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Published By Danielle Marr on July 16th, 2020 in Holding Space
The global Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way just about everything in the world operates at the moment, but we are firm believers that with new challenges come new opportunities – and we’re excited to start bringing retreat dreams back to life in the safety of our own little oasis right here on the edge of Algonquin Park.
We know many of you were likely ready to board a plane and pair your offerings with a backdrop like Bali, the Bahamas, India or Spain this year, but alas, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade – and we’ve got a secret recipe we’re pretty sure you are going to love.
Close your eyes for a second and imagine: Swapping the palm trees with breathtaking fall colours, salty ocean water with a refreshing dip in pristine lake waters, seaside huts with cozy, glamping style cabins in the woods, the croak of a toucan with the light whisper of loons in the distance as the sun sets on the horizon…
And you’ve got yourself a pretty killer plan B, no?
When groups come to the Edge, the entire eight acre lakeside facility is theirs and theirs alone – no other groups, families, or anyone to cross paths with other than our friendly staff who have been diligently trained in new policies and protocols to help keep everyone safe.
This isn’t a new normal for us though, safety has always been a top priority and exclusive access to the property is one of the many reasons why Northern Edge has been highly touted as such a wonderful place to gather and create community connections for over two decades.
An added security blanket for all of those facilitators out there preparing to get their feet wet again as the summer marches on and autumn months loom in the not-so-distant future, is our mandatory 72 hour window between each group which steps on the grounds of Northern Edge.
In addition to putting all of these new new policies and procedures in place, we have even invested in new spaces to better allow for social distancing in some of the indoor areas frequently used for social gatherings which will help accommodate traffic flow.
Creating alternative dining arrangements and experiences, assigning personal equipment for the duration of a retreat, and exploring creative ways to allow for social distancing when entering and exiting spaces are among several pieces of the puzzle which we have considered and will likely be putting into practice upon your arrival.
Northern Edge Algonquin was certainly not immune to the hit taken by the tourism industry when this pandemic swept across the Globe, but we have stumbled upon a number of silver linings throughout this time and while we will miss the handshakes and hugs for the time being, we can’t wait to see everyone’s shining faces again.
We’ve got some great last minute availability for those of you who can’t wait to get back to doing what you do best – facilitating life changing experiences.
Feel free to drop us a line at [email protected] if you’re ready to connect, learn more about our yoga retreat offerings here or gather some inspiration as you prepare to plan the retreat of your dreams by downloading our newly minted Yoga Retreat Planning Guide free of charge.
We hope to see you out at the Edge sometime soon!