Retreats

Finding balance in Fall – tools and meditation for returning to center

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Featured Events, Retreats | Comments Off on Finding balance in Fall – tools and meditation for returning to center


In the traditions of Yoga + Ayurveda, fall is known as the season of vata dosha- the time when the elemental energies of air and space predominate.  As the warmth (fire) and humidity (water) of summer dissipate, the inner and outer environments become increasingly cool and dry.   in this season of harvest, daylight decreases (there’s no saving it!), summer’s abundance wains and all animate things draw energy back toward their core.   For many, this time of transition can be challenging – the body may become stiff or achy, stress and anxiety can elevate, we struggle to re-create schedules, and mourn the passing of summer and what is to come.  Balance- the ability to remain centered amidst change- is the foundation of well-being.

Essential  to re-establishing balance in the fall, is to return to healthy life rhythms.  Here are a few tips and a free guided meditation to support you well-being this fall.

Healthy Rest + Sleep:  Return to regular patterns of sleep and rest.  For most people 10pm – 5 or 6 am is ideal.  Prepare for sleep by unplugging (1 hour before bed) and releasing stress.  Soaking your feet and oiling them with warm sesame oil is extremely helpful, as is herbal tea.  Make time for physical and mental rest everyday.   Yoga nidra is a perfect practice.

Regularity in Diet:  Make the most of harvest season.  Do a cleanse of whole cooked foods (nuts, grains, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats). Eat food that is mostly warm and wet, hree regular meals per day, with lunch most important.  Have a lighter dinner by 6 to allow for full digestion before bed.

Recommit to Self-Care:  You are responsible for maintaining the well-being of your body, mind, energies and heart.  No one can do it for you.  the more you care for yourself, the more fully you will show up for what is most important in life!  Yoga offers a holistic means for self-care.

Yoga Practice:  Emphasize steadiness and ease in practice.  Forward bending postures, twists, extensions and postures which work the core muscles are excellent.  Same Vrtti (1:! breathing) Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi Pranayama  are all recommended.  Agni Sara kriya is helpful for physical and mental balance, centeredness and digestion.  Golden Egg meditation kriya will help you to gather scattered energies and mind.  When you do this meditation, begin at your navel in the mornings and early afternoon, at your heart in the late afternoon or evening.

Non-Attachment:  What is unnecessary or unhelpful in your life that can be let go of?  This can be an activity, a responsibility, a thought or any way you use energy.  Lessen screen time.  Moderate consumption of food and beverages, especially those which dull or overstimulate you.   Even as you recognize what can be let go of , focus primarily on returning to what is essential in your life.  Focus on the relationships that are most important: with yourself, your loved ones and the greater whole of life. re-commit to wats of being that allow you to thrive. Non-attachment is the natural result of returning to your center.  Superfluous things will fall away at the right time, like autumnal leaves.

Feel free to email [email protected] with questions or comments.  Wishing you all the best in this season of the harvest!

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The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga ~ Fall Immersion: Oct 14-17 – Ely, MN

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, travel | Comments Off on The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga ~ Fall Immersion: Oct 14-17 – Ely, MN

  The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga:

                Awakening peace, power and love                                      

 Fall Immersion ~ Oct 14-17  –  Ely, Mn

“Armed with this understanding, you will shatter your karmic bonds.  On this path, no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed.  Even a little of this dharma will shield you from great sorrow.”     – Bhagavad Gita 2.39-40

  Our annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a retreat setting.  We will explore the in-depth teachings and practices of through dharma, meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, chanting, yoga nidra and self-inquiry.

This year’s topic is: The Inner Pilgrimage of Yoga: from suffering and fear, to peace, power and love.  Many of us come to yoga knowing there is more to life than surviving.  Particularly in tumultuous times, we are unsure how to find lasting meaning and freedom in a world of change and fragmentation.    Yoga councils us to work with what is within our control: our own bodies, feelings, energy, mind and heart.  This is our initiation into the journey of Self-Mastery: to learn from pain, heal our wounds and awaken lives of greater peace, power and purpose.  Using the chakra system as our guide, we will explore:

  • Essential teachings of Yoga and Tantra on the journey to Self-Mastery
  • Suffering as the call to “inner activism”
  • Shakti: Awakening sacred power within to heal, empower and serve
  • Awakening the 3rd Eye Center:  Establishing sthithi- the power of inner peace foundational to Yoga. 
  • Awakening the Navel Center: Tending the sacred fire of empowerment and self-transformation, to overcome fear, attachment and limiting self-identity.  
  • Awakening the Heart Center: Awakening the power of love, coming home to your sacred essence
  • Karma and the granthis: the obstacle is the way to overcome that which binds our peace, power and love

