meditation & yoga retreat
April 21 -24, 2023
Are you craving reconnection?
Do you yearn to connect with community, your deeper self, vitality, joy, or calm? Maybe your answer is all of these.
When life throws us the tough stuff, like climate change, pandemics, personal loss, physical challenges and worry, the toll it takes on our nervous system, body and mind is real.
Just as real is our essence, which is grounded, clear, trusting and peaceful. Recognition of our essential nature is like an outrigger that stablizes a boat. It helps us navigate the waves with confidence, keeps us from 'going under' in otherwise overwhelming conditions, and allows us to open to the flow of life with more trust, ease and joy.
The tough stuff of life doesn't have to go away in order to feel at ease. With recognition of our true heart we can relate to the most difficult circumstances and in a way that supports health and well-being on all levels. And, we can more easily open to natural joy.
This retreat is dedicated to reconnection to your essential well-being, through:
Movement: Gentle and purposeful therapeutic, somatic sensing and yoga
Meditation: iRest® Yoga Nidra and forest immersion meditation
Community: Small and safe. Max 12 guests. We honor current Alberta Government restrictions.
"A lovely, quiet and healing weekend. It was truly exactly what I needed."
The retreat will begin Friday evening with a warm welcome, orientation to the facilities, and getting to know your fellow retreat participants over light snacks and warm chai. (non-caffeinated) A centering Yoga Nidra practice will help us to fully arrive; body, mind and heart.
Wake up the next morning, prepare a mug of coffee, or tea or sleep a little longer. Go for a stroll in the woods or chat with friends as you munch on fresh fruit.
Saturday and Sunday will begin with a gentle meditation, yoga, and pranayama (breathing practice). Whether you have never "done yoga" before or have years of practice, you will be guided to move from your inner wisdom, with kindness.
Delectable, innovative breakfasts will delight your sense and leave you satiated and light.
In the late morning, as the forest warms, we immerse ourselves outdoors in the extraordinary power of nature with meditative inquiry.
Forest meditation prepares us to move indoors for deeply restful and insightful iRest® Yoga Nidra, a meditation that can be done lying down or moving.
A nutritious and delicious lunch will be served by our chef. Your tastebuds and body will love this main meal of the day.
Chef Nikki will host an optional cooking class; learn how you can recreate some of the diliciousness at home.
Enjoy a spacious, unscheduled afternoon to play board games, read, nap, walk outside, or drive 5 minutes into town.
In the later afternoon, gather for in-depth breathing practices and develop a firm understanding of the breath as our most accessible resource for well-being. Then, fall into a therapeutic yoga practice that incorporates somatic therapy, yoga for back health, and a series for joint mobility.
The retreat will be free from alcohol or other intoxicants. Although Interest will be available, we suggest you take as much of a digital detox as supports your experience. Unplug, kick back and open to the rare opportunity to be held in nature, community, and compassionate leadership.
"I had a very profound healing in one of our yoga nidra sessions .... and it has carried into my life in the most profound ways. I am truly mesmerized. Oh the power of Julie's guidance!!!" M.C.
"I arrived at Julie's Bragg Creek Retreat exhausted and left feeling rested, rejuvenated, and relaxed . Over the course of 3 days, Julie led us through breathing exercises, meditation, and various yoga practices, while tuning into each participant’s needs, with magical results. The chef fed us delicious, nutritious vegan food. A fantastic experience!" M. Jones
Home Away from Home
Private forested land, with two large and cozy log cabins will be your home away from home.
Share a room with a friend or enjoy as a single.
Think sunny, welcoming and whimsical spaces to hold you.
Relax by the fireplace, or in a living room with picture windows and every-changing views.
Stretch out in the solarium style yoga area or curl up in your cozy log-framed bed.
Slip into a bath after a relaxing massage or stroll through acres of forested trails.
Location: At the edge of the foothills, 5 minutes from Bragg Creek, Alberta. 55 minutes from Canmore, 30 minutes from Calgary, One hour to Banff National Park or the heart of Kananaskis Provincial Park.
We will gather on Traditional Treaty 7 land in the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth. We appreicate this opportunity and acknowledge the traditional territory and oral practices of the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations and the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Metis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory.
Meals provided by Yummi Yogi's Green Cuisine Chefs, Founder Nikki is a health advocate-pixie-fairy you'll surely fall in love with.
All meals are vegan, gluten and diary free and oh-so satisfying.
The Yummi Yogis teams shows us that feeling good in your skin is not about deprivation but about nourishing with delicious, whole foods.
Single Occupancy $1,500 + tax
Double Occupancy $1000 Per Person + tax
Note: most rooms have 1 queen bed, and a few have an extra bed. There are 9 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in total, accommodating 24 guests, but we will limit numbers to 14 including facilitators.
3 nights' accommodation in a private or shared room
3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, all snacks, tea, coffee, drinking water
Cooking class: learn to make delicious, healthy snacks with Chef Nikki.
Access to trail systems and 30 acres of private grounds
Transportation to the venue
Tips for chef and staff at your discretion
We recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking, with full payment due February 15, 2023 which is non-refundable unless we can fill your space, in which case only the $250 will be retained.
If the provider has to cancel the retreat for any reason, any paid amount will be refunded or applied to a future retreat.
In order to support Julie's goal of making retreat more accessible, please contact Julie to request guidelines for applying for financial subsidy.
We will gather on Traditional Treaty 7 land in the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth. We appreciate this opportunity and acknowledge the traditional territory and oral practices of the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations and the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Metis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory.
"Beautiful combination of teachings taught by Julie in the most beautiful place of harmony surrounded by kind people and gorgeous nature. Life changing experience to open up and trust in myself again." H.H.
Teachings: by Julie Seibt, I.A.Y.T Certified Yoga Therapist, iRest®Meditation teacher, mentor and supervisor, lead teacher of the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School, and over 10 years of providing retreats around the world.
If you've had the chance to be on retreat with Julie, you know the grounded, responsive, and supportive energy she brings to the group. If you are new to Julie, we trust you'll soon know why folks around the world seek out her retreats.