Ecstatic Dance
& Wellness Retreat
in Muskoka, Ontario
October 27-30

Ecstatic Dance
& Wellness Retreat
in Muskoka, Ontario
October 27-30

We are all feeling the effects of these trying times. Many of us are feeling anxious, stressed, and alone. The way out is not always clear. Next Chapter will support you on your journey forward.

New approaches
are needed.

We offer powerful tools you can integrate into your life, for self-sustainable growth. The Symbio system of practice honours and integrates the whole human being; an experience which will nourish you, in synchrony with other beautiful souls who resonate with Symbio Values.

At this 4-day retreat, we centre around the holistic practices of dance, arts therapy, and nutrition. Here we facilitate authentic connections with community, nature, and your inner spirit. Our activities are intentionally and carefully designed, to revive your body, soul, and mind. Our facilitators hold a safe space of inclusion, supporting you, as you create the Next Chapter of your personal evolution.

Take back your power
and create the thriving
life you desire!​

This retreat experience takes place from
Thursday, October 27-Sunday, October 30

FEATURES & PRACTICES

DREAMjunction

Visually integrated ecstatic dance ceremony.

Elemental Rhythm Breathwork

Elemental Rhythm Breathwork

Guided deep breath work session.

Art Workshop

Art Workshop

Creating and co-creating through different mediums.

Sound Circle

Sound Circle

Exploring rhythmic and melodic channels.

Nourishments

Nourishments

All organic, omnivore-based meals provided. Nutrient dense whole-foods, prepared with professional chef facilitation
and Loving care.
(Food allergies/sensitivities will be accommodated.)

Nature Meditation

Nature Meditation

Tuning into nature through your senses.

Synergy Lifestyle

Synergy Lifestyle

Health optimization techniques.

Accommodations

Accommodations

All-inclusive; 3 days, 2 nights.

Kitchen Harmonics

Kitchen Harmonics

Hands-on meal prep made fun. Empowering you and debunking food myths.
A holistic approach to food recognizes we are all biochemically unique and have different needs.

Facilitator Support

Facilitator Support

We hold a safe space of inclusion and non-judgement.

Gift Bag

Gift Bag

Some of our favourite tools to support your practices and integration.

Dance Surrender

Dance Surrender

Joyful movement celebration.

Experience Integration

Experience Integration

Deepen inner and outer connections for growth.

Symbio Signal

Symbio Signal

Access to early notifications and Symbio community thread.

FACILITATORS

Christian is passionate about creating profound immersive experiences for people. With a reverence for design in the broadest sense, his particular area of work integrates music, storytelling, ecology, “synaesthetics” and dance.

“The practice of ‘stepping back’ to feel out my own intentions has been a purifying gift, which keeps on giving. It reminds me of this desire to nourish in others the most magnificent of feelings!”

Versed in an array of technology, Christian began performing with some of the first real-time audio-video performance systems. He was fortunate to have worked with a number of prominent brands at a young age, performing at the launch of HBO Canada, and the first Nuit Blanche to be held in Toronto. This lead to supporting various corporate event productions for brands like National Geographic, Yahoo, Heineken, and holding residencies at some of Toronto’s biggest Nightclubs (Lucid, Muzik). Christian then created an interactive ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ DVD in 2006, which earned him a scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). While centred in the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA), he utilized the multi-disciplinary freedom made available at SAIC to pursue courses in the Humanities; Animation; and Performance.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Christian worked on concert visuals for the Toronto summer series ‘Electric Island’. There, he was fortunate to support the performances of artists like Sven Väth, Maya Jane Coles, and Dixon, while experimenting with his own custom performance technology called ‘Gysr’ (geyser). This is a software interface which facilitates mapping aesthetic natural language to media and information, for flexible retrieval in a live setting. Continuing its development, Christian founded a creative collective called INNERST8, who put forth a number of productions prioritizing mixed media. This involved collaboration with artists of varied discipline, including Paul Kwitek; Petar Dundov; Stephanie Payne; and Natasha Kudashkina. Further inspired by holistic health modalities, and an ongoing environmentalist drive, the vision for Symbio was born.

