Our Community

Our centre is a small, family-run business created with a goal of rediscovering ourselves, empowering one another, and healing our relationship with the earth.  You’re about to experience something very different from a hotel stay: we hope your visit feels like staying with a friend — one who lives in harmony with nature, cooks with passion, and wants to introduce you to a world of transformational, creative, restorative, and explorative community experiences.

At the heart of every retreat at Northern Edge are the inspiring connections we have with passionate people who work together to co-create the kind of experiences we want to participate in ourselves.  The Edge community includes not only our core team, but also our family, facilitators, and our growing leadership community…

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Professional Leadership Retreat
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Coordinator team

Our coordinator team co-creates, facilitates, and markets our retreats while guiding the continuous evolution of the Edge . . .

Martha Lucier  co-founder northern edge algonquin

Martha Lucier

Co-Founder, Retreat Facilitator, Way of the Circle Centre Founder

Martha has always felt a deep connection with nature and has long been an initiator of circles, connecting people to themselves, each other, and the earth. Her personal calling is to help herself and others heal personal, ancestral, & collective trauma. Sound healing, qigong, yoga, and circle work are all tools that she uses to restore connection, find peace, and inspire us to live our lives fully in the present moment.

Todd Lucier; co-founder Northern Edge Algonquin

Todd Lucier

Co-Founder, Retreat Designer, IGNITE Facilitator

Todd designs retreats and experiences at the Edge and beyond.  He tells stories, informs and enlightens and inspires people to live a life with passion and purpose. He feels most alive wearing his rubber boots and being on the land or water.

Tim practicing Aerial Yoga

Tim Lucier

Operations Director, Retreat Facilitator

The son of Northern Edge Algonquin co-founders Todd and Martha, Tim has witnessed and helped to guide the evolutions of our centre from the very beginning. As our Director of Operations, Tim leads our coordinator team to work towards continuous improvement in all areas. As a facilitator & leader, Tim invites guests to live simply, dream big, and explore with curiosity. He draws on a diverse range of training and experience and is passionate about hand balancing, aerial yoga, travel, performance, minimalism, and habit development.

Greg Waters posing by the pizza oven

Gregor Waters

Steward, Gardener, Kitchen Guru, Designer, Builder

Truly a modern Renaissance man, Gregor’s passion spills over from lovingly crafted public spaces including stonework, building design, construction, and into the kitchen where his passion for local food products & partnerships meets his inspiration of cuisine from around the world.

Trae Robinson paddling in the back of a canoe

Trae Robinson

Facilitator, Way of the Circle Centre Coordinator

Inspired by nature, travel, and vibrant living, Trae guides experiences in London and Northern Ontario. As a facilitator, she says it’s a privilege to witness “aha” moments as quantum leaps in understanding.

Courtney at the Edge

Courtney Sinclair

Leadership Coordinator, Retreat Facilitator

Over a decade ago Courtney came to Northern Edge and connected with an inner knowing that she had never felt before. It led her to become a Paddle Canada SUP Instructor/Trainer, international paddling expedition guide, as well as a 200hr yoga instructor and experienced facilitator. She finds fulfillment in helping guests to move through challenges in nature and supports adventures of personal growth and moments of awe + beauty. Court acts as our Leadership Coordinator to support our growing community of leaders in reaching our potential together through training, connection, and co-creation of transformational retreat experiences.

Corrissa Middlebrook sitting on a dock

Corrissa Middlebrook

Program Coordinator, Retreat Facilitator

Passionate about the outdoors, Corrissa is a seasoned adventurer with outdoor rec and camp leadership roots. In addition to facilitating retreats at Northern Edge, Corrissa works behind the scenes to coordinate retreats and communications for incoming groups and visitors.

Corrissa is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to welcoming her back in 2025!

Alex Savatti in the forest

Alex Savatti

Engagement Coordinator, Retreat Facilitator

Alex is a true storyteller with a deep love for people and the outdoors. Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, Alex dedicates his time to building his business, Tripshed, building canoes, and building community. A wilderness guide, guiding teacher, and transformative coach, Alex appreciates the capacity of intention and nature to create moments that leave people changed.

