Come home to Your True Nature

Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat

Come Home to your True Nature

Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat

Come home to Your True Nature

Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat


Are you looking for a way to reconnect with yourself and your passions? Or perhaps you are ready to feel empowered and gain back control of your life?

Come join us on a journey of self-discovery at a Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat. It’s an experience like no other, with activities that give you the tools to create positive change in your life. From creating personal rituals, engaging more deeply with your family, to identifying your passions and following your dreams – we help you empower yourself to use your heart’s wisdom as a tool for transformation.

Just imagine . . .


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Nestled in the heart of nature, these transformational retreats invite you to come home to your true nature, awakening the guidance of your inner wisdom. Engaging in practices that help you to dream, connect, explore, and create are the foundation of heart-centred wellness.  Our unique and experiential programs evoke your childlike wonder, your dreamer within, and your wise leader. Learn how to drop into the heart’s centre, express yourself more honestly, be present and actively listen – all while creating wonderful shared memories with like-minded participants.

The Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat takes place each season on the edge of Algonquin Park and is open to participants of all experience levels. Each gathering has a guiding theme inspired by the seasons; winter dreaming, spring flowing, summer blooming, and fall harvesting. These themes are then blended with transformative and spiritual practices and activities that help cultivate our wisdom such as nature connection, journaling and sharing in circle, movement and meditation, sound healing, sauna sessions, crafting & art, energy healing and co-created ceremony. You’ll come away from this self-healing retreat with practices for daily life that are the foundation for heart-centred living.

Actionable goals

Each Heart Wisdom Healing Retreat is co-created by the participants and led by a mentoring team through a process we call the Way of the Circle. Following the principles: dream, connect, explore, create and evolve, we take a journey of self-discovery together. Learn how to tap into your intuition, unique gifts, soul yearnings, day and night-time dreams, and innate wisdom, to co-create living ceremony and access your potential.

This retreat is for you if you’re;

  • Feeling stuck or in a transition period and unsure how to move forward. 
  • Seeking a conscious connection to your life’s purpose.
  • Open to learning heart-led forms of self-inquiry to tap into your deepest desires.
  • Keen to develop trust and compassion for yourself and others.
  • Ready to make lifelong transformations that support wholeness and health.
  • Intent on deepening your connection with nature and its ancient wisdom.
  • Called to learn more about heart-centred communication and how to cultivate peace in your family, in your communities, and in the world.
  • Ready to heal the past, live in the present, and empower your future.
  • Seeking belonging and support through compassionate circle community.
  • Feeling ready to explore deeply within yourself in a safe and natural, drug and alcohol-free spiritual space.

We believe that your heart knows the answers and if you can learn how to listen, you can uncover all that you already possess. By slowing down, unplugging, and following an inspiration, rather than an itinerary, we allow for personal growth inspired by nature, meeting individual desires while creating a meaningful community. No matter who we are, or where we are on our journey in life, the heart is our meeting place.

Curious about what to expect?  Read The Unexpected: What to expect at a circle gathering at Northern Edge Algonquin or The Heart-Centered Path.

Sign up today for an unforgettable healing and spiritual-style retreat with us, you will gain insight not only into yourself but also into who you want to become so that your goals are achievable. Join a Heart Wisdom program each season for a truly inspiring journey!


The Way of the Circle is the name of the process and methodology that we use to facilitate Heart Wisdom Retreats for those seeking to deepen their connection with themselves, others, and the greater world around them.

During each Heart Wisdom retreat, participants are invited to embark on a transformative journey that is both introspective and collaborative. The mentors guide them through various practices that encourage self-reflection, empathy, and a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings.

The Way of the Circle’s core philosophy revolves around shared, inclusive leadership. Participants are encouraged to step into their authentic selves and become co-creators of the experience. As each individual voice is valued and heard, a collective wisdom emerges, shaping the course of the retreat and addressing the unique needs and dreams of the group.

Our process of co-facilitation is not focused on teaching or guiding. Instead, our leaders hold space for growth, vulnerability, and profound insights to surface by weaving activities and programming to meet the needs of the group. Mentors act as compassionate witnesses, supporting and empowering the participants who ultimately guide the experience through their dreams and insights.

The Way of the Circle Centre, with its emphasis on transformational leadership, seeks to ripple the effects of its work into the wider community. Attendees of the program are encouraged to practice what they have learned in their daily lives, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and cooperation wherever they go – creating waves of positive change in our communities and around the world.

At the heart of ‘The Way of the Circle Centre’ lies the flexibility to suit individual paths of growth and self-discovery. Participants have the option to attend a single Heart Wisdom Retreat or multiple ones, with each retreat unfolding uniquely through the collective wisdom of the present group. Inspired by the current season and themes shaping the world, each gathering offers a fresh and transformative experience. With one retreat held in each season, some choose to embark on an intensive self-healing journey by attending four consecutive retreats, while others space them out over time. Those feeling called to leadership roles are warmly welcomed back to join as Mentors-in-Training, then progress to Mentors, and eventually embrace the role of Co-Facilitators, perpetuating the cycle of wisdom and growth for future participants.

