SUP + Desire Map Retreat
Northern Edge Algonquin
Algonquin Park
JUNE 24-26, 2016

A weekend retreat for finding your freedom.


On this weekend retreat immersed in nature you will:

Let me set the scene for you... 

DAY 1: You break free of the daily grind, stress, and technology and you find yourself on the most nurturing and energetic land at a peaceful lake on the edges of Algonquin Park. Smiling faces greet you and you know you are in the right place. Your bare feet hit the grass and you feel like a weight has been lifted. A supportive group energy and space is created and you set your intentions for your beautiful weekend. You are a part of a community as you place a meaningful personal item on the group altar and you connect with others through discussions around feelings, desire, and goal setting. Each of your paths are unique but you recognize similarities in your journey and you feel like you are not alone. You are support and you are supported. You experience a deep cleansing as you enjoy the heat of the wood fired sauna before cooling off with a dip in the lake under the night sky. You thank yourself for taking this time to come back to what matters most to you as your head hits the pillow in the cutest little cabin (back to basics!) -- you haven't sleep this well in ages. 

DAY 2: You rise with the sun, feeling refreshed and head down to the dock for a sunrise yoga flow. The first rays of sunlight dance upon your skin and you feel their warmth kiss you. You breathe in the fresh air, imagining the morning mist filling your lungs and hydrating you. You make your way to the main house for tea + breakfast where Chef Gregor never ceases to amaze your taste buds - only the best for your palette this weekend. Mealtimes just might be your favourite!  You dig deeper into the Desire Map process and get clear on how you desire to feel in 5 areas of your life: Livelihood & Lifestyle, Creativity & Learning, Body & Wellness, Relationships & Society, and Essence & Spirituality. You tune into your heart until you are vibrating on the frequency of imagination, possibility, and desire. You enjoy the time outside to find stillness and clear your mind and you're feeling just adventurous enough to try stand up paddling!
As you connect with Mother Nature over the weekend through different activities you are open to receiving peace, rejuvenation, balance, stillness, inspiration, healing, and clarity, and feel yourself connecting back in to your heart. You explore creative writing and end the evening with a sacred fire ceremony; releasing negativity, stress, and limiting beliefs.

DAY 3: You wake up with a smile. Something really beautiful has come over you since you've arrived at Northern Edge. You head down to the waters edge to greet the sun with a floating stand up paddle board meditation. Today you make soul anchored declarations. You get clear on your Core Desired Feelings -- a GPS to your soul. You are in tune to your personal power to create feeling the way you want to feel in your life, each and every day. You've mapped out small intentional actions that you will make a part of your personal Desire Map practice. You co-create a living art mandala with natural foraged material, celebrating your own individual expression and recognizing your beautiful and unique contribution to your greater community. You dip your toes in the water one last time before heading home, feeling fully refreshed and energized. You feel light. You are liberated. You have found freedom. 

About Northern Edge Algonquin


Activities & Waterfront

The Edge waterfront on Kawawaymog Lake is gorgeous with a sandy bottom that is great for swimming! A floating platform is a beautiful spot for meditation, yoga practice, or reading a book.

Activities will be planned to connect with each of the 4 natural elements: wind, water, earth, and fire. 

Equipment is included and available for free time including canoes, kayaks, bicycles, and stand up paddle boards. In the evenings we will enjoy a wood fired sauna and the firepit. 


Accommodations at the Edge are simple yet comfortable and take you back to enjoying the basics. On this retreat you will lay your head down in a cozy cabin nestled in among the trees. Step outside your cabin door at night to take in the view of your million star hotel. 

2 nights shared accommodations are included. If you are travelling with a friend you may request to be roommates.

Meals & Dining

Mealtime at the Edge is memorable! Chef Gregor will dazzle your taste buds through the preparation of globally far-flung tastes with provincially produced foods. Ingredients come from the Edge garden (home grown veggies!), local gardens and Ontario farms, as well as selecting locally raised meat, and organically grown fair trade coffee. 

Meals take into account specialty food restrictions for health and personal reasons ensuring each individual's needs are looked after.


The Edge has low carbon, sustainable, eco-friendly facilities and was recognized by TripAdvisor as a PLATINUM LEVEL GreenLeader for their outstanding commitment to sustainable tourism operations and eco-friendly practices.
Points North: a gathering area for retreat programs, featuring an earth roof, solutube skylights, in floor radiant heating, a bright studio space, a cafe/lounge, and full bathrooms and showers. 
Mainhouse Lodge: Facing Kawawaymog Lake the mainhouse has a main floor dining room, kitchen and serving area with a beautiful gathering studio upstairs.

