Meeting of the Hearts

Yoga & Ayurveda Retreats with allie chisholm-smith

Landing Together Again

Yoga & Ayurveda Retreats with Allie Chisholm-Smith


Join Allie, from LivingOM, as she hosts two exceptional retreat programs, tailored to connection, deep rest, and harmony with nature and oneself.

Nurture both your physical & spiritual well-being with Allie Chisholm-Smith’s yoga retreats


Meeting of the Hearts – July 25 – 28, 2024

Come together with like-minded souls for a moment of deep connection.

Fall yoga & meditation retreat

In this season of abundance, join us to experience the beauty of nature, yoga, meaningful conversations, and insights for a more balanced life.

This retreat promises a blend of yoga, paddling, storytelling, Ayurvedic guidance for the Pitta season, and space to explore your dreams and aspirations for a fulfilling life.

Landing Together Again – August 21 – 25, 2024

Embark on a profound 5-day retreat embracing the onset of the Vata dosha season. By approaching this time with clarity and grounding, it unfolds as a period ripe with creativity and realization, rather than with stress and unease.

Join a community of kindred spirits for an immersive journey into nature and self-exploration. Together, we’ll anchor ourselves and carve a path towards healing for our wondrous planet.

sound healing & meditation retreat

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.

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.

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.


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.

All-Inclusive Pricing, From:

Meeting of the Hearts

July 25 – 28, 2024

From $ 1299 +HST

Landing Together Again

August 21 – 25, 2024

From $ 1609 +HST

What’s Included

  • Your choice of shared or private cozy cabin accommodation.
  • Daily restorative and hatha yoga sessions tailored to the group experience.
  • Discussions and programming based on ayurvedic philosophy and seasonality.
  • 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 our unplugged experiences.

Explore Accommodation Options

Canvas Cabin

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.

Habitat Cabin

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 Cabins

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.

Log Cabin

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.

testimonials

What a soul-nourishing place Northern Edge is! It was a beautifully designed retreat and the openness and sharing of like-minded women made it a perfect experience. Allie and Lucy worked in an harmonious partnership of yogic expertise and naturalist lore. The timing throughout the retreat was wonderfully paced to include meditative time, yoga practice and recreation. The centre itself is a gorgeous design of places to sit and ponder; in groups and in solitude. It allowed for both laughter and intimate heart-felt discussions. Gregor’s food was an amazing treat for the body – every aspect of every meal prepared with care and love – delicious! And the hospitality of the staff was truly heart-warming. Thank you for this retreat – I am wholly nourished!”

Marcia Julian – Meeting of the Hearts, 2023

Northern Edge Algonquin is a transformative off the grid yoga retreat center. Surrounded by nature’s serenity, it provides the perfect setting for deep reflection and personal growth. The dedicated instructors guided us through restorative yoga sessions as they fostered a mind-body connection. The retreat’s sustainable practices and fabulous, locally-sourced food left us feeling rejuvenated, centred, and inspired. Northern Edge Algonquin is a sanctuary for anyone seeking tranquility, self-discovery, and a genuine connection with nature. I highly recommend it to fellow yoga enthusiasts and those in search of a meaningful retreat experience.”

Karen M – Meeting of the Hearts, 2023

Northern Edge is bliss. An unparalleled Canadian retreat experience. Getting back to nature in a way that is ecologically respectful. The beds are cozy, the food nourishing and delicious, and the setting is remarkable. Been twice and can’t wait to return.”

Meredith Jamieson – Landing Together Again, 2023

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