Ottawa July 14, 2019 mini-retreat for self-care
Ottawa mini-retreat: self-care
This 2-hour mini yoga retreat, right in the heart of Ottawa, on Sunday July 14, is designed for your self-care. This is a morning to be kind to yourself, refill your cup, and re-energize. That’s the focus. Just come and be spoiled for a few hours to take care of your own body and mental health like this: a 90-minute restorative yoga class, an RMT circulating with massages during each pose, a light catered refreshment (GF, dairy-free) that’s studded with brightly-coloured healthy anti-oxidants.
Even though this retreat is full (filled up in 36 hours!), you can put yourself on the waitlist here:
Itinerary for Sun July 14:
9:45-10:00 AM - Arrive in the clean, calm, and spacious studio at reYoga 209 Hannah Street in Vanier. Give me a hug, unroll a mat, turn off your phone, collect ample props, lie down beside other lovely like-minded people whom I adore, and sigh with relief. Everyone will have a different body, with varying levels of experience, and everyone will belong.
10:00-11:30 AM - Indulge in a Restorative Yoga class for deep, deep rejuvenation—the kind of release that shifts you into the parasympathetic nervous response where your body can finally repair, heal, nourish, and nudge your digestive system back into life. Remember how sometimes we begin/end the class with a reclining pose where we use lots of props, blankets, and cushions to support the length of your body and you almost fall asleep? Well this is a whole class like that! It’s spa-like and glorious. Traditionally, one stays in each restorative pose for 5-20 minutes; however, we will also be incorporating massage therapists today. Therefore, depending on everyone’s physical comfort in each pose and the pacing of the RMT’s, we’ll stay in these restorative positions for 5-10 minutes at a time.
Massage therapy. I’m arranging for an RMT to circulate around sequentially to each of you while you’re resting in the restorative yoga poses to give you gentle massages. Yes! It’s true. You’ll be given an anatomy card where you can circle any body parts that you don’t want to have massaged, in case of injuries, complications, etc. And you can also indicate whether you’re okay with a pure essential oil to be used (or not). The RMT’s might massage everyone’s hands in one pose, and then everyone’s shoulders in another pose, and so on, depending on which body parts are accessible and injury-free.
11:30-12:00 PM - Finally, treat yourself to a light, tasty catered refreshment that is full of brightly-coloured antioxidants, and digests cleanly (gluten-free, dairy-free). Make this your own siesta to read, daydream, sketch, or catch up with a friend.
12:00 PM - Hug goodbye, pack up our belongings, and float home with a refreshed sense of calm and levity.
When: Sun July 14: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: reYoga 209 Hannah St, Vanier.
Investment: $65 (total) per person.
- 90-minute restorative yoga class.
- light catered refreshment (GF, dairy-free)
- RMT circulating with gentle massages.
Who: All lovely humans belong here.
Why: You only get one body. Invest lovingly in your own physical & mental health.
How: Even though this retreat filled up very quickly, you can put yourself on the waitlist here:
What to Bring:
Yoga mat (or borrow a studio mat for free if you forget yours)
Layers (in case you’re too warm/cold)
If you have your own bolsters to bring, then please let me know, as that will affect the max # of participants!
My teaching style:
My classes are uplifting, safe, educational, and inclusive. I also have a hidden superpower. I can make yoga accessible to everyone in the room---beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Netflix potatoes and marathon runners. We use lots of props to make yoga comfy and suit your specific body. So bring your hunched shoulders, bring your arthritis, and bring your juicy body. You belong with me!
Retreat Theme: Self-care
The theme of this mini 2-hour retreat is self-care. You know that saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup? Well this mini retreat is a day to care for yourself, refill that vessel, and re-energize. That’s the focus.
My intention is to make this a reassuring 1/2-day that combs out your nerves and smoothes any frayed edges. Welcome to a morning of self-care.
With mountains of love,
Toronto Pelvic Core Retreat: Sun Nov 25, 2018
Toronto Retreat: Sun Nov 25, 2018
Zoe’s coming to Toronto! Soothe your nervous system, stimulate your digestion, and awaken your muscles. This is the perfect half-day retreat to rinse out any grumpy habits and befriend yourself again. This mini retreat is designed to be safe and accessible for all bodies—both beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Come just as you are, be yourself, and practise as gently or vigorously as you need that day.
Do you have a friend coming who is nervous? This is what the yoga part will look like. You'll arrive in the light and spacious studio, unroll your mat, turn off your phone, and lay down beside other lovely like-minded people whom I adore.
We'll begin with some simple movements on your back, just to greet your lungs. After a refreshing meditation, we'll enjoy tabletop and/or seated poses in order to warm up your spine and turn on your core. Then we'll lift your mood and tone your muscles with standing poses---the feel-good kind! To end the class, we'll mindfully stretch out any tight spots and cool down with breathing techniques.
For Savasana, our final resting pose, you'll lay supine---on your back---and close your eyes. I'll help you relax and I might even give you a tiny head massage. Yes. It's too good to be true. You might fall asleep.
1:45-2:00 pm Arrive and relax.
