Here’s what others are saying:

I arrived tense, tired and bloated .You took me under your wings and soothed my frazzled nerves. Now I am REFRESHED, RENEWED, and REVITALIZED. The fresh raw juices are a rare treat, something my body soaked up with great PASSION.

– Julia Woodford
Editor of VITALITY Magazine

The most relaxing weekend I’ve ever had! Thank you both for taking such good care of me. I have been reawakened to the simple principles of healthy living. What I have learned here will stay with me for all time.

Missing you guys terribly!! My sister and I went on a walk last evening (not as adventurous as Nonpareil’s) and while we were walking we talked about how much we LOVED our stay! We feel like changed women. I must say, things that seemed difficult for me to tackle before now seem effortless now. I feel lighter. I feel energized. I feel incredible!!!!!!
I have a whole line up of people who now want to visit Nonpareil or book an appointment to see you David in Toronto. My mom and grandma can’t wait to meet you both.





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Our 5 day retreat at Nonpareil Natural Health
What a wonderful experience! Mano and David, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Mano, your sense of humour, your loving, caring nature and your constant positivity and encouragement, made the world of difference to us. We had visions of packing up and returning home after 2 days of juicing. but it turned out that at the end of the retreat we wished we could stay 5 more days. We never felt hungry at any time because a big glass of juice with loads of nutrients appeared almost magically just as we felt the first hunger pang. We even celebrated a birthday with a beautiful birthday cake made of fresh fruits and vegetables which was amazing! The breathtaking view of the Crowe River and our experience frolicking under the waterfall was precious. Thank you for taking us there! Your love and support throughout was the secret ingredient that made our detox experience so easy.

David, you are a gem. A true healer and hilarious storyteller, you kept us engaged with continuous laughter and we always wanted to hear and learn more.we spent the entire time trying to comprehend how one individual can be so knowledgeable about health and spirituality, and at the same time be a Jack of all trades and excel at so many hobbies. Your present moment awareness endows you with extraordinary observation skills and you used your observations masterfully to aid in our healing processes. Your caring and compassionate nature and your ability to incorporate a myriad of healing modalities to match exactly what each moment called for was truly amazing, be it our yoga and meditation sessions, storytelling, healing sessions, walks and all the moments in between like balancing acts and hula hoops. All of it was infused with your gentle loving and wise spirit. You truly are a real life Wizard!

Both of you made us feel so welcome from the first minute. We didn’t feel like clients because you shared so much of your lives and experiences and stories with us, and we shared the same with you. It felt like we just became one big extended family and that made our time together so special. As you know, it is not easy for parents and their adult children to spend 5 solid days together, far less while detoxing and dealing with emotional issues in need of healing! It is a true testament of how special you both are and we felt comfortable experiencing all of this in your presence. You superbly managed all of the family dynamics without making anyone feel judged or unsafe. There are not a lot of people who would be able to do that, particularly in our family.

Mano and David, words cannot express the gratitude we feel for giving our family a new outlook on life and a chance to heal ourselves, individually and collectively. You are so blessed to have found each other. It is obvious that Nonpareil is so much more than just a business and a way of earning a living for you. It is your true calling in this lifetime and you both have poured your hearts and souls into this work. As a result, it was evident immediately upon meeting you both that you are overflowing with love for yourselves, for each other and for everyone who enters your home. Thank you. We can ever repay you for what you have give us.


The Shah Family



January 2017

Mano and David,

I want to thank you both for taking me into your beautiful home and sharing your warmth, care and love. What drew me here was a deep need to nourish and cleanse my physical self, but after 3 days here I feel that so much more has been nourished and even healed.

In the cold days of a blustery January weekend, I found my way back to my own heart.

David and Mano, you have both renewed my faith in the inherent goodness of people and that with love, care, attention and wisdom, healing can and does occur.

Much love,




June 2  2017

Dear Mano,

I want to thank you for showing me how to not always focus on the negative, but rather search for the positive.I appreciate that you really took the time to customize my program and make it a fun and memorable experience.