                                                 Daily Session Schedule:                                                          The immersion will begin Sunday Oct. 14 and conclude Weds. Oct 17

 Sunday Oct 14:  6-9 pm                                                                                                      Monday Oct 15: 9a-12p, 3:00-6:00 pm                                                                    Tuesday Oct 16:  9a-12p, 3:00-6:00 pm                                                                Wednesday Oct 17:  8-11 am

Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am, Possible evening satsangs

Your Investment: 

$535 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space                                                             $575 – Shared bedroom (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)       $675 – Private bedroom (queen bed)

Early Reg. Discount- $25 off above rates when you register + pay in full by July 31 Yoga Studies Grads- $25 off above rates or $50 when combined with Early Reg.

Rates are inclusive of

  • Room
  • 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 share evening meals if the group size accommodates eating/cooking together.  For more information on the accommodations, visit the fall retreat page.  We will plan to eat dinners communally, with groups taking turns preparing food.

To reserve your space: please send your Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable).   We accept cash, check, Credit Card, and electronic payments (paypal, venmo, square cash).

All payments are due by Sept 15.  All payments are final.  There will be a $35 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 15.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 15, payment plans are available through paypal credit.

Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent                                                                                                                   5354 40th Ave S.                                                                                                 Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please email [email protected] for CC or electronic payment.  There is a 3.5% service fee to cover Credit Card transaction costs.

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Yoga and the Sacred Act of Self-Care Fall Retreat: Oct. 10-14, 2018 – Ely, MN

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join us for our 12th Annual Fall Yoga Retreat,

October 10- 14, 2018.

 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 feasts 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 + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing lakeside and fireside    

( *massage not included in the price of the retreat)

 Transportation, Arrival & Departure

Our welcoming ceremony will be at 8:30 pm on Weds. Oct. 10th,  and we will depart after brunch and cleanup on Sunday Oct. 14th.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in arranging transportation.  For Directions, click here.

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
  •    Vegetarian Breakfast and Dinner Feast (Th.-Fri.) & Brunch on Saturday + Sunday  (We will do a group potluck Saturday evening)
  •    Four nights lodging
  •    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) : $625                           Private Bedroom w/ Queen Bed: $745 

Priority for private bedrooms will be given to couples.  There are a few private cabins which can be specially arranged for families or those desiring more privacy.

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

To reserve your space: please send your Fall Retreat Registration + Waiver  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable).   Payment can be made by check, CC or paypal Credit.  There is a 3.5% for CC and paypal to cover the credit card costs.  Contact us directly to pay via CC or paypal.

All payments are due by Sept 15.  All payments are final.  There will be a $35 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 15.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 15, payment plans are available through paypal credit.

Checks are payable to:

Angela or 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 Immersion – Oct 25-28: The Meditative Heart of the Yoga Sutra

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Retreats, Travel | 12 comments

Fall Immersion:  The Meditative Heart of the Yoga Sutra

 October 25-28  –  Camp Du Nord,  Ely, MN

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is the most important text in Classical Yoga Philosophy.  Written approximately 2200 years ago, it is a comprehensive exposition of the yogic spiritual path.   These teachings – which layout a path to end suffering through cultivating lives of presence, freedom, purpose, and non-attachment – are as relevant today as when they were written. The Yoga Sutra focuses largely on the cultivation and clarification of the human heart-mind, as a means to Self-Realization.

Our first annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a retreat setting.  We will explore the traditional teachings and practices of the yoga sutra through dharma, meditation, asana, pranayama, chanting and self-inquiry.

The immersion will begin the afternoon of Sunday October 25, and conclude on Wednesday, October 28.

Daily Session Schedule:

Sunday, 10/25     3-5:30 pm + 7:30-9 pm                                                                                Monday, 10/26    9-12, 3-5:30 pm+ 7:30-9 pm                                                              Tuesday, 10/27    9-12, 3:00-5 pm + 7:30-9 pm                                                           Wednesday, 10/28  8-11a

Rates for the Immersion:

Early Registration Discount – $445 (paid in full by Aug 31)                                                     Full Immersion Price-  $475

These rates include room and tuition for the immersion.  Please note meals are not provided.  Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs.  For more information on the accommodations, visit the fall retreat page

All payments are due in full October 10, with a fee of $25 for late payments, payment plans & registrations received thereafter.

