Winter Wellness Retreat March 24th - March 26th 2023

Winter Wellness Retreat

Winter Wellness Retreat – Waitlist OPEN!

An all-encompassing retreat to test your limits, push your comfort zone, discover strength, courage and vitality you didn’t know was possible! 

Join wellness enthusiasts Tracy Billows and Susan Benoit for a weekend of healing modalities to truly awaken and revitalize yourself on every level.

Unplug from the day to day grind and:

  • Spend time immersed in nature.
  • Explore and learn about cold and heat exposure.
  • Experience yoga and breath work sessions.
  • Nourish your body with the most delicious, healthy vegetarian meals.
  • Test your limits in more ways than one and discover just how strong and capable you truly are! 
  • And most importantly, connect with old and new friends.

This powerful weekend will not simply restore your baseline of wellness, but will truly awaken and revitalize you body, mind and spirit.

This immersive wellness experience includes:

  • Daily yoga sessions.
  • Daily Breath-work and Cold Exposure.
  • Guided wood-burning sauna sessions.
  • Guided Cacao Ceremony.
  • All meals, snacks, beverages (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch inclusive) The food is incredible!
  • Digital detox – on your terms.

It will be a full agenda, but if you want more time to yourself, no problem. Participate in as many or as few of the activities as you’d like, and explore this beautiful retreat centre and surrounding nature at your own pace.

Winter Wellness Retreat will be hosted at Gaia Wellness Retreat, just 1 hour drive from Ottawa, near LaPeche, Quebec. This 55 acre, forested property offers a fire pit, meditation garden, stunning library, private beach / lake and incredible views from the main lodge.

All accommodations and bathrooms are shared, with 3-4 beds per room. Sign up with friends, or share a room or cabin with other participants.

Join us for this Winter Wellness getaway and return home feeling truly revitalized in body, mind and spirit.

Friday March 24th, 4pm – Sunday March 26th 2pm.

Register HERE!

$795 +hst 

No refunds.

Directions, itinerary, and list of what to bring / how to prepare will be sent to participants one week prior.

Questions? Please email


More About Susan Benoit

Susan is a certified strength and conditioning coach, breath coach, and cold exposure guide. She has 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She got into breath work and cold exposure after having open heart surgery and struggling with anxiety and depression and now guides breath work and cold exposure classes in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.  Susan is passionate about inspiring others to discover their greatness and to have them understand that their environment does not have to dictate who they want to be. She leads with an open heart, and encourage those around her to expand their personal limits and explore what it means to have a healthy mind, body, and spirit.


More About Tracy Billows

Tracy can best be described as a health enthusiast.  Yoga of course is a huge part of Tracy’s life – she’s been a devoted yoga student for over 20 years and has been teaching for 13.  Tracy is equally passionate about many other things wellness-related.  From cold plunges, to holistic nutrition, to mindset, to endurance sports, she is constantly pushing her limits, learning and trying new things to help keep her strong and healthy on all levels.  It brings Tracy so much joy to share all of these passions with others, so they too can experience how it feels to truly feel alive.


This was my first yoga retreat. I consider myself a beginner. It was perfect. I was supported and learned a lot. I met a fantastic and diverse group of people. The instruction, location and amenities were amazing. Oh, and the food… chef John knocked it out of the park at every meal. I can’t wait for the next one. – Catherine

This was a wonderful format for a wellness retreat well rounded – Chantal

Awaken Wellness Retreat was an experience like no other I have ever had. The setting was picturesque, surrounded by nature and so peaceful. The main lodge was bright and welcoming and the cabins were charming and cozy. The facilitators were supportive and knowledgeable about the benefits of breathwork, yoga and cold exposure. From the one time we arrived I felt comfortable. Both Susan and Tracy are passionate about their practices and eager to share with others. Taking a dip in a cold lake in November was not something I would have believed I would be able to do, but with the support of Susan and Tracy and camaraderie of the entire group I was able to participate in each dip! If you’re thinking of trying something new I couldn’t recommend a more supportive duo. It was a weekend I will never forget. – Mandala

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