You are the most gentle and compassionate woman I have ever met. I will miss you.

Dear David,

You have taught me to not change myself for others and each situation is a stepping stone towards growth. I love your storytelling and hope to see your pictures published one day. Thanks for putting up with my fidgeting during yoga !




June 2  2017

Dear Mano and David,

To be quite honest, I didn’t know what the week was going to bring.

This has been a life changing experience and you have both brought so much to my life.

I feel awakened and I am looking at relationships, situations and life through a different lens. There is so much that I take with me, and a calm and serenity that I haven’t felt for quite some time.

You both have a way of healing the soul, expanding the heart and challenging the mind.

I will miss you both deeply and long for the opportunity to come again.

With love,


April 2017

To Mano and David,

We are so blessed to have found you both !!!!!
Words cannot describe how incredible you both are. From the moment we arrived you made us feel so welcome and safe. We truly felt at home with you. You have created a beautiful place, both physically and spiritually in which we were able to heal our weary and sick selves with your gracious and caring selves.
Thank you so much for everything.
We can’t wait to come here again!
Much love to you both

Nicole and Jofrey

May   2017

Mano and David,
I have a good life that I am truly thankful for, but when I came to see you I was broken.
I was mentally and emotionally broken. I felt lost and sad.
I needed something and I didn’t know what.
You took me into your beautiful home where there is a beautiful presence.
I trusted you from that feeling that’s here.
You physically nourished me with what my body needed to think clearly.
You helped my body to feel alive and well.
You helped my mind to think it’s way out of sadness and despair.
I’m leaving here with a different way of thinking, of being, of living life.
For that I am truly thankful


Summer 2016

Thank you for the extraordinary experience we shared together clearing and healing my body, calming and soothing my mind
and bringing forward the knowledge and determination I need.
My horrendous belly bloat, the literal elephant in the room is gone !!!!!!!
All the energy here shines with peaceful yet potent intent.
The glorious rural summer, endless fields and woods to walk, the silky river waters to play and swim,
happy yoga to stretch mind and muscles all surround a dedicated health focus.
Organic vegetable juices, power drinks and personal treatments combined to offer me an
encompassing healing retreat into which I gave myself over with gratitude.
The openness of David and Mano welcoming me into their home and lifestyle was magnificent
and allowed me to open myself.
Such a great symbiosis in action as Mano’s sparkle creates a warm security intertwining everyone and
David’s healing sessions delve profoundly, privately into us one by one.
Six days ago I arrived not sure exactly what I needed but happy to find it …and I did.
Their skills and knowledge both David and Mano can share are impressive and very practical.
I leave with a good plan in place, a solid understanding to support it and a clear commitment to achieve it.
“May the long time sun shine on you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you guide your way on”




Dear Mano & David –

Where to begin?  Nonpareil is noncompare!  A very special place tucked away in the peaceful rural countryside with rolling hills.  You arrive not knowing just what to expect and you leave feeling both restored and rejuvenated.

It’s hard to explain it all clearly because the transformation you feel is a gradual natural unfolding of sorts as your stay progresses.  

I first met Mano with her warm smile and big hug – I had spoken with her on the telephone a few times and already felt like I knew her.  I experienced the same warmth when I met David.  They are a special couple – each having their gifts which they openly and willingly share.

The morning bell signalling time to start your day is a joyful sound.  The one hour yoga session skilfully led by David is the most perfect way to begin your day of healing and restoration.  The juices lovingly prepared by Mano (all the time while humming delightful songs) are delicious and satisfying.  During the whole three day stay, I was never hungry or even craving or thinking of food.

David is a gifted and intuitive healer.  He has a special way about him that instantly puts you at ease.  You know immediately that you are in the presence of someone who will help you on your journey.  The mind/body sessions were both powerful and incredibly healing.  The work done during these two sessions created a big shift in my overall perspective and a new vantage point from which to begin again.  The reiki session was so healing that immediately following I had a very peaceful and rejuvenating 2-hour nap and woke up feeling calm and so relaxed.  The massage was the best I have ever had (and I have had many) – it was healing, restorative and almost a spiritual experience with the wind outside rustling in the trees and the beautiful music accompanying David’s skilful work.

