Four day Yoga Intensive and Meditation Retreat
with Hart Lazer at the Sail Loft Studio

All group classes canceled until further notice.

Contact Cathy about private group classes or one-on-one sessions.

A summer retreat by the ocean with master teacher, Hart Lazer, in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, July 22nd – Saturday, July 25th, 2020 8:30 a.m.–noon daily
and one Q&A session, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 23rd

We will gather at the Sail Loft Studio each morning for meditation, then spend two and a half hours working with asana. The last half hour will be dedicated to pranayama or a continuation of our meditation practice. Our teacher, Hart Lazer, is a renowned master teacher with incredible gifts to share from decades of teaching experience. Our practice space is on the edge of the ocean, with stunning views from windows all around. In our seaview lodge up on the hill, across the street from the studio, we will enjoy conversations over excellent lunches and dinners. With afternoons to wile away as we like, we may choose delightful forays into the maritime scenery, exploring in one of the most beautiful places in the world by bicycle, kayak, on foot, by sail...or sit at the water’s edge with our backs against a big chunk of granite, watching the natural world float by...

What’s included:

• More than 15 hours of yoga, meditation, and question and answer time with Hart Lazer in one of the most beautiful yoga studios in the world;
• Meal plan availability, including 4 vegetarian lunches and one dinner, tapas style (please let us know of any dietary restrictions (vegan, raw, allergies) at the time of booking);
• Summer afternoons and two evenings to do with what we like (guided trips are available for an extra cost: see below);
• Full service bicycle and kayak shop on the property providing rental equipment, tune-ups, maps, advice and qualified local guides (this is also the home of Freewheeling Adventures);


The Sail Loft Yoga Studio is situated in the beautiful ocean-side community, The Lodge, near the town of Hubbards, Nova Scotia: 2118 Route 329, Aspotogan Peninsula, Lunenburg County, NS.

Admission requirements:

• Regular yoga practice for at least one year—any style
• No previous meditation experience necessary

Daily schedule:

8:30-9 a.m.: Meditation - Relaxing the mind and heart
We practice simple meditation for everyday life in a supportive and friendly group environment. We receive clear step-by-step instructions on the practices of Buddhist meditation. Discover how meditation can be kept simple, approached with a friendly/ light-hearted attitude, and easily integrated into everyday life.

9- 11:30 a.m.: Movement - Deepening our practice
The focus of our classes is on refinement, extending knowledge of alignment, exploration of breath and sensation with the goal of developing greater awareness and capacity during asana practice, as well as overall personal support and guidance from a seasoned yoga practitioner and teacher. Everyone will benefit from individual attention and come away with clearer directions for developing a lifelong practice. Movement with breath develops flexibility and strength in our minds and bodies, making it easier to quiet our chattering minds: this helps to prepare us for meditation.

11:30 a.m.-noon : Meditation and/or Pranayama - We learn about and practice the benefits of breath observance and control. Again, Hart shares his experience and knowledge in this vast and complicated area of yoga in a way that is helpful and accessible.


• $450, includes 4 morning classes at the Sail Loft Studio, and our Q&A session in our home/lodge, across the street from the studio ($525 if booked after March 15th, 2020);
• Drop into morning class: $135 each; Q&A: $30 (come for the Q&A, then stay on for dinner! see info below)
• Meal plan: $150, includes 4 vegetarian lunches (12:15-1:15 p.m.) and one dinner (7-8 p.m.), served across the road from the Sail Loft Studio in our home/lodge;
• Drop in lunches or dinners: $30.
*Taxes are not included in the above prices, but will be added at time of booking.

About Hart Lazer

Hart Lazer is co-owner of United Yoga Montreal and internationally recognized as a teacher of yoga teachers.

Systematic, profound, thorough, sensitive andchallenging, he is a master at teaching the mechanics of asana, having studied closely with Iyengar teacher Ramanand Patel for many years and undertaken a serious study of Ashtanga yoga. Hart Lazer offers his students the experience gained from his unique life story, from boyhood in a Jewish rabbinical school through a career in counseling and over 25 years as a yoga teacher and practitioner. In recent years Hart has explored the effects of Buddhism, yoga and trauma on the body and has developed a multi-dimensional approach to working with human difficulties.

For more information about Hart:

A note from Catherine Guest, retreat organizer and host:

Those of us who attended past retreats with Hart here at the Sail Loft can speak of the joys of a summer meditation by the sea, with excellent teaching, great food, lots to do (or not), meeting friends old and new, and a special ambiance and ease over these days in July. Hart has been teaching in Nova Scotia for more than 15 years, and, though he complains about the weather now and again, his students know he loves being here. Once, while teaching in Halifax, he spent a couple of nights at our boathouse apartment below the Sail Loft Studio, and, as all of us know who live here on the Aspotogan, one does get “hooked”. We are deeply honoured to welcome him back!

