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Brush Creek Ranch: Wyoming, USA

Wyoming ,Wyoming, Wyoming… Wow!!!

brush creekWyoming is not a bucket list destination for many but we recommend you add it to your list of places to visit. Its wide open spaces, puffy clouds, wild antelope and dude ranches provide an internal sense of peace, calm and inspiration. We visited The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga Wyoming which is a 30,000 acre working ranch. Brush Creek ranch is a playground for adults and kids alike; an idyllic setting for a memorable family vacation. For the adults it brings out your youthful and playful side reminding us what it’s really like to play free of inhibition. For the kids it provides a never ending source of fun and freedom! The ranch is truly a playground for kids and adults to push their boundaries while learning new skills. Brush Creek provides is a reason to come back to Wyoming with your family year after year.

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Artic Haven: A Wilderness Lodge on the Canadian Barrenlands

AH2Arctic Haven is an incredible wilderness lodge located on Ennadai Lake in Nunavut (a 2 hour charter flight from Yellowknife). This lodge is perfect for anyone looking to reconnect with nature while enjoying comfortable accommodation and world class food!

THE LODGE-The first of its kind, Arctic Haven is powered by green energy (90 %). Twelve private rooms with comfortable hotel style accommodations mean that you can properly recharge after every adventure. Situated on the Arctic tree line, most evenings are filled with northern lights! Wildlife viewing, sea kayaking and hiking the tree line are just some of the wonderful excursions offered.

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada

nimmobay1Nimmo Bay is the resort that invented heli-fishing on the coast of British Columbia, yet it provides down to earth wilderness experiences that bring guests remarkably close to nature. Family owned and operated, this resort is also a Canadian Tourism Commission’s signature experience, offering outstanding cuisine, a range of outdoor experiences with all the comforts of a luxurious wilderness retreat.

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Jessy's 2015 Year in Review

1resizedAs 2015 is coming to a close I take this time to reflect upon my past year. It was a year of discovery both globally and spiritually. This past year I have been dealing with chronic pain due to a ruptured disc in my lumbar spine. I have let this experience be my teacher and mentor as it is here for me to learn, grow and develop.

As I am starting to experience relief I can see that this pain/injury has been a blessing in disguise. I have been forced out of my comfort zone and I am constantly looking to open my heart and mind to new ideas, experiences and people. I have been creating, inventing and getting back to my wild ancestral roots. Each day I practice compassion and know that we are all doing the best we can which what we have been given.

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Yoga Retreat in Bhutan - Uma by Como, Paro

Uma Paro Yoga 2In August 2015, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Uma by COMO, Paro – an intimate resort in Bhutan’s Paro Valley – is pleased to welcome yoga expert Elena Brower. Elena will lead a brand new six-night residential package, focusing on the fundamental yogic tools of asana, pranayama and meditation in the forests of this mysterious Himalayan kingdom.

Elena has studied with master teachers since 1997, and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999. Along with co-author Erica Jago, Elena blended the worlds of art and yoga in the roundbreaking book Art of Attention. She has taught classes at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Central Park, and leads annual international workshops. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine and Positively Positive and keeps her own blog,

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What is Wellness?

wellness resizeWellness is a word that gets tossed around very often these days however do we have a clear idea about what we are talking about when we use that word? I have had a few people say to me, “I can’t hear that word anymore”, “It has lost all its meaning” or “It’s a buzz word that is overused”. Well (no pun intended), I wanted to write out what my definition of “wellness” is and what it means to pursue wellness.

Wellness means much of feeling well, as in goodness, is much good, therefore what does it mean to feel well? It is different for every person as to which avenue brings us to such a feeling but overall to be well is quite unanimous. To be well is to be full of energy, vitality and carry strong life force with us throughout our days. It is to have passion, inspiration and motivation to reach a goal or intended life path. To be well is to open our hearts to feel love and receive love. It is to be in balance, it is to be able to cope with our daily stressors and it is to feel a sense of peace and calm amongst the most difficult situations. To be well is to walk through our days with our head held high and unshakable confidence no matter what our situation is.

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Beluga Whales at Arctic Watch: Nunavut, Canada

Arctic Watch5Located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle is Somerset Island which is host to a family run wilderness lodge called Arctic Watch. The lodge has been welcoming travellers from across the globe since 2000 and is a 4 hour charter flight from the gateway city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Arctic Watch is most famous for its world class beluga whale observation. Each year 2,000 belugas congregate in Cunningham Inlet to enjoy the sunshine and clean water where they nurse their young and molt their skin.

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The Ranch at Rock Creek: Montana Luxury Ranch

...and you thought Disneyland was the best place on earth!

sceneryOne year ago Carly and I visited Montana for the first time. It was almost a sureal experience; big sky, open road and a charming combination of farm fields and moutains. As west coast girls living in Vancouver we were looking foward to putting on our cowboy hats and boots and enjoying ranch life. We spent our four nights at The Ranch at Rock Creek, an all inclusive luxury guest ranch just outside Philipsburg, Montana. The Ranch at Rock Creek has been awarded many accoldades in it's 3 years of business. It is a member of Virtuoso (an invite only network of the best of the best properties around the world), Relais and Chateaux (awarded to boutique properties with excellence in food and beverage) and Forbes 5 star (which recognizes outstanding service and world class amenities).

