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A Life Worth Grieving – Weekend Retreat w/ Ben + Angela Sept. 13-15, Collegeville, MN

Posted by on May 28, 2024 in Featured Events, meditation, Retreats, ritual, travel, Uncategorized, yoga | Comments Off on A Life Worth Grieving – Weekend Retreat w/ Ben + Angela Sept. 13-15, Collegeville, MN

September 13-15 – Collegeville, MN ~ Hosted By Ben + Angela Vincent

In a world of change, grief is a natural part of love. Grief is the pain we feel when we lose what we love – someone, something, some part of ourselves or life.

Who among us has not suffered the loss of what we love over the past years?

Grief is a complex set of feelings and emotions (including sorrow, anger, fear, shame, guilt) that comes when we are wounded. Its powerful force moves through us in waves – each visitation carries the painfully important message that we are hurting and in need of care.  Grief is not only a symptom of being wounded – it’s also an essential part of its healing. Grief allows emotions to move through us, so we may learn to hold life and loss with greater love.  From time immemorial, enduring cultures have honored and tended grief collectively.  Allowing it space and expression through ritual, song/music, creative expression, spiritual practice, movement, time in solitude, community and nature makes life sustainable.  When grief is tended, we can survive, and in time, process loss. Though painful, grief can deepen and mature us, bringing the possibility of healing and learning from life, individually and collectively.  

  In our hyper individualized and grief phobic culture, we have largely forgotten deep community and forsaken healing rituals.  Absent their web of support, we tend to hold our grief privately.  There is a survival wisdom to burying deep within that which we cannot process on our own, but it has a long shadow.  When we do not recognize or honor the presence of grief collectively, we tend to personalize and pathologize the pain of our unprocessed losses.  This feeling is who I am and it’s what’s wrong with me.  Untended grief often becomes grievance – hardening our hearts against ourselves, one another, life and the world. This is one of the root causes of much of the pain, dis-ease and conflict we see in ourselves and the world today.  While initially protective, these ways of coping/not coping with loss are ultimately corrosive to the lives of freedom and fulfillment we long for.

  Thankfully, there is another way of being with what is wounded.  When grief is held and tended collectively, it reconnects us with a deep part of our humanity and our place in the web of life. Allowing ourselves to touch the vulnerable places within, invites us into authenticity,  intimacy, heartfelt connection and belonging, and even joy.  These are foundational to healing and bringing forth lives of inspiration.  In these times, the re-creation of modern healing rituals is an essential part of healing ourselves, one another, human culture and the living Earth.

We invite you to join us for A Life Worth Grieving – A soulful weekend of deep connection and healing.

Our weekend retreat will explore and tend the sacred ground of the five gates of grief:

  1. Everything you love, you will lose
  2. The parts of you which have never known love
  3. The sorrows of the world
  4. What we expected and did not receive
  5. Ancestral grief

You’ll be supported + guided through a process of grief tending, rooted in time tempered practices:

  • Teachings, tools and resources for processing and healing
  • Learning to work skillfully and compassionately with grief, painful feelings and emotions
  • Grief as a catalyst for deeper healing and a threshold for awakening
  • Time in solitude, community and nature
  • Journaling and Self-Reflection
  • Shared song, music and creative expression
  • Holistic + Accessible Yoga Practice (Movement, breath-work, stillness, meditation, mantra, etc) 
  • Sacred Ritual
  • Shared Stories and Meals                                                  

Retreat Schedule

Our retreat will begin Friday Sept 13 at 3 pm, and conclude Sunday Sept 15 at 4 pm.   Our time together will consist of guided sessions as a group, shared meals, time to yourself and in nature.                

Location

We’ll retreat to the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN – 75 miles NW of Mpls. For 30+ years, they’ve been welcoming groups for retreat and spiritual practice. EHoP is a sanctuary designed to support deep connection – renowned for its potent sacred spaces, natural + architectural beauty.

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.

