Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will be at the retreat?
The total number of guests that we can accommodate is 13. We will also have four staff members at the retreat; however they will be lodging in the chalet next to the retreat.
How do I get to/from the retreat in Big White?
We ask that you make arrangements to get yourself to and from the retreat.
Arrival by Air
The closest airport is Kelowna, BC (YLW) which is located 45 minutes from Big White. Taxi and shuttle bus service from the airport to Big White is available, ($50 one way/$82 round trip). To make arrangements for the airport shuttle, please visit: http://www.bigwhite.com/plan-your-trip/get-big-white/ground-transportation/airport-shuttlegreyhound-bus-station-shuttle
Arrival by Driving
Complementary parking is available at the chalet.
Arrival by Bus
If you are travelling from the Lower Mainland of BC, Grey Hound bus service is available to Kelowna. We can arrange to pick you up for a small fee and drive you up the mountain once you arrive in Kelowna. Please contact us to make arrangements for pick-up to the mountain.
What styles of yoga will we be practicing?
Our yoga teacher is well versed in various types of yoga; however the types of yoga we will be practicing for the majority of the retreat include Hatha, Yin and Restorative.
Is the retreat for both females and males?
Yes, of course. We encourage both females and males to join the retreat. We try our best to keep shared rooms to the same gender, however there may be instances where both females and males share a room (separate beds of course).
What are the meals like, and do you accommodate food allergies and sensitivities?
At the retreat you will enjoy three delicious meals per day, as well as snacks and herbal teas. Meals are all nutritionally balanced and are prepared by a holistic nutritionist, and we source organic, in-seasoned produce as much as possible. All meals are vegetarian, and we are able to make substitutes and provide options for dairy and wheat allergies/sensitivities. If there are other foods that you are allergic to, please specify on your in-take form.
Will alcohol be served at the retreat?
For the most part no alcohol will be served at the retreat. On the last night of the retreat we usually celebrate by going outdoor ice skating under the stars, ice climbing or snow tubing. Afterwards we gather around the outdoor fire to enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and Baileys; however we will also be serving alcohol-free hot chocolate.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat and yoga props?
No, non-slip yoga mats and yoga props (blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets) are all provided. However, if you prefer to practice with your own equipment, we welcome you to bring it.
Do I need to bring my own linen, pillow, towel, and shampoo/conditioner?
No: your bed linen, pillow, bathing towel, and hot tub towel are all provided at the retreat. We also provide a welcome spa package that includes chemical free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. However, if you have special products you prefer to use please bring those with you.
What items should I pack for the retreat?
Remember that you are staying on a ski mountain, so pull out those wooly jumpers and sweaters! Here is a list of items we recommend you pack:
warm jumper/sweater, track pants, yoga outfits (long tights or capris are recommended), long sleeve or warm wrap for the beginning of yoga classes, bathing suit for the hot tub, sleep wear that you feel comfortable others seeing you in, snow-boots or at least heavy duty waterproof boots, warm winter jacket, snowpants (these can also be rented), gloves, beanie/toque, sunglasses for the sunny Spring days, sunscreen (believe it or not, you get the worst sunburn when the sun reflects off the snow), toiletries (chemical free shampoo/conditioner/body wash is provided). We also recommend a journal to write in and a good book to read during down time.
If you have selected the yoga and ski option, we recommend that you bring your own snow jacket, snowpants, ski/snowboard socks, long thermal underwear, helmet, goggles, gloves, and neck warmer. If you don't own all these items, we have a limited supply of the items to borrow, or else you can rent them or purchase them from the village.