Workshops & Retreats

Yoga Weekend RetreatSunset over Lake

at Mersey River Chalets (near Keji)

Nov 2-4, 2018


$375 All Inclusive

(includes shared accommodation in cabin

or lodge room, vegetarian meals, yoga program & full use of facility)

Warrior One Pose in the Yoga Room

$10o Deposit Required ~ All Levels Welcome


Program begins Friday evening at 6 pm with dinner and ends Sunday just after lunch around 1:30 pm.


Join Certified Yoga Teachers Julie Palmer & Janice MacDonald in a beautiful natural setting.  Experience daily yoga & meditation, gourmet vegetarian meals,  guided movement, yoga-dance, yoga philosophy, massage experience, group sharing, shared accommodation, & some free time to hike, paddle, reflect, journal, nap, chat with friends. All activities are optional. Private room/cabin available for extra cost.



Chair Yoga Teacher Training

Nov 17-18, 2018

1397 Fall River Road

(near Halifax, NS)


$260  ($100 deposit required)


Taught by Julie Palmer, 1000+ hours training, 25 years teaching experience


“Get fit where you sit”

Learn to teach Chair Yoga/Fitness for seniors, those with chronic conditions or post-surgery, even office workers  (open to yoga & fitness teachers, alternative & traditional health practitioners & those in training for any of these).   *** Open to yoga & fitness teachers, alternative & traditional health practitioners with yoga experience, those working with elders/seniors & who have yoga experience & those in training for any of these. ***

14-hour training includes:

  • Thorough Warm-ups
  • Adapting Poses to a Chair
  • Standing Poses Using a Chair
  • Abdominal Strengtheners
  • Class Sequencing
  • Using Hand Weights
  • Using Weights on Feet
  • Osteoporosis Tips
  • Deaf Hand Alphabet
  • Yoga Hand Mudras
  • Seated & Standing Chair Sun Salute
  • Seated Half Moon Salute
  • Tie Stretches
  • Balance Poses with Chair
  • Self-Massage Techniques
  • Safety Concerns for Seniors
  • Pranayama (Breathing) Exercises
  • Handouts/Manual
  • Certificate




Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Date TBA at 1397 Fall River Road, Fall River, NS

Week-long course (50 hours) for $900 ($250 deposit required)

Open to Yoga Teachers and Long-time Yoga Practitioners

With our “graying” demographic, learn “age appropriate” longer held gentle poses to restore & renew. When one leads a yin yoga class, the students hold for long periods so what does the teacher offer during that time period? Here’s some ideas which will be included in the training:

  • breathing & meditation techniques
  • chakras & chanting
  • yin & meridian theory
  • affirmations
  • hand mudras
  • story telling
  • 8 limbs, yamas & niyamas (yoga philosophy)
  • modifications & assists for different body types & abilities

Training also includes:

  • benefits & contra-indications
  • lots of practice teaching in pairs & small groups
  • designing a yin yoga class
  • music suggestions
  • certificate & manual

This yin ytt may be used towards possible 300-hour teacher training (the next level after 200-hour basic certification). Trainees must fill out an intake form, provide deposit, purchase “The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark well before the training & complete the full 50-hour course to receive certificate.  Trainees must provide own accommodations & food. Hours are 9 to 5 each day; with one hour credit towards self-study.

Led by Julie Palmer who has 25 years experience leading yoga and 1000+ hours of training. Her yin yoga journey began in 2012 with classes led by Bernie Clark online. In February of 2014 Julie took the Yin YTT with Bernie in Vancouver and immediately began teaching workshops and classes in this slow meditative style, volunteering at her local YMCA in Cornwallis.  At least once or twice a week Julie’s daily personal practice will be more yin-like and she’s added some poses to the yin encyclopedia of poses which she’ll share during the training.






Week-Long Yoga Retreat

at Rancho Encantado, Mayan Peninsula, MEXICO


March 3-10, 2019


$2275 Cdn Base Price Per Person for Double Accommodation

$200 Extra Off for Early Bird Registration by Nov. 15th, 2018

$150 Extra Off for Triple Accommodation

$200 Extra Off for Quadruple Accommodation

Rancho Encantado is located on a freshwater lake, Bacalar Laguna, a world heritage site, near important Mayan archeological sites.  Immerse yourself in this truly nurturing experience for body, mind, heart and soul. The retreat features several teachers offering various yoga styles at all levels including Kriplalu and

Relaxing in Hammock at the Cabana

Relaxing in Hammock at the Cabana

Vinyasa flows, plus meditation, pranayama, yoga nidra, asana clinics and the work of Byron Katie, all helping to create an expanded awareness of Self, and a deeper sense of ease in both body and mind. Price includes all meals, full yoga program and ground transport to and from Cancun airport.

Fruit Stall at the Local Market in Town of Bacalar

Fruit Stall at the Local Market in Town of Bacalar

Swim, kayak, laze in a hammock or select any or all of the guided tours including Mayan experience, city tour for shopping and museums, birding, zip line, guided kayak outing or a boat trip.  Meet wonderful people and dine on local foods including fresh fruits, vegetables and fish prepared with the flavours of the region. Enjoy a massage or other spa service.  Shared accommodations in waterside or garden-side cabanas.

Dock at Sunrise Mexico

Palapa on Lake Bacalar

Participants book their own flight to Cancun. Westjet has direct flights from Halifax & Moncton to Cancun.

To reserve, please contact [email protected] to put down your $250 deposit via cheque, cash or e-transfer.








Half Day Workshop – Yoga Posture ClinicJulie assists Pigeon Mexico


Next date TBA



Join Certified Yoga Teacher Julie Palmer to explore:

* Kripalu Press Points * Turning on the Core * Setting a Strong Foundation * Principles of Alignment Practicing on our own and in pairs, we’ll apply these methodologies to group-selected yoga poses. Through group discussion and sharing we will all learn & grow together.





Yoga Props Training

Fish pose supported by two blocks

Fish pose supported by two blocks


“Balls ‘n Walls  Blocks ‘n Socks  Chairs ‘n Stairs  Bolsters ‘n Straps”


Date & Place & Cost TBA- Fri. 7-9 pm, Sat 9-4 pm, Sun 9-4 pm


Lunge with Quad Stretch using wall & block & cushion

Lunge with Quad Stretch using wall & block & cushion

Deepen Your Practice &/or Add Variety to Your Yoga Classes Ideas for ways to take yourself (& students) deeper in yoga practice, using props, to safely and fully support each pose and to be creative and fun. Opportunity to work solo, in pairs and small groups. Certificate of Attendance & Handouts provided. Open to All Levels.


 Cancellation Policy for Workshops & Retreats

If another participant can be found to replace you, you will get your deposit back minus a 5% administration fee. If not, then your deposit is forfeited. For Mexico, check with Gabriela Larranaga directly at [email protected]