Yoga Garden Retreat

About UsThe Yoga Garden Retreat surrounds you in sacred space while experiencing yoga and other specially chosen workshops and retreats. Only 45 minutes north of Ottawa, there is plenty of room for exploration on the retreat’s 70 acre property. Mixed forest surrounds the semi-private lake and beautiful gardens including a spiral walking meditation garden and zen garden.

YGR’s organic vegetable garden along with local organic farms, supply its vegetarian café located in the main lodge. The dining room features a large wrap-around screened in porch so you can enjoy the gardens and lake view.  The main lodge offers a large wood-fired sauna, change rooms, and yoga room. Close by are three overnight cabins, campgrounds, and event space. The property features a 3-tiered natural amphitheatre, perfect for leading large yoga groups or hosting staged events.
Our MissionOur mission is to create and sustain an incredibly beautiful, inspiring yoga retreat center where you can feel FULLY ALIVE. YGR is a place where we can laugh, connect with others, connect with ourselves, disconnect from technology and take some time off to enjoy – then we can go back to our busy, technology filled lives and keep our center.


Robert Hay founded the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre in 1993. Rama Lotus was one of the first multi-style yoga schools in North America (Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Kundalini, Prenatal) and was the first yoga centre in Ottawa to offer regular professional teacher training certifications. Robert continued to innovate and began designing a vision for a peaceful retreat center in the country specially designed for yoga retreats. In the Summer of 2015, he opened the Yoga Garden Retreat and continues to maintain integrity of the system of yoga and is steadfast in his commitment to serving and being a leader in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

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