Rebound Wellness Retreat

August 7, 2021

Barrie, Ontario

This one-day retreat will bring together BIPOC community members and our allies looking to rebound, refresh, and enhance their lives following months of quarantine.


All We Do, We Do As One

Nothing is accomplished alone, everything we do depends on the strength of others.

Our community’s success builds on the efforts of everyone around us to work together.

This event gives all who need a refresh the opportunity to rebound, renew and regroup in the fresh outdoors, surrounded by community, after months of Ontario Lockdown.

All are welcome to spend the day for enhanced wellbeing.


Guided Workshops


Renewed Sense of Life


Community Networking

About Us

Andre Rose Fitness!

Andre Rose is hosting a wellness retreat aimed at bringing together members of the GTA BIPOC community to rebound, refresh, and enhance their lives.  Andre is a dedicated fitness professional with more than 20 years experience inspiring himself and others.

Using his learned and lived experiences, Andre has developed a plan for his clients to rebound after months in quarantine.

The Countdown Is On









Welcome Sponsors

As an event partner of this inaugural wellness retreat, you are saying “YES” to supporting wellness and mental health initiatives of diverse Ontarians!  As a sponsor or event partner, your brand could have a unique and exclusive marketing opportunity to impact the lives of all attendees for years to come.


Events for Attendees

Guided Meditation

Bringing mindfulness to the forefront of our health and wellness pursuit. In nature we will connect with our inner self and focus our energy center.

Outdoor Nature Hike

After months indoors, attendees will be trailed through an intensive nature hike to  boost mood, reduce stress and re-connect with nature.

Dangle Fit Back Care

Danglefit utilizes the sling/hammock to stretch the muscles of the spine and to decompress the spine and thereby alleviating back pain.   

Fresh Breakfast & Lunch

Start your retreat with a delicious healthy breakfast full of refreshments and energy then enjoy a fully catered lunch bursting with flavors that will keep you coming back for more! 

Wellness Workshop

Our wellness workshop will not only leave you feeling reenergized to take on your life but give you the tools for continued life improvements.

Dance & Body Movement

Move with us and feel human again as we enjoy an afternoon dance session outdoor to celebrate the body and get down to the hottest DJ beats.


Located 90 minutes from Toronto

ADINKRAFARM has been offering programmes to the community for over 10 years. This black-owned heritage land will continue to operate as a cooperative, community-building organization. 

It is a welcoming space for all, based on the principles of AFRICENTRIC Leadership which require optimism, confidence, truth, knowledge centered on African cultures and values, love, life-long learning, and living in harmony with nature and humanity. We offer opportunities for community to to learn plan and develop in harmony through three pillars of sustainability: RECLAIM, BUILD and GROW.


Renovate and Refurbish projects  RECLAIM the existing property, Cultural events aim to  RECLAIM our African heritage and community connections.


We are exploring opportunities to BUILD on the property further by adding new indoor and outdoor spaces and features to the property.  Planned building initiatives include: Accommodations, Treehouse, Leadership Centre. This project is also about investing to BUILD a community institution for the benefit of future generations. 


Respect to Asase Yaa (Mother Earth), we will cultivate the land to GROW food to support secure food sources and generate alternative sources of power.  Adinkra Farm has conducted an assessment of the soil and have successfully grown crops including sunflower seeds, beans, garlic, melons, carrots and kale.


1.5 hours north of Toronto

Adinkra Farms is situated spaciously among acres of lush Ontario Greenland. Easy access from Toronto is found via the 401 or 427 and north up the 400. Buses will be provided for attendees who need a ride up.


ADINKRA FARM Retreats – Relax, Re-energize, Rejuvenate, Plan – Retreats have many benefits for participants.  Enjoy time away from the everyday. Rates are available for groups and individuals.  Overnight and Day retreat options are available.


ADINKRA FARM WORKSHOPS – 14 types of guided workshops such as: Word Speak, Intro to RITES, African Leadership Principles, Ngoma, Michezo, Kuumba, Makers and so much more.


Depending on COVID 19 Restrictions

This year’s programme will focus on the technological skills and information needed to lead our people into the future. Building on the grounding principle of SANKOFA, we will learn from the past as we look to the future with activities that will fortify young people.

Sponsorship Level Benefits

As a sponsor of this event, you are saying “YES” to supporting wellness and mental health initiatives of diverse Ontarians! As a sponsor or event partner, your brand will have unique and exclusive marketing opportunities to find your ideal clients who want to support your business and help it succeed.

General Donations

You support and donations are welcome! All we do, we do as one. The event is accepting donations on a GoFundMe page. Funds and in-kind donations will be used for event costs that support our mission to rebound, refresh & regroup.

