It is said that human connection is one of the most spectacular attributes that make us not just human, but also humane.

Going on retreat can be such a beautiful gift that you give yourself, and those who love you.  It allows you to disconnect so that you can connect fully to your goals, your needs and your self care!  When we take care of ourselves, we are able to really show up for others.  And why not go on retreat with members for your own sangha (community)?  Each year, Yoga Lab Westshore hosts a 3 day retreat at various locations all over the island.  When Darci first moved here from Alberta, she decided she wanted to spend the rest of her life exploring these magical islands, and each year you have an opportunity to join her.  Below are the details for our next retreat, we’d love to have you join us.

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a retreat for aspiring leaders


OCTOBER 25-27, 2019

It is said that human connection is one of the most spectacular attributes that make us not just human, but also humane.  Join Darci Nyal, vulnerability junkie in a 3 day experience where the opportunity to connect with other retreaters, yourself and your environment is not just highlighted but explored from many different angles.  Perched on the edge of the Saanich inlet, the Morningside Estate is a fantastic mansion where the intimate nature of the location allows for a beauty in friendship building, depth in conversation, and a closeness to nature that seems to encompass it all.  The 3 day weekend will explore slow moving yoga classes, meals made together and enjoyed together, a book review by one of Darci’s favourite authors, time spent in nature, casual drinks poolside or in the hot tub during the stargazing hours of the evenings.  There are two experiences that will make this the ultimate of retreats. Chef Castro of the House of Boateng will be here Friday evening to delight our taste buds and teach us about his culinary world of food pairing and our island around us. The second is that upon registration, participants will receive a custom curated package that will set the theme for the retreat.  Be prepared to be delighted, inspired and filled up at this retreat that is themed around enhancing your skills as a leader, a feminist, a mover and a shaker!

Learn more about Darci here…


If you’ve ever met Darci she is constantly trying to connect people.  Whether she’s inviting random students and friends out to events, or double or triple introducing people – she is always trying her best to make sure everybody feels welcome, and part of our family.  Attending this retreat will feel just the same way. An authentic opportunity to gain a connection with new and old friends, bridge our differences through storytelling, book reviewing, cooking in small groups, eating all the amazing creations, all the while embracing the west coast views.


It’s always been Darci’s dream to rent one giant mansion where the entire space is ours.  Imagine ocean view rooms with indoor and outdoor access, wrap around decks that go for what seems like forever.  A giant indoor kitchen, with a dinning room to serve us all. An oversized great room with the biggest fire place you’ve ever seen.  And outdoors… well, where do we begin? The pool will be great for quick dips post yoga class, or you can skip the cool water and jump into the hot tub with the 360 view of the inlet.  Walk down a small path and you’ll find yourself around a fire pit ready for late night gatherings. Or wake up early in the morning and take a kayak tour along the Saanich Inlet. The thing that makes it exceptional is the close proximity and intimacy of the space.  We are all collectively together, in the privacy of our own estate.

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Arriving at 11:00 AM, you will be greeted by Darci where you’ll get directions to your room, and a light tour of the mansion.  Depending on the weather, lunch will be served poolside, or in the dining room with an incredible view of the ocean. Below is a lose schedule for the weekend:

11:00 AM Arrival
11:00 – 12:15 PM – Checkin and get settled
12:30 PM Lunch will be served
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM rest and get to know the mansion and grounds
4:00 PM Opening circle
5:00 PM Yoga class, optional
7:00 PM Dinner with Chef Castro
9:00 PM Free time
10:00 PM – Individual room & Indoor common area quiet time
8:00 – 8:45 AM Group 1 breakfast preparation – All others get free time
8:45 AM Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 PM Free time
11:30 – 12:30 Group 2 lunch preparation – All others get free time
12:30 Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 PM Yoga class, optional
3:30 – 5:00 PM Free time
4:30 – 5:30 Group 3 dinner preparation – All others get free time
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM – Book Review around the big fire place
8:30 PM – Free time
10:00 PM – Individual room & Indoor common area quiet time
7:45 – 9:00 – yoga class, optional
9:00 – 9:45 AM Group 4 breakfast preparation – All others get free time
9:45 AM Breakfast
10:30 Closing Circle
11:30 Clean up and preparation for check out
12:00 Check out complete


We are right on the ocean with a commercial dock, so feel free to bring your kayak or SUP board, go for a swim in the pool, read a book in the hot tub if it’s chilly out, take a nap, take a long bath, visit with friends, go for a hike.  There are so many fun things to do, you surely wont get bored!

What will the food be like?
Darci has always loved cooking with friends and for her friends.  At this particular retreat, everybody will be broken up into groups of 4, where each group will be responsible for working with our house chef and Darci to prepare one meal for the entire group.  The idea is that when we take time to connect with each other through food preparation, we bask in the joys of eating our food.

