What's Good Wellness SpringRetreat

Face it You’re Beautiful: The Art, Science & Alchemy of Honouring Your Divine Feminine

CREATING HARMONY TOGETHER

The Spring season is all about growth, transformation, empowerment, returning from hibernation and following your souls ignited pathway. It is about cultivating creativity, visions and aspirations and allowing them to organically come into fruition.

As we begin to surface, following the deep rooted work performed during the winter months, we innately have this desire to break free, stretch & cleanse the body, mind and spirit of the old to welcome in the new. We see this through “spring cleaning”, opening the windows to remove stagnant air, purging whatever we no longer need etc. We not only acknowledge this as humans, but we see it in nature as well through plants budding, animals reconvening, and the sun shining brighter.

In Chinese medicine, each element is associated with a spirit. The Wood element (Spring season), is correlated with the Hun spirit which is considered our internal guide, pointing us in the right direction towards our visions, aspirations, dreams and our souls desire for this lifetime.

The 2022 ‘Face It You’re Beautiful: The Art, Science and Alchemy of Honouring Your Divine Feminine’ retreat will focus on embracing this notion of welcoming in the new, taking steps towards your souls desires, visions & aspirations for this lifetime. Together we will expand our energy and heighten our vibration through vision planning, nourishing the soul, caring for the self, connecting to nature, fuelling the body and nurturing our spirit.

Your Hosts & Weekend Facilitators

Katrina Dollano

Katrina Dollano

R.AC, R.TCMP

Katrina is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director at What’s Good.  Her passion lies in helping you to bring more happiness and health to your life and into your body.  Katrina’s approach to health care is grounded in traditional wisdom practices, the power of Mother Nature, and honouring one’s own unique life story, including the shadow aspects we are often taught to suppress.  Her mission is to help people of all ages, especially girls and women, connect to the inherent wisdom of the body; its strength, vitality and self-healing capacity.

Charleston Dollano

Charleston Dollano

Chef & Educator

Chef Charleston is a Conscious Food Chef and the Co-Founder of What’s Good. With over 23 years of experience in the kitchen, he specializes in curating private chef’s table dining experiences with an emphasis on local, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine that marries the healing, medicinal power of food with mouth-watering and delicious flavours.  Chef Charleston’s ambition and philosophy is to educate folks about the joys of eating whole foods, supporting sustainable agriculture and bridging the gap between where our food is grown and produced and the family-centred tables where we enjoy our meals together.

Kelsey Drha

Kelsey Drha

Future Holistic Nutritionist & Yoga Instructor

Kelsey received her 200hr YTT certification in 2018 and has been teaching ever since. Her mission is providing a safe and grounded space where students can reconnect with their body, breath and spirit. Kelsey’s classes offer alignment based cues, with opportunity to explore autonomy in class. Kelsey is also studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist (2022) where she can marry her passions of holistic nutrition and a balanced lifestyle.

Workshop & Activity Descriptions

Your Curated Chef's Table Meals:

Prepared by Chef Charleston Dollano

As in nature the Wood energy is part of the energy of our body – the acupuncture meridians of the Liver and Gall Bladder. Given that each meridian has a job in the body s kingdom, the Gall Bladder meridian is “The Upright Official who Excels in Judgment” and the Liver is “The Official in Charge of Planning”.

Each of your meals have been designed to harness the energy of the Spring season. The wood element likes fermented foods such as kimchi and yogurt and light meals followed with lots of greens (the colour of the wood element). Bitter greens (dandelion, nettles, and arugula) are particularly cleansing for the liver and gallbladder which promote better digestion support women’s health and aids in homeostasis of the body.

Chef Charleston Dollano is a Conscious Food Chef.  He specializes in curating private chef’s table dining experiences with an emphasis on local, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine that marries the healing, medicinal power of food with mouth-watering and delicious flavours.

Burn it All Away: Garden Sage Sticks for Opening the Way

With Katrina Dollano

Burning sage has been a ritual for Indigenous populations for centuries to cleanse the body, energy and/or space, as well as promote healing and wisdom to their community. It has since been adopted by other cultures as a healing modality for various conditions.

