Here's How We Got Started
Amanda and Bryana have been friends since they were romping around Amanda's family farm and raiding the bookshelves of the elementary school library. Lifelong friends, they both found inspiration, empowerment, and fulfillment in practicing and teaching yoga.
In 2014, Amanda started a Paddleboard Outfitter in Duluth with her husband (SUPerior Paddle). Joella, also a new business owner, reached out to Amanda for a blind date over coffee to discuss collaboration potential between her new yoga studio (JEM Yoga & Massage) and SUPerior Paddle. The two instantly hit it off and have been hosting Yoga+SUP events in the great outdoors ever since.
Bryana (Northern Namaste Yoga) first met Joella when Joella gave Bryana what she describes as, "the best massage she's ever had" and the two bonded further at YogaFest; a fundraiser hosted by Amanda.
Three women, three yoga instructors, one idea- yoga retreats. What started as a far-fetched idea quickly became reality in 2016 as Amanda, Joella, and Bryana planned and hosted their very first retreat for 54 women at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack, MN. The event was transformational- the deep snow, the sunrise over a crisp boreal forest, the sound of 57 women breathing in unison in the Great Hall while a wood fire roared- things clicked.
We discovered that we loved helping individuals hit "reset" and ground themselves in nature, their own thoughts, and their own bodies. Yoga, mindfulness, meditation, journaling, community, and the great outdoors are a powerful combination.
When we allow ourselves time to just be, to simply breathe, to remember who we are, and who we want to be - 72 hours can have staying power for 365 days of the year.
Yoga retreats in the far north: yoga, meditation, journaling, hiking, paddling, wilderness, sunshine, moonlight, good vibes, community, acceptance, tranquility, crafting, mindfulness, meditation, and belly laughs are just a few of the things guests will enjoy at our retreats.