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Newfoundland Adventure Retreat

St John’s – Deer Lake, Newfoundland Canada
Cost: $3250
July 9-15th, 2023

Women's Quest participants posing in front of the water on the Newfoundland women's retreat.

Embark on a captivating journey during our Newfoundland retreat with Women’s Quest, where every moment is filled with inspiration, adventure, and endless fun. Over the course of seven glorious days and six enchanting nights, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking province of Newfoundland like never before.

Prepare to be awestruck as you traverse the East Coast Trail, hiking along the rugged and majestic coastline. With each step, you’ll feel a profound connection to nature, immersing yourself in the untamed beauty that surrounds you.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean as you venture out for a thrilling whale watching expedition. Witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, an experience that will leave you feeling humbled and amazed. And that’s not all! Channel your inner adventurer as you try your hand at jigging for cod, catching these delectable fish and cooking them right on the pier. Savor the taste of your own freshly caught meal, an unforgettable culinary delight.

But our journey doesn’t stop there; it extends beyond our personal experiences. By engaging in a philanthropic project, you’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on the community by supporting a women’s shelter. Your contribution will be a beacon of hope, reminding us of the power of unity and compassion.

Prepare to be transported to a world of pure bliss as we spend two incredible days on Exploits Island. Glide through the northern channels on a thrilling kayaking adventure, immersing yourself in the serenity of nature. Feel a sense of liberation as you navigate the crystal-clear waters, marveling at the beauty that unfolds before your eyes.

Indulge in a mouthwatering experience as you catch and cook mussels, embracing the flavors of the sea in a truly unforgettable manner. Let the aroma of the ocean fill your senses as you feast on the fruits of your labor, celebrating the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

Embark on a journey through time and nature as we conquer the trails of UNESCO’s Gros Morne National Park. With each step, you’ll feel a profound connection to the earth beneath your feet, surrounded by towering cliffs, ancient forests, and cascading waterfalls. It’s a thrilling expedition that will ignite your spirit of adventure.

But it’s not just about the breathtaking landscapes; it’s about immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Newfoundland. Join in the spirited revelry of Irish singing and dancing, feeling the infectious rhythm pulse through your veins. Let the music and laughter become the soundtrack of your journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Finally, prepare to become an honorary Newfoundlander as you participate in a traditional Screeching In ceremony. This time-honored ritual will welcome you into the heart and soul of the province, making you feel like a true part of the community.

Join us on this extraordinary Newfoundland retreat, where the highlights shine even brighter, the adventures become more exhilarating, and the memories are forever etched in your heart. It’s a journey that will inspire you, empower you, and leave you yearning for more.


What to Expect:

Most mornings on our Newfoundland woman’s retreat, we will wake and start the day with gentle yoga. This will be followed by homemade breakfasts with my favorite – scones and local jams. Our days are filled with exciting activities for every level that will vary with the terrain and the area of the province. We will be driving East to West and a side stop to the North and Exploits Island. At the end of each day we will have inspirational talks, heartfelt discussions, sharing our words of the day.


  • Unveil the wonders of Newfoundland: 7 days and 6 nights of enriching exploration.
  • Journey through the captivating beauty of the East Coast Trail, where breathtaking coastlines await.
  • Marvel at majestic whales and savor the excitement of catching and cooking cod on the pier.
  • Create a meaningful impact through philanthropy: Support a women’s shelter and empower change.
  • Embark on a thrilling 2-day adventure on Exploits Island, brimming with delightful surprises.
  • Glide through the pristine waters of northern channels, kayaking amidst a tranquil paradise.
  • Indulge in the flavors of the sea: Catch and savor mussels, a true culinary delight.
  • Conquer the trails of UNESCO’s Gros Morne National Park, an awe-inspiring journey of majestic heights.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythm of Irish singing and dancing, celebrating Newfoundland’s rich cultural heritage with our local guide.
  • Embrace the tradition of the Screeching In ceremony, an honorary passage into the heart of Newfoundland’s spirited community.

Included in the Price:

  • Lodging for 6 nights – 2 nights in B&B in St. John’s , 2 nights in the light keeper’s residence, and 2 nights in a B&B and hotel in Woody Point
  • Delicious homemade food at most meals with sack lunches for our hikes.
  • Professional guides each day
  • Tour of Exploits Island and St. John’s
  • Hiking Gros Morne National Park
  • Screeched In Ceremony
  • Irish song and dance with the locals
  • Hikes with local guides
  • Whale watching adventure and jigging for cod
  • Cooking class – the fresh cod that you just caught.
  • Transportation throughout the retreat

Not Included:

  • Tips for the guides
  • One dinner in St John’s and one lunch
  • International travel
  • Taxi from airport to hotel

What are the accommodations?

