• Join us for four days and three nights of:

    Yoga ~ Kigong ~ Meditation

  • Through the morning and afternoon sessions, select from a balanced variety of professionally guided outdoor activities including:

    Kayaking ~ Paddle Boarding ~ Nature Walks ~ Hiking ~ Repelling ~ Rock Wall Climbing ~ Labyrinth Building ~ Water Front Exploration

  • After lunch, take an optional guided hike or enjoy time to yourself or with a friend:

    Swimming ~ Beach Combing ~ Relaxing

  • In the evening come together for guided:

    Chants and Meditations ~ Lessons of Tao ~ Labyrinth Walking Meditations

*This retreat is suitable for all levels, ages and conditions

Tribune Bay Hornby Island BC

Fri August 11 - Mon Aug 14, 2017

$50 OFF Early Bird Special

*Effective to midnight Sunday June 25 Register now

"The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat" combines outdoor adventure programs with "Human Energetic's" - the world’s leading step by step system to help you awaken and manifest your most mindful intentions.

"My mission is to provide you with an unforgettable weekend of enjoyment and self discovery that you can integrate into living a life of health, happiness and peaceful creativity. "

Arrow Gonsalves Founder and Lead Trainer

Human Energetic's

During this 3 night / 4 day retreat, embraced in an exotic and divinely nurtured setting you will:

  • Leave your cares and stress behind.
  • Enjoy the some of the best features of Hornby Island through a variety of self-selected Outdoor activities.
  • Grow your energy sensitivity through yoga, kigong (qigong), chants, meditations and other mindfulness training's.
  • Awaken to a deeper language, life force and connectedness within and around you.
  • Make new friendships and engage in self-empowering team building activities.
  • Hone your powers of observation and higher intuition.
  • Experience how building and directing your ki-energy enriches your joy of life and connection.
  • Feel the exhilaration of tackling new adventures with the support of trained professionals.
  • Enjoy wholesome, delicious meals that are mindfully prepared to support your weekend adventure.
  • Have the option of taking some down time on the beach or in the forest, or join in guided nature walks.

You will be amazed how quickly you will evolve your body, mind and spirit to a higher level of realization and performance, and how much joy will infuse your being as you steadily awaken your true nature through the weekend.

Early Bird Special: $647

*Effective to Sunday June 25, 2017

Registration: $697

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Bio: Arrow Gonsalves

"My mission is to provide a unique and joyous retreat experience.  I will help you awaken your innate knowing, strengthen your connection to natures abundant creative wisdom and assist to re-align you in that direction.  I have the map to completion of your soul." Arrow is the Founder of "Human Energetics", and the Owner of "Heart Drum Beat - Taoist Yoga and Healing Services" and "The House of Now - Wellness Center" in Courtenay BC. She is a Master Trainer and Master Healer in the Tao Healing Arts, trained through the Tao Fellowship of Seoul Korea via Sedona Arizona. Arrow comes from a family with a medical and mind- body wellness emphasis. Her Father was a Brain Specialist who ran the neurology departments of the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Teaching Hospital and St Michaels Hospital. Her mother was a Social Worker and Horticulturist. Her maternal Grandfather was a Pharmacist in London in the days of traditional compounding. With 13 yrs. experience in Taoist Instruction; she offers Do-In (Taoist yoga class), True Self Development Programs, Retreats, Workshop Facilitation, Instructor Training and Traditional Healer Training.  She helps people restore health and balance while awakening their innate being. Students regain purpose, joy, compassion and wonder through study of self as part of the way of nature. Her lessons systematically incorporate Meridian Exercise, Chakra Training, Energy Healing Brain Education and both dynamic and static forms of Chant and Meditation. " Over 13 yrs teaching these lessons I can't tell you the number of times I've heard my students express deep gratitude along with shock they weren't raised with this basic knowledge of self and their place in the universe in their tool kit for life.  How it changes their outlook forever, that they want to change that for their family and friends."  

Retreat Details: Accommodations - Itinerary - Cancellation Policy

The Retreat Site is a 17 acre woods and meadow site situated on Hornby Island, located in Tribune Bay Provincial Park  in the Georgia Strait off the east coast of Vancouver Island.  It is a lovely mixture of groomed and natural setting, allowing for comfortable navigation and immersion in nature. The park has 200 acres of first and second growth forest, open meadow and field areas and a kilometre of sandy beach that slopes gently into Tribune Bay, allowing the tidal waters to warm significantly in the summer. Hornby Island and specifically Tribune Bay Provincial Park, is an ideal location for an outdoor education facility offering four season experiential outdoor programs. Hornby Island has a moderate coastal climate, wide variety of marine and land-based natural history sites and evidence of ancient human social interaction. Tribune Bay Provincial Park has 200 acres of first and second growth forest, open meadow and field areas and a kilometre of sandy beach that slopes gently into Tribune Bay, allowing the tidal waters to warm significantly in the summer. Itinerary: (*subject to slight modifications)IMG_2940 Friday

