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Yogic Meditation Immersion + Optional Teacher Training – Begins January 2024

Posted by on Oct 23, 2023 in Featured Events, immersion, meditation, Retreats, teacher training, yoga | Comments Off on Yogic Meditation Immersion + Optional Teacher Training – Begins January 2024

Yogic Meditation Immersion +

Optional Teacher Training

outdoor meditation devanadi yoga

Begins January 2024
w/ Ben Vincent and Tanya Boigenzahn

This immersive program is for all sincere seekers and students of Yoga looking to (re)commit to, deepen, and refine their practice of meditation. It begins with a year-long immersion to learn the essential purpose, preparations, processes, and practices of Yogic meditation – all with the support of experienced teachers and a sacred community.  Tanya and Ben will guide you to becoming firmly established in your meditation practice so that you may embody its peace and power in all aspects of your life.

About the Program

Yoga is a sacred science (vidya) of Self-Realization – a holistic system of teachings and practices to know our true Selves, commune with the Ultimate Reality (brahman), and bring forth the greater potential and purpose of life. For thousands of years, meditation has been at the heart of the Yoga tradition. The process of Yogic meditation is unique in that it mirrors the journey of human life. It helps us to sustainably unfold and bring healing and awakening to all the layers of our being. As we continue the journey of practice we realize freedom, fulfillment, joy, and connection with the whole of life.

The timeless teachings and practices of Yogic meditation are as relevant today as ever. Amidst the busy-ness, stress, and turbulence of our modern lives, the postures, breathwork, and relaxation of Hatha Yoga have become very popular.  However, without meditation it is an incomplete science.  Meditation allows us to experience our unchanging essence, True Self or Soul, allowing us to live skillfully and gracefully in a world of change.

This immersive program is for all sincere seekers and students of Yoga looking to (re)commit to, deepen, and refine their practice of meditation. It begins with a year-long immersion to learn the essential purpose, preparations, processes, and practices of Yogic meditation – all with the support of experienced teachers and a sacred community.  Tanya and Ben will guide you to becoming firmly established in your meditation practice so that you may embody its peace and power in all aspects of your life.

Following the year-long immersion, graduates will then have the opportunity to enroll in our 3-4 month teacher training module to learn how to transmit and share Yogic meditation as a teacher.

Tanya and Ben have created this program based on more than 50 years of combined study, personal practice, study and teaching.

The Program Consists of 3 or 4 Parts

1) Essentials of Yogic Meditation (January – April 2024)
2) Deepening the Well of Practice/Sadhana (May – September 2024)
3) Steep + Embody: The Sankalpa of Sadhana (October – December 2024)
4) Meditation Teacher Training: Learn to Transmit + Share (January – March 2025)
(Part 4 is an optional additional module, for those interested in learning to teach)

CEs: 108 with Yoga Alliance for RYTs for the Immersion + 24 more for Teacher Training

Location, Dates + Times

LOCATION: LIVE at Devanadi Yoga in Mpls. + LIVESTREAM – ZOOM (recorded for easy makeups)

TIMES (US Central): 
1 Sunday/month: 1-5pm & 2 Mondays/month: 6-8pm

DATES – 2024 Meditation Immersion:
Jan 21, 22, 29 | Feb 5, 12, 25 | Mar 4, 18, 24 | Apr 8, 22, 28 | May 6, 19, 20 | Jun 9, 10, 24 | Jul 8, 22, 21 | Aug 5, 19, 11 | Sept 8, 9, 23 | Oct 7, 21, 27 | Nov 4, 17, 18 | Dec 2, 6-8, 16
+ December 6-8 – Group Meditation Retreat (In Person or Virtual) at The House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN. There will be an additional $150-250 fee for lodging for those attending in person.

DATES – OPTIONAL Meditation Teacher Training 2025:
Jan 13, 27, 12 | Feb 10, 24, 9 | Mar 3, 10, 16

Early registration discount thru Dec 1.

More Info and Registration Here

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Fall Immersion: Karma and the Journey of the Soul, Oct 8-11 ~ Ely, Mn

Posted by on May 24, 2023 in meditation, Retreats, ritual, Travel, Uncategorized, yoga | Comments Off on Fall Immersion: Karma and the Journey of the Soul, Oct 8-11 ~ Ely, Mn

Karma and the Jounrey of the Soul

October 8-11 – Ely, Mn

Our annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a communal retreat setting.  This year we will be delving into ” Karma and the Journey of the Soul.” The immersion will explore in-depth teachings and practices individually and collectively through dharma teachings, holistic practice (asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, yoga nidra, self-reflection, etc.), meditative ritual and time in nature and community.