When you sign up for the retreat, you will get a welcome email and in that email will be a link to a food menu survey.  In that survey, please fill out any dietary restrictions, and then pick from the list some of your favourite food items you love to enjoy and/or prepare.  From there, Darci and the house chef will work together to prepare a meal plan for the weekend that will delight and inspire us all.

All meals will be gluten free, with local ingredients where possible, with the option of incorporating local meat that is antibiotic and hormone free.

Sample meal:


Golden sweet potatoes, red pepper sauce, mixed greens, light pork sausage, medium poached eggs, and cashew hollandaise sauce.  


Hardy red cabbage and cauliflower salad coated with a grounding sesame oil dressing, nuts and cheeses with baked chicken breast on top.


Green salad with blue cheese, nuts, apples, and broccoli plated with barbequed salmon or chicken.  


Homemade Raw Chocolates 


Don’t worry, each person will be responsible to help out in the kitchen for one meal, and there will be lots of guidance, laughs and good music to make it a really beautiful experience.


We have broken everyone up into 4 groups.  This means there will be 4 of you, me and our house chef preparing one meal.  The meals will be pre planned, and each person will contribute a small amount of effort to bring the entire meal together.

Who’s this retreat for?

– You don’t take yourself too seriously

– You occasionally swear

– Sometimes (let’s be honest, most of the time) you find it hard to “be in the present moment”

– You’re leader and being vulnerable is either super challenging or you embrace that shit like a warm summer rain

– You’ve got a regular life that you sometimes have to cram yoga into

– You enjoy good food

– You love good conversations or at the very least aren’t afraid to dive a little deeper getting to know members of our community.

– You’re open and willing to get out of your comfort zone

– You’ve got flaws!  Bonus points if you can laugh at them

Do I need to be good at yoga?

No. And please don’t be. It’s annoying. But for real, being “good” at yoga is an interesting topic, and has to do with much more than what meets the eye. An ‘advanced’ practice isn’t a 2 minute handstand.  It’s the ability to practice regularly, safely, and conscientiously. An advanced practice is also how you carry yourself in the world — it’s engaging fully with your life (the highs and the lows). Like we said, being good at yoga is much more than meets the eye.

What kind of yoga will you be teaching?

A little slower, lower to the ground classes with the option to do some work if that’s your thing.  For those who come to the Yoga Lab, think The Roots but with a little more variety, and a little more option to move your body freely.  The weekend is structured in such a way that you don’t have to participate in all the activities. You could instead go for a walk, or take a bath, or read a book or just be hung over.  

Will the yoga classes be sweaty?
Well, that depends.  The yoga classes will take place in the Great Room with a roaring fireplace and a birds eye view of the whale pods typically scene swimming by, or outside by the pool on the deck, under the sun.  Bring layers!


Mostly 20’s-60’s. It’s a large range, and we have yet to have anyone under 20, or over 70. Just like choosing whether to go on a hike or to have a long bath, we always encourage everyone to step outside of their comfort zone.


Absolutely.  Please feel free to drink responsibly and enjoy whatever alcoholic bevies that you want to bring yourself.  Please remember that after 10:30 each night, each room and indoor common area are quiet.


Don’t fret, we thought this one through.  All rooms are considered ‘quiet’ at all times.  Indoor common areas are ‘quiet’ after 10:00 PM. What this means, is those who love to stay up late enjoying longer conversations can curl up on the dock, the fire, the deck or by the pool.  This way, we can keep the indoor space sacred and the outdoor space as wild as nature is. Additionally, each registrant will be given a small package upon arrival, and ear plugs will be in there.  If you love absolute silence like Darci, you’ll love having ear plugs!


Yes!  The mansion has wifi, so you’ll be able to post your pictures, or check on your family. But this might also just be your weekend to unplug from it all.


– Any alcohol you’d like to enjoy over the weekend.

– Transportation to and from.


While the number of men attending retreats has increased, women have tended to be the majority of guests in the past.


– Yoga mat, a mat towel (not required, but definitely a good thing if you like practicing with a towel)

– Journal or book if you wish

– Any of the items Darci prepared for you prior to the retreat

– Clothing for 3 yoga classes (don’t forget you might get sweaty-ish)

– Warm clothing to get cozy in

– A bathing suit and beach towel

– Rain gear and boots if you know you want to explore regardless of the weather

– Any foods that you can’t live without (all meals will be provided for you, but sometimes it’s nice to have something for the late night munchies. Oh, and you’ll have access to the main fridge).

– Toiletries

Ocean View shared Queen bed x 4 spots – $850/ea
Nature View shared Queen bed x 2 spots – $825/ea
Ocean View shared room w/ Twin bed x 2 spots – $850/ea
360 2nd Floor View, shared Master King x 2 spots – $900/ea
Pool house shared Queen Bed x 4 spots – $800/ea
Pool House Twin Bed x 1 spot – $800/ea

Pssst – if you’re a friend of a friend and haven’t been to the studio, you’ll need to create an account.


