RETREATS AT STOWEL LAKE FARM

STOWEL LAKE FARM, Saltspring Island, Sept 2012 from Cadillac Season on Vimeo.

 

Seeds of Change Itinerary

April 26th to 29th, 2018

@ Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island

THURSDAY:

3:00 – 5:35 p.m. Depart Tsawwassen ferry terminal, arrive Fulford Harbour, SSI
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner at the Barn, House Rules and Itinerary
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Foot Reflexology and Yin Yoga with Sue

FRIDAY:

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Meditation – self-guided (optional)
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in Noble Silence
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Hatha Yoga with Nicola 
‘Prepare the Soil: Hip Openers and Twists’
11:0 – 12:00 p.m. Circle: Introductions, Icebreaker, Seeds of Change Step 1, Journalling
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Organic Vegetarian Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Free Time/Farm Stroll/Massages
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Unity Partner Yoga with Sue / Nicola 
‘Plant the Seed: Adjustments, Hands on Assistance and Counterbalances’
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Shower / Dinner Prep / Free Time / Farm Stroll
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Organic Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Yin Yoga and Pranayama with Sue

SATURDAY:

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Meditation – self-guided (optional)
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Noble Silence
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Hatha Yoga with Sue ‘Breakthrough: Backbends and Inversions’

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Circle: Step 2: Intention Setting and Soil Prep (Outside)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Organic Vegetarian Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Herb Walk with Jasmyn Clift

2:15 – 5:00 p.m. Salt Spring Island Market in Ganges / Free Time / Ruckle Walk / Lake Swim
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Thai Massage with Sue and Nicola 
‘Growth and Support: Therapeutic Flying and Thai Massage’
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Organic Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Circle: Step 3: Mandala Drawing
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Ecstatic Dance Party!!!

SUNDAY:

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Meditation – self-guided (optional)
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast with Noble Silence
9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola ‘Surrender to the Flow’
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Circle: Step 4: Seed Ceremony, Mandala Sharing, Intention Recap, Feedback
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Organic Vegetarian Lunch
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Pack, Cheese Farm, Stroll, Massages

2:45 p.m. Sharp! Leave for ferry (enjoy stores and café at the harbour)
3:50 p.m. Ferry departs Saltspring to Tsawwassen (Vancouver)

 

Our Special Guest

This year we are pleased to welcome Jasmyn Clift from Salt Spring Island to join us in a guided Herb Walk.

Jasmyn is a Clinical Herbalist, in practice since 1996. She is the co-founder of the largest affordable holistic health clinic North America, the B.C.C.C.S Wellness Center in Vancouver, BC which she has nurtured for over 20 years.  She is also director of the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies on Saltspring Island. She is an ethical wild crafter, herb grower, witch, and animal lover.

We are very excited to learn some new things about nature and how it can heal, and look forward to connecting with the local flora and fauna through Jasmyn’s deep knowledge and connection with plants.

Thank you Jasmyn for sharing your great company with us on retreat.  🙂

 

Getting There and Away

If you are taking your vehicle, please book Sue in Hippie Vanferry in advance to ensure you have a space (see below for sailing times).  If you are taking a car, please inform us if you’d like to carpool with other students.  If you want to park and walk on, we are happy to pick you up from the Ferry to drive you to the farm!

NOTE: If you are unable to make the 3pm ferry, you are welcome to jump on the 5 pm and meet us after dinner at the Farm.  However we strongly encourage that all participants arrive early for the 2:00 or 3:00 pm sailings from Tsawwassen to make a smooth connection to Salt Spring Island.

Ferry Info:

Getting There Thursday:   We depart on the 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen, arrive @ Swartz Bay 4:35 p.m., then depart Swartz Bay 5:00 p.m., arrives @ Fulford Harbour  5:35 p.m.

Getting Away Sunday:   We depart Fulford Harbour 3:50 p.m., arrive @ Swartz Bay 4:25 p.m., then depart Swartz Bay 5:00 p.m., arrives @ Tsawwassen at 6:35p.m.  Please note there is another sailing from the other side of the island (30 mins drive from the Farm) leaving Long Harbour at 2:55p.m. direct to Vancouver (no transfer).

We recommend that you reserve your Ferry trip in advance to ensure easy connections!

Uh Oh!  Missed the connection?  Don’t worry, there’s a great restaurant in Schwartz Bay (The Stonehouse Restaurant and Pub), and you can catch the next sailing and meet us at the Farm.

For more information on other ferry times (to and from), check BC Ferries website:  https://www.bcferries.com/bcftravelcentre

About the Accommodation

http://www.stowellakefarm.com/

Standard Accommodation is shared, funky boutique-rustic (luxury in nature). Private rooms are available at an additional cost.  Please ask us!

Stowel Lake Farm is an established organic farm located in the south end of Salt Spring Island. The facilities are beautiful and comfortable.  The accommodation on Stowel Lake Farm is comfortable and charming.  Most of the rooms sleep two people with a few that sleep three people. The Gatehouse, the yoga and meditation space, has large windows that allow panoramic views of our stunning farm and the natural environment. The building itself is warm and light and beautifully handcrafted by local woodworkers.  We enjoy the privacy of the farm with exclusive use for our participants during our stay.

About the Food

The staff at Stowel Lake work with several experienced and talented caterers to provide delicious and healthy meals for retreats. The emphasis is fresh, organic and locally produced food infused with LOVE. Vegetables grown on the farm is used whenever possible.  Haidee Hart is our regular chef, and she provides nothing but the FINEST.

Where do we eat?  The Barn!

The Barn, a post and beam structure, was built in the early 1970’s using Douglas fir trees from the property.  It was first used as a sheep barn and housed over 100 ewes (the sheep have left). Each spring the lambs would leap with joy in and out of the back of the Barn.  During these years the upstairs of the Barn was full of hay and several well used barn swings!


Commuter Rates:

For our local friends, we offer a Commuter rate of $429 for the four days (including Thursday night and Sunday morning), or if you want to just come for the day, $120 per day (includes just lunch) for those of you who live on the Island and would like to participate in our retreat.  Contact us to save your spot as space is limited – letsgo@unityretreats.ca.