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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What if I just want to be independent outside of the retreat & rest, rest, rest (or run, bicycle, kayak, swim, sail, hike, shop, dance...)?
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 email@example.com and tell us you are interested in the retreat with Hart Lazer. We hope we can answer all your questions!