Art & Wellness come together in this weekend experience designed to help women regain a sense of self and grounding in their busy lives. So much energy goes outward, it’s time to give back to ourselves through mindful, creative practices like art, yoga, meditation, essential oils & aromatherapy and delicious vegan food.

Join Artist Crystal Beshara and Expression Facilitator Vanessa Rotondo for an exclusive autumn women’s retreat (ages 15+). 

Shared accommodations in well-appointed cabins hosted by Gaia Wellness Retreat on 55-acres of forested property just 15 minutes north of Wakefield, Quebec.

4 lacto-ovo vegetarian meals, all accommodations and a restorative weekend you’ll never forget!

EARLY BIRD Price (Register before June 1, 2018) $375/person; or register AFTER June 1, 2018 for $450/person.

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For more information on venue and facilitators, check out the following websites!



10 am Arrival. Walk and woodland sketching with Crystal


1- 4pm Watercolours by the lake with Crystal

6-7pm DINNER

7:30-8:30pm Restorative “yogassage” with Vanessa in the yoga studio


8:30am - 9:00am : 20 minutes morning meditation wake up with Vanessa (optional) 

9:00am- 9:45am BREAKFAST

11:00am - 12:30pm: Art of Expression Essential Oil Workshop

12:30 -1:30 LIGHT LUNCH

1:30 - 3:30pm Crystal Watercolour Vignettes in the Zen Garden 

4pm departure


Is there a minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All women ages 15+ are welcomed.

What does the retreat include and what are the accommodations like? 

Your stay includes lunch & dinner on day one and breakfast & lunch on day two as well as snacks, coffee / tea. Guests stay in several cabins on the property each with 3-4 individual beds (some twin/ some double). For more information about your accommodations (what to bring) or your stay, please visit or contact Gaia Wellness Retreat directly:

Relax on a sandy beach at the edge of the semi-private lake: Petit Lac Usher. Practice yoga on Stand Up Paddle Boards, or take a tour in a canoe. Lush gardens include a Zen Garden and Walking Meditation Garden. There are many walking/hiking trails to explore and peaceful hideaways to discover!

The lacto-ovo Vegetarian Cafe is fueled by Gaia’s organic vegetable garden as well as local organic farms. We eat well to be well. Their delicious and nutritious meals will ensure you glow from the inside out!

I’ve never done ART or YOGA...can I still participate?

You do not need prior experience in any of the areas covered by the retreat. Your facilitators are experts at pacing the workshops to meet the varied needs of participants of all levels. The weekend fosters a non-competitive environment build on shared experiences and customized guided lessons. 

What’s Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a passive practice that involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, to target deeper layers of connective tissue.

Who can benefit from Yin Yoga?

Everyone - from the athlete to elderly, those who experience daily stress or who live a sedentary lifestyle.

What can Yin Yoga teach us?

Yin yoga can teach us how to listen, accept and let go of resisting experiences. It can also help us align our attention, intentions and actions and to develop a sense of comfort with the uncomfortable.

What’s Yogasse?

Yogassage is a merging of yoga and massage. Light touch with essential oils will help support relaxation during your practice.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be used topically or internally (doTerra) to help support emotional and physical wellness.

What’s the Art of Expression?

The Art of Expression is a modality that helps promote and facilitate everyone’s unique creative voice through multidisciplinary approaches. Expect poetry/creative writing, performance, body movement/dance, yin yoga, aromatherapy, food, craftsmanship and group discussion to bring out the creativity in you.

What do I bring?

DO CONSULT Gaia’s suggested list.

Crystal will supply watercolours, paper, brushes, pencils and erasers (but feel free to bring your own
watercolour pads, palettes, brushes & pencil sets).

Please bring a sketchbook no larger than 9x12
Here is a nice one that will accommodate pen and watercolour washes:
Permanent, indelible (waterproof) pens in size .03mm .05mm .07mm

YOGA & Movement:
The yoga studio comes fully equipped with mats, blocks, blankets and meditation cushions, however you
are welcomed to bring your own items.

Comfortable, stretchy clothing and a water bottle.

How can I contact the organizer if I have questions?

You can contact either Crystal Beshara at or Vanessa Rotondo at

  • Retreat Name Art & Soul - Women's Retreat
  • Type
  • Date October 20-21, 2018
  • Cost EARLY BIRD Price (Register before June 1, 2018) $375/person; or register AFTER June 1, 2018 for $450/person.