Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I come for a single hourly counselling appointment?

A: No, I'm sorry. We are offering counselling now only in conjunction with retreats. Over the years of working with people, we have found this to be the most effective format to help you move forward as you not only receive counsel, but it also gives you the time away from the daily stresses and busyness of life to actually process and begin to work through some of the things talked about in the counselling office. 


Q. If I come for a Counselling Retreat will I be together with other people?

A:  No. All counselling retreats are conducted exclusively with the individual, couple or family who booked it.


Q: Do I have to be part of a group to come for a guided retreat?

A:  No. As with counselling retreats, all guided retreats are conducted exclusively with those who book them, unless it is an advertised group retreat exploring a specific topic.


Q: Can I bring a group for retreat?

A: Yes, a small group. We have a meeting room large enough for 10 people for day retreats. Overnight accommodation for 7. We'd like to be involved in helping to facilitate your group.


Q: Are there scheduled group activities I can join if I want to? 

A: Sometimes. If you would like group activities to be part of your retreat, please inquire at the time of your booking. Possibilities would include morning coffee, evening prayer, musical reflections, crafting, etc. 

Q. Do you provide meals?

A: Occasionally. For the most part, people do their own cooking in their cottages. We do provide some meals for group retreats and by specific request. If you'd like meals provided, please inquire. We'll do what we can to accommodate you. 


Q. How high are the tides in the Bay of Fundy?

A. Here in St. Martins, the tides get to be 33 feet. If you were to travel to the innermost part of the Bay they get to be 50 feet high. That being said, you need to be very aware of the tides, whether they are coming or going so you don't get stranded somewhere. (ie: Sugarloaf, the big rock we overlook from our retreat.) At low tide, you can walk out to it and climb to the top. At high tide, only the top of it is visible above the water.  The tide comes in and goes out gradually taking 6 hours, 13 minutes each way. So if you happened to be out on top of Sugarloaf enjoying moments of quiet reflection, and not notice the tide coming in, you could easily find yourself surrounded by deep cold water and you'd have to wait about 6 hours before you could return.  


Q. Can I swim in the Bay of Fundy?

A. Not for long. The temperature only changes about 5 degrees from summer to winter, sitting at between 13-15℃.  (50-55℉)


Q. Is counselling covered through my Employee Assistance Plan?

A. No, I'm sorry, We do not direct bill any EAP companies for counselling , but will provide you with a receipt so you can seek reimbursement from your extended health and benefits plan for those companies covering Licensed Counselling Therapists. 

Q. I'd like to come for a retreat but don't have enough money. Is there any help available?

A. Yes, there is. Thanks to the generous donations of supporters, Inthestillness has established a Counselling Scholarship Fund. This fund is offered in cases where there is financial need and will help with a portion of the cost of your counselling retreat. Just inquire at time of booking.


Q. Is smoking or alcohol allowed while on retreat?

A. Smoking is not allowed inside the cottages; only outside. We ask that you not bring alcohol with you. Many issues we deal with here, often have roots in the generational misuse of alcohol, so we ask that your time here be free of alcohol. Thank you for your understanding.


Q. Can I bring my pet?

A. No, I'm sorry. In an effort to keep our facilities as allergy free as possible, we do not allow people to bring their pets.

Sugarloaf at low tide.

Sugarloaf at high tide.

Q. Is there a deposit required?

A. Yes. In order to help sustain the work of Inthestillness, and to confirm your reservation date, we ask the following deposit:

  • $100 for self directed retreats

  • $200 for guided retreats

Q. What is your cancellation Policy?

A. We are self employed and our livelihood is dependent on people being faithful to their scheduled retreats. When you book a retreat, the time is yours; reserved specifically for you. Other than weather or health emergencies, we ask that you give us at least:

  • 1 month notice for guided  retreats

  • 2 weeks notice for self directed retreats

This enables us to offer the time to someone else.  If you fail to provide us with the required notice, your deposit will be forfeited​. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to your retreat. 



... a place for retreat

39 Kenmore Trail West Quaco, NB E5R 0B5

office@inthestillness.ca   Tel: (506) 833-4889


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