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A wide range of classes are held at the beautiful Castle on First, including many yoga disciplines, dance, meditation, fitness training, and Taekwondo.

A Special Announcement from The Castle on First & Soar Studios:

In the heart of Fernie’s historic downtown, Soar Cycle Studio and The Castle on First have created a movement that goes beyond the physical.

Both following philosophies celebrating wellness, personal growth and community engagement, Vanessa and Marlene have run these 2 successful fitness studios under one roof for the past 2 years. They are pleased to announce that the positive change will keep rollin' as they unite their companies into 1 integrated operation.

Vanessa will be the driving force behind Soar Studios, while Marlene will continue as an instructor with Soar, and the caretaker of the building. Vanessa is excited to have the support of the existing team of instructors, who will remain the heartbeat of movement within the Castle walls. They will continue to offer all types of classes currently available and members will have access to any kind of class with just one pass. Existing Castle clients and punchcard balances will be transferred to Soar Studios database for clients to use to sign up for all classes beginning Sept 1st.  

*Please note that the remaining passes on Castle punchcards will be valid at Soar Studios only until December 31st, 2017.*

The studios will be closed for the month of August, reopening in September. 

Your Body. Your Ride. Your Community. Soar.


 About The Castle on First:

The Castle is a community of leaders passionate about sharing their love for yoga, dance, fitness and other forms of movement in an inspiring and nurturing environment.

With two large studios and a boutique upstairs, Soar Cycle Studio and a child-minding playroom downstairs, the Castle offers a variety of drop-in classes and on-going workshops. This collaboration is continually evolving so please check back for new updates and partnerships.

The Sun Studio ~ Steeped in sunlight and with soaring views of the Lizard Range, the sun studio is sure to inspire anyone who enters it! This is where we dance, do smart fit, circuit training, and mom and baby yoga. This room also serves as a wonderful meeting or event room. Contact us if you’d like to rent it for your next event or meeting.
The Moon Studio ~ Located towards the back of the castle the Moon Studio is where we practice many forms of yoga, Tai Chi/Qigong, and meditation. With lovely natural light streaming in through the east and south facing windows and the capacity for over 30 students the Moon Studio still evokes the feeling of a warmth and coziness. 
The Castle Boutique ~ From environmentally and socially conscious clothing, to made in Vancouver yoga products, to leading edge aromatherapy products as well as made-in-Fernie hand knit accessories the Castle Boutique is a wonderful and interesting place to shop!

Soar Cycle Studio ~ Located downstairs in the Castle, Soar Cycle is a new and unique indoor cycling experience in Fernie, offering a fresh, complete all-level workout. Join them for Spin-Hit, Spin-Core, straight cycling and much more.

Castle Instructors ~ Learn more about the instructors at the Castle, including;


Marlene Vale
Heather Ivany
Julie Gallant
Kim Malone
Katie Joyce 
Nigel Purdy
Ruthy Shvalbe
Cheryl Grivell
Tricia Clarke

Marlene Vale
Adriana Pumphrey
Liz Francis
Jennifer Hryniw

Krista Hanson
Kathy Sutherland

The Castle Philosophy
~ The Castle on First is a collaboration of like minded individuals who each run their own business inside the walls of this beautiful and welcoming space. We believe that the impact on the health and well being of the community is enhanced and magnified when each collaborator is given this opportunity for personal and professional empowerment.

The Castle Child- Minding ~ The Playroom is located downstairs in the Castle and is booked through the Soar Cycle website. We welcome all our little princes and princesses from ages 6 months.

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