KARMA. We’ve all heard of it. Widely acknowledged and accepted, It’s preached from pulpits to pop songs. Yet it is also profoundly misunderstood.   Karma is not a doctrine, theory, belief or dogma. It is not so much a system of cosmic or divine justice.  Karma isn’t what happens to us, but what happens within us and what we happen within.

Karma is a universal law.  It’s an essential part of Dharma – the natural order of the cosmos on the individual, collective and universal levels.  Literally meaning “action, its cause and effect”, karma governs that what is happening in the present has been by the past and compels the future.  From celestial bodies to human hearts and minds, this chain of cause and effect influences all things in the web of life.  Together, karma and dharma shape the essential nature, inner workings and interactions of all beings.

On the human level, karma is the reality that all our experiences and actions (deeds, thoughts, speech, feelings, desires) leave impressions on us. These karmic impressions are stored in the subtle and casual bodies.  They compel us into birth, shape our bodies, minds, energies and emotions and are carried with us from death to rebirth.  Our journey through life(times) is inextricably interwoven with karma – through the gifts we are given, the challenges we face, and the lessons we learn.  If we are to find freedom and fulfillment in life, understanding and taking responsibility for karma is an essential key for embodying our dharma and realizing our destiny.

This immersion will explore:

  • What is karma and how does it work? 
  • Karma Chakra: The wheel of cause and effect
  • Three types of karma and the three bodies
  • Karma, Chakras and the subconscious mind
  • Karma, Reincarnation and Samsara: Life’s journey to freedom and fulfillment
  • Ancestral Karma: Family and Fate
  • Our personal, familial and collective patterns as rites of passage
  • Learning from and healing the karma of relationships
  • Karma, Dharma + Destiny : The obstacle is the way
  • Holistic Yogic practices for taking responsibility for, healing and transforming karma
  • Stories, myths, song and rituals for karmic healing, purification and transformation
  • Different perspectives and approaches for working with karma
  • Common misconceptions about karma

The Place: Up the Echo Trail from Ely, MN, and a stones throw from the Boundary Waters – Camp du Nord is nestled among birch, maple and pine forest alongside Lake Burntside.  This Northwoods sanctuary has been a place of retreat, relaxation and reflection for generations.

Lodging & Meals: Our lodging will be communal in modern wooden cabins, beautiful and simple.  Each cabin features a full kitchen, indoor bathroom, fireplace, living & dining room, bedrooms, sleeping loft and wireless internet.  You will be responsible for your breakfast and lunch. Dinners will be communal, each participant will be part of the cooking group for one evening meal. We’ve done this for years, and it works wonderfully. Preference for lodging requests will be given in the order in which registrations are received.  To view one of the cabins, please click here

Activities: 

Hiking, Canoeing + Kayaking,  Sauna + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing lakeside and fireside and the occasional hootenanny singalong ( *massage not included in the price of the retreat)

Daily Session Schedule:                                                                                                      

  • Sunday Oct 8:  6:30-9 pm                                                                                                      
  • Monday Oct 9:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5:30 pm                                                              
  • Tuesday Oct 10:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                
  • Wednesday Oct 11:  8-11am – Option to stay to Oct 12 (more info below)

Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am (recommended, but optional)

Transportation, Arrival & Departure                                                             

It is about a 4.5 hour drive from the Twin Cities.  You are responsible for your own transportation.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in finding you a carpool if you like.  For Directions, click here

Arrival time is anytime after 4pm On Sunday October 8. We’ll have a group meal Sunday at 5pm, and the immersion will begin officially at 6:30p. Teaching and group practice will end Wednesday Oct 11 around 12. Based on the feedback of past participants, I highly recommend staying until Oct 12. The extra day will allow for processing and integration of the immersion through time in nature, community, shared meals, sauna, massage, etc. The prices below are for the nights of Oct 8-11. If you wish to stay til Oct 12., please add an additional $40 for a loft space, $60 for a shared room and $80 for a private room.

Your Investment: 

  • $645 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space
  • $725 – Shared bedroom space (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)
  • $850 – Private bedroom space (queen bed)

Early Registration Discount- Receive $30 off the shared bedroom or loft rates when you register and pay in full by August 7.  Yoga Studies grads receive $50 off with early registration. Early registration discount does not apply to private rooms or cabins.

