creative and healing retreats
creative and healing retreats
The all-season cabin has three bedrooms:
 one queen bed and private door to water-side deck
 one double bed and two single beds (as a bunk-bed),
 one single bed with proximity to the washroom
Amenities of the main cabin include:
-kitchen with fridge stove and freezer
-bathroom with shower
-34′ deck right on the water
Parking is at the top of a steep gravel hill. Guests must walk down to the cabin. It is two steps to enter, but all one level once inside. Guests can access the lake using seven steps at the dock, or walk along gently sloping rocks.
The land hosts two main trails:
The Point Trail takes a leisurely stroll along the bay and out to a small peninsula equipped with a fire pit, picnic table and Adirondack chairs.
The Deer Trail moves through large rock deposits, a clear evergreen wood, and exposes a lovely array of native plants. The local deer come by to feast and rest by the thick carpet of lichen and mosses.
A 19′ canoe and two open K-1 kayaks are available to paddle to McKellar, or South into the expanse of Lake Manitouwabing. The lake hosts many species of fish, water fowl, and turtles. We sometimes get to see the otters playing in the waters as well!
Our retreat weekends offer you dedicated time and inspirational space for your own creative projects. Use this time to catch up on unfinished passion projects, collaborate with other people in a creative zone, or find a quiet space to focus.
Our space is suitable for works such as sewing, knitting, woodworking, visual arts production, writing, research, movement and dramatic arts. Most projects can be accommodated at the cabin, where we are limited only by size. Since the kitchen is occupied most of the weekend for meal preparation, we can not accommodate individual culinary projects at this time.
Outside of the set mealtimes, you set your own schedule. Create and relax as fits you best, and we’ll do the rest! Now and then, we will have a special guest facilitating a Saturday workshop within the retreat.
Our retreats are all-inclusive, offering two nights’ accommodation and five meals.
The menus for the weekend are centred on local, seasonal food and sometimes include foraged items gathered on our own trails. The region offers us a bounty of small-farmed goods which inspire us to prepare beautiful, nourishing meals, tailored to your preferences and needs.
Friday night offers a meal that works well to greet guests, no matter when you choose to arrive. Sunday ends with an indulgent breakfast before we say our farewells. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available throughout to keep you fuelled and focused on your project.
Some of our favourite local food suppliers include:
Middle River Farm
GMO, antibiotic, herbicide and pesticide-free
Muskoka-North Good Food Co-Op
offering products from over 35 regional food producers
Georgian Bay Whole Foods
this isn’t that chain!
Mrs Wilson’s Kitchen
for home-style fruit pies and butter tarts
We seek to forge meaningful connections and appreciation. As such, we place great importance on bartering as a method of increasing accessibility and subverting the concept of a capitalist transaction. If you wish to barter for part or all of your stay, please take a look below at our current needs. If there is something not listed below that you feel good about offering as a trade, please get in touch to discuss it.
Equipment for cooking on the fire-pit (grill, cooking tripod, dutch oven with legs and flanged top, utensils)
One small black writing desk (approx 36″ wide by 18″ deep)
Fishing line and tackle
Fireplace tool set
Plants suitable for an edible forest
A light chainsaw
Lifejackets of any size
Solar energy equipment
Sturdy outdoor broom
A good saw for logs
CSA share or similar
Black or dark grey throw pillows
Tinctures, herbs, or other prepared medicines
Paint window and door trim
Paint all interior doors
Clear out rubbish shed
Build enclosed porch/mini greenhouse on existing porch
Remove damaged dock
Repair floating dock
Fill gap along of of bedrooms wall and ceiling – between joists
Build garden beds using old dock parts stored on-site
Remove carpet, single bed frame, and wall panelling in bunkie
Assemble double bed frame in bunkie
Replace missing window screen for one window (approx 18×24″)
Affix assembled barrel-compost onto stand, stored on-site (how-to video)
Fishing and hunting skills
Solar energy conversion
Foraging and herbalism skills
Or propose a group weekend workshop that you could lead