"Shamrock" cabin, one of three we stay in.
I began these retreats in 2016 as a way to bring together the skills I've learned as a nature guide, personal trainer, and yoga teacher. Since then they've become my favourite part of the year, and I'm thrilled to share them with you!
These retreats are perfect if you’re looking to spend some quality time surrounded by nature, and want to upgrade your self-care practice with good food, meaningful connections, and empowering workshops.
Though there is some hiking and paddling, there's no need to be a seasoned adventurer or yoga pro for these trips. We've taken care of all the logistics and are more than happy to welcome beginners.
In accordance with the provincial requirements set by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), I have partnered with registered agent Coreen Doucett (#50021282) to handle payment logistics.
Once you submit your registration to me, I will connect you with Coreen for payment.
I believe in reciprocity, and so 20% of each retreat's profits are split between The Friends of Killarney Park and Gwekwaadziwin Miikan.
Shebahonaning means “canoe passage” in Anishinaabemowin, and refers to the sheltered channel created by George Island at the town of Killarney. (The name Shebahonaning was arbitrarily changed to “Killarney'' by the postal service in the 1850s.)
Many Indigenous peoples in this region descend from Anishinaabe ancestors, who have been residents and caretakers of this land for thousands of years. These ancestors include the Ojibwe (Chippewa), the Odawa (Ottawa), the Algonquians, and the Potawatomi. Many Métis families have also called Killarney home since the early 1800’s.
I would like to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of these peoples, currently including the Wikwemikong Anishinabek, the Anishinabek of Whitefish River, the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, the Sagamok Anishnawbek, and the Mississauga First Nations of Blind River. This land is affected by the Robinson-Huron treaty of 1850.
Killarney Provincial Park was formed with help of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1964. Much work has been done to heal the environmental damage caused by resource extraction, including far-reaching acid rain from industrial smelting in Sudbury.
During this retreat we are indulging in the privileges of recreation and resource usage provided to us by colonial rule. I ask that everyone take time to consider the impact of our environmental footprints, and how we can balance the goals of conservation with the rights of Indigenous peoples as residents and stewards of the land.
I hope you will be inspired to take up the responsibility of reconciliation and environmental stewardship with me! If you have any questions or would like action and learning suggestions, I would be more than happy to chat. :)
No, as the Avalon is not that big and usually books up far in advance. Each cabin holds 4 people. There are private spaces in each cabin to change though!
Our cabins are the closest to the bathrooms, about 20 meters away. They're in a building with 5 rooms that have hot showers, flush toilets, and sinks. It's just the right amount of rustic!
Not many at the Avalon itself, sometimes more along certain portions of the hike. As such, it's always a good idea to bring some bug spray if you're someone who tends to get eaten.
You'll need to be able to manage rocky and moderately hilly trails for the 2-hour hike, but we take it pretty easy so you don't have to be an athlete.
The yoga and paddling is also geared toward beginners so you don't need any experience, we'll teach you what you need to know and have plenty of modifications to share!
All activities are also optional, so if you'd like to do most of the trip but want to skip out on something, no problem.
We provide all the equipment and food you'll need, so you just need to bring your personal belongings and some bedding/sleeping bag. If you have a kayak or other gear you'd like to bring, feel free!
We'll send you a comprehensive packing list before the trip, and we always bring a few extra things just in case.
I'm a very small operation and I want to keep these retreats affordable, so that means I don't have a lot of wiggle room!
If someone books a spot that means I pay for the supplies and accommodations for that person. If I turn someone else away and then the person who booked cancels, I can be left in a tight spot!
In Ontario, anyone providing accommodations or transportation must be registered with the Travel Insurance Council of Ontario (TICO). As I am not a travel agent and therefore cannot register with them myself, I am required by law to work with a registered agent.
But good news! I have the lovely Coreen Doucett to organize payment logistics, you'll find her friendly and efficient.
(TICO #5002 1282 - The Travel Agent Next Door, 1003-55 York St. Toronto, ON M5J 1R7 ).