All rates are per person. This is a small group immersion and space will be allotted in the order in which registrations are received.

Rates are inclusive of:

  • Lodging: For more information on accommodations and activities, visit the fall retreat page.
  • Immersion Tuition
  • Use of Camp du Nord facilities (sauna, hiking trails, canoes + kayaks, etc.)

Massage will be available during breaks.  Please note meals are not provided. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs. We will plan to eat dinners communally, with groups taking turns preparing food if the group size accommodates eating/cooking together.  

To reserve your space: please submit all registrations materials + deposit at the same time, via email to [email protected], with a copy of:

  1. Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver
  2. Submit a $250 deposit per-person (non-refundable). Payment are preferred through Venmo (@vincent-yoga), and can also be made through PayPal ([email protected]), check (see directions below), or CC. Venmo is free when paying as a friend.. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal, CC or when paying for “goods and services” through Venmo to cover costs.  Contact us directly to pay via CC or paypal.

All payments are due by Sept 10. There will be a $50 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 10.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 3, payment plans are available through paypal credit. All payments are final. The non-refundable $250 deposit covers the costs to camp du Nord in the event that the retreat should have to be cancelled for unforeseen reasons  If you’re unable to attend the immersion due to serious illness or emergency, you may receive a 30% credit to future Vincent Yoga events good for 1 year.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.

Ben Vincent (not Vincent Yoga)

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inqu

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Women’s Retreat: Release, Replenish, Refocus w/ Angela ~ July 29-30, 2023

Posted by on May 15, 2023 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Women’s Retreat: Release, Replenish, Refocus w/ Angela ~ July 29-30, 2023

Women, yoga, Meditation, Connection, Food, Nature, Water

Join Angela on this unique 2 day Women’s Yoga Retreat to Release, Replenish + Refocus.

To retreat is an opportunity + an invitation to slow down, nourish oneself deeply, reflect, connect with Self and the community that is gathered. Mid-summer is an incredible time to take a pause from the hustle of social gatherings + summer festivities to check-in, breath the fresh air + tend oneself on multiple levels.

Welcome ease + enliven your inner vitality through:

~ 2 Yoga sessions each day that will include movement, meditation, guided relaxation + self-reflection

~ Ample time for walking in nature, swimming or simply basking in beautiful Lake Sagatagan

~ Family style meals, community connection + space for solitude

All levels are welcome.

The retreat begins at 9:30am on Saturday, July 29, 2023 + closes at 4pm on Sunday, July 30, 2023.

The setting is the House of Prayer nestled amongst the maple trees on the edge of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Approximately 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities of MN.

Accommodations: Private or shared rooms (all single beds)

1 light breakfast, 2 lunches + 1 dinner included. Delicious meals provided by House of Prayer + Eat for Equity. Although meals are provided, we will set tables + do meal clean-up as a community. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Your Investment:

Private Room – $545

Shared Room – $495

Discounts – 

Early Bird : $25 off the above rates when paid in full by June 7, 2023.

Register with a friend : $25 off each registration.

Kitchen / meal helper : $50 off. Kitchen helpers will be assisting with light food prep + oversight in the kitchen. Email [email protected] if interested. (FULL)

Space is limited. Room preferences will be allotted in the order in which payment and registration are received.

Add-on an extra night : Friday, July 28 or Sunday, July 30

 $75/night (paid separately), email [email protected] to receive details on how to secure your additional space.

To reserve your spot on Retreat:

  1. Please email the completed registration form to [email protected]
  2. Submit a $200 deposit (non-refundable). Payment is preferred through Venmo (@vincent-yoga). Payment can also be made through cash, check, PayPal ([email protected]), CC. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal or CC to cover costs. Please contact Angela directly to pay via cash, check or CC.

All payments are due in full by July 21, 2023. There will be a $50 fee for late payments. All payments are final and non-refundable, unless your reserved space in the retreat is filled. If filled, you will receive paid amount minus deposit.

Angela Vincent is a guide, coach, facilitator and teacher in Minneapolis. She is committed to supporting growth + connection throughout all of life’s journey. She has been teaching Yoga for 20 years + loves weaving in other modalities to inspire students to harness their inner vitality + trust their inner knowing. She’s offered retreats for 15 years + is always struck by how a unique collection of individuals can come together to create something magical as inner insights arise, community is created + people tend themselves + one another with great compassion.

