I Heart Nectar Yoga B & B

Last month I enjoyed a yoga getaway with 3 other lovely ladies organized by my good friend Janette of Ave to Zoe; it was my first yoga retreat and it was everything I had been hoping for, looking for, and more. I remember getting her text at the end of Summer: Want to go back to Bowen? Um, yeah I do! I laugh a little thinking that before this year I had never been to Bowen Island and somehow ended up there twice in less than 3 months. Safe to say I’ve fallen in love and it’s been a reminder how beautiful this place we call home is and that I need to play tourist in the province I was born and raised in more often. 

This beautiful B&B is tucked away in the trees 5 minutes from the ferry when you arrive on the island, and even though you’re only a 15 minute ferry ride from Vancouver, you feel so removed from the hustle of the city. There are signs throughout the island reminding you ‘you’re not on the mainland’ and to slow down, take everything in, and enjoy yourself. This mantra sinks in and you quickly find yourself forgetting your daily stresses and routine in exchange for a sense of calm.

The story behind Nectar Yoga B & B is as beautiful as the place itself and owner Andrea has created her own little paradise where she teaches yoga and meditation, hosts retreats, and serves the loveliest breakfasts to her B&B guests. For 2 years, she has been welcoming guests to Nectar and helping them find inner calm through yoga and meditation. To be in Andrea’s presence is calming and uplifting, you get the sense that she is in her happy place; living, breathing proof that dreams do come true, if not without some hard work and soul searching.
Andrea’s hope is to send guests home more in touch with themselves, feeling better than when they arrived, and breathing a little deeper as they go through their daily lives; in some way transformed for the better. And that’s how I felt arriving home after the 2 days spent there: rested and calmer than when I left. For readers of the blog, you might have seen me share about some personal things I’ve been working through the past few months (you can see those posts here and here), and yoga has become one of the things I’ve turned to, to help me feel fulfilled both inside and out. This two- day retreat was a beautiful experience that had us exploring the practice of yoga combined with meditation, and enjoying some fun girl time as well. 
In 2 days we enjoyed 3 yoga/ meditation sessions led by Andrea in the yoga dome she has built on the property. Looking through the clear panels that overlook the property, it is such a unique and beautiful way to enjoy yoga and meditation. With the air scented with incense, candles, and the cedar plank floors, it’s an experience for all the senses, and one that will have you feeling instantly relaxed. You don’t have to be an experienced yogi to visit, and Andrea leads the hour- long sessions mindful of what her guests are looking for from the practice- are you seeking something more intense and challenging or relaxing and reflective?

We were lucky to enjoy a bit of both, leaving one session in particular feeling rather stretched and flexed from the poses with the other two a little less intense; we got to explore the best of both worlds. During our sessions Andrea led us through the poses and meditation giving suggestions to help improve our form, make them more/ less intense, and how they were beneficial to our bodies (bonus points for learning while relaxing!). I’d say the poses that worked on the hips were the toughest for me- apparently this is quite common- and I’m going to be working more poses into my yoga routine that help with this area. Stretching and staying flexible as we get older isn’t something we necessarily focus on, but there are countless long- term benefits and yoga definitely helps.

As our time came to an end, the four of us reflected on our time there, the fun we’d had, and how amazing the experience had been. This retreat brought the four of us together- some as friends, some as strangers at the beginning- but we all left feeling like we’d shared in something special, appreciating the experience, and how it had impacted all of us. It was a reminder that we’re all on our own journeys, with different challenges and victories, but coming together in a positive, safe place, we felt no judgement or fear. Just peace, calm, and appreciation. Memories were made, friendships formed and strengthened, and a few more laugh lines added to our faces. I’d say that’s a pretty good time, no?

As I mentioned earlier in the post, Bowen really is a special place. Time seems to slow down there. There’s a different vibe there than here on the mainland, and the locals all seem to share in this, including Andrea. If you haven’t been, go. And if you’re looking for a little R & R, some time for yourself, maybe a girls getaway like ours, definitely include Nectar Yoga B & B on your list. Believe me when I say you’re not the same when you leave as when you arrived. Just go there and be, whatever that means to you.

Namaste.

See the other posts about our stay at Nectar Yoga B & B:
Janette- Ava to Zoe (including a beautiful video of our time there)

About Nectar Yoga B & B
Located on Bowen Island, Nectar opened in 2014 and has welcomed guests from around the world. B & B facilities include 2 cottages where guests can stay, with the main house available for rental as well, with room for a total of 12 guests. Yoga and meditation is offered in the Geodesic Yoga Dome located on the property. For rental inquiries please contact Nectar directly at info@nectaryogabnb.ca

A very special thank you to Andrea for welcoming us girls to Nectar and to my friend Janette for inviting me to be a part of this trip. The experience was amazing beyond words. 

Want to visit Nectar Yoga B&B? Visit their website to check availability & book your own yoga getaway. And make sure to follow them on social media:

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Photo credit: Kristy Powers

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