Being a Dude at a Yoga Retreat
With a Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreat, you’re going to find that our getaways are largely attended by women. We are a proud women-run operation and we work with many empowered, incredible women.
We have had a few brave souls of the male variety come into our circle; either as musicians, guest speakers, or yogis. We have had very positive experiences with the combination of women and men alike. We know our retreats will remain largely women, but we do feel good about opening the space to men too.
In 2019, we know that gender is not binary, but a fluid spectrum from masculine to feminine. Our retreats are a safe space for all people, all ages, all races, all body types- all are welcome here. Our retreats are a space for healing, peace, fun, adventure, community, and connection.
We recently started trying to help men feel more welcomed to attend, because we know an open, accepting, soul-seeking, and vulnerable space is very much needed for dudes too. We know that there are more men out there that want to experience a weekend of introspection, connection, yoga, meditation, stress relief, and outdoor adventure.
We had a great group of guys join us in October 2018 and we wanted to share their reflections with you:
“It was amazing experience. I enjoyed every single second of it. Everyone was so welcoming and fun to be around. The environment was so peaceful and I loved it.
I encourage people to go out and enjoy this beautiful experience. Thank you so much for creating this kind of loving environment. I am so glad I am part of this. Thank you for everything.” - Samuel Hundessa
“I attended the Boreal Bliss Fall Yoga Retreat at Eagle Bluff Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN. It was great. There were so many activities: hiking, meditation, metaphysics, bonfires and as much yoga as I could handle. The accommodations were comfortable and just “camp-like” enough to make everyone feel together and welcome. Even the food was great.
One thing I’d add as a man at a retreat which was predominantly attended by women I got to experience an environment that was outside of my comfort zone – in the best way possible. There was no sense of competition, giggles were encouraged and affirmations flew at you from every angle. In short, the retreat was just what I needed to feel good about who I am and stretch out in every known way.” - Kipp Dubow
“I had the pleasure of attending a Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreat at Eagle Bluff in Lanesboro. It was an amazing experience. I had a lot of fun exploring the grounds. I really enjoyed the sound bowls and guided meditation sessions. Both new to me, I found them to very relaxing and awakening! The yoga classes were filled with folks of all ages and abilities which made me feel right at home as a beginner. Thank you Boreal Bliss!” - Ryan O’malley
Most of our retreats offer small group rooms of 3-4 people, with the exception of our May 2-5, 2019 retreat at Camp Bliss in Walker, MN where guests can reserve a very nice private/semi-private room. Many people attend our retreats solo and make new connections and friends with their roommates. Of course, people do come with their friends/family as well for a bonding weekend.
Ultimately, yoga is an amazing benefit and addition to anyone and everyone’s life. My husband, while never having attended a yoga retreat, has benefited from little tidbits of yoga here and there from me. After years of teaching, and sometimes getting him to attend my classes, the most beneficial aspect for him has been a workshop on breathing and stress relief I did for him and his co-workers at one of their staff development days. Breaking down the science behind belly breathing and the autonomic nervous system has been one very helpful information that he continues to rely on daily. Wherever one chooses to start, or feel a benefit, is often all it takes for further exploration.
We would love to see more rooms of men at future retreats. More connections, community building, and a love of yoga is what it’s all about. At our retreat in October, with one room of men, we found that they had an exceptional experience and expressed a desire to return. We want an inviting and memorable experience to be available for other guys too. Right now, we are hoping to see a few more men sign-up for our March 8-10, 2019 retreat at Audubon Center of the Northwoods in Sandstone, MN. The retreat is titled Connect with Nature and has many incredible features for an ideal yoga getaway. Actually, as of now we only have four spots remaining. We hope to see you there guys!