Last Fall, we offered for the first time a one-day yoga and meditation retreat for clients and volunteers of Wellwood. Wellwood is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides information, supportive care programs and peer support to people who have received a diagnosis of cancer, their families and caregivers, and healthcare providers.

Feedback from the retreat was very positive with the suggestion of a longer retreat. So in a few days new participants will gather again at Bliss Haven, Dunville for a two-day retreat.

The retreat program includes yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, and reiki – all provided by volunteers. Meditation and yoga instruction is given at the beginner level, and there is ample room for comments, questions and answers.It is usual that an individual may choose to spend quiet time going for a walk rather than attend a group activity.

Retreats provide opportunities for us to learn about ourselves. Some favorite things are: talking with roommates before sleeping;  group meditations; clarity of thought; starting the day with yoga, satisfying vegetarian meals.

If would like to attend any of our yoga retreats in Ontario or in the warmth of Barbados during winter months, kindly give Heather a call at 905-525-2426 or email

Heather Greaves has been volunteering as a yoga teacher at Wellwood for 15 years. She enjoys creating and facilitating self-care workshops.

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