Come to the last frontier to explore the greatest domain-Self. In a rustic yet comfy Alaskan retreat center built on a rocky beach and dedicated as a place of spiritual exploration and renewal, participants will give themselves the unique opportunity to devote an entire week to their yoga practice, free from the demands of their regular routine. Participants will use foundational knowledge of yoga to explore a deeper understanding of Self. Participants are encouraged to compare/contrast different perspectives on recurring themes in yoga philosophy to define their own interpretations. Through satsang (group discussions), swadyaya (self-study), seva (community-building service), and astanga yoga (practicing the eight limbs) among YogaFit friends in Alaska wilderness, participants will discover Self within, among, and around.
Kristin Mabry will lead this intensive at the Shrine of St. Therese retreat center about 25 miles north of Juneau, Alaska. Optional short trips to glaciers, hiking, and sightseeing available during free time.
The shrine retreat center is a truly special place, alive with transformational energy. Shared and a limitednumber of private rooms are available for our retreat, but must be specified at time of reservation. A limited number of accessible rooms are available. Shared rooms consist of 2-3 twin or bunk beds in one room. Private rooms have mostly one twin bed; a few have a double bed. All bedrooms in each cabin share kitchen and bathrooms. Some bedrooms have sinks. Unfortunately, no animals are allowed in the cabins. You might see some on the outside, though!
The cabins are rustic but very comfy in a true wilderness setting on a rocky beach. Please note that there is no internet service or cable television service provided. This is a retreat center established for spiritual exploration. Cellular reception is spotty, depending on service carrier. Yes, there is indoor plumbing and hot water!
Each participant should review their strengths assessment from Level 5 or (re)take the test in Growing the Positive Mind by Dr. Bill Larkin. Participants will teach a 75-90 minute practice consisting of asana, pranayama, and dharana around a theme of their choosing using Sanskrit (if desired) and using their strengths as teaching skills. From the references above or others, participants are asked to also include readings, stories, quotes, and other tools to further enrich their presentation. Participants should arrive at the intensive ready to teach this practice.
Early morning meditation and mantra in shrine chapel
Morning satsang and study
Morning asana practice
Evening satsang and study
Free time could include optional trips to glacier, hiking, touring town, salmon hatchery, inspirational movies, SPA night, music, etc. A more specific schedule will be provided at a later date.
· Eastern Philosophy for Beginners by Jim Powell
· Bhagavad Gita
· Yoga Sutras
· YogaFit Level 4 Manual (will be provided if necessary)
· The Language of Yoga by Nicholai Bachman
· Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
· An inspirational book of your choosing
· Yoga Tradition - History, Literature, Philosophy, & Practice by Georg Feurstein
· Pathways to Joy by Vivekananda
· Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adelle
· Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin
· Downdogs and Warriors
· Myths behind the Asana
· Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald
· The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale
We will stop at a grocery store on the way to the retreat center and go back once midweek. Each cabin has a fully-equipped kitchen. Participants will be responsible for buying and cooking their own food during the week, as well as cleaning up after each meal. There is no food for sale on the property.
The shrine is a holy retreat center. All who come are expected to be a contributing part of the community and to edify each other, our individual and collective work, and the facility.
Participants are expected to practice saucha (keeping rooms and the common areas clean and taking good care of the property and each other, and limiting exposure to negative energy). Part of our last day will include cleaning our space to leave it ready for the next group.
What to bring:
· Layered warm clothing for practice and comfortable daily wear
· Sturdy walking/hiking shoes
· Yoga mat and any other props you enjoy using and music for class
· Listed reading materials and a journal
· Money to purchase grocery-store food for the week and optional sight-seeing activities
Arrivals/Departures and Ground Transportation:
Please fly into Juneau before 10pm on May 18th (earlier in the day is fine) and schedule a departing flight after noon on May 25th. Alaska Airlines is the only airline flying into Juneau. We will contact registered participants to arrange ground transportation via a shared shuttle. Taxis are very expensive to/from the shrine retreat and there is no regular shuttle service. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Fees for tuition and lodging
Shared bedroom /shared bathroom $895
Private bedroom / shared bathroom $1,275 (limited availability)
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, food, and ground transportation. Kristin can accept $250 deposits to reserve your spot!
Anyone who has completed YogaFit’s level 1 training (at a minimum) may attend this intensive. More experience will be helpful with some aspects of practice and study.
· For participants who are working towards their 500 hour RYT, this intensive satisfies the requirement for the 1-week intensive.
· For participants who are working towards their 200 hour RYT, this intensive satisfies the requirement for the Level 4 training and a retrain of Level 1.
Interested in additional touring while you’re in Alaska? Arrive the night of the 14th, and spend May 15-17th touring Juneau. Contact Kristin to reserve lodging & activities.
Questions about this intensive can be directed to Kristin@MountainsideWellness.com