September 17th, 18th, 19th, 2023 – Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat – Woody Island

Where? Woody Island, Placentia Bay 

Join us in Garden Cove, 2 hour drive west of St. John’s and east of Gander.  From Garden Cove, we get aboard of the Merasheen for the 40-minute sail to Woody Island. This rugged, quaint, beautiful Island resettled in the early 1970’s has preserved much of its original heritage.  Woody Island offers a step-back-in-time, a magical retreat location like no other.  You will feast on home-cooked meals of pan-fried fresh cod, pea soup, toutons & Molasses, and fresh homemade bread, to name a few. 

Your fee covers boat travel to and from the island, two nights’ accommodations, meals, workshops, and evening programs. Individually these services would cost over $800.00.  Your cost is 525.00 (taxes included).   Some Financial assistance is available for those on a limited income (single parents and students).  Some single rooms are available for additional $75.00.  

There is a limited number of spaces and will fill on a first come basis. You can pay $100.00 now to hold your space and pay the remainder before September 1st, 2023.

Register for two retreats in 2023 and take 100.00 off the cost of the second retreat.

Our Awesome Facilitators!

Joan Dohey is a retired primary teacher whose mission is to help others live healthier, fulfilled lives. Through life’s experiences, observation, and study, she has learned a great deal about health and healing on all levels. She has taken her passion for healing and studied and certified in modalities that address problems on the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual levels. Joan knows from her own experience that recovering from an illness takes time and effort, and as a result, she embraces prevention and self-care to maintain good health. Her philosophy at its core is that taking care of oneself is crucial and her aim is to spread the word and help others discover and cultivate this attitude and to provide some tangible tools to use on an everyday basis. Over the past 10 years, Joan has become a practitioner of Bowen Therapy for people and animals, Reflexology, Reiki, Rahanni, McLoughlin Scar Release Technique and Soul Genesis, to mention some. She is a meditation and Yoga Nidra teacher, a life coach, and a Laughter Yoga Leader. Her latest studies are in Access Consciousness and Sound Healing, specializing in Crystal Singing Bowls. Joan works out of her space in downtown St. John’s and offers distance sessions to those who are unable to avail of in-person services. Check out my website    

Elaine Dunphy is a certified Nia instructor with her White Belt, her Blue Belt and her Nia Moving to Heal certification and has been offering Nia locally since 2017. Elaine is a certified Ageless Grace Educator and completed her training in December 2020. She works with many groups of seniors and teaches regularly with Parkinson NL and is running a November program for seniors at The Rooms on Tuesday mornings. Elaine’s personal mantra is JOY – finding it in her life and sharing it with others and creating joy through movement sharing the Nia Philosophy with her students.
For more information – you can find Elaine on Facebook at Nia on the Rock: and Ageless Grace on the Rock on Facebook:

Alison Normore, Ph.D. is an Ancestral Wisdom keeper, Author, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Master Teacher, and Human Potential Visionary with a passion for ancient wisdom traditions that restore health and happiness, and a gift for empowering healers and leaders to create joyful, purposeful lives. For more information on Life Coaching, Full Moon Circles, Shamanic Retreats and Journeys, and her new book Return to Pangaea, visit

Lucy O’Driscoll M.Sc., B.Ed  has been offering retreats for over 20 years.  She has Certification in Crystal Therapy and extensive knowledge in Moonology.  She has a Masters in Outdoor Education and a Bachelor of Education specializing in Adult Education.


Letting Go and Letting In (Joan).  Letting go of stress is maybe one of the most important skills we can learn. Stress is all around us and can affect every aspect of life. It is the underlying cause of many medical conditions and dissatisfaction. In this workshop, we will explore different techniques to release stress- among them: – Meditation: finding peace and calm inside yourself. – Yoga Nidra, where one brings attention to each part of their body, gradually releasing tension, head to foot. – Laughter Yoga: a series of exercises where the participant simulates laughter, so they get all the benefits of a good laugh. According to research, 10 minutes of laughter can provide 2 hours of pain relief! It is very contagious! And we will learn about and discuss letting in the good things we want from life. Receiving is very important, yet difficult for many, especially women, who give so much of themselves to others. The two most powerful words in the Universe are …Yes and No!

Living and Dreaming from the Heart in the Age of Aquarius (Alison). We are during a pivotal time in Earth’s history, foretold by the Ancients, when the people on the planet would be able to create a more just and humanitarian world for all. In this session you will learn about how we would accomplish this shift from 3rd to 5th dimensional consciousness through the power and intelligence of our heart. Living and dreaming from the heart helps you become more creative, more intuitive and accelerates your evolution. Together we will practice activating and strengthening the field of our hearts and accessing its native intelligence and connection to Source. These practices are contagious, so it’s guaranteed to transform your life, the world, and make us all so much happier and healthier!    

