Group doing workshop exercises at Rock Barra Retreat

Summer Workshops

Each summer we are proud to offer a wide variety of workshops at Rock Barra Retreat. Participants are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch to all events and don’t forget to bring a bathing suit.

June 20 to 23, 2024

Daughters of Devotion: Women’s Immersion with Abi Totty, Emily Doyle and Katlin Doyle

Embark upon a weekend of feminine embodiment, earth ritual, artistic expression, and ceremonial arts. An immersion into sacred connection with earth, womanhood and deep devotion.

Price: $555 | Contact:

June 28 to 30, 2024

Harmonizing Art & Nature: A Retreat of Healing and Creativity with Louisa Lamothe and Hailey Hennessey

Join us for our Healing Arts Retreat at Rock Barra’s Artist Retreat, where you’ll be led by Cree Elder and Professional Art Therapist, Louisa Lamothe, alongside Teacher and Artist, Hailey Hennessey. Immerse yourself in an art-centric journey centered around the four sacred medicines: sage, tobacco, cedar, and sweetgrass, along with other locally sourced plant medicines, such as lavender and mugwort. Through artistic expression, delve into the profound teachings of these medicines, connecting with the land and uncovering your own creative offerings. Guided sessions will include fiber art, painting, and more, welcoming all gender expressions, ages, and artistic levels. Your expression of self is the ultimate medicine.

Price: $260 | Contact:

July 5 to 7, 2024

Men’s Retreat with Riley Smith and Stu Murray

Join Riley Smith and Stu Murray for a weekend of connection, embodiment and expansion for Men.


July 12 to 14, 2024

Deepen: Authentic Relating with Brittany Talarico

Join us for a weekend retreat practicing what it means to see, accept and embrace all parts of YOU through the practice of Authentic Relating: a beautifully simple yet profound way to learn the most important skill of our time- Relating. We will explore self-awareness and embodiment through compassionate listening, conscious communication, conflict transformation, and playing courageously, free from judgment.

This weekend includes nourishing community meals, beach campfires, song, stargazing and forest bathing. All the elements needed to inspire genuine interactions, deep conversations, and to expand our hearts.

Price: $300 | Contact:

July 18 to 21, 2024

Daughters of Devotion: Women’s Immersion with Abi Totty, Emily Doyle and Katlin Doyle

Embark upon a weekend of feminine embodiment, earth ritual, artistic expression, and ceremonial arts. An immersion into sacred connection with earth, womanhood and deep devotion.

Price: $555 | Contact:

July 25, 2024 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Yoga For Your Mental Health Journey with Beth Robertson

Building on research that demonstrates the powerful therapeutic and somatic benefits of yoga for those who experience or have experienced depression, anxiety and trauma, this workshop endeavours to rediscover a sense of safety, awareness and self-affirmation within one’s own body and breath. Utilizing a combination of breathwork, rhythmic movements, core strengthening and loving kindness meditation practices, this workshop will help participants rediscover a greater sense of bodily connection and calm within themselves that will support them on their healing journey, wherever they may be.

Price: Donation | Contact:

July 28, 2024 (10:00 am to around 4:00 pm)

Wild Sculpture Workshop with Lenny Gallant (Birdmouse)

Info: Join me, Lenny (Birdmouse) At the magical and picturesque rock Barra artist retreat For a day of gathering resources, using our imaginations, and Working as a group to create a natural sculpture. Will begin the day, sketching out ideas and getting to know each other. Once we have chosen a design and Using only what is available around us. We will scour the property for suitable materials. Once we have collected, everything we’ll Build our masterpiece. Some light snacks will be provided.

Price: $75 | Contact

Aug 2 to 4, 2024

Yoga of Sound with Teresa Doyle

Info: Join Teresa for a relaxing weekend of singing wisdom songs from around the world. Enjoy chanting, light movement, laughter, beach walks swimming and sharing great food.

Price: $175 | Contact:

Aug 8 to 11, 2024

Holotropic Breathwork with Nicole Ferris and Riley Smith

In this workshop we will explore the practice of Holotropic breathwork and a variety of art practices to further explore the themes that emerge from the breathing session. Breath, collage, mandala and journal in community.


