Zen on the Lake
A WATERFRONT, HEALING & EMPOWERMENT retreat with
MEDITATION, BREATHWORK & YOGA TEACHER + WOMEN'S COACH & MENTAL HEALTH NURSE
November 17-19th, 2023
Fort Erie, Ontario
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.
It includes sessions on meditation, breathwork, yoga and different healing and self-development workshops. 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 November 17th, 2023. Programming starts at 6:45PM Friday. Programming on Sunday November 19th 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 with guest practitioners joining us throughout the weekend. 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 (Saturday & Sunday)
Private Chef-Cooked Lunch & Dinner (Saturday)
Workshop: Understanding The Path of Healing & Raising Consciousness
Guided Meditation Workshop + Guided Meditation Sessions
How Breathwork Can Help Us Heal + 2 Guided Breathwork Sessions
Lakeview Yoga Practice (no experience needed, beginners welcome)
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**)
Optional Nature Forest Walk
Private Sound Healing Session
Sacred Fire Burning Ceremony: Releasing what no longer serves us
Law-of-Attraction, Manifestation & Co-Creation Workshop: How to Step into A New Reality & Greater Empowerment
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**
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)
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.
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!
"I'm thinking about coming alone...is 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 & meditation...is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any dietary restrictions to ensure that weekend's menu will accommodate you.
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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!