The Roses Heritage House is where we will be staying when in St. John’s. Some guests described it as “An incredible time was had at The Roses! Top notch accommodations and care. The rooms were welcoming and comfortable, the location so central that we were able to reach downtown St. John’s in a few minutes’ walk, the breakfasts were delicious and made with local fare, but it was the entertaining and thoughtful hostesses that really cinched our stay. Such a lovely group of women. Thank you, ladies,” https://www.therosesnl.com   From there we will be staying two nights on lighthouse keepers house. Our last nights will be in the Gros Morne area. At the rooms at woody point, there will be double occupancy with 2 beds. Exploits Island will be a little cozier.

Single occupancy – $800 additional cost


St John’s and Deer Lake – Newfoundland

What airport do I fly in and out of? You will want to book your international flight into St. John’s Newfoundland (YYT) and arrive preferably July 8 or 7 – the day before the retreat starts. You will fly out of Deer Lake (YDF) July 15 after noon. The multi trip prices should be about the same or less than round trip YYT. So.. Your city – yyt July 8, YDF – your city July 15 ( sometime cheaper if you get a round trip to Toronto or Montreal and then one way to St. johns and one way back from Deer Lake). Call Jax if you have any questions or need help 818-339955

When should I arrive?

You can arrive in the morning on July 9, although I would recommend coming in a day earlier as we start at 9am on that day. We will all be staying in the hotel, The Rose Heritage House https://www.therosesnl.com There are also a lot of B&B’s in town but book early as it is high season and the Sheraton.

If you would like to reserve a room for the night of the 15, please contact Jax 818-331-9955 or mail@jacquelinestanford.com

When do I depart?

The retreat will end noon on July 15th in Deer Lake. We will be staying at the The Rooms at WP – if you would like to stay an extra day – please let me know. A shuttle to the airport will be provided to either the Deer Lake airport.’


Payment Policy

A deposit is required to hold your reservation at a retreat. Deposits are $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international retreats. Additional deposits may be required to reserve a single room. All deposits are non-refundable.

We cannot hold your reservation until we have received your deposit. If you would like to reserve an available spot in a retreat 90 or fewer days prior to the retreat date, we require payment in full for the retreat to hold the spot. This is in accordance with our payment policy below.

Payment in full for all retreats is due 90 days prior to the retreat date. If you do not provide payment in full by 90 days prior to the retreat you risk losing your reservation.

A 4% payment processing fee will be added to all payments made using PayPal, Stripe or Venmo. 

You are welcome to send in a check or pay by Zelle to avoid this fee.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel a reservation, a full refund, less your deposit which is non-refundable, will be provided for any cancellation we receive in writing at least 91 days prior to the commencement date of the retreat. We are sorry but we cannot refund any payments for cancellations made 90 or fewer days prior to the commencement of the retreat.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest. Women’s Quest IS NOT responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in schedules or tour cancellations.

Covid-19 Policy

Cancellations by Women’s Quest: Women’s Quest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel or reschedule any retreat due to concerns over Covid-19. As a small company Women’s Quest is unfortunately not able to provide refunds of payments for retreats cancelled by Women’s Quest due to the Covid pandemic. This is primarily due to our financial commitments with the various retreat venues. As a result, in the event Women’s Quest cancels or reschedules a retreat due to Covid-19 Women’s Quest will apply all payments to the rescheduled or following year’s retreat, or to any other Women’s Quest retreat of your choosing through the end of the next year after the year in which the retreat was cancelled by Women’s Quest.  Because of the unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances of the outbreak, this policy supersedes earlier policies.

Cancellations by You: If you need or desire to cancel your reservation due to Covid-19, or failure to comply with the requirements of a negative test and being symptom free, this cancellation is subject to the Cancellation Policy above.  This is why we urge everyone to purchase travel insurance when signing up. 

Covid Waiver and Release
This waiver, release and acknowledgement of responsibilities is unfortunately necessary during this unique time of the Covid 19 pandemic. By signing up for and or attending any Women’s Quest retreat you agree to be bound by the terms of this document. We understand these times are challenging, however, these provisions are necessary to protect all attendees and staff members of Women’s Quest.

