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Fall Immersion: A Life Worth Grieving – Oct 3-6, 2021 ~ Ely, Mn

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A Life Worth Grieving

How Living Through Challenging Times Can Open the Heart

October 3-6, 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: A Life Worth Grieving: How Living Through Challenging Times can Open the Heart.

The last year and a half has been a time of profound challenge and change in our lives, community and world – unlike any in our lifetime. If we are to heal, it is imperative that we acknowledge that. The confluence of an ongoing global pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, ensuing uprising, social unrest and racial reckoning, and a highly divisive presidential election and public discourse. All of this has unfolded against the backdrop of strained familial and social relations, global climate change, vast inequities within our world, and cultural institutions ill prepared to navigate our ongoing desecration of life. If reading this paragraph is stressful or unsettling, know that you are not alone – you are human.

This time has been stressful and traumatic for many. The stress response has evolved in humans to allow us to endure challenging situations. However, if chronic, it also prevents the experiences from being fully processed, grieved and integrated. Grief is a natural and healthy response to significant loss and change. It is an opening to what is wounded within. Grieving allows us to feel, process, learn from and grow through painful emotions and life experiences. It can lessen the bonds of karma, re-open our hearts to the sacredness of life, and allow us live more fully – so we are shaped but not defined by suffering. Unfortunately, in our culture, we are not taught how to work with painful emotions or grieve. Without grief, the painful experiences of life may continue to rewound and traumatize us.

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 community and nature. The immersion will delve into:

  • Processing what has unfolded in our inner and outer worlds in the last 1.5 years
  • Learning to work skillfully with the stress response: Experiential understanding of self-regulating the limbic and autonomic nervous systems
  • Exploring the relationship of stress, trauma, grief and karma
  • Cultivating presence and compassion amidst painful emotions
  • How life’s rewoundings can be a catalyst for deeper healing: Grief as the ripening of painful emotions to awaken the spiritual heart
  • Yogic practices unwinding chronic stress and wading though grief
  • Yogic practices for remembering the part of us that is untouched by sorrow

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

Daily Session Schedule:                                                                                                       The immersion will begin Sunday Oct. 3 and conclude Weds. Oct 6

Sunday Oct 3:  6-9 pm                                                                                                       Monday Oct 4:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5:30 pm                                                               Tuesday Oct 5:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                   Wednesday Oct 6:  7:30-10am

Optional Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am

Covid Safety Protocols

Your safety and enjoyment of the retreat is our highest priority.  As such, we will be requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated, and submit proof of vaccination, to ensure the safety of everyone on retreat, including families attending and Camp du Nord staff.  Our hope is to not have to wear masks on retreat.  We will assess this based on the CDC guidelines and the state of the pandemic in MN at that time.

Your Investment: 

  • $550 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space
  • $625 – Shared bedroom space (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)
  • $725 – Private bedroom space (queen bed)

Early Registration Discount- Receive $25 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.

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. Your vaccination record card
  3. Submit a $150 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 Sept 3. There will be a $50 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 3.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 3, payment plans are available through paypal credit. All payments are final.  If you’re unable to attend the retreat due to covid exposure, you may receive a 50% 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 inquiries

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Fall Retreat: The Great Unwind Oct. 7-10, 2021 – Ely, MN

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Featured Events, Travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Join us for our 15th Annual Fall Yoga Retreat:

The Great Unwind

 October 7- 10, 2021

We are SO EXCITED to invite you to join us for fall retreat again this year!  The retreat will be held at the pristine Camp du Nord, located 20 minutes outside of Ely, MN, a stones throw from the Boundary Waters.    The retreat will feature two yoga sessions and two delicious vegetarian meals each day. There will be plenty of free time for hiking, canoeing, sauna, massage, reading and relaxing lakeside and fireside, and enjoying quiet reflective time or the company of friends.  Our intention is that this retreat is not just time away. Retreat is sacred space from which to view yourself and your life clearly.   We will explore the practices and wisdom teachings of yoga, as a means to realizing your innate capacity for meaning, freedom and joy within life.

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 retreat, relaxation and reflection for more than 50 years.

 

The Yoga: We will practice for two hours each morning and afternoon.  Morning sessions will consist of an invigorating asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  Afternoon sessions will focus on the subtler aspects of yoga, including: restorative postures, pranayama, meditation, self-reflection, yoga philosohpy and dharma.  

 

Lodging & Meals: Our lodging will be communal in modern wooden cabins, beautiful and simple.  Each cabin features a full kitchen, indoor bathroom, central air & heat, fireplace, living & dining room, bedrooms and sleeping loft.   No T.V.’s, no phones, no distractions- essentially everything you’ll want, nothing you won’t.  We will share two delicious vegetarian meals for breakfast and dinner, in the camp dining hall- a beautiful 15 minute hike through the trails of the forest.  We can accommodate special dietary needs, and we may be able to arrange private cabins for families.  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 (hopefully) + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing lakeside and fireside    ( *massage not included in the price of the retreat)

 

Transportation, Arrival & Departure

The retreat will begin Thursday Oct. 7 at 2 pm with our welcoming, opening practice and ceremony.  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.

Covid Safety Protocols

Your safety and enjoyment of the retreat is our highest priority.  As such, we will be requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated, and submit proof of vaccination, to ensure the safety of everyone on retreat, including families attending and Camp du Nord staff.  Our hope is to not have to wear masks on retreat.  We will assess this based on the CDC guidelines and the state of the pandemic in MN at that time.

Rates & Registration:

Based on past years, we expect the retreat will fill up this year. If you are planning to attend, please send registration and deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space.  Thanks!

The cost of the retreat includes:

  •    All yoga classes
  •    Recordings from all our sessions for home practice
  •    Vegetarian Breakfast and Dinner Feast (Thursday evening through Sunday Morning)
  •    Lodging in accommodation of your choice
  •    Use of canoes, kayaks and sauna
  •    All the fun you can have, with new and old friends!

Accommodation Options + Rates:

Shared Loft Space (Twin Beds): $575                                                                               Shared Bedroom Space (Two Twin Beds or Queen for couples) : $675                           Private Bedroom w/ Queen Bed: $825 

There are a few private cabins which can be specially arranged for families or those desiring more privacy.  Email [email protected] directly for more info or to reserve a private cabin.

Early Registration Discount –  $50 off  when you register + pay in full by July 31.

To reserve your space: please email your Fall Retreat Registration + Waiver to [email protected] and submit a $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable). Payment can be made by Venmo (@vincent-yoga), PayPal (bv[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.

Checks are payable to:

Angela or Ben Vincent (not Vincent Yoga)                                                                           5354 40th Ave S.                                                                                                       Minneapolis, MN, 55417

All payments are due by Sept 3. There will be a $50 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 3.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 3, payment plans are available through paypal credit. All payments are final.  If you’re unable to attend the retreat due to covid exposure, you may receive a 50% credit to future Vincent Yoga events good for 1 year.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.

We would love to have you join us for the sacredness of fall retreat in the northwoods:)  Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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