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Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa

How often do you take a pause in your life? In today’s hectic society, taking a pause from the daily grind for proper self-care is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Self-care is a huge part of staying healthy, in both mind and body.

I try to practice self-care on a daily basis with something as simple as a walk in nature, watching a favourite TV show, or even quietly sipping on a cup of herbal tea. But once in a while, I need much more than an hour or two; a complete reset. A pause. A chance to re-evaluate and re-energize.

Ste. Anne’s Spa is my go-to destination for that much-needed me-time. The Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa is a delightful combination of a yoga retreat and a spa experience all in one perfectly-wrapped package. It’s a rejuvenating and invigorating two-night, three-day yoga and spa retreat with a delightful blend of pampering, indulgence and mindfulness.

Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne's Spa

Yoga Retreat

If you want to get the most of your yoga retreat at Ste. Anne’s, you must go with an open mind and heart, and be prepared to feel completely transformed.

Something magical happens when a group of like-minded individuals gather together for a yoga retreat. Firstly, you discover the astonishing serendipities; while we all have different backgrounds, we share a commonality. We are all open and ready to receive. Whether that’s receiving love, guidance, healing, validation, or clarity, we opened our hearts and souls for nurturing.

Our yoga retreat instructor, Francesca, has a warm and welcoming demeanour, allowing for guests to quickly let their guards down and open up. Francesca makes it easy for everyone to form a lovely bond – by the end of the retreat, you’ll have made new friends.

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Francesca guided our group through a series of gentle yoga such as slow flow, restorative, yin and yoga Nidra.  The yoga and meditation classes will force you to be more self-aware and self-reflect. Taking the time to stop and take a closer look at who you are, what you want and what you need, is something I encourage everyone to do at least once or twice a year.

I particularly enjoyed our meditation walk in the Meditation Garden. Even though it’s November and all the leaves have fallen, the garden and the fresh air along with the striking statues and the sound of the wind chimes made for a mindful stroll.

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Spa Treatments

In between our yoga practice, I enjoyed a Reflexology session followed by a Rose Garden Massage. Reflexology is one such old healing method in which certain spots of the feet are given gentle pressure that energizes and relaxes the body. The reflexologist can also pinpoint certain areas of the body that need attention; Penny was able to identify the areas of my body that have an issue. She was right about every single one, including my digestive issues and cervical spine and joint issues. The Rose Garden massage is a relaxing light massage using infused oil distilled from Ste. Anne’s gardens.

Meals

The cuisine at Ste. Anne’s is delectable, especially for gluten-free foodies like me. Almost everything is gluten-free – you’ll love the fresh bread they bake daily, as well as the gluten-free desserts. There are also dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options too.

Be prepared to eat… a lot. You’ll be fully satisfied with a full breakfast, three-course lunches and dinners. The Yoga Retreat guests enjoy a mix of meals in the Main Inn, and privately in the Farmhouse. You are welcome to join the group for meals, however, if you wish to have some alone time, that is also accepted.  Our group enjoyed a catered lunch in the Farmhouse, as well as an afternoon tea; but were also able to enjoy both in the Main Inn on other occasions as well. Yoga guests also enjoy a special treat – a private chef who prepares a three-course dinner for the group in the Farmhouse kitchen.

A favourite treat for many guests is the afternoon tea – so many delicious flavours to choose from- along with a gorgeous display of savoury samplers. The best part is you can enjoy high tea in your spa robe and slippers!

The Farmhouse

There are rooms in the main inn, as well as several cottages a walk or quick drive away. Yoga retreat guests all lodge in the Farmhouse, just steps away from the Main Inn. My room had a four-poster bed with a fireplace, and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom with a separate rain shower.

Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne's Spa

Amenities

The Fieldstone Grotto is one of the key features at Ste. Anne’s, with a current, outdoor hot tub, and the icy plunge pool; sauna, steam room and whirlpool (with light therapies) in the change rooms; and, my personal favourite, the Eucalyptus steam room.

