“Julia's joy and love for the wild is an inspiration. She chose an incredible spot for our retreat and cooked us extraordinary meals. We were encouraged to enjoy everything at our own pace and Julia was always on hand to help. She leads with tremendous insight and generosity, and this retreat adds years to your life force.”
Banuta Rubess


Women's Wilderness Trip 2019 August 13-16
Registration is now OPEN
email me to register japlin@me.com


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This is a three night, four day retreat focusing on rest, recuperation and restoration with no pressure to accomplish anything.
The site is a 15 minute easy walk in from the parking lot, on a small peninsula next to the water and quite far from other campers. There are picnic tables and level tent pads.
Activities may include hiking, swimming, sitting with trees, quiet time, social time, singing around fires and of course, dancing!
There is no electricity or running water. No wifi.
This is a chance to unplug, go deep into your own self within the beautiful setting of Charleston Lake.



about Charleston Lake...
I love this place. I have been a few times and each time has been magical.

There are often fireflies, like dancing fairy lights at night.
I saw baby turtles being born here one summer!
The lake is very pretty with your typical Tom Thompson rocks, trees and water type scenery.
My favorite thing to do is to swim and lie in the hammock but the park also offers fantastic hiking trails and a Nature centre.
The park is officially governed and maintained by Ontario Parks.

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Our sites are officially called “backcountry”sites because you have to walk to them but in fact they are not far from civilization. It will only take us 15-20 minute to walk from the cars. (depending on our speed and how distracted we get by the little things like mushrooms and wildflowers)
The sites we have at Buckhorn feel very private and wilderness-y. We are the only people that will be staying in that area.

Hikers and other boaters do pass through the area occasionally so while we are alone we are not completely isolated.

You can see from the map that we are sheltered from the bigger part of the lake by islands. The wind coming off the lake won’t be too grand.

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what we will do…

I want this retreat to be a rest and rejuvenation time for you. I want you to experience the powerful healing effects of nature with the positive support of other amazing women.

I have loosely scheduled gathering circles and meal times as anchors to our day but the day’s choices are open.
Maybe you have some ideas that you want to write about. You may want time to listen to your thoughts. Maybe you want to explore with watercolors or learn three chords on the ukulele? You might just want to sleep in the hammock. or go for a three hour hike. All of this is possible at Charleston Lake.



about the meals…

I love cooking over a campfire but I will also bring a stove for quick access to coffee and tea in the morning.
I will plan meals and provide all the things necessary to cook. I will be head chef at each meal but everyone will take turns assisting and cleaning up.
Please let me know if you any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.


about transportation...

Charleston Lake is located 45 min North of Kingston. About a 3.5 hours drive from Toronto
Car pools can be arranged from Toronto.
Pick up from Gananoque train station is possible.

questions and concerns…?
Even small concerns. even big ones. let me know.


COST
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$350-$550
please carefully consider what level of payment you can afford. I want the trip to be accessible to everyone but if you can truly afford full price please do.
level of payment is confidential.
email me your fee to save your spot.
two payment options are available on request.
*please note there are no refunds. If you need to cancel and I am able to fill your spot with another person I can refund the fee minus $50 processing fee.

Maximum 10 people.

What I provide:
All gear ( tents, cooking gear, stove etc)
All food items
All campsite reservations and fees
Organization of transportation
firewood
Planning and facilitation
Hauling of heavy gear to the site


What you provide:
Personal gear ( Clothes, footwear etc I can provide a list of items you will need to be outside for 3 days)
Personal items ( notebooks, novels, painting kits etc)
Help with set up, cooking, and cleaning up
Any special drinks or food items

Three Day Singing Body Retreat June 21,22 and 23, 2019


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The Singing Body
June Retreat
with
Julia and Trish


June 21, 22, 23, 2018

At Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre
Wyebridge, Ontario





The Singing Body is a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat, participants will experience a unique combination of movement and voice, free flowing together. Technical skills and creative explorations will be interwoven together through games, improvisations, songs and dance. Participants will work at their own level of ability and everyone will be supported to learn and grow in their own way. You will build tools for posture and alignment, vocal range and expression, creation and listening skills, self-awareness, and relaxation.



Approximate Schedule*

Friday
3:00-5:00 Arrive settle in and relax. Personal time.
5:30-6:00 Welcome Circle and Orientation
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Personal Time
8:00-9:30 Group Class in Studio


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Some Information from last year’s Wilderness Retreat.

Charleston Lake Back Country Women’s Retreat August 2018
Huge Gratitude for this time, the place and with these people.

Here’s what Banuta Rubess said...
“Julia's joy and love for the wild is an inspiration. She chose an incredible spot for our retreat and cooked us extraordinary meals. We were encouraged to enjoy everything at our own pace and Julia was always on hand to help. She leads with tremendous insight and generosity, and this retreat adds years to your life force.”


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Huge Gratitude for this time, the place and with these people.
I can’t wait to go again next year!!




About the retreat:


FullSizeRenderJuly, 2018 Nature Retreat to Webster’s Falls