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Healing Sanctuary Testimonials

This page features recent testimonials from clients who visited our Ayurveda healing sanctuary and booked one of our Healing Sanctuary Packages.

Jai Ganesha! – My Ayurveda Rituals Spa Experience

by Vanessa Morrell

I was deeply grateful for my husband’s 2023 Valentine’s Day gift to me: a certificate for a “hot oil” Indian head massage and facial from the Ayurveda Rituals Studio Spa Boutique just east of quaint Bewdley, Ontario (at the southwest tip of Rice Lake). These days we prefer to treat one another to experiences instead of “things,” and this experience was one of my favourites!

I’d met the spa owner Andrea Olivera a few years prior at the smaller previous location of her spa on Bathurst Street in Toronto. It was obvious from the moment we parked the car and approached the house — set in rolling farmland — that Andrea has expanded her vision and offering. The scent of rose petal incense rose to greet us at the door. Upon entry we were greeted with a ritual washing of our hands with rose water — the start of a luxurious and ceremonial experience.

We proceeded to the beautiful kitchen with its long 10-seat dining table where specialty teas, water, chocolate and fruit beckoned. The whole house is decorated with a play on white walls, flowers and guilded furniture. An Indian prince or princess would feel very much at home.

My hubby had arranged an overnight stay, and we’d arrived a bit early as I had a Zoom meeting to attend online. While I sat at my laptop in our appointed room, Andrea lavished plates of goodies upon me, including falafel with pita bread, cheeses, pickled mango, and grapes.

When I completed my Zoom call I descended the stairs and sat in front of a roaring fire in the living room, which is decorated with art and various Indian deities, each adorned with crystals and flower petals. I saw the beloved Hanuman (the monkey god) and I have to imagine a god of pampering was present somewhere! My husband, meanwhile, was exploring the large property and gardens Andrea and her partner have cultivated. Later he showed me the stream that meanders through a lovely woods and pathways that lead to benches and statuary where one can sit in quiet contemplation. I especially enjoyed sitting in front of Buddha, Ganesha and Mother Mary. The lands struck us both as an ideal space for a little getaway or a wedding.

We enjoyed dinner on the property, feeling gratitude for the fresh healthy ingredients and the interesting conversation with Andrea about her extensive travels and experiences reading people’s fortunes. She also expertly explained the purpose of murtis (statues) in Hindu spiritual practice, and how each deity represents an aspect of the supreme Brahma or God. We then enjoyed a deep sleep in our very comfortable bed.

In the morning we awoke to more delicious food that included an assortment of eggs, yogurt and other items, some of which we garnished with rose petal powder — something I’d never eaten before.

After breakfast Andrea led me to the private treatment room where I slipped out of my clothes and into a cozy cocoon of a heated blanket and a soft cotton cover. I began face down and enjoyed the feeling of the warm oil decanted in slow drips onto my hair and head — a feeling enjoyed also by India’s various maharajas.

Andrea proceeded down my back with the hot oil and also a warm stone massage. This was my favorite part. The oils slid up and down my back and down to my legs and my feet. I actually fell asleep, it was so relaxing!

Then I flipped over and received the “goddess treatment” that included more warm stones, hot oil and head massage, and a facial with yogurt. Warm wet cloths moisturized my skin and Andrea wrapped my hair in a beautiful scarf of my choosing so my hair could further absorb the floral oils.

When it was time to go, I practically floated out of the place! As we drove home, I told my husband that any time he’s unsure what to buy me for a present, a visit to Ayurveda Rituals will always be at the very top of my list!

Reviewed by Vanessa Morrell who owns and operates Break Free Transformations — a wellness centre and Pilates & yoga studio near Sundridge, Ontario. Contact her at breakfreetransformations@gmail.com or 705-774-1696.

TESTIMONIAL – 4.5 hour visit with no overnight 
“A session with Andrea is not like any other spa experience you will find.  All of your senses will be nurtured.  Upon arrival you will notice her attention to detail, the aromas will calm you and invite you in.  She will guide you through your first ritual and walk you through the beautifully decorated space with an area provided for your every need.  You will feel at home.   Healthy, flavourful food will stimulate your tastebuds, nourish your body and a little sampling of sweets will take care of your sweet tooth.  
You will be fully at ease for your reading and your healing can begin.  Andrea will tailor the entire experience to you.  The Abhyanga massage is decadent.  You will feel warm and cozy.   Your body will thank you, your mind and your soul will thank you.  You will be refreshed, wiser and at ease with yourself.  So grateful to have found this little paradise.”
Thank you again Andrea💕
“I was finally able to see Andrea in her new location and wanted to write a quick note about my wonderful experience. When I learned that Andrea was going to be moving out of Toronto, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen as I have been going to her and using her products for close to 15 years, and she is the only one I trust with my skin! While it was always lovely to see her in her Toronto studios, experiencing a session in her new location felt like what was always meant to be. The property itself is natural and spacious and feels like a sanctuary, and the experience of going out to see her completely exceeded my expectation. It was an easy drive from the city, and very easy to find her new home. After arriving and being welcomed by Andrea’s beautiful warmth and kindness, I was encouraged to take a walk around outside before having my treatment to help ground my energy, listen to the trees, the birds, the running creek, and BREATHE.
I was also given a small incense wand to carry while I walked to help cleanse my energy. It was a grey, rainy January day, and after my walk, I came back inside to a warm cup of tea, and a completely unexpected bowl of delicious, locally made soup. While I ate, we had a chance to get caught up, and I was able to talk about what I was feeling like I needed in terms of my facial and treatment. Andrea is such a source of healing wisdom and is able to customize different aspects of the treatment to help nurture and heal where needed depending on what you are currently working through in your life. The facial that I had was as wonderful as always as there is nothing that compares to Andrea’s intuitive wisdom and technique!
After saying goodbye and picking up a few of her products, I was encouraged to once again walk through the trails outside and breathe in nature before leaving. This addition of the nature element was so impactful and made it feel so holistic and complete. I wasn’t just rushing in and out for a facial, I felt like I was intentionally giving myself time and space for something very healing and nurturing. Thank you so much Andrea for making me feel so welcome and cared for, it was such a beautiful experience! I am already looking forward to when I can return!”
– SL, Toronto
“I have known Andrea via Zoom over the last few years now. She has been a beacon on my own journey and has brought in so much wisdom. 
Wasn’t I blessed when she moved within 30 minutes of me so I could go and experience her full offerings and rituals.  First time in my life I felt so held, so loved and so seen. Her land is beautiful and the connection to Spirit is felt on your soul filling walk. Spirit truly walked with me that day. Her retreat space is absolutely stunning and you will want to pack a bag to move in. 😂
I am heading into a huge couple of years and I knew I would learn so much more through her Vedic Astrology. We are so used to Western and yet Vedic really does share so much more. After our time together I came home with a plan, a light within and excitement for what is next.
Andrea I cannot express enough in words the gift you gave me a month ago. More than I could have ever imagined. With you I see what overdeliverered really means and I am truly blessed.”
– Patrice Burns
3 hour Escape package a day spa trip