– 2 participant passes, 25% discount on up to 5 additional

– 10 ‘All-As-One’ Group Fitness Sessions with a group of your choice (30 mins)

– Guided Meditation Group Session (1hr)

– Exclusive feature on event video

– Logo on promotional flyer and emails with links to your website & social media

– Large logo and title sponsor position on back of participant t-shirt

– 2 Participant passes, 20% discount on up to 5 additional

– 10 ‘All-As-One’ Group Fitness Sessions with a group of your choice (30 mins)

– Guided Meditation Group Session (1hr)

– Logo on printed promotional flyer

– Logo on promotional emails with link to your website and social media

– Medium logo on the back of the participant t-shirt

– 2 Participant passes, 10% discount up to 5 additional

– 10 ‘All-As-One’ Group Fitness Sessions with a group of your choice (30 mins)

– Guided Meditation Group Session (1 hr)

– Logo on printed promotional flyer

– Logo on promotional emails with links to your website and social media

– Small Logo on the back of the participant t-shirt

Event Committee Members

Our event committee will support in all functions of developing, promoting, organizing, and leading the BIPOC Rebound Wellness Retreat.

Andre Rose

Andre Rose

Event Chairman

Well-known fitness instructor and author of the book, Buns of Steel: The Unstoppable Pursuit of Fitness, Andre Rose uses his lived experience and knowledge of fitness and wellness to develop and transform his clients so that they too can attain a mindset committed to pursuing fitness and wellbeing.

Akiem Ra-Zhì (pronounced Uh-keem Roger)

Akiem Ra-Zhì (pronounced Uh-keem Roger)

Yoga Instructor

Veteran Martial Artist, Fitness Trainer, Bodyguard and Musician dedicated to empowering people through “self”-defense and the discovery that comes with it.

Drawing inspiration from real life experiences and pop culture he is a force to be reckoned with and we are proud to have him leading the Yoga portion of our retreat.

Lee Downer

Lee Downer

Aerial Back Care

Founder of Back Care World and Danglefit Aerial Back Therapy. For 27-years Lee lived with severe low back pain. Now he lives pain free and teaches, trains and coaches people on how to take care of their back and brain. 

Lee’s mission now is offering his many years of experience and back care knowledge to individuals around the world via a year long mentorship program and a certification program to qualified individuals.

Shawn Cuffie

Shawn Cuffie

Event Consultant

Director Of Event Production and Development  at DLM Group Of Companies Shawn is a visionary who has staged hundreds of events across the world for over 26 years.

Thanks to his bold vision Shawn has created large-scale corporate and charitable events for TD Bank, Rogers, Air Canada, the ROM, the AGO and many more. 

Leigh-Ann Hearne

Leigh-Ann Hearne

Lead Volunteer

Lead Volunteer for the Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) Rebound Wellness Retreat. I have volunteered and I’m still volunteering with many diverse organizations and plan different projects community based. With this Rebound retreat we are geared towards empowerment and better health within our community and people. All we do we do as one community, building people for a better tomorrow.

Peta-Ann Leon

Peta-Ann Leon

Marketing Consultant

Founder and lead creative at Leon Designs Marketing Agency. Peta-Ann is a marketing specialist and project manager focused on campaign strategy and outreach. Through her agency she finds success for business entrepreneurs looking to generate leads and make sales with digital branding. Peta-Ann loves wellness and self-care initiatives.

Marsha Laylor

Marsha Laylor

Program Volunteer

A middle school teacher with the Peel District School board for the past 18 years. She also owns her own business whose aim is to bring optimal health to everyone around her.

She has a passion for music and so she teaches traditional African drumming and dance and even plays in a teachers’ rock band.

This love of staying fit has led her to coach several sports teams she believes that the key to happiness is developing a growth mindset, finding the joy in every situation, surrounding yourself with young people, and doing the things that you love.

Mona Cheese

Mona Cheese

Social Media Manager

I am a social media manager, I help entrepreneurs grow their social media presence and audience. My passion for social media has helped me build strong relationships with entrepreneurs. So, I can better represent their brand on various social media platforms. I have acquired sufficient knowledge of content management and production through years of experience.  

Wellness and fitness play a vital role in my life. They are key components to living a healthy and happy life. As Virgil would say ‘ the greatest wealth is health.’

The Walnut Foundation

Part proceeds of this event will go towards a contribution to The Walnut Foundation – a Men’s Health Interest and Prostate Support Group working with the Black Community in identifying the needs of Black Men. They support in areas of health and health-related issues to provide a forum for discussion in a comfortable, safe and supportive environment.

A Note From Andre:

My reason for choosing the Walnut Foundation was after learning that my grandfather had passed away from prostate cancer and a lack of support within the black community.  It was only fitting, therefore, that I would dedicate my time and resources to an organization that is providing the black community with the help it needs to better inform and educate the community. My appointment to the Board of Directors as Director of Youth Engagement has given me so much appreciation for the work the Foundation does. To work behind the scenes in planning the direction of the foundation is extremely rewarding.

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Registration for the Rebound Wellness Retreat are now open.

Buns of Steel: The Unstoppable Pursuit of Fitness

Request a copy of Andre’s award winning book. Available on Amazon.

“Dedicated to my grandfather who passed away from prostate cancer.”


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