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We’ll be hOMe for the holidays and I will be doing my best to keep things simple! Simply slowing down for self care and renewal in the outdoors…

This is the only gift I want and need for myself. The gift of love and presence. It is in the heart that is ready to open, expand, and connect with (anytime I choose, as I have heard someone wise mention). Even with supportive family and friends, I can clam up. But practice of presence makes perfect.

If you too are feeling the need to nurture or rekindle your spirit, it is a good time to save space for the upcoming retreat below. I look forward to this time sharing yoga in community… with you?

May your days be merry and bright.

Love & Light


I humbly acknowledge that I live, learn, work and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.


Bowen Island Spring Retreat
Nectar Nurture in Nature Retreat

“Nurture in Nature” Yoga Retreat

Apr. 17-19/23 at Nectar, BC

Our individual and unique nature is intertwined with everything living, however so many things we do shift us out of balance. When we are mindful in nature, it naturally restores the harmony and rhythm within ourselves, nurturing a more joyful experience of life. For our special time together, we will let our true nature find its flow through meditation, movement and breathing yoga practices in the nurturing serenity of our surroundings. On Bowen Island, settled in the heart of the 20 acres of forested property that is Nectar Yoga, we will gather in community to rebalance our material bodies while honoring our hearts, minds and spirits. It is our hope this retreat will encourage the creation of new rituals and healthy habits to help keep you in balance, so you may live life to the fullest.

LOCATION: This retreat will take place at Nectar Yoga, a beautiful sanctuary 20 mins off the coast a short distance from on the ancestral and unceded territory of Nexwlélexwm (Bowen Island, BC). Our practices will take place in a beautiful geodesic dome that is nestled in the Alders near a babbling creek fed by the fresh water spring that rises from the earth. They will also be held outdoors intertwined with nature and in the beautiful Onyx lodge.

INCLUDED: – Centering Yoga Practices (including Hatha, Yin & Restorative modified for all levels and abilities)* – Guided Meditation, Yoga Nidra & Breathwork sessions* – Yoga props – Ayurvedic Workshop – Fire Ceremony (dependent on weather and island fire regulations) – Time for sharing and hearing each others stories in community – Time for quiet and rest in nature or your cabins – Hot Tub Soaks – Nourishing Organic Meals (Dinner x 2, Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1)** – Healthy Snacks and Tea – Luxury Accommodations – Shampoos, Conditioners, Soaps and Lotion (Natural and Eco Friendly) – Opening and Closing Circles

* All practices will be lead by your hosts Lori Charko and/or Beverly Akhurst

** All meals are provided and we will do our best to accommodate special food requirements. Please note however, that if the requirements are extremely specialized you may need to bring some of your own food.

NOT INCLUDED: Ferry transportation to and from Bowen Island (see below). Vehicle Transportation from the ferry to the retreat center (we encourage car pooling). Beach towels. Extra snacks and drinks as per individual diets.

GETTING THERE: BC Ferries runs a regular schedule from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Please check the schedule to arrive on time. You can travel on the ferry by car, foot or bike. If you travel by foot there is a bus (#280) just up the road about 100 feet that meets most ferries and will drop you at the entrance to Nectar.

HOW TO BOOK: We ask that you please fill out the form on this link if you are planning on joining us. You will receive a reply within 48 hours of its receipt.

PAYMENT: After payment of the $300 CAD deposit and the final payment, you will receive a detailed list of what to bring along with your full retreat itinerary.

CANCELLATION POLICY: $300 CAD deposit is non-refundable. After final payment, if you need to cancel within the 30 days, you are welcome to gift the retreat to another person, however it is non-refundable.


Chai Bliss Shake

–          1 Cup Chai (traditional masala chai or yogi tea), made by steeping 2 bags in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes

–          1 medium banana, peeled and sliced

–          1 pinch of nutmeg

–          1 pinch of cinnamon

–          2 teaspoons organic raw honey or maple syrup

–          1 scoop vegan protein powder, plain or vanilla

–          2 tablespoons low-fat vanilla soymilk or rice milk or oat milk

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe from the Chopra Center Cookbook. Enjoy!


Friday Hatha Yoga with Lori

Step by step, we can guide you how to be a part of the LIVE zoom community Hatha Yoga class! Lori has decided she will not be returning to in person weekly yoga classes, thus you can connect with her for Friday LIVE Hatha yoga 9:30-10:45am, local Retreats or Private Yoga Therapy. We have a 5 minute instructional video meant to make the process of booking online SMOOTH so you can roll out your mat for mindful and life balancing yoga. If you have any questions at all about Body Harmony offerings or how to book online, be in touch with Namaste??

“Unless we can measure something, science won’t concede it exists, which is why science refuses to deal with such “nonthings” as the emotions, the mind, the soul, or the spirit”.  — Candace Pert, Ph.D., Molecules of Emotion

“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”   –Henri Poincare