Our stewardship & hospitality team

 cares for our spaces and our guests, through creating nourishing meals, and developing welcoming spaces

Ella Sheridan

Ella Sheridan

Mealtime & Hospitality Steward

A resident of Kawawaymog Lake, Ella has deep roots in the area and at the Edge through her parents Chris & Trae. Ella’s gentle and joyful way of being in service contribute toward a wonderful guest experience. Outside of her work at the Edge she is an artist and designer.

Courtney at the Edge

Leo Paghubasan

Food Service Steward

Driven by an interest for culinary knowledge and a yearning for new adventures, Leo ventured forth to the Edge in early 2024. Similar to Martha and Todd, he has also completed his studies in the Human Kinetics program at the University of Windsor. When not immersed in his culinary pursuits, Leo finds solace in the great outdoors, loses himself in books, engages in various sports, and practices meditation.

Anne Mckenzie

Tracy Dumouchelle

Housekeeping Coordinator

Tracy appreciates working in nature and contributing to positive guest experiences. She’s a rockstar who helps refresh our spaces through the week and helps out in the kitchen on weekends. “Tracy D” knows the words to just about every 80’s song, and can be heard singing along while working in the Edge kitchen.

Todd Lucier; co-founder Northern Edge Algonquin

Marilyn Dixon

Housekeeping Team

For over 20 years Marilyn’s been instrumental in keeping our spaces refreshed and ready for incoming guests every week, and she has helped us to set a very high standard of naturally clean spaces.

Marilyn has retired twice, but so enjoys her time at the Edge that she keeps coming back!

Anne Mckenzie

Anne Mckenzie

Housekeeping Team

Anne lives just around the corner from the Edge, where she enjoys nature to the fullest and is living her best life off the grid. Anne aims to support all with a listening ear as we reclaim our extraordinary life. A retired nurse, she is passionate about the power of nature in creating resiliency for frontline healthcare workers.

The Lucier Family

Co-founders of Northern Edge Todd and Martha, and our Operations Director Tim currently live on-site at the Edge and we are very excited to welcome you to our home.

The rest of the family (Emily, Natalie, Alistair, and the grandkids: Aiden, Katie, Everest, James, Rowan, Elowyn) live nearby, visit often, and sometimes work here as well.

Any combination of our family may be here during your visit – ​​if you see any of the Lucier family members during your stay, don’t be shy – say hello! They’re a friendly bunch who are accustomed to living amongst retreat visitors.

The Lucier Family

Retreat Facilitators

Retreats at the Edge are co-facilitated by leaders with a grounded connection to the Edge and unique passions & gifts that they use to co-create and support group retreat experiences. The Edge Facilitators who host experiences with us the most often include:

Martha Lucier with rattle - co-founder northern edge algonquin

Joanna Sadowski

As an advocate for strengthening mind, body, and spirit connections through yoga and wilderness pursuits, Joanna’s adventures have ranged from extended backcountry canoe trips to dogsled and climbing expeditions, and even Scuba trips in the Great Barrier Reef.

Joanna has also been deeply involved in the yoga community for over 20 years, teaching, facilitating, leading retreats, and continually expanding her knowledge through training.

She loves trying new things, sharing her passions, meeting new people, and learning about their unique stories. Spending time in nature is where she feels most at home.

Todd Lucier; co-founder Northern Edge Algonquin

Lindsay Morris

It was love at first visit when Lindsay arrived at the Edge in 2018. Lindsay is a yoga, barre, and dance teacher who is dedicated to meeting people wherever they are on their wellness journey. Lindsay aims to help guests feel grounded in their bodies and minds, and foster a sense of empowerment and self-discovery.

Lindsay is happiest outside and loves creating special experiences in nature. One of her favourite things about facilitating at the Edge is nurturing a supportive environment where everyone can realize their inner strength and recognize that they are capable of more than they believe. Lindsay lives in Ottawa and works for the federal government, but she loves having a reason to visit Algonquin.

Vicki Waters

Vicki Waters

A valued member of the Edge team for many years, Vicki resides down the road at Stonemote Cottage with her husband Gregor, where they cultivate an array of vegetables and microgreens for the delight of our guests.

