Where is the retreat? Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island, the sunniest and wildest of BC’s Southern Gulf Islands
Address: 120 Manastee Rd, Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0, Canada
How do I get there?
This retreat, like many, starts with the adventurous way in which you arrive. There are limited ferries this time of year so please pay close attention to make sure that your flight or travel plans correlate with the only available ferries on arrival and departure days!
There are multiple ways to arrive. You can take a ferry/seaplane/helicopter from Vancouver region/Victoria to Galiano Island. All are fun, beautiful options. Once on Galiano Island, our home at Bodega Ridge is 30 minutes from Sturdies Port. We recommend bringing your own car on the ferry if you can, and will also be coordinating shared taxi rides for those without cars. Let us know of your travel plans so we can prepare, or if you’d like help planning. The retreat starts at 5pm. See details below:
We suggest arriving at YVR by 10:40am to take the BC Connecter (depending on where you are coming from) or by 1:00pm if you are taking public transportation to Tsawwassen Ferry. (this is to give you plenty of time to get through customs and traffic)
We suggest departing YVR after 2pm to allow plenty of time for travel.
BY FERRY – Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
FERRY TIMES – LIMITED OPTIONS!!
Friday, November 10th – Tsawwassen Ferry to Galiano
9:55am – 10:50am
3:30pm – 4:15PM
see schedule here
Sunday, November 12th, From Gailiano to Tsawwassen
9:15am – 10:10am
see schedule here
more options on Monday
You want the ferry to Sturdies Bay/Galiano, it’s the first spot.
It’s a small boat, so be sure to reserve a spot for your car if needed.
Depart on the Gulf Islands ferry from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
HOW TO GET TO TSAWWASSEN FERRY TERMINAL & BACK – BUS + SKY TRAIN
Please give yourself at least 90 minutes from the time you arrive at Vancouver Airport until the time you board the ferry
Detailed instructions to Tsawwassen from Vancouver Airport / to Vancouver Airport from Tsawwassen
BC Connecter Option
This option will have you get on at the airport, they will drop you off at Tsawwassen and you will take the next ferry.
take the 11:40am bus to Gulf Islands via Tsawwassen – $58 (includes ferry ticket)
there is a later bus that gets you in at 3pm if necessary but it’s cutting it close as the last ferry is at 3:30pm.
take the 3:30pm ferry to Galiano Island
take the 9:15am ferry (buy ticket at the ferry)
take the 11:00am bus to the airport – $38 (doesn’t include ferry ticket)
How to use this site:
Go here and search ONE WAY (round trip doesn’t work):
From: YVR AIRPORT / RIVER ROCK CASINO
To: Gulf Islands via Tsawwassen
Pickup: YVR AIRPORT
Drop off: Gulf islands via Tsawwassen
From: Onboard BC Ferries to YVR
To: YVR Airport / River Rock Casion
Pickup: Onboard BC Ferries to YVR
Drop Off: YVR Airport
FROM VICTORIA/VANCOUVER ISLAND
Depart on the Gulf Islands ferry from the Swartz Bay Terminal, North of Victoria.
BY SEAPLANE / HELICOPTER / PRIVATE BOAT
Seaair Seaplanes makes daily trips between Vancouver and Galiano’s Montague Harbour. Land directly at Bodega Ridge with SKY Helicopters with a private charter from Vancouver.
The marina at Montague Harbour offers moorage to private boaters. A public dock is located near the marina, as well as a gas dock and several small shops. Montague Harbour
Start Time: 5 pm on the first day
End Time: After breakfast on the last day
What is Included?
Accommodations at the relaxing and beautiful Bodega Ridge Resort2 Slow Flow Yoga Classes
2 Morning Meditations
2 Yin Yoga Classes
Ayurvedic Gift Bag to support daily self care practices
Fire side talk on ancient wisdom
Hand making of dosha balancing teas and skin elixirs
Locally-sourced vegetarian meals crafted by Internationally recognized chef Josh Blumenthal
What is not included?
Transportation to or from Bodega Ridge/Galiano Island, extra activities not listed above like spa treatments or excursions.