  • Check in anytime after 1 pm
  • 6 pm:  Dinner
  • 7:00 - 9 pm:  Orientation
  • 9 - 10 pm:  Informal firepit (as conditions allow)

Saturday - Sunday

  • 6 am: (Optional) Morning Bows
  • 7  - 8:15 am:   Yoga and energy meditationIMG_2941
  • 8:15 - 9:00 am:  Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:  Outdoor Education Activities
  • 12 -1 pm:  Lunch
  • 1 - 2:30: Free time or optional Guided Nature Walk (a great opportunity to relax on the beach or visit the Island market)
  • 2:30 - 3:15 pm:  Kigong
  • 3:30 - 5:30: Outdoor Education Activities
  • 5:30 pm:  Dinner
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm:  Evening session (Lessons, chants and meditations)
  • 8:30 - 10 pm:  Informal fire pit (as conditions allow)


  • 7 - 8:15 am:  Yoga and energy meditation
  • 8:15 - 9 am:  Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00:  Morning Session
  • 11:30 check out

Workshop Fee:  $649. 

Accommodations:  Bring your own bedding (Pillows and sleeping bag or bedding can be provided for guests travelling in by Air or Public Transit with advance notice) You may book your own B & B if desired - just be advised Hornby Island is a popular vacation destination so availability is increasingly limited approaching the summer season.IMG_2943

  • Cabana's
  • Dorms
  • Camping Sites

Showers, running water and flush toilets are available.

Meals are healthy, satisfying and delicious.  The menu will be primarily vegetarian (providing options with and without eggs and dairy) with a few fish options available. With advance notice (registration form) special dietary conditions such as gluten intolerance's will be mindfully considered during meal planning.  

GETTING TO HORNBY ISLAND & THE TRIBUNE BAY OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE FROM VANCOUVER:  (For Bus route info and public travel arrangements click here)

LOCATION:  6050 St John's Point Road, Hornby Island B.C., Canada  V0R1Z0

Vancouver to Vancouver Island (VI):  Take BC Ferries:  from Horseshoe Bay: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/hbna-current.php or Tsawwassan: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/tsdp-current.php to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

To Buckley Bay and the ferries to Denman Island and Hornby Island: Drive north on the Inland Island Highway 19, about 50 minutes to exit #101.  (15 min south of Courtenay) Take the Denman Island Ferry.  Once on Denman Island, make your way across the island on Denman Road 10 km, until you reach the Hornby Island Ferry.

  • For the Buckley Bay - Denman Island ferry schedule: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/northern/vidi-current.php .
  • For the Denman Island - Hornby Island ferry schedule: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/northern/dihi-current.php.

From Hornby Island Ferry Dock to Te Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre: The Centre is 10 km. from the Hornby Island ferry landing (The Centre is at the second right entrance after turning left at the 4-way stop).

Bedding (sleeping bag and pillow), warm clothes for cool evenings, rain jacket, flashlight, yoga mat, good walking shoes, soap, towel, toothbrush, tooth paste, sunscreen, repellant if desired etc. Bring layers of clothing so that you can stay comfortable.  A hat, sunglasses, and extra socks.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy Definitions “Cancellation” is defined as not attending your scheduled Heart Drum Beat Retreat, including postponing or rescheduling. “You” refers to the guest booking a Heart Drum Beat Retreat. “We” refers to Heart Drum Beat. It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation. Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. Travel Cancellation Insurance Depending on the policy and conditions, travel cancellation insurance will pay for some or all cancellation fees. With most agencies, insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance through your travel agent, or visit the following web site to compare insurers: www.worldnomads.com. Guest Cancellation Policy Heart Drum Beat does not offer cash/check or credit card refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as credit for another retreat within two years of your original retreat date. We will gladly transfer your credit to another guest. Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply. Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  • If you cancel more than 90 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Heart Drum Beat Retreat.
  • If you cancel 60 – 89 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Heart Drum Beat Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 59 days before your retreat start date, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Heart Drum Beat Retreat. You will forfeit 60% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Exceptions to our policy will not be made for any reason. We do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early. You must submit your signed Participant Agreement form within one week of booking or 90 days prior to retreat start date, whichever comes first. Guests who fail to do so, may be subject to an automatic cancellation and the above policy will apply. Heart Drum Beat's Retreat Cancellation Policy If Heart Drum Beat must cancel or change a scheduled retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your retreat registration payment to us, constituting a full settlement. Heart Drum Beat is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.

