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Aug. 16-18 Elemental Yoga Retreat

August 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am

$385 – $628
Graphic of four elements: earth, wind, fire, water.

Eat Well.   Feel Well.   Live Well.   Look Well.   Move Well

Join John along with special guest Lori Digou Westbury for a weekend of relaxing yoga and meditation as we reconnect with nature and explore its elements.

Earth.     Wind.     Fire.     Water.

There will be outdoor yoga, meditation, therapeutic sound bath with meditation bowls, paddleboards, bonfire and relaxing hot tub and infrared sauna.

Retreat open for all levels of practitioners.

Prices range from $385-$628 (taxes included). Fees include: 6 meals, 2 nights accommodations and all activities. Single and shared accommodations. See below for accommodation details.

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Meet the Instructors:

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John MacPhail

Your instructor, John MacPhail is experienced in all levels of yoga. His retreats are educational, inspiring, and rejuvenating.  You are invited to come and relax, de-stress and re-evaluate what is important to you as we discover Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort & Retreat Centre.

John started his yoga practice in 2010 when he came across an article in Sports Illustrated about an NHL team that started doing yoga. At that time he was playing competitive squash and thought it would be helpful. He enjoyed yoga for what it was and a year later in 2011 he applied for teacher training at Therapeutic Approach Yoga in Halifax, he has been teaching ever since. Along with his RYTT 200 hours, he is a certified Yin Yoga teacher (100 hours) and certified to teach Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. Since 2011, he has been working towards certification in Acroyoga and currently has more than 150 hours of training from New York, Boston, and Pennsylvania.

This is John’s fourth retreat, and will be focusing on a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for all participants.  For example, the Candlelit Yin Yoga session will allow you the time to completely relax and look inward, while giving back to the body.  John’s successful partnership with Lori in 2018 has resulted in them coming together again in 2019.  “Lori’s energy blends in perfectly with what I like to offer in a retreat, and this year I’m very excited that everyone will get to experience her relaxing sound bath using her crystal bowls.”  We are really going to connect with nature, and ourselves, at this amazing wilderness resort location.


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Lori Digou Westbury

Lori Digou Westbury is an international Meditation & Mindfulness Instructor, Seminar leader, Workshop Facilitator and featured on Insight Timer.  Certified from the Mclean Meditation Institute in Sedona Arizona, Lori resides in Cape Breton N.S. where she offers contemporary meditation classes infused with an everyone is welcome mantra and a reminder “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”  Lori graduated from the Warriors at Ease program allowing for specialized training to work with individuals who have suffered trauma and PTSD.  Loris vision is to create a sense of balance and deeper connection on your life journey.


Accommodation Details (Per person Prices include all taxes & fees):

Shared and Private rooms in Chalet (2 chalets, 10 spots available):

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Shared Accommodations in Chalet (twin bed) 6 spots – $400 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Shared Accommodations in Chalet (king bed) 1 spot left – $420 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Private room in chalet (double bed) 2 spots- $510 single occupancy or $400 each for a couple sharing the room ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)


Large Yurt (4 yurts with 12 spots available):

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Shared Accommodations in large Yurt (Queen bed) 1 spot – $398 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Shared Accommodations in large Yurt (Double bed) 5 spots – $392 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Shared Accommodations in large Yurt (twin bed) 5 spots left – $385 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Small Mongolian Yurt (2 yurts available):

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Private accommodations in small Yurt (Double bed) 2 spots available -$540 single occupancy or $420 each if couple sharing bed ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Geodesic Dome (3 domes available):

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Private or shared Large Dome (Double Bed) – 2 spots available -$591 single occupancy or $440 each if couple sharing bed ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)

Private Small Dome (Double Bed) – 1 spot available – $552 ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)


Lodge Room (2 rooms available)

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Private or shared Lodge Room (Queen bed) – 2 spots available – $628 single occupancy or $458 each if couple sharing bed ($250 non-refundable deposit required to book. Click here to reserve your spot online)



If you would like to pay with cash or e-transfer please phone or text Maggie Miller at 902-322-3141

If you have any questions about lodging please email [email protected]


Tentative Schedule


3:00 pm: Check in

4:00 pm: Tour of Resort

5:30 pm: Dinner – Meet and Great

7:30 – 9:30pm: Yoga Meditation

9:30 – 10:30pm:  Bonfire


7:00 am: Sunrise Meditation

7:45 am: Rise and Shine Yoga

8:30: Breakfast

9:30 – noon:   Free time. Options to include free Stand Up Paddleboard lesson, use of paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, explore beach, etc.

12:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm:  Hike or downtime maybe visit local attractions

5:00pm: Yin Yoga

6:00pm: Dinner

7:15pm: Meditation/ Sound Bath

8:30pm: Entertainment


8:00 – 9:00am: Silent Morning Meditation Walk

9:00am: Breakfast

10:00am: Yoga

11:00am: Check out of lodging and Group Photo

12:00 – 1:00pm:  Lunch

Based on 246 reviews
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
December 31, 2022.
Wish we could give more stars 🌟 Service was top notch! Everyone was friendly, accommodating and informed about local interests. Food was mouth watering- recommend the seafood and homemade yogurt. Waves each morning were breath taking...highly recommend asking to do local hikes. Kids enjoyed games, sauna, hot tub and rooms felt very spacious. Will definitely return!
Clare Waque
Clare Waque
December 16, 2022.
I attended a wilderness healing retreat and that experience completely changed my life. The low reviews are not a far representation of the authentic and high value experience being offered.
Annshani Fernando
Annshani Fernando
December 15, 2022.
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful resort and would recommend it to nature lovers. Big shoutout to Paul and his family for going the extra mile to make us feel comfortable.
Varuna Indraratne
Varuna Indraratne
December 12, 2022.
We spent three nights attending a relative’s wedding in early September at this wonderful resort conveniently located right on the world-famous Cabot Trail. We stayed in one of the main lodge rooms which had spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the window. The resort has a vast property overlooking beach that also includes an apple orchard and organic vegetable garden leading to the shores of the Atlantic. The amazing staff led by the owners Paul and Barbara are very hospitable, friendly and helpful. The food at the wedding reception prepared by the in-house team was so delicious. There are also plenty of options for breakfast and lunch nearby serving a variety of cuisines with Cape Breton flair and friendliness. We highly recommend the Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort for anyone planning a visit to Cape Breton Island!!!
Uthpala M
Uthpala M
December 11, 2022.
We had our wedding at this beautiful venue in September, 2022. Our experience was amazing. Paul, Barbara, and the crew was super helpful from the planning stage all the way until we checked out after the event. The location of this property is unbeatable. We had our wedding ceremony in between two chalets - Red and Blue - overseeing the Atlantic Ocean. We booked three chalets and rooms at the main lodge for our guests and some of the guests rented yurts. The crew at Cabot Shores organized a bon-fire on the night before the wedding and organized a cookout with brick-oven pizzas that was out of this world! The food for the wedding was prepared by the chef of Cabot Shores - Ron - and it was superb. Paul and Barbara also organized local musicians for the event and Flo and her group was fantastic! We have nothing bad to say and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and the natural beauty of the location. We highly recommend this lovely place to anyone planning their wedding or vacation.
Ruwanthika Premalal
Ruwanthika Premalal
December 11, 2022.
We stayed for 3 days at this amazing resort during the end of summer 2022. A great resort with many activities and you can easily access the Cabot shore trail. There are many close by boutique restaurants too for breakfast, brunch or lunch. But you definitely need to try resort's food too which might come from there organic garden to your plate. Their wood fired pizza is so good. During the last day at our stay, we had a wedding of one of our close friends, at the resort. The food was so delicious. The staff was really helpful. I love their compost bin, vegetable beds and mushroom garden too. They have so many isolated yurts which is really great for star gazing and to see the milky way. The little ferry at the river is such a great way to reach the private beach of the Atlantic ocean. We are visiting again, hopefully next year!
Jangchub Zangmo
Jangchub Zangmo
November 29, 2022.
a wonderful place to get out into nature and meet like minded people
snehal shah
snehal shah
November 6, 2022.
Beautiful location. Have huts to stay here. it would be better and comfortable if size of Hut slightly bigger . No service. Even our garbage bin we have to carry out to empty... Otherwise good stay.

Based on 50 reviews
September 21, 2022.
Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean! Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers. Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire. Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
August 22, 2022.
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
August 14, 2022.
July 25, 2022.
Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
October 25, 2021.
This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
October 17, 2021.
Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay. It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
October 1, 2021.
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
September 9, 2021.
We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.
August 16, 2021.
This place is absolutely beautiful! We loved our stay here. I highly recommend it. All the staff are very friendly. The dome was such a unique experience looking at the stars and watching the sun rise. The beach is beautiful and there’s a little swimming spot 2 minutes down the road that we really enjoyed 🙂


August 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am
$385 – $628
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Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
30 Buchanan Drive
Indian Brook, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0 Canada
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