How Yoga Really Works - Dismantling all your Barriers
5 - Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Quebec, Canada

Treat yourself to a week of diving deep into the heart of yoga. Throughout the retreat participants will learn about the profoundness of the yogic philosophy and how to apply it to their everyday lives. The yogic path provides all the essential ingredients to gaining mastery over the body, mind and emotions, ultimately overcoming the obstacles within our spiritual evolution to unite ourselves with our highest nature.

The main texts that will be referenced for the retreat are the 2 great classics: Pantanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”, written nearly 2000 years ago; and Svatmarama’s , “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, written in the early 1400’s. Both works clearly explain the path of yoga in it’s entirety, and are masterpieces unto themselves.

Join senior yoga and meditation teachers Jerome Giovinazzo and Billie-Lynn Hillis for an incredible week laden with life-changing wisdom, rejuvenating yoga, surrounded in extraordinary natural landscapes, all in the heart of the Gatineau Hills at Gaia Wellness Retreat, located just 45 minutes from Ottawa, Canada.

Included in your Retreat with Jerome and Billie:

~4 nights accommodation and delicious healthy meals
~Teachings on How Yoga Really Works 
~Morning and afternoon meditations
~ Morning Yoga asanas
~Evening Yoga Nidra classes
~Free Time for exploring/relaxing
~One on one sessions with the instructors

Further details and bookings

The cost for the retreat is from $595 (camping) to $795 (shared cabin).

Meet the teachers:

Billie Hillis (Jugat Joti Kaur) Director, RYT and Reiki Therapist

Billie is a Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor, trained in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha and Yin Yoga as well as Yoga for Addictions. Billie is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Billie has been availing herself to continuous philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines for the past 15 years, she weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large.

Jerome Giovinazzo

As a long-time practitioner and instructor of meditation & yoga, Jerome brings joy, sincerity and humour into his classes. In 2010 Jerome completed a 6 year course in advanced Buddhist studies under the guidance of Geshe Michael Roach & Lama Christie McNally. He has also studied with Sri Dharma Mittra, and the yogi-mystic, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Having recently completed a 2 year solitary yoga & meditation retreat, Jerome realized the power of going inwards, one which enables each of us to create the change we desire in our world. 

July 16 - 20, 2018 Monday morning arrival, to Friday afternoon departure. Option to stay Sunday night through to Sunday afternoon.

At Gaia Wellness Retreat, 45 hour from downtown Ottawa. We offer comfortable accommodation, lovely nature in a secluded area, 55 acres of nature to explore.


Shared Room 4 people: 
5 days/4 nights. $595 per person + tax

Camping (BYOT)
5 days/4 nights. $455 per person + tax

Fees include accommodation, simple breakfasts and delicious vegetarian lunches and dinners, all yoga, meditation and mindfulness instruction and use of all activities and spaces on-site including walking trails, wood-burning sauna and semi-private lake. Reiki treatments are available for a fee. Those with food restrictions over and above lactose and gluten preferences should bring plenty of snacks for yourself as we cannot accommodate special requests beyond these.  

Register now – space is limited
You will need to secure your spot at the retreat with a deposit of $100 by Interac Transfer or credit card. The balance of the retreat fee is paid on your arrival when checking in at the retreat.

Once You’ve Registered – Things to Note

Sharing Rooms
If you have a preference for a roommate, please indicate this at the time of registration. All others will be assigned rooms.

What to Bring
• All personal belongings
• Indoor shoes
• Hiking boots (highly recommended)
• Unscented toiletries
• Mobile phone charger and cord (there is little or no wifi connection)
• Hat with brim for the sun
• Small flashlight
• Any personal snack / meal items to store in the cabin or dining hall fridge
• Sweaters with hoods
• Warm socks
• Watch / Alarm clock
• Yoga mat (if you wish to practice)

  • Retreat Name How Yoga Really Works - Dismantling all your Barriers
  • Type
  • Date July 16-20, 2018
  • Cost $455 - $595