Hiking: The famous Bodega Ridge is right at our doorstep or we can direct you to several other breathtaking spots. Some local favourites include Pebble Beach, Mt.Galiano, Dionisio Park and Montague Provincial Park.
Cycling: Galiano island features some great trails and lots of challenging roads to explore, you can bring your bike on the ferry and cycle along the road to Bodega in about 60 minutes, from here there are numerous cross-country trails and places to see. Jesse can arrange to show you some of his favourite trails and roads!
Beaches: Three beaches lie within a kilometre of the resort including Dionisio Point Provincial Park, or what locals call “Coon Bay”. Bring your camera -in addition to the sandy beach and tidal pools, you’ll find strange and beautiful sandstone formations.
Our Home: Bodega Ridge, natural and serene
The resort is seven individual log cabins and lodge on 22 beautiful acres of rural countryside at the island’s quiet north end. Nestled at the base of the famous Bodega Ridge, the property offers magnificent views of Trincomali channel, the surrounding Gulf Islands and the Vancouver Island Mountains.
We’ve left things pretty much as nature intended. Take the gently sloping terrain at your leisure and discover spectacular meadows, arbutus trees, grape vines, fruit trees, orchids and wildflowers. The famous Bodega Ridge trail is at your doorstep and the views are well worth the hike. Or put your feet up and enjoy it all from your cabin’s private deck.
We have 7 charming, self-contained log cabins, all with 3 bedrooms each, plus a living room, fire place, full kitchen and two bathrooms. Each cabin sleeps six comfortably, and all bedrooms have a queen-size bed with dreamy pillow-top mattress.
Take in the view from your cedar deck, have a long soak in the tub, or curl up in front of the wood stove.
You’ll find all the comforts of home at Bodega Ridge.
– Free high speed wireless internet (we are one of the few places on the island with good cell coverage too…)
– Each cabin is equipped with 3 private bedrooms, each with queen sized beds, crisp white linens, fluffy pillows and cozy Pendleton Blankets.
– Towels are provided & replenished upon request.
– Complimentary firewood and kindling during cool months
– Stereos with iPod jacks
– Fully Equipped kitchens with China, flatware, utensils, pots & pans
– French Press & Drip Coffee Makers and a morning’s supply of JJ Bean Railtown Blend dark coffee
What is the food like?
Our marquee is ideal for al fresco dining in the warmer months. In cooler weather, our woodstove heated dining hall holds up to 80 people.
Executive Chef Josh Blumenthal’s menu features as much Galiano-grown ingredients as possible, using the best of all our local farms and designed around seasonal availability. Many herbs & fruit come right off the Bodega Ridge property itself. We strive to support our local farming community and feature organic ingredients as much as possible.
If you have personal favourite dishes or needs Chef Josh is happy to work them into the menu. Additionally, we are very sensitive to any special dietary needs or requests.
Wi-fi/Cell Service/Electricity: Yes, there’s high speed wifi and typically good cell service. But no one said you need to use them 🙂
Weather: November is winter so temperatures are often in the 30’s-40’s
Currency/Cash/CC: The Canadian Dollar (CAD). 1 US Dollar = about 1.25 CAD. 4 US Dollars = about 5 CAD.
VISAS TO CANADA: As an American, Australian or citizen from any EU country, entering Canada as a tourist, for less than 6 months, does not require a visa prior to arrival. All that is needed is a passport, valid for at least one year from date of entry. Round trip tickets are not required to enter Canada but are recommended. If asked, you can explain to the immigration representative that you have a booking at The Bodega Ridge Resort on Galiano Island for a 10 day personal retreat-vacation and will be leaving the country after the retreat ends or shortly thereafter. (Always check for updates)
Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.
Here is our general retreat packing list and our tips on packing for flights.
Special Items to Pack for This Retreat
– Warm layers, beanie and mittens
– Hiking Shoes
– Journal + pen
– Immunity support for travel
– Extra snacks if you would like
When are final payments due?
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.
Venue: Bodega Ridge Resort
120 Manastee Rd, Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0, Canada
Toll free: 1.877.604.2677 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: 10 AM to 6 PM Daily
YOGASCAPES Retreat Support: (510) 629-9191
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.