The ladies locker room is very well stocked with towels, hair and body washes, and even cotton balls, Q-tips and plastic baggies for wet bathing suites. You’ll find staff always keeping the room refreshed and cleaned.

What to Bring

All you need to bring to Ste. Anne’s is some yoga clothes, undergarments and a swimsuit or two. When you’re not in your yoga clothes, you’ll be likely wearing the signature Ste. Anne’s bathrobe, provided by the front desk upon arrival. Slippers can be provided, but you may wish to bring your own. Don’t forget to bring your own wine and corkscrew if you choose to have wine with lunch and/or dinner!

If you plan on visiting the fitness centre, you may wish to bring running shoes. There are a few hiking trails as well, so you may want to bring running shoes, hiking boots, or rain boots if you wish to explore the grounds.

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There truly isn’t another destination spa in Ontario that matches Ste. Anne’s atmosphere, accommodations and all-inclusive meals. Anyone who enters Ste. Anne’s as a bundle of nerves will undoubtedly leave feeling relaxed, heart full and peaceful.

Enter to Win

One lucky reader will win a Day Spa for Two at Ste. Anne’s!

Day Spa for Two includes:

  • 3-Course lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Use of Ste. Anne’s signature robe
  • $120 spa & wellness allowance per person
  • Complete use of the facilities
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne's Spa

Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa

Taking a break from the daily grind and focusing on your self-care is a big part of staying healthy. Nourishing your body, mind and soul is not a luxury, but a necessity. Having an escape from your busy schedule, work and responsibilities is the best way to set you back on track towards living the life you meant to live.

That’s why a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa is the perfect marriage of a yoga retreat and a spa experience all in one amazing package. It’s a rejuvenating and invigorating two-night, three-day yoga and spa retreat with a beautiful blend of being pampered as well as practicing yoga and mindfulness.

Yoga Retreat

I intended this visit to be one that would work on my body and mind. I allowed myself to be open, and discover some deep personal truths from this inner journey. I came to some realizations and important insights during my guided meditations – almost feeling as if I had a breakthrough in my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual self.

Something magical happens when a group of like-minded individuals gather together in a beautiful location to share the practice of yoga. The yoga practices with our instructor Francesca dug deep; she guided the group of us (about 10 women) through a series of yoga classes that included Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga.

Ste. Anne’s Spa Yoga Retreat Practice

Morning Yoga at Ste. Anne’s Spa

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In all of the yoga practices, Francesca encouraged us to let go of guilt, shame, fear or any negative emotion you are holding on to from the past. Going through the meditative ‘journey’ allowed us to bring any positive messages to the surface, messages that we may have buried or swept under the rug for whatever reason.

The sessions with Francesca forced us to look closely at ourselves, and see what could be holding us back; looking at messages we write to ourselves; and looking deep within to truly listen to our inner mind’s messages.

Ste. Anne’s Spa Yoga Retreat morning practice

Spa Treatments

In between our yoga practice, I enjoyed three treatments that I hadn’t experienced before; I knew I wanted to tune into my chakras, and learn more about Reiki. Aside from the popular spa treatments that Ste. Anne’s offers, I love that they also cover other mindful/wellness body treatments such as these.

Reiki: Japanese for “Universal Life Energy,” Reiki helps create balance, harmony and well-being through a non-invasive, light hand touch that transfers a flow of energy to the body. Reiki promotes overall well being, increases energy flow, balance and harmony.

Hot Stone Massage:   The entire relaxation massage is performed using the hot basalt stones and essential oils. The soothing heat, the smooth contact and gentle weight of the stones, and the aroma from the essential oils helps loosen muscles, gently massaging away tension and stress.

Chakra Awareness:  This treatment helps increase awareness of all 7 energy centers so that they can receive, absorb and distribute particular life energies.Through a blend of different techniques, including relaxation massage, heat therapy and the stimulation of specific energy points, this service will make you aware of what is required to help balance these energy centers. to decrease stress and muscular tension in your back, arms, neck, scalp and feet.

