Visit an authentic Nova Scotian fishing village for a day of wellbeing: self-reflection, creative play, lobster rope weaving, fresh salty air & ocean views!

Journey down a path of wellness with local lobster rope weaver, eco-artist and environmentalist, Wendy Hanlan. You will be guided through several projects including making nautical home decore using ghost gear collected from local coastlines and creating nature artworks from the forest using eco-friendly materials.

You will leave with completed artworks and the beginnings of a nature journal to continue your wellness journey at home. The group will work outside and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Petpeswick Inlet, snack on delicious charcuterie and take a stroll to a secret beach. If the day is cool there will also be a bonfire and blankets.

Wendy Hanlan, Retreat Director

Your retreat host, Wendy Hanlan, has a deep connection to Nova Scotia’s natural beauty. Her background in hiking, biking, forest bathing and other outdoor adventures has been a useful resource for tourists and locals for the past 10 years. In addition to her role as a Retreat Leader with Harbour Retreat, Wendy is also a Support Worker at Terradyne Wellness Centre, a private treatment centre offering a comprehensive clinical and lifestyle approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

During this hands-on day retreat you will:

  • Give your front door a nautical makeover using reclaimed lobster rope: wreath, mat, door knocker
  • Go on an immersive forest walk and mindful forage using a 10-point inspiration guide
  • Engage in wellbeing practices with Wendy: contemplative journaling, nature artworks, photography
  • Enjoy charcuterie snacks, tea, water 
  • Make new connections and learn about creative play!

2023 Dates

Monday, May 22

Monday, July 3

Monday, August 7

Monday, September 4

Monday, October 9

Monday, November 13

$250 per person

Minimum 2 people

Maximum 10 people

Deposit required to secure your spot

If weather is poor retreat will be cancelled

Group rates available

10am to 4pm

Morning Program

Nature Walk + art project


Afternoon Program

Lobster rope weaving

Timing of beach walk based on tide chart


Phone: 1-902-456-9276
1715 East Petpeswick Road
Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia