Cape Breton October 18-20, 2019

Transitions: Walking Life’s Path Through Loss, Change & Growth

October 18-20, 2019 Cabot Shores, Cape Breton, NS


Autumn is a wonderful time of year for exploring transitions in our lives and to look at letting go of the things that no longer serve us. Join Josette Coulter (The Yoga Tree) and Heather Gunn McQuillan (Nature Space Yoga) for a yoga, mindfulness, and soul nourishing retreat at Cabot Shores, in Cape Breton, NS. Using the healing arts, music, nature, yoga, and mindfulness, we will lead participants through an examination of the transformational periods of loss and change in their lives. In this beautiful, natural setting, surrounded by the changing colours of fall, participants will be encouraged along an introspective and creative journey to help let go of old energies and move into the quiet winter season with a sense of calm, peace, and serenity.


The retreat takes place Friday, October 18th to Sunday, October 20th at Cabot Shores in Englishtown, in Cape Breton, NS.

Tentative Schedule of Events:


*Yoga- Evening yoga tends to be quieting to help promote rest and will be in the style of yin or yoga nidra. Morning yoga will be more energetic. All yoga is based around the healing arts and may include meditation, essential oils, touch, or massage.

** Lunch on this day will be a bagged lunch that hikers can have along the trail. Those staying behind can eat in the lodge or on the grounds. Please note that this hike is fairly challenging and includes elevation and an uneven foot bed. Participants will need to check out of their accommodations prior to going on the hike, as check out is at 11 and the hike will take 1.5-2 hours.

IMG_4887.JPGThis retreat is occurring during the tail end of the Internationally renowned Celtic Colours Music Festival. If participants are interested in coming a few days early for Celtic Colours, please make arrangements with Cabot Shores for an early accommodation package prior to the Wellness Retreat. Additionally, if people would like to arrive early  on the 18th to book body work (acupuncture or massage), please make those arrangements with Cabot Shores. If participants wish to extend their stay to do some hiking in the Highlands, or explore this beautiful area of the world, this can be arranged with Cabot Shores.



Cabot Shores is an incredible, all-inclusive wilderness resort, perfect for a retreat of this nature.  There are several accommodations types and the prices listed below include the following:

  • All taxes and gratuities are included
  • 6 meals and snacks
  • Yoga instruction and wellness session
  • Morning Qi Gong with Barb
  • Access to hot tubs
  • Bon Fire
  • Saturday night concert and music jam
  • All art supplies
  • We have a number of yoga mats, blocks, straps, and bolsters; however, it is recommended that participants bring their own yoga supplies if possible.

Not included but can be added at an additional fee:

  • Massage (1 hr) – $80+tax
  • Acupuncture (1 hr) – $80+tax
  • Kayak, canoe, SUP board rentals (1 hr) – $20+tax

Accommodations include the main lodge, yurts, or chalets:

The Main Lodge at Cabot Shorts
Chalets at Cabot Shores

Yurts inside and out at Cabot Shores

Pricing (including tax and gratuities):


About the Facilitators:

josette2Josette Coulter ~ Wife, Mother, Creatrix, Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, Flower Artist, Wellness Advocate & Self-Empowerment Mentor.

Josette is a wife and a mother of two teenagers (her greatest masterpieces). After working for 13 years in 4 prisons across the Maritimes, she left her corporate role and is now the Founder of The Yoga Tree for over 10 years. She owned a flower shop and is currently working in the non-profit sector as a facilitator. She has taught all over Nova Scotia, in New Brunswick and PEI and this will be the third time that she has hosted a retreat at Cabot Shores.

Deeply passionate about intentional living and living an extraordinary life. She has a gift for creating space for individuals to share stories that need to be told. She is able to inspire and draw out possibility.

YogatreelogoJosette has over 20 years of combined experience of mentoring and facilitating individuals in schools, workplace, corporate setting, non-profit, weekly classes, retreats and institution settings. She has been a student of the healing arts for over 20 years where she has studied yoga & mindfulness, thai yoga massage, reiki and shamanism. She is rooted in her daily question of “How may I serve?”

She loves to delve deeply into creativity, either with words, paint or flowers. With her intuition and heart as her compass, she has been guided through her life in the most magical ways.

Let the magic begin….

16fb54dc-dc9f-4057-98a5-7d6d7dc6fe09.jpegHeather Gunn McQuillan ~ is the owner of Nature Space Yoga in Morell, PEI. Heather is a registered yoga teacher, certified as a meditation and mindfulness instructor, and trained in mental health first aid and suicide intervention. Music and art have been an integral part of Heather’s life. A trained opera singer, Heather’s students regularly comment on the soothing quality of her “yoga voice” and she also plays piano and guitar.

Heather is a seasoned educator and facilitator. In addition to being a yogi, she is a veterinarian and has been teaching vet students at the Atlantic Veterinary College since 2010. Heather was drawn to becoming a yoga teacher to further her own practice and to share the gifts of yoga and mindfulness with others. Spurred to action by the crisis in veterinary wellness, she wanted to improve and promote wellness both within and outside of the veterinary college. In addition to working to build a veterinary wellness curriculum, she has been thrilled to facilitate private and corporate wellness workshops. She is deeply committed to life-long learning, and has advanced training and certifications in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, and wellness. Her proudest designation and most challenging accomplishment to date is MoT (mother of two).naturesource2

When Heather reflects on the transitions in her own life, motherhood was perhaps the most significant, and mindfulness, yoga, creativity and nature therapy helped her navigate that life changing experience. She also found strength from yoga and mindfulness, during her father’s battle with cancer and death in 2016. Heather’s partner of 23 years, Jarrod, has been by her side through numerous transitions and all of the ups and downs of this messy, beautiful life.

How to Book:

All bookings are managed by Cabot Shores. To book this retreat and for any questions about the accommodations or on-site services at Cabot Shores, please call them or email:


More information including the ability to book on-line is available HERE


If you have any questions about the retreat, please feel free to contact Heather at:


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