Maureen Tonge of Radiance M-bodied Yoga presents:
Women’s Yoga Retreat for the Soul
with Dev Suroop Kaur, Devinder Kaur & Dhanraj Kaur
Location: Blachford Lake Lodge
100 km east of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
September 13 – 16, 2018
Autumn arrives early in Canada’s north. The transition from summer to fall invites us to reconnect with nature – as well as our own elemental nature. This connection is enhanced where we can readily immerse ourselves in the Precambrian Shield – featuring some of the world’s oldest rock and the deepest waters. Plus, on crisp autumn nights, the dancing flames of the Aurora Borealis light up the sky. Combine this with yogic, meditative, and community practices that enhance connection within and with others, we have the opportunity to create a powerful experience.
Immerse yourself in the stunning, isolated beauty of the north country. Connect to your elemental nature.
Blachford Lake Lodge – a unique fly-in resort – provides you with the chance to enjoy a pristine environment with comfortable facilities, wonderfully hearty vegetarian food and various activities all designed to connect to your elemental core.
Discover the magic of the Canada’s north – the Aurora Capital of the world!
Departing Yellowknife at 11 am on Thursday, September 13th, fly to Blachford Lake Lodge, a 25-minute charter flight, to arrive at the lodge for lunch. Located on a remote jewel of a lake set in Precambrian rock, this spacious, handcrafted log lodge offers a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Hearty vegetarian meals are prepared by a talented chef, and the cozy Aurora lounge offers a retreat in the evenings. Throughout our 4-day/3- night stay, enjoy a variety of activities: practice Yoga and meditation daily, embark on guided excursions by boat or head out on hiking trails; soak in the hot tub or relax in the sauna; and discover the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Our stay concludes after lunch on Sunday, with our flight back to Yellowknife, arriving between 4 and 5 pm.
If interested in extending your stay at the lodge, you may contact Katherine at Blachford Lake Lodge. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Scheduled flights depart Yellowknife on Wednesdays and Sundays to Blachford Lake Lodge.
- Round-trip CHARTER scenic flight on float plane from Yellowknife to Blachford Lake Lodge
- Four days and three nights all-inclusive mixed cabin/lodge accommodation at Blachford Lake Lodge (double or triple accommodation only)
- Hearty vegetarian meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks
- Daily Yoga, Chanting and Meditation led by Dev Suroop Kaur, Devinder Kaur, & Dhanraj Kaur (Maureen Tonge)
- Guided Aurora experiences each evening
- Use of lodge equipment at leisure including, kayaks, canoes, Stand-up Paddle Boards, hot tub and sauna
- Use of lodge facilities including outdoor bonfires
- Use of Dene Guide services for boat rides and guided hikes
- Mandatory gratuities at lodge
- Airfare to and from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Transportation within Yellowknife (taxis are plentiful!)
- Meals other than indicated
- Massages with two on-site Registered Massage Therapists
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Items of a personal nature
Early Bird: Register and pay before June 30, 2018: $1,850.00 CDN per person + tax, gratuity & service fee
Regular: Register and pay before July 31, 2018: $1,950.00 CDN per person + tax, gratuity & service fee
If you live in Canada and would like to pay in installments, you may do so by making a $500 deposit via email transfer to email@example.com to hold your place; with full payment due NO LATER than August 13th. Please use the security response: aurora
If you live in the US or elsewhere outside of Canada, and would like to pay in installments, please let Maureen know to send a PayPal request for payments in minimum $500 CAD increments. Full payment will be due NO LATER than August 13th.
Full refund minus $200 fee available until July 20th. Between July 21st & August 13th a 50% refund is available; after August 13th , no refund is available.
Maureen (Dhanraj Kaur) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 867-445-5124
Tips & Recommendations
Getting to Yellowknife
Yellowknife is the capital and only city, as well as the largest community in the Northwest Territories (NT or NWT), Canada. It is located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, approximately 400 km (250 mi) south of the Arctic Circle. You’ll want to fly here and can get here directly (or by a single connection) from Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & Ottawa, or Toronto. Click here or here for links to the four major airlines that fly into Yellowknife. You are are asked to arrive by Tuesday OR Wednesday, September 11th or 12th, overnight in Yellowknife and consider booking your return flight for Monday, September 17th, unless you’d like to extend your stay.
It is essential that you book your lodgings early, as Yellowknife has become a hugely popular autumn tourist destination due to the frequent appearance of the aurora borealis.
Once you’re here, there are ample choices of accommodation, from Airbnb, bed & breakfasts, & numerous hotels. Below are the ones recommended that you look into booking in advance, bearing in mind you are responsible for ensuring your accommodations are booked.
This year, we are able to provide a special discounted rate if you book at the Days Inn & Suites. They provide an airport/hotel shuttle and are very conveniently located between the downtown core and the Air Tindi Float Base.
