists or writers, this spot could serve you well) or choose a retreat package like get your Glow On Yoga, Mindfulness Stress Release week, and many more. Either way you can access 20 acres of hiking trails, explore the hidden gems in nearby towns Midland and Penetanguishene, enjoy the fresh air, and silence.
Glampers, this one is for you. At Whispering Springs in Northumberland County, just 2 hours east of Toronto, you can feel like you’re staying in a boutique hotel (think: comfy beds, and electricity), but actually be immersed in the Canadian wilderness. Go camping and book however many nights you need in a bohemian-inspired bell tent or delux safari tent, or also choose from one of the yoga and wellness retreat offerings to really make the most of your stay.
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