Sugar Ridge Retreat Center
Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre was created to provide a place for people to reconnect with a part of themselves that may be neglected or hidden, to connect with others or just getaway and have some fun!
Whether you seek a much needed R&R break, a getaway from kids and family, romance, or a deeper spiritual connection, we will cater to your needs to make your visit a memorable experience. The staff here look forward to making your stay enjoyable. Surrounded by nature, beds are comfy, duvets are cozy, people are friendly and the food is yummy - what more could you want?
Located on 150 acres of majestic maple and cedar forests, lush meadows and surrounded by 3000 acres of provincial land, you can breathe fresh air, sleep deeply and feel revitalized just by being here. We have 20 km of trails accessible from the property for hiking or skiing.so you can walk for hours and not see another person or find a special place to sit still in the forest. Take in a Yoga class while you're here or discover Nia. We're pet friendly so bring your pooch for some offleash adventures.
We offer a year of events you can join and are open year round.
You can come by yourself or bring 39 friends!
Sugar Ridge was created from the imagination of Liz & Kurt Frost, the owners.
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DescriptionDetox Your Body & Feel Great this Week!
Diet trends come and go and this week is not based on a trend.
Restore Your Glow – It’s in there!
Jump start your path to wellness!
Lose weight, Rejuvenate and change unhealthy habits!
Take a break from city stress!
Support your body with proper nutrition!
Give digestion a break, without feeling hungry!
Allow your body time to heal itself!
Replenish missing nutrients!This week is not a starvation diet. Yes, you will likely eat less than you normally do but consider this: Your body is likely starving for proper nutrients right now even though you eat regularly. You will be so nourished, relaxed and rejuvenated you’ll not miss a bite! You will have all the micro and macro nutrients you need, serving your body in a synergistic way – no supplements because Mother Nature has it all! You’ll even have a workshop to learn what all that means.
You can have your juice as often and as much as you want so no worries about being hungry on juice!
We feel hungry when our body is needing nutrients. That’s why we can eat lots of junk food and not feel satisfied. Your body still needs the nutrients. Give it the nutrients in whole food form and you feel satiated with much less volume of food. The difficulty with this kind of a cleanse is craving salt, sugar and fat for a couple days. No worries though – that’s why we do this in a retreat setting. We support each other on the journey and you won’t have junk foods hanging around to tempt you. Healthy snacks if you need them are always available.
Ideally what you learn this week will become a normal practice when you return home. Adding fresh juice or a smoothie into a well balanced diet is a perfect way to keep supporting your health.
This is a week to get on track with healthier habits for your body, mind and spirit, and lose some stress with a break from the busyness of your life. You will become confident with preparing whole vegetable juices, smoothies and nutritious soups with food prep classes each day. Return home armed with recipes and confidence to keep up the momentum you start this week. If you have significant health issues this may be just the week you need to get on track with better eating habits. You are what you eat so why not eat nutritious, whole foods?
Most people lose about 1lb per day on a cleanse of this sort but what you lose will depend on your weight to begin with. The more you need to lose the faster weight comes off initially. With the skills you’ll learn this week you will be able to confidently continue the process at home getting to your ideal weight in a healthy way..
If you’ve wondered how to:
- start a healthier way of eating,
- slowly lose weight without gaining it back,
- feel emotionally balanced and energized
- deepen your sense of spirit
- become more mindful
- cope with stresses of life
- start some gentle exercise
Then this is the retreat for you!
We think of weight loss as a process of getting clear with what serves you. Excess weight doesn’t serve you – so allow it to go.
There will be no suffering through fasting or eating anything that doesn’t taste awesome. This is a FEEL GREAT week! We make healthy and delicious food, that your friends will want the recipes for!
Right thinking, right eating, right exercise. So simple? It can be.
This week has a focus on all aspects of your body – what you eat, how you eat, how you feed your mind, and how you feel in your body. You will eat well and nourish your body with yummy organic juices, smoothies and vegan soups freshly made every day.
Come into physical balance with daily yoga classes that will flex your muscles as well as your mind and spirit. Anyone can do yoga! If you’re breathing you can do yoga! No physical limitations prevent you from participating – use a chair if you need to.
Create emotional balance and mental clarity with mindfulness practices aimed at permanent weight loss via mindful eating meditations and general stress reduction so you’ll learn how to better cope with the stresses in your life. No one gains weight because they don’t know proper nutrition. Mindfulness opens the doors to gently explore limiting beliefs that are often covered with food or other addictions.
Explore yourself via yoga, meditation, healthy food and group discussions.
Meet new friends and become your own best friend!
If you have a juicer and you’re not sure how to use it, feel free to bring it to the retreat and Liz will help you lose the fear of this incredible piece of machinery. Many people buy a juicer and then it never comes out of the box so if that’s you, seriously, bring the juicer here!
Each day offers:
- Mindfulness practices
- Physical practices – choose from yoga, hiking, gardening, bird watching
- Discussions and workshops to help change unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaviour
- Gluten free, organic juices, smoothies, soups & salads
- Tea & snacks 24/7
- Peace and quiet
- Free time to reflect, nap, or climb a tree
- New connections, new friends, create a new healthy relationship to yourself
Arrive by 3pm; settle in to your cabin
4pm – Meet in the studio (main building) for introductions and to review agenda for the week
5:30pm – Dinner – Soup & Salad
7pm – Workshop
Detox your body & feel great this week! Restore your glow and jump start your path to wellness! Rejuvenate and change unhealthy habits! Heal and replenish!
I worked as a Chartered Accountant in Toronto in what I think of as my `other life'. I became vegetarian at age 25, started meditating and studying holistic health and nutrition for fun, and left the corporate world at age 30, in what I now call my 'early mid-life crisis'. I didn't know what I wanted to do, I just knew I wasn't meant to sit in an office. I travelled, backpack style, for a couple years before returning to school. Completing an M.A. Ed. through Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, that new career has resulted in being a psychotherapist. I bring an eclectic mix of training in many different models of therapy which results in therapy being tailored to one's needs. I am also a certified yoga teacher. I teach yoga as a form of meditation and incorporate mindfulness into daily activities. I literally stop and smell the roses in the garden. I continue to study, believing that one's education never really ends. My favourite teacher right now is my son Ben who has intuititively started worshipping Buddha in what he calls "The gods garden" (as opposed to the medicine wheel garden which he calls "The earth's garden" which is apparently" more important because we have to take care of the earth now"). I love the work I do and feel blessed to have such incredible teachers constantly coming here to share my vision.
I also feel blessed to call Sugar Ridge home. It truly is paradise. I live here with my husband Kurt, and son, Ben. I wake to the sound of birds at dawn, appreciate the view which changes every moment. The joy of my life is to play with Ben and go on 'expeditions' of the property. The property is so big we haven't even seen it all yet. If you're interested we can show you where the fairies live and of course our secret land of Rabbit and Toad. I am passionate about the organic gardens of Sugar Ridge and love to get dirty. I feel more at home in the forest than in the house and I'm not scared of the dark. Midnight walks with coyotes howling is heaven to me.
The first time I walked through the cedar forest here, I felt like I was home. I knew this was the place I'd been dreaming of.
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