(GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS

(GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS

SUMMER (GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS – WEDNESDAYS – 6pm – 7pm

Mindfulness has become the goalpost of modern life, the answer to our high-paced, overstretched schedules. Do you know of anyone who doesn’t want to be “more mindful” in some aspect of their life? Just search for “Meditation” in the App store and you will find a mind- expanding number of apps intended to plug into the here and now. The benefits of Meditation in treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain are unparalleled. It is by far the most powerful tool in self-healing. But Meditation, while the biggest game changer and deepest fix, is also not a quick fix; the practice’s seemingly steep learning curve offering a Hump that calls for overcoming. 

Initial attempts to Sit in stillness for even short periods for many people are often met with resistance and misunderstanding, with new practitioners too quickly concluding “I can’t meditate.” In this hour-long, mid-week class, we’ll get down to the foundation of what meditation is, how to do it, and with a little guidance, quickly begin experiencing the benefits of a regular practice, including reduced stress, developing a sense of inner calm, increased physical and emotional pleasure and bolstering health, just to name a few. This mid-week class is open to all experience levels, and depending on who drops in, will dictate our movement toward inner stillness. This also offers a terrific, sun-dappled opportunity to stop by and experience the beauty, serenity, and stately splendor of Michigan’s finest, most intimate spiritual retreat center.

Every Wednesday This Summer 6pm – 7pm

Suggested Donation - $20

(GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS

(GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS

SUMMER (GET OVER THE) HUMP DAY MINDFUL MEDITATION CLASS – WEDNESDAYS – 6pm – 7pm

Mindfulness has become the goalpost of modern life, the answer to our high-paced, overstretched schedules. Do you know of anyone who doesn’t want to be “more mindful” in some aspect of their life? Just search for “Meditation” in the App store and you will find a mind- expanding number of apps intended to plug into the here and now. The benefits of Meditation in treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain are unparalleled. It is by far the most powerful tool in self-healing. But Meditation, while the biggest game changer and deepest fix, is also not a quick fix; the practice’s seemingly steep learning curve offering a Hump that calls for overcoming. 

Initial attempts to Sit in stillness for even short periods for many people are often met with resistance and misunderstanding, with new practitioners too quickly concluding “I can’t meditate.” In this hour-long, mid-week class, we’ll get down to the foundation of what meditation is, how to do it, and with a little guidance, quickly begin experiencing the benefits of a regular practice, including reduced stress, developing a sense of inner calm, increased physical and emotional pleasure and bolstering health, just to name a few. This mid-week class is open to all experience levels, and depending on who drops in, will dictate our movement toward inner stillness. This also offers a terrific, sun-dappled opportunity to stop by and experience the beauty, serenity, and stately splendor of Michigan’s finest, most intimate spiritual retreat center.

Every Wednesday This Summer 6pm – 7pm

Suggested Donation - $20

Meditation and Mindfulness for Young People

Meditation and Mindfulness for Young People

If you think you’re frazzled, consider your kids or teenage friends and relatives. During the school year, according to the American Psychological Association, teens are the most stressed demographic in the U.S. And high school students in particular are under constant pressure. But fortunately, they’re also well-suited to comprehend mindfulness and reap its rewards. Increasing attention spans, reducing stress, and developing an appreciation for the value of focus is often missing in the multi-tasking madness of the modern high schooler, regularly working on homework with an internet browser open while watching a video in another tab. Here’s a chance to make a significant shift.

In this three-hour Saturday workshop, we’ll get down to the foundation of what meditation is, how to do it, and with a little guidance, quickly begin experiencing the benefits of a regular practice, including developing a sense of inner calm, elevated performance levels in studies and sports and fostering inner strength. This class is open to All Experience Levels, with Parents, Big Kids and the Young at Heart also welcomed to attend in order to learn how to take a pause and reset in the midst of chaos, feel more in control of stresses, and connect to the moment at hand.