2:00-3:15 pm Indulge in an uplifting asana class to flush your circulation, clear your mind, and reacquaint yourself with your unique body.
3:15-4:00 pm Savour a fresh, light, gluten-free catered snack during our break (please notify me of any allergens upon registering). Then relax, nap, daydream, read. This is your siesta!
4:00-4:45 pm Soak up an informative workshop on pelvic organ support.
4:45-6:00 pm Close your afternoon with a nourishing and reassuring asana class to restore your energy levels.
6:00-6:30 pm Hug your goodbyes. Pack up your things. Stefan and Taia might come pick me up, so you can say hello!
Love Your Pelvic Floor
Every human has a pelvic floor, which is tasked with some enormous crucial jobs. How can we pair certain daily movements with a particular breath so that this muscular sling can execute those essential jobs and truly support our vital organs? (No, the answer is not just squeezing kegels!). Enjoy this brief workshop that is applicable and healing to every human body. You're going to love this.
My classes are safe, uplifting, and loving. I also have a hidden superpower. I can make yoga accessible to everyone in the room---beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Netflix potatoes and marathon runners. We use lots of props to make yoga suit your specific body. So bring your hunched shoulders, bring your aches, and bring your juicy body. You belong with me.
Date: Sun Nov 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Investment: $115 total
Where: Toronto Yoga Mamas
1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON
Entrance: The entrance to our studio is on the west side of the building down a little pathway.
Parking: Street parking on Queen street and Greenwood.
Zoe’s Cell: (647) 922 9642
It’s official. This is happening! You can pay directly by clicking on this button, below.
·There are already mats to borrow at Toronto Yoga Mamas. However, if you prefer your own, then feel free to bring it.
Layered clothing, in case the room feels too warm/cold for your liking.
A good book/journal/sketch pad if you like taking notes, and if you need a more introverted, quiet break time. Everyone recharges their energy differently.
Past Retreats, & Workshops
Edmonton Core Retreat
When: Sun May 6, 2018
Where: Edmonton, AB
Included: $115 total
Asana class to flush your circulation
Healthy tasty refreshment (gluten-free)
Informative workshop on the pelvic core
Asana class to restore your energy levels
Toronto Afternoon Retreat
When: July 23, 2017, 2-7pm
Where: Toronto, ON
Included: $115 total
Asana class to rinse out the toxins
Light/summer refreshments (gluten-free)
Specialized yoga philosophy presentation
Asana class to reassure your nervous system
Prince Edward County Retreat
When: Aug 22-24, 2014
Where: Prince Edward County, ON
Included: $500 (depending on room choice)
2 nights accommodation
4 yoga classes
All delicious meals
2 specialized yoga workshops
Edmonton Svadharma Retreat
When: Nov 1, 2014
Where: Edmonton, AB
Included: $100 total
Asana class to stimulate digestion
Light refreshments (gluten-free)
Philosophy presentation on Svadharma
Asana class to reassure your nervous system
Tuscany, Italy Retreat
When: June 20-27, 2015
Where: Tuscany, Italy
Included: $2000-$3000 (depending on room choice)
7 nights lodging; 2 yoga classes daily
All meals except 1 lunch + 1 dinner
Wine with meals
Italian cooking class; Art lesson; plus surprises!
All excursions; All ground transportation
Organic Wine Tasting & Yoga
When: Mar 16, 2012
Where: Edmonton, AB
Included: $140 total
Cleansing asana yoga class
Professional wine tasting. Learn to recognize initial and after notes, while comparing organic wines
Tasty tapas for food pairings
Brief restorative asana class to relax and digest
Zoe is one of the finest yoga instructors I have practiced with in 25+ years of study.
“Zoe is a master teacher, one of the finest yoga instructors I have practiced with in 25+ years of studying with outstanding practitioners in Southern California and elsewhere. She is superbly skilled and trained, sensitive to personal requirements of each student; provides creative, innovative sequences and asana combinations, with extremely precise careful, thoughtful, and detailed instructions. Her classes are simply wonderful and she herself is filled with peace, power, serenity, exuberance, and joy. It is contagious!”
Her style and superb instruction, make me keep coming back!
“I run on average between 22 and 27 miles per week and I combine that with 4 weight training sessions. I'm 55 years old. I'm more flexible and my joints and ligaments feel better and younger now than they ever did, 10 or even 20 years ago. How is that possible? I credit the yoga that I do at least twice per week for its ability to stretch and release both my body and my mind. And I credit that yoga to Zoe. Her teaching style and superb instruction, make me keep coming back for more. My mind and body thank her.”
Zoe's made a positive impact on my physical and mental health.
“I wanted to say that I really enjoy coming to Zoe's yoga classes. Not only is it so convenient to have her come to us, but I like how she has so many different options for every pose, so it caters to every skill level, including my own. My main reason for coming to yoga is to help me to relax, so it is nice that there is no pressure to do everything perfectly. But at the same time, however, through Zoe's kind encouragement, she pushes me a bit more every time and shows us when we are doing something incorrect. I think that coming to yoga every week has made a positive impact on my physical and mental health, so thank you very much, Zoe!”