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Yoga in the Garden

Shine Your Light
Yoga & Meditation Retreat

A WATERFRONT retreat with 
Shawna Thibodeau & Natalie Rogers


August 18-20th, 2023
Fort Erie, Ontario

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Join us for a women's weekend retreat that nourishes the mind, body, spirit & soul!


This weekend retreat is for any woman needing self-care time to help heal, rejuvenate and re-connect back to oneself and to other women.


This retreat includes meditation, breathwork, yoga and different healing and empowering workshops. Beginners welcome!

Throughout the weekend you'll be learning and exploring different skills & practices that help facilitate healing, growth and the development of greater self-love, inner peace and empowerment within.


Weekend retreats include the most effective practices I have found and experienced on my own 11-year spiritual journey that help you heal, shed what no longer serves you and step into a more empowered and grounded version of yourself.​


A beautiful lakefront venue in Fort Erie (South Niagara) - see pictures below!


Arrive to the venue anytime after 4pm on Friday August 18th, 2023 (to enjoy the lakefront lounge chairs or hammocks). Programming starts at 6:45PM Friday. Programming on Sunday August 20th ends at noon.

*Note - Dinner will not be served Friday night - please eat prior to arrival or bring something to the venue (also spots in Fort Erie to grab dinner before or after you arrive).  


This retreat is led by mental health nurse, women's coach & meditation, breathwork + yoga teacher, Shawna Thibodeau and yoga teacher and expansion coach, Natalie Rogers. It will be a small group size for a more connected, intimate experience and so you can fully enjoy the beautiful venue and property.


What it includes:

  • 2 Nourishing Lakeview Breakfasts

  • 1 Private Lakeview, Chef-Cooked Lunch (Saturday)

  • 1 Private Lakeview, Chef-Cooked Dinner (Saturday)

  • Friday Evening Teaching - The Path to Healing, Greater Inner Peace & Empowerment

  • 3 Guided Meditation Sessions (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

  • How Breathwork Can Help Us Heal Workshop + 2 Breathwork Healing Sessions (Saturday, Sunday)

  • 3 Lakeview Yoga Practices (no experience needed, beginners welcome)

  • Saturday Teaching - Self-Love & Inner Child Work Workshop: How the Ego Mind & Wounds From the Past Separate Us From Love & Peace + Healing Past Wounds, Working with the Ego Mind & Coming Back to Love  (a favourite of past retreat participants)

  • Added special feature! Group mediumship session with special guest, Laurie Oakes from Laurie Oakes Mediumship! (*see description below)

  • Optional Nature Forest Walk

  • Private Sound Healing Session - Saturday night

  • Sacred Fire Burning Ceremony (indoors) - Sunday morning

  • Sunday Morning Teaching - Stepping Into Your Empowered Self (with discussion on Law-of-Attraction & Manifestation)

  • Daily Group Coaching Circles for inner reflection, journaling, connection & healing 

  • Evening circle chats/hangouts beside the indoor fireplace 

  • Lakeside downtime for personal rest and relaxation

  • **Take-home PDF booklet provided of all skills & practices for reference back home**


* Group mediumship session: what is mediumship? Laurie Oakes is a gifted medium who channels messages from the Divine that assist you on your life path. During a group channeling session, Laurie works around the room and channels a message for each person.  Often these messages provide guidance, clarity and direction on different areas in your life and guidance is often provided on ways to work through and approach different challenges. You can also ask Laurie for guidance on a certain area of life. This group mediumship session will take place on Saturday.


Enjoy a weekend away with like-minded women, in a beautiful and relaxing waterfront environment.


Come home with a toolbelt of invaluable practices, concepts and skills that will shift the way you view yourself and your life.


Come alone or bring a friend! (Typically, it's around 50/50 at each retreat for women that come alone versus women that come with a friend)

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Pictures from Past Retreats

Following travel policies of Ontario, below is registration for retreat services, programming & meals. Accommodation is not included in retreat pricing however, accommodation for the retreat is graciously donated (at no extra cost) from the venue. Rooms are booked separately by contacting venue directly after retreat registration. 

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Register with a friend or register alone and get paired with another woman. If registering with a friend, please register both spots at the same time.


$997 CAD + tax (each spot)

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Retreat registration for one spot, coming solo.

Enjoy your own private get-away!



$1197 CAD + tax (each spot)

Cancellation/Refund policy: If using payment plan, the first payment/first instalment is non-refundable at any time of cancellation. If paying in full, 33% of payment is a non-refundable instalment at any time of cancellation. No exceptions to this policy. A 50% refund (on total amount paid minus non-refundable deposit) is available if cancelling 61-90 days from retreat start date. Then, due to limited retreat spots and costs to cover retreat, no refunds are available if cancelling 60 days or less prior to retreat. No transfer of dates available at any time. If one spot is cancelled in a double getaway, the spot becomes open for another registration. Exchange for 5 Weeks of Manifestation or RMA DIY Digital online programs available if cancelling 60 days or less prior to retreat. If retreat is cancelled due to Covid-19 or any other reason, a full refund is provided. **Please note: Be Free follows government guidelines for Covid-19. Status/numbers of covid-19 may change by your retreat date - above policy remains in place including reasons related to covid-19.

Past Retreat Reviews

With 100+ 5-star Google & Facebook Reviews!

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Got Questions?

"I'm thinking about coming this ok?"

Absolutely! YES YES YES! Going to a retreat alone can be extremely powerful and transformative. Common feedback we also receive is the welcoming, safe and connected vibe we create and the relationships you create on retreats sometimes turn in to lifelong friends. 50% of past attendees have come on their own.


"I'm not too experienced in yoga & this ok?"

Another big YES! We welcome women of all levels and complete beginners too! Retreats are a great place to learn or to solidify established practices and routines. 



"Is there a what-to-bring list?"

Yes, once you reserve your spot, a Retreat information email will be sent out immediately and again 2 weeks prior to the retreat.


"What if I have dietary restrictions?"

Most of the food and meals are gluten free with vegetarian and vegan options. Send an email to if you have any dietary restrictions to ensure that weekend's menu will accommodate you.

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Meet The Team


Shawna Thibodeau

Mental Health Nurse, Meditation, Breathwork

+ Yoga Teacher & Women's Coach


Natalie Rogers

Yoga Teacher & Wellness Coach

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More About Shawna...

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – McMaster University 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Trent University 

  • ​Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification - Canadian Nurses Association; 8 years experience as a mental health nurse

  • ​Certified Meditation Facilitator (2014) – Naturality, Hamilton (in association with Yoga Alliance, Canada) 

  • Certified Breathwork Facilitator (1:1 & Group) - Breathwork by Jon Paul Crimi, California 

  • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - YogaRenew

  • Yoga.Psyche.Soul (2015) - 120hr Yoga Psychology Speciality Certificate - Ashley Turner (MA,LMFT)

  • ​Level 1 & 2 EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) Certification - AAMET International

  • ​Level 1 & 2 Reiki + 35 hr Hands of Light Energy Healing Training - Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

  • ​Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals Program (2014) – University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • ​Breathe to Heal - Max Strom

  • Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists Certificate - Psychedelics Today

We hope to see you there!

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