The Explorer Hotel, Chateau Nova Hotel (the newest hotel in town!), Coast Fraser Hotel, and Days Inn & Suites are relatively close to the Air Tindi float base, where you’ll be flying out of to get to Blachford Lake Lodge. Please note that you’re advised to use TripAdvisor.ca, Expedia.ca, or Booking.com to get the best prices.
Bed & Breakfasts:
AirBnB/Yellowknife (a couple are actual house boats for an utterly unique experience!!); Sean’s Guesthouse & Aurora Chasing (amazing website!); Narwal Northern Adventures (MORE than a b & b!); Bayside Bed & Breakfast; Jenny’s B & B; Sunshine B & B; Embleton House; and owned by Blachford Lake Lodge’s Mike Freeland & wife Tessa, Blue Raven Bed & Breakfast. All recommended accommodations are an easy cab ride or perhaps even a walk to the Air Tindi float base.
Things to Do in Yellowknife
You may well wish to extend your stay a few days – either arriving early or staying a few days after the retreat, in order to fully appreciate all that our beautiful northern capital has to offer. Click on the links below to learn what’s available. Hiking, Walking Tours, Visiting the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre, the Legislative Assembly are just a few options!
Autumn will be in full swing, so expect just about anything with regards to the weather! It may well snow at some point, so please be prepared for it. The best way to know what to expect is to regularly check Environment Canada’s website for weather in Yellowknife.
The sky above Yellowknife and surrounding area is said to feature visible aurora 218 days of the year! (Considering that it doesn’t get dark between June and July, that’s a very high percentage and solid odds to see them in September!) For fun, you may wish to check out the forecast for the northern lights.
Other Pertinent Information: once registered, you will receive a packet outlining what to bring (and not to bring), information on baggage restrictions for the float plane, and other details.
Owner & Director of PranaShanti Yoga Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
Attend a Kundalini class with Devinder, and you’ll experience why students have studied and practiced with her for well over a decade. She is a smart, experienced, and positive yoga teacher, who approaches the spiritual practice of Kundalini with humour and sensitivity. Her strong interpersonal approach to teaching helps people reach their individual goals and empower themselves through yoga. Chosen by the international Kundalini community, Devinder recently won the 2014 International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association’s “Certificate of Teacher Recognition” for an outstanding reputation of teaching.
While talented and practiced, Devinder is also thoroughly accredited – she is a 500 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher in the Hatha and Kundalini Yoga traditions. She is an Ottawa Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainer and is recognized as the Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer in the Ottawa region, as certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). Devinder is also honoured to serve as member of the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) Board of Directors.
She is a registered member of Yoga Alliance, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Associations (IKYTA), the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and the Sound Healers Association. Devinder has studied with many top international trainers and continues to deepen and expand her knowledge by pursuing further education each year in Canada, the United States, and abroad. With over 25 years of experience as a self-employed business owner and business/IT consultant, she is a much requested presenter on television programs, at local and national Yoga and Women’s conferences, and travels extensively as a guest trainer for Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Dev Suroop Kaur – Biography www.devsuroopkaur.com
Dev Suroop Kaur delights in sharing the pure practicality of nurturing a successful and deeply authentic life. An accomplished musician, recording artist, and Lead Trainer in the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy, Dev Suroop Kaur strives to break it down, keep it real, and guide students to their own empowered authenticity. Blessed to study directly with Yogi Bhajan for much of her adult life, she gratefully shares what she has learned – and continues to learn – about how to love, work, and live better in the world. She deeply enjoys training students and teachers of Kundalini Yoga in the science of Naad Yoga, women’s teachings, and how to access the beauty and power of their personal voice. She currently lives with her husband in Espanola, New Mexico and, in addition to her teaching and music activities, works to maintain a peaceful mind as a business executive.
Dhanraj Kaur (Maureen Tonge)
When you attend one of Maureen’s classes, you will be encouraged to listen to your body’s needs but simultaneously be asked to challenge yourself to always do your best – whatever that might look like that day! Maureen takes to heart Yogi Bhajan’s expression: “Keep Up and You will be Kept Up!”
Known for her genuine passion for “all things yoga”; her enthusiasm, positive energy and good-natured humour, Maureen considers it an honour to make her classes fully accessible to all levels of experience and ability. Maureen began her yoga journey twenty years ago but it was only after serendipity intervened that she realized that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation was to be her primary path. With well over 1000 hours of training in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga as a 500 hr Canadian Yoga Alliance experienced and certified teacher, Maureen is blessed to be able to share her knowledge and experience as a member of a not-for-profit co-operative, Collective Soul Space, as well as teaching yoga at a local high school in Yellowknife, NWT.