Featured Articles
Heather Hodge
Heather HodgeWellness Professional
"I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. I loved the combination of camping, recreation activities, no cooking, and the structured Heart Drum Beat activities. Lovely group of people, I hope to keep in contact with some of them. I had wanted to go to the Outdoor Ed Centre ever since my kids came back vibrating about how much fun they had had, so this was an opportunity not to be missed! Thanks, Arrow, for a wonderful weekend."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Marg Engisch
Marg EngischRetired Educator
"It was wonderful. The venue was great and the view awesome. I felt quite calm & relaxed the whole time. Your demeanor keeps people feeling this way and it helps everyone build and work together as well as play together. People were very kind and helpful to me. I felt embarrassed but I was humbled at the same time."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Kevin Travland
Kevin Travland
"The retreat was wonderful! I was feeling anxiety while coming to the retreat on Friday. Part of it was my inexperience at allowing time to relax. I have a habit of keeping busy. Much of my life is more solitary so I was also anxious about being comfortable in a group. The group participation and support just got better leading up to the “Leap of Faith” which was highly supportive. Simply stated, the retreat has further encouraged me to “grow my soul” and be myself.I was relieved to be accepted as part of the group early on Friday afternoon. From then on I found I could relax and focus more inwardly. A big part of my personal development right now is to simply be myself. A big part of that is “acceptance” in a community of people. Much of my personal strength is drawn from pleasure found in the natural environment. It was wonderful to be in a setting surrounded by nature.The group message was wonderful on a personal level as well as for community building. Please do that again. "The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Cathy Coates
Cathy CoatesHerb Production
"Wonderful, a great balance of structure and free time. The activities were an awesome way to watch and practice using breath and dahn-jon awareness. Super awesome to be a team and encourage and be encouraged to shine.  Have more retreats here!! Great Job Well Done! "The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Nancy Gothard
Nancy GothardCity of Courtenay: Environmental Planner
"Wonderful! Better than expected as I loved every single moment & it’s rare that each activity can be so equally satisfying! I thought the balance of “fun” activities with “instruction sessions” was perfect as everything felt experiential, complimentary & kept the energy flowing. I think it was a perfect “intro” to the energy healing work for those who are still considering if it is for them. I feel more confident in the practice all the time & can feel the benefits more & more. Seeing others learning things about the practice for the first time makes me realize how far I’ve come. I also learned that I am infinitely grateful for my life."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Barbara Boney
Barbara Boney
"The retreat was wonderful!! Loved meeting many new friends and sharing this great experience. Lodging was alsogreat – lots of room for everyone to have their own “space”. The food was exceptional. Absolutely delicious with alot of variety. The staff were very accommodating – very helpful and just plain nice! I will certainly comeagain."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Laura Bentley - Orcutt
Laura Bentley - OrcuttRetired
"I always take something away. I enjoyed your instruction, yoga and lessons of the Tao – it’s the reason I went –to learn. Thank you for being truly GIFTED, authentic and connected to your teachings. I admire your commitment tohealing the earth. (Big heart with arrow through) Love You & Your Work."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Tree Murdock
Tree Murdock
"The retreat was amazing! I truly enjoyed the experience and came home feeling more connected in both my internal and external environments. I really enjoyed the journey to Hornby. Upon arrival the warm welcome and introduction to our cabana was great. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. The outhouses close to us were clean and I really appreciated the wash station and cook house facilities. Coffee before bows was wonderful. The meals were filling and tasty, I really appreciated having the meals and accommodation being part of the package. Haeley andJessie and their staff were welcoming, accessible, receptive, open and wonderful."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Emma Aho
Emma Aho
"It was serendipitous how I came to be a part of it and I feel blessed and grateful to have had such a profound experience which came at the perfect time for me. I reconnected with myself on many levels and once again confirmed how important it is for me to get into my body in order to connect with my power and release the hold that thoughts can have. It was the perfect balance of realigning energy work with outdoor activities and overwhelmingly stunning nature, all interlinked and a wonderful intro to Tao which I have known about but not worked with this closelybefore. I felt very connected with it and it resonated with me. I’m happy I can take practices learned this weekend and incorporate them into my daily life. Having Spirit the dog there was also something new for me which was a beautiful experience where I felt a true connection with the Natives and the land they held so sacred. It was truly profound to connect with the Earth on that level. I loved it and thought it had a perfect balance and flow. Thank you so much for this inspiring weekend."The Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016
Dan Boucher
Dan BoucherChildren's Educator
"Was a wonderful experience. I was able to realize that I was missing this element of self-care in my life. Soeasy to get wrapped up in life’s currents and forget about self. This retreat took me back to realizing I have beenneglecting body, mind and spirit. The location was absolutely breathtakingThe Tao of Hornby Island Retreat - 2016

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Kevin Travland
Kevin Travland
"Wonderful retreat!  This time has expanded my awareness of how my current daily physical practice can now be further developed.  I have been shedding off at a physical level, but now want to shed off thoughts (expectations that I feel I need to live up to) and fears that I know are holding me back from being creative and simply experiencing moments of joy every day.  The retreat gave me strength of spirit to know that I am not alone in my desire to grow.  My highlights were, the food, group chanting on Sunday evening, experiencing and learning about the healing process and enjoying a period of time immersed in nature with like minded people."

Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015

LindaRetreat Manager, The Hermitage
"This teaching is life changing.  It is about the human’s soul.  I am feeling The Tao is a direct communication to the universe.  Truth is found in the practice.  I will continue to use the tools taught to me:
  1. Music – to release blocked energy
  2. Plan – of incorporating the movements/Tao into daily routine
  3. This will create balance and harmony in unity with calm and abiding meditation
We have all the tools needed to make the choice.  Thank you"

 Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015

Heather Wilkinson
Heather WilkinsonProfessional Artist
"I learned some very concrete and useful ways to break up and let go of congested, dark energy, reinforcing how I love to use my body and voice for release.  Experienced truth and light again – remembered – returned again – so real.  Thank you for teaching these practices and understandings.  Good pace.  Compassionate guidance.  Arrow, your commitment and dedication show in all you do and the teachings are very beneficial to use.  Thank you for your humility, love, dedication and perseverance.  Thank you for sharing this practice."

Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015

Vivien Adams
Vivien AdamsRetired
"My main awakening from this retreat is that now I understand divinity is in my brain, always with me, and who I really am.  It is also what connects all of us.  It also removes fear and doubt.  I will continue this practice with daily meditation to be in touch with my divine energy.  Thank you Arrow.  I know your path is a large percent coming from your vision.  I loved the physical exercise and kigong, chanting especially.  I would like to do more chanting and feel my voice again.  Thank you for your guidance and help." 

Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015

Cathy Coates
Cathy CoatesHerb Production
"I came to terms with the sometimes obsessive nature of my thoughts, letting go/making peace with my patterns through becoming AWARE and pinpointing what they are.  I  am letting go of the thoughts and worry that distracts me from being present, creative and awesome.  I Love it.  I’ll come again and bring friends"

 Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015

Nancy Hofer
Nancy HoferCity of Courtenay: Environmental Planner
Thank you!  Lovely mix of physical activities, nature emmersion, lessons, relaxation, socializing & reflection.  Good scheduling!  Lovely tone, accessible teachings & approach. The practical physical exercises & meditation techniques are tools for me to practice and grow the three bodies & connect to the soul.  I know now how to seek answers from my soul, using these techniques.  I will spend more time getting to know my soul.  Arrow - you are relateable which gives me (and others) the inspiration to enter the realm of the possible

Awakening to the Tao Retreat - The Hermitage 2014

Sheila Watt
Sheila WattMarketing Executive
Hi Arrow, Thank you very much for a wonderful Yoga retreat at the Mountain.  The setting was so perfect and I loved being there. The people I connected with was an honor and the food was truly amazing.  Thank you for creating a great experience for us all, blessings...

The Tao of the Mountain Retreat - Awakening the Healer Within - June 2015

Simply wonderful! Enriching, enlightening and informative! I realized that I am capable of anything and that the only limitation is in the mind. Once you can overcome the mind and awaken the inner truth, you can achieve anything. I would suggest this workshop to anyone looking to relieve stress or gain self reflection and awareness. Thank you Arrow!The Tao of the Mountain Retreat - Awakening the Healer Within - June 2015
NANCY HOFERCity Of Courtenay: Environmental Planner
Thank you! Lovely mix of physical activities, nature emmersion, lessons, relaxation, socializing & reflection. Good scheduling! Lovely tone, accessible teachings & approach. The practical physical exercises & meditation techniques are tools for me to practice and grow the three bodies & connect to the soul. I know now how to seek answers from my soul, using these techniques. I will spend more time getting to know my soul. Arrow - you are relateable which gives me (and others) the inspiration to enter the realm of the possibleAwakening to the Tao Retreat - The Hermitage 2014
KATE PARKBusiness Entrepreneur
"The awareness of my body was very profound. Also, connections of body, mind and spirit (I had felt before, but not this extent of experience). Great insights about life and its meaning. Came to find myself and I did (started). Will enjoy listening to my inner voice. Yippee! :)"Awakening to The Tao Retreat - The Hermitage, 2015