Located in Bancroft, Ontario, centred in the beautiful Canadian Shield
Grail Springs opened its doors in 2001, a privately owned retreat sanctuary designed by its founder Madeleine Marentette. Located in Bancroft, the Mineral Capital of Canada, the property is close enough for an easy drive from Toronto International Airport, yet far enough to feel you have escaped to another world. With hundreds of acres of pristine forest, walking trails, crystal outcrop, abundant wildlife, meditation gardens and a curative spring-fed lake, individuals are inspired by the stunning natural beauty and are recharged by the potent healing enviroment that supports them. Grail Springs is dedicated to the protection of the environment, for people, animals and the planet.
“Thank you for being the Guardian of this amazing land called Grail Springs and for creating such beauty. You make the whole Mother Earth more beautiful.”
~ Vera Lopez, Sedona, AZ
Fed by hundreds of vigorous springs, the lake is alkaline based which makes it extremely beneficial for detoxifying and purifying the body. Magnetically charged by the ancient granite bedrocks below, these vital ‘alive’ waters are then naturally filtered, kept in its purest form, with no chemicals added. Guests bathe, drink and swim in one of the last remaining purest water sources in the world.
Crystal Country - in the Mineral Capital of Canada
Planet Earth, much like our human body, has a complex subtle energy field; Geomancy is the Ancient applied science of balancing subtle energy fields within architecture and the landscape. Grail Springs sits in the Canadian Rockshield, the oldest exposed rock on the planet. Rich in massive deposits of quartz crystal where visitors can hike to the propertys own crystal-crop, Grail Springs has committed to the observance of this ancient art.
Our sacred labyrinth is designed after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France built in 1201. Some interpretations surrounding the labyrinth is that it represents the solar system, the chakra system or it is a symbol of the soul. In October 2012, we were honored with a visit from Venerable Sonam Rinpoche who cleansed and blessed the land in the centre of the labyrinth with a traditional Buddhist ceremony. People around the world use the labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and healing.
Our family of Rocky Mountain Horses add a special presence here at Grail Springs. Known for thier therapeutic effect on the human condition our gentle herd of five have been known to assist and heal many of our guests through simple encounters out at the paddock, by attending one of our Horse Wisdom classes or being more adventurous and booking a one-hour horseback ride. Living in harmony with nature, the property is also home to deer, loons, geese, blue herons, fox, hare, pheasants and the occasional moose just to name a few.
Trail of Dreams
Originally used for logging and hunting, Grail Springs transformed these one hundred plus acres into a well-groomed trail system where animals and people can flourish together in harmony. In 2010 Grail Springs added two forest eco-tabins as a compliment to their earth-committment and to provide unique eco-experience to those who are looking to connect more deeply with nature. Available May to October.
Every castle has its ‘Keep’. The Keep was a common word to describe the heart of the castle, its centre gathering place. The Great Hall at Grail Springs is 'The Keep' of our sanctuary where guests come to rest, gather and learn. Inspired by the great estates and castles of Europe, the Grail's restful interiors are graced with rich woven tapestries, down-filled velvet couches, wrought iron detailing and impressive stone fireplaces, creating an awe-inspiring environment for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual renewal.