Rates are inclusive of:

  • Lodging
  • Food (All meals, Dinner Friday – Lunch on Sunday)
  • Tuition for retreat
  • Access to Saint Johns University Facilities (lake, forest, hiking trails, abbey church, etc,)

Vegetarian meals will be provided through Eat for Equity. We will plan to eat communally, with everyone taking turns helping in the kitchen and cleaning up after meals.

Your Investment: 

  • $ 675 – Shared bedroom space
  • $ 795 – Private bedroom space
  • Early Registration Discount: $30 less when you register and paid in full by July 15
  • Kitchen Helpers discount: We are looking for two lead kitchen helpers for light meal prep and assistance at all meals. You’ll will receive an additional $50 discount on your retreat. Email [email protected] if you re interested.

This small group retreat is limited to 14 people. Spaces will be allotted in the order in which deposits and registrations are received. To reserve your space: please submit all registration materials + deposit at the same time, via email to [email protected], with a copy of:

  1. Retreat Registration + Waiver
  2. Submit a $300 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. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal or CC to cover costs.  Contact us directly to pay via CC or paypal.

All payments are due by August 31. There will be a $75 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after that date.  For those unable to pay-in-full before August 31, payment plans are available through paypal credit. All payments are final.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.

Please email [email protected] any questions. Thank you for considering joining us and may you find the healing you seek.

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Fall Immersion: Tantra + the Sacred Power of Life – Chakras, Kundalini and Shakti – w/ Ben Oct. 6-9, 2024 Ely, Mn

Posted by on Apr 18, 2024 in Featured Events, immersion, meditation, Retreats, ritual, sacred, tantra, Travel, Uncategorized, yoga | Comments Off on Fall Immersion: Tantra + the Sacred Power of Life – Chakras, Kundalini and Shakti – w/ Ben Oct. 6-9, 2024 Ely, Mn

Tantra + the Sacred Power of Life:

Chakras, Kundalini and Shakti

October 6-9 – 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:

Tantra is an ancient branch of yogic science, which views whole of life as sacred. Tantrics see and experience the universe as an expression of two co-eternal forces: Consciousness (shiva) and Creative Power (shakti). Consciousness is the transcendent yet immanent field of intelligence which endows all things with an essential nature (dharma), the inner knowing of how to fulfill dharma, and interweaves the dharma of all things. Shakti is the creative power or force, of which everything that comes into being is an expression. In this understanding, human beings are microcosms of the larger whole – we are living temples of shiva and shakti. To be born human is a gift and an opportunity. Just as there are concentrated sacred spaces in the outer world, so to there are sacred sites within the human being. These are known as the chakras – concentrated centers of consciousness and energy, linked by the sushumna nadi, or “sacred river of energy” at the core of our being. Tantric Yoga aims to awaken these through practice, to realize our true nature and the sacred essence of life known as kundalini shakti.

This immersion will delve experientially into Tantra and the sacred power of life. We will integrate dharma teachings, holistic practices (asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, kriya, yoga nidra, self-reflection, etc.), meditative ritual and time in nature and community. Our in-depth exploration will include:

  • What is Tantra?
  • The Living Temple of Being Human
  • Prana – balancing and awakening through the life force
  • Chakras: Exploring the sacred centers and their powers
  • Kundalini Shakti: Awakening to and embodying the power of the infinite
  • Granthis – the psychic knots which block our awakening
  • Shakti: Tantric practices to awaken power, bring forth dharma and transform karma
  • Practices for awakening (to) kundalini skillfully:
  • Hatha Yoga to prepare for Awakening
  • Mantra – The power of sacred sound
  • Kriya – Active tantric meditation for transformation
  • Yantra – Sacred geometry of of the subtle body
  • The Yoga of Ritual

The Place:  Camp du Nord, near Ely, MN.  A stones throw from the Boudary Waters, Camp du Nord is set amongst the pine, maple and birch forest alongside Lake Burntside.  It has been a natural place of sanctuary, retreat, reconnection for more than 50 years.

