The soul is dynamic and alive, never static, and like anything living it needs to be nourished to grow. Soul Trail offers unique experiential services to help feed your soul (and the mind & body interconnected with it) and navigate life’s path.

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I don’t claim to have “the answers” or any magic fix. But, now retired from almost 3 decades of professional work as a Counsellor specializing in life direction, as well as through my own personal path, I’ve assembled a diverse tool kit of skills, knowledge and insight helpful to navigate life’s journey.

It’s no doubt a reflection of my own personality that my approach to personal development weaves together practical & tangible methods with esoteric & intuitive concepts in a balance which changes slightly to meet each person authentically where they are, and where their soul resides.

I like to say I can be both “out there” but at the same time down-to-earth; there is always a pragmatic slant to the experiential services I provide. Like trees, healthy personal growth happens by stretching up and out while staying well-rooted.

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Most of these services are offered within the context of a Day Retreat, a loosely-structured day of peace and quietude centred around exclusive use of a bright, airy yurt in the middle of a large private woodland with varied forest areas and contemplative features.

Forest Therapy – Also called Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing, this gently-structured practice fuses spending slow time in woodland areas, nature exploration, and elements of mindfulness to promote presence, calm, well-being and innate natural healing. »»

Labyrinth Walking – Distinct from a maze, labyrinths have only one path to follow which allows the analytical thinking mind to slow and intuition to emerge. Called “walking meditation” and sometimes considered a “spiritual tool”, labyrinths have been found to cultivate peace, surrender and clarity on matters that weigh on us. »»

Better Breathing – We’ve been breathing ever since birth, thousands of times a day, without a thought. But that doesn’t mean it has improved over time, nor that we do it well. Yet this automatic body function can also be modified through voluntary control. »»

Breath-focused Yoga  – Yoga is more than a physical practice. With an emphasis on breath work and foundational postures, it opens the door to being more grounded, better connected with your body, mind and spirit, and more present with yourself. »»

Personality Insight – Understanding how you characteristically interact with people, and appreciating your similarities and differences with others, can make the difference between feeling in flow or swimming against the current whether at work, with family, in personal relationships, or any type of interpersonal communication. »»

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Location · Contact

Soul Trail provides services at Off Grid Retreat, a 50 acre forest setting featuring seven unique woodland areas and special spaces like an enchanting SoundForest and a meditative walking labyrinth through the trees.

The property is located 20 minutes drive southwest of Owen Sound or approximately:

  • 3 hours from Toronto
  • 2½ hours from Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton or London
  • 2 hours from Kitchener-Waterloo
  • 1¾ hours from Guelph
  • 1½ hours from Tobermory
  • 1 hour from Collingwood
  • 30 minutes from Port Elgin, Southampton

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