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Accommodations

When you approach Ste. Anne’s from the gravel road, you will see signs leading up to the spa that remind you that you will soon relax and unwind. There is also a sign at the entrance requesting guests to turn their phones off – it’s definitely an unplug zone!

When you enter Ste. Anne’s, you’ll immediately feel a sense of calm and relaxation; the smell of eucalyptus will take over. Even though it’s a luxurious resort, it’s very welcoming and comfortable.

There are rooms in the main inn, as well as several cottages a walk or quick drive away. I stayed in the Birdsong cottage in the Dove room, which had a king-sized bed and a fireplace, and two wing chairs in the sitting area. The bathroom was spacious and offered a rain shower and jets.

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Birdsong Cottage at Ste. Anne’s Spa

Ste. Anne’s Spa Dove Room in Birdsong Cottage

Amenities

The amenities are incredible: a beautiful grotto with a current, outdoor hot tub, and the icy plunge pool; my favourite, the Eucalyptus steam room; and sauna, steam room and whirlpool (with light therapies) in the change rooms.

The ladies locker room is very well stocked with towels, hair and body washes, and even cotton balls, Q-tips and plastic baggies for wet bathing suites. You’ll find housekeeping in always keeping the room refreshed and cleaned.

Ste. Anne’s Spa main entrance

Meals

The food – oh the food at Ste. Anne’s! The cuisine is delectable. Remember it’s an all-inclusive so you can select anything from the menu… and the menu is perfect for those who have food allergies or sensitivities. Almost everything is gluten-free – you’ll love the fresh bread they bake daily, as well as the gluten-free desserts. There are also dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options too.

Be prepared to eat… a lot. You’ll be fully satisfied with a full breakfast, and three-course lunch and dinner – oh and three courses too! Breakfast for me was the Ste. Anne’s starter which was eggs and bacon (or peameal/sausage) and gluten-free bread as well as fruit. Expect to be wowed by the menu, and the daily specials. For lunch, I either had a Caesar salad with grilled chicken with pear sandwich on gluten-free bread.

A huge treat is the afternoon tea (so many delicious flavours to choose from) along with a gorgeous display of savoury samplers. The best part is you can enjoy high tea in your spa robe and slippers!

Ste. Anne’s Spa breakfast

Ste. Anne’s Spa Lunch

Ste. Anne’s Spa lunch menu

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Ste. Anne’s Spa Afternoon high tea

 

What to bring

All you need to bring to Ste. Anne’s is some yoga clothes, undergarments and a swimsuit or two! Pack light because all you’ll be wearing is your bathrobe, provided by the front desk upon arrival. Leave your makeup and jewelry at home! Slippers can be provided, but you may wish to bring your own.

The fitness centre is in a separate building, about 1 km away. The highlight is the underwater treadmill. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to try it because I was in the spa and yoga for the better part of my visit! If you do use the fitness centre, you may wish to bring running shoes. There is a 3.2 km hiking trail, and shorter ones as well so you may want to bring hiking boots as well.

Ste. Anne’s offers fresh fruit juices and specialty teas which are refreshing during the day. Bring your own wine and corkscrew if you choose to have wine with lunch and/or dinner.

Ste. Anne’s Spa exterior

Ste. Anne’s Spa outdoor space

There really isn’t another destination spa in Ontario that matches Ste. Anne’s atmosphere, accommodations and all-inclusive meals. If you want to get the most of your visit to Ste. Anne’s, you must go with an open mind and heart, and be prepared to feel completely relaxed.

Enter to Win

One lucky reader will win a Day Spa for Two at Ste. Anne’s!

Day spa for Two includes:

  • 3-Course lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Use of Ste. Anne’s signature robe
  • $120 spa & wellness allowance per person
  • Complete use of the facilities
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Value $360-580 depending on time of year! To enter, fill in the Rafflecopter below.

