Eye on Business

By Lory Mitton The Lac du Bonnet Leader

Jenny and Michel Dupas were proud to host the grand opening of their new wellness retreat, Moongate Bed & Breakfast, Saturday September 24, 2011.

Your Hosts Michel and Jenny Dupas

Your Hosts Michel and Jenny Dupas

“It started with a vision, an idea that was conceived out of a recognition that people were disconnected,” Jenny Dupas told the Leader, explaining that people nowadays are connected through technology—the internet, cell phones, and social media.

“We saw a need to disconnect to connect.”

The B&B, located southeast of Whitemouth on Hwy 406, borders the Whitemouth River and is so remote, it doesn’t have cell phone reception, which Dupas thought was “perfect”.

“We really wanted to promote disconnecting from electronics and connecting to nature, to feel the earth—a lot of people don’t, especially people from the city.”

Open year around, the Dupas’ hope visitors will discover the beauty of the outdoors as they explore the river and trails in the area.

A hot tub room is almost complete and a games room will be worked on over the winter. A library of non-mainstream movies, produced by Spiritual Cinema Circle, will be available to guests and the community. Because the films all have a message, a series of reflective questions is included with each to promote discussion for an interactive entertainment experience.

Guests wanting to retreat will find comfortable, cozy rooms with a chic, yet simple atmosphere.

“We created this place with lots of emptiness. Simplicity was part of the goal; we wanted to show people it’s not a difficult thing to do, it’s just about choices,” Dupas said.

She and her husband designed the centre trying to be as “green” as possible. For this reason the building runs on a geo-thermal heating and cooling system and is furnished with re-used and re-purposed items. Much of the decor, especially in the kitchen, was found on Kijiji.

“People can come for one night or long-term,” Dupas explained. “We offer weekend retreats and workshops, yoga, karate for kids and adults, reflexology, and reiki.”

In addition, remedial massage therapist Julie Reimer will be on hand once a month, beginning on Oct. 7.

“I see kids from age 4 to people 90 years old. Lots of people don’t think kids need massage, but they use their muscles more than adults do—they’re growing, running around, a lot of them have tight muscles.”

Reimer offers relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and manual lymph drainage.

“Massage is really good for tension release and de-stressing, it’s good for everything,” she said.

The Dupas’ celebrated their grand opening with “The Banned”, a family rock group from Hadashville.

Also present was Shannon Stebelko, a local certified chef who provided delicious hors d’oeuvres using local ingredients and what’s in season.

For more information about the retreat centre check out http://moongatebedandbreakfast.ca/

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