What people have to say about us....


This was the first retreat I have ever attended and I have to say that it won't be my last. I was pampered from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. I was welcomed with a bath robe, a cup of tea and a weekend filled with fun and surprises. Thank you Karissa, Nicole and Denice for making this a memorable experience in my life. 

— Laya Drago, Canada

What a beautiful little escape. Upon arriving, I felt as if I was taken to a sacred place built out especially for me.  The details were effortless but caught my attention - there was a journal and small scented lavender pillow on the bed, my own cozy slippers, and saje diffusers provided - and this was all just in the room I was in.  All around the cottage I enjoyed the organic and natural soaps in all the washroom facilities.  Such a nice touch that goes a long way, especially for those who appreciate the small things in life.

The location is close to Toronto, but felt like an escape to a secret destination.  The blissful water was therapeutic and healing, the cottage is large and airy but still cozy enough to feel intimate with the group you are with!

I especially loved the food!  Nicole (nicoledinardonutrition.com) cooks healthy, wholesome, nourishing meals and all her recipes are available on her blog.  Yum!

The horse therapy was an experience I will never, ever forget.  I can easily say it was life changing.  The education provided before hand and during the therapy experience was enlightening and fulfilling, and I recommend anyone (looking to get in touch with themselves) tries it at the cottage.

Definitely an amazing experience.  One to remember and talk about for years to come.

— Danica Delfino, Canada


Thank you for an incredible adventure! Georgian Bay is beautiful and I feel as though I really got to see the best of it with the itinerary that you created. I especially enjoyed the food and meditation. I feel encouraged and inspired to incorporate a whole food eating style and meditation into my day-to-day life. Thanks again and see you soon!

— Lilly Nardotto, Italy

It was definitely the best wellness retreat I've ever been to! My health was not good and I needed this retreat so badly! I spent 3 amazing days doing yoga, meditation, walks in the nature and eating healthy food by Nicole :) Both Karissa and Nicole are awesome hosts! I also made new friends! I highly recommend Shi Wellness and can't wait till my next retreat with them in August!

— Anastasia Balamatsi, Canada

I had a wonderful time at the Georgian Highlands retreat. I did the equine therapy retreat and it was life changing. I've never done equine therapy before and didn't realize the effect that it would have on my life. I'm really grateful for the experience I had with Denice and for the incredible satiating food that Nicole prepared the entire weekend. Would definitely recommend a Shi Wellness retreat to my family and friends.

— Emanuele Pezzillo, Italy

The Nutritional Wellness retreat with Nicole & Karissa was wonderful. The house is beautifully put together and the view of the crystal blue water is magical. Every detail from being welcomed with food and tea to the soft & plush bedding was perfect! I loved the cooking classes led by Nicole – her uplifting and bubbly personality is contagious. The sunrises over the water were stunning and the morning meditations with Karissa were the best way to start the day! Thank you for an inspiring weekend, I feel encouraged to take on life with a new perspective.

— Adrian Allegranza, Canada

I wanted to thank Shi Wellness for an amazing time this weekend.  Looking to make the most of a few days off of work, I spontaneously booked a yoga retreat not knowing what to expect of a place called Meaford.   It ended up being exactly what my body and soul needed.

Karissa and Nicole were both such lovely hosts.  As residents of Toronto, they understand the hustle and bustle of GTA life and the need to get away from it all sometimes.  Karissa has the most soothing voice and just being around her for a weekend will make you feel relaxed.  Her guided yoga and meditation classes are just wonderful.  Nicole will spoil you with delicious well planned meals and snacks that are full of nutritious goodness.  She brings recipes and experiences from her Italian heritage, life abroad in England and practical training in prestigious restaurants like Terroni along with ingredients from the vibrant Kensington Market and fuses them with locally cultivated products to keep your belly happy.  These two have thought of everything and will pamper you all weekend long.

Meaford is beautiful 2 hour drive from Mississauga (home of Toronto Pearson International Airport).  So whether you are looking to escape the city or you are visiting Toronto and want to add this to your itinerary, I highly recommend it.  The breath taking views of the Georgian Bay are spectacular and cannot be captured on camera; they just need to be experienced.

— Pavan Bagri, Canada