Aug 15, 2024 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Plein Air Art Day

Visual artists are invited to come to Rock Barra Artist Retreat to enjoy an afternoon of painting outdoors. Please bring all your own art supplies. No instruction provided, this is simply a chance for painters to enjoy the gorgeous landscape at Rock Barra. The event is free of charge.

Price: Donation | Contact:

Aug 17, 2024 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Sonic Yin Yoga for Creativity with Megan MacDonald and Trevor Grant

Discover how yoga can enhance your creativity with Sonic Yin, a transformative two-hour live-session featuring soothing music by Trevor Grant and rejuvenating yoga led by Megan MacDonald.

Yoga, particularly the slow, gentle styles of Yin and Restorative, has been scientifically proven to slow brain waves, calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and pain, and deepen relaxation. This profound state of relaxation allows you to access deeper frequencies of brain waves, which can lead to heightened creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Music, especially live music, has its own powerful benefits. It can lower blood pressure, manage stress, alleviate pain, and improve overall mood. Combining music with yoga creates a synergistic effect, enhancing the benefits of each practice.

Join us for Sonic Yin and experience how the harmonious blend of music and yoga can unlock new levels of creativity and well-being. Enjoy this opportunity to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit!

Price: $32 | Contact:

Aug 23 to 24, 2024

Songs for a Small Planet Gathering

A weekend featuring workshops, art projects, music, and a songwriting circle celebrating climate activism and environmental sustainability.


Aug 25, 2024 (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Identifying, Harvesting & Cooking Sea Plants with Irene Novaczek

Includes local seaplant identification; beach ramble to find and identify seaplants; harvesting tips; nutritional benefits and cooking with seaweeds (snacks and lunch!); use of medicinal seaplants.

Price: $50 | Contact:

Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2024

Singing Spirits: Words & Wonder with Julie Pellissier-Lush and Yvette Doucette

Is a part of you longing to put words to your wisdom and creativity? Write, share, and draw strength from the ceremonial fire in this generative writing retreat. Julie Pellissier-Lush, Epekwitk’s first Mi’kmaq Poet Laureate, author, educator, musician, and artist, and Yvette Doucette, prize-winning author and writing workshop facilitator, will be your guides as you experience the healing power and truth in your own words. We want you to recognize what we have realized—that your imagination is a profound portal to knowing.

Whether you are just contemplating writing or are a published author, come and connect with your wild imagination surrounded and inspired by the stunning nature of the north shore. Reclaim your vital creative energy. Dream and open your heart to your unique stories. This summer gift yourself a weekend with your writing at the beautiful Rock Barra Artist Retreat in eastern Epekwitk / PEI.

Contact: Please contact Yvette Doucette at for registration. Details will follow receipt of the non-refundable deposit of $75.00.

Price: The fee of $325 includes camping or rustic accommodations, all meals (except for one potluck item) and supportive writing facilitation. (* Please get in touch for payment plan, etc. if finances are an issue.)

Sep 14, 2024 (11:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Introduction to Contact Improvisation with Michael Phillips

In this workshop we will begin by dropping into our bodies with contact inspired warm-ups. We will then introduce and practice the fundamentals of contact with partner work. Once we have spent some time with the material, we will open up the space for a jam session where we can practice our new skills and explore the dance. All levels of experience welcome.

Bring: comfortable clothes, water, kneepads (optional) | Price: $30 | Contact: Michael Phillips (


Take highway #16 east from St Peter’s. When you enter the district of Rock Barra watch for Big Pond road on the left. Go down Big Pond Road for a kilometer. The Road turns sharply to the left. Do not go left. Continue straight and take the second driveway on the left #211. If you are traveling from Souris take the Souris Line Road to hwy #16, turn right, travel two kilometers and watch for the Big Pond Road going down to the shore.

For questions and additional information, email or text (902) 969-0367.

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Core programming funded in part by Innovation PEI and generous private donations.