TRANSFORM // FALL RETREAT OCTOBER 4-6
Join us to TRANSFORM as we shift seasons this fall. An opportunity to reflect, re-ground, and renew. An opportunity to clarify your calling, step into your power, and catalyze a new path forward. Held at a spacious and beautiful private cottage on peaceful Lake Cecebe, you’ll join a like-hearted community to break away from the day-to-day, open to new perspectives and possibilities, and deepen your connection to your body, mind, heart and soul.
Our heart-centred retreat includes:
Daily yoga, meditation and healing practices to re-centre and reconnect
Breakthrough coaching and guidance to tune into your values, vision, purpose and impact
Group activities designed to build connections amongst a like-hearted community of fellow retreat participants
Nourishing and plentiful plant-based meals + snacks prepared onsite by our private chef (we promise you won’t go hungry!), along with coffee and tea
Free time for reflection, exploration, and restoration in beautiful Magnetawan
Some fun surprises and gifts throughout :)
Hosted by Ayah Norris, Intuitive Healer and Yoga + Meditation Teacher, and Zoë Paliare, Transformational Coach
All meals and snacks will be prepared for us onsite by Christine Flynn, Executive Chef and Partner at iQ Food Co in Toronto. A veteran of the industry with over 20 years experience in hospitality, her simple, unfussy food showcases her passion for vibrant colours, textures and flavours. A celebrated writer, food stylist and photographer, Christine's work has appeared in Wired, Bon Appetite, Eater, The London Times, Vogue, Munchies and The Globe and Mail as well as numerous other publications. Christine is currently writing her first cookbook, in collaboration fellow mama and entrepreneur Emma Knight of Greenhouse Juice, focusing on recipes and nourishment for expectant and new mothers.
Friday, October 4 (midday arrival) to Sunday, October 6 (midday departure)
Private room, double occupancy (shared Queen bed): $525 earlybird, $600 regular (per person rates)
Shared bunk room (individual bed in a room of four): $575 earlybird, $650 regular
Private room, single occupancy (double or Queen bed): $700 earlybird, $775 regular
“I feel so unbelievably calm. I am truly grateful. I feel like a door has been opened for me.” - Sharon R.
“To anyone considering a retreat, especially if it's your first time, GO WITH ZOE & AYAH! The weekend was beautifully balanced--not so regimented that I couldn't breathe, not so fluid that I felt scattered--and I do worry about those things when considering a guided weekend away. It is UNBELIEVABLE to me that #PAUSE2019 was their FIRST RETREAT-- you could see the thoughtfulness and attention to each detail from OUTER SPACE (...and I am picky! :D). They are both simultaneously warm with their energy and professional with their leadership. I loved the location by the water surrounded by trees, and the cottage and sleeping quarters were spacious and comfortable. The food was satiating, super healthy and full of variety- I felt light, energetic and satisfied after every meal. I came home feeling healthy & energetic, with renewed power, and looking at my goals with fresh eyes. A million thank yous!” Samantha K.
”Ayah and Zoe are earth angels. For their first retreat- they knocked it out of the park. They felt out the vibes of our group and delivered exactly what we all needed. It was a perfect weekend of disconnect, and I’m still on a energetic high from it a week later. I literally felt the transformation and had insights so clearly come to me in such a short period of time. I’m so grateful to have crossed both of their paths- and of course for all of the soul sisters I’ve know gained from the retreat.”
“This retreat was such a beautiful experience. I am forever thankful for Ayah, Zoe and Christine for their time and magic they shared with us. I went in not knowing what to expect and I went home feeling so grounded and so sure of what the universe has be calling me to do. The conversations had with everyone there were so meaningful and impacted each and every one of us. I would 100000000% recommend their retreats to anyone who is wanting to understand what they are going through or even if they want to learn more about how to embrace their gifts.” A.R.
Giving Back: We’re thrilled to share that a portion of all retreat fees will be donated to Peacebuilders International (Canada), a nonprofit organization that provides restorative programs and services for young people and works towards effecting change in the justice and education systems. In Toronto, Peacebuilders has diverted over 1000 young people out of the criminal justice system before trial, and worked with thousands more in schools and communities to address conflict productively and stop the school to prison pipeline.
Scholarship Opportunity: We are committed to accessibility and inclusivity, and also have a couple of sliding-scale scholarship spots open for those who a) otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend this retreat due to financial circumstances, and b) are committed to paying the personal benefits of this retreat forward by increasing their service to a community in need. Scholarship priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Trans folks, and those new to our retreats. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and Info@zoepaliare.com to apply. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, August 23.
What are the accommodation details?
Room rates are listed above. We have one bunk room (sleeps 4), one double room (sleeps two), and four private rooms (sleeps 1-2). Bathrooms are all shared between 2 - 4 people, depending on retreat attendance. Most rooms are in the main cottage, and two private rooms and shared bathroom are in an on-site bunkie near the main cottage. Let us know if you’re coming solo or with a friend, family member or partner, and we’ll help you find the best room for you!
What’s the retreat capacity?
We expect between 10 - 14 participants, allowing us an intimate group to help foster deeper connections :)
Is the retreat suitable for yoga and/or meditation beginners?
Yes! All levels of practice are welcome, even if you’ve never practiced before. The yoga practice will be a mindful Hatha flow practice, with variations given for beginners or those more advanced in their practice. All group meditation will be guided and is suitable for beginners. You’ll be responsible for bringing your own mat.
Where will activities take place?
We will practice yoga and meditation in the mornings and/or early evenings on the dock if its warm, or inside in a private yoga room if it’s rainy or chilly. Group coaching, meals and other activities will be held indoors or outdoors depending on weather and group preference.
Is there private space and free time if I need some personal time?
Yes! Our schedule includes ample free time each day to allow you to rest, recharge, and integrate our group activities. The cottage has multiple sitting areas across two levels, and ample space outdoors for you to soak in some solo time when needed :)
Can special dietary requests be accommodated?
Yes! All meals and snacks will be plant-based, and we can accommodate for allergies or intolerances. You’ll be provided with an intake form when you register where you can list any allergies or intolerances for us to plan around.
Is alcohol or cannabis included?
We’ll be practicing presence this retreat, and will not provide and ask you not to bring alcohol, cannabis (unless medically required), or any other altering substances.
Is transportation included?
Transportation is not included or provided in the retreat fee. We will help arrange for carpool buddies, connecting those with a car with passengers to share gas costs, and those without access to a car but able to drive to a group to share a car rental and gas.
Who is the scholarship program for?
Scholarship spaces are intended for those who a) otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend this retreat due to financial circumstances, and b) are committed to paying the personal benefits of this retreat forward by increasing their service to a community in need. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Trans folks.
Is a payment plan available?
Yes! Please contact us for more details.