The themes of each seasonal retreat are:

Heart Flame

Winter

Coming home to the Fire Within, let us gather under the stars in the stillness of winter dreamtime to re-ignite our passions.

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Heart flow

Spring

Flowing with renewed life, let us embrace our child-like innocence as we plant & nurture the seeds of new dreams.

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Heart Blossom

Summer

Playing outside and daydreaming in nature, let us honour our ability to create in this time of growth & abundance.

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Heart Wood

Fall

Harvesting wisdom from the wind and trees, let us root deep into the earth, connecting and restoring our balance.

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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.

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.

Way of the Circle Mentorship Team

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

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Vicki Waters

South River, ON

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Chris Sheridan

London, ON

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Deanna Fry

Barrie, ON

Ella Sheridan
Doug Mannen

North Bay, ON

Ella Sheridan
Elaine Leufkens

Toronto, ON


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 1 – 3 pm.  We encourage our guests to stay and experience the full retreat, which generally ends after lunch on the final day.

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.

Additionally, guests of Heart Wisdom retreats are invited to bring a personal drum or rattle, a sacred item to contribute to our shared altar, and optionally a belonging that they are ready to release (as a contribution to a gift blanket exchange we will do in support of our scholarship program).

Join Heart Wisdom

All-Inclusive Pricing from

$ 1,084 +HST

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Custom Dates Available for groups of 10+

What’s Included

  • 3 nights of cozy, cabin accommodations (private cabin upgrades available for an extra cost)
  • Transformational Wellness Program led by passionate facilitators
  • Equipment & materials included*
  • Nourishing, nutritious meals and snacks from Day 1 Dinner to Day 4 Lunch (locally sourced and catered to your dietary needs)
  • Co-created program that tunes into your own dreams and inspiration

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.

“The Heart Wisdom Healing Retreats are vehicles for change. Within the safe and supportive structure of the Way of the Circle, we realise our interconnectedness, travelling deep within to retrieve the gifts we came into this world to share. By being seen, feeling heard, inspiring each other, and honouring one another’s values, we heal the root cause of isolation and scarcity. Coming together we undergo a joyous alchemical process, transmuting the dream of fear, divisiveness and disharmony into the dream of love, unity, and peace. Our survival as a human species depends on us awakening ancient wisdom and our connection to the spirit that lives in all things.”
– Martha Lucier, Way of the Circle Centre Founder

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.

Shared: $1084 / person

Private: $1184 / person

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.

Shared: $1084 / person

Private: Unavailable

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 an incinerating toilet. Both a double bed and a single bed make them ideal for couples or friends.

Shared: $1184 / person

Private: $1384 / person

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.

Shared: $1384 / person

Private: $1604 / person

testimonials

“What I experienced at Heart Wood was beyond my expectations. Although I had a strong feeling it would be a special experience, I was surprised by how deeply the retreat impacted me. Trying to capture my experience in words can feel like a challenge, because it was fundamentally a feeling, that shifted my perceptions of myself. A feeling of being seen and heard, of noticing and really connecting with the nature around me, interacting with other folks who were open and kind-hearted and on a similar journey and being led by mentors who seemed to intuitively know what learning I, and the group, needed.”

Jasjit Sangha

“It is hard to describe in words how much I love the Edge. Feeling beyond grateful for an experience filled with awe and wonder. Far more fulfilling than a week down south and has restored my childhood love of the winter! Every person, place and thing at the Edge contributed to an experience that left me replenished, whole and happier than I had been in months… Staff at the Edge helped me figure out how to help myself. Leaving me able to replenish myself in my regular crazy and hectic life!”

Joanne Hofinger

“I felt so very humbled by this time together at the Heart Wood Retreat. We came as strangers and left as soul sisters and brothers, each from different parts of a symbolic forest. We sang, we played instruments, we connected with the trees and Mother Earth, we sweat together and swam together.  We lay together and trusted that the mycelium underneath would help to decompose what no longer served our spirit. We soared in this new longing for more. We continue to connect with the magic inside of us and look forward to our return to the Edge – a place that brought us to a breath-taking view of ourselves and the knowing that we can always return.”

Bina Mittal

I feel so grateful to write a second review for this unique and authentic facility, its programs, its values and its spiritual grounding. Once again, the physical setting was so ideal for this [Heart Blossom] retreat. We drummed, danced, dined like kings and played in the water to reconnect with our inner selves and our collective power to support and care for one another. All the superlative adjectives in the world would barely scratch the surface of how special this place is in so many ways. Make time for it, if it calls to you. You won’t be disappointed.

Tanya Marwitz

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