WOMEN’S WELLNESS WEEKEND RETREATS

“Thank you for bringing women together! It’s awesome, the support from strangers, no one is alone! No one cries without hugs!”

– Robin

“I felt a real sense of community with women I didn’t know prior to coming. I came alone and left with a feeling of being part of a new Bliss family. Great time doing something for myself which will end up serving me as well as the people around me.”

– Helene

“Sarah and Gaby, you do an excellent job. You are very successful in assisting women with positive changes.”

– Lisa

“What a fabulous weekend for any woman who is looking for direction in their life. Highly recommend it.”

– Linda

“It was an amazing awakening in one weekend. Trauma’s from a life time have been started on a path towards healing.”

– Tamara

“Once again the weekend exceeded my expectations! Thank you for the concept and helping me awaken to my true path.”

– Treena

“What a wonderful weekend! You have to experience it for yourself. It will be an annual event for me.”

– Trisha

“What an experience! I didn’t know what to expect but the endless support and camaraderie was simply blissful. A love time to let my shoulders relax, my mind stop spinning, and to take a deep breath for just me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

– Annie

“Amazing weekend of community, learnings, playing & eating the most delicious & healthy food you will have experienced in your life! Everyone needs to come to a Bliss weekend!”

– Julie

Bliss B4 Laundry’s Wellness Weekends are Special Events

We bring together women in a rustic, laid-back, natural environment. We light the candles, set the mood, and magic happens. The constellation of women that participate is always divinely perfect. We have learned to trust in that.

Bliss B4 Laundry Wellness Weekends present women with the opportunity to press pause on the busyness of life and pay careful attention to the wisdom within. The focus is to bring awareness, balance and rejuvenation to all aspects of ourselves by exploring mind, body and soul through workshops, discussions, communal cooking, music, social activities and time spent in nature.

There are no rules at a Bliss weekend! You can sleep in! You can relax by the lake. You can attend workshops and engage in discussion circles. Or go for a hike and make new friends in the kitchen. You can drum around the camp fire and let loose your inner goddess! Whatever mood strikes you, just go with it!

This weekend is about YOU and only you!

We want you to find your way to one of these life-changing, soul-awakening events. We invite you to explore all that a Bliss weekend has to offer with these links below.

Weekend Philosophy

Now more than ever women are experts at juggling multi-faceted lives. The demands of work, family and home are often prioritized first leaving no time for self-care. Sometimes it takes a health crisis to help us realize the importance of filling our tanks first. The hope is that we ‘get it’ before that point.

Self-care is recognizing, nurturing and taking care of our emotional, physical and spiritual needs. It is a holistic practice and one that deserves our utmost attention.

Bliss B4 Laundry presents women with the opportunity to press pause, take a break from the busyness of life and pay careful attention to the wisdom within. The focus of the weekend is to bring awareness, balance and rejuvenation to all aspects of ourselves. When we re-member our essence and seek to nurture it, we fill our hearts. And a full, content heart has the most to then give others.

By the end of the weekend you will…

  • Learn how to be kinder to yourself
  • Be more mindful of the areas within you that need attention to achieve wellness
  • Understand how everyday choices (i.e. food, thoughts) impact your mind, body and soul
  • Learn new self-healing techniques and have the knowledge to make healthier decisions
  • Be inspired and motivated by new and lasting friendships
  • Gain the confidence and strength you need to start your journey

This weekend is unique and special for a lot of reasons…

This weekend was conceived of by regular, run-of-the-mill, everyday women

The organizers of Bliss B4 Laundry, Gaby and Sarah, are just like you. They have experienced the ups and downs of life, children, marriage and divorce, health crises, triumph and failure. Their feet are firmly planted on the ground, no big expensive keynotes here! Just helpful, practical and enjoyable programming grounded in common experience.

It’s affordable!

A wellness retreat for someone other than the rich and famous? Imagine that! A weekend away, a chance to dream, relax and re-member your bliss and all without the guilt of overspending on yourself – priceless!

One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Only at Bliss B4 Laundry will you find such a remarkable constellation of creative programming, attention-to-detail and yummy-in-my-tummy food. We promise – it doesn’t get any better than this!

You Are Our Inspiration!

We do this for one reason only – we care about you. All cheesy stuff aside, our inspiration for this weekend comes from a genuine desire to connect with and help women. We know you have magic inside you. And we see it as our job to help bring that sparkle to the surface.

