Pacific Goddess Retreat offers plenty of downtime in Tofino

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      Surfing, standup-paddleboarding yogis unite: this all-inclusive getaway is about getting closer to nature through ocean sports and the ancient practice of yoga.

      Presented by Nadia Bonenfant, the founder of Juna Yoga, and Tofino Yoga’s Dede Monette, the five-day Pacific Goddess Retreat (from May 27 to June 1) includes two surf lessons by Surf Sisters Surf School, a standup-paddleboard excursion, interpretive walks through the temperate coastal rainforest, meditation, and yoga sessions—including some that take place on the beach and atop standup paddleboards.

      West Coast meals and snacks are provided, and there’s plenty of time for reading, relaxing, and doing nothing. Leaders will help participants tap into the links between yoga and surfing, with the ocean being the main teacher.

      Tofino couldn’t be a more perfect place for yoga, with its endess surrounding beauty, and it has become a paradise for surfers because of the size of those Pacific Ocean swells. If you need any convincing on the latter, Outside magazine named Tofino the best surf town in North America a few years ago.

      For more information on the package ($1,850, including accommodation), go to the Tofino Yoga website.