Wellness, Restoration, & Resiliency Retreat for communities of service


Wellness, Restoration, & Resiliency Retreat for communities of Service


Wellness, Restoration, & Resiliency Retreat for communities of service

Renewing in nature, we invite rest and connection. Following our heartlines to nourish our inner healer, we honour our stories and generate health in mind, body and spirit. Together, we chart a heart-strong course for hope, vitality and purpose.

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As caretakers, health and emergency support workers, and frontline workers, your focus is on supporting your community – sometimes prioritizing those needs above your own.

The Heartlines Retreat is our remedy for burnout, stress, and fatigue.  Through time spent unplugged in nature, experience together a variety of wellness activities which will engage dreamtime, adventure, creativity, and community connection. 

Join us in prioritizing your own mental health and wellbeing . . .  Tend to the heart, experience restoration, and recover your resiliency in nature. 


  • Immersion in resiliency practices, mental health supports and coping strategies
  • Basking in the quiet of lakeside and forest living with a chance to move freely around outside spaces
  • Deep rest and rejuvenation, connection to your breath & body, renew your mental and emotional strength.
  • Engaging your inner explorer with guided and self-guided adventures across the lakes and trails of Algonquin Park
  • Connecting with nature through grounding activities like sprouting, gardening, foraging, and re-wilding
  • Feeling heard & supported through peaceful expression and communication in a safe environment
  • Taking some personal space and find sanctuary at the Edge

Who is this retreat for?

The Heartlines Retreat is available for pre-formed groups of frontline workers in need of rest and rejuvenation – a need that is bigger now than ever:  PSWs, nurses, paramedics, doctors, those helping in shelters or group homes, mental health professionals, police, firefighters, teachers & teacher’s aids, and caregivers.

We seek to partner with organizations and programs who are in a position to identify and financially support appropriate groups and communities for this program.

Facilitators To Be Announced

We are excited to welcome you to our upcoming retreat! We have yet to select a facilitator for this program. While this might seem concerning at first, fear not, as Northern Edge Algonquin is home to a community of experienced and knowledgeable facilitators who are equipped to provide transformative and memorable experiences.

Deposits & Cancellations

In short: Spaces are limited.  When you book a retreat with us, a non-refundable deposit (50% of your overall balance) reserves your space and allows us to plan accordingly. Remaining balances are due 15 days before arrival.

Deposits protect our group-based experiences by acting as a commitment from our guests. If you need to cancel your visit, the timing of your cancellation will determine the level of flexibility we can offer in rescheduling your visit or holding your deposit as a credit to be used in the future. Please refer to our full deposit and cancellation policy for more information on our policies, timelines, and the commitments we make based on your registration.

Meals & Dietary Needs

Edge guests are well nourished and experience mealtime itself as a program element, with storytelling to introduce the seasonal flavours of the region and the relationships with the folk who grew and raised the ingredients close to home. Cooking at the Edge focuses on balancing globally far-flung tastes with provincially produced foods. Meals are served buffet style and are guests often enjoy lakeside dining outdoors when the weather allows it.

Over the years we have met many diverse dietary needs. Guests are invited to identify their dietary needs & preferences as a part of the registration process, and those with restrictions love the options we provide.

Itinerary & Program Timings

We offer unique, tailored experiences that flow as our facilitators respond to the interests of our guests, seasonal conditions, and special opportunities that may arise.

Each retreat at the Edge features healthy doses of dreamtime, adventure, community, creativity, time spent in nature, and a dash of surprise. Guests always have the choice to take solo or rest time in lieu of planned experiences.

While a detailed itinerary is not available, you can count on and prepare for the activities used to describe the flavour of this retreat. Meals are generally served at 8:30, 12:30, and 6pm. When appropriate, optional early-morning or late-night experiences may be offered.

Arrival Time & Directions

Arrival time is between 2 – 3 pm with programming beginning at 3:30.  We encourage our guests to arrive on time and stay to experience the full retreat, which generally ends after brunch on the final day. Please let us know if you expect to arrive after 3.

You can find us easily on Google or Apple maps, or view detailed directions here.

What to Bring

We’ll be spending time both indoors and out in nature, and we invite you to dress appropriately for the season to stay comfortable, warm, and dry. There’s no dress code and most guests wear their “retreat-casual”.

We encourage guests to bring a surprise to share with others – this might take the form of a game or activity, an instrument/song/poem, or a tasty treat.

Join Heartlines

All-Inclusive Pricing from

$ 916 +HST/Person

Custom Dates Available for groups of 8+

What’s Included

  • Your choice of shared or private cozy cabin accommodation.
  • Transformational learning experience tailored passionate facilitators
  • Equipment & materials included*
  • Delicious meals from arrival dinner to departure brunch. (Crafted with care from local ingredients, and catered to your dietary needs.)
  • Wood-fired sauna, campfires, and more!

What’s Not Included

  • 13% Harmonized Sales Tax
  • Gratuities for the hospitality team, facilitators & guides.
  • Wi-fi access and cellular signal are not available for this unplugged experience.

Explore Accommodation Options

Habitat Cabin Room

Canopy Cabin

Our simple, clear-roofed cabins bring participants closer to nature, just a short walk away from main programming spaces and amenities such as showers and flush toilets. Each canopy cabin features a double bed, ideal for solo travellers or couples.

cabin in algonquin park

Habitat Cabin

Cozy, rustic habitat cabins are located just a short walk away from main programming spaces and amenities such as washrooms and showers. Each offers a loft double bed above 2 single beds, making them ideal for sharing with friends or other participants.

Studio Cabin accommodations Algonquin Park

Studio Cabin

Comfortable & spacious eco-friendly studio rooms are located just a minute’s walk away from main programming spaces and showers. These feature a small en-suite bathroom with a composting toilet. Both a double bed and a single bed make them ideal for couples or friends.

Studio Cabin Accommodations Algonquin Park

Log Cabin Bedroom

The luxurious and comfortable log cabin is located a bit further from main programming spaces for optimal rest, and features en-suite bathrooms with showers. Each room’s Queen bed can convert into two twin beds, providing flexibility for solo travellers, couples, or friends.


“I attended a 3 day Leadership Summit that was rooted in teaching meaningful leadership skills. I walked away from the weekend with information that can be applied right way to creating meaningful retreats that will leave people feeling transformed, as I did after my time at Northern Edge Algonquin.”

Leadership Summit Attendee

“A unique mosaic of experiences that invited each of us to consider what’s possible within our own offerings when you pull together like-minded hearts and souls who appreciate a great story meant to be shared with others.”

Jennifer Garland

“Gregor (The Chef/The Carpenter) is amazing. Like will you marry me, get in my trunk, I’ll never eat another meal again kind of amazing. The food he makes is creative and what real farm-to-table was meant to be. He describes every dish with the care of someone who knows when and where each item was picked. Waiting for that dinner bell was a Pavlov’s dog experience each time.”

Cheyenne Byng

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