Your soul has been waiting for a weekend like this for a while now. This time let the laundry do the waiting!

This weekend is for the woman who is ready to commit to herself.

She is fierce and strong, friendly and kind-hearted
She juggles a full schedule without breaking a sweat
She gives generously to the people she loves, all except one – herself
She seeks transformation and balance
She values learning within a supportive community of like-minded and lovely women
She digs the outdoors and rocks the bring-your-own-bedding accommodations!

Workshops and Group Activities

The focus of the workshops and group sessions is to provide you with the skills and awareness necessary to help you find balance and rejuvenation in all aspects of your life. Some sessions will inspire you to move beyond perceived limitations; others will nurture you with the peace and harmony found in the present moment.

You will learn about a variety of wellness practices with skilled instructors to guide you. And enjoy deep, challenging workshops supported by a community of kindred spirits in a beautiful, natural setting.

The sessions will fall under these categories:

De-cluttering Your Mind

For example: affirmations and vision boards, journaling and writing for healing, practicing gratitude, finding forgiveness, surrendering and living in the now

Eat well, Feel Better

For example: food combining, macrobiotics, natural herbs, Ayurveda, vitamins, supplements and super foods, plant-based and whole food diets, food for energy and healing

Mindful Movement

For example: yoga, pilates, belly dancing, nature hikes, canoeing, tai chi, martial arts, qigong

Healing Arts &
Therapeutic Recreation

For example: pottery, art therapy, painting, sketching, drumming for healing, music improvisation, sound healing

Body Care &
Grooming

For example: massage, reflexology, acupuncture, pedicures, manicures, facials, aromatherapy, homeopathy, women’s sexuality

Spiritual &
Metaphysical Exploration

For example: guided imagery and meditation, reiki healing, mediumship, astrology, dream therapy, hypnosis, past-life regression, astral travel, psychometry

The food at Bliss is cooked with love and in community with others.

The food at a Bliss weekend is a bit of a magical affair. We organize the groceries, the facility and the recipes. Then together the group of us work together to create meals that are as good for our bodies as they taste in our mouths.

The food is as unprocessed and as “close-to-the-earth” as possible.

The menus feature whole, real foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses (including tofu/tempeh), eggs, snacks and treats.

Gaby runs the kitchen throughout the weekend and as an established ‘foodie’ she guides and orchestrates scrumptious vegetarian (mostly vegan), gluten and nut freefare. She also encourages the enjoyment of wine as you cook, if you wish! Gabbing, laughing, chopping, cooking and imbibing – what could be better!

If you have any dietary needs, let us know, we should be able to accomodate. Most venues are nut-free facilities, so no nuts of any kind please!

If cooking is not your thing, we welcome your help with the clean up. We ask each woman to help with one prep OR clean-up of one meal. We call it your karma hour. It’s how we give to each other throughout the weekend. It feels good and we build community as we do it!

Want a peek into Gaby’s kitchen?

For more information about the food served at Bliss and some of Gaby’s recipes, click here!

Bliss B4 Laundry weekends are relaxed by design.

They are a girls’ getaway in the woods.

Our weekends are held in beautiful rural locations. Communing with nature in a laid-back, rustic setting allows us to unwind, shed the formalities of our daily lives, and recollect ourselves in the quiet of nature. By design, Bliss weekends are not in formal conference centers or fancy digs.

The accommodations are always cozy, winterized, shared cabins with electricity perfect for bunking down with girlfriends or for meeting new friends. Washroom facilities include a central washroom building with showers and toilets. You bring your own pillow and sleeping bag and a flashlight to navigate to your cabin at night.

The sites we use also have plenty of other indoor and outdoor spaces for weekend programming including classrooms for workshops, outdoor team building facilities (like high and low ropes courses), outdoor amphitheaters and campfire circles, beautiful lakefront docks and vistas, teepees and hiking trails.

We keep it simple, affordable and relaxed.

Deepen your experience with a one-to-one session.

Throughout the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to meet with practitioners and workshop presenters for an extended session or treatment (approx. 30min – 1 hr).

Sign up for these sessions will occur at the point of registration and during the weekend itself.

Practitioner sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis, for a fee in addition to the Registration Fee.

The sessions available at each Bliss Weekend are unique to that weekend. Please see the information about the weekend you wish to attend, to learn about which sessions are available.

