GBY WILD WOMEN YOGA RETREAT
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Yoga, hiking, rappelling and camping with wild women
and peak fall colors at Devil’s Lake State Park.
Enjoy the balance of outdoor adventuring and chillin’ at camp with WILD WOMEN!
Fall is a time of letting go and celebrating our harvests from the year. It’s a beautiful season that encourages us to turn inward to reflect, release and transition. Join Great Blue Yoga this fall for a women’s retreat designed to feed your soul with empowering adventures, delicious food, and nurturing relationships. Gather with like-minded women and experience the power of connection through hiking, rappelling, yoga, meditation and journaling.
The power of a supportive sangha (community) plays a crucial role in transformation and growth. Connections create a colorful life and reminds us of the always abundant sweetness available to us. Nature provides a raw space for like-minded women to unravel, open up and simply be their wild selves!
DAILY YOGA CLASSES
Connect the body, mind and breath through yoga as you open yourself to a weekend full of connection and exploration. Wake up with an energizing morning flow to prepare you for outdoor adventures and end the day with a gentle, restorative practice to balance and unwind.
MEDITATION & JOURNALING
Set your intentions through a series of meditation and journaling exercises specifically designed for our transition to fall! Everyone will receive a mindful journal during our opening circle.
“A difficult loop with terrain challenges and views that reward the effort.” Ice Age Trail Hiker
Enjoy a 6.5 mile loop on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that runs through Devil’s Lake State Park. This loop offers amazing views from atop 500 cliffs with well-known picturesque and unique rock formations.
“It's true what they say: What goes up must come down. Which is why rappelling (a.k.a. sliding down a rope) is a core competency for any climber, mountaineer, or canyoneer. Fortunately, rappelling isn't all that difficult; it requires much less physical effort and ability than climbing does, because you are going with gravity, instead of against it. Devil’s Lake is chock-full of gorgeous cliffs in a great variety of heights, so it's a fantastic place to learn and practice rappelling. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill and enjoy the freedom of balance, exposure and control.” - Devils Lake Climbing Guides
Fall camping is definitely underrated! Enjoy the beautiful changing colors, very few bugs, and fresh fall air. The key to comfort during fall camping is to pack lots of layers. Don’t worry, we have a packing list already prepared for you! Only tents and pop-up campers allowed at our sites. No electricity makes for delicious camp meals on the fire!
Enjoy homemade meals made with love and intention. Hobo dinner anyone!? Discover a connection to nature through food with meals prepared to balance excess vata in the fall. This simply means warm, grounding food. Think soups, roasted root veggies, meats, and something apple or pumpkin!
Wisconsin’s fall colors are amazing and Devil’s Lake State Park is one of the best places in the state to enjoy the full “Colorama” experience! In fact, practically anywhere is the Baraboo hills area is just amazing! The leaves typically begin to change sometime in mid to late September with peak colors around mid-October!
Gather with wild women around a fire and intentionally release unwanted energies and attachments from the past as you make space for new life and growth. A fire ceremony can be used symbolically to release unhappy memories, fears, negative emotions, and anything that’s holding you back from thriving. By releasing these unwanted energies through expression (writing or speaking) and old patterns into the fire, you are taking back your power and remembering all your choices create your life.
YOUR RETREAT GUIDE
Founder of Great Blue Yoga
Yoga came into Alyssa’s life when its healing powers were essential to her growth. Today yoga is her guide to serenity and nature shows her the solution, both allowing her to feel connected and whole. Her experience as an outdoor guide started while she worked with Winona State University's Outdoor Education & Recreation Center in 2013. While working on her B.S. in Recreation and Tourism, she facilitated groups paddling the backwaters of the Mississippi River, snowshoeing the river valley bluffs, backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail, rock climbing and hiking the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and backpacking through Zion National Park in Utah. Alyssa ventured to San Fransisco the summer of 2014 where she had the opportunity to intern with a yoga retreat company, Yogascapes. There she learned the ins and outs of running a successful retreat from packing tips to various group dynamics. Alyssa is making her dreams a reality as she shares the gifts of yoga and nature with her GBY Family here in the Midwest.
