NAMASTEED: Yoga in the Wild West


One of my favorite pictures of all times…

Honeymoon 2016

Amanda packed a huge chunk of Jalapeno Havarti Cheese in her saddle bag for us to enjoy at honeymoon flats. She even packed the stone board and pretty knife to cut it.
We loved it… aaaall of it: Yoga, riding under the big Alberta sky, meditation in the mountains, incredible food , and lets not forget the company. So when we were asked to do it again, our answers was YES

Absolutely YES!

This year Namasteed “Yoga in the Wild West” is September 15th to 18th. We’ve added a day and challenged the Lodge at Panther River to blow us away, again. Feel free to look up details on facebook NAMASTEED “yoga in the Wild West”

Or check out The NAMASTEED website

Get your early bird! Pricing is valid until April 30th, 2017.

Bring your BFF, your sister, mother, cousin or come on your own, your retreat is what you make it.

Be well, Be kind and Be grateful,
Much love,
Co-Founder of NAMASTEED

Sleigh Ride and S’mores

A Wintery Day

What are you doing today?
Bundled up? It’s your 4th cup of coffee isn’t it? You’re trying to shake the chill of winter, aren’t you?

Are you hustling around in the cold Alberta weather? Scrapping your wind shield, racing to work?

Your cursing the cold aren’t you?

Can’t get anything done because your dreaming of that tropical destination, wanting to escape winter?

You don’t need to escape winter, you need to escape into winter!


Join us

January 21 2017

for all things WINTER!

11am – 3pm

Sleigh Rides & S’mores

Stop the Hustle!
Relax and sip on something hot with the brisk air on your cheeks. Take in the Mountain views on a magical sleigh ride. Make memories with your loved ones around the bon fire while you cook up some s’mores.

Adults $25
17 and under $15
5 and under FREE

Get your tickets!
Call 1 844 563 4377

Don’t forget your skates!

Take a twirl on our river side skating rink!

Escape into winter, before you get cabin fever!

See You Out On The Ice

Family Tradition

The Temperatures have dropped and the snow is flying in. This makes us excited out at the lodge. We start thinking about that special place hidden back in the mountains surrounded by swaying trees. Where the sky is so blue and air is crisp on your face.

Dormer Lake is this magical place. Where the fish jump right out of the ice. (No joke) This is where we hide out, where we spend time with family and friends building memories amongst the mountains.

It is a Safron Family tradition to bundle up the kids on Family Day and lift off for Dormer Lake. These are days best spent. We sit by the fire to cook up lunch as you hear the laughter of the children as the fish are biting.

This year we want to invite you all for an extended family day long weekend spent in the magical Rocky Mountains.


Join us this Family Day long weekend! Book our Fly in Fishing and one night in any of our beautiful log cabins and you will receive one more night on the house! Panther River delicious Signature Breakfast included!

Bring the whole family! Spend an unforgettable family day long weekend in the mountains living wild. Because family is important to us children 5 and under are free. That’s right! They fly in for a day on the lake free! I bet it will be your most exciting Alberta winter day yet!

Fly in Fishing booked on Monday February 20th
Lunch is included!
For more information or to make your reservations

Phone: 1 844 563 4377

If you want to gift the BEST family Christmas gift, you have found it!

See you on the ice!

A Christmas Special

‘Tis the Season

Did anyone else just blink and BAM! ~ it’s Christmas?

I’m sorry to tell you, but you can’t fight it. Christmas is coming and fast! The snow, the carols, the big guy in the red suit. Its coming, actually I think it’s here.

Hey you, was is it you that forgot to plan your Christmas party? Or put it off and your thinking you can’t get away with out? Well, gather your staff, gather your friends, heck gather the mother in law because we have a special that’s calling your name.


For all you party people we have a last minute Christmas/New Years Party Special for you


Book 3 or more cabins anytime from now to January 16th and get 15% off all the cabins you book. And because we love to spread Christmas cheer we aren’t charging a hosting fee! We also take requests for a special dinner to share.

An Alberta Christmas is best spent in the mountains

Our Special Event Coordinator is on stand by and ready to help you plan an unforgettable event!

Deadline to book is December 18th

For more information or to make your reservations
Phone 1 844 567 4377

What is a Dad?

Celebrate him

When he grills you fresh chicken for supper instead of letting you indulge on the cheese burger, pizza, and chocolate cake you really want, while in the OH so pleasant third trimester. You know he will be the Dad you always dreamt your kids would have. You think your mad, but deep down you know he really is only trying to help you keep your tight and toned body you say you will have in the end.

