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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Reconnect with yourself over this winter weekend retreat.
Take time just for you, lose some stress, you can feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. Just being in the Sugar Ridge environment is a peaceful experience. Listen to the birds, the breeze, feel your heartbeat, your breath. Enjoy whole foods and nourish your soul at the same time. It’s so quiet here you can hear the snow fall – seriously!
Throughout the weekend you are invited to explore various forms of mindfulness meditations (vipassana) including sitting, walking, skiing and eating as well as mindful movement through yoga, keeping in mind that everything is optional. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. Basically we cultivate the ability to pay attention, while knowing that we’re paying attention. We begin by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness we proceed to observe the changing nature of body and mind and the environment we’re in. Ideally we cultivate the ability to pay attention moment to moment without needing to sit still to do it, taking mindfulness into daily living.
No experience is necessary and this retreat is perfect if you’re curious about meditation
but not sure how to start or what to expect.
Everything during the retreat is completely optional. If you need to sleep in then skip the early morning yoga session. If a massage is the nurturing you need, we can book that for you. Allow this time to be the kindest gift you could ever give yourself and honour your needs.
3 – 4 pm arrive and settle into your cabin
4 – 5 introductions and intro to mindful thinking
5:30 intro to mindful eating
6 pm dinner
7 pm movie
8 pm Yoga Nidra
8:30 pm Meditation
7am yoga class – or sleep – do what you need!
9:45 depart Sugar Ridge and cross country ski or snowshoe at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
12:30 lunch – Celebrate soup!
1:30pm free time – book a massage, nap or play in the snow
4:00 cooking class with Liz – optional of course!
7:30pm Restorative Yoga or curl up by the fire
7am yoga class or sleep – do what you need!
8:45 breakfast and free time
10:30 hike with Liz
12:30pm lunch – Mindful Eating
You are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails, the ambiance & your new friends. Depart at your leisure.
This retreat is perfect for you even if you have physical limitations to movement, little or no meditation or yoga experience. Beginners will discover how to sit comfortably and experienced practitioners can deepen their practice. No need to sit on the floor if that’s not comfortable – chairs are always available.
Reconnect with yourself over this winter weekend retreat. Take time just for you and lose some stress. Find your inner peace and nourish yourself!
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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