Cabot Shores Newsletter for September 2011



Dr. Paul’s An Adventure a Day~Mild to Wild~
               Lobster Fishing with Charlie Boorman & Captain Mac Innis

Imagine being the star in an adventure movie.

A producer puts together the right team and the director makes it all work on the screen.

But it’s you doing the adventures–some are mild, some are wild, but as English TV adventurer, travel writer and actor Charley Boorman said to me on a lobster boat this summer at 4:40am: “get involved in the adventure.”
Russ Malkin directs Charlie and two amazing videographers (Mungo and Jessel) filming a series called Extreme Frontiers Canada for Channel 5 UK & Disney Discovery Channel.  For hours pictures are taken, logistics arranged, advice given and taken, and of course some clowning around…but then we are all in the adventure, pulling up lobster traps, banding the claws…we are involved.

And then the adventure continues back at Cabot Shores with Chef Carl preparing the lobster caught earlier in the morning, plank salmon cooking over an outdoor fire, a gathering of 3 generations of lobster fishermen, families and the rest of the Cabot Shores crew.

And that brings me back to you.

Here, at Cabot Shores, you are the star of your own adventure. All it takes is getting involved…and you’ll see Adventure is in the eye of the beholder–whether it’s cooking your first wood fired pizza or being up on a Yolo Board for the first time, or being a classical violinist daring to play Cape Breton tunes along with local celtic musicians or a blues band right here on our stage.

Cabot Shores provides a platform for you to “Awaken. Explore & Discover” but the adventure is up to you. And the retreat happens alongside the adventure.

As Captain Beefheart   (a pre-Charley Boorman hero) said:  “What the world needs is a good retreat…” and we’ve found that great guests, great guides   and great adventurers make us all into stars in an adventure movie.  Just like Charley and Russ, Mango and Jessel–some out front, some others like us behind, with roles changing along the journey and at the destination.

To your adventure,
Dr Paul Weinberg

Check out what the Big Earth crew had to say about their experience here!

Cabot Shores is now a destination spot for Road Scholar, formerly known as Elder Hostel. The name Road Scholar was selected to focus on interactive, experiential travel. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975 and offers more than 7,000 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.  Two programs which focus on various adventures offered in and around Cape Breton are scheduled to take place throughout spring, summer and fall of 2012 and will be hosted at Cabot Shores Resort.

“Cultural Adventures on Cape Breton” introduces you to one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful coastal regions. It will expose you to the vibrant cultural traditions and rich history of the local area. “Intergenerational Adventures on Cape Breton” will allow you join your Grandkids on a 6 Night/7 Day adventure  as you explore the historical, cultural and natural riches of Cape Breton Island. Please click here for more information regarding either of the Road Scholar programs available at Cabot Shores.


Interested in meditation? Want to learn more about creating enlightened society?

Cabot Shores is holding the first annual Shambhala Lineage Festival on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Breton.  Attendees will participate in group meditation, a fire ceremony, informal gathering around the fire, explore what we can offer to the community, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.

Everyone is welcome to join us for all or part of this celebratory weekend at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort. Accommodation & meal packages available. A schedule of events & more information regarding the Shambhala Lineage Festival can be found by clicking here.


Looking for a special place to spend Thanksgiving?

You are invited to Cabot Shores to help us give thanks during our Garden Harvest Celebration.

Special Package deals on Accommodations & Meals!

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR RETREAT (S.E.A.R.C.H.)- Oct 14th to 16th 2011

50 women from around Cape Breton whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer, will gather for a three day S.E.A.R.C.H retreat hosted at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort. Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia (BCANS) along with a mix of professionals in the fields of health, exercise and nutrition will provide a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual activities for women to participate in over the course of the weekend.

The retreat deemed S.E.A.R.C.H (Survivor. Empowerment. Awakening. Relaxation. Connection. Holistic) will encompass a “Survivor” theme, complete with wilderness excursions, team building exercises, and holistic experiences.

The retreat is very reasonably priced at $75.00 for the entire weekend for BCANS members & women from Cape Breton. This retreat is also open to women who are not members of BCANS or are from outside of Cape Breton at a cost of only $75.00 per day or $150 for the entire weekend! These fees cover the costs of the entire weekend including accommodations, meals, activities and a retreat registration.


The newest addition to Cabot Shores….An Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven!

Construction of the outdoor oven began only a few short weeks ago and last night, Cabot Shores had its first taste of fresh wood fired pizza!  Each pizza was prepared with thin crust whole wheat dough covered in a savory homemade sauce, fresh garden vegetables and flavorful cheese.

Weighing in at almost 500 lbs, the oven was constructed using firebrick, stones, clay and cement. We encourage you to join us some evening so you can try your own personal wood fired pizza prepared to your liking!


 From the Cabot Shores Bistro Qinoa-stuffed Zucchini or Winter Squash
3 c water
1 t salt
1.5 c quinoa8 med-sized zucchini OR
   2 large butternut or buttercup squashes
1 large onion
3 T good extra virgin olive oil, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
6 garlic cloves, diced
1 t chili powder
6 dates, diced
1 c fresh mushrooms OR
1/2 c dried, reconstituted mushrooms
1/2 lb tofu, crumbled
3 T nutritional yeast
1 c grated cheddar
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1/8 c sesame seeds
DIRECTIONSBring water and salt to a boil & add the Qinoa.Stir once, turn down heat, cover and simmer until done (10-15 minutes).In the meantime, cut the zucchinis or winter squash lengthwise, remove seeds/core
and set squashes on a cookie sheet.Over medium heat, sauté the onion in olive oil until caramelized, stirring frequently.
Add celery and sauté until done, stirring frequently.
add garlic & chili powder, sauté for 1 minute.
add chopped dates & turn down the heat, sauté for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
add mushrooms and sauté on medium heat, stirring frequently.
add tofu, mix well and sauté 2-3 minutes.Drain qinoa, mix in cheese, onion/veggie mix, nutritional yeast and seeds.Stuff the squashes with the qinoa mix.Bake at 400 in a preheated oven until squash is soft – about 30 minutes for zucchini,
longer for butternut/buttercup squash. If squash and/or stuffing gets too brown,
loosely cover with aluminum foil.

Serve with a salad and perhaps fresh baked bread.
May use same stuffing for green or red peppers and also for stuffed cabbage.

A recent comment from a couple of lovely guests…..

Aug 17th, 2011
“We stopped in for a bite to eat and had the best seafood chowder EVER! A very charming spot and a very friendly host & staff. A lovely break from the fast pace of Ontario.”
Karen Kaufman, New Dundee Ont. & Julia Wadsworth, Peterborough Ont.

Sept 14th, 2011

“We had such a fun time along Indian Brook, up river to the falls, hiking, rock hopping, boldering and swimming- thanks very much!’

– Janine & Stephen, Antigonish NS

Sept 23rd, 2011

“A wonderful property, some motivated minds and a lovely sense of community. Great things will come from such ingredients. I am sure.”

– Kris & Claire, Vancouver BC
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