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Join us on a “Journey Back to Self”—a full day woman’s meditation and spiritual retreat.

Over the course of the day, discover the three major themes the soul is here to learn while experiencing life in a physical body, and learn transformational tools to assist you in overcoming them so you can live a happier, authentic and more connected life.


This day retreat is for any woman seeking to develop a deeper connection and relationship with themselves, and their soul. Together, we will work to uncover all that holds you back from true self-love and feeling at peace and one within yourself.

We will guide you on a journey back to your soul—your true self.

What it includes:

  • Introductions & Welcome

  • Spiritual Teachings Session - The 3 Themes all Souls are Learning to Overcome

  • Guided Meditation Workshop - led by Shawna Thibodeau

  • Meditation Workshop for Receiving Soul Messages - led by Laurie Oakes

  • Automatic Writing Activity - Practicing Listening to your Soul - led by Laurie Oakes

  • Snack break - provided for you

  • Self-Love & Inner Child Workshop - led by Shawna Thibodeau - (+ how working with challenging emotions through inner child work relates to the three themes your soul is here to learn)

  • Break for lunch

  • Group Mediumship & Channeling to Discover your Soul’s Path - led by Laurie Oakes (an open group mediumship & channeling session where Laurie channels guidance individually for each person about their life and soul path)

  • Understanding Breathwork + 45 min Breathwork Session (+ how breathwork relates to the three themes your soul is here to learn)

  • Journaling & Sharing circle

  • Closing ceremony



Zen House Yoga Studio (Niagara Falls, ON) 

6150 Valley Way suite 101, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 1X9


  • Sunday February 12th, 9:00am-5:30pm


Arrive to the venue at 8:45am. We begin at 9:00 am when all souls have gathered together!​

*Note - Please eat a substantial breakfast prior to attending. Light snacks will be served throughout the day, and an hour long lunch break will be allotted.  


This retreat is led by mental health nurse, women's coach & meditation, breathwork + yoga teacher, Shawna Thibodeau and medium, spiritual teacher & intuitive coach, Laurie Oakes. 

A take-home PDF booklet of the skills & practices covered is provided to help equip you with review & resources for continued use at home.

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The soul is the true self...

Vibrating at a frequency equivalent to LOVE

Pricing & Registration
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9:00am - 5:30pm

A full-day meditation, breathwork & spiritual retreat by Shawna Thibodeau and Laurie Oakes

$297 CAD + tax

Cancellation/Refund policy: 25% of payment is non-refundable deposit. No refunds available on cancellations 30 days prior to retreat, including reasons related to Covdi-19. If retreat is cancelled due to Covid-19 or any other reason, a full refund is provided. **Please note: Be Free & Laurie Oakes follows government guidelines for Covid-19. Status/numbers of covid-19 may change by your retreat date.

Reviews of Shawna & Laurie's Work

Meet The Team


Shawna Thibodeau


  • 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 

  • 200 hr Yoga Teacher Traning - YogaRenew

  • ​Yoga.Psyche.Soul (2015) - 120hr Yoga Psychology Speciality Certificate on the Psychology of Yoga - 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


Laurie Oakes


Spirituality and mediumship have been interests and passions of Laurie's from a very young age. She can recall receiving messages and images and pondering her soul’s purpose and path in this life from a young age, seeking to find the answers to her questions about the meaning of life outside of this experience in a physical body.

Her interest in spirituality grew and she then met her mentor and good friend, Dagmar Butler. Through her time and dedication, Dagmar guided Laurie step by step in learning mediumship, channeling and spiritual teachings. She shared with Laurie God’s teachings and helped her to understand what it means to live a more positive and happy life. With Dagmar's help, Laurie learned how to communicate, channel God, and trust in following His Guidance. 

In 2020, Laurie was honoured with the opportunity to work in the Dagmar Butler School for Spirituality as a channel for two years.

Laurie's soul’s purpose is to work as a medium and help to lift others, as she was. She is honoured to hear and receive God’s guidance in all areas of her life. She has experienced and learned that when you walk with Him, you walk on solid ground.

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