Please contact [email protected] with any inquiries about the retreat or registration.

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Taking Refuge: The Ritual of Retreat as Sanctuary for the Soul – Begins March 2023

Posted by on Jan 12, 2023 in Retreats, ritual, Travel, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Refuge: The Ritual of Retreat as Sanctuary for the Soul – Begins March 2023

Taking Refuge

The Ritual of Retreat as Sanctuary for the Soul

March 2023 – January 2024 w/ Ben Vincent

It has been a joy, calling and honor to lead yoga retreats for more than 15 years. Retreat is a sacred space from which to see ourselves and life clearly. A time to re-commune with the timeless. Retreat is a ritual of honoring our inner call: to slow down, find rest, reflect upon, reconnect with and recommit to what is most important in life. For many years, I’ve had a slowly gestating vision for a year long program of quarterly retreats set around the solstices and equinoxes. Like a seed buried deep in the snow, while the vision seemed dormant, slow and meaningful changes were unfolding. Leading retreats during the pandemic and upheaval of our world over the last 3 years has been rite of passage and preparation for this program. We’ve explored challenging and relevant topics to find healing, meaningful connection and dharmic response amidst troubled times. Our retreats have evolved organically to integrate many essential elements or “primary satisfactions” that have sustained the human spirit and culture over the ages:

  • Spiritual practice + study, rooted in Yoga ~ integrating many traditions
  • Time in solitude, community + nature
  • Creative expression (music, poetry, art, etc.)
  • Sacred ritual for healing and awakening
  • Myths and stories
  • Shared meals, conversations, laughter and tears

Upon returning from fall retreat and immersion in October, the seed of vision sprouted during a morning meditation practice. I was transported back to the Oratory (pictured at the top) at the Episcopal House of Prayer where my yoga journey began (this time around) 25 years ago. Immediately, there was a flash of inner knowing: this is the place and now is the time.

I was reminded of Krishna’s teaching in the Bhagavad Gita (4.7):
When Dharma falters and chaos rises up, then I manifest and give forth of mySelf.

What is taking refuge?

Taking refuge is a vow to a life of dharma – living in alignment with our true nature – through all the phases of life. It is a ritual of returning to sanctuary, to what truly nourishes us, especially during troubled times. We are living through a period unprecedented change and challenge in our lifetimes. From the natural world to human culture, the layers of life are being overwhelmed by overlapping crises. Old wounds and ways of being that cause suffering are surfacing, individually and collectively. This is not the first time humanity has gone through a collective dark night of the soul. Many ancient cultures and spiritual traditions understood that periods darkness are an essential part of the cycles of worldly life (samsara). When faced consciously, they can be an initiatory rite of passage in the life of the soul, the awakening the world and the re-creation of dharma. In this painful, yet necessary time of dis-integration, lies the hidden potential for healing, meaningful transformation and life coming forth a new – if each of us do our part. The wisdom traditions of ancient India (yogic/ buddhist/ tantric) venerate Three Jewels for taking refuge amidst samsara:

  • Teacher (inner and outer)
  • Teachings + Practice (dharma)
  • Sacred community (sangha)

Each of these plays an essential role in sustaining us. When interwoven, they form the fabric of our spiritual lives: supporting our healing journeys, helping us return to our essential nature, and bringing forth our unique dharma for the healing and awakening of ourselves and the world. Taking Refuge will be rooted in:

  • Cultivating deep connection thru teachings/ practice, teacher (inner) and sacred community.
  • Practices + tools from Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda for balance through life’s seasons
  • Re-investing in “primary satisfactions” of life
  • Spiritual texts, myths and stories for understanding these times
  • Times of crisis as initiatory rites of passage
  • The sacred power of ritual for healing and awakening
  • Answering the call of our Soul’s dharma to heal, awaken and contribute

Structure of the Program

  1. Seasonal Weekend Retreats
  • March 25-26 – Spring Equinox
  • June 24-25 – Summer Solstice
  • September 16-17 – Autumnal Equinox
  • December 9-10 – Winter Solstice

These small group (15 people) immersive weekend retreats (two-days, one night* – 9 am Saturday – 5 pm Sunday) will consist of:

  • Two sessions of yoga practice + spiritual teachings daily
  • Morning / Evening chanting + meditation
  • Time in solitude, community + nature
  • Seasonal sacred rituals
  • Seasonal Yoga + Ayurveda Practices for balance and well-being
  • Shared meals, stories/myths, songs, tears and laughter
  • * Those wishing to lengthen their retreat stays may add extra nights as available (more below)

2. Quarterly Satsangs in Minneapolis: Teachings, practice and community time.

  • Spring Satsang, Saturday, May 13
  • Summer Satsang, Saturday, August 12
  • Fall Satsang, Saturday November 4
  • Winter Satsang, Saturday January 6, 2024

Satsangs will be recorded if you are unable to attend in person.

