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Summer Retreat at North Cascades National Park
Aug 16, 2019| $565 – $775
The gift of retreat – setting aside time to replenish your spirit, re-connect with the self, and align to your yoga – is an essential component of a content practice. In this weekend retreat you will be able to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and enjoy a balance of personal time within the context of a mindful and caring yoga community. Join Douglas Ridings and Claudette Evans in this summer yoga retreat designed to foster an awakening to your inner source of compassion, strength and vitality.
Nestled in the beautiful North Cascades National Park, this weekend retreat will provide the opportunity to celebrate summer by exploring seasonal themes, forms, and variations through asana, dedicated meditation time, and personal time to discover the surrounding environment.
In addition to daily yoga classes, in this special retreat, you can expect to have time set aside to partake in a few extra experiences that both Douglas and Claudette bring to the retreat, including mudra, dance, and physical arts, as well as music, mantra, philosophy and Sanskrit, the language of yoga.
There will also be an optional guided canoe outing on glacier-fed Diablo Lake ($25 additional charge) where you can explore inlets, islands, and Thunder Arm by boat. North Cascade Institute (NCI) staff will lead this trip in their Salish-style 18-person canoe. Note: If you are interested in signing up for the canoe trip, please mention it to 8 Limbs staff when you register. The deadline to register for the canoe trip is Monday, July 15th. Enjoy deluxe and nutritious meals prepared as part of NCI’s “foodshed initiative”, give yourself the opportunity to connect with nature, and take your yoga practice to one of the most beautiful settings in the northwest.
While all levels of practitioners will be supported, we ask that you have a minimum steady yoga practice of six months. The retreat promises a rich time away from the hustle and bustle of life to reconnect with what is most important to you.
Schedule: Friday, August 16 -18, 2019
North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located on Diablo Lake in the heart of the North Cascades National Park. A partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Seattle, the ELC is surrounded by millions of acres of public lands. It is a hub of discovery into one of the wildest, most diverse landscapes in North America. Learns of all ages come to explore and participate in innovative programs that inspire and enrich their lives. For more information please visit www.ncascades.org
Single/shared bath: $775
Double/shared bath: $650
Triple/shared bath: $600
Quad/shared bath: $565
We advise you to register early as our retreats tend to fill. Please submit your deposit of $200 to secure your spot. Full payment is due by 7/12/2019.
Rates include accommodations, all meals, use of facilities, and yoga classes as well as a guided naturalist hike. Transportation to the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center is not included; carpooling encouraged.
Note: We will do our best to accommodate your rooming preference but cannot guarantee this. There are a limited number of single rooms available. All rooms are dorm style with two bunk beds per room and all bathrooms are shared. Please note that if you want a triple or a quad you may need to sleep in a top bunk. Please specify at the time of registration if you have any roommate preferences.
**If you register for a double, triple, or quad and do not have roommate(s) with whom you are registering you may be required to pay the forced rate for the room above you if nobody else registers for that room; you also may be asked to lodge with a person of the opposite sex. The forced rate (see below) will be applied if your room cannot be filled by July 12, 2019.
Forced single: $725
Forced double: $600
Forced triple: $550
Cancellation Policy: Refund of your payment(s) less a $50 cancellation fee until 7/12/2019. No refunds will be given after 7/12/2019.
*Claudette will join the retreat as the second teacher if the retreat meets our minimum enrollment requirements.
About the Teachers: Douglas Ridings, and Claudette Evans
What to expect in Douglas’ classes: Douglas’s classes offer clear instruction and unusual challenging sequencing that cultivate mental focus and integrated strength without strain. Douglas emphasizes customizing a practice to suit individual needs and bodies. Some of Douglas’s classes include live music with Stephen Fandrich. Listen to Douglas’ audio class Strengthen and Focus recorded by Yoga International.
Main Influences/Styles/Traditions: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Odissi, Butoh
What to expect in Claudette’s classes: Claudette has a genuine passion for meeting students where they are, helping guide them toward an experience of greater strength and freedom, while allowing them to discover the wisdom that lies within their own bodies. You’ll find Claudette’s classes infused with her warm, integrative, and creative spirit, along with explorations in mantra and vibration. Her enthusiasm and curiosity are catching, and it’s clear that her teaching draws on her own love of physicality and mental engagement. Through a deft weaving of precise alignment, thoughtful insight, and a great sense of humor, Claudette’s classes create space for self-expression, clarity of focus, and the sheer joy of movement.
Main Influences/Styles/Traditions: Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sanskrit. She also has been strongly influenced by Douglas Brooks, Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Christina Sell, Sianna Sherman, Amy Ippoliti, Ross Rayburn, Jason Crandell, and Meghan Currie.