Fall Immersion: Karma and the Journey of the Soul, Oct 8-11 ~ Ely, Mn

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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