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 6:  6:30-9 pm                                                                                                      
  • Monday Oct 7:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5:30 pm                                                              
  • Tuesday Oct 8:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                
  • Wednesday Oct 9:  8-11am – Option to stay to Oct 10 (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 6. 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 9 around 12. There may be the possibility of staying an extra day until Oct 10. to rest and integrate. Please inquire when registering if interested.

Your Investment: 

  • $675 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space
  • $795 – Shared bedroom space (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)
  • $925 – 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 July 31.  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 $300 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, there are no refunds unless the retreat gets cancelled. The non-refundable $300 deposit covers the costs to camp du Nord in the event that the retreat should have to be cancelled for unforeseen reasons.  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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Four Desires Immersion: March 8-10 in Minneapolis

Posted by on Jan 9, 2024 in immersion, meditation, Retreats, tantra, Uncategorized, yoga | Comments Off on Four Desires Immersion: March 8-10 in Minneapolis

 

The Four Desires 

According to ancient understanding, each of us is genius – “born with spirit.” We come into life with an essential way of being, unique talents and gifts. Each of longs to bring these forth – for these are the gifts and medicine we are here to offer to the life of the world. We will also inevitably face hardship, challenge and suffering. These painful rites of passage return us to eternal questions: : “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “Why is there pain in life and what can i do about it?”, “What am I called to?”, “How can I best serve life?”. When lived into, these inquiries initiate us into deeper ways of seeing and being. They stir the essential longings of the soul to realize the greater purpose and potential of our lives.

Yoga identifies four universal desires which compel all of human life. Collectively, they are known as the pursharthas or “the means of the soul”. They are:                                                 

  •  Dharma: To realize who we are and fulfill the greater purpose of our lives  
  •  Artha: What we need materially and non-materially to realize our dharma
  •  Kama: Joy and Happiness
  • Moksha: Freedom from suffering, healing and freedom the to live the lives we are called to

When we understand how we relate to each of them uniquely, they form a blueprint for a life of balance, empowerment and fulfillment

Unfortunately, most in our modern world tend to misdirect the power of these desires. Those inclined toward material thriving tend to seek fleeting pleasures, rather than investing in the life’s work of Self-Realization. Only to end up unfulfilled, stressed and left wanting more. Those inclined toward spiritual thriving tend to reject desire as narcissistic, lessening its capacity to bring forth healing, awakening and inspired living.  The ancient seers understood that worldly and spiritual thriving are expressions of a life well lived. When awakened, dharmic desire aligns us with the ultimate reality, and empowers us to bring forth our essential genius in service of life!

Realizing your life’s potential requires conscious attention and dedication –  you must walk the path of your destiny!

  The key to desire empowering us is to see clearly what we really want, to stay open to learning from life, and to work skillfully and selflessly toward its realization.

  In this immersion, Ben will guide and support you through the Four Desires – a profound and transformative introspective process, as laid out by Rod Stryker in his book “The Four Desires.”  We will use yogic teachings + practices, self-reflection, and journaling to:

  • Uncover your soul’s purpose for being in this life
  • Rediscover how each of the four desires resonates uniquely in your life
  • Re-cognize self-limiting patterns which keep you from fulfilling your potential
  • Learn to use these “obstacles” as a means to self-transformation
  • Create a vow of tangible action toward the realization of our calling
  • Learn techniques and practices for personal empowerment and self-mastery
  • Explore the power of right desire to transform your life and the world

Immersion Schedule:                                                                                                                 March 8: 1:30 – 8:30 pm ~ March 9: 10:30a – 6 pm ~ March 10: 9:30a – 3:45p

There will be a 90 minuted break in the middle of each day.                                                                                                

Your Investment:                                                                                                                   Full Rate – $425.                                                                                                                       Early Registration- $375, when you register and pay in full by Feb 8                             Yoga Studies Grads- $25 off the above listed rates

Space if limited, and will be allotted int he order in which deposits and registrations are received.  To register, email [email protected] and submit a $150 deposit (non-refundable) through venmo (@vincent-yoga), cash or check. Payment is due in full by March 6.

