Retreats

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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Yoga Studies: Next Program Begins in Early 2022!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Retreats, Uncategorized | 2 comments

                                        Yoga Studies Program

                                              Deepen your Yoga ~ Empower your Life!

  Are you wanting more from life?  Do want to study and practice yoga more deeply?

Are you a committed teacher or student wanting a deeper experience of yoga?

Are you looking for personal guidance and community on the yogic path?

This unique 9-month program is intended for all sincere students and teachers, looking to deepen their experience and understanding of Yoga.  Through personal and group study and practice,  students will be guided on a transformative journey of healing, self-discovery and empowerment.  We will delve into the teachings and practices of Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda – as a means to awaken our potential for meaning, happiness and freedom in life. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact [email protected]

The structure of the program:

 1) Classes:  Consisting of Dharma talk (teaching), discussion and practice. The program next programs will be offered in person in early 2022, with the possibility of virtual option.  You will receive recordings of all the maser classes to support integration of the teachings through your on going study and practice

2) Three Private sessions to receive:

  • A personalized Hatha yoga + meditation practice
  • Ayurvedic dietary + lifestyle Consultation
  • Yogic spiritual guidance to uncover + empower you life’s purpose (dharma)

3) Weekend Residential Retreat :    We’ll dive into the Four Desires process, exploring your search for purpose, joy, freedom and prosperity in this life – how to see them clearly, what hold’s you back from achieving and how to overcome resistance to create a life of balance and fulfillment.

4) Guide Home Study and Practice: Readings, journaling, audio recordings and home practice to support your growth. 

5) Group community building events

6) Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Our in-depth study will include:

   Essential Teachings of Yoga:

  • What are Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda?  Why are they relevant?
  • History of Yoga: Periods, Types, traditions and its evolution
  • The main branches of yoga:  Raja (Classical), Bhakti (Devotion), Tantra (ritual) + Hatha (Mind + Energy), Karma (Action), Jnana (Knowledge)
  • The Three Refuges of practice:  Teacher, teachings + community
  • Training in Essential Practices: Asana (posture), Pranayama (energetic breathwork), Meditation, Mantra (sacred sound), Chanting, Bandha (energy locks), Mudra (gesture), Kriya (visualization), Yoga Nidra, Kriya Yoga, relationship, Ayurvedic diet + lifestyle, shatkarma (yogic cleansing practices)
  • Karma, Reincarnation and Samsara (the wandering of the soul)
  • The four aims of life – Dharma (meaning), Artha (the means), Kama (joy),  Moksha (freedom)
  • Dukkha:  Why do we suffer and how do we overcome suffering?
  • Overcoming Limiting Patterns & Conditioning – Samskara + Vasana
  • Hatha Yoga –  The spiritual science of mastering Mind + Energy through Asana, Pranayama + Meditation
  • Meditation- The essential yogic practice for awakening the Heart and Mind
  • Samkhya System- The foundation of Indian philosophy & spirituality
  • Essential Texts:  The Yoga Sutra + The Bhagavad Gita
  • Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing
  • Essential Sanskrit Terms + Chants
  • The Koshas:  Layers of Being

Testimonials from past participants

“Over the last 8 years I have had the gift of Ben’s Teaching.  The Yoga Studies program has been his greatest gift.  It profoundly shaped my life in ways I never believed possible.  I’ve been a yoga teacher for nearly a decade, and no other program has had the impact of yoga studies.  No other teacher has supported and challenged me so significantly.  I now have faith in myself and the teachings.  I am purposeful, powerful and peaceful amidst the changes of the world and life.”   –  Anna K   

“The Yoga Studies program came at a pivotal time in my life.  Through it, I reconnected with my authentic self,  enabling me to find purpose in my life again. It gave me clarity and the strength to move forward. I now understand yoga with more depth and insight, and would highly recommend this program to others who are wanting “more” from their life.”    ~ Julie Ann C.

The Yoga Studies program with Ben Vincent literally changed my life.  I went into it with mixed feelings, not sure what to expect and a bit intimidated.  It turned out to be one of the most rewarding and impactful events I have ever participated in. I still practice, almost daily, many of the tools for a richer life that I learned in the program.”    ~ Audrey C.

“For me, the YS program was a profound and life-changing experience led by a profound and life-changing teacher.  I got a whole new set of tools to help me live my life joyfully and in harmony with my best self.  One of the unexpected benefits was developing a wonderfully supportive community of fellow yogis.  I highly recommend this class to anyone serious about cultivating both a deeper understanding of themselves and of yoga.”     ~ Beth G.

“I studied yoga for over fifteen years prior to taking part in the yoga studies program, and the program gave me a foundation and depth of understanding that I did not have from all of my previous study.  Ben is an intensely serious student of yoga and a gifted teacher. He is able to break down postures and anatomy, and has a unique ability to teach yoga as a philosophical system that can help us to shape a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”      ~ Katrin C.

I would like to thank you Ben for the time, effort, love and devotion that you have put into developing this extraordinary yoga studies program. The quality and depth of the program  was beyond my expectations and has provided me with a deep insight and inspiration for myown transformational process. I really appreciated your wisdom – the practices and teaching of yoga philosophy reflected the authenticity of your own practice. -Birgit K.

  “After completing a teacher training program, I felt like something was missing… I needed more support.  I wanted to continue my studies and make sure that I was deepening my own relationship to yoga. I can’t express how life changing and powerful Yoga Studies has been.  It is a unique gem in the Yoga world – a powerfully transformative program, both in personal growth, and in deepening one’s connection to Yoga. I was given real tools to work through the limiting beliefs and negative patterns that had kept me stuck for years.     Over the past nine months, I have solidified my commitment to daily yoga practice, I have deepened my knowledge and immediate connection to the teachings, and I have begun to unveil the potential that has always lived inside of me.  Yoga Studies transforms your life and helps you to live the teachings. If you decide to teach others after completing the YS program, you will know yourself and will be more capable of leading others through the vast and powerful journey of yoga with compassion and sensitivity. Yoga Teacher Training taught me how to teach a class, Yoga Studies taught me how to live and how to embody Yoga.”  I am deeply grateful for this life changing experience and for Ben’s guidance. I believe without a doubt that YS has made me a better human, and a more authentic student of Yoga.   – Stefanie M  

Your Investment:  Program Tuition + Payment Option

Program tuition and payment options will be announced with dates by Fall 2021.  If you are interested in the program, please contact [email protected] for more info.

Follow this link to receive a copy of the application:  Yoga Studies Application.

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

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in 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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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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Costa Rica Retreat

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Retreats, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am freshly back from our annual winter Retreat in magical Montezuma Costa Rica.  Our group spent a week practicing and studying yoga twice each day.  Practices were followed by delicious local meals over looking the emerald green ocean off the southern tip of the Nicoya Perninsula.  Between practices, our days were spent in Costa Rica’s world famous abundant natural beauty at the beaches, ocean,  waterfalls, rivers and jungle- or perhaps relaxing in a hammock and watching the monkeys and iguanas running around the Mango Grove at Hotel Los Mangoes.  We were even fortunate enough to see bio-luminesence- envision glow-in-the-dark- teal waves crashing against the black canvas of the nightime ocean and starlit sky.  The combination of yoga, the natural world and the community of practitioners is a powerful combination for gaining perspective, healing and awakening.  While a blog post certainly cannot convey the most sublime experience of yoga amidst the natural world, here is a little video of a morning practice, with live musical accompaniment by Goundan on the Hang Drum.  Can you feel the vibe?  Pura Vida!!!

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