Over the past four years, people were amazed with the nourishing benefits of Hart’s teaching style. Each student received precise and individual attention, especially enhanced with the indulgence of being “on retreat”, with a deeply satisfying daily practice. The studio setting is spectacular: Nova Scotia’s south shore is a paradise in the summer because of the closeness of the ocean: we see it, smell it, taste it, feel it, hear it, get immersed in it. The waters of the bays, beaches and coves are clear, clean and (usually) cold. When we look out at the sea, responses range from dreamy contented sighs to excited whoops in joyful play. Our “clock” becomes the “tide clock”. And the food....we are delighted to say that our Freewheeling kitchens delivered the garden’s bounty far exceeding anyone’s expectations! Please join us!


Booking early is recommended due to the popularity of this area as a summer destination. There are a few dormitory-style accommodations a five minute walk from the studio, with nearby camping an option as well. Many new options for Air B&B have popped up over the past year! We highly advise sharing a cottage with other participants in the retreat: we know of quite a few within 6 km of the studio, a hike or short bike ride away. These must be booked in advance. Otherwise, there are many b&bs and small inns in the nearby villages of Blandford and Hubbards.

Accommodations in and around the Aspotogan:

Best option: Air B&B. There are so many now in this area, with a few that are walking distance from the studio.

Rent a cottage. You will find so many to choose from with a search for cottages in the Hubbards area. They book quickly, and most have a minimum stay of one week. Call Cathy if you would like her advice and/or recommendations in your search.

Century House B&B – Blandford (*personal favourite) 228-2041 #5206 Route 329 Blandford

Dormitory accommodations –
The Lodge (limited camping options also available); Cathy Guest, #2118, Tyler Haut, #2070: Route 329; $35-$90 per person/night

Anchorage House Inn & Cottages

Dauphinee Inn (rooms)

Hubbards Beach Campground & Cottages

Hubbards Cove Inn & Seaside Cottages

Pleasantview B&B & Guesthouse

Rosewood on the Cove & Cottages

Surfside Inn - Queensland

Yoga and Meditation Retreat Day Trips

Wednesday, July 22nd to Saturday, July 25th, 2020 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily Available daily

A guided walk through the forest near the yoga studio takes about 20 minutes. This tour will give you an introduction to the trails, and is a pre-requisite to future independent forest exploring. We live on the edge of wilderness, and invite you to experience this wonderful opportunity to stroll in our pristine natural environment with respect and care.

Independent Bike Rentals:

Bikes are supplied with helmets, locks, spare tubes, pump, tire patch kits, water bottle, and small luggage bag on rear rack. Car carriers are available. Maps and ride advice can be provided. A credit card deposit and waiver signature are required. Reserving your bike ahead of time is highly recommended. For those who wish to have a bike for the full 5 days, please inquire about our special 5-day rate for retreat participants.

• Hybrid bikes are $30 per day
• Aluminum racing bikes are $45 per day
• Carbon fiber racing bikes are $55 per day – limited supply
• E-bikes $65/day – limited supply

Independent Kayak Rentals:

Independent kayak rentals available in Nova Scotia if you are qualified or demonstrate safety skills, at our discretion. One-day non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve. Guided afternoon trips are available, and should be booked in advance. In case of bad weather, a backup date is often planned.

• Single: $60/day; $225/week
• Tandem: $75/day; $275/week
• Wetsuits (farmer john/jane & booties): $20/day; $55/week.

Some cycling possibilities:

22 km ride to Bayswater Beach and back, hilly and beautiful; 22 km (return) to the village of Hubbards, with many amenities, more beaches, restaurants, shopping, and lots more. En route, more beaches…; 52 km (very hilly) ride around the Aspotogan Peninsula, a popular undertaking for local ardent cyclists.

Some kayaking possibilities: Guided Kayak Excursion $90 per person, min. 4.

Four hour guided kayak tour from the Sail Loft or nearby launch point, including equipment and snack. This activity is subject to cancellation or re-scheduling in the unlikely case of high winds. One week advance reservation and payment required for rental. Sailing: We have been successful each year so far in convincing a friend nearby to take us on a three to four hour sailing excursion on St. Margaret’s Bay aboard Sea Wench. This activity is usually planned around weather and wind. Cost is by donation (we suggest $125 per person). Car rides: Many people carpool to visit nearby towns or places of interest. Nova Scotia’s south shore is a tourist paradise.

Some frequently asked questions:

Fly: you can often find inexpensive return airfare from Toronto, Montreal, St. John’s, and other major cities in the east (e.g. Cathy can often get return airfare with Porter Airlines Montreal-Halifax for $500, including taxes). The Halifax International Airport is approximately 50 minutes drive from the Sail Loft Studio. There is no public transportation from the airport to the studio. A frequent and inexpensive bus is available to Halifax City, with a bus service available to Tantallon, a 15 minute drive from Hubbards. There is a local taxi service, or, if we know in advance you are coming, we can do our best to arrange a pick up for you from Tantallon to Hubbards or The Lodge.

Taxis are available from the airport to the studio for $120.

Train: A lovely option, just takes awhile...

Drive: You might consider sharing a drive with someone else coming to the retreat. Let us know if you would like to carpool, and we will do our best to help.

Car rides:

Many people carpool to visit nearby towns or places of interest. Nova Scotia’s south shore is a tourist paradise.

The retreat takes place in a rural setting, with no public transportation. However, Freewheeling Adventures is a full time adventure tour business with staff coming and going from Hubbards and Halifax quite regularly. You can check in with Freewheeling if there is somewhere you want to go or something you need. Some retreat participants commute back and forth to the city, drive here, or rent a car. Last year, people car-pooled to visit interesting towns nearby (Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Chester, Wolfville, Halifax) for shopping, dining, theatre, whale-watching, and so on. Most things you need for the retreat are within bicycling distance (Hubbards is 11 km away for groceries, the bank, and restaurants). There is also a taxi service on the Aspotogan Peninsula.

If you are staying at a b&b, breakfast is, of course, included. Breakfast is also available if you are in dormitory lodging. If you are in a cottage, you will have your own kitchen to prepare breakfast, and, if you wish, your other meals as well. Dining out options in nearby Hubbards are: lobster dinners (traditional style) at the Shore Club; The Trellis Cafe (with entertainment Thursdays-Saturdays); the Tuna Grill, on Hubbards Cove (often with entertainment); fish and chip trucks; Schoolhouse Pizza, and the Big Stop, Hubbards Mall. A huge selection of excellent restaurants abound within 25 to 45 minutes drive of the studio.

Though the excellent meals that we offer with the meal plan (5 lunches, 2 dinners) have vegan and vegetarian options, fresh fish is easily available everywhere. Expect to find abundant haddock, scallops, mussels, and lobster, and farmed salmon; and less frequently, though often available: halibut, squid, crab, oysters, mackerel, and clams. Hubbards has an Independent grocery store that sells fresh local produce, including greens, berries, and fruit, as well as a selection of free-range meat and poultry. Most of our local food comes from the nearby Annapolis Valley, a lush, green, fertile farming area 45 minutes from Hubbards. Many of us who live on the oceanside work hard to build our soil up from the granite, using compost, manure, and the secret ingredient: seaweed. Our finest crop is kale – in abundance! The chickens like it, too, so Aspotogan eggs are fabulous! If there is something that you would like to have during your time here, please let us know and we can do our best to make it available to you. You can visit the weekly Farmer’s Market in Hubbards if you are up early on Saturday and can get there just before the “unofficial” opening at 7:45 a.m. (8 a.m. “official”), just prior to your yoga session at 8:30 a.m.

This is the perfect setting for complete relaxation and quiet, as well as full-on fun. Come with your family, your partner, your friends, or solo: this is one of the worlds’ best vacation destinations. Though there are quiet, secluded beaches, hidden coves, and ‘secret’ swimming holes, there are plenty of noisy, popular ones as well. You can find parades, festivals, and lively entertainment if you know where to look...Nova Scotians love to party, and we are a welcoming, hospitable bunch. Music is a big part of the Nova Scotia scene, and you will find it all over the place. In Hubbards, the Shore Club is a wonderful dance hall with big name bands every Saturday night: the “place to be” on the south shore! But we assure you, dancing is permitted everywhere...

Aside from travel costs to get you to the studio (carpool, bus or taxi), expect to pay, once you are here: $500 (plus tax) (if early booking, otherwise $650) for the yoga; $175 (plus tax) for five lunches and two dinners; $35 to $250 per night accommodation (plan to arrive on Tuesday, July 23rd, in plenty of time to get settled: the retreat begins Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Plan to leave after 1:30 p.m., after yoga and lunch, on Sunday, July 28th). You will be responsible for three dinners on your own, and possibly breakfasts, depending on where you stay. If you are signing on for the meal plan, you will pay $776.25 ($500+$175=$675+$101.25 tax= $776.25) to Cathy Guest, and pay your travel, extra meals, and accommodation on your own. For booking kayak or bicycle rentals, contact Freewheeling Adventures (info below) or let Cathy know and someone from Freewheeling will get the details from you. The donation for the sailing excursion can be made through Freewheeling also. We accept cash, major credit cards, cheques, and email transfers.

Call Freewheeling HQ at 902 857 3600 or Cathy at 902 857 1224 or write us at and tell us you are interested in the retreat with Hart Lazer. We hope we can answer all your questions!

Registration / Questions:

Please contact Cathy Guest at or
tel: 902 857 1224 or 902 857 3600