A visit to the Birla Wellness Retreat Center is a trip to paradise.


Less than 90 minutes from Montreal and Ottawa, the Center is situated in a peaceful, rural setting where clients can relax and rejuvenate away from the noise and stress of city living and have offers the wide range of world class Vedic services. Opening a healing center in a natural environment that promoted good health had long been a dream of its founder Ghanshyam Singh Birla.

He wanted the Center to be unlike any other and spent a decade searching for an ideal location, which, after much prayer and meditation, he discovered on the grounds of a former Sulpician monastery near the village of Chénéville, Quebec, in the heart of Quebec’s picturesque Outaouais region. After months of painstaking renovation and restoration, Ghanshyam opened the doors of the Birla Wellness Retreat Center in 1998. Visitors and guests have described it as a piece of heaven—a stunningly beautiful getaway in the midst of a 500-acre forest preserve, nestled against the foot of a pine-covered mountain and on the shore of a pristine, stream-fed private lake.

The exquisite rural retreat has become an international destination for those seeking the best and most authentic services in Vedic palmistry, in addition to astrology, Ayurvedic healing, massage and yoga. Every member of our highly trained staff is qualified to cater to your specific needs. Let go of your anxiety and tension during one of our therapeutic massages, explore your heart and soul through our unique Body-Mind Therapy programs, have a mind-expanding reading with one of our astro-palmists or sign up for a palmistry course and study under some of the finest, most knowledgeable Vedic teachers in the world.

Whatever you are searching for—a transformative massage, a healing reflexology session, a walk in the woods, a romantic candlelit dinner by a fireplace, or an advanced class in metaphysics—the Wellness Retreat Center has what you are looking for. As one of our guests, you will have access to a bright and sunny multi-function room ideal for group retreats, a far infrared sauna, lakeside walking paths and wooded hiking trails, soothing labyrinths, and our pristine, outboard motor-free lake with a private sand beach, great swimming and pedal boats.

Whether you choose to stay in our exquisite log chalet, our charming and affordable lakeside studio or a cozy room at our lodge on the lake, you will find privacy, peace and tranquillity. All our lodgings are well supplied with bedding and towels and equipped with a fridge, stove and high-speed internet access.

Guests have told us that the pure, country air and silent surroundings have provided them with the deepest night’s sleep of their lives. But if you want to stay up late, our Center has also been called a stargazer’s dream.