Neuro Retreat 2024: The Past, Current and the Future

Friday, June 7, 2024toSunday, June 9, 2024
Manoir Saint-Sauveur, 246 Chem. du Lac-Millette, Saint-Sauveur, QC, J0R 1R3, CA

By invitation

This year's Neuro Retreat will take place on June 7-9, 2024, at Manoir Saint-Sauveur in the Laurentians. Ideally located only 45 minutes from Montreal and in the picturesque village of Saint-Sauveur.

The annual Neuro Retreat is always a fantastic opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn about exciting initiatives at The Neuro and to take advantage of the local surroundings. This year will be no different! 

The collegial and interactive environment characteristic of our retreats provides an ideal forum for fostering interactions among members of the Neuro community, as well as with colleagues from across the McGill campus. Together, we strive to build an even stronger and more integrated network that will work together to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and treatment of neurological diseases and disorders.

This year’s program includes a combination of lectures and symposia. We will learn about the activities and key priorities of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), as well as other key research and clinical programs at The Neuro including a talk on the integration of Research and Clinic (by Jo Anne Stratton) and Building Next Gen Brain Imaging Tools for Population Neuroscience and Global Health (by Udunna Anazodo). The retreat will feature a spotlight on international collaborations, new recruits and on patients from a nurses perspective. 2024 will mark two important milestones - The Neuro’s 90th anniversary and the BIC’s 40th.

As in previous years, our program also includes team building integrated within the program, and extra-curricular activities aimed at further connecting our community and reinforcing our common goals.

The Location
  • Located 45 minutes from Montreal, Manoir Saint-Sauveur is known for its exceptional rustic chic ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities
  • The Laurentians region is a four-season destination of international caliber, offering a multitude of outdoor activities and festivals
  • The Manoir Saint-Sauveur is just off highway 15, with many local activities within walking distance  
  • The hotel features a wide range of facilities—an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, a gym, a five star spa, and a magnificent outdoor mezzanine with a view of the mountain
  • The Neuro Retreat will occupy almost half of the available rooms, suites and condos which underwent major renovations in the past five years

Neuro extra-curricular activities

*These activities will be organized through the Neuro and require registration.

Hiking on Mont Saint Saveur

The trails are accessible at walking distance from the hotel. A group guided hike departs at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Moderate level hike, approximately 2 hours in length. Organized by The Neuro team.


Yoga for all levels. No experience needed. Sign up in advance (preferred) or with the Neuro Event team at the retreat. The classes will take place Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. Bring your towel or yoga mat, comfortable clothing is recommended. Cost is $20 payable in advance. Organized by The Neuro Team.

Art Activity

Painting for all levels. Create an original artwork using paint. Materials supplied by The Neuro. Painting will take place Saturday between 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Organized by The Neuro Team.


Experience a 45-minute scenic run, tailored for intermediate to experienced runners. The run is scheduled on Saturday morning, commencing at 7:45 a.m. Organized by The Neuro Team.

Regional attractions

Enjoy a variety of summer adventures, including hiking, swimming, ziplining, and biking. For those who prefer indoor pursuits, immerse yourself in wine tastings, explore art galleries, or unwind at local spas.

Here are some recommended activities near Manoir Saint Sauveur:

Art Galleries

Saint-Sauveur's Rue Principale stands out for its renowned art galleries. Discover a rich collection of artworks by renowned Quebec artists, showcasing a diverse range of captivating themes! Rue Principale is a brief walk from Manoir Saint-Sauveur.


Embark on an exhilarating journey through the forest, soaring 100 meters above ground, traversing from one side of Mont Catherine to the other via two expansive ziplines, all under the guidance of certified experts. Conclude your adventure by unwinding in a cozy heated teepee. A guaranteed adrenaline rush awaits! For details, please click here.

S'mores Activity

Enjoy making S'mores in front of a private outdoor fireplace. Reservation needs to be done at least 2h prior to the activity. Reservations booked via Manoir Saint-Sauveur. For more information, please see details here.

Parc aquatique Saint-Sauveur

Nestled amidst the scenic backdrop of Saint-Sauveur, the Parc Aquatique offers an exhilarating aquatic escape for all ages. Dive into a world of thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and interactive water features designed to ignite excitement and create lasting memories. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or leisurely relaxation, this renowned water park promises a blend of fun and relaxation. 10-minute drive from Manoir Saint-Sauveur. For more details, click here.

MSS Bike Park - Versant Avila

MSS Bike Park on Versant Avila creates an experience tailored for both novice riders and seasoned professionals. With meticulously designed trails, ramps, and terrains, the park offers an adrenaline-fueled adventure against the stunning backdrop of Saint-Sauveur. Embark on a cycling journey that combines challenge, excitement, and natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination for biking aficionados. Rental bikes are available. For more details, click here.


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Manoir Saint-Sauveur, 246 Chem. du Lac-Millette, Saint-Sauveur, QC, J0R 1R3, CA

Organizing committee

Justine Clery, Chair

Alain Dagher

Maiya Geddes

Allison Jacobson

Kepkee Loh

Heather Perkins

Deborah Rashcovsky

David Sinclair

Jo Anne Stratton

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