To reserve your space, please send your Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver copy  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable)

Checks are payable to:

Angela or Ben Vincent

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

 

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Mexico Winter Retreat – March 19-25, 2016

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Retreats, Travel | 0 comments

Mark your calendars…March 19-26, 2016.  Join Angela and Ben for a week of Pure Bliss at beautiful Present Moment Retreat center near Troncones, Mexico!   Stay tuned for more information.

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Winter Four Desires Immersion: Ely, MN – Feb 7-10, 2019

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized | 3 comments

“As is the desire, so is the will.

As is the will, so is the deed.

As is the deed, so is our destiny.”

-Brihadaranyaka upanishad

                           Four Desires Immersion                                                 Ely MN, February 7-10, 2019

   Join us for our annual winter retreat at Camp du Nord, outside Ely, Minnesota.  Winter is a sacred time of turning inward to find the light within.  The quietness and stillness of north country are the perfect environment for this work.  Plus you’ll have free time for sitting by the fire, cross country skiing and sauna.     
   According to the yoga tradition, our lives are the product of our deepest driving desires. Yoga identifies four universal desires: Meaning, Prosperity, Joy & Freedom. These are known as the purusharthas – the means of the soul. These fundamental longings compel all human thought, action and behavior. In our modern world of instant gratification, we tend to misdirect the power of these desires -seeking fleeting pleasures- rather investing in the life’s work of Self-Realization. Only to find we are unfulfilled, unsatisfied and left wanting more. The life you are called to requires your conscious attention, dedication and effort. You must walk the path of your destiny.

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

  In this special winter retreat, you will be guided through a profound and transformative introspective process, as laid out by Rod Stryker in his book “The Four Desires.”  We will use teachings, yoga postures, breathing and meditation practices, chanting, self-reflection and journaling to:

  • Uncover the soul’s purpose – your reason for being in this life
  • Rediscover how each of the four desires resonates uniquely in your life
  • Recognize 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

The Place: Camp du Nord, near Ely, MN.   Set amongst the pine and birch forest alongside Lake Burntside, Camp du Nord has been a natural place of retreat, relaxation and reflection for more than 50 years.

 

The Yoga: We will practice for three hours each morning and afternoon. The practice will be focused around the teachings of the four desires, and will include dharma talks (teachings), asana, breath work, meditation, chanting, journaling, and self-inquiry.

 

Lodging Our lodging will be communal in modern wooden cabins, beautiful and simple.  Each cabin features a full kitchen for meal prep, 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.  click here

Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing,  Sauna + Lake Plunge, Massage, Relaxing fireside    

( *massage not included in the price of the retreat)

 

Retreat Schedule                                                                                                                Thursday 2/7 –  6:30 – 9pm                                                                                                  Friday 2/8 – 8:30- 11:30 am + 3-6pm                                                                                    Saturday 2/9 – 8:30- 11:30 am + 3-6pm                                                                              Sunday 2/10 –  8:30am- 12:30pm                                                                                           There will be optional chanting and unguided meditation each morning from 6-7am.  Evenings will give you an opportunity to reflect on the work from the day, and receive personal support as time allows.

Transportation, Arrival & Departure

Our welcoming ceremony will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday. Feb. 7th,  and we will depart after cleanup on Sunday Feb 10th in the early afternoon.  We encourage carpooling, and will assist in arranging transportation.  For Directions, click here.

Rates & Registration:

Due to the immersive nature of this work, this will be a small group retreat.  Space is limited and we anticipate the retreat will fill up.  If you are planning to attend, please send registration and deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space.  Thanks!

The retreat includes:

  •    Four Desires Yoga Immersion
  •    Three nights lodging in shared or private rooms.  Private rooms feature queen        beds, preference for private rooms will  be given to couples.
  •    Use of saunas, cross country ski and snowshoe trails.  Skis + Snowshoes are available to rent thru Camp du Nord.
  •    All the fun you can have, with new and old friends!

 

Your Investment + Accommodation Options

Shared Loft Space  $495 Early Bird, $535 Full Price 

Shared Bedroom  $535 Early Bird, $575 Full Price

Private room – $660 Early bird, $700 Full Price

Private Cabins may be arranged for an additional fee, with payment in full.  Rates will depend upon the number of occupants.

Early bird discounts are available to those who register and pay in full by Dec. 24, 2018. All payments are due in full January 15, with a fee of $35 for late payments, payment plans & registrations received thereafter. All payments are final.  There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, travel or sickness.

To reserve your space, please send your Winter Retreat Registration + Waiver  and $150 deposit per-person (non-refundable) You can can also pay by Credit Card over the phone.  There is an additional 4% charge for cc purchases to cover service fees.

Checks are payable to:

Ben Vincent

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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