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Oct. 18-20: Transitions Yoga Retreat with Heather & Josette

October 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - October 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Transitions: Walking life’s path through loss, change and growth.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for exploring transitions in our lives and to look at letting go of the things that no longer serve us. Join Josette Coulter (The Yoga Tree) and Heather Gunn McQuillan (Nature Space Yoga) for a yoga, mindfulness, and soul nourishing retreat at Cabot Shores, in Cape Breton, NS. Using the healing arts, music, nature, yoga, and mindfulness, we will lead participants through an examination of the transformational periods of loss and change in their lives. In this beautiful, natural setting, surrounded by the changing colours of fall, participants will be encouraged along an introspective and creative journey to help let go of old energies and move into the quiet winter season with a sense of calm, peace, and serenity.

The Space:

Cabot Shores is located on 55 acres of land, bordered on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, on the West by the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands beyond, and on the South by Indian Brook. We consider the property a Nature Sanctuary and hope that you will venture out, walk the paths, and encounter the wildlife to be seen everywhere. In 2018, we built a 2000 square-foot green-energy based special event and retreat centre. This building features an upstairs Yoga & Meditation space and a large 24 X 24 sun deck.

Per person Retreat Fee (all taxes & gratuity included):

Chalet (10 spots available):

Cabot Shores chalets combine comfort with a genuine feeling of simplicity and peace. Each chalet fits 5-6 people, has a full kitchen with the necessary amenities, dining and sitting area, 2 bathrooms, a covered deck in front, fire pit and picnic table. The downstairs private bedroom can be booked by a single person or couple. The upstairs is a large open space with 4 beds and bathroom  with shower. In the evening you can enjoy a soak in the hot tub located right on the chalet deck!

Book a Spot in a Chalet:

Prices include tax and gratuity. 50% non-refundable deposit due at booking.

Shared Accommodations in Chalet (twin bed) 6 spots

Shared Accommodations in Chalet (queen bed) 2 spots:

Private room in chalet (double bed) 1 spot:  Sold Out

  • Single Occupancy: $615
  • Double Occupancy (sharing bed): $500 per person.

Private room in chalet (queen bed) 1 spot: Sold Out

  • Single Occupancy: $615
  • Double Occupancy (sharing bed): $500 per person.

Private Lodge Room (2 Spots Available):

Located downstairs of our Lodge, each room has a queen bed, a full bath, air-conditioning, and a small deck outside.

Book a Spot in Whiff’s Lodge:

Prices include tax and gratuity. 50% non-refundable deposit due at booking.

Private accommodations in a Lodge Room (Queen bed): Sold Out

  • Single Occupancy: $690
  • Double Occupancy (sharing bed): $535 per person.

Private Small Yurt (1 Spot Available):

The Little Red yurt is a 12′ diameter Mongolian Yurt that comes with a double bed, electric heater and camp chairs to look at the great views outside. It sits on a small deck in between high trees and the other yurts. On clear nights you can open the canvas roof and see stars through the skylight. A bathhouse with shower and washroom is located beside this yurt.

Book the Little Red yurt:

Prices include tax and gratuity. 50% non-refundable deposit due at booking.

Private accommodation in the Little Red Yurt (double bed) 1 spot:

  • Single Occupancy: $635 Click here to reserve.
  • Double Occupancy (sharing bed): $515 per person. Click here to reserve.

Teacher Bios:

Heather Gunn McQuillan:

Heather is the owner of Nature Space Yoga in Morell, PEI. Heather is a registered yoga teacher, certified as a meditation and mindfulness instructor, and trained in mental health first aid and suicide intervention. Music and art have been an integral part of Heather’s life. A trained opera singer, Heather’s students regularly comment on the soothing quality of her “yoga voice” and she also plays piano and guitar. Heather is a seasoned educator and facilitator. In addition to being a yogi, she is a veterinarian and has been teaching vet students at the Atlantic Veterinary College since 2010. Heather was drawn to becoming a yoga teacher to further her own practice and to share the gifts of yoga and mindfulness with others. Spurred to action by the crisis in veterinary wellness, she wanted to improve and promote wellness both within and outside of the veterinary college. In addition to working to build a veterinary wellness curriculum, she has been thrilled to facilitate private and corporate wellness workshops. She is deeply committed to life-long learning, and has advanced training and certifications in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, and wellness. Her proudest designation and most challenging accomplishment to date is MoT (mother of two). When Heather reflects on the transitions in her own life, motherhood was perhaps the most significant, and mindfulness, yoga, creativity and nature therapy helped her navigate that life changing experience. She also found strength from yoga and mindfulness, during her father’s battle with cancer and death in 2016. Heather’s partner of 23 years, Jarrod, has been by her side through numerous transitions and all of the ups and downs of this messy, beautiful life.


Josette Coulter:

Wife, Mother, Creatrix, Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, Flower Artist, Wellness Advocate & Self-Empowerment Mentor.

Josette is a wife and a mother of two teenagers (her greatest masterpieces). After working for 13 years in 4 prisons across the Maritimes, she left her corporate role and is now the Founder of The Yoga Tree for over 10 years. She owned a flower shop and is currently working in the non-profit sector as a facilitator. She has taught all over Nova Scotia, in New Brunswick and PEI and this will be the third time that she has hosted a retreat at Cabot Shores. Deeply passionate about intentional living and living an extraordinary life. She has a gift for creating space for individuals to share stories that need to be told. She is able to inspire and draw out possibility. Josette has over 20 years of combined experience of mentoring and facilitating individuals in schools, workplace, corporate setting, non-profit, weekly classes, retreats and institution settings. She has been a student of the healing arts for over 20 years where she has studied yoga & mindfulness, thai yoga massage, reiki and shamanism. She is rooted in her daily question of “How may I serve?”  She loves to delve deeply into creativity, either with words, paint or flowers. With her intuition and heart as her compass, she has been guided through her life in the most magical ways. Let the magic begin….


October 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
October 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Cabot Shores


Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
30 Buchanan Drive
Indian Brook, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0 Canada
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