Georgian Bay

September 17th – 19th, 2021

Penetanguishene, Ontario – with Lisa Greenbaum

Healing in Nature

It is through community that we heal. We have a biological need to be around other people: for friendship, for love and to simply feel safe. Feeling a part of a community increases our immunity, our serotonin levels, gives us boosts of oxytocin (especially after a long hug) and raises our endorphins – all the chemicals we need to feel happy. Yet we isolate ourselves in our suffering, our ego telling us we are alone and that no one can understand what we are going through. This is simply not true. In addition, more and more research is being provided on somatic healing or working through the body to release trauma and chronic tension. Through various therapies such Yoga including breathing and meditation practices we take control back for our own healing and ultimately connection back to our Self. Peter Levine, a leading trauma therapist states: “Trauma is a fact of life, but it doesn’t need to be a life sentence.” Check out this article for more information: The Impact of Holding Stress in Our Body and How to Heal.

For this retreat we’ve chosen two large cottages situated right on Georgian Bay on our own private beach with plenty of space for group discussions (satsang), yoga practices and sit-down meals. Plus, enjoy some quiet time to read, reflect, play in the water or other healing modalities designed just for you. All weekend activities are optional, allowing you to choose your own pace for healing and practice. Yoga experience is not required.

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Included in This Package

  • 2-night accommodations (private or shared, see pricing below)
  • Daily Vegetarian Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Daily Trauma-Informed Yoga and meditation practices
  • Use of Paddleboard + Canoe

What Else Do You Need to Know?

This is a “rustic” style retreat for the true Canadian Cottage experience. Cell service is good though Wifi is not available, allowing you to truly unplug for the weekend. Please bring a towel for beach and bathing. We are on a well water system, but we will provide all the drinking water you will need plus more.

Tea and Coffee available all day and snacks provided in between. For any dietary allergies and concerns please let us know upon registration. Please note: this is a dry retreat. We request that you not bring or consume alcohol on this retreat. The energy based practices of the retreat may cause you to have adverse reactions to alcohol and will impede the process of emotional healing.


Please note: Itinerary items are general (sometimes weather permitting) and times may vary. Everything is optional – you are the master of your healing process.

Day 1 – Grounding

We arrive at the centre approximately 5pm. We will take some time to get settled before dinner at 6:30pm. After we’ve had a chance to settle in even more we will enjoy Lisa’s signature class Yin + Restore to release stress and tension and prepare for a good night’s rest.

Day 2 – Rejuvenation

We begin at 7am meditation on the dock. Though if you come out at 6:45am you will be able to catch some pretty epic sunrises. Check out the video below! Breakfast follows at 8am. Satsang (group discussion: how and why we hold trauma/chronic stress + tension) and Trauma Releasing Yoga Practice from 10-12pm. After lunch the afternoon is yours to explore the area, get out on the water, reflect, read and journal. Dinner for 6pm and then a followed by a fire ceremony, letting go of what is no longer serving us and setting our intentions for the coming year. A Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) session will carry us off to sleep.

Day 3 – Renewal

Once again meeting for meditation on the dock at 7am, followed by breakfast. 9am our Satsang will discuss: wellness and daily self-care practices followed by a Yoga Practice. After lunch we will have time to gather our stuff and say good-bye until next year. Departure is at 2pm.

Morning meditation on the dock, September 2019


Early Bird Rate expires July 17, 2021 – prices will increase by $100 CAD.

Shared accommodation $550* CAD (2 people)

Private accommodation $650* CAD

*pricing subject to 13% HST

Space is limited and the last two years we sold out.

For any questions email:

Retreat Leader: Lisa Greenbaum

Founder of Sangha Wellness Retreats. Lisa has a strong passion for fitness, yoga and movement, empowering her students through the practice of yoga and community.  2018 Canadian Presenter of the Year for canfitpro, and Optimyz Magazine’s top 100 Health and Fitness Influencers in Canada 2017-2020, Lisa has been teaching since 2001. 

Read more about Lisa here

Please note, in clicking the “register” button you will be taken to our partner site: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre. This insures that your registration is covered by TICO: Travel Industry Council Ontario. In completing your registration for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms + Conditions. 


“I went on the retreat in the fall 2019. Lisa and Bob did a phenomenal job of balancing work shops, yoga, meditation and free time. The food was plentiful and delicious. I returned to my family and job refreshed.” – Lisa R.

“Healing in Nature was a fabulous weekend retreat that accomplished everything I hoped it would and more. I came into it from a dark place, and came out with a renewed interest in self-care and mindfulness. A magical weekend in a beautiful setting, with a fabulous and intuitive teacher – Lisa Greenbaum. Can’t wait for the next retreat!” – Rebecca G.

Retreat Address: 57 + 61 McArthur Drive, Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1X3