About Samana Health Retreats
Welcome to Samana Health Retreats, where wellness meets luxury, mind meets body, and the soul surrenders. Blending naturopathic medicine, nutrition and the physical and spiritual practices of yoga, we offer luxury and custom workshops, programs and retreats. We help our clients to better understand and commit to their health in a fun and informative way so that they can make positive, sustainable changes and live life with more energy than ever before.
Samana, a Sanskrit word, is one of five vayus, or directions in which energy flows within each one of us. Known as the breath of balance, samana vayu is a concentrating, consolidating force that draws energy inward to one's core, and then processes it to empower all aspects of life, including digestion, vitality, and balance. In the energetic body, it is associated with the transformative power of the fire element.
So, simply put, samana = transformation, from the inside out.
Inspired by the principles of Samana Vayu, we believe that each one of us has a powerful, transformative energy at our core that, when harnessed, can lead to vibrant and lasting health—from the inside out.
We take a holistic, integrative, 360 degree approach to health. That means that we consider all aspects of one's being—mind, body and soul—essential in determining, balancing and optimizing their overall health.
We believe in the healing power of food. Whole, healthy, natural and delicious food. Our retreats and programs will always be food-based and will never promote fasting or liquid diets.
We celebrate individuality. We know that each person's health goals and needs are very unique and we'll always support you to find the and sustain the healthy lifestyle that works for YOU.
Ashley Weber | Co-Founder
By developing close relationships with her patients, Dr. Ashley Weber seeks to gain insight into the physical and emotional factors contributing to their health. She approaches integrative medicine from multiple angles, and creates an individualized plan for each patient, tailored to their unique needs. She has a holistic mindset with a clinical focus on prenatal and pediatric care.
An honours graduate from McMaster University, Ashley attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. She is licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy. She maintains a busy family practice in the Upper Beach area of Toronto, Canada.
Julie Weber | Co-Founder
Certified Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Coach
Julie is passionate about movement, energy, balance and healthy living. As a yoga instructor and lifestyle guide, she helps busy professionals create more space, harness more strength and find more presence and ease—in their bodies, their minds and their lives.
After seven + years working in international communications and development at the United Nations, Julie set her corporate ambitions aside to pursue her passion. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Healer and Holistic Health Coach, and holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics. She is based in New York City.
Erin Oglesby | Reiki Healer & Craniosacral Therapist
An intuitive healer with compassion and focus, Erin taps into the natural rhythms of the body and guides them into deep harmony with one another. She has a passion for helping her clients align body, mind and spirt and release tension and trauma through gentle touch, connection to breath, imagery and dialoguing.
Erin is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and has a Masters Degree in Public Policy. She has experience working with a wide range of populations, including cancer and trauma survivors.
Jenn Collins | Travel and Hospitality Manager
With an interest in travel, and the “go-to” for friends and family looking to book flights and vacations, Jenn started her own business as an independent travel consultant and booking agent in 2011.
Specializing in yoga retreats, Jenn is registered with TICO and working under her company name, Travelonly, which is part of Transat Distribution, a premier Travel company with over 37 years experience. They are a certified member of IATA, CLIA, ACTA, ASTA, TICO, BPCPA, OPC and Better Business Bureau.