Forest Retreat

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in La Belle Province.
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Sadly, due to continued restrictions, this retreat has been cancelled.

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Sunday, July 4 – Sunday, July 11, 2021


Manoir de la Forêt
32 Chemin River, Cantley, Quebec

Manoir de la Forêt

Nestled in the middle of a maple forest in Cantley, Québec, our venue is conveniently located only 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa or Gatineau.
Manoir de la Forêt is a perfect country location for your special event. Its sweeping tree-lined driveway welcomes you to the heart of 29 acres of tranquil woodland.

Where We Work & Play

At Manoir de la Forêt, we provide an ideal year-round setting for retreats, meetings, conferences, wellness seminars and workshops. Located 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau, our 29 acre forest property offers peaceful surroundings for a perfect stress-free event.


Join us in the maple forest estate of Manoir de la Forêt for a week of gentle yoga, guided writing practice, experiential writing prompts, evening readings, & gourmet meals prepared according to your preferences.

We are honoured to have Otipemisiwak medicine woman, Erin Dixon, lead us in ceremony to reconnect with the elemental world

With time for deep rest, time to explore 29 acres of tranquil woodland, time for deep listening, and time to dive deep into your writing projects, you will come away rejuvenated and refreshed, with your confidence restored.

*All activities and offerings will be conducted following all CoVid safe protocols.*


Esana Lofty Yoga
    Daily gentle yoga with Esana

    Evelyn (Esana) Lotfy has practiced and taught yoga since 1992. She attended the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lennox, Mass. for training and the practice of karma yoga (selfless service). She has been part of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Team, and holds both the Basic Kripalu Teacher Training Certificate (200 hours) and the Professional Level Certification (500+ hours).

      Daily guided writing practice led by Deepam

      Winner of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest for developing writers, Deepam (Susan) Wadds’ award-winning short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. The first two chapters of her novel, “What the Living Do,” won Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, and was published in Azure’s winter 2017 issue.

      A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Deepam is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of writing workshop facilitation. She is Past President of the Writers’Community of Simcoe County (WCSC).

      She’s been leading writing workshops and retreats in Canada and internationally since 2013.

      Journey with Erin Dixon

      Through our connection to Aakiikwe, our Earth mother and all of our relations, Erin, Ashati Sakahikan, will share life-water ceremony and invite us into a journey of deep listening, land-based reconnection, and reflection.

      Erin belongs to the sacred waters of Skeleton Lake and identifies as Otipemisiwak, “the free people who define themselves” and is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario.  She is a researcher and lead faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Wise Practices for Indigenous Leaders and Truth and Reconciliation through Right Relations. With an MA in Global Leadership from Royal Roads University and land-based post-grad studies in EcoPsychology, Erin sits within the circle of directors for Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, First Peoples Committee.  Erin works for collective leadership and change with Senator Gwen Boniface within the Truth and Reconciliation Round Tables. As she walks she bridges different spheres of knowing, interweaving pathways towards the possible, heeding the essence of what is being called to life.


      Writing & Yoga Facilitation: $825.00

      Double accommodation, including all meals, per person:  $1099.00 plus taxes (Couples or those already living together only)

      Single accommodation, including all meals: $1155.00 plus taxes

      Participation is limited to 10 participants. 

      For more information, questions, or to register, please fill this form and I will get right back to you.

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