Wild Women Yoga Retreat

at Wolf Ridge

AUGUST 15-18, 2019

 

Wilderness + Women + Yoga

There's something incredible about a group of women in the wilderness.  Add yoga, meditation, journaling, and adventure on top of it?  It simply cannot be beat.

Finland, MN aka "The North Shore"

 
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Watch this Video!

Our third annual Wild Women Yoga Retreat is sure to be unforgettable. Want to get a glimpse of the amazingness in store? Click play for our video below! Thank you Illy Killy Video Productions and Management for the videography and Feeding Leroy for the music! The poem is Amanda Imes’ original piece on “What is Yoga?”.

Why Yoga in Nature?


The power of nature is gaining recognition all around the world and is one of the most therapeutic ways we can connect to our most authentic self. Nature has a way of improving our mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression. Through this Wild Women Yoga Retreat, we will liberate our souls, manifest our dreams, and reconnect to Mother Nature. As we step away from our day-to-day lives, we are able to completely immerse ourselves in the peaceful frequency of the wilderness as we walk, move, breathe, and live in nature.

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Wolf Ridge is the kind of place where living things can change before your eyes. Things like trees, animals, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Things like you. Because at Wolf Ridge, learning is the greatest adventure there is.
— Wolf Ridge Staff Member

Overview

Our Wild Women Yoga Retreat will be located at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Northern Minnesota. We will be surrounded by lush greenery, filled with your favorite northern trees, two lakes, two high peaks, over 18 miles of trails, and endless breath-taking views of Lake Superior.

Imagine sitting on your yoga mat and looking out into Northern Minnesota's most tranquil landscape and the beauty of the untouched land, as we move and breathe to the rising and setting of the sun allowing us to tap into our most authentic self. With less distractions, we are able to tune into our progress and personal growth. We progress on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Surrounded by not only Mother Nature herself, but with other beautiful, like-minded women setting out to begin or deepen their yoga journey.

This yoga retreat is open to all-levels of yoga practitioners.  Come with an open heart and an open mind!
 

A circle of women may be the most powerful force known to humanity.
— Jeannette LeBlanc
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Special Guests

We love when we are able to collaborate with other yoga teachers, musicians, and healers. We are really excited to announce that we will be joined this weekend with Sonja, of Feeding LeRoy, Jessica Karpinske, a Duluth yoga teacher and Boreal Bliss Omie, and Nadia Guenette, a Mankato yoga teacher, massage therapist, and Boreal Bliss Omie. You can read more about each of them below.

Sonja Bjordal

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Sonja Bjordal is the lead singer of Feeding LeRoy, a boot-stompin’, rompin’, feel-good, country music band. They can be heard playing around the Twin Ports and anywhere you stream music. Sonja is also a massage therapist, dog-lover, bandana enthusiast, thrift store shopper, and an expert at the worm. Occasionally, Sonja teams up with Joella to play live music during vinyasa. We may be biased, but we personally feel this is a combination that rivals the greatest duos of all time, including Bonnie/Clyde, Harry/Sally, Laverne/Shirley. She promised to play some tunes around the bonfire, which is definitely an upgrade from Amanda's ukelele skills (ha!)

 

Jessica Karpinske

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Jessica Karpinske is the owner of Rooted In Wellness, a holistic health coaching and personal training business in the Twin Ports.  Rooted In Wellness is located in the Superior Business Center in Superior, WI. Jessica operates not only out of this studio space as well as traveling to client’s homes and offering various classes and collaborating on special events in the community as well.  She is a Certified Yoga instructor and also teaches kettlebells, cardio kickboxing, TRX, HIIT and Tai Ji Quan classes. The focus of Rooted In Wellness is to assist clients with a plan that creates true health and happiness, so they can enjoy all the things in life they really love.  Aside from health coaching and personal training, Jessica also holds healthy bake sales and makes wonderful gluten free, dairy free treats made with local and organic ingredients where possible.

Jessica enjoys healthy cooking, being in nature, spending time with her dog Delila, painting and doing art projects, studying Spanish and traveling abroad.  This spring, Jessica traveled to a small surf and yoga town in Mexico where she spent a month practicing Spanish, doing yoga, surfing and relaxing. In June, she will be traveling to Italy for a yoga teacher training on the island of Pantelleria.  Jessica is personally dedicated to the practice of radical self-love and sharing this journey with others.

 


nadia guenette

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Nadia Guenette teaches yoga and offers massage therapy in Mankato and St. Peter, MN. She became a yoga instructor because she loves the way yoga makes her feel physically, mentally and emotionally. She wanted to share that feeling and love of yoga with as many people as possible

Nadia is a 500 hour certified Massage Therapist. She completed her training at The Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, CO in 2008. Nadia is trained in several massage modalities, including Swedish Relaxation, Prenatal, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy. Each session is tailored to what you are seeking from the massage, maybe you want to melt into the table, maybe you are seeking the deeper work to encourage those tight areas to soften. Nadia will use a combination of her skills to encourage balance in your body.