The day I left, I felt like a new person – an improved version of my previous self!  I felt like I had been visiting with old friends and did not want to bid them farewell!  The three days of wonderful juices, treatments, yoga, long walks, laughter and tears all weaved together a fantastically transforming experience and one I won’t forget anytime soon.

I look forward to returning again and again.




I experienced my first juice cleansing retreat with Nonpareil just over 10
years ago. I decided it was a great way to spend a mother daughter weekend.
I was surprised at how nervous I felt to give up coffee and carbs for even
my short stay. It was a wonderful awakening for me at 30 years of age. As
soon as we arrived, we were embraced in the soothing energy of Nonpareil and
the nurturing and healing love of Mano and David. We loved the house, the
natural surroundings and the beautiful walks to the running river.  David
led us through restorative yoga practices and Mano nourished us with
delicious cocktails of juice, smoothies and cleansing drinks. We took
advantage of the emotional clearing and my mother and I experienced some
important breakthroughs in our relationship. I felt like a whole new person
when we left and I continued to incorporate their recipes in my daily life
once I returned.  I’ve since been on many other retreats along with another
visit to Nonpareil, and as great as they were, none were as well prepared as
Nonpareil. Mano and David’s strategic approach to wellness is well thought
out and powerful, allowing for noticeable results even in a short stay. I am
now married with a child and trying for another. I have turned to them again
to prepare myself for a healthy next chapter and recommend them highly to
anyone who looking to make a change.
Tanya Chernova



I came with the intention of fasting and getting a start on weight loss, perhaps learning about nutrition that would start me on my way. I experienced that and so much more. I ended asking for courage. I leave feeling taller and clear.

I thank you also for your help with Rick and my shared journey. It has been emotionally supportive. Mano and David you are an incredible team. I love the way you work and are together. Thank you so much for being who you are and doing what you do. Thank you for creating this place.




I came not knowing what to expect, to support Bonnie. Well I have been deeply impressed with what the 3 days provided for ME!

Cleansing and nutritional guidance opened up several new doors. My two individual sessions with David were profoundly helpful not only on a physical level but on a personal level with emotional issues I had been struggling with for a long time. Thank you! The atmosphere of warmth, support, trust created by Mano and David has been very much appreciated. Mano’s caring, optimism and sheer pleasure with life was a joy to be around. I have learned several life lessons which I will put into practice.

Rick C 



It is a sad and happy morning at Nonpareil. I am leaving my safe haven and my beautiful new found angels, Mano and David, are names that will stay with me in my preparation for my new journey.

I came to your door, reluctant, broken, desperate, vulnerable, exhausted, discouraged, stressed, lost and frightened, wondering what I had gotten myself into. Why would I drive for 6and a half hours to knock on a stranger’s door for help.

Before I could get the courage to knock, the door opened and out came Mano, immediately disarming me with an enthusiastic jolly greeting and a smiling face. Then came a hug and a jog outside to help with my luggage. She took care of me, cradled me, and appealed to my senses the minute I stepped over the threshold.

During my entire stay, Mano and David were completely attentive to my needs and feelings. They made me feel like there was nothing else in the world they would rather be doing other than cater to my emotional and physical needs (mind, body and soul), a rare quality!

I am pleased beyond my expectations. I feel light in body, clear in mind, and ready to take on the future and fulfill my dreams.

Mano, you have unlocked the gate of health for me and David, you have healed my soul. I have found inner peace and so much more. Mano, thank you for the green drinks, your  hospitality and fishing trips, and for putting up with my dry sense of humour. David, thank you for the Yoga, hoola hoop lessons, healings, massage, and deep conversations and walks.

Thank you both for LISTENING!!!!!

