The Art of the Pause

“A Weekend to Recharge Mind & Body”

Fall Retreat in Muskoka –  October 18-20, 2024 

Are you feeling more stressed, overwhelmed, and dissatisfied than usual? Have you lost some of your “spark,” unable to tap into the joy, drive, and raw passion you once had?

Believe me, you’re far from alone. Stop pouring from an empty cup — join me and other women for a wellness retreat designed to help you reignite your fire and refocus. Through Essentrics movement, meditation, and mindfulness workshops around “The Art of Contemplation” by Richard Rudd, you’ll learn to find more soul satisfaction in your life. Come away feeling refreshed, empowered, and invigorated.

Only a limited number of spots are available. Secure yours now — and mark your calendar for an unforgettable weekend of sisterhood and self-discovery.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your retreat. What a group of incredible women! I really enjoyed getting to know them all. Everyone was so open and on interesting paths to personal growth.”

Barbara Dennis
Former software development manager with international technology firm

Strengthen Your Self-Care Toolbox

You dedicate so much of your energy to your work, family, and personal commitments. Now, this is your time. At this retreat, you will:

  • Energize with Essentrics®,  a gentle strengthening program to balance, stretch and increase mobility. Essentrics helps you move your muscles and joints more easily and without pain.
  • Discover the power of contemplation and meditation. Learn to incorporate calming mindfulness practices based upon “The Art of Contemplation” by Richard Rudd. These practices aren’t difficult — and it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. We’ll show you how.
  • Forge lasting friendships that nourish the soul. Meet like-minded women who share your challenges and want more out of their lives. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you bond! Plant the seeds for a lifelong support community of amazing women.
  • Recharge your batteries. The weekend includes free time when you can just do your thing. Relax and laugh with your new friends, take an invigorating stroll around the property, visit Huntsville or just chill on your own.

The Location: Fairy Bay Lakehouse
Beautiful Muskoka Ontario

Overlooking beautiful Fairy Bay, this is the perfect getaway for our retreat. This cosy, yet spacious property, has nine luxurious guest rooms, which all have private, en-suite bathrooms. Every room is outfitted with comfortable sofa chairs for relaxing and enjoying the scenic views and bath amenities. Aside from the elegant rooms, the boutique property also offers a large dining room, multiple lounge areas and a large collection of books and board games. However, the most popular activity at Fairy Bay is enjoying the beautiful property. 


    “The Art of the Pause”
    Weekend Retreat  | October 18-20 , 2024

    Fairy Bay Lakehouse
    228 Cookson Bay Crescent
    Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1B2

    Early Bird: Class Fee of $250 CAD plus Food & Lodging: $950 CAD for share, $1,200 CAD for single (Plus HST)

    The Art of The Pause
    A Weekend to Recharge Mind & Body

    The Itinerary*: What to Expect

    6:30pm: Introductions, Drinks** & Dinner

    7:30am: Coffee, Fruit and Yogurt

    8:00am to 11:00pm: Meditation and Class Time
    Start the day by getting centered with a calming meditation. Then, we’ll talk about using contemplation to create and maintain balance and harmony in our lives. We will complete the session with a gentle Essentrics workout to increase strength and mobility.

    11:00am to 12:00pm: Brunch
    Gather for a delicious, healthy brunch.

    1:00pm to 5:30pm: Free Time
    Explore near-by downtown Deerhurst, walk the beautiful property or grab a book for some downtime.

    5:30pm: Reflections
    We will gather for an evening meditation and share insights from the day.

    6:30pm: Drinks** & Dinner

    7:30am: Full Breakfast

    9:00am to 10:00am: Essentrics Class
    We will start the morning with a gentle Essentrics workout to continue to increase strength and mobility.

    10:00am: Reflections
    We’ll close out the retreat by discussing ways to maintain your energy and harmony during the day, no matter what it brings.

    11:00am: Departure & Goodbyes

    *Subject to change
    **Alcoholic beverages not included

    What’s Included:


    • Meals provided by the Farmer’s Daughter in Huntsville
    • Two Essentrics Classes
    • Mindfulness Workshops
    • Three Meditation Sessions
    • Surprise Gift

    “The Art of the Pause”
    Weekend Retreat  | October 18-20 , 2024

    Fairy Bay Lakehouse
    228 Cookson Bay Crescent
    Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1B2

    Early Bird: Class Fee of $250 CAD plus Food & Lodging: $950 CAD for share, $1,200 CAD for single (Plus HST)

    About Me

    I’m Kristi Stangeland, founder of My ParaVita. Once upon a time, I was just like you. I spent many years in the corporate trenches as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and J.P. Morgan Chase, followed by a series of small-business ventures. I know firsthand the stresses working women face every day — the pressure to build and maintain a thriving career while also being a good mother, partner, daughter, neighbor, and friend.

    After I left the corporate chaos, I made a commitment to helping busy professional women find greater peace, success, and personal fulfillment through meditation, retreats, and Feng Shui. I’d love you to be my guest for a day and discover the transformative impact meditation can have on your life.

    I now share what I’ve learned with other women by creating opportunities for success and personal fulfillment through meditation, retreats and feng shui. Having logged more than 219,000 minutes of meditation since I started the practice more than two decades ago, I am anxious to share my knowledge and insights to serve more women in a deeper way.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is this retreat for?

    This event is ideal for women fatigued from the daily grind and feel like something is missing from their life. If you’re struggling with anxiety and discontentment — or just feel like you’re stuck in a rut — this retreat is for you.

    But I won’t know anyone! Won’t I feel uncomfortable?

    This is a common concern — but fear not. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and within minutes, the conversation is flowing. That’s because my guests are all smart, accomplished, and motivated women and have a lot in common! You may start the day as strangers, but you will leave as friends.

    I tend to be shy in group settings. Is lots of sharing mandatory?

    Don’t worry! There are no forced sharing sessions or awkward tests. You’re welcome to participate as much — or as little — as you like. It’s your retreat and your time, so do what feels right to you!

    I’ve never done meditation before. Will I be able to participate?

    Absolutely! Newbies are welcome. Our meditation classes are geared toward practitioners of all levels. If you’re just starting out, you’ll learn basic techniques for quieting your mind and achieving a state of inner calm. If you’re more experienced, you’ll learn how to maximize the impact of your meditation practice.

    “The Art of the Pause”
    Weekend Retreat  | October 18-20 , 2024

    Fairy Bay Lakehouse
    228 Cookson Bay Crescent
    Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1B2

    Early Bird: Class Fee of $250 CAD plus Food & Lodging: $950 CAD for share, $1,200 CAD for single (Plus HST)

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