Bliss B4 Laundry presents an opportunity to express your creativity!

Throughout the weekend participants and practitioners are encouraged to participate in an informal marketplace of sharing. If you have original work you want to share, show, perform or sell what better way than to exhibit it at our Marketplace?

Bring your handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, art, ceramic, textiles, wood, gourmet foods, and any unique, one-of-a-kind items. Tables will be available to participants, practitioners and local businesses to share ideas, products and services focused on wellness of mind, body and soul. Learn more and reserve a table here.

Join us for an opportunity to build community, express creativity and share ideas!

A wellness retreat for someone other than the rich and famous?!

We have worked hard to be affordable so that we are as accessible as possible to everyday women. Your registration fee includes all of this super stuff:

  • 6 yummy-in-your-tummy, close-to-the-earth, vegan/vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights rustic accommodations (think cabins, bunk beds, friends old and new!)
  • Workshops on wellness topics for mind, body and soul
  • Morning programs to start the day – like meditation, dream share, or yoga
  • Evening programs that include laughter, relaxation, community-building and fun!

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration:      Ranges from $400 – $500  (depending on the location)

Regular Registration:          Ranges from $450 – $599 (depending on the location)

Saturday Only:                     Ranges from $250 – $300  (depending on the location)
Includes all programming/meals on Saturday, no accommodation.

Optional Add-Ons

Bliss Bursary: $10
Pay a little more for your registration fee so that a woman who needs a little extra help with her fee can attend. Thank you, thank you for this kindness.

(Payable at the time of registration)

One-to-One Sessions:         

Each Session: $45 per 30-minute session
These wellness sessions give you an opportunity to dig deeper and focus on issues of real importance to you with the experienced practitioner(s) of your choosing. 

Cancellations: Need to Cancel? Read about our cancellation policy here.

Here are some suggestions for what to bring to make your weekend comfortable and special!

  • Closed-toed indoor shoes (for wearing in the kitchen) – no outdoor shoes in the main halls
  • A pair of slippers
  • A mug (with your name on it)
  • A pillow and sleeping bag
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Warm clothing (for outdoor activities)
  • Comfortable clothing (for body movement activities)
  • Yoga mat (there are lots of opportunities to do yoga!)
  • Yoga block and straps (if you have them)
  • Comfy cushion for meditation or sitting
  • Hiking / outdoor shoes
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Eye masks and ear plugs for light sleepers (highly recommended!)
  • Special drinks for our Saturday night activities (i.e. wine, beer, juices)
  • Camera
  • Journal, pad of paper, writing materials, paints, drawing pencils, brushes, canvas/or paper (if you are so inclined to leash out your creativity!)
  • Drum, shaker, or percussion instrument (we usually have a drumming workshop – check the workshop descriptions)
  • Raincoat
  • Marketplace items (to sell, swap or promote)
  • Guitar or other instruments for around the campfire/fireplace
  • Cash for marketplace and for one-to-one sessions

And don’t forgot to bring your favourite women – registered and ready to have fun!

Thank you to our event sponsors – you help us make the weekend even better!

2017 CORPORATE SPONSORS

CARA’S ALL NATURAL PRODUCTS

What began as a hobby, has grown into a dream business for Cara Adams, CEO and Founder of Cara’s All Natural Products. Cara has blended quality and creativity into a unique and diverse line of body and skincare products. Thank you, thank you to Cara for sponsoring all of our Bliss Weekends in 2017! Cara is a shining light to everyone who meets her. We are over the moon that she has come alongside Bliss B4 Laundry as a Bliss Weekend event sponsor! Check out Cara’s amazing offering of all natural products! www.carasallnaturalproducts.com 

MAY YOU KNOW JOY

May You Know Joy inspires and empowers people to navigate toward their joy.  By connecting with our truth and living intentionally, we can create the lives we want.  May You Know Joy offers one-on-one coaching, workshops, retreats and a gorgeous product line including May You Know Joy meditation cards and Seeds of Intention cards. Thank you, thank you Adrienne for sponsoring all of our Bliss Weekends in 2017! It has been so lovely having you support our work at Bliss! You are an inspiration to all the women you work with and it is our honour to have you cheer on our vision. Check out Adrienne’s beautiful cards and heart-centred services! www.mayyouknowjoy.com

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