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Frequently Asked Questions:

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

A: No, I'm sorry. Ken is retired from counselling so we will no longer be booking  counselling at this time. If you are looking for a counsellor we'd like to refer you to Kendra Higgs:


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

A:  No. 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 overnight accommodation for 4 in the guest cottage.


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: No, I'm sorry. People do their own cooking in their cottage.

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. 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 retreat. Just inquire at time of booking.


Q. Are smoking, alcohol, or recreational drugs allowed while on retreat?

A. Smoking is not allowed inside the cottages; only outside. We ask that you not bring alcohol or recreational drugs with you. Many issues we have dealt with here, often have roots in the generational misuse of alcohol and drugs, so we ask that your time here be free of these. 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 up to 1 week long retreats

  • $200 for more than 1 week


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 more than 1 week

  • 2 weeks notice for up to 1 week

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. 

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