Mano, you are the Earth Mother, which says it all and David, the gifted healer, a man of wisdom and deep compassion. You are both a breath of fresh air. You are both exceptional and a gift to humankind. I am honoured to have been amongst you for the past 10 days. This great experience was beyond all my expectations. You have given me the gift of inner peace. You have paved the way to my rebirth.

A La Prochaine.

P.S.  Above all I had fun.




I would like to thank you for your compassion and generosity this week that has allowed me to reclaim my truth, my power and my energy.

I have lost 12 lbs. as a result of the nutritional juices prepared by Mano. The sauna was amazing, and helped me shed additional layers that covered the real me. Above all, I had the opportunity to go deep within.

When I arrived, I was full of fear that I had done irreversible damage to my body. I was worried about high blood pressure, had difficulty breathing and my ankles were all swollen. Through the “miracle” of Nonpareil I am now walking 30 minutes per day and all of the swelling and difficulties in breathing are gone!

Walking on your property brought me great peace, the natural symphony of the birds, the intoxicating lilacs, the spring grass, the blue sky and the swinging hammocks.

With Love and gratitude,



August, 2011

Dear Mano and David,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for 5 extraordinary days, spent with you in your beautiful home. We enjoyed every minute of our stay, from the moment we pulled into your front yard and David showed in few seconds to greet us. We found our lost home and friends that we knew only in our dreams. That’s why we felt we knew you for years and now that we found you again, we know we will be friends for the rest of our lives.

You’ve created a quiet place where anyone can be alone and empty out his mind to nothingness and hear himself.

Mano’s juices nourished our body and gave us energy and balance and purified our bodies. We discovered your secret ingredient and we are going to tell everyone- it’s a pure love mixed with singing and happiness. We found a new teacher in David that taught us so many things even things we thought we knew like breathing. David’s treatments were so powerful and deep, liberating our subconscious from unnecessary burden.

Here, we felt like five years old, walking through the woods and discovering the beauty of the world in front of our eyes.

Love and Health,

Yrdjan and Yanja



7 August 2011

Dear Mano and David,

I came here for a small specific medical issue…or so I thought. I kept my mind and heart open. Through David’s healing and Mano’s drinks and loving energy I was given many gifts. I let go of a past destructive relationship, committed to providing my young daughter with a more nourishing diet, shared fears I had been hiding from my best friend, and faced the reality of my eating disorder and all the ways I have been depriving myself. I did this in a mere 48 hours. Nonpareil is a special spiritual place.

Thank you David and Mano, the beautiful house, land and gazebo

Heather Alden


31 July 2011

Dear Mano and David,

Coming to your retreat has kick started my life again. I feel rejuvenated, balanced and have an overall inner peace I was lacking inside for many years.

Thank you Mano for keeping me nourished, our fun time at the River and our heart to heart talk. You are truly a special woman.
Thank you David for all the healing you did on my body, mind and spirit, and for your wisdom and guidance.

You are both such a wonderful influence on people and I hope that anyone who has to re-align themselves, need to distress or simply needs nourishment and love hears about and takes a leap of faith to come to visit you.

Can’t wait to visit again soon.




June 16, 2011

Dear Mano and David,

What a wonderful week this has been!!! With the walks, yoga and swimming and just sitting outside with the breeze, it is truly rejuvenating. I am taking back some plantain shrubs to plant in the garden so you will be a constant reminder. I am still surprised by the juice experience and how it quenched any hunger pangs! This is a new learning experience for me and one I will hold on to.

All the best,

Love Ron



Dear Mano and David,

Wishing you a good day. Thanks to your wonderful treatments, David and your ever so caring nourishment and good advice Mano, I don’t need surgery.

The new X-rays showed minor fractures now. I’m healing well and am keeping up the juicing. The whole family is happy. Lorie and I had a wonderful trip home.

