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Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Women with Aura Garver and Elesa Commerse
  A profound week in deep nature on Salt Spring Island, Vancouver, British Columbia
Amongst cities around the world that have the most green space, Vancouver, British Columbia is ranked #2. Singapore is #1. The first thing the eye sees is color. Get ready to see GREEN! Get ready to breathe in some of the best air on the planet. Get ready to hug some trees! Get ready to see BLUE! As we ferry over on the big, big ocean. When Canada’s indigenous First Nations People came upon Salt Spring Island, they experienced it as such profoundly holy ground they would only come upon it to perform their most sacred ritual for their ancestors who had passed away. When you walk this land, you will know why.
As we come to BE among the spirits in the trees, we will learn that where and how we place our attention matters. It is how we shapeshift our world. Mary Oliver said, “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” Out of our attention grows reverence, healing and connection. During our week together, we will experience deep time with ourselves and each other as we reclaim ourselves and everything around us as sacred. We will nourish ourselves and each other by cultivating loving kindness, authentic friendship and durable happiness.
You will experience:
  • Forest bathing (called Shinrin Yoku), which Elesa learned during her studies in Japan.
  • Delicious meals with just picked organic fruits, vegetables and herbs  grown before our very eyes!
  • Daylight that extends until 10 PM and flower blossoms as big as your face!
  • 2 daily yoga classes, one morning flow and one gentle evening practice with additional workshops and options for all levels.
  • 2 daily meditation classes, one silent and one guided.
  • Ample free time for rest, play, wandering the area and body work.
  • Soulful, heartfelt companionship from loving, kindred spirits.
Come as you are! No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary. We look forward to hosting you for an unforgettable experience.
Please learn more about our breathtaking (female founded :) destination by clicking here for the Stowel Lake Farm website.


Rates and Reservations

The spacious grounds and multiple buildings of Stowel Lake Farm allow plenty of room for roaming, privacy and solo space. There is a public beach just a fifteen minute walk away.  Your price includes a trip into the sweet town nearby and an outing on the water. All of the accommodations which are are divided among several different buildings are clean and bright. Most are shared bathrooms. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.

  • Double Room, all meals, outings, all teaching, ferry transfer round trip between Vancouver & Salt Spring Island: $2990

  • Double Yurt, all meals, outings, all teaching, ferry transfer round trip between Vancouver & Salt Spring Island: $2850

       The yurts are lovely with electricity & heat. Please note there are only 4 Yurts available & will be reserved on a first come, first served basis as doubles only.


  • Single Room, all meals, outings, all teaching, ferry transfer round trip between Vancouver & Salt Spring Island:  $3490


A nonrefundable deposit of $850 secures your place. Group size is limited - reserve early!  


Please add 3% processing fee if paying by credit card or PayPal (PayPal Account email is Otherwise, Checks can be made out to "Aurafitness" and delivered or mailed to 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite S, Taos, NM 87571


Airfare and extra lodging in Vancouver, BC are not included. Body work is available for purchase on site.

Trip fee must be paid in full by June 1st, 2019. A current passport is required. Plan to arrive at the Vancouver Ferry Terminal by TBD on August 22nd. We'll help with all the needed arrival and planning details as we get closer to our retreat date.




Please note that the initial Deposit of $850 is nonrefundable. Half of the remaining balance must be paid by March 1st, 2019 and the remainder paid prior to June 1st, 2019. Cancellations made prior to June 1st will receive all but the deposit in refund. Cancellations made after June 1, 2019 are nonrefundable due to the policy of Stowel Lake Farm (we will have made nonrefundable payment to them in commitment of a full group).

Please contact Aura or Elesa directly with any questions or concerns and to reserve your place:


Reach Aura at 575-758-9733 or


Elesa can be reached at


We hope you will join us for this sacred journey to Salt Spring Island!

Aura and Elesa


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