Participants will combining fresh sage and garden florals to create their own unique garden sage stick that can be used to nourish and cleanse their space, body and energy. Similar to essential oils, florals have their own properties that can bring calm, revitalization, peace, refreshment to the space. Depending on what is chosen, you can create a desirable environment that is catered to your own needs.
You will receive a set of glass facial cups and samples of facial oils formulated with herbs and plant medicines by traditional Chinese medicine doctors.  Katrina will select the blend that is specifically beneficial for your individual constitution and skin type.

Full Fat Goodness: Floral Butters for Hormonal Healing

With Charleston & Katrina Dollano

According to Chinese Medicine butter is highly nutritious food when consumed from a top quality source. Organic, grass fed butter has natural sweet and warming properties that nourish the spleen and stomach, while also tonifying Yin. Butter has been shown to supplement Blood and Qi, while retaining moisture in the body making it an exceptional food for the dryer months.

Combining butter with fresh herbs, edible florals and spices not only enhances the flavour, but also increases the nutritive properties. Together participants will make their own customized and unique floral butter sticks to take home and enjoy!

Bon Fire and Night Cap:

With Charleston & Katrina Dollano

It is said that, the discovery of fire is what accelerated human and evolution and separated us from other animal beings.  Sitting around a fire and sharing is as old a tradition as our human history is.  We’ll take this opportunity to be warmed by the fire and share a Chinese medicine night cap to send you off to a deep and restful sleep.

Face it, You're Beautiful & It's More Than Skin Deep:Facial Cupping for Flux & Flow

With Katrina Dollano

It is said that, the discovery of fire is what accelerated human and evolution and separated us from other animal beings.  Sitting around a fire and sharing is as old a tradition as our human history is.  We’ll take this opportunity to be warmed by the fire and share a Chinese medicine night cap to send you off to a deep and restful sleep.

Face it, You're Beautiful & it's More Than Skin Deep:acial Gua Sha for Cultivating Your Essence & Complexion Workshop

 With Katrina Dollano

Gua sha is an ancient healing technique with roots in Chinese medicine. It is used traditionally to improve blood circulation, and move stagnant Qi (energy). It can be used to address conditions of the whole body, but has been touted recently for its ability to sculpt the face, contour muscles, and beautify the skin.
In this workshop, Katrina will teach you techniques to use gua sha to “erase the day”, breaking up stagnant Qi that accumulates in the face as lines and creases, and calm the mind and spirit for a restful and rejuvenating sleep.
You will receive a gua sha tool of your own and samples of facial oils formulated with herbs and plant medicines by traditional Chinese medicine doctors. Katrina will select the blend that is specifically beneficial for your individual constitution and skin type.

 

Mindful Movement:Yoga & Breath Work


With Kelsey Drha 

Yoga and breath work collaboratively to bring a deeper sense of connection to the mind, body and spirit. Each morning, Kelsey will guide you through an outdoor gentle yoga practice focused on grounding, alignment and self compassion. As well as integrate breath practices for people to incorporate on and off the mat that bring clarity, calm and peace to the mind, body, and spirit.

Kitchen Medicine by Design:

Seasoning Salts for Tasty, Simple & Nourishing Recipe-Free Cooking
with Charleston & Katrina 

Salt gets a bad reputation.  If you look at the different salts sold in the grocery store, you’ll notice that many of the products are advertised as “real salt”.  This is because table salt is processed to remove trace minerals and then fortified with iodine.  Real salt is full of minerals that are necessary for our bodies to function optimally.  In small quantities, real salt can have a profound impact on function and healing.
Salt is the main seasoning that brings out all the flavours in our food.  In Chinese medicine it is said that digestion begins with taking food in with the senses; not just taste but sight, smell, and mouthfeel.  When our food is appealing to our senses, it kickstarts and warms our digestive fire, making digestion more powerful and robust.
Together, with Chef Charleston and Katrina’s guidance, we will learn about the art of flavour combining and using food as medicine. Charleston will share with you his favourite go-to recipes for seasoning salts and how each variation impacts the same ingredients in a multitude of ways.  After sampling Chef’s example creations, you will have the opportunity to create several healing and delicious seasoned salt blends using both fresh and dried herbs and spices that we will use to create simple meals that require no recipes. These take home blends are perfect for busy nights where meal times can feel like just another chore.

