5 Ontario Retreat Centres To Rest Into

5 Ontario Retreat Centres To Rest Into

Finding spaces where magic happens in a group setting can pose some challenges. 

Luckily, there are retreat centres that offer a peaceful refuge, giving us a chance to unwind and reconnect with ourselves and others. 

Ontario lends its beautiful landscapes, waterways and treasures. It is also home to some pretty incredible retreat centres that cater to different individual and group needs and preferences. 

Whether you're yearning for solitude in nature on retreat or planning a retreat yourself, these five retreat venues (in no particular order) are wonderful containers where you can tune inward and find the magic. 

Northern Edge Algonquin: I hosted a retreat here in July of 2022. It was even more remarkable than I could have imagined. The backdrop of Algonquin Park, the picturesque lake-views and the support of the Edge team was such an elevated experience. It was such a beautiful experience for us as facilitators and for our guests. Our guests were able to experience the Finnish Sauna, stand-up paddle-boarding, canoeing, morning yoga on the dock. With accommodations ranging from rustic cabins to luxury private rooms, people were able to choose the vibe they preferred. The delicious meals prepared and sourced locally were next level amazing. If you are planning a retreat or looking to attend one, I cannot recommend the Northern Edge enough. 

Marmora Retreat: Tucked away in the heart of Marmora, this Farmhouse Retreat offers a peaceful haven for those seeking relaxation amidst the beautiful backdrop of lush greenery and gentle landscapes. With the main house boasting space for 20+ guests and the glamping dome as a private oasis, it's the perfect place to unwind. There is an outdoor pool, an indoor hot tub and there are over 39 acres to explore. They are welcoming Alpacas to their property too. Who can resist an alpaca?

Rising Spirit Bed and Breakfast: Nestled in the charming town of Clarington, Rising Spirit Bed and Breakfast offers a cozy retreat experience with personal touches of care. We hosted a retreat here in March of 2024 and it was such an intimate and memorable experience. From the moment you arrive, you'll be greeted with warmth and hospitality. Enjoy cozy accommodations, homemade meals bursting with flavor, and an opportunity to dip into the springs of the Ganaraska River for some cold therapy. The tranquil surroundings invite you to relax, reflect, and rediscover the balance between mind, body, and spirit. 

Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing: Nestled in the tranquil wilderness of Bancroft, Grail Springs Retreat Centre offers a holistic approach to well-being. Surrounded by forests and crystal-clear lakes, it's a perfect place to recharge. Here, you can enjoy gentle yoga sessions, meditation by the water, soothing spa treatments, leaning into the quietude of nature. The crystal light bed therapy and massages are an absolute must. 

Green Nest Lodge: Find your sanctuary in the countryside, only 2 hours from Toronto at Green Nest Lodge. This modern boho style retreat facility has ample space for shared experience, boasting a swim spa, waterfront bliss and a host committed to the guest experience, this space should be on your retreat radar for local Ontario retreats. 

    These spaces lend a sanctuary for those seeking varying retreat experience in the embrace of nature. Whether you're drawn to outdoor adventures, holistic healing, or yearning for a peaceful getaway, these five retreat centres provide the perfect setting to nurture your well-being on retreat as a guest or facilitator. 

    I have also curated a map of local Ontario Retreat Centres (linked) Feel free to reach out if you have a centre you would like added!


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