About Courtney

photo: marie scholz

photo: marie scholz

Courtney is a lover of laughter and new adventures. She seeks to provide opportunities for you to connect with the natural world through outdoor experiences which provide a way to access your inner landscape and connect you into your power center. Her 'Core Desired Feelings' are strong, wild within, sun-kissed, rad, and 'party in my heart'. Courtney loves walking with her dog, yoga, laughing, being outside, and most of all -- stand up paddling. She feels most in her element on the water and loves to explore new waterways. Courtney was first introduced to stand up paddling at Northern Edge Algonquin and can't wait to return to share her love of paddling with you!


“The revelations, creative fuel and clarity I gained at this retreat are unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The changes I’ve made already are incredible and I cannot wait until next year!  Courtney’s facilitation style was equal parts comforting and empowering. She created a sacred space for us to dig deep and explore our heart’s desires. Her sense of adventure and genuine passion for the Desire Map material and Mother Earth was infectious and inspirational. Thanks to her, I feel totally realigned and ready to take on the world.”

- Alex Weber // High Vibe Life Coach @ True North Life Design

I attended the retreat at a time of crisis. Recently going through a bad break up, I was in a confusing place, little did I know that the retreat would begin to transform my life into one that I was proud to live. The hosts, the atmosphere, the conversations and the connection I felt with other 'retreaters' ignited something in me that was passionate, focused and trusting of the trying times life had thrown me. I still believe that the Desire Map Retreat helped me launch my life into a new place where I am now fearlessly travelling Asia and I am actually living the life I always dreamed of. 
- Marie Scholz
The way Courtney facilitates the Desire Map is truly unique by
providing these beautiful and powerful outdoor experiences that allow you to step outside of your comfort zone to step back into yourself; reconnecting to how and what you want to feel in your life both personally and professionally, showing you how the journey to the destination can feel just as good as the arrival."

- Amanda Urbanski // Amanda Urbanski Creative Photography
Courtney is a straight up glitter bomb of love. So, so bright and luminous. Her energy and aliveness is completely contagious and she has so much to teach about living with heartfelt intention and desire. I feel so incredibly blessed to have spent the day learning from her and to have her in my life. 
- Shannon MacLaggan // White Pine Yoga Studio Owner



I’m new to Desire Mapping – is this still for me? Yes, yes, yes! This workshop is designed for both those who have never taken part in the Desire Mapping process as well as those who are familiar but want to go deeper and take things to the next level.

I've Desire Mapped before - is this still for me? Yes, yes, yes! This retreat will provide the space for you to reconnect back into your body & nature and to listening to your feelings as a guide. Your core desired feelings naturally evolve as you experience life events, transitions, and natural/personal seasons so it is important to revisit and evolve them.  

What should I bring? You will be notified of all the details by email prior to the retreat. For the workshop portion: please bring a journal + pen, and a sacred object (something with meaning + is personal to you). You will want to bring running shoes and sandals, a bathing suit, flash light, light jacket, a towel, and personal hygiene items (full facilities are available). You may also want to bring a yoga mat, a hat, sunscreen, a book... 

What is Desire Mapping? Desire Mapping is a tool for clarifying what you TRULY want in every area of your life and using that powerful awareness to guide your choices to move in the direction of your desires. It is a guidance system for your decision making based around your preferred feelings. 
You may be called to a Desire Map Retreat if any of the following is true for you:
- You feel like you will be happy WHEN (you lose 10 lbs, get a new job... )
- You feel stuck or out of touch with your passion
- You have momentum and want to ensure your goals align with your heart
- You seek growth, personal discovery, and time to dream about how you would like your life to feel like
- You want to live more intentionally
- You have a major decisions coming up and seek to make them from an empowered place
- You want to create space to listen to your heart and not just your mind
- You are tired of just getting by or feel 'good' but not GREAT
- You want to show up for your life in bigger way and ignite a spark within you!

What will I gain from this retreat experience?
- Connect more fully back into yourself and Mother Nature
- Feel liberated, a lightness, and your heart cracked open
- Accessing your power center and tapping into your power to manifest your desires
- Enhance your ability to listen to your heart and allow it to lead
- Hold space for yourself to dream
- Have shared your insights; creating support for the journey of the community
- Clarity surrounding gratitude and dissatisfaction in different areas of your life- Fully value your feelings, knowing that they are meant to be felt and that they are acting as a compass for you
- Create small intentional actions for yourself to move towards where you want to be
- Complete exercises supporting your personal growth
- Shift your perspective on goal setting and achievement
- Develop your Core Desired Feelings -- your guidance system for decision making to live in alignment with feeling good

What is the cancellation policy?
The cancellation policy for the Finding Freedom Retreat maybe found here. The policy is of the host Northern Edge Algonquin.