Nadia is also a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She completed her training in 2011 through The Warrior Academy in Denver, CO. Nadia is specifically trained in Vinyasa Yoga, although she also enjoys playing with Gentle, Yin, Power, Restorative and a dash of Pilates. This shines through in her creatively sequenced classes. Nadia’s classes are always appropriate for all levels as she offers variations in poses so students can go as shallow or deep as they like in their practice.

If Nadia isn’t on her mat, you can find her walking her two huskies, baking or cooking in the kitchen or enjoying time outdoors. Nadia is honored to be offering massage and guest teaching at this retreat.

 

Classes with Your Boreal Bliss Favorites

Joella Erin and Amanda Imes

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Amanda and Joella. 💕2/3 of your Boreal Bliss co-collaborators. These two Sagittarius dreamers ALWAYS have something up their sleeves, and this summer at our Wild Women Yoga Retreat will be no different. In fact, they might even have bigger and better ideas spill out than ever because their meticulous and practical Virgo pal Bryana won’t be there to reign them in! 😂❤️ Bryana will be 37 weeks pregnant by August 15.

Amanda’s teaching style is whimsical, empowering, and inviting. She’s been known to write “please leave your serious side outside the door” upon entering her class. She incorporates a love of yogic philosophy through story-telling, imagery, and application of svadhyaya (self-study) through writing.

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 (breathwork), 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”.
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Photography by Samantha Willock of Jack Pine + Thyme Creative Co.

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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 Sam take a snap of you for your memories.


More about our photographer Samatha here!

My name is Samantha Whillock, and I am the face behind Jack Pine + Thyme Creative Co. I am a hobby lover, and diy-er. You can usually find me behind my camera, with a book in my hand, snuggling my bloodhound Frida. No, not all at the same time, I'm not that good, but maybe someday! I'm keeping this bio short and sweet because I must go hunt down my coffee. I've lost it again. So nice to meet you!

 

Highlights

We hold many special memories at Wolf Ridge. Summer on the North Shore is unbelievably beautiful. Some of our favorite things about this retreat are:

  • The yoga space has big windows overlooking rolling hills and woods.

  • Lodging is in the same building as the yoga space - bonus! Also, the rooms are semi-private with only two people per room and four people sharing a bathroom - double bonus!

  • Sunrise hikes to Marshall Mountain: quiet, tranquil, stunning.

  • The food: accommodating all dietary needs, Chris O’brien brings delight, love, and yoga principles into his meal preparation. We absolutely cannot say enough about the food at Wolf Ridge.

  • Optional workshops with Wolf Ridge ELC staff: high ropes course (SO EXHILARATING!), guided hikes with all the fun nature facts, a star lab workshop where you learn more about constellations in a really cool night sky simulator, indoor rock climbing, and dreamcatcher making.

  • Swimming in Wolf Lake - last year we embraced our inner 9 year-old and held a cannon ball and “fancy” jump contest off the swimming raft! :)

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

3 Nights | 4 Days | Yoga | Workshops | Meditation | Journaling | Lodging | Delicious Meals (V, GF, DF options) | Live Music |18 miles of Hiking Trails | 2 Indoor Climbing Walls | Outdoor High Ropes Course | Canoeing | Campfires | Swimming | Time for Relaxation | Wildlife Sightings | Adventure!
 

 


CANCELLATION POLICY

2+ month notice: $50 fee

1-2 month notice: $80 fee

Less than 1 month notice: 75% of total amount fee

Two weeks 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.

 
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Accommodations + Rates

Guests will room with just one other person and will share a bathroom with a total of four individuals. The dorms are in the same building as the yoga room which overlooks the rolling hills and lush trees.

The price includes 4 days and 3 nights of accommodations, meals, workshops, yoga, and activities.  

Price: $525 + tax/fees

 

Approximately one month prior to the retreat, expect an email with detailed itinerary, pre-retreat survey, and additional information for your upcoming stay!

Payment plans are also available. Please email hello@borealblissyogaretreats.com  if you would like to purchase a ticket using a payment plan. This option will not be visible on our Eventbrite registration page. 

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Packing List for your Retreat

  • Yoga mat

  • Journal or notebook and writing utensil (colored pencils if you like to doodle)- Boreal Bliss Journals will be available for purchase at the retreat.

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

  • Swimming towel & swimsuit

  • Yoga block(s) and strap

  • (meditation) pillow - any pillow will do!

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

  • Yoga clothes

  • Lots of layers!!!

  • Water bottle

  • Travel coffee/tea mug

  • Beverages and snacks of your choice

  • Cooler for your beverages/snacks

  • 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

  • Sandals

  • Running shoes

  • Sleeping bag and/or bedding for your bed

  • Pillow and pillow case

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

  • Fan for your room: Our accommodations feature the utmost latest technology in sustainable resources and renewable energy. While the building is designed to remain cool, it can still get toasty in August in Minnesota!

  • Flashlight and/or headlamp

  • Blow up paddle board if you want to use your own (have to hike it down to the lake approx. 1 mile)

  • SUNSCREEN AND BUG SPRAY (please spray outside of lodging)

  • Creative beads/feathers/fabric/supplies if you’d like to add a little something extra to your dream catcher!

  • Extra cash/check for retail times and/or optional massage therapy

 

Directions to Wolf Ridge

6282 Cranberry Rd, Finland, MN 55603

 
 
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