Trails Lakeside Wellness Retreat

Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Trails Youth Initiatives
15599 Warden Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2M9


Q. Can you describe the grounds and setting? Where is the site located?

A. The Trails site is located on 143 acres of conservation land amongst forested grounds with two large ponds for swimming and canoeing. Trails is located at 15599 Warden Avenue, Stouffville.

Q. Do I need to bring snacks and food?

A. Delicious food and small snacks will be provided but you are welcome to bring along your favourite snacks. Please limit snacking to the main lodge since critters can be attracted to food in the cabins. Since Trails works with kids, this is a nut free facility.

Q. Do you cater to dietary restrictions?

A. We will do our best to cater to dietary restrictions. Our meals will be delicious plant-based, nut free and gluten free. Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Q. How do I get there without a car?

A. We can do a pick up from the Aurora GO Train station for an additional $10.

Q. Do I need bedding?

A. Yes, please bring your sheets, blankets/sleeping bag and pillow case.

Q. What are the accommodations like?

A. Like camp as a kid, we will be sleeping in bunk beds, ladies and gentlemen in different rooms. A limited number of single rooms are available, if required.

Q. What are the facilities like?

A. There is a main lodge where we will be having meals and running group activities. Located in the lower level you will find the art/ yoga room. There are shared bathrooms and showers in the main lodge and sleeping cabin.

Q. What do I pack?

A. Suggested Packing List

  • Toiletries

  • Towel

  • Warm clothing

  • Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket

  • Raincoat and jacket

  • Bathing suit

  • Sunglasses/ hat

  • Running shoes (close-toed shoes) and sandals

  • Personal entertainment (books, games, cards, instruments)

  • Yoga mat (there are shared maps but you can bring your own)

Q. Is there wifi?:

A. This retreat will not have WIFI. We hope the experience will help you to connect with nature and yourselves.

Q. Is there an emergency number in case someone needs to reach me?

A. Absolutely, the programme office is (905) 846-0100 and the admin office is (905) 836-0285

Q. Are alcohol and substances welcome?

A. This is a substance-free weekend. Since Trails is a space where kids live, no substances are allowed on the property.

Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A. Please send an email to Micah Nelson at


Micah Nelson

Micah Nelson

Micah Nelson first joined Trails Youth Initiatives as a participant in 1996 at the age of twelve years old. After graduating, Micah continued to maintain a close relationship to the Trails Family with mentorship and a bursary for post-secondary school. She later became a Trails youth facilitator and graduate mentor helping with fundraising. She is now a Trails board member, committed to supporting Trails by finding creative new funding opportunities. Creating a wellness retreat on the Trails grounds is the first of many events and workshops geared towards supporting Trails youth.

Deeply inspired by her Trails experience, Micah studied International Development and focused on international work that positively impacts youth. ;She worked with at risk-children in Chile and Southern Africa. While in Botswana on a CIDA internship, she began teaching yoga to children and this experience was transformative. Micah then went on to become an elementary school teacher, a yoga instructor and natural health practitioner with a focus on Ayurveda and yoga. With her combined skills she began a wellness and education business called Balance First Workshops. She shares her mindfulness and yoga workshops with students in the TDSB and at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment. She is currently facilitating mindfulness art workshops at the Augustine Centre and has been a Raw Retreat facilitator for two years.

  • McGill University- B.A. Honours, International Development Studies
  • University of Toronto (OISE)- Bachelor of Education
  • Natural Health Practitioner and Reiki Practitioner- NHPC
  • Yoga Instructor- RYT 350 (Ayu-yoga and Vinyasa)

James McMillen

James McMillen (our chef!)

James McMillen is the owner and founder of James McMillen International, the umbrella company providing multiple services within the health and wellness field, coaching and horticultural industries. Throughout the past 30 years James has been helping clients enjoy life through optimization.

James is a third generation horticulture business professional, and self-care advocate. He has further studied herbalism, landscape architecture, nutrition and many other healing modalities through his post-secondary education, workshops, retreats, and seminars both here and abroad. James’ work has been featured in several books and magazines. When not being of service to others, he is often in his garden, travelling, cooking, or partaking in various physical activities.

Currently he is working on a chapter in the new book “Ignite your Life, for Men” that features authentically conscious men sharing their stories to inspire others to live their very best lives. The book will launch worldwide later in 2019.

  • Conestoga College - Diploma, Management Studies
  • Ryerson University - Diploma, Landscape Architecture
  • Humber College - Diploma, Horticulture
  • International Institute of Nutrition - Certified Health and Wellness Coach
  • Modern Mystery School - Various healing modalities