Retreats will be held at the Episcopal House of Prayer, in Collegeville, MN – 75 miles NW of Minneapolis. For over 30 years, they’ve been welcoming groups for retreat and spiritual practice. Recognized for it’s potent sacred space, natural and architectural beauty, it is a sanctuary designed to support deep connection.

The House of Prayer is nestled on the edge of Saint John’s Abbey and University – amidst the remarkable beauty and sanctuary of 2,700 acres of extensive pine and hardwood forest, wetlands, lakes, oak savanna, restored prairie, and hiking trails.  Its been a place of learning and spiritual refuge for over 165 years.

Accommodations and Meals

The retreat house is designed to support both community and solitude. There are single and double rooms with twin beds, individual sinks, desks, chairs and reading lamps. The larger living/ dining spaces and restrooms are shared. The oratory and prayer room are available as quiet, contemplative spaces. In the spirit of community, we will eat meals communally. Each person will be assigned to a group responsible for planning and bringing/ preparing one meal per retreat. Meals will be vegetarian and we’ll do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. We’ve done meals this way for years on fall immersion, and they are always wonderful!

Your investment

This small group program is limited to 15 people. Spaces + accommodation preferences will be allotted in the order in which payment and registration are received. Rates for the program are as follows (inclusive of program tuition and lodging):

Private Room – $2750                                                                                                           Shared Room – $2450

Early Registration Discount – $150 off the above rates when paid in full by Feb 7. Payment Plans may be available on an individual basis for those unable to pay in full by March 7.

Optional Add-ons

Quarterly Private Session w/ Ben: $400 for the year ($100 x 4, a $40 discount/ session) *Extra night stay: $75/night (paid separately as available), for those wishing to add Friday or Sunday night to any retreat weekends,

To reserve your space:

  1. Please email the completed the registration form to [email protected]
  2. Submit a $500 deposit (non-refundable). Payment is preferred through Venmo (@vincent-yoga). Payment can also be made through cash, check, PayPal ([email protected]), CC. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal or CC to cover costs. Please contact Ben directly to pay via cash, check or CC.

All payments are due in full by March 7. There will be a $75 fee for late payments. All payments are final and non-refundable, unless your reserved space in the program is filled. If you choose to withdraw from the program, your payment will be forfeited.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.

Please contact [email protected] with any inquiries about the program, registration or payment plans.

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Honoring the Spirit of the Season: A Winter Ritual – December 17, 3-6 pm

Posted by on Nov 29, 2022 in ritual, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Honoring the Spirit of the Season: A Winter Ritual – December 17, 3-6 pm

Honoring the Spirit of the Season

A winter ritual of reflection, reconnection and reverence

Dec. 17, 3-6 pm in-person event in Minneapolis

Amidst the cycles of life, the stillness, cold and dark of winter draw us inward. Winter invites us to rest and reflect deeply, reconnect with the sacred, and remember and recommit to what is most important. For as long as there have been human cultures, we have gathered in community to share stories, meals and creative expression. We gather in ritual to honor our place in the web of life, our loves and losses, and the presence of the sacred. Traditionally, these ritual gatherings venerate significant times in the rhythms of nature and events in the life of cultures. This is certainly true around the winter solstice, holidays and new year. While much of this has been lost amidst the busy-ness and commercialization of the holidays, in these darkened times we need rituals of reconnection now as much as ever.

This gathering will consist of teachings + stories, yoga practice, self-reflection, chanting and communal ritual honoring the year that has passed and the spirit of the season. We will explore themes of love, loss, forgiveness, healing and gratitude in these challenging times.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. As of Dec. 14, there are still 3 spaces available.

To reserve your space, please email [email protected] and send payment ($50-150 sliding scale) via venmo to @vincent-yoga, or via paypal to [email protected]

Once your email and payment are received, Ben will send confirmation and preparatory information via email.

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