Trish creates safe and sacred spaces of non-judgement for radical self-expression and self-acceptance. 

She is a maternal soul doing the work to live her human experience to the fullest. She loves dancing, singing, food, and communing with nature. As a holistic health and wellness practitioner since 2015, most of her work has involved supporting women seeking mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. She does this using an array of holistic lifestyle practices and modalities including nutrition, ecstatic dance, breathwork, and neurolinguistic studies. 

“The greatest love story we will ever be a part of is the one which leads us back to our own heart.” – Trish

Trish hosts transformational events, including retreats, ecstatic dances, and sacred healing ceremonies. Her experience includes one-on-one client coaching and a foundational 12-week online program to empower women.  Her path was inspired by a desire to heal her body and mind after years of neglect and depletion. This all came to the surface after the birth of her youngest son. Once she began her healing journey she felt a deep calling to support others on their own journeys.

“When holding space, I intuitively provide what is needed for my clients to feel seen, heard, and supported on all levels. My purpose and passion in this life is to be of service through the supreme state of Love. All the years of work I’ve invested into creating a magnanimous life are culminating in the work I’m doing through Symbio.” -Trish

Doris Fin

Global Chef Doris’ fascination with food and cooking began at the curious age of seven. At the age of eighteen, she began travelling to explore various cultures and cuisines, including Israel, India, Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Bali, Hawaii, Laos, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. This allowed her to expand her palate and develop her craft. Doris’ passion is fuelled by gathering fresh ingredients to create delicious and nutritious meals, then feasting with others, family style.  

While cooking and foraging with various chefs and seasoned foodies and foragers, Doris has garnered a joy for cooking with quality, local, and seasonal ingredients. Through her interactive cooking classes, creative dinner events, and wholesome catered wellness retreats, she makes things fun while educating palates to appreciate natural flavours.

Doris encourages people to connect with themselves, to really understand and explore what they individually require for their body and mind to thrive, rather than follow trends and dogmas. She speaks about the importance of supporting and building relationships with local food producers, and really getting to know your food, from farm to fork. Doris believes unity and connection is better cultivated when we know how, and by whom our food is grown. 

After more than two decades of cooking; traveling; teaching hundreds of people; and feeding thousands, Doris has made it her mission to help people rediscover their love for real cooking.

Locally grown and happily raised ingredients play a major role in her menu development, for which Doris continually searches out the freshest and best ingredients. If she’s not buying directly from the farm or picking from the forest and garden, you’ll find her hopping around farmers markets, joyously discovering new ingredients to experiment with.

Chef Doris also sells her organic frozen treats, including Fin cakes and Fincicles, the “ice cream bar” version of Fin cakes. They happen to be dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, and come in many flavours! You’ll get to experience both treats at Next Chapter!

We create a safe container of non-judgement and inclusion for healing and expansion. This takes place through freedom of expression, self-exploration, and communion with the world around us.

Living symbiotically takes us from surviving to thriving! Joy and freedom await you! With open hearts and minds, we look forward to sharing this Next Chapter together.

Are you ready for your
Next Chapter?

ACCOMODATIONS

Next Chapter will be held at a lovely property on Otter Lake in Muskoka, Lake of Bays area. This cozy cottage is situated on 3.3 acres of land with 180+ feet of shoreline. The sandy beach is clean and safe for swimming and offers 2 paddle boats, a canoe and a kayak. It’s a beautiful setting for our programming, to relax & recharge, and for communing with nature. The cottage features a great room with a stone fireplace; large deck with areas to sit in the sunshine or find a quiet space; a lower lounge with pool table that walks out to the backyard and lake; an outdoor fire pit with Muskoka chairs for evening gatherings; a large kitchen and dining area to prepare and share meals in community.

“When there is only dancing and no dancer, it is the ultimate of meditation; ecstasy; freedom; freedom from the ego; freedom from the doer. And when there is no ego, no doer and the dance is going on, and there is no dancer, a great witnessing arises. You are watching it, you are seeing it happen. You are not the doer, it is happening on its own. When the ego is no more there, God immediately enters and takes possession of you.” – Osho