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the Higher Haven RETREAT CENTER


MOVEMENT FOR THE BODY. STILLNESS FOR THE MIND.
HEALING FOR THE HEART.

Yoga | Meditation | Ceremony | Community

 

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the Higher Haven RETREAT CENTER


MOVEMENT FOR THE BODY. STILLNESS FOR THE MIND.
HEALING FOR THE HEART.

Yoga | Meditation | Ceremony | Community

 

RECLAIM THE SACRED IN YOUR LIFE

Welcome to The Higher Haven Retreat Center, Midwest America's standout site of spiritual development secluded in the woodlands of South Haven, Michigan. We are located one hour from Grand Rapids, two hours from Chicago, three hours from Detroit, and only minutes from the pristine Lake Michigan shore. For people seeking to live a more genuine spiritual life, we offer wise instruction to help you reconcile age-old, life-transforming teachings with the ways of our modern world.

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Come Feel the eternal spirit and uplift of An unchained mind


 

Despite our culture's mounting difficulties, considerable numbers of
Americans are meeting modern day challenges with a new sense of
confidence found in ancient spiritual practices. Renewing mind, body and soul, these practices foster a deep, inner calm, offering a healing balm that reduces stress as well as physical, mental and emotional ailments. The result  of this work gives rise to a happiness less reliant on the constantly shifting conditions of the external world and flowing more from one's own inner,   conscious transformative state. 

 

 

Come Feel the eternal spirit and uplift of An unchained mind


 

Despite our culture's mounting difficulties, considerable numbers of
Americans are meeting modern day challenges with a new sense of
confidence found in ancient spiritual practices. Renewing mind, body and soul, these practices foster a deep, inner calm, offering a healing balm that reduces stress as well as physical, mental and emotional ailments. The result  of this work gives rise to a happiness less reliant on the constantly shifting conditions of the external world and flowing more from one's own inner,   conscious transformative state. 

 

 

THE MISSION

Here, across a serene stretch of wetlands, grasslands, and twenty wooded acres, practice, stillness and nature merge, offering visitors a refuge above the din of everyday life, as well as an elevated platform for inner, personal work. At The Higher Haven, we view everything in life in the totally positive, peaceful and secure light of spiritual understanding. We are determined to furthering the development of our students’ healthy, spiritually inspired self-esteem, the unencumbered, joyful expression of each students’ individuality.

This movement of spirit leads to mature self-love, which in turn fosters a reverent, harmonious and loving attitude toward others. Every time an individual raises their own inner state of love, they automatically raise the inner harmony of everyone around them. This is the Key to humanity’s stated desire for the deep, calm, security of oneness with all that is, the Total Freedom and spiritual bliss of peace on planet earth. To work toward achieving this much desired state, lean more about our teachers, our classes and extended stay offerings, as well as the stately splendor of Southwestern Michigan living.

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Our Curriculum


Our basic curriculum centers on improving physical fitness with yoga classes, improving mental well-being with meditation training, utilizing guided
individual evaluations to fuel personal growth and employing spiritual
development classes in the context of day long or extended retreats. Taking a journey of health, transformation and fullfillment is open to everyone, and the benefits of practice can soon be yours, regardless of your current level of physical fitness. The inspiration to find the truth, to see what is real, and to lead agenuine life – the culmination of which can be enlightenment – is whatunderlies every one of our practitioners’ efforts on the path.

 

Our Curriculum


Our basic curriculum centers on improving physical fitness with yoga classes, improving mental well-being with meditation training, utilizing guided
individual evaluations to fuel personal growth and employing spiritual
development classes in the context of day long or extended retreats. Taking a journey of health, transformation and fullfillment is open to everyone, and the benefits of practice can soon be yours, regardless of your current level of physical fitness. The inspiration to find the truth, to see what is real, and to lead agenuine life – the culmination of which can be enlightenment – is whatunderlies every one of our practitioners’ efforts on the path.

 

YOGA

A staple of urban life, our pastoral studio offers an indoor/outdoor experience of practicing in nature with the safety and security under a roof and central heat.
Offering classes in the Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions, we work with an array of experienced teachers, including Karina Mirsky, Heather Winia and Adrienne White of Benton Harbor's The Collective

MEDITATION

Embracing the traditional meaning of asana or yoga poses as "a mastery of sitting still", the practice of insight meditation (Vipassana) is an important element in our classes and retreats. Proven to open doors to brain health, stress relief and creativity, using meditation as an intentional creative tool of higher awareness helps quiet the mind and opens the heart.

CEREMONY

"To Walk in Beauty" is a well-known Native American affirmation harkening to the possibility of living in effortless harmony with all of life, the essence of true abundance. Through spiritual purification, the power of creative self-expression and Ceremonial living, we empower ourselves to be our best, bringing forth our greatest potential. 

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