The first time he holds that tiny new born and can’t hold back the tears. You know he will love and protect that baby with every ounce of his being. He was a Dad the moment you found out that miracle would join your family.

That deep belly laugh coming from the bedroom. Only daddy can make that baby laugh like that. The endless nights sleeping in the rocking chair because baby’s chest is too tight to sleep laying down. His Daddy is the one with the heart for that. The forts, the make shift slides, the water fights, Only daddy can do that.

Peeling the crumpled little body off the ground, dusting him off, and telling him to jump back on after he just kart wheeled his dirt bike across the yard. That is a Dad. Letting them be as wild as they want, that is a Dad.

Watching every hockey or basketball game and cheering them on, even though you really don’t like the sport, that is a Dad.

Being the best damn uncle to their cousins, and friends because you know it takes a village to raise a child. Teaching them things they can only learn at your house and giving them heck when they need it, that is a Dad.

Teaching them to harvest wild game with respect and grace to feed their family, that is a Dad. Learning survival in the wild, and showing them every square inch of the backcountry, that is a Dad.

Picking them up at all hours of the night when they have had too much to drink. You have had a long week at work, but hold your tongue, that is a Dad. Saying yes to meeting her boyfriend even though you really don’t want her to date, that is a Dad. After all, it is gun cleaning day.

Wanting to give the world to your children, but knowing they need to build a life of their own. You cringe at the mistakes then jump in with helping hands, but only when they asked, that is a Dad.

Giving those grandchildren a life to remember, that is the ultimate Dad.

Loving their mom unconditionally to set the bar high for their future husbands, that is a Dad.

Here at Panther River we love all our Dads, Uncles, and Grandpa’s. We want to celebrate them!

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Celebrate him!
With great food and mountain views. Join us on June 19th for Father’s Day Brunch. We want to see them all! All the Dads, Uncles, Grandpas…..wild and crazy or calm, and cool. Thank you for standing tall or slightly short, for busting your butt, loving us all, and being the best damn dad’s!

Celebrate them all!
Because we love all our loyal guests, this is on us! Come celebrate and soak in the beauty with Dad, complimentary to all our year round campsite holders. Thank you for your patronage.

For reservations call 1 844 563 4377

So here’s to you!
Happy Father’s Day!

A Love Story

Say I Do

The magic of the day, the love in the air, the pretty people, the makeup, the hair. The handsome men, the tears of joy, the laughter, the memories made. It’s wedding season, and it will be here before we know it. We LOVE weddings. Who’s excited?

Since one third of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Spring is when couples are looking for a place to day I do. I just have to say, a wedding under the Alberta sky is gorgeous anywhere it is. The colors that paint the perfect portrait are astonishing. Why not add the Rocky Mountains to it. They never disappoint.

Your wedding is a celebration of the first day of your marriage, a new life built on love. It unites two beautiful souls to take on this crazy world together. What is more exciting than that? That is why weddings are so magical, and that is why we love them.

Being in the wedding business I see so many different couples. Each brought together at different times of their lives and each just as beautiful as the next. I am always thrilled to meet each couple and I love listening to their stories and their dreams for the future. I feel the love. Since everything beautiful runs on love I am always filled with happiness and joy after each wedding consult.

Choosing your wedding location is a huge deal. We get that! It sets the stage for the atmosphere you want to bring to your wedding day. At The lodge at Panther River your wedding is about celebrating you, your love, your memories, and your future. We tailor make your wedding package to suit your style and the fantasies you had as a little girl.

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Your wedding planning will kick off with a personal meet and greet consultation with our Wedding Coordinator. She will give you a tour of our beautiful wilderness resort so you can get a taste of what is to come for your special day. Our Wedding Coordinator will be by your side through every step of planning your wedding. This bring ease and comfort to couples to have a professional assist with all the fine details from your wedding ceremony to cutting your cake.

At The Lodge at Panther River we work closely with our exclusive wedding vendors to bring some of the best that Alberta has to offer. Starting off with make-up and hair brought to you by Faces by Nathalie. Nicole Wade Photography will capture every special moment with her exquisite eye for detail. Nothing will be missed.

Flowers are happy things. Bring more joy to your wedding day with an assortment of stunning flower options from Willow Flower Co. These ladies know how to bring elegance and style to your decor and bouquets.