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Win a Stay at Ste. Anne’s Spa (Giveaway)

Recently I visited the lovely and relaxing Ste. Anne’s Spa, just an hour and a half east of Toronto. This beautiful full facility spa in Grafton, Ontario offers all-inclusive day and blissful weekend getaways that rejuvenate your body and soul.

One of my lucky readers will win a midweek overnight stay for two in one of the lovely spa cottages at Ste. Anne’s Spa!

The package will include:

  • $120 in spa and wellness allowance
  • breakfast
  • 3 course lunch
  • afternoon tea
  • 4 course dinner
  • full use of the facilities

Valid Monday – Thursday, excluding July and August, and March and Christmas breaks. The value of this package is over $900!

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Blissful Weekend at Ste. Anne’s Spa

From the moment I walked into Ste. Anne’s Spa, I instantly felt I could let my guard down for a weekend of relaxation and quiet. Just an hour and a half east of Toronto, Canada’s largest destination spa offers all-inclusive day and blissful weekend getaways that rejuvenate your body and soul.

As soon as you enter the lovely grounds in Grafton, Ontario, the clothes come off! You can put on your robe with your bathing suit underneath and enjoy the day simply free at probably the most relaxing spa in Ontario!

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Ste. Anne's Spa sitting room

You’re able to arrive early at Ste. Anne’s and use the lockers to store your items until your room is ready, for overnight visits, or during the day for day spas. I arrived around noon and stored my items in the locker.

I grabbed a coffee one of the several sitting areas and waited for my appointment for an Aroma Stone Massage. There are several quiet rooms to enjoy with a cup of tea and a good book, or a game of chess or a puzzle.

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relaxing rooms at Ste Anne's

The massage therapist used hot basalt stones and essential oils. I was able to choose two scents for my massage – vanilla and cinnamon. The entire massage is performed using the stones with just enough pressure to make it enjoyable. The soothing heat and the feeling of the stones plus the aroma from the essential oils makes it a favourite of mine and one I’ll go back and do again. It was the first time I’d ever received a hot stone massage and let me tell you, it was an hour of complete bliss!

This is how I look when I’m relaxed:

this is how I look when I'm relaxed

There are 16 rooms in The Main Inn which feature private bathrooms and many have fireplaces. These rooms are close to the dining and spa facilities. There are also six cottages located nearby which is nice if you want extra privacy or larger groups – I’m talking about a girls weekend, or even a romantic getaway with your partner.

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The dining room is warm and inviting. Usually with packages you can get a three-course lunch, an afternoon tea, a spa and wellness allowance which can go towards one of the many spa services and complete use of all of the facilities. If you’re staying overnight, you’ll also have breakfast and a four-course dinner in the dining room.

What impressed me the most was that the dining room only offers a gluten-free menu! With someone like me with so many dietary restrictions, they were so willing and capable of adjusting my meals.

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gluten breakfast Ste. Anne's

The spa also offers wellness classes throughout the day including yoga. For $10, I took part in a meditation class – you can sign up for classes when you arrive to guarantee a spot. I just may have traveled to another realm in this photo:

complete meditation

My accommodations were so lovely – I stayed in the Eagle’s Nest room at the Bird Song Cottage which is just a few minutes away from the Main Inn. It offered a large bathroom with a deep soaking tub with jets, a queen size poster bed and a fireplace. It’s just a few doors down from Ste. Anne’s gluten-free bakery!

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Eagle's Nest Room

The facilities at Ste. Anne’s are wonderful. In addition to the main inn, you can also enjoy a workout or swim at the new fitness facility located at Maison Santé. Maison Santé is equipped with an outdoor endless pool, which allows you to swim against smooth currents and includes an underwater treadmill.

The hot tub, steam room and dry sauna are accessible in the women’s locker area. But the Fieldstone Grotto and Eucalyptus room are the big highlight of the Inn.

The Fieldstone Grotto is open year-round and features a hot tub, a plunge pool for cooling down after heating up in the hot tub, and a lap pool where you can swim against a current. In the middle of winter, it was amazing to be sitting in the outdoor hot tub. I think I made it in the plunge pool to about my knee!

