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3 Days Botanical Surf and Yoga Retreat Canada

  • Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Weekend Surf and Yoga Retreat Vancouver

Join Milagro Living and Surf Sister during their "14th Summer of Yoga Surf and Eco Adventure Retreats" open to all-levels of yogis and ocean Lovers! Create your own Retreat. Choose to fill your weekend with surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking tours for an action filled getaway. Or, relax and be nourished with the abundant feasts and all levels yoga classes with plenty of time for massage, walks in the botanical gardens and self reflection. The choice is yours!

Highlights

  • 4 yoga classes
  • Access to the botanical gardens
  • Surf lessons, SUP, and kayaking tours
  • Group campfires and ceremonies
  • Nourishing vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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You can choose from a variety of options at the beautiful Eco Lodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. This eco friendly building is situated on 12 acres of waterfront rain forest and gardens at the gateway to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The rooms have either queen beds, 2 single beds, or 4 oversize bunk beds with down duvets, lockable closets, shared bathrooms, and a window looking out over the rain forest or Tofino Botanical Gardens.

Surfing

Surf Sister introduces women and men of all ages and abilities to the sport of surfing in a safe, fun, and supportive environment, and offers advanced technique classes too. Learn and play on beautiful beaches near Tofino, British Columbia, rated as some of the most spectacular surfing in the world.

Surf Sister instructors will teach you everything you need to know to start surfing. They'll cover proper surfing technique, surfing etiquette, equipment and ocean safety. Surf Sister leaves lots of time each class to hit the surf and practice your new skills!

Yoga

Michelle will be leading you through daily yoga classes. You will begin with some basic yoga fundamentals, including meditation, pranayama, and asana practice. Throughout the weekend, you will build on what you have learned and gently unpeel the layers through a mindful practice. The asana practice will vary with energizing morning practices focusing on variations of sun salutations, Vinyasa flow, and detail oriented asanas. Classes later in the day will be more calming and restorative.

You will surrender into your hip openers, discover your inner strength through playful arm balances, and open your heart in back bends, all the while weaving in yoga philosophy and ways to transfer your yoga practice off the mat and into your daily lives. The goal is to give you the tools you need to take this beautiful practice home with you and integrate it into your daily routine.

Stand up paddle boarding

Enjoy an amazing view from the ocean with an emerging sport that satisfies both leisure and action. Tofino Paddle Surf offers expert stand up paddle boarding instruction and guided adventures for flat water and surf. Custom itineraries are available including inlet waterways, mudflats, harbor tours, surf tours, and boat excursion tours.

Tofino Paddle Surf provides quality instruction and guiding, focusing on equipment orientation, ocean safety, skill practice, surf etiquette, and an appreciation for the coastal environment.

Kayaking tours

Join Paddle West for a unique, fun and educational wilderness kayaking experience. The day tours offer you the opportunity to get away from the crowds, explore and re-energize in the pristine natural beauty of Clayoquot Sound.

As guests you'll be provided with all necessary equipment, guides and instruction for a safe and enjoyable paddle. While on the water knowledgeable, friendly guides will share information about the ecology and history of this majestic place, as you take in the breathtaking sights of one of the world's premiere kayaking destinations.

The Pacific Rim, though only a few hours from Vancouver and Seattle, exists in a world of its own. Nestled between ancient rain forest and the wild Pacific Ocean, this spectacular coastline is home to an abundance of natural wonders. At the northern edge of the Pacific Rim National Park, the quaint and inviting town of Tofino and home to artists and surfers alike is located. Discovered a century ago when Anglican missionaries searched for the most beautiful place on Vancouver Island, Tofino continues to invoke a sense of breath-taking and awe-inspiring beauty.

You will be nourished with life-enriching whole foods prepared with love and gratitude by Milagro Living's kitchen goddesses. You will be introduced to living food concepts, such as sprouting, dehydrating, and fermenting, as well as super foods like hemp, chia seeds, and Guayaki Yerba Mate. Their kitchen has an open concept with informal education about the ingredients to increase your food knowledge and enhance your experience.

  • Bike rental available at 40 CAD per day
  • Massages

Massages and hot stone treatments are available between 85-125 CAD.

