Bend hard and play hard at the Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island.
You need To stretch, right? And to remember how to breathe? Yes, you do. At Nectar Yoga retreaters stay in one of two cottages (or in a garden suite on request) amidst the Bowen Island woods. Clean, cozy and minimalist, the retreat’s decluttered atmosphere, forest quiet and tasty vegetarian breakfasts—from waffles and smoothies to chia-pudding-and-granola parfaits—will reconnect your chi in all the right places.
Along with other instructors, Nectar owner and yogini Andrea Clark leads classes in your choice of yoga styles (including Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa and Yin) in a geodesic dome that looks out into the trees. Deep stretching and relaxation are all-season sports, but “summer is the most magical time on Bowen,” says Clark.
After your morning practice you can read your book in the hammocks slung between 100-foot-tall conifers, or walk to the sea at Miller’s Landing or Sandy Beach. Lunch on a curry wrap or smoked salmon sandwich at the Snug Coffee House; for dinner, eat Italian at Tuscany restaurant, or Spanish at the Barcelona Tapas and Wine Bar in Snug Cove.
Back at Nectar Yoga, have an evening sit in the wood-fired Finnish sauna—handmade of B.C. poplar, birch and cedar—and settle in for one of your most blissful sleeps of the year.— Tyee Bridge