Love Kate



13 June 2011


Dear David and Mano

My time here meant the world to me. I had no idea who to expect or what to expect. Being able to take my mind off of my daily routine, to get out of the rat race. The quiet and peace that I felt here will stay with me forever. Life is so busy especially with thoughts of food and eating, what’s for breakfast, quick stop for lunch, what to pick up for dinner. Why am I so hungry? Food.

This weekend I got to think of everything but food. I got to look within myself. It was quiet enough to hear my thoughts and listen to my feelings. I learned about herbs and faced fears. I was healed in such a short time. I spent a weekend with myself. No worry, no stress, no food, just ME.

Thank you,




May 4, 2011


This was my first time here. My friend Suzanne was the catalyst to this journey. I found the peace and rest that I desperately needed. I was introduced to juicing and detox. I am 10 lbs. lighter and I have a new vision.




May 6, 2011


Dear Mano and David,

Thank you so much for opening your home and your hearts to me. Coming here was the absolute best thing that I could have done at this point in my life. I thought that I was coming for a juice cleanse, but I feel that I have been cleansed inside and out at a much deeper level.

Now I have more clarity and strength to enter the next stage of my life. I hope to come back soon. Many heartfelt thanks and best wishes to you for all your future plans.

Lucy  P.S. Thank you also for the chance to meet, talk with and learn from such amazing people who come here.



April 4, 2011


Everything was great, the hosts, the treatments, the drinks!! Once I got here I knew this is where I was supposed to be to obtain the results I needed inside. Will be back again for sure and will for sure see David in the City.

Best of Health.




April 4, 2011


I had an amazing time. I feel amazing, never felt so alive and fresh. I had a wicked massage. David released every tension point in my body. Hoping to see you soon in yourTorontooffice David. Mano, I had a great time with you and loved your drinks and your smile. I hope to see you soon.

Xoxoxox Susy



March 21, 2011


Today is the first day of spring and it is appropriate that I get to start fresh too!! Thank you for all your help and support. Your home has a wonderful loving energy that is very comforting. I leave here feeling light and refreshed and look forward to what awaits me.

Thank you,




Mano and David,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am so grateful for my experience here. I came here to get physically healthier and lose weight. You helped me achieve that and so much more. I ended up having a great psychological and spiritual healing that I so desperately needed. You opened up a new chapter in my “Book of Life” Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I know I will be able to take the skills and live my life happier, healthier and so will my family.

I can’t wait to come visit you again soon.


Shelley P.




Dear Mano and David,


Mano, your juices were great. I could feel their healing power as they went down my throat. Thanks for the extra smoothies (Power drinks) which satisfied my belly.

David I enjoyed the playful manner of your yoga classes, trying new poses, balancing sticks and most of all, hoola hooping


Sarah and I will be back for SURE!! Thanks again.

Matt Cole




Dear Mano and David,


Thank you so much for this lovely experience. I did not think I would find such a great place to nourish my body, mind and soul. The treatments and sauna were above all expectation. I can promise you I will come often.

Love and so grateful,

Marliese Freund, “Ottawa”




Dear Mano and David,


WE had a great retreat. WE have never felt so cared for anywhere else, we feel nurtured and nourished, received profound treatment and will be back soon.

Much love and gratitude,

Max and Gabriella


Dear Mano and David,


Mano and David are people whisperers, or rather angels living among humans. Under their care, as I learned to slow down to the speed of life, I started to heal to the speed of light. I came here proud of everything I know. I leave here humbled by everything I learned. Thank you Mano and David. It was a blessing, an honor and a privilege to spend the past 2 WEEKS with you.

I honor that I have become a glorious warrior!!!!


Love, Sylvie Lafrance












Nonpareil Natural Health Retreat
658 Wellmans Rd, RR#3
Stirling, ON, Canada
Phone: (613) 395-6332
I arrived tense, tired and bloated .You took me under your wings and soothed my frazzled nerves. Now I am REFRESHED, RENEWED, and REVITALIZED. The fresh raw juices are a rare treat, something my body soaked up with great PASSION.
- Julia Woodford
Editor of
VITALITY Magazine www.vitalitymagazine.com