Embrace Change

Yoga Retreat

Deep Portage Learning Center

 Hackensack, mn

October 25-27, 2019

The world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.
— Ken Hakuta

Relish in all of the beauty a Minnesota fall has to offer while at our weekend immersion of yoga and meditation in the north woods.


Imagine yourself deep in the woods, drinking up the sights of nature. You step into the Great Hall with the large stone fireplace glowing bright and warm. You are surrounded by a beautiful vaulted ceiling, expansive windows, and blissful yogis ready to practice.

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You sense it the moment you start down our 2.5 mile driveway...
— Deep Portage Learning Center
Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images


5 Master Yoga Classes | 2 Nights and 3 Days Lodging | 4 Meals | Workshops | Indoor Climbing Wall | 11 Miles of Trails | Meditation | Hiking | Journaling | Campfire


Yoga Teachers

Whispering Willow Photography

Whispering Willow Photography

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Bryana cook, RYT 500 and joella erin, E-ryt 200

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Bryana and Joella are 2/3 of your Boreal Bliss co-collaborators. (Amanda will be away at a wedding during this retreat.)

Bryana’s teaching style is soft and fluid. Incorporating mantras, mudras, meditation, and pranayama, Bryana brings a complete package to your yoga class. Not only will you move and feel good, but you will also interweave ancient practices that bring about a full experience.

Joella’s teaching is smooth, methodical, and trance-inducing. She’s known for deeply aiding a connection to one’s inner self. Joella incorporates pranayama, fluid movements, and meditation. She will often bring her sound bowls to woo you into a experience unlike any other. She’s famous for helping you realize “you’re EXACTLY where you need to be”.

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images


Special Guest Teacher

Karen Spillman herborn

RYT 200, Yin Yoga Certified

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images

We are thrilled to share that Karen of Nevis and Northfield, MN will be joining us as a guest teacher at this retreat. Karen is widely known for her soothing yoga classes and we cannot wait to share her with you! Read more about Karen:

Yoga defines my life, and I view it as a life-long process that enriches all aspects of my well being. My personal journey began 18 years ago when I attended my first weekend retreat at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge Massachusetts. From that auspicious beginning I have had the privilege of facilitating classes for 16 years across several states in various locations. In the summer, when I am not on my paddle board, kayak, bike or digging in one of my gardens, I am teaching Vinyasa Slow Flow and Yin classes in northern Minnesota. The root word Yoga means unity and my classes are focused on uniting body and mind through strength, mobility, and movement. I especially love helping fellow yogis embrace the aging process by valuing and unconditionally accepting their bodies while learning and discovering the joy of Yoga.

Whispering Willow Photography

Whispering Willow Photography


Being fed nutritious meals is all part of the experience. It’s a treat and makes one feel cared for over the weekend.

All meals are included in your weekend stay. Delicious options for V, DF, GF, etc. and more available. One month prior to the retreat, we send out a survey asking for dietary needs, restrictions, and allergies.

Friday night of the retreat, we have a favorite experience returning: dinner catered by local organic food market: The Green Scene. Once you’ve experienced their creative gourmet food, you’ll understand why guests always rave about it!


Specialty Workshop Option

Painting with Rachel eisenmann of Duluth, MN

Back by popular demand, you will have an option to paint with Duluth, MN artist Rachel Eisenmann at this retreat. Relax, sit back, and get creative while Rachel guides you through!

Below are photos from our winter retreat. We are excited to see what our fall option with Rachel is! :)

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We love to partner with photographers from around the state! Not only does this help us capture our beautiful weekends together, but it also gives YOU, the guest, the opportunity to leave your phone off and fully immerse yourself. You will have access to beautiful photos of your weekend, and have the option to have Rohana take a snap of you for your memories.

Here is more about our photographer, Rohana Olson of Comfort and Cashmere Images:

Hi Friends!

I’m Rohana, a legacy and fine art wedding photographer based out of Duluth, Minnesota.

I fiercely believe in love stories that gain strength through the hard times.

In relationships that last a lifetime, whether love or friendship. 

In laughing so hard it brings you together in tears on the kitchen floor.

In spreading kindness into the world.

I focus on helping families sprinkle joy in their lives and capture the love story of a couple as they build their legacy. I focus on creating genuine connection to bring out photographs that invoke happiness and joy. 



Fall is the perfect time to embrace change. The trees remind us that this is a natural and necessary process.