YOUR RAPPELLING GUIDE
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WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER
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GBY Auto-pay Members:
$285 ($335 after September 4th)
$325 ($375 after September 4th)
Your non-refundable deposit of $100 saves your spot and can be paid in cash or check. To receive the early-bird pricing, full payment must be received before or on September 4, 2019. All final payments must be received before the retreat, Wednesday October 9, 2019.
Friday - Sunday, October 11-13th, 2019
State park passes & permits
6 meals + snacks
5 yoga classes
Guided rappelling clinic
Fall fire ceremony
Long sleeve shirt
Arrive, unpack and set up camp
Opening circle including gentle yoga/guided meditation
Hike (7 miles including West & East Bluff Trails)
Lunch at the picnic shelter
Afternoon free time
Gentle & Restorative Yoga
Rappelling Clinic with Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides
Closing circle including gentle yoga/guided meditation
Goodbyes & departure
What is your cancellation policy?
Non-refundable deposit of $100 saves your spot. No refunds will be given within 30 days of retreat. If the retreat is cancelled, all payments will be fully refunded.
How do I pay for my retreat?
First, fill out the application listed below. Once your application and waiver have been received, you can save your spot with your non-refundable $100 deposit by cash or check.
What should I pack?
You will receive a welcome packet once your application, waiver and deposit have been received. This packet will include directions, packing list, and details of activities over the weekend.
Do I need to sign anything?
Yes, you are required to fill out an application and waiver to participate in this retreat.
What if the retreat is cancelled?
We reserve the right to cancel the retreat with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Great Blue Yoga will be refunded. Great Blue Yoga cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to retreat cancellations.
How do I get to Devil’s Lake State Park?
Follow link below for Devil’s Lake State Park for directions and details.
Average driving time from various locations:
Amery, WI 3 hours
St. Paul, MN 3 hours
Eau Claire, WI 2 hours
Madison, WI 1 hour
Green Bay, WI 2.5 hours
Winona, MN 2 hours
What should I do to prepare for my retreat?
This is an active vacation, so improving your fitness level prior to your retreat will help you have more fun! A simple way to gauge your fitness level is to be able to hike 4 miles with elevation change before the retreat.
What’s the yoga like?
We accommodate all levels of yoginis, but highly recommend some pre-retreat yoga experience! Morning practices, similar to an All Levels Yoga Flow at GBY Studio (after coffee/tea, but before breakfast!), will start the day off right with an energizing flow. Evening practices, similar to Gentle Yoga + Sound at GBY Studio, will be designed to help balance, stretch and unwind the mind and body for grounded, conscious rest. To get the most out of your retreat, be sure to take a few yoga classes or get back on your mat if it’s been a while!
Will you send out an itinerary?
There will not be an exact itinerary. Instead, we will stay flexible so we can adjust to the needs and desires of the group and the ever-changing weather. However, we will try to follow the tentative daily agenda listed above. Rest assured, all the activities offered will be included in the weekend!
Will I have cellphone service and wifi on the retreat?
We highly suggest putting your cellphone on airplane mode for the weekend! Give yourself the permission to detach for a fews days and discover a deeper connection to community and the great outdoors. Cellular access is limited due to the hilly nature of the park. Generally service is best north and outside the park. Verizon services seem to have better connectivity than AT&T.
What if I come by myself?
Welcome! We would be happy to pair you with other wild women to share tents and campers with. There is limited parking space at the campsites, so we will be matching carpool groups.
Do I have to participate in everything on the schedule?
You do not need to participate in every activity on the retreat. We support you in doing as much or as little as is right for you, depending on how you are feeling. However this is an active vacation, and we wouldn’t want you to miss an opportunity to support fellow wild women and be supported! The schedule gives you a sense of the flow of each day. It’s always subject to change, depending upon the needs of the group, weather, etc.