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We are so be excited to be bringing Yogascapes guests to Canada this November! This retreat weekend is handcrafted to combine yoga, ayurvedic wellness and incredible food in an off-the-beaten path destination amidst natural Canadian beauty. Our weekend retreat theme is “Remedy of Ritual” — think cabin glamping in the forest, slow flow yoga overlooking the space where the ocean meets the shore, and evening yin yoga combined with creating rituals and remedies that nourish us, inside and out.
We are so excited to venture further into nature so close to home. Just a ferry ride away from Vancouver lies this Galiano, the sunniest and wildest of BC’s Southern Gulf Islands, and Bodega Ridge, our home for the weekend, makes the most of its natural charms. Leah Adams will be guiding you through a full but relaxing weekend of thoughtful slow yoga flows, morning meditations, yin yoga, make it yourself workshop of dosha balancing teas and skin elixirs and more.
Meals will be prepared by chef Josh Blumenthal; he has spent time working in Vancouver’s most celebrated restaurants, as well as working in Michelin-starred kitchens in Europe.We will sip warm tea by the fire and explore how we can use the map of the Ayurvedic doshas to tune into the wisdom of the body. Beginning to recognize the qualities of the doshas can support us in creating vibrant health and creating nourishing rituals to support our own unique needs.
There will be abundant time for napping, hiking, and personal reflection. You can also choose to embark on fishing charters, kayaking, mountain biking (we have high end Kona bikes on premises), guided hikes and more. We can make recommendations or handle arrangements. This trip is open to people of all experiences and backgrounds.
This retreat, like many, starts with the adventurous way in which you arrive. Here’s how your adventure will begin:
By Ferry – From Vancouver and the Mainland:
From Seattle or Bellingham take the 1-5 North to Vancouver, BC.
From Vancouver, take BC-99 South, then BC-17 South to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. You want the ferry to Sturdies Bay/Galiano.
It’s a small boat, so be sure to reserve a spot for your car.
Depart on the Gulf Islands ferry from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, 30km south of Vancouver. If leaving from the City of Vancouver, please take into consideration the traffic through the Massey Tunnel.
By Ferry – Victoria and Vancouver Island
Depart on the Gulf Islands ferry from the Swartz Bay Terminal, North of Victoria.
Air & Boat Access
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.
Leah, a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor describes yoga as a “natural and essential component” of her humanity, a practice that is “beautiful and effective because it taps us into our parasympathetic nervous systems and allows us to rest, reset, heal and digest to feel calm and nourished.”
Leah teaches weekly classes to providers at Washington’s top Cancer Care Hospital, is serving as a faculty member for a CME (continuing medical education) course of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital, and has also lead mindful yin classes at the University of Washington Mindfulness Project. In her classes she encourages students to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. She believes that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Leah has spent fifteen years working in fashion, advertising and yoga retail as a stylist, buyer, sales representative & model for companies including Volkswagen, Evian, Crest, Chanel, Semperviva Yoga, Pyrrha, hauteyoga and A Peace Treaty. As a stylist Leah spent years lugging around heavy items. After one too many an instance of carrying dozens of boxes of shoes all at once, she began yearning to be kinder and gentler with herself. As Leah started to explore the relationship between yoga and her other creative passions, yoga resonated with her and became a practice she began to cherish deeply and implement into her lifestyle with devotion.
Leah is a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has completed a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) approved course of study. She incorporates this as well as Meditation, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature into her teaching, bringing her love of yoga and her ever-growing knowledge of it to share with others.
Leah, has had a dedicated yoga practice since 2010 and has been a registered teacher since 2013. She has taken some 1600 cumulative hours of various yoga, ayurveda and bodywork training courses with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and ongoing annual in residence Yin/Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Leah is the founder of Lumi Ayurveda, a line of organic skin care products inspired by ayurvedic wisdom. Through her study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda, across three continents she’s learned that living in alignment with nature is the ultimate form of self-care.
Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher
Welcome to Bodega Ridge Resort, deluxe log-cabin accommodations on BC’s beautiful Galiano Island. Inside your private cabin, you’ll find all the creature comforts of home. Beyond your cedar deck, the wilds of the island beckon.
It’s a truly magical place, one we’re delighted to share with many weddings, retreats and other groups throughout the year. Or come, just the two of you, for a quiet weekend away from it all. Whatever brings you to Bodega Ridge, we guarantee that you won’t want to leave.
There’s nowhere quite like Galiano, the sunniest and wildest of BC’s Southern Gulf Islands, and Bodega Ridge makes the most of its natural charms.
The resort is seven self-contained 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 seven charming, self-contained log cabins, all with three bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bath. 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.
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.