Combo Workshop / Intro to Nia and Intro to Ageless Grace (Elaine).  During the Nia portion of the workshop, we will explore the 52 movements of the Nia Technique with a focus on finding Dynamic Ease in our bodies – the ability to perform a movement with maximum efficiency and minimal effort. Reaching dynamic ease in our bodies allows a sense of neuromuscular creativity that allows us to do variations of movements without even thinking these movements are done with the focus on improving / maintaining flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability.

During the Intro to Ageless Grace portion of the workshop, we will explore the 21 movements of this practice. Each of these movements stimulates the five main functions of the brain – strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic learning. These movements will be done seated in a chair and are guaranteed to bring a little joy and laughter from exploring these everyday movements that are natural and organic and focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. 

The Wisdom of the Enneagram (Lucy).  There are nine distinct personality types, nine different perspectives on life and nine ways our ego operates in our lives.  We all have pieces of the whole nine but are dominant in a few.  These are the patterns that shape our lives, explaining why we do the things we do, why we think the way we think.  What number(s) are you?   Join me in this workshop are learn more of why you do the things you do. Understanding our patterns, can change our lives. 

Therapy is A Walk in the Woods (Alison). Join Alison, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, for a walk along the Exploits River. With no specific destination in mind, we will wander, explore, and immerse ourselves in nature for 2-l/2 hours, allowing our senses to guide us. Forest Therapy is a mindful, healing, and connective practice inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku” which translates into “forest bathing”. Spending time in nature strengthens our immune system, reduces stress, and makes us more creative, mindful, and happier. A win-win! Forest therapy walks are for anyone who wants to de-stress, slow down, relax and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. We will be outside no matter the weather, be prepared with warm and water-resistant clothing so you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Real Tools for Self-Care, (Joan).  Wellness comprises not just the physical, but the mind and spirit, as well. There are many ways to achieve wellness, and we are often bombarded by ads with suggestions as to how to attain it, to the point of overload! In the calm setting of this retreat, let’s explore some realistic ways to improve and maintain our health at every level. Let’s each create a practical plan for self- care that we can maintain! We’ll discuss food, exercise, stress relief techniques, and how to listen to your inner voice. Realistic, sensible self-care.

Bonus:  Sacred Fire Ceremony with Alison on Monday night and early morning meditations before breakfast. And a kitchen Party! It don’t get much better than this, lots of balanced activities for the Body, Mind and Spirit! 

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Woody Island: A Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat
A Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat Woody Island, Placentia Bay, Line, NL
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    Instructions: Please select your session in priority as space is limited in each session.

    Session One, Sunday 6:30 – 9:00 p.m

    Letting Go and Letting In (Joan)
    Living and Dreaming from the Heart in the Age of Aquarius (Alison)

    Session Two : Monday 9:00am – 11:30am

    Combo Workshop / Intro to Nia and Intro to Ageless Grace (Elaine)
    Wisdom of the Enneagram (Lucy)

    Session Three : Monday 1:30pm – 4:00pm

    Therapy is a Walk in the Woods (Alison)
    Real Tools for Real Self-Care (Joan)

    Session Four, Tuesday 9:00am – 11:00am

    We will have a guided community gathering before getting on the boat for our "mug up" on a different island before returning to Garden Cove.

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    This Program will fill quickly, so register early! Send completed registration and cheque, money order or e-transfer to: . Lucy O’Driscoll, 115 Tuckers Hill Road, St. Philips, NL. A1M 1N4.

    If you don’t want to pay the full registration now, you can send $100.00 to hold your place and send the remainder by September 1. No registration will be accepted without partial or full payment. If you cancel by September 1, you will receive a full refund. After that date, a $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. If you cancel within 7 days of the retreat you forfeit your full payment.

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    For Woody Island: Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat, September 17-19, 2023

    I acknowledge and fully understand that as a participant in the Body, Mind and Spirit retreat at Woody Island, September 17-19,2023, I will be engaging in a program that involves physical and emotional activity and specialized equipment. I fully understand that in such a setting accident may happen and I hold blameless the organizers, equipment, property owners or others either taking part in the activity or instructing at the time.

    In understanding that there is some risk to any activity of this type, I accept personal responsibility for any and all physical and emotional damage that may result from accident, injury or disability however caused. In this understanding, I release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Lucy O’Driscoll, Lucy’s volunteers or employees or other participants.

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