Saturday – September 7th schedule

Overview on the 4 principles of Meditation practice – Concentration, Relaxation, Insights into Reality and Unconditional Love - with instruction, sitting, walking, and discussion from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pricing

Individual Attendee (1) - $60
Parent, Relative or Friend with Accompanying Young Person (2) - $100

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POHSKROW YRARTNOC EHT FO YAW EHT

THE WAY OF THE CONTRARY WORKSHOP

In traditional cultures, the Contrarian brought teachings and healings of energetic renewal. Bad was turned to good, negative to positive, fear, anxiety, depression and other mental ills soothed with mind-training techniques and Ceremonial spiritual purification. By moving backwards or unconventionally and often outside societal restraints, Pueblos Jesters, Hopi Clowns and Lakota Heyokas tapped into supernatural forces that restored universal balance and harmony to the community, providing emotional healing, energetic uplift & renewed life vitality

In this overnight weekend workshop, we’ll study some of the most powerful indigenous techniques for restoring mental well-being. We’ll have an opportunity to reconnect with nature in a positive, primitive way. Everyone is welcome to take part in a traditional Inipi Sweat Lodge Ceremony — although the sweat is optional and all participants benefit from meditation training and simply experiencing our natural, simplified environment. This retreat weekend is for anyone who needs to reboot, reconnect, or reimagine life in a new way shape and form. Come and gain insight into living, shake off some fears, feel more in harmony with the rest of creation and spark a generally healthier, more positive approach to life.

Saturday - September 14th schedule

Noon Arrival and Welcome
Local Organic Vegan Lunch 12-1:30 pm
Relax, explore the woods, rivers and retreat grounds 1:30-3:30 pm
Gather for Meditation, Orientation and Ceremonial Intention Setting 3:30 pm
Inipi (Sweatlodge Ceremony) 6:30-8:30 pm
Wopila Celebration and Feast 9:00 pm
Deep Rest and Relaxation 10:00 pm

Sunday - September 15th schedule

Morning Song – a Class on making Spiritual Connections and gaining strength and wisdom through Spiritual Practice 9-10:00 am
Breakfast 10-11:00 am
Wind down and close 11-11:30 am
Option for continued exploration of retreat grounds, Lake Mishigama beaches & surrounding area

Pricing

Retreat with Overnight stay in shared bed in private room - $225/person
Retreat with Overnight stay in Dorm room - $200/person
Option to Camp $175

+ Note: no fee is ever charged for Ceremony, costs cover meals and retreat house stay and a contribution of any proceeds given to the Sicangu People of Rosebud, South Dakota, USA.

Fall Equinox Female Empowerment Retreat with Heather Winia

Fall Equinox Female Empowerment Retreat with Heather Winia

Connect with The Divine Feminine, Rediscover Your Womanly Essence and Empower Yourself with other like-minded Goddesses at Our First Fall Equinox Woman’s Retreat.

The Fall Equinox marks the moment the Sun shines directly on the equator - day and night are equal, bringing a sense of celestial balance. A serene season when “the leaves fall, fall as from far, like distant gardens withered in the heavens” per the poet Rilke, Fall is true introspection time, a potent period for personal enhancement, embracing the changing light and reaping a bountiful harvest.

On this extended retreat weekend, look forward to gentle and energizing yoga and dance with GrooveMaster Teacher and Educator Heather Winia. Experience mindful movement, meditation class and practice, Ceremony, delicious local farm to table meals and plenty of time to explore the beauty of rural Western Michigan. Take part in a traditional Inipi (Sweatlodge Ceremony) Saturday night or make that time your own. All participants benefit by simply showing up and making yourself a priority; take part in a variety of classes or simply relax deeply in our natural, simplified environment. Participants at all levels of physical fitness are welcome. Reboot, re-energize and reconnect with the divine feminine in yourself and others during this three-day, two-night gathering, a life-changing weekend and energizing, early Fall rejuvenator.

Friday September 20th schedule

Arrival Welcome and Check-In 4:00pm
Orientation and Healing Talking Circle 5:30pm-6:30pm
Healthy, Local Farm to Table Dinner 6:30pm-7:30pm
Get To Know You Groove 7:30pm-8:00pm
Free Night to Relax or Enjoy Equinox Sunset at Lake MI Beach 8:00-9;30pm
Deep Rest and Relaxation 10:00pm


Saturday September 21st schedule

Wake Up 8:00am
Yoga Class/Groove or Solo Mindful Movement 8:30-9:30am
Breakfast 9:30-10:00am
Meditation Class – The 4 Principles of Practice – Concentration, Relaxation, Insights into Reality, Unconditional Love 11:00am-1:00pm
Healthy Local Farm to Table Lunch 1:00-2:00pm
Free Time for Relaxation or Nature Exploration 2:00-4:30pm
Meditative Groove 4:30-5:00pm
Inipi (Sweatlodge) Orientation 5:30pm
Ceremony 6:00 - 8:00
Wopila Celebration Dinner 8:00-9:00pm
Bonfire with Kombucha 9:00-10:000pm
Deep Rest and Relaxation 10:00pm