Location:  The River’s Way Mediation Center in the Ivy Building for the Arts – 2637 27th Ave S, Suite 201, Minneapolis

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Tantra Shakti: The Sacred Power of Life Taking Refuge 2024 – Begins in March

Posted by on Dec 26, 2023 in immersion, meditation, Retreats, ritual, sacred, tantra, teacher training, yoga | Comments Off on Tantra Shakti: The Sacred Power of Life Taking Refuge 2024 – Begins in March

Taking Refuge 2024

Tantra Shakti – The Sacred Power of Life

March 2024 – January 2025 w/ Ben Vincent

Taking refuge is a vow to a life of dharma – living in alignment with the ultimate reality and our true nature – on all levels of life. It is a ritual of returning to sanctuary, to what truly nourishes and sustains us, especially during troubled times. The program of Taking Refuge is rooted in the teaching of the three jewels in the yogic wisdom traditions:

  • 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.

Tantra (“to weave, to expand beyond limitation”) is an ancient branch of yogic science for awakening to the sacredness of life. It is a vast spiritual system which has evolved to help humanity realize freedom, fulfillment and empowerment through living in alignment with the sacred.  Tantra is rooted in the understanding that there is a singular, all pervading reality which has two primary aspects:                                     

Consciousness (Shiva, the transcendent aspect of the divine, eternal, illimitable consciousness that is the ground of Being)                                                               Creative Power/Energy (Shakti, the immanent force of the divine, from which the entire universe, in all its diversity and multiplicity manifests)

Tantra is a living tradition – evolving from the diverse spiritual and shamanic traditions native to the Indian Subcontinent to awaken the potential of humanity.  According to the ancient sages and scriptures, it is the most auspicious form of yoga/ spiritual practice for modern era known as the Kali Yuga or “The Long Dark”. As a life-affirming, inclusive and holistic spiritual science, Tantra is a profound antidote to the ongoing delusion, dis-integration and desecration of our world. Tantra sees human life as a profound gift. Our bodies, energies, mind, heart and soul are an expression of the same creative force and consciousness from which the universe was born. We are living temples of shakti + shiva. To make the most of this life, Tantra has evolved a vast body of teachings, practices and rituals for healing, awakening and bringing forth lives of inspiration and empowerment. Taking Refuge will consist of: seasonal retreats, monthly satsangs, guided home study and practice and optional private sessions

Program Structure:

  1. Seasonal Retreats 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.
  • Spring: March 16-17 at the House of Prayer (EHoP) in Collegeville, Mn
  • Summer: June 22-23 at the House of Prayer
  • Fall: October 6-9 at Camp du Nord near Ely, Mn
  • December 14-15 – at the House of Prayer

Spring, Summer and Winter Retreats will be small group (15 people) immersive weekend retreats (two-days, one night – 9 am Saturday – 5 pm Sunday) at the House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN. * Those wishing to lengthen their retreat stays may add extra nights as available (more below) Fall Retreat for Taking Refuge will be at our annual Fall Immersion, Oct 6-9 at beloved Camp du Nord! Retreats will consist of:

  • Two sessions of yoga practice + spiritual teachings daily – rooted in tantra, honoring and integrating diverse traditions.
  • Morning / Evening chanting + meditation
  • In Depth Study and Practice of Tantra
  • Time in solitude, community + nature
  • Sacred rituals for individual and collective healing, awakening and transformation
  • Creative expression (music, poetry, art, etc.)
  • Myths, Stories and Songs
  • Shared meals, laughter and tears

2. Monthly Satsangs :Teachings, practice and community time in Minneapolis Saturdays 10a-1p: April 13, May 18, July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21, Nov 16, Jan 11

Audio recordings of satsangs and retreats will be shared after each session.