The price includes all of your incredible gourmet food from lunch on Friday through until breakfast on Sunday, your accommodations, a few surprises from Darci during the retreat, all your classes, bedding/pillows, towels, and an entire weekend to be taken care of.  

Although you can pay for the weekend all at once, you can put $395 down (your non-refundable deposit) and take between the time of booking until September 17th 2018 to settle up the remaining amount.  Your payments will be on your schedule and whatever amount works for you. Full payment for the retreat is due by 5:30 pm on September 17th 2019.


If, for ANY reason, you can’t retreat with us, you get back the money you paid, minus a $395 CAD non-refundable portion up to 45 days before the retreat.
It doesn’t matter why you need to cancel. We don’t hassle you for reasons. We completely support your decision, whatever it is — it’s cool with us. We’ll refund your payments, minus the 395 bucks and you’ll be on your way. You can take advantage of our headache-free guarantee anytime between now and September 17th 2018 (45 days before the retreat begins) and your money will be refunded in the same way you paid, no strings attached. After that time, if you can’t make it for ANY reason we’ll bend over backwards to help you fill your spot.  Your spot is fully-transferable so you can sell it to someone you know, like you would a concert ticket — even pay it forward and make someone’s whole year!


Instagram post 2180776115140194340_642881456 • Rest.

When those sweet moments of savasana arrive, rest well. You needn't be flat on your back with your legs and arms fully extended; even if you notice that is the shape the person next to you has chosen.

Listen to your body: adjust yourself, mindfully, and allow your body to show you a shape which will let you rest, deeply. Perhaps you end up on your side, or your tummy, or your back with your feet planted and knees bent. Or maybe you find yourself near a wall and you snug yourself up to it and elevate your legs.

Business, doing, and hustle have been disproportionately praised long enough. Be rebellious with rest and revel in it when the opportunity arises to slow, right, down.
📷Julia Loglisci @julialoglisci
Instagram post 2180191652525949769_642881456 • Have you practiced with Emily yet?

Emily is a diversely talented teacher and an all around lovely human being. When asked a couple of questions about her practice and teachings, here's what Em had to say:
"Yoga brings balance into my life. It is my daily reset button to shift out of my mind, thoughts and daily stresses. It balances me out physically as well!

Strength training is a big passion of mine and yoga is a key compliment as it promotes the maintenance of a healthy range of motion and decreases my recovery time.

I look to bring challenge and playfulness to my teachings as I strive to hold space for students to disconnect from the overwhelm of the outside world and reconnect with themselves."
We love you @emily_anne_albert
📷 Julia Loglisci @julialoglisci
Instagram post 2175847876902804635_642881456 They slayed it in there today.  The 7s senior women for Rugby Canada came out for 75 minutes of calisthenics combined with ball and breath work to prepare for their next trip abroad.  What an incredible group of hard working, ass kicking women.
Instagram post 2175805934751987116_642881456 • Lab Community App

In case you haven't checked it out yet, we have our own app! Search Yoga Lab Community in the #appstore or in #googleplay on your mobile and you'll see us.

We share the app with our sister studio Yoga Lab Victoria so please be mindful to select #westshore when you go to peek at the schedule and interact within the app. You can even login and pull up a mobile scan ID to scan in for class when you arrive at the studio!

We are loving this app for how streamlined and easy it is. Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments👇
📷: Julia Loglisci @julialoglisci •
Instagram post 2175071217681657081_642881456 • Community

This journey of being alive is ever enriched by the people we share it with; and the people who make up our community are everything to us.

Moments of connection in our lives are powerful. As Brené Brown puts it - connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from relationship.

Thank you - to our community, for creating a place to connect with one another. •
Instagram post 2172161882332680205_642881456 • The no shoe zone!

Just beyond the front desk on the left hand side is our shoe rack. Please be mindful to remove your shoes before venturing any further into the studio.

Our amazing team of Ambassadors put so much care and attention to detail into the cleanliness of our entire space. So, keeping the area of the studio beyond the shoe rack 'shoe free' is very helpful!

Thank you in advance 💛
📷 by Julia Loglisci @julialoglisci
Instagram post 2171511393807046666_642881456 Thanks for sharing @a.2020vision - We really enjoyed teaching your team shoulder and upper body mobility using #frc and #pnf concepts.  Such a great group to work with.
Instagram post 2170815269542775879_642881456 •Have you met Melissa yet?

Melissa is one of our senior teachers here at the studio and is also our studio support supervisor!

Melissa believes that yoga can be both sacred and fun. You can expect creative sequencing in Melissa's flows. She will encourage you to work hard but not at the expense of enjoying your practice!

Melissa is mindful with her straightforward and accessible cueing and she strives to leave each student feeling capable and confident after a class.

We love you @modo_melissa
📷 : Julia Loglisci @julialoglisci •


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