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Access to the botanical gardens all weekend long
  • Daily yoga classes with Michelle Sen Ayau
  • Eco friendly goodie bags
  • Group campfires and ceremonies
  • Kayaking tours
  • Nourishing organic breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surf lesson
  • Departure taxes
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Extra meals
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, telephone calls, personal clothing)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa and passport charges

Driving direction from Vancouver (5 hours)

  • The Horseshoe Bay Ferry or Tsawassen Ferry takes you to Nanaimo. The Ferry crossing takes about 2 hours.
  • Drive to Highway 19 North which takes approximately 30 minutes to the Qualicum Beach exit.
  • Take this exit and drive west on Highway 4 through Port Alberni. Once in Port Alberni, follow the signs to Tofino and / or Pacific Rim National Park.
  • Stay on the highway straight towards Tofino. After you pass Beaches Grocery and Live to Surf Surf Shop on your right, start looking for Milagro Living’s sign on a gazebo to your right.
  • The total driving time from Nanaimo is approximately two and a half hours.

Driving direction from Victoria (4.5 hours)

  • Drive Highway 1 North past Nanaimo. Approximately 30 minutes past Nanaimo, take the Qualicum Beach Exit.
  • Take this exit and drive west on Highway 4 through Port Alberni. Once in Port Alberni, follow the signs to Tofino and / or Pacific Rim National Park.
  • Stay on the highway straight towards Tofino. After you pass Beaches Grocery and Live to Surf Surf Shop on your right, start looking for Milagro Living’s sign on a gazebo to your right.
  • The total driving time from Nanaimo is approximately two and a half hours.

Driving direction from Seattle (8 hours)

  • You may drive to Vancouver and follow driving directions from Vancouver above.
  • You also may take the Washington State Ferry (www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries) from Anacortes (90 miles north of Seattle) to Sidney (just north of Victoria) and follow driving directions from Victoria above.
  • Or you can take the Coho Ferry (www.cohoferry.com) from Port Angeles (2.5 hours west of Seattle) to Victoria and follow driving directions from Victoria above.

Arrival by airplane

There is currently one airline that has daily service to and from Tofino/Long Beach Airport (YAZ) from Vancouver. Flights from Victoria or Seattle may be available seasonally: Orcas Air available at 1-888-359-6722 or www.flyorcaair.com.

Testimonials

  • Review by T. Murphy
    10 out of 10

    "My journey of staying in the now is truly moving forward after this weekend."

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  • Review by E. Reimer
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga and feeling of community was a life changing and inspirational experience."

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  • Review by K. Bryson
    10 out of 10

    "Truly felt like I had plenty of both learning and relaxing time."

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  • Review by D. McFarlane
    10 out of 10

    "Come as you are and leave nourished, inspired and with a renewed curiosity for life."

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  • Review by M. Macmillan
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the Retreat and would highly recommend it to others who want an amazing weekend of Yoga, incredible food and community!"

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  • Review by S Dick
    10 out of 10

    "Everyone deserves to be nourished this way – amazing food, yoga practice and people to provide an opportunity to get closer to your authentic self!"

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  • Review by N. Gauthier
    10 out of 10

    "For my first yoga retreat, this was an amazing experience for my mind, body, and personal growth. The community that was created was accepting and supportive. I had a wonderful time and so very happy to have had this amazing experience."

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  • Review by Jackie Reeves
    10 out of 10

    "They have great very delicious wholesome and plentiful meals. This was one of the best retreats I have been on."

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  • Review by Rebecca Salit
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every minute and every experience of it. I feel like I have grown."

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  • Review by Lauren Zakaluzny
    10 out of 10

    "I can't begin to list the qualities of what this retreat offered to me. I had an unbelievable time with strong amazing women. I would do it again - hands down!"

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  • Review by Monica Auguss
    10 out of 10

    "My body, mind, and spirit have been replenished with the gathering of this amazing community and sharing of delicious spiritual, mental, and physical nourishment."

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  • Review by Karen Philipps
    9 out of 10

    "Retreat says it all. It was such a treat to be in the company of amazing women, eating nourishing food, and practicing yoga in such a beautiful place. I will be coming again."

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  • Review by Barb Baker
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was ever changing and building each day. And what can I say about the food? My body has never felt so alive and healthy. The food tasted delectable. I would definitely recommend this retreat."

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