Our unique retreats and programs integrate our ‘Four shades of peace and ease;

nutritional harmony

mindset elevation

heart & soul alignment

synergy in nature

Withdrawing yourself from the routine and responsibilities of everyday life grants you the physical and mental space to invite a restorative and transformative experience. You give yourself permission to truly immerse yourself in a tranquil and peaceful environment to explore, learn, relax and refuel. 

At enso, our signature “A Shade More…” retreats and workshops are like learning events on steroids, except the side effects are restorative, transformative and inspiring. We know that time away immersed in a serene and relaxing atmosphere, with like-minded people help you explore and discover new ways of being or refocus and recharge your energy.  You will leave an enso retreat energized, confident and focused to shift into your truest self.



a shade more… compassionate

sept. 27 - 29, 2019

a shade more…enlightened

may 1 - 3, 2020

a shade more… compassionate

May 29 - 31, 2020

aquarian teachers’ retreat

April 3 - 5, 2020

a shade more…renewed

may 7 - 10, 2020

a shade more… strong

june 4 - 7, 2020

a shade more… liberated

April 17 - 19, 2020

a shade more… light

May 21 - 24, 2020

a shade more… resilient

June 11 - 14, 2020


“The professional facilitators and the finely tuned and balanced itinerary they created facilitated a learning experience that has enriched my life. I’m already looking forward to my next enso experience.

~Jen Allan, RCMP Corporal


What’s included

  • A beautifully-appointed space with cozy and unique accommodations for up to 12 people, including our zen treehouse and japanese style dorm

  • A gourmet kitchen to co-create or receive catered nourishing meals 

  • Plenty of outdoor space to walk, rest, play or meditate

  • A newly renovated studio suitable for yoga, meditation, art, play, music, dancing, fitness, workshops for 15-25 people

  • Outdoor activities that take full advantage of the private oceanfront, lush forest and nearby mountains

  • Quaint island living experience to have a ‘get away from it all’ feeling

  • Experienced facilitation led by Dori Howard and guest experts for those undergoing transformation and transition in career, health, well-being, retirement, and more

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“I have been to two retreat workshops at enso, one on transitions and another on creativity. Both were fabulous. The pacing, facilitation, facilities and setting were wonderful, as was the food. Dori is the most gracious host and thinks of everything. Her workshops are restorative and inspiring  and I highly recommend them.”

~Shauna Butterwick, professor, artist, poet




“I’m a bit nervous and shy. I have never done a retreat before…”

We embrace and welcome all emotions and it is natural to feel apprehensive about a new experience. Many guests feel the same way. enso Retreat Centre is a very warm, welcoming environment and we promise you will start to relax, unwind and refuel the minute you arrive onto the island, and make your way down the epic driveway of enso.

“Is it ok to come on my own?

Absolutely! Many guests come on their own and it is the perfect opportunity to let your guard down and and let go. You will meet other people with similar interests and experiences and you may make new lifelong friends!

“What type of people will be at the retreat?”

All types of people join us here at enso. From busy professionals, to busy moms, full time students, retirees and all nationalities. Age is not that important as the one thing that draws people to a specific retreat. Everyone has a shared goal of wanting time away to recharge, refuel, evolve and try something new.

“Will I be made to share personal issues?”

Although we have activities that connect you to each other, and learn more about each other, this is not therapy or counselling. You are not made to share anything you don’t want to AND you are given an opportunity to share, contribute and connect if you choose. We commit to creating a safe space to share and relax.

“Will I be ok with the food?”

We ensure we have options for all types of diets and restrictions. We keep the menus simple yet nourishing and delicious. We source local and organic food when we can. You won’t go hungry! We have a mix of having food prepared by a cook with doing some of the prep and meals in a communal style. By creating community and connection with food, it nourishes the body, mind and soul!

“I have never done yoga or meditation before” or “I am not good at it”

The good thing is, is that there is no performance matrix or report card for yoga or meditation! We do a style of yoga that is for EVERYONE. We keep it simple, accessible and you do whatever is available to you. Our yoga is ‘the yoga of awareness’ and mostly done with the eyes closed. You can even do it on a chair if you need to. We do active and guided meditations and easily done when you are back home.

“I have never been to Salt Spring Island. Is it hard to get to?”

Arrival to Salt Spring Island is by ferry or by float plane. If you plan to drive your car over, you have options for routes and harbours. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you plan to walk on the ferry or take the float plane over, we can arrange transport to and from the terminals and enso. More details are in the retreat section, but please don’t hesitate to contact us. The ferry ride in itself is part of the journey and immerses you into a different experience immediately.


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