The thing that I love the most is all the amazing huge smiling faces! WOW!

Thank you so very much for coming out to my first retreat ~ you made it what it was. SPECTACULAR!

Be sure to watch the video right to the very end. Best on a computer, and click on the full screen icon in the bottom right corner.

Cheers to you all!

Lots of Love,


Half the Sky Women’s Retreat 2022

Announcing the Extraordinary Retreat Details!

It’s finally here! Get your ticket before they are all gone by selecting the Purchase Tickets button below.

Please click here to read the FAQ, cancellation policy, and current Covid-19 procedures.

Laurentian Lodge
Hwy. 639 North, at Flack Lake
Elliot Lake, ON

Friday May 13 – Sunday May 15, 2022

About the Retreat

Half the Sky retreat is dedicated to women, to come together, to rejuvenate, to empower because we are the magic that holds up half the sky.

It is my wish that this retreat serves as a refuge away from all that is going on in the world. Free from opinions, of who’s right or wrong, and the anger and hurt happening. Consider it a detoxification away from all of that, a place and time to revitalize. In the terms from yoga: a space to clear your mind, body, and soul.

Your retreat brings you to the secluded location of Laurentian Lodge, an excellent setting for one of the most unique well-being retreats in our area. All brought to life by some of the best-in-class minds and practitioners in wellness. All to support and meet you on your wellness journey in a unique collaboration with Of the Oaks Yoga, Laurentian Lodge, and dining by Chef Doug Lindsay.

Our Destination Takes us to Laurentian Lodge

This expansive property creates an unparalleled retreat experience. Connect with the natural world in the ever-evolving landscape featuring serene, tranquil beauty on the water surrounded by wilderness, including pleasing accommodations nestled within two lakes and the mesmerizing sound of cascading waterfalls. Highly trained teams support you with heartfelt intention to curate your stay with private wellness sessions, enriching small-group activities, relaxing spa services, and a necessary uplifting evening.

A Tour of the Itinerary

Half the Sky’s menu of experiences features a balance of choices for movement or creativity to assist you in your relaxation and harmonizing journey. Enhance your stay with an impressive line-up of experienced wellness practitioners for luxurious curated self-care sessions. Throughout your stay, as our guest, you are free to roam from the hills to the water. The Lodge is offering their canoes (with PFD) on hand for you to utilize, or you are invited to bring your own kayaks or paddleboards and take a leisurely exploration of Flack Lake and Mikel Lake.


It all begins on Friday afternoon, where you will arrive to a welcoming reception in the Banquet Hall, this is where your retreat weekend begins. Settle into your appointed room and take in the spectacular view you will be waking up to for the next two days. Change into something comfortable, so you will be ready after dinner for some serious relaxation to start your retreat off right. Meet us back in the Lodge by 6:00 pm for your first fine meal prepared by the Chef. We will then carry you through to the Banquet Hall to join Andrea and Cathy for two evening relaxation experiences.

Andrea begins the weekend with Quantum Healing that will bring the group to a place of repose. I am excited for all the participants to gather, relax and experience perhaps something they’ve never done before.  I help clients connect to their hearts, be grounded, and feel seen, heard, and understood. This work is fast and goes deep.

Catherine will be putting the finishing touch on the evening with the beautiful, resonating sounds of a Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath Ceremony. Let the tensions of the day slip away during this Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath.  This session is designed to help calm the nervous system and bring about a deep state of relaxation.  Immerse yourself in the healing sounds and vibrations and experience their gentle yet powerful effect of soothing the body, calming the mind, and expanding the spirit.


The first morning wakes, as you take in the serene beauty and peace of your surroundings, you may be reminded that it is time for coffee, and breakfast. Please join us in the Lodge for some nourishment before journeying into your day. Your choice of activities, which are all included in your retreat package, will be listed on your itinerary. You may sign up for whichever resonates with you or choose to do nothing but be still (and eat, don’t forget to do that). Your cuisine arrangement for the weekend will keep you delighted and energized.