4 bedroom houseThe Ranch at Rock Creek is a giant outdoor playground for people of all ages to enjoy. It is suitable for multi generational families, romantic couples and corporate retreats. Your experience begins as you are picked up from Missoula airport and transfered 1 hour to the Ranch in their luxury SUV. Upon arriving at the 6600 acre property you are taken to your accommodation which could be a glamping tent, a luxury cabin, or a guest room in the main lodge, all of which are immaculately desgined. You can then start to casually plan your activites for your time at the ranch. You can choose between: Horseback riding, fly fishing, sport shooting (rifle, pistol, clay pigeon & skeet), archery, mountain biking, hiking and the ropes course! After so much fresh air and activity you are ready for a nourishing meal, good thing Chef Josh is a master when it comes to gourmet ranch cuisine!He has great relationships with the local farms and uses the best of the best seasonal ingredients to create delicious farm to table meals.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occassion or to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect to nature. But be aware you may never want to return home. Contact us for more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


What is Wellness Travel?

Our definition of Wellness Travel…

AnandaWellness means different things to different people and when we work with our clients, Wellness Travel is about finding the right property and experience that will boost and enhance their current state. Going on a Wellness Travel trip will either support one’s current journey of wellbeing or be the catalyst to forming new habits and begin a new path of personal health. Wellness Travel is NOT just going to a spa, it’s NOT just drinking green juice, it’s NOT just doing yoga everyday. It’s so much more. Yes yoga, green juice and spas are styles of Wellness Travel, but these are just parts of a larger spectrum. We define Wellness Travel on a spectrum: Everything from weight loss and detox programs, to active adventure travel, to wilderness and wildlife immersion, to learning journeys to rest, rejuvenation and spa getaways. These are all resources along the path of personal wellbeing.

“Wellness travel is nourishing your childhood sense of play” - Carly

“Wellness Travel is a catalyst to creating positive change for one’s wellbeing. It’s our job to facilitate this change for our clients as we are not transactional agents we are transformational agents.” – Jessy

Siwash Ranch: Authentic Dude Ranch in the Wilds of Western Canada

Siwash Ranch - A Luxury Dude Ranch & Wilderness Resort. Tailor-Made. All Inclusive.

siwash-lake-ranch-media-travel-and-trade-14By Nature, this remote ranch is small, personal and sophisticated; beckoning to the world's most discerning, active travelers who seek freedom, authentic adventure, and life-enriching experiences.

Siwash is a private hideaway in British Columbia's cowboy country; one of Canada's top luxury wilderness lodges and a genuine family-owned guest ranch. Siwash is an excellent place for high energy family holidays, romantic adventure vacations for couples, and small, exclusive corporate retreats—meticulously orchestrated within a natural, peaceful paradise.

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Un-Cruise: UnRushed, UnCrowded, UnBelievable



60 chatterbox falls smUn-Cruise Adventures was born out of a desire to offer small group, hands-on explorations in some of the most inspiring places in the Americas. With a constant eye on treading lightly, their small boats and yachts introduce adventurers to places, encounters, and activities sure to leave a lasting impression in each person’s life.

30 safari explorer paddle boarder smDepending on the vessel and destination, most activities are included. Un-Cruise believes it is important to get out and explore nature and local communities by hiking through secluded forest or desert trails, walking on a glacier, kayaking in a secluded cove or taking a skiff ride to explore the shoreline and spot wildlife, or spending time with locals learning about their way of life.

Un-Cruise understands that ecosystems are fragile, yet important, environments. With profound respect and admiration, we gain a renewed spirit about how amazing nature and its wild inhabitants can be on every journey. And we know first-hand the impact the Un-Cruise adventures have on sustaining local communities. Un-Cruise actively promotes environmental protection through education, actions and initiatives that promote responsible travel. They are members of Sustainable Travel International, which focuses on responsible travel and ecotourism.

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge: Bella Colla, Canada

Grizzly with fresh fish photo Nick Garbutt

The historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is an inviting, family-style wilderness lodge nestled within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Bella Coola, BC. It is situated on 60 acres of pristine wilderness land with access to a variety of summer recreational opportunities. Originally built in 1929 as a hunting lodge, it was rebuilt in 1952 to accommodate those seeking out a more eco-friendly adventure.

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Northern Lights Fly-in Lodge: Northwest Territories

northern-lights-aurora-borealis-reds-greensExperience the magic of the northern lights as they dance across the night sky during a stay at a remote and rustic lodge set deep in the Canadian wilderness.

One of the most renowned spectacles of the Canadian north is the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. These bright dancing lights, listed among the planet’s greatest natural wonders, are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere as a result of solar flares with atoms in the thermosphere. Most of the particles disappear into space but if some enter our upper atmosphere, around polar regions where those magnetic fields converge, they react with the gases found there. These auroral displays can appear in many colours. Although green and pink are the most common, red, yellow, green, blue, and violet sightings of aurora borealis have also been reported. The northern lights can also appear in many forms, from large patches and scattered clouds, to streams of lights, arcs, and rippling curtains of light.

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Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Central-America-Mexico-Whale-Sharks-5-underwaterJust off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a small island largely untouched by tourism, despite its proximity to Cancún. Isla Holbox might go unnoticed entirely, except for some unique visitors who come to its warm ocean waters each summer. Their presence is hard to ignore, since they average 40 feet long and weigh 15 tons. These are gentle whale sharks—not whales at all, despite their size, but actually the world’s largest fish. Docile and unafraid, they allow us to swim close enough to observe the checkerboard pattern of pale yellow dots and stripes covering their thick gray skin. Departures are throughout July. For a 6 day small group trip prices start at $3,995 USD. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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