Sunday September 22nd schedule

Wake Up 8:30am
Meditation /Yoga Class /Groove or Solo Mindful Movement 9:00-10:300am
Breakfast 10:30-11:00am
Closing and Healing Talking Circle 11:00 – 12:00pm
Wind Down with Option to Explore Retreat Grounds or Lake MI beaches - 12:30pm on

Pricing

Retreat with Overnight stay in shared bed in private room -$700/couple
Retreat with Overnight stay in Dorm room - $395/person
Option to Camp or Studio Sleeping Bag Accommodations - $350

Meditation and Mindfulness for Young People

Meditation and Mindfulness for Young People

If you think you’re frazzled, consider your kids or teenage friends and relatives. During the school year, according to the American Psychological Association, teens are the most stressed demographic in the U.S. And high school students in particular are under constant pressure. But fortunately, they’re also well-suited to comprehend mindfulness and reap its rewards. Increasing attention spans, reducing stress, and developing an appreciation for the value of focus is often missing in the multi-tasking madness of the modern high schooler, regularly working on homework with an internet browser open while watching a video in another tab. Here’s a chance to make a significant shift.

In this three-hour Saturday workshop, we’ll get down to the foundation of what meditation is, how to do it, and with a little guidance, quickly begin experiencing the benefits of a regular practice, including developing a sense of inner calm, elevated performance levels in studies and sports and fostering inner strength. This class is open to All Experience Levels, with Parents, Big Kids and the Young at Heart also welcomed to attend in order to learn how to take a pause and reset in the midst of chaos, feel more in control of stresses, and connect to the moment at hand.

Saturday – October 5th schedule

Overview on the 4 principles of Meditation practice – Concentration, Relaxation, Insights into Reality and Unconditional Love - with instruction, sitting, walking, and discussion from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pricing

Individual Attendee (1) - $60
Parent, Relative or Friend with Accompanying Young Person (2) - $100

Fall Comprehensive Spiritual Development Retreat

Fall Comprehensive Spiritual Development Retreat

Retreat. Relax. Renew at Our First Fall Comprehensive Spiritual Development Retreat

On this extended retreat weekend, look forward to yoga or solo mindful movement, meditation class and practice, Ceremony, delicious local farm to table meals, a Sunday class on creating prosperity and spiritual abundance, and plenty of time to explore the beauty of rural Western Michigan. Take part in a traditional Inipi (Sweatlodge Ceremony) Saturday night or make that time your own; all participants benefit from other classes and simply experiencing our natural, simplified environment. Participants at all levels of physical fitness are welcome. Reboot, re-energize and reconnect with yourself and the natural world during this three-day, two-night gathering, a life-energizing weekend and early summer rejuvenator. 

Friday October 11th schedule

Arrival Welcome and Check-In 4:00pm
Orientation 5:30pm-6:30pm
Light, Healthy, Dinner 6:30pm-7:30pm
Free Night to Relax or Enjoy Solstice Sunset at Lake MI Beach 7:30-9:30
Deep Rest and Relaxation 10:00 pm

Saturday October 12th schedule 

Wake Up 8:00am
Yoga Class or Solo Mindful Movement 8:30-9:30am
Light, Healthy Breakfast 9:30-10:00am
Meditation Class – The 4 Principles of Practice – Concentration, Relaxation, Insights into Reality, and Unconditional Love 11:00am-1:00pm
Light, Healthy Lunch 1:00-2:00pm
Free Time for Relaxation or Nature Exploration 2:00-5:00pm
Inipi (Sweatlodge) Orientation 5:30pm
Ceremony 6:00 – 8:30pm
Wopila Celebration Dinner 9:00-10:00pm
Deep Rest and Relaxation 10:00 pm

Sunday October 13th schedule

Wake Up 8:00am
Meditation and Yoga Class or Solo Mindful Movement 8:30-10:00am
Light, Healthy Breakfast 10:00-10:30am
Free Time for Relaxation or Nature Exploration 10:30am-12:00pm
Light, Healthy Lunch 12:00-1:00pm
Creating Spiritual Prosperity Class 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wind Down and Close 5:00pm

Pricing

Retreat with Overnight stay in shared bed in private room -$700/couple
Retreat with Overnight stay in Dorm room - $395/person
Option to Camp or Studio Sleeping Bag Accommodations - $350