Transformative Retreat for Retirees

Embrace your “Encore Years” with purpose and passion! Join us for a transformative retreat designed for retirees, whether you’re recently retired or soon to be. Discover a new chapter of life filled with inspiration and fulfillment.

Unleash the potential of your “Encore Years” in the serene and nurturing environment of Northern Edge Algonquin, a haven for self-discovery. This four-day retreat is tailor-made for new retirees to help transition into your third chapter. We aim to provide retirees with the tools, insights, and support they need to make the most of this new phase in their lives. Here’s what awaits:

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Connect Through Stories: Share inspiring mentorship experiences that shaped your life, fostering a sense of community and purpose.

Rediscover Your Values: Delve deep into your core values, paving the way for setting meaningful goals for your retirement.

Adventure Awaits: Experience guided outdoor activities on land & water, anchoring your connection to self.

Unleash Creativity: Explore your artistic side with workshops in art, music, and writing, igniting your creative passions.

algonquin park moose in the river eating lilies canoe trip
waterfall rapids and people at algonquin park near north tea lake

Build Strong Bonds: Cultivate meaningful relationships, improve communication, and learn conflict resolution techniques for lasting connections.

Ready to embark on your “Encore Years” journey? Join us and take the first step towards a fulfilling retirement. Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine your life in the most exciting way.

Join us and start living your encore to the fullest!

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.

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.

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.

Transformational Retirement Retreat

All-Inclusive Pricing from

$ 1234 /Person +HST


Custom Dates Available for groups of 10+

What’s Included

  • Your choice of shared or private cozy cabin accommodation.
  • Transformational retreat for recent retirees and those seeking a spark or setting off in a new direction.
  • Equipment & materials included*
  • Nourishing, nutritious meals and snacks from Day 1 Dinner to Day 4 Lunch (locally sourced 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.

Shared: $1234 / person

Private: $1334 / 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: $1234 / 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: $1334 / person

Private: $1534 / 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: $1534 / person

Private: $1754 / person


Why do I keep coming almost every⁠ summer?⁠ Because the lake, the loons, the lone pine tree reminds me of home… because doing yoga on the dock at sunrise with mist on the lake is a great⁠ way to start the day⁠… because watching the hummingbirds whiz around the flower garden is a⁠ childlike delight⁠… Because Greg’s gourmet local cooking is out of this world delicious… Because of connections made with like minded people on the same self-⁠reflective journey⁠… but most of all, because Martha and Todd have created a magical⁠ sanctuary off the grid that can’t fail to affect anyone’s spirit.

Marliese Kimmerle

The beauty and tranquility of Northern Edge Algonquin is deep and true. The staff and surroundings made for the perfect environment to disconnect, focus, and ground ourselves in our retreat. I especially appreciated the attention on self-nourishment and care. Chef Gregor’s care for local sourcing and passion for cooking were outstanding and deepened the experience further. Thank you to all who made this life-changing retreat a reality for us.

Kara Van Dam

The staff is attentive, passionate about creating a restful experience for you and have thought of everything. The buildings are spotless and cozy and the facilities are beautiful, well laid out and fit into the natural environment. And the food — the best, most plentiful, creative, delicious, organic local food imaginable… The sauna was the highlight for me, dipping into the lake and back into the sauna all afternoon meant my body was fully renewed. The yoga studio overlooking the lake and the meditation room are peaceful and lay the groundwork for a wonderful transformative retreat.

Anna Hardwick

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