Easy Does It Yoga

Back to School Yoga & Writing Retreat In Prince Edward County: September 2020

The Birrell sisters believe in making time and space for our messy, mysterious, creative selves. Come experience a weekend free of city noise, inhibition, and distraction. We'll eat great food, stretch our bodies, and stretch our writing muscles too.

This just might be the school of your dreams!

Stay tuned for info on next year's workshop.

Email birrellsistersyogawriting@gmail.com if you have any questions at all.

We're happy to chat!

Here are some photos of this year's workshop:


Our yoga space

Friday night sunset

Breakfast parfait

Sunday lunch wraps

Stretching our bodies

Stretching our minds

Hello, chickens

4 Writing Workshops

Accommodations at South in Milford

4 yoga classes

Heather Birrell, BEd, MA

Heather Birrell has taught creative writing to adults and teens for fifteen years. She believes in the importance of teaching writing as a permission-giving practice through the use of free-writing and an atmosphere of affirmation that allows students to access what Allen Ginsberg called 'the muck of the mind' to generate authentic work. There is something about both the privacy and the openness of the page (whether it be writing or reading) that is near revolutionary in our lives today; it provides respite from the noise of technology and the sameness that pop/corporate culture demands. Heather is the author of two story collections, both published by Coach House Books: Mad Hope (a Globe and Mail top fiction pick for 2012 and a “CanLit cult classic”, according to 49th Shelf) and I know you are but what am I? A poetry collection titled Float and Scurry (Anvil Press) is forthcoming in October, 2019. The Toronto Review of Books called Mad Hope “completely enthralling, and profoundly grounded in an empathy for the traumas and moments of relief of simply being human”. Heather’s work has been honoured with the Journey Prize for short fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction and has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Award, the Arc Magazine poem of the year award, National and Western Magazine Awards (Canada) and received a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017.

Julie Birrell, BEd, RYT

Julie Birrell has been practising and teaching yoga for twenty years. Trained in the interdisciplinary style of Don and Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute, she comes back to their authentic, grounded style of teaching in all of her classes. She does most of her teaching currently in her job as a secondary school teacher for at-risk youth at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Recently she has developed a yoga and wellness course for her students based on the principles of positive psychology . Her yoga style is inclusive and compassionate, incorporating elements of humour, story, and creativity into a flexible physical practice. She is also a writer who was recently long-listed for the CBC creative non-fiction prize. She spent most of 2018 in New Zealand, where she finished a novel manuscript and found respite in the stunning landscape and sincerity, grit and humour of its people. Most of all, she is interested in creating spaces where people can calm their minds, feel good in their bodies, and find their complicated, lovely, creative selves.