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Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing, Hosts #WeAreTheChange Summer Festival and Conference for Women this July 13 to 15

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Renowned Bancroft-based retreat will showcase world-class speakers, advocates and workshops at unique event this summer

TORONTO, ON (June 21, 2018) – This July 13th to 15th, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing (2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario) will play host to the ground-breaking women’s festival and conference, #WeAreTheChange. Hosted by Grail Springs founder Madeleine Marentette and MC’d by award-winning comedian Carla Collins, the event aims to help women define, shape and lead meaningful social change in people, animals and the planet. Featuring an all-star group of workshops and speakers, the event will also feature an outdoor spa, morning yoga, an evening sound bath concert, opening and closing ceremonies, music, drumming, an evening forest illumination walk, and many more activities.

For just over 24 years, Grail Springs has been dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of their guests. Located across one hundred acres in the heart of the Canadian Shield, #WeAreTheChange will provide attendees with a restorative and rejuvenating agenda, brimming with activities geared to defining and shaping a better future for themselves and others.

Speakers and workshop leaders at this year’s #WeAreTheChange will include: Christine Luckasavitch, Algonquin Anishinaabekwe of the Crane Clan; Evita Ochel, The Healthytarian; Dr. Zoe Lumiere, Allowing Love; Sara Bingham, Women’s March Canada; Jennifer Love, One More Woman Movement; Theresa Laurico, Socialight Canada; Joanne McArthur, WEAnimals; Vera Lopez, Spirits of the Earth; Helga Soley Vidars, Eagle Women Global; Nancy Peckford, Equal Voice Canada; Brigitte Breau and Marketa Schusterova, Sea Shepherd; Sarah Buchanan, Environmental Defense Canada and Cathy Mines, United Hearts of Allies.

In addition to the speakers and workshops, conference members will enjoy a Shamanic Sound Meditation (designed to induce a deep state of relaxation and healing for the mind, body and spirit), outdoor yoga, a luxurious and relaxing mud bake, a traditional indigenous water ceremony and a healing forest illumination walk.

“With movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, 2018 has been a year of great change and progress for women across the globe,” says Founder & CEO, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing’s Madeleine Marentette. “At Grail Springs, we strive to provide a sanctuary for individuals to improve their lives. We are very much looking forward to connecting with women from all walks of life at #WeAreTheChange, helping them to make a meaningful impact and inspire change within their many different communities.”

Recently recognized as Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat by the World Spa Awards, Grail Springs is known for their educational and specialized treatment processes. The centre welcomes guests year-round from all over the world to experience their healing alkaline waters, saunas, salt tubs and a state-of-the-art spa.

Tickets for this year’s #WeAreTheChange festival and conference start at $75 and can be purchased at


About Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing:

Located in the Mineral Capital of Canada, and the oldest exposed rock in the world, Grail Springs is close enough for an easy drive from Toronto International Airport, yet far enough to feel you have escaped to another world. With hundreds of acres of pristine forest, walking trails, crystal outcrop, abundant wildlife, meditation gardens and a curative spring-fed lake, individuals are inspired by the stunning natural beauty and are recharged by the potent healing environment that supports them.







For photos, interviews, media requests and additional information, please contact:

Cory Stewart, EDPR, email:, phone: 647.638.1586


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