As a skilled leader, Vicki has a particular affinity for working with women’s groups. Her expertise and enthusiasm will inspire you to explore the restorative power of movement, the serenity of yoga nidra, the therapeutic benefits of reflexology, a range of artistic expression, and the nutritional wonders of microgreens.

Courtney at the Edge

Wendy Martin

Wendy is a facilitator of embodiment and movement practices that encompass a wide range, from transformative yoga therapy to vibrant vinyasa flow. But Wendy’s inspiration doesn’t stop there—she has recently tapped into her creative side, exploring artistic expression, natural dye, and pottery.

With her warm and wonderful soul, Wendy continues to delve into her passions, weaving together an eclectic mix of teaching modalities. Join her on a path of self-discovery and embodied movement, while also embracing the beauty of artistic expression.

Lucy Emmott

Lucy Emmott

Lucy is a child of the woods who joyfully invites others into her experience of peaceful acceptance and excited curiosity with the natural world nearby.

A local champion for living sustainably, Lucy has a passion for nature – and a gift for creating excitement in the little things that we don’t usually come to notice. In just 5 metres of exploring a forest with Lucy, our guests can see and experience a really deep level of connection with the world around them.

Courtney at the Edge

Allie Chisholm-Smith

Allie Chisholm-Smith, MES, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and leading yoga teacher trainings and retreats for 3 decades throughout Ontario. She loves facilitating inner transformation through movement, yoga and connection. Allie is an avid student of Ayurveda and all aspects of the yoga philosophies. For her, retreats are about having time, space and quiet to hear your soul and touch others’ hearts. Like that time that you had a whole weekend with your oldest and dearest, retreats allow for the long conversations that can go on for days. Allie’s focus is on the deeply transformative nature of feeling safely held by a place and a group. In her mind, Northern Edge Algonquin is the ideal place for this alchemical process.

Sarah Connoly

Sarah Connolly

From a young age, Sarah was captivated by the connection between nature and personal growth, leading her to dedicate herself to fostering resilience in individuals, families, and communities. With over 15 years of experience facilitating wilderness trips, Sarah seamlessly blends outdoor adventures with moments of peaceful reflection, guiding others on journeys of self-discovery and social change.

Beyond her outdoor pursuits, she finds joy in yoga, pottery, and discovering creative ways to bring people together and foster a sense of community.

Courtney at the Edge

Sandra Heidel

With over 20 years of experience in outdoor education and the Canadian Armed Forces reserves, Sandy is a seasoned leader with certifications in SUP and Yoga instruction.

Sandy brings a mix of knowledge, enthusiasm, and a genuine love for the outdoors. She’s passionate about teaching survival skills, competing in adventure races, and guiding people on the water, whether it’s in a canoe or on a paddleboard.

Way of the Circle Leaders

In 2012, Martha was intuitively guided to create a year-long program called ‘The Way of the Circle,’ focusing on the wisdom of the circle and the collective process. The roots of this new program grew from the many shamanic circles she had been tending and facilitating at that time. Martha explains, “I yearned to evolve away from the teacher-centric structure of facilitating, which felt imbalanced and overburdening, to a more sustainable design that fostered shared, inclusive leadership. After twenty years of work in the spiritual community, it was natural to witness the evolution of circle practice in organic action.”

From this program, the “Way of the Circle Centre” was born and began to offer mentorship in transformational leadership through Heart Wisdom retreats at the Edge. Participants from this program who feel called to leadership train as mentors before growing into co-facilitators. Each Heart Wisdom retreat is co-led by a team of 2-3 heart-centered facilitators (from a variety of cultural and spiritual backgrounds), as they provide mentorship to 1-2 circle mentors who are learning to listen deeply to participants sharing, and weave a unique program that responds to the collective dreams of each gathering through a process we call the Way of the Circle. In addition to Martha & Trae, Co-Facilitators of Way of the Circle programs may include:

Ella Sheridan
Jan Beaver

Cobourg, ON

Ella Sheridan
Vicki Waters

South River, ON

Ella Sheridan
Chris Sheridan

London, ON

Ella Sheridan
Deanna Fry

Barrie, ON

Ella Sheridan
Doug Mannen

North Bay, ON

Ella Sheridan
Elaine Leufkens

Toronto, ON