The Vegetarian Downward Dog = Bliss

Beautiful coastal scenery…check!

Downward dogging with amazing people…check!

Delicious vegetarian fuel…check!

Feeling pretty zen…check!

Last week I, Kelly, your Business Development Coordinator, had the amazing opportunity to visit a very special place on Cortes Island, BC called Hollyhock ( and participate in one of their many programs.  Amazingly, while looking up which program to sign up for, I saw that they were offering a Blissology Yoga Program ( with none other than Eoin Finn whom I have been bending into pretzel like contortions with for the past several years via my DVD player!  Blissology Yoga Program here I come!

From the get-go I knew that Hollyhock and The Crossing were kindred spirits; both offering spectacular settings in nature, a prime ambience for connection, and the desire to have guests leave more full and rejuvenated then when they came.  I am happy to say that my experience there supported the many thoughts that I had going into this adventure!

Our team at The Crossing has known that individuals, not just groups, are looking for an opportunity to engage and expand their horizons, and my recent trip to Hollyhock solidified that.  It was amazing to be part of something so stimulating on all fronts, to meet people looking to better themselves via certain paths but at the same time being open-minded and learning so much from each other.

It is one of The Crossing’s goals to work on the development of a variety of programs to offer to the public.  Our desire to share the land, energy, and beauty of this special place with as many people as possible is one of our dreams!  Please stay tuned to our website, blog, and twitter to learn more about up and coming programs, events, etc., that we will be offering at The Crossing.  Additionally, if anyone is interested in bringing out their own program to The Crossing we would love to chat so don’t be shy and send us an email at

Overall my experience at Hollyhock was fantastic and I look forward to going again!  For those yogis out there I encourage you to take a look at Eoin’s site, he has some amazing retreats coming up…Bali and Baha just to name a few.  And don’t forget, if you happen to be out in the Cortes Island area, I highly suggest you stop in for a visit to Hollyhock.  The beach, the trees, the garden, and the quiet are the perfect recipe for summer!

Until next week…Namaste!

Corralling All Art Lovers! Part 2

It’s official, we have survived the first five days of Stampede largely due to the amazing presence of our first group of artists displaying in the Reflections West Art Show and Sale, our sister company (refer to last week’s blog post) at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

We’ve decided we have the best spot during Stampede; there are plenty of great people to be met in the beautiful Lineham Lobby, the art is stunning, and last but not least, it’s air conditioned!  Really, who could ask for more?  But wait, there is more!  Yesterday morning we moved in our second group of artists who brought in their amazing collections and it looks great!

Come on down for a visit y’all, we have paintings, photography, bronzes, silversmithing and more for you to explore.  And, best of all, admission is free!

Enjoy a safe Stampede partners!


Above is photographer Tracy Connery who will  be displaying with Reflections West Art show and sale from July 11th-15th in the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

Corralling all art lovers! Part 1

Cowboys, cowgirls, the mid-way, deep fried everything, and last but not least….art!?!?

Reflections West Art, The Crossing’s sister company, is putting on quite the art show at the Hyatt Regency Calgary during this year’s Stampede!

From July 6th-15th, 20 artists (8 from July 6-10 and 12 from July 11-15) will be showing and selling their inspiring works of art in the newly renovated Lineham Lobby!  From paintings and photography to silversmithing and bronzes, with a wide range of prices to boot, you can be sure to find something to remind you of celebrating the Centennial of the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!

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On the Fly…Casting for Life

The water, the waders, the wonder…ahhh fly fishing, how beautiful you are!

For several years, The Crossing is proud to have been working with with an amazing non-profit group called Casting for Life ( which provides breast cancer survivors the opportunity to bond and enjoy the art of fly fishing in a retreat format.  This year The Crossing is happy to welcome Casting for Life from July 20th-22nd.  Not to fret, experience is not necessary and you will have a buddy to help guide and teach you the rhythm and relaxation of this peaceful sport.

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Soul searching, soul found.

Do you know your soul?  Do you know yourself through your soul?  Do you know what you are meant to share with the world?

These are the questions, along with many others, that one will explore while joining Animas Valley Institute for their SOULCRAFT ™ INTENSIVE multi-day/night workshop from July 11th to 15th, 2012 at The Crossing.  With the world moving so quickly, do we really take the time to realize our essence and how we share it with the world?  Do you even know what it is that you bring to the greater good?  If you find yourself asking these questions then SOULCRAFT ™ is an excellent place to start your journey.

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Backyard BBQ Goodness…Only The Best For Dad!

If there is one thing that makes me think of ‘Dad’, it has to be a good old fashioned summer BBQ!  The smell of charcol, sunscreen, sweet watermelon (with seeds of course), corn on the cob with warm butter, and s’mores (only if we were good) all blend together to conjure of one image….Dad at the grill with a smile on his face and a burger flipper in hand.

What better way to bring these memories back than to take Dad out to our Father’s Day BBQ at The Crossing.  With all your favourites including lemonade, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, roast chicken and hickory smoked roast beef finished with homemade summertime desserts, Dad will surely feel the love!

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Home Sweet Home!

I think that there is one thing that most of us living in Alberta can agree on…it’s a great place to call home!

Last week while away at a conference, we learned so much about the power of connection, especially through nature.  We are truly lucky to live in a place that is so alive, a place that connects us all through its’ beauty.  Those of us who get to call being a member of the team at The Crossing ‘work’, have the opportunity to experience this connection on a daily basis. One can not deny the affect that this special place has on them.

I came across some of the videos that Travel Alberta created to share the beauty of our province with the world.  I am still awed every time I watch them and encourge you to take the time to do so as well.  Call it meditation, call it a needed 5 min break from the daily grind, frankly it doesn’t really matter what you call it, but take a few mins and allow yourself to be reminded of the incredible place that we get to call ‘Home, Sweet Home!”

Click here to enjoy Travel Alberta’s Summer (remember to breath) video.

Enjoy the weekend!


We could write a novel, nevermind a blog post, about how AMAZING Mothers are, and since there is little chance that we will be able to do Moms everywhere justice we’ll keep it short and sweet!

Moms, of all kinds, of all shapes and forms, both young, old and everything in between…thank you for giving us your love!  You really do make the world go around.

The team at The Crossing looks forward showing our love for all of you at our sold out Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday!  What can we say, we ♥ Moms:)

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Art in Heart

One can not come to The Crossing without noticing the magnificent scenery, and although you may think this is a sole reference to the stunning natural surroundings, you are mistaken!

Not to be awed only by the exterior qualities of the property, The Crossing emminates beauty from the inside out!  With a love for art and a very close relationship with Reflections West Art, based in Calgary, we are honoured to be able to share a beautiful pieces of art with our guests. The Crossing is happy to provide a venue for these magnificient pieces to hang in light filled rooms allowing their true beauty to shine. Read more

So What Makes The Crossing Different?

We often ask ourselves, if we were company looking for a retreat or meeting space what would we want to know about The Crossing? Our internal dialogue usually goes something like this….

We are a conference and retreat facility in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains. So What?

So, we can accommodate small to mid-sized groups in quaint rooms with ensuites and indvidually selected antiques. Great, so what?

So, we offer convenient on-site delicious homemade meals. A lot of our competitors do, so what?

So, we’re just different! So what, prove it!


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