what can I expect?
For many guests, this may be the first time on a retreat. We anticipate many questions about what to expect. Questions such as:
“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.
“What an amazing weekend experience at a magical off the grid, breathtaking location with great welcoming and comfortable group facilities ..........created some of the best memories for me and our Brainiac RTCC Cycling team. Great bonding that inspired our group to exceed all expectations. Dori is a fabulous host and yoga instructor, guaranteed to ensure a successful getaway for all..........We will be returning for sure! allgood,” ~David D
“I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience one of Dori's EnsoLearning retreats. Stepping away from my busy life and stepping into a weekend of retreating at EnsoLearning on Salt Spring Island reminded me of life outside of the mundane routine of my everyday life. Basking in nature, connecting with compassionate people, eating wholesome food, gently exercising my body with a daily yoga practice, engaging in intriguing conversations, laughter and alone time to simply be with me was heavenly. The moment I stepped onto Dori's property, I could feel my tensions starting to melt away. Dori's hospitality and the facilities were exceptional. I would highly recommend EnsoLearning retreats to all my friends and family. Thank you for the soul awakening experience” . ~Nikki Robbins
“EnsoLearning made it possible for me to reflect and learn with others in a relaxing and beautiful setting, both indoors and outdoors. I loved the mix of individual and group activities and the opportunity to try some new creative endeavours, forest bathing (my favourite!) and yoga.
Dori is a superb host and excellent facilitator and she helped us craft plans for after the retreat. I find that I am actually doing what I had on my plan, and enjoying it!
I recommend treating yourself to a weekend retreat if you’ve never tried one before!” ~Grace Mickelson
“Participating in a Kundalini Yoga Retreat at EnsoLearning was a life changing experience for me. The retreat space on Salt Spring Island is a beautiful place, surrounded by trees and ocean. Dori is a warm and welcoming host. The food was life giving and nourishing. The atmosphere was conscious, compassionate and soul-full. The “teacher was world changing. The benefit for me was deep connection with myself, healing in community and a renewed engagement with life.” ~Cathryn Lecorre
“I had an absolutely amazing experience at one of Dori's weekend retreat - enso has great facilities, an amazing program and incredible attention to the whole experience and -I was made to feel- to me and my personal growth within the experience. If you have the chance to attend an enso retreat, you will not be disappointed!”
“Such a peaceful and playful time at Enso - hiking, biking, lounging, clamming, swimming, boating - all on or from the glorious waterfront property.” ~Sheila Bauman
“Having just returned from an Enso Retreat, I feel rejuvenated and hopeful. Initially a bit sceptical and shy about the retreat concept, I decided to embrace it, and I was so very glad I did. Dori’s beautiful haven was perfect for self reflection and respite, nestled amongst the trees and on the ocean’s edge, the retreat provided an opportunity to connect, learn and grow. Dori was the consummate host, providing lovely accommodations and delicious fare. 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
“A Shade More…Curious’ Retreat