The Eucalyptus Steam Room is infused with eucalyptus (pure essential oil) which can be helpful in relieving many respiratory symptoms. The eucalyptus is dispensed automatically. I found going straight from the hot tub to the eucalyptus room was the most enjoyable.

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The Ste. Anne’s philosophy focuses on creating an atmosphere to help rebuild your strength, recapture your energy, and reflect on what’s truly important in your life. And that is does, above and beyond your expectations!

I’ll be going back with my mom, and another time with the husband for sure. I also think it’s a great destination for a group of girlfriends.

You can enter to win an overnight stay for two in a private cottage at Ste. Anne’s Spa here.

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Win a Day Spa for Two at Ste. Anne’s Spa!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO….

KARINA TANO of Mississsauga, ON!!!!

Day Spa for Two! 

Treat yourself and a guest to a day spa at award-winning Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario!

Prize includes:

~ round-trip train transportation for two from Union Station, Toronto

~ shuttle service to and from the inn

~ $100 in spa allowance each

~ three-course lunch

~ afternoon tea

~ one group wellness class each

~ complete use of the extensive facilities which include hot tubs, steam rooms, indoor pool, fireplaces, fitness facility, walking trails on over 400 acres of private property and many lounge areas to relax in during your stay.

About Ste. Anne’s:

Conveniently located 90 minutes east of Toronto, nestled in the scenic hills of Northumberland County, is the charming fieldstone sanctuary of Ste. Anne’s Spa. Situated atop a natural underground spring on 400 acres, the peaceful property boasts lush meadows, enchanted cedar forests and a spectacular view of Lake Ontario. Ste. Anne’s Spa offers guests CAA/AAA Four-Diamond accommodations featuring 28 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, fine dining and wellness classes that leave guests feeling relaxed and re-energized. Ste. Anne’s Spa, Canada’s largest destination and day spa, also offers guests a comprehensive array of traditional and alternative spa therapies including European-style Moor Mud baths, Shiatsu, Thai massage, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. A sojourn at Ste. Anne’s Spa is an investment in yourself and your future wellbeing. Invest in yourself.

Contest ends March 11, 2011.  You may enter once by filling the form below.

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Mother’s Day Contest – Ste. Anne’s!

Sunday, May 9, 2010:  The WINNER is…..

CHRISTY GALLANT of eastern Ontario! 

CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!! 

Enter to win an all-inclusive mid-week overnight getaway for two to Ste. Anne’s Spa!   

 
For Mother’s Day, treat yourself and your mom, sister, daughter or friend to a relaxing stay at award-winning Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario. 
 
Mother’s Day Prize includes:  

  • Shared CAA/AAA standard accommodation
  • Breakfast for two
  • 3-course lunch for two
  • Afternoon tea for two
  • 4-course dinner for two
  • 1 group wellness class (per person)
  • $100 worth of spa services (per person)
  • Complete use of the extensive facilities which include hot tubs, steam rooms, indoor pool, fireplaces, fitness facility, walking trails on over 400 acres of private property and many lounge areas to relax in during their stay with us
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About Ste. Anne’s:

Conveniently located 90 minutes east of Toronto, nestled in the scenic hills of Northumberland County, is the charming fieldstone sanctuary of Ste. Anne’s Spa. Situated atop a natural underground spring on 400 acres, the peaceful property boasts lush meadows, enchanted cedar forests and a spectacular view of Lake Ontario. Ste. Anne’s Spa offers guests CAA/AAA Four-Diamond accommodations featuring 28 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, fine dining and wellness classes that leave guests feeling relaxed and re-energized. Ste. Anne’s Spa, Canada’s largest destination and day spa, also offers guests a comprehensive array of traditional and alternative spa therapies including European-style Moor Mud baths, Shiatsu, Thai massage, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. A sojourn at Ste. Anne’s Spa is an investment in yourself and your future wellbeing. Invest in yourself.

Contest ends Friday, May 7th.  One entry per person.

The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2010.

GOOD LUCK!    

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