Retreats

Vinyasa Krama: The Art and Science of Sequencing ~ Summer Immersion: Mpls., Aug 9-12

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Vinyasa Krama: The Art and Science of Sequencing

Summer Immersion ~ Minneapolis, August 9-12

  Yoga is a science of Self-Realization- aspiring to bring balance, healing and awakening to body, energy, mind and heart – that we may realize the eternal within us.   To fulfill this greater vision of yoga and the greater potential of our lives requires intelligent and comprehensive practice.   Yoga utilizes diverse practices to touch every aspect of human beings, these include: asana (posture), pranayama (energetic breathwork), shatkarmas (cleansing practices), meditation, guided relaxation, bhavana (intention + cultivated feeling), mantra, kriya, mudra, bandha, self-reflection, conscious living, etc.  The weaving of these diverse modalities into an integrated and effective practice is known as Vinyasa Karma.

  Vinyasa Karma (literally a wise progression) is the art and science of skillful sequencing, which unlocks the transformative power of yoga.  Through attuning to our current state (or those of our students), understanding our needs and the particular effects of practices, we can create and guide practices that empower us to overcome challenges, achieve goals, live meaningful lives and find peace.  This special immersion will explore the essential principles of Vinyasa Karma, including:

  • The true aims of yoga practice
  • How to create and structure holistic practices: integrating postures, guided relaxation, breathwork, mediation and subtle practices  
  • The physics of sequencing: six types of yoga postures, the dynamics of asana, the essentials of selecting and sequencing postures, sequencing for the spine, nervous system, organs, and building toward “peak” postures
  • The metaphysics of sequencing for the energetic body, mind and heart
  • The energetics of sequencing: using prana to influence the doshas, prana vayus and gunas
  • Pranayama- breath work as the sacred link of posture and meditation
  • Tools for adapting practice for time of day, season and life circumstances
  • Practicing in the light of Ayurveda
  • Accessing intuition – the wisdom of the teacher is within you
  • Angabanga and Sarvangabanga Sadhana- Practicing to escape vs. practicing to awake

Immersion Schedule

Dates: August 9th-12th , 8-4:30 pm (Break for lunch from 11:30-1)                                     August 9 – Vinyasa Krama: The Essentials of Sequencing                                             August 10 – The physics of sequencing                                                                    August 11 – The metaphysics of sequencing                                                           August 12 – Weaving together the threads of practice 

Each session will feature lecture, practice, reflection, discussion and  Q + A

Immersion will be held at Yoga Sanctuary on 46th + Blaisdell in S. Minneapolis.

Your Investment:

$465 – Regular Price                                                                                                       $440 – Yoga Studies graduates and active teachers (currently teaching 3 or more classes/ week)                                                                                                                     Early Registration discount – $40 off above prices when registered + paid in full by July 15.

To register email [email protected]  A $150 deposit will reserve your spot. Space is limited, all payments are final.  Drop-In for morning sessions may be available as space allows for $60.

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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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What we’ve been up to…

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A snippet of our past 2 months.  We’ve been living on the move.

An amazing group of practitioners came together at Camp duNord for our annual retreat.  We practiced, laughed, played in the snow, explored Ayurveda + Yoga, enjoyed massage, fires and food together…Fall Yoga Retreat 2012 = a success!  The next week we hit the road for Colorado + a training with our teacher Rod Stryker.  We nestled into mountain life at Avalanche Ranch (cabins + hot springs = perfect retreat).  We quickly fell into a daily routine of soaking in the hot springs, breakfast, yoga, soak, dinner, sleep.  Upon return, we received our India Visas!  We head to India in January…more details to come of our pilgrimage thru the Himalayan Institute.  And, finally, our completion of the fall harvest.  Our kale, collards + brussel sprouts were so unbelievably patient with us this year and now the freezer is stocked!

fall retreat 2012

wintery fall retreat

on the road

avalanche ranch
india visa!
final harvest
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