Throughout your Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to add on some private self-care services that are available by prior appointment and payment. There will only be limited time capacity for these bookings, so please ensure to arrange your preference early. We have an incredible line up of four trained professionals that can take your retreat experience over the top.

Click on each CIRCLE to read all about each person.

May I introduce them to you here, along with their personal emails for you to arrange your selected extra self-care directly with them prior to your stay. Please confirm your registration for Half the Sky retreat prior to booking a private self-care appointment.

Andrea Reibmayr

Transformational Coach, Reiki Master and Certified Quantum Healer

Catherine Lauber

Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Sound Therapist and SoundReiki Master

Emilie Bernatchez

Esthetician, Spa Services and Massage

Linda Vincent

Certified in Aromatherapy & Reflexology. Teacher/Practitioner in Reiki & Crystal Work

The evening ushers in a night of fun and frivolity! The theme for the evening is “HAWAIIN”! Oh yes that means Island Style baby. Dress up in your version of what Hawaiian and Island style means to you. There will be prizes for costumes too! We all need to lighten up a little, dance oh yes do we need to dance, and have some fun. The bar will be available for your preference of libations. Our evening master of ceremonies will be DJ’d by the lovely Anita Moran! She will be introducing our feature for the evening: 4-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Shannon Laverty!

Yuk Yuk’s Shannon Laverty

December 2014 Shannon was named as a top host of the year in Now Magazine by comedy critic Glenn Sumi. She has traveled from Vancouver to St. John’s. Shannon toured Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa.

Some of her favourite shows have been at community fundraisers and Military posts. She has performed at a NATO base in Germany and hopes one day to travel the world performing for all the military personnel.

Shannon’s recent TV and radio credits include Laugh Out Loud (CBC Radio), Winnipeg Comedy Festival (CBC), Listed (Much More Music), Club 54, “Fruitopia Comedy Funfest” at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland (broadcast on CKVR-TV), The Movie Network’s Pay-Per-View comedy special “Mondo Taboo 2”, She’s So Funny and Funny Girls on the Woman’s Television Network, Comics (On CBC-appeared in 2 B roles) and Yuk Yuk’s – The Radio Show on the Telemedia Network.

Shannon has also made appearances at other comedy festivals. YYC Calgary comedy festival, Sudbury LOL comedy Festival, Niagara Falls comedy Festival and the Molson Canadian Toronto Comedy Festival.

Laverty’s on-stage persona is proud to be provocative. Her come-hither attitude will draw you in and her flirtatious delivery has been embraced by all sexes.


Your last morning, take it all in, peacefully the day wakes you, and you feel that passion for sustenance. Meet us in the Lodge for a scrumptious spread. Leisure through your morning and take your time to do whatever you want. In keeping with an abundance of women gathering, as a final enhancement we have a Vendor’s Market of products to tantalize your senses. Shop or browse the Vendor’s who have travelled to show you, their products.

Our time concludes with one finishing mouth-watering lunch, prepared by Chef Doug. As we all breath in a sigh of relief after a weekend well spent, we express our heartfelt thanks to you for attending, and bid you farewell.

FAQ, Policies, and Procedures

Please click here to read the FAQ, cancellation policy, and current Covid-19 procedures.

In order to maintain registration details in an organized manner, please refer all questions regarding accommodation/food etc., for this retreat to Michelle
This is a TWO-STEP PROCESS 1. Register 2.Follow through with payment. The two should be done on the same day. ALL registrations must be accompanied (followed up) with a full payment.
All payments go directly to Laurentian Lodge, by credit card (call 705-848-0423) or E-TRANSFER ALL PAYMENTS AND REGISTRATIONS WILL BE MATCHED AND CONFIRMED. Please be sure to register, and submit payment together, at the same time/day. Amount details provided when you click “Purchase Tickets”.