This yoga retreat is located in Hackensack, Minnesota:  quiet, beautiful and surrounded by breathtaking lakes and nature. Our stay is nestled deep in the woods at the beloved Deep Portage Learning Center. A place where you feel completely at ease and away from it all. 

Relish in all of the beauty a Minnesota fall has to offer while at our weekend immersion of yoga and meditation in the north woods.

"Everyone must sit still and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence

Quiet moments, connection, adventure, appreciation of the changing colors.... Autumn is a beautiful time to head to the woods.

This retreat is open to all-levels: beginners to seasoned yogis are welcomed with open arms. Many of our yogis comment on feeling inspired to get back to, or to continue, a more regular yoga practice before and after our retreats. A weekend retreat is the perfect way to reconnect with yourself, friends new & old, and/or your practice.

Outdoor enthusiast? Canoes are available for paddles around Bass Pond & Big Deep Lake. There are also 11 miles of gorgeous hiking trails right out the back door. If you're into rock climbing - there is even an indoor climbing wall available!

Yoga enthusiast? We are proud to offer you 5 master classes in addition to an array of optional workshops. Just wait until you see (or return to) the Great Hall where our master classes are held. The stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and expansive windows are breathtaking. Not to mention; when you fill the room wall-to-wall with yogis and soak in the amazing energy and breath of our yoga community - it is truly, and indescribably, MAGICAL.

More information on our final schedule of workshops and classes will come to you email inbox approximately a month prior to the retreat. You will not be disappointed - our minds are overflowing with ideas.... as usual, too many ideas.... We never run short on bringing you creative stuff you'll love! This retreat is all about embracing change!

Into food? We are too! 5 delicious meals are included. Options for Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan. Tea + Coffee will also be available.

In need of further relaxation? There will be onsite Massage Therapists for an additional cost. Yoga & massage is an amazing combo!

Into outdoor education of youngsters and renewable energy? We are too! One of our favorite parts about Deep Portage is the mission and eco-friendly focus. "It is a place where community, education, and the environment come together." Read more about the mission, history, programming, and renewable energy on their website: http://deep-portage.org/ . Better yet - come see this amazing place for yourself!

S. Lamb Photography

S. Lamb Photography


Accommodations & Rates

Our stay for the weekend will be at Deep Portage Learning Center.  Rooms sleep 3-5 people, with a private full bathroom in each room.  Price includes:

2 Nights | 3 Days | 5 Master Yoga Classes | 4 Meals | Lodging | Workshops | Indoor Climbing Wall | 11 Miles of Trails | Meditation | Hiking | Journaling | Campfire

TICKETS sold out

Price: $290 (+tax)

Approximately one month prior to the retreat, we will email you a detailed itinerary, more information for your weekend, as well as a pre-retreat survey with roommate requests, dietary needs, and more. The email will come from hello@borealblissyogaretreats.com.


4-6 weeks notice: $80 fee

4 weeks and less notice: 75% of total amount fee

14 days or less notice: no refunds available

We hope that you can appreciate the amount of time, love, and energy we wholeheartedly put into each retreat.  Not just during the event, but the many months leading up to it.  


Packing List for your Trip

  • Yoga mat

  • Journal or notebook and writing utensil (colored pencils if you like to doodle)

  • Bathroom supplies and toiletries: bath & hand towel, washcloth, shampoo/conditioner, soap, hand soap

  • Yoga block(s) and strap

  • Pillow (may want to bring pillow to yoga class or bring a separate meditation pillow)

  • Small cozy blanket to bring to sessions (for savasana, meditation, journaling, etc)

  • Yoga clothes

  • Lots of layers!!!

  • Water bottle

  • Beverages (yes, you can bring alcohol) of your choice

  • Snacks of your choice

  • Camp chair for sitting outside and fires

  • Rain gear

  • Good book to curl up with

  • Tennis shoes for rock climbing (rock climbing included in price)

  • Hiking boots or tennis shoes for outdoor exploration and possible outdoor hiking + yoga

  • Sleeping bag and/or bedding for your bed (twin sized bed)

  • Pillow and pillow case

  • Ear plugs (if you are a light sleeper & concerned about getting good sleep)

  • Flashlight and/or headlamp

  • Kayak or paddle board if you want to use your own

  • Slippers

  • Sunscreen/bug spray (please spray outside)

  • Cash or check for retail items and/or massage


Comfort and Cashmere Images

Comfort and Cashmere Images

Embrace Change


Join Boreal Bliss Yoga Retreats

October 25-27, 2019

Hackensack, MN

Questions? Email: hello@borealblissyogaretreats.com