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Flower Essence: Spiritual & Mental Homeostasis

With Katrina Dollano

Flower essences are vibrational plant medicines that bring us into alignment with our best possible self in any given circumstance. They are a tool for increasing our self-awareness, and bring into our attention subconscious limiting beliefs, emotional complexes, and distorted perceptions that are blocking our success.

They are based upon traditional wisdom and philosophy that humans, the cosmos and all of nature constitute a unified whole, and that the natural world has much to teach humanity. 

Another way to understand how flower essences work is through the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind.  They bring conscious awareness to subconscious habits, emotions and beliefs that are blocking us from success.  With an integrated consciousness, we can re-program automated responses to our emotional triggers, and we can embody new truths to replace our limiting beliefs.  And as we do so, change starts happening around us.

Together we will commence the retreat with an opening flower essence ceremony, where we will set the intention for the weekend and create a flower essence that aligns with that collective intention.

Blueprints/Vision Boards:

With Katrina Dollano

Would you build a house without a blueprint? I know I wouldn’t. So why would anyone attempt to build a satisfying life without as much as a sketch?!
Designing your own blueprint is a way of outlining the goals, dreams & aspirations for all aspects of your life. It’s a powerful practice to write down and manifest your souls desires for this lifetime, giving them full permission to come into fruition.
Together we will move through the 5 steps of blueprinting focused on designing your future to reach your deepest aspirations.ollective intention.

Spots Available

HARMONY P.E.C

Nestled in the escarpment of Waupoos in Prince Edward County, along the shores of Lake Ontario, Harmony PEC Retreat is a breath of fresh air and a piece of heaven on Earth.  Your retreat space sits on 28 acres of private, untouched, bountiful nature; forests, wetlands and lakefront.

It is a very special place to Katrina and Charleston.  You’ll hear them gush, “The energy there is amazing!” – Charleston or “It’s my favourite place on Earth!” – Katrina, when they talk about Harmony.  It is a place to pause, to evolve, to connect with yourself and with others, and a place to breathe and harmonize with nature.

 

Camp Out Under the stars 

Special Notice

 Wish to camp under the stars and be in touch with nature? Email us at info@whatsgoodwellness.ca 

Camping out doors is a great alternative as it will allow you and or with your loved one  to connect with mother earth in an experience called, “Earthing”. The term, Earthing (also known as grounding) is when we allow our body to make contact with the Earth’s surface electrons via activities such as walking barefoot outside, sitting on the grass, and tree hugging. Such activities allow our bodies to become connected to mother earths conductive systems. Doing so allows one to connect with all of mother earths surfaces allowing for the  transfer  of energy from the ground  straight into our bodies, hence bringing forth a great and unique  healing expereince for everyone to explore. 

Bring a girlfriend for a transformative, & unforgettable girl’s weekend away.

Join Us:

Friday May 13th, 2022 5pm – Sunday May 15th 2022 12pm

The Spring season is the beginning of the season cycle, a time of birth and new beginnings. It is also the energy of the element Wood. This is the energy that brings forth new growth, that pushes the new grass through the snow, the new branches out from old wood, produces new leaves. It does this so nature can take in the nourishment it needs to flourish.

Spring is also the time of hope; this season bursts forward with optimism, offering change after the quiet, still time of Winter.

Each seed and sapling is following its own part of nature’s plan. Think of the wood of a tree, it gives nature structure and shape but does not let anything hold it back as it drives forward. 

Without this type of change all things would wither and die.

Join us as we reconnect with the Divine Feminine – our innate power as women; as the bearers of life, and the creative, uniting force that drives the universe. Expect to leave this weekend feeling empowered, inspired and whole in exactly who you are.

Occupancy Investment Plan

SINGLE OCCUPANCY INVESTMENT:

$1800 (all inclusive – based on single occupancy accommodations)

Investment plan available: $600 deposit + 3 Equal biweekly instalments of $400

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY INVESTMENT:

$1350 per person (all inclusive – based on double occupancy accommodations).

Investment plan available: $450 deposit + 3 equal biweekly instalments of $300

For Single Occupancy Cabin

For Double Occupancy Cabin