You want to nourish your soul while cleansing your body. Where can you go to accomplish all this?

Grail Springs Spa (, an award-winning wellness retreat and health spa in idyllic Bancroft, Ont., provides a sanctuary where connecting with yourself and experiencing a transformation of body, mind and spirit becomes a magical possibility.

Grail Springs Spa sits on the shore of a spring-fed, motor-free lake, and rests on top of large deposits of healing minerals. The property includes hundreds of acres of forest, hiking trails, riding trails, natural wildlife and meditation gardens that are beautiful and functional all year long. "The most rewarding part for me is witnessing the transformation of change in someone's perspective of life," says Madeleine Marentette, spa founder and bestselling author of Grail Springs Holistic Detox For Body Mind & Spirit (McArthur & Co., 2009).

This intimate retreat, which includes regular, deluxe or luxury suites as well as spa lofts or tent/cabin hybrids called Eco- Tabins (open May to October), is constantly changing, while retaining the healing sense of calm that lies at its core. "We evolve with the consumer," says Marentette. "First, it was all about the body. Then we added life coaching to deal with the emotional and mental issues at the root of physical issues, and now everyone is ready to have conversations around spiritual subject matters and want to make that connection."

The details

Retreat options at Grail Springs vary. Guests can book a two-night wellness getaway (starting at $485), or a 21-night life transformation retreat (starting at $7497), and everything in between. At the root of each customized retreat are seven essential elements: assessing, cleansing, breathing, moving, paying attention to the mind and spirt, and supporting. Each day, spa treatments are scheduled that focus on healing, renewing and encouraging the body to detox. These include body wraps, massage, water therapy and others. Daily life at Grail Springs also includes yoga classes, workshops and lectures (on topics such as vison board construction, or mindfulness meditation), hiking expeditions and equine wisdom or horsebackriding sessions on the gentle Rocky Mountain horses that live on the property. Life coaching or spiritual guidance sessions with Marentette are also available.

The food

Guests have the option to cleanse via an all-juice diet, or simply enjoy the wholesome and satisfying PH -diet created in the Grail Springs kitchen by accomplished chefs. Meals are organic and vegan and include no white sugar, flour or refined or processed ingredients. A variety of daily health tonics, elixers and teas are also served.

Events and learning

In addition to being a retreat, Grail Springs is home to a range of events and themed getaways. A signature is the Sacred Butterfly Retreat (the next one takes place April 15-20), which is focused on spritual transformation and life change. And this year, from June 25-29, the spa grounds will play host to the Grail Lady Faire. "This is Canada's only summer festival for women empowering women," says Marentette. "The line up this year is amazing!" Details can be found on the Grail Springs website.