Your wedding guests will be talking about your reception meal for months, brought to by The lodge at Panther River’s Farm to Fork Kitchen. We customize our reception menu to suit every couple’s taste.

Who likes to party? Or do you like to have a relaxed atmosphere? With over 15 years of experience DJ Rico will meticulously work with us to customize and plan your wedding entertainment for your exact needs. He ensures your wedding surpasses all of your expectations.

You are probably thinking ‘this is all wonderful, but will there be cupcakes?” The answer is YES! Roxanne Franczak and Sweet Delights will hit your sweet tooth in the right spot. This cake diva doesn’t just make cupcakes she makes everything right up too elaborate wedding cakes. From chocolate sin to sophisticated diva she has a cake flavour to suit everyone’s palate.

All of this will be happening with help of Special event rentals. From wedding tents to decor these guys have us cover.

Since we are a one stop wedding shop all of these vendors will be booked through your wedding coordinator. You only have the decisions to make and she will put your plan into action.

Creating your dream is up to you, making it reality is up to us

At The lodge at panther River we don’t want you to have just an ordinary wedding. We love to bring special touches to make each couple’s day unique. Arrive to your ceremony in a horse drawn carriage, or load up the whole bridal party in our covered wagons.

Have a wedding meant for your dreams and say I do on top of the world. Fly you and your guests to a remote location by helicopter. Yes, this dream can be reality. It can’t get more memorable than that.

So what are you love birds waiting for?! Drop us a line and inquire about Your Panther River Wedding.

And for all you men crazy in love, I hope she says yes!

The Fever

Spring is in the air

Think of water flowing down the river valley and the smell of earth as the snow melts. It’s an exciting feeling. The birds will chirp, the grizzly’s will roam, and we will start to see new fawns springing across meadows. Can you say pretty bird?

Spring is almost here and we can feel it in the air. As the sun warms up we get spring fever. I dream of days spent on mountain tops and evenings with my feet in the river.

To celebrate leaving winter behind we have a special offer for you to wake up in the Mountains to Spring Equinox

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Our First Day of Spring Sale is for the night of March 19th 2016. Get $40 off your cabin and give a warm welcome to Spring in the mountains with us.

To make your reservation call The Lodge at 1 844 563 4377

So tell me, do you have Spring Fever yet?

The Fire Within… Her – Part Two


The Fire Within… Her

Izzy’s yoga teachings come from a strong sense of awareness and deep body work experience. Her voice guides you through a safe and fluid practice, anchoring your soul to the movement of your physical being. It is so deep. You have to experience it, at least once. She needs to share this gift!

When Izzy reached out and asked if she could bring her magic to The Lodge it was an instant YES!… OOOOH YES! She is teaming up with Stephanie Cullen with Blissful Energy Yoga to bring you the ultimate girlfriend weekend!

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We are calling on all adventuresome Yoginis and Cowgirls of all ages and abilities to invited you to join us for this all-inclusive, fun filled weekend of health, wellness and relaxation centered on horseback riding, gentle yoga, healthy farm to fork gourmet dining, and deep relaxation along the Panther River.

What is included in your retreat:
– Welcoming mimosas!
– Rustic and quaint log cabin accommodations.
– 3 Farm to Fork gourmet meals per day.
– Gentle yoga practices.
– Meditations amongst breathtaking scenery.
– Horseback riding with trail boss.

Bringing these two incredible ladies together to share what they love will be so powerful you can not miss this! You do not need to be a yogi or a cowgirl to attend! Come, put yourself out there, something beautiful will come if it, I promise.

For more information check out:

NAMASTEED: Yoga & Horse Back Riding Retreat

To book your spot call Izzy at 403 636 0794


The Fire Within…Her

…or was it the laugh?

2007 was the year and Isabelle Guilbault was her name. A life long friendship blossomed on the banks of the Panther River when we met. She was a Panther River employee full of spunk, zest for life, and this crazy infectious laugh. Running on dreams and green tea, we were a pair with a passion for adventure and a love for freedom… or was it a love for the mountains? I can’t quite remember, but we were on fire.

Isabelle was so deeply spiritual it shone with this amazing light. She never pushed it on anyone but it sunk into me deeply, even at such a young age. She is the reason I began to practice yoga and began my journey of self reflection and self love. Introducing me to friends who were pure magic, along the way, Isabelle loved to share her love for life. It has been an incredible ride.

