Meet the Owner


Meet Cynthia!

Award-Winning Independent Documentary Filmmaker Cynthia Banks ( has experienced depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorders and addictions. Her recovery to mental wellness has led her down many adventurous paths and today she has dedicated her life to supporting others who want to achieve overall health.

Nine months ago she bought and renovated Rising Spirit, an oasis on the Ganaraska River, to offer an affordable sanctuary for respite. Cynthia is a qualified Addictions Counsellor, Yoga Practitioner with certificates in Anxiety and Stress Reduction & Yoga Nidra, a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and Aromatherapy Masseuse. She is a vocal advocate and supports At-Home Dementia Caregivers through her most recently acclaimed film, the Caregivers’ Club, nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction.

Cynthia Banks Owner

After practicing yoga for 5 years and completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, I became focused on my dream to own a B & B Wellness Retreat and Yoga Studio.  As soon as I committed myself fully to this idea and put it forward to the Universe, it happened quickly. Before devoting myself to this path, I was an independent documentary filmmaker for over 25 years, producing and directing many memorable documentaries for television (see  My most recently acclaimed film, the Caregivers’ Club, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and is playing theatrically across the country.  I strongly advocate for and support At-Home Dementia Caregivers. I am a level II Reiki Practitioner and am currently working towards my 300-hour RYT certification. I also recently worked at the SafeHope Home as an addiction counsellor.  I am extremely blessed and honoured to be on this journey and share it with you.