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Make Space for Dialogue
Peter Nixon, international author, trainer and creator of The Potential Dialogue System, is renovating his family’s ancestral vacation home into a retreat center for international leadership teams, families, and individuals committed to achieving optimal outcomes through dialogue and negotiation.
Peter’s 18 acre property gives guests a unique opportunity to explore aspects of change in a beautiful and peaceful lakeside environment while in dialogue with themselves, with nature, and with other guests in residence or visiting for the day. The property sits at the tip of a quiet bay with neighbours (multi-generational friends) only slightly visible. Wildlife including deer, squirrels, birds, fish, and more is abundant.The Centre offers traditional Laurentian experiences including water sports, forest walks, and quiet time in the gardens, wharf, veranda, and corners of the “Big House”.
The Centre is open between July and September when the Laurentians are one of the most beautiful regions in the world with temperatures varying between15C-35C. Beautiful sunsets are a nightly affair.
Peter and other PDS trainers are available to facilitate dialogue and provide coaching, training, or consulting to guests and groups seeking assistance.
If you are interested in experiencing traditional Canadian summer cottage life or if you simply want to witness first-hand the beauty of the Laurentians in July through September, a unique experience awaits you at the Centre.
Inspired by the now defunct Laurentian Lodge Ski Club, a private club in the Laurentians that hosted Canada’s original cross country and alpine ski enthusiasts, the Center presently offers 4 bedrooms in two buildings (more are planned).
The Big House
A four-bedroom bungalow featuring a large living room/dining room, a wrap-around veranda and a modern kitchen.
Cedar Room (Sleeps 2) Queen bed
Corner Room (Sleeps 3) 1 bunk bed and 1 single bed;
Guest Room (Sleeps 1) 1 single bed;
Back room (Sleeps 2) two single beds.
2 Bathrooms & 1 Shower
The Ice House
One of Canada’s last remaining “Ice Houses”. Built with 9-inch walls to insulate the blocks of ice that provided refrigeration in the summer months at the start of the last century. The Ice House was decommissioned in the 1950’s when electricity arrived at the Lake. It was then converted into a chalet featuring two bedrooms, a small living room and a kitchenette.
Bedroom 1 (Sleeps 1) Bed
Bedroom 2 (Sleeps 2) Bed
There are plenty of other spaces to sleep either indoors (bring an air mattress) or outdoors (bring a tent).
The Centre has plenty of parking and other facilities include a large self-serve kitchen, fireplace, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, walking trails, table tennis, badminton net, social games, lake access, BBQ pit (2019), lake, forest, wildlife, silence, stars, gardening, garden furniture, fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and music.
The Centre’s flotilla includes a small boat, canoe, double kayak, Laser, and windsurfer. Additional kayaks and a paddle board are planned.
If you are interested in experiencing traditional Canadian summer cottage life or if you simply want to witness first-hand the beauty of the Laurentians in July through September, a unique experience awaits you at the Centre. Whether you stay a few hours or a few weeks, you will depart positively rejuvenated by the magic mix of environment, dialogue, and nature.