3. Guided Home Study and Practice: Readings, journaling, audio recordings and home practice to support your learning and embodiment of the teachings. 

4. Optional Private Sessions – For those interested in more personalized guidance and support, you may add quarterly individual sessions with Ben. See “your investment” below for more info.

Our Study + Practice will include:

  • What is Tantra? Its essence, origin, traditions and evolution
  • Study of Traditional Tantric texts, paths, philosophies and chants
  • Living Tantra in the Kali Yuga
  • Training in Essential Tantric Practices
    • Asana (posture)
    • Shatkarma (cleansing practices)
    • Pranayama (energetic breathwork)
    • Mudra (sacred gesture) + Bandha (energetic seals)
    • Tantric Meditation: Kriya, Laya, Mantra Japa, Bhakti and more
    • Mantra + Chanting (sacred sound + vibration)
    • Yantra (sacred geometry)
    • Yoga Nidra (awakening through deep rest)
  • Teachings and practices for the energetic body
    • Energetic Anatomy: Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Kundalini, Granthis
    • Chakras: The vortexes of Consciousness and Energy
    • Kundalini Shakti: Awakening your life to the power of the infinite
    • The Heart Lotus – The ultimate place of pilgrimage
    • Granthis + Karma: The obstacle is the way
  • Gherand Samhita + The Yoga of Sun, Moon and Fire
  • Nava Rasa Sadhana: Yoga of Nine-Emotions
  • The Tantric Understanding of Divinity and ultimate reality
  • The living mythology of Tantra – Luminous Beings, Gods, Goddesses
  • Embodying the Sacred Masculine (Shiva) and Feminine (Shakti)
  • Exploration of Tantric Texts including Gherand Samhita, Vijnana Bhairav + Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
  • Rituals for Individual and Collective Healing, Awakening + Transformation
  • The Importance of rituals and shakti sadhana in the Kali Yuga
  • Dharma Shakti: Awakening the power of the in Self, Family, Community + World
  • Diksha: Opportunity for Initiation into the Himalayan Tradition through receiving a personal Mantra
  • And much, much more!

Retreat Locations, Accommodations and Meals

Spring, Summer and Winter Retreats will be at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville, MN – 75 miles NW of Mpls. For 30+ years, they’ve been welcoming groups for retreat and spiritual practice. Renowned for its potent sacred space, natural + architectural beauty, EHoP 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.

Fall retreat of Taking Refuge will be the annual fall immersion at beloved Camp du Nord. Deep in the northwoods on pristine Burntside Lake, near the Boundary Waters, this area has been a place of sanctuary for generations. 3 days of in-depth study + practice. Free time for hiking, paddling, sauna, massage and deep connection.

The retreat house at EHoP 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! Accommodation on the fall retreat at Camp du Nord are in comfortable modern cabins.

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 are inclusive of program tuition and lodging – including accommodation in private or shared rooms at EHoP, and in communal loft spaces at Camp du Nord. You can upgrade to shared or private rooms for fall retreat.

Private Room – $3250                                                                                                    Shared Room – $2950

Early Registration Discount – $150 off the above rates when paid in full by Jan 31. 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 $150 fee for late payments and payment plans. 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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Yogic Meditation Immersion + Optional Teacher Training – Begins January 2024

Posted by on Oct 23, 2023 in 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, Recalibrate w/ Angela – August 10-11, 2024

Posted by on May 15, 2023 in Featured Events, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Women’s Retreat: Release, Replenish, Recalibrate w/ Angela – August 10-11, 2024

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

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

To retreat is an opportunity + an invitation to slow down, nourish oneself deeply, reflect, connect with Self and the community that is gathered. Late-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, August 11, 2024 + closes at 4pm on Sunday, August 11, 2024.

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, 2024.

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.

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

Add-on an extra night : Friday, August 9 or Sunday, August 12

 $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 complete the registration form.
  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 19, 2024. 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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