Testing For and Symptoms of Covid 19.  Irrespective of vaccination status you are required to provide a negative test for Covid 19 taken within 3 days of the commencement of the retreat. This test can be either a PCR test or a home antigen test. Also, irrespective of your vaccination status, you agree you will not attend the retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 immediately prior to the beginning of the trip. These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea (these, along with symptoms outline in the following link and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control shall be collectively referred to as the “Symptoms”.) More information on symptoms of Covid 19 can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Symptoms During the Retreat. In the event you develop any Symptoms during the retreat you must immediately leave the retreat and follow protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and all local regulations. We understand this may result in you incurring significant expenses associated with separate accommodation and travel, however, you understand these expenses are not the responsibility of Women’s Quest and must be incurred by you. You agree to be fully honest with Women’s Quest staff in regard to any Symptoms you may develop and agree to comply with a request by Women’s Quest staff to depart as determined by Women’s Quest staff in their sole discretion. As provided below, this is why we strongly urge everyone to get travel insurance covering these and other expenses prior to departure.

Procedures During the Retreat. During the retreat Women’s Quest may, but need not, endeavor to practice social distancing and wearing of masks when traveling in close proximity. You agree to comply with all requests of Women’s Quest staff during the retreat related to these procedures. Any such procedures implemented by Women’s Quest are not a guaranty you will not be exposed to Covid 19 and you understand you are responsible for taking any precautions you deem necessary and providing your own personal protective equipment during the retreat. You also agree to comply with any reasonable requests by other attendees to respect their social distancing and other protective measures (“Participant Requests”.) Notwithstanding the foregoing, you are responsible to comply with all laws and regulations of the locality visited relating to protections against Covid 19.

Waiver of Coronavirus Related Illness; Indemnification. You understand that irrespective of protective measures that Women’s Quest or you may or may not take, you may be exposed to Covid 19 by another retreat attendee, a Women’s Quest staff member and or an individual to whom you may be exposed during, or traveling to or from the retreat. You agree to waive and release Women’s Quest, its officers, directors, staff, employees, contractors, and partners from any claims, liabilities or damages you may incur in the event you contract Covid 19 at any time during travel to, attending or after attending the retreat. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Women’s Quest, its officers, directors, staff, employees, contractors, and partners from any loss, liability or damages it or they may incur as a result of your failure to receive a negative test for Covid 19 prior to the retreat as provided above, attending the retreat with any Symptoms, not respecting Participant Requests, and not immediately departing the retreat if you develop any Symptoms.

Cancellation. In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your trip, cannot attend due to contracting Covid 19 or developing Symptoms prior to the retreat, or must leave the retreat due to contracting Covid 19 or developing Symptoms, Women’s Quest cannot provide any refund of any amounts you paid.

Travel Insurance. As provided in this document you could incur significant personal expense in the event you contract Covid 19 or develop any Symptoms during the retreat. As such, you are strongly urged to obtain travel insurance that provides adequate protections against these risks.

Additional Waiver. This waiver is incorporated into and made a part of other waivers you agreed to in connection with signing up for the retreat. In the event of a conflict between these terms and the terms of any other waiver, this waiver shall govern.

Purchasing Travel Insurance

We highly, highly recommend you get travel insurance to cover your expenses and losses, in the event you cannot make the Women’s Quest retreat for any reason or if  you test positive or come down with Symptoms prior to the retreat, develop Symptoms during the retreat, or cannot return home due to Covid related issues.  We recommend getting insurance that covers the cost of your trip, medical care while at the retreat, and coverage to pay for the necessary quarantine period if you test positive or come down with Covid.  Please remember, if you have to cancel your trip in the unfortunate event you come down with Covid, test positive, or suffer Symptoms prior to or during the retreat and need to leave, Women’s Quest cannot provide a refund since we have to pay your trip expenses well ahead of time.

If you are concerned about travel and the changing environment in which we are living irrespective of your Covid status, we recommend getting travel insurance that allows you to cancel for any reason. This coverage is more expensive, however, may provide you with the coverage and flexibility you desire.

Irrespective of the travel insurance you get, please make sure you talk to a travel insurance agent prior to buying any insurance and make sure you have the coverage you desire and that the policy will cover trip cancellation, medical expenses and trip interruption due to Covid. 

You can do your own investigation by checking out Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison company that helps travelers search, compare and buy travel insurance online https://www.squaremouth.com/22393

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