SUP Yoga. Beach Yoga. Hiking + Wildflower foraging. Creative + Savoury Workshops. Local Everything. Coaching + diving deep. Community love.
JUNE 8 - 13, 2019
Check-in: 4PM, JUNE 8, 2019
Checkout: 12:30PM, JUNE 13, 2019
Location: Blue Paradise Inn
Welcome to the Magdalen Islands - a small archipelago off the east coast of Canada, and hidden paradise to many. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the islands, this retreat is a sure-fire way to discover it for a first (or second) time!
Landscapes of rolling hills, breathtaking panoramic ocean views, endless sandy beaches, abounding sea life & mouth-watering local cuisine, the Magdalen Islands are definitely worth exploring, again and again! Beyond our team, you’ll be greeted by a warm community of generous & proud islanders excited to share their home with you and make you feel welcome, wherever you go.
Hurry, this retreat takes place just once this year - only 18 spots available!
To book your spot, simply fill out the booking form by clicking on the link below. Our partners at Groupe Voyage Quebec Travel Agency will connect with you to reserve your spot once they receive your form.
Your beautifulOur beautiful retreat home rests directly on the beach, between a gorgeous bay and the wild ocean. Wake up to gentle waves lapping against the shore, wild birds humming in the sky, and a glorious sun peeking over the horizon. With its modern & soothing decor, welcoming staff, and central location, this charming place will leave you relaxed, and full of inspiration.
At JUNA, yoga is at the heart of all of our offerings, whether we are teaching an asana class, or leading a hike in the forest. We believe that the principles of yoga should be practiced beyond the mat, and transposed into our daily lives. That said, a body that has experienced the liberating benefits of a physical practice will undeniably be able to assimilate these teachings more profoundly and flow through life with more ease. This is why we have included 2 daily practices, including pranayama (breath exercises) and meditation on each day of the retreat. We know that when we feel good in our bodies, hearts and minds, the rest follows! Nadia Bonenfant, JUNA Yoga School training director and experienced prana flow yoga teacher, and Mylène Montplaisir, certified hatha, vinyasa, yin yoga and yoga nidra teacher, will guide you through a variety of practices, allowing you to explore different teachings and techniques. We offer a variety of postures and accommodate all levels of experience.
Located at the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, the Magdalen Islands are a perfect playground for SUP and SUP Yoga! For this retreat, we will be practicing our paddling skills and yoga on our paddleboards in a beautiful quiet bay a few steps away from our retreat home. If you are new to paddling, worry not, you will get an extensive introduction to the sport and have the opportunity to practice certain techniques on land before heading out into the water! All equipment necessary for this activity is included, but if you prefer to bring your own wetsuit and booties, please feel free to do so. As for our guided excursion, we will be paddling out with experienced paddler and local mermaid Cindy from Cindy Hook. Under all circumstances, you will be in great hands!
It isn’t everyday that we have the chance to connect and exchange with other women in remote retreat style settings. This week will be an incredible opportunity to do this, and to crack your shell open and share your thoughts, dreams, fears, and how you wish to align your life. Our female empowerment workshops are designed with core values in mind, and as a group, we will dive into how these values can inform our deepest desires and goals. These sessions offer a precious time to dig deep and unearth your fullest potential as you face realities of what it means to be a woman in 2019. Bring a journal and pen - wild colours welcome!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
For this retreat, we are thrilled to have Lynne Taillefer, an Ayurvedic practitioner and certified yoga health coach as our on-site chef! Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions and seasonal cuisine, Lynne will be preparing all of our meals, from sunrise to sunset, including healthy, local ingredients that will nourish and serve our bodies for all our daily activities.
Be sure to include any allergies, intolerances or food preferences (vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant) in your booking form.
CULTURE & EXPLORATION
Although the Magdalen Islands is an ideal destination for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery, it is also a harbour for exceptional farm-to-table cuisine, creative artistic expression in all its forms, and a rich and inspiring cultural history. For this reason, we have blended different workshops into our schedule so that you can get a direct experience with the local community, whether it is through a traditional cuisine cooking class, a beach exploration and art workshop, a herbalist seminar on local plants and their healing properties, or an interactive conference with a world-known deep sea diver. Upon leaving, you will be nourished not only physically, but intellectually as well, and feel a strong sense of community within our group, as well as with the Madelinots.
Retreat leader, SUP instructor, yoga teacher, Y.O.U. Collective Coach, JUNA founder
Retreat leader, SUP instructor, yoga teacher, JUNA project manager, Islander
Alexandra Coté Durrer
Professional travel photographer
PRICE $1275.00 + tax
per person in shared accommodation
Please note take a maximum of 18 guests for this retreat as to provide the most personal yoga and SUP instruction. Our instructors are all certified with Paddle Canada and hold current and up-to-date first aid. All our yoga teachers are certified either by the Yoga Alliance or by the International Yoga Federation.
All of our retreats are designed for and by women as our team truly feels that women find power in numbers! Practising sports and yoga as a group have proven to be efficient in allowing women to tap into their incredible potential as strong, balanced decision makers in all aspects of their lives: family lives, demanding careers and lifelong passions
All prices are in Canadian dollars. Please note that taxes must be added to the price. Prices do not include the *FICAV contribution (0.1% of the total cost of your trip) - in respect and conformity to the laws under the Consumer Protection Office / OPC.
➾ 5 nights in shared accommodation at l’Auberge du Paradis Bleu;
➾ All meals and beverages including breakfast, lunch and dinner. * Please note that there will be a lunch outing at the restaurant Café de la Grave on Tuesday, June 11. This outing is optional and at your own costs if you decide to join us;
➾ All SUP equipment (board, paddle, leash, safety vest, anchor, wetsuit);
➾ 1 morning SUP excursion with Cindy from CindyHook Aventure
➾ 2 SUP Yoga classes with Nadia and Mylène;
➾ 10 yoga classes / workshops + guided meditations with Nadia and Mylène;
➾ 2 coaching workshops with Nadia + booklet you can bring back home;
➾ Creative Art workshop with Nicole Gravel from À Marée Basse;
➾ Herbalist workshop with Manon Letarte, herbalist and founder of Coeur d’herboristerie;
➾ Cooking workshop with Johanne Vigneault, renowned chef and founder of Gourmande de Nature;
➾ Private conference just for our group with Mario Cyr, internationally recognized deep sea diver and filmmaker;
➾ Minibus transport to and from all workshops outside of the retreat home;
➾ Free Wi-Fi at the retreat home;
➾ Surprise welcome bag with goodies from our partners.
➾ Travel Insurance (highly recommended) - please verify with your insurance provider. We suggest that activities in our retreats such as yoga, SUP and hiking be covered by your insurance and that you have complete medical and travel interruption/cancellation insurance.
➾ Lunch at Café de la Grave Tuesday, June 11;
➾ Travel to and from the Magdalen Islands and the Auberge Paradis Bleu
➾ FICAV contribution (The Compensation fund for customers of travel agents which is a financial protection administered by the Office de la protection du consommateur - 0.1% of the total cost of your trip)