“Amazing, Amazing, Amazing spiritual experience!  I came up to the Ayurveda Rituals Spa in Northumberland County not really knowing what to expect but I booked the 3 hour Rejuvenation Package because that’s what I really felt I needed.

Andrea is truly an exceptional soul and her wonderful treatments were exactly what I needed.  I was in distress and her soothing presence, her wonderful treatments, her stunningly beautiful Spa decorated so beautifully welcomed me back to my grounded self – soothed, healed, rested, rejuvenated all systems relaxed and in their proper place   All working together as they should, instead of the disjointed self I came in with.  The scents of her product, the feel of the treatments, the warm oil massaged so masterfully – Bliss absolute Bliss – I’m planning my birthday sanctuary there now as an overnight package.  Can’t wait to go back, the guest rooms are so beautiful and want to explore the beautiful woodlands the sanctuary rests in.  So looking forward to my next visit.”
– Lynn Skilling, Toronto

“I just came back from Ayurveda Rituals and feel so grateful for the time with Andrea at her new home and spa. All the senses cared for in this exceptional experience of wellness and care. From Jyotish readings, to ayurvedic massages, delicious food and beautiful accommodations it is a haven in Northumberland, very close to Toronto. Dear friends, do check it out and take good care of yourself.”

Thank you again, and again,
Namaste and Blessings,

“Ayurvedic Rituals is a stunning and cozy oasis for those that are looking for rest, restoration and a truly transformative experience. Andrea is foremost expert in Ayurvedic treatment and healing. She uses a focused -individualized approach for each client which creates a precious holistic experience. Not only did I feel refreshed and rejuvenated, Andrea provided some insights that has helped me to navigate challenges I was experiencing. Clients will truly be nurtured from head to toe and heart to soul.”

– Dimple Joshi

“Andrea and Ali have a beautiful and welcoming “temple of healing,” with lovely grounds in a rural and pristine setting. My wife, two young boys, and I spent two wonderful days there in July 2022. Andrea gave us a warm welcome when we entered, washing our hands with rose water and feeding us delicious snacks, sweets, and eventually dinner! The ambience is elegant, luxurious, and spiritual, all at the same time. The decor is beautiful, with the idols and other spiritual iconography inspiring awe and devotion. We had a very comfortable and spacious room, and our hosts constantly gave us loving and kind attention. My wife and I both had profound treatments from Andrea. While I had an abhyanga massage, it felt more like an emotionally and spiritually healing experience. Andrea also has a deep knowledge of the Indian spiritual and healing traditions, which she deftly wove into my treatment. Doing a cleansing “fire ceremony” with Ali one evening was also one of the highlights of my time there. If you are looking for a break from the city life and are ready for some deep spiritual and emotional healing work, then you need to visit!”

-Ajit Pyati, London, Ontario

“Having received a weekend retreat at Ayurveda Rituals as a gift, I was curious and not sure what to expect. In a word – the experience was “inspirational”. Andrea and Ali’s hospitality, lovely home, friendly neighbours, sacred land, wonderful food, relaxing and nourishing treatments, and wisdom/insights were just brilliant and exactly what I needed. Anyone who is looking for a restful, nurturing, personal-growth inspiring weekend would truly benefit from a weekend at Ayurveda Rituals retreats. Thank you and I’ll be back!”

– Carole Umana

“My first visit to Andrea’s new spa was exquisite.

Having been a client of hers for many years, I expected that the experience would be wonderful. But I was bowled over by how it surpassed my lofty expectations.

Every detail created a sense of magic and luxurious indulgence. The land was a mix of beautiful landscaping and native forest land that evoked delight, peace and a sense of the sacredness of life. The spa was filled with elegant antiques and Hindu symbolism. I felt I had entered a magical portal into another world.

Andrea’s Vedic astrology reading provided wonderful guidance which I continue to follow daily since my stay. And I can never say enough about her Ayurvedic treatments which leave me in a beautiful altered state in which my true essence emerges from under layers of stress.

It was very easy to relax from the moment I arrived because Andrea and her partner were so warm and welcoming. They made me feel as if I was family. The only downside: the food was so delicious that I had a major challenge in putting down my knife
and fork.

Needless to say, I’ll be back repeatedly and I’ve encouraged many of my friends to book a stay.”

– Carole Umana