Frequently Asked Questions

(you're not the only one asking!)


What’s this Retreat About?

The retreat’s focus is on incarnated and embodied spiritual practices for an anxious and disconnected world, and the teaching and practices will be helping all of us slow down, and tune into our hearts, minds and bodies as a way to ground in God.

Is this a Yoga Retreat? Do I have to know (or Like) Yoga to attend?

No it’s not. However, if you love the practice of yoga (or are brand new and would like to try!), there will be five opportunities to practice with others, but, if yoga isn’t your thing, there will also be ample options to enter into other embodied practices all weekend long.

Who’s Hosting this Retreat?

Christa Hesselink is the founder of This is the second year for the Soul Way Retreat and is a ‘SoulPlay Experience’: helping people slow down, wake up and love well. We’re thrilled to welcome Bethel Lee to this year’s retreat! Learn more about Christa & SoulPlay here.

Is there Early Bird PRicing? 

Yes, but the deadline has passed.

What is the Retreat Schedule? 

We kick off at 7:30pm on Friday, January 31, 2020 and finish up around 11am on Sunday, February 2.  Check out the entire schedule here.


What's the cost of this retreat?

Everything you need to know is on our Details page here.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, making this a very good deal for those paying in USD. At the point of payment, all prices are quoted in CAD and your credit card will make the conversion.


Are there Financial scholarships available to cover the registration Fee?

The short answer is yes.  Learn more by going here. We are grateful for the partnership support of Blue Sea Philanthropy.



Can I get a refund for my registration if I have to cancel?

No, but you can transfer your registration to someone else if you discover you can't attend - you just have to let us know who is taking your place. If you're no longer able to attend, let us know and if we have a waiting list, we'll try to work on your behalf to fill your spot so you can receive a full refund (minus $50 administration fee). No guarantees but we hope we could work something out.


The retreat has a Christian Focus, can I attend if I don’t identify as a Christian?

Of course! Anyone can attend who is interested in learning more about incarnated spiritual practices from a Christian perspective. Bethel (the weekend teacher), and Christa (the retreat host) are able to facilitate for a diverse group of people who want to come together to learn and practice embodied spiritual practices.

What are the Accommodations Like at Mt. Carmel REtreat Centre?

Mt. Carmel is a brilliant retreat facility just steps away from iconic Niagara Falls.  Here's some pics and a description of the on-site accommodations.


Can I let you know who I want to room with at Mt. Carmel?

You sure can! If you know who you want to room with (a spouse, a friend), you'll have the opportunity to indicate it when you register for your double-occupancy room.  Note: your roommate must also mention your name when they register.  If no name is given, or you don't have anyone specific to room with, you will be placed with someone who identifies as the same gender as you.

Can I stay off site? Is there a commuter rate?

This year we have decided to create a different retreat atmosphere by having all participants stay on site. We’re confident this will make for a particularly special experience.

What Airport should I fly into?

The Buffalo International Airport (BUF) is a 45 minutes aways where you would clear customs at the border as you cross by vehicle. The Pearson International Airport in Toronto (YYZ) is about 1 hour 15 minutes away where you clear customs at the airport. Renting a car or looking into public transport form either airport is possible from both airports.

So, I’ve Registered. When will I hear more specific details to help me prep for the retreat?

You will receive an email (to the address you provided in your registration) in mid December outlining important details of the retreat and then another email mid January. Be on the look out for these!


Who do I contact if I have questions? 

If you can't find the answers you're looking for on our website, email us using the contact page here.