The gift of retreat – setting aside time to replenish your spirit, re-connect with the self, and align to your yoga – is an essential component of a content practice. In this weekend retreat you will be able to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and enjoy a balance of personal time within the context of a mindful and caring yoga community. Join Douglas Ridings and Jeff Wildenstein in this summer yoga retreat designed to foster an awakening to your inner source of compassion, strength and vitality.
Nestled in the beautiful North Cascades National Park, this weekend retreat will provide the opportunity to celebrate summer by exploring seasonal themes, forms, and variations through asana, dedicated meditation time, and personal time to discover the surrounding environment.
In addition to daily yoga classes, in this special retreat, you can expect to have time set aside to partake in a few extra experiences that both Douglas and Jeff bring to the retreat, including mudra, dance, and physical arts, as well as poetry, creativity, and sign language.
There will also be an optional guided canoe outing on glacier-fed Diablo Lake ($25 additional charge) where you can explore inlets, islands, and Thunder Arm by boat. North Cascade Institute (NCI) staff will lead this trip in their Salish-style 18-person canoe. Note: If you are interested in signing up for the canoe trip, please mention it to 8 Limbs staff when you register. Deadline to register for canoe trip is June 27th.
Enjoy deluxe and nutritious meals prepared as part of NCI’s “foodshed initiative”, give yourself the opportunity to connect with nature, and take your yoga practice to one of the most beautiful settings in the northwest.
As part of the weekend, Douglas will offer an optional workshop focused on the yoga of physical arts, drawing from training and conditioning practices used in Kalari Payattu, Thai Martial Arts, butoh and Odissi dance. At the end of the retreat we will wrap up with time dedicated to one of the most sacred and important areas of the body, the hands. Douglas will share the hasta mudras from classical Indian dance and Jeff will teach a short poem related to the system of Yoga in American Sign Language (ASL). The intention of the hands and this time spent shaping them in specific ways in order to communicate a theme or even to open and shift energetic channels in the body is a gift you will take with you from this retreat.
While all levels of practitioners will be supported, we ask that you have a minimum steady yoga practice of six months. The retreat promises a rich time away from the hustle and bustle of life to reconnect with what is most important to you.
Location: North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located on Diablo Lake in the heart of the North Cascades National Park. A partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Seattle, the ELC is surrounded by millions of acres of public lands. It is a hub of discovery into one of the wildest, most diverse landscapes in North America. Learns of all ages come to explore and participate in innovative programs that inspire and enrich their lives.
Single/shared bath: $650
Double/shared bath: $535
Triple/shared bath: $480
Quad/shared bath: $450
Rates include accommodations, all meals, use of facilities, and yoga classes as well as a guided naturalist hike one day. Transportation to the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center is not included; carpooling encouraged.
Note: We will do our best to accommodate your rooming preference but cannot guarantee this. There are a limited number of single rooms available. All rooms are dorm style with two bunk beds per room and all bathrooms are shared. Please note that if you want a triple or a quad you may need to sleep in a top bunk. Please specify at the time of registration if you have any roommate preferences.
*If you register for a double, triple, or quad and do not have roommate(s) with whom you are registering you may be required to pay the forced rate for the room above you if nobody else registers for that room; you also may be asked to lodge with a person of the opposite sex. The forced rate (see below) will be applied if your room cannot be filled by June 1, 2017.
Forced single: $555
Forced double: $515
Forced triple: $465
We advise you to register early as our retreats tend to fill. Please submit your deposit of $200 to secure your spot. Full payment is due by 6/15/2017.
Cancellation Policy: Refund of your payment(s) less a $50 cancellation fee until 6/15/2017. No refunds will be given after 6/15/2017.
About North Cascades Institute:
North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located on Diablo Lake in the heart of the North Cascades National Park. A partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Seattle, the ELC is surrounded by millions of acres of protected public lands. It is a hub of discovery into one of the wildest, most diverse landscapes in North America. People of all ages come to explore and participate in innovative programs that inspire and enrich their lives. For more information please visit www.ncascades.org