Everyday was an adventure, and we never stopped laughing. She taught me many things about friendship that still stick. She even taught me how to make the strangest concoction for this delicious wholesome soup I still make to this day. I know if this was Isabelle writing this she could tell you 1000 stories about her time at the lodge. We laughed, we cried, she learnt things that I’m sure you could only learn hanging with the Safron’s. There was never a dull moment with Isabelle in the lodge, even our guests knew it.

With her Insane love for the mountains and horses I knew why she was so drawn to a job with us. But with so much drive and an intense calling for something deeper and more spiritual it wasn’t long before she set out on her own path and started Healing Hand Wellness and Yoga.

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She loves to be called Izzy and with her crazy hair and joy full voice you can see why the name is so fitting. Izzy came to Alberta in 2002 from Montreal in the name of love and stayed because I felt like home. She has been on a crazy ride since. With different business ventures along the way she has truly found her calling with Healing Hand Wellness and Yoga and Beaver Creek Massage and Retreats. With over 15 years of experience being a Registered Massage Therapist she has a complete understanding of the body and brings this to her everyday life and even her yoga classes.

Izzy teaches yoga because she believes the body can heal itself. She says if we can create balance and harmony within it; at a physical, emotional, and spiritual level the healing will naturally occur.

There will be so much coming to The Lodge at Panther River with Izzy and her ladies at Healing Hand Wellness and Yoga. Some of which include message and private yoga sessions. But what we are most excited about is what is coming next. I will dish all the details next time so stay tuned for The Fire Within Her – Part Two… coming soon.
The Fire Winthin… Her – Part Two

Empowering Women Retreat

Escape With The Happy Hippie

I was in need of something. I just didn’t know it. As I was scrolling through my phone something quickly caught my eye. It was a photo of the most gorgeous, empowering women I have ever seen. I instantly thought…who is that?? Obviously intrigued I read more…Freda Lundberg – The Happy Hippie. She was doing a mala making workshop at my friends yoga studio in my home town. I had to go. Luckily there was a spot left open. I took it.

I was pumped. I get to spend 4 hours in a studio learning from this fascinating women, and I hadn’t even met her yet. Arriving at the studio I was greeted in the usual way, with the hugest glowing smile and a feeling full of love. I settled in on my mat full of excitement. Freda – she did not disappoint. The moment she opened her mouth to introduce herself and what she does I felt humbled, refreshed and positive that this mala making workshop was just what I needed. I knew she had to do a retreat with us.

I finally had time to contact Freda and as soon as she answered her phone we were instant friends. She has a light about her you that draws you in. A busy mom and wife who leads an amazing lifestyle and still runs the business of her dreams. How do you find that balance? I have learnt from her that it’s all within you, she will teach us. We spent an hour on the phone and decided we were going for it. We met for lunch, learnt about each other, shared juicy life stories, and hashed out the details.

Empowering Women Retreat

Have you ever wondered what those beautiful, long, beaded necklaces are that so many yogi’s wear? Those are mala’s. Freda will dive deeper than ever before into teaching her students about their origins, how to use them in meditation and everyday life. The workshop will start off with a deep chakra balancing. Don’t know what chakra’s are? That’s ok! That is what this workshop is about – learning. We will even get to make our own mala’s and learn about chakras and gemstones associated with these energy centres.

As a special offer, for the first time ever Freda will show us and share her recipes for her amazing all-natural spa products. We will even be using them and taking some home! What else can the Happy Hippie do? You will have to join us to find out!

Taste of the Weekend

One of the most empowering things about taking part in a retreat is building friendships and having soul-full discussion. We will be doing this while enjoying the wild beauty that The Lodge at Panther River has to offer. We will be indulging in whole foods made for you in house from Panther River’s farm to fork kitchen. Does it get much better than that?

Since this retreat is held on mother’s day weekend we have designed the schedule to focus on empowering women. You do not need to be a mom to attend. We want to bring women from all walks of life together to escape, balance, and empower.

I bet you’re so excited and want to know how much this incredible weekend will be. We have a special price for this weekend only! We will not have this getaway this low again!

Retreat Pricing

The cost of the retreat includes your accommodations, all your nourishing meals, both workshops with the Happy Hippie, and all of the surprises along the way. Prices vary on cabin occupancy. You can’t beat this price!

So what are you waiting for?! Call the girls, call your mom, come solo, or give a gift and meet us in the wild for an unforgettable weekend of empowering women.

Check out Happy Hippie Jewelry on instagram and facebook.

For more information on Empowering Women Retreat or to reserve your spot call 1 844 563 4377 or email

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