An Exploration of Self
Come to the last frontier to explore the greatest domain- Self. In a rustic yet comfy Alaskan retreat center, 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 Eagle River United Methodist Camp about 30 miles north of Juneau, Alaska. Optional short trips to glaciers, hiking, and sightseeing available during free time.
Nestled among 100 year old spruce trees, this camp sets the mood for reconnecting with self and offers nature’s inspiration for spiritual awareness. Within a five mile radius of the camp, the topography goes from glacier ice to the salt water of the Pacific Ocean, offering diverse marked trails and opportunities for wildlife viewing, botanical study, and environmental appreciation. Eagle Beach State Recreational Area and trails to Herbert and Eagle glaciers are directly adjacent to the camp.
Each participant should review their strengths assessment from Level 5 or (re)take the test mentioned in Growing the Positive Mind by Dr. Bill Larkin, available at authentichappiness.org. Participants will teach a 75-90 minute practice consisting of asana, pranayama, and dharana around a theme of their choosing (using Sanskrit if desired), using their strengths as teaching skills. From the references listed 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.
Anyone who has completed YogaFit’s level 1 training (at a minimum) may attend this intensive.
· 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.
· For participants on the therapy track, this intensive will offer 10 hours of training.
· 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 mid-week. 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.
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 (average mid 60s
high and low-mid 50s low)
· Sturdy walking/hiking shoes and rain jacket
· 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
· Either bring a sleeping bag or make arrangements to get an inexpensive one here
(I’ll be in touch with participants on this.)
Arrivals/Departures and Ground Transportation:
Please fly into Juneau before 10pm on Aug 25th (earlier in the day is recommended) and schedule a departing flight the afternoon of Sept 1st. 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 camp and there is no regular shuttle service. Rental cars are available at the airport, but you won’t have much time to use it other than to/from camp.
· Tuition and a bed in a large sleeping cabin with heat and electricity - $895
· Tuition and a private* smaller cabin (holds up to 6 people) without heat and electricity - $895
*Renting a private cabin entitles you to bring family members with you to stay in your cabin. Please note that family members may not participate in any teacher training aspects of the intensive, but may participate in other social activities on a space-available basis. Everyone attending will be required to adhere to camp protocols and sign a waiver on arrival. You must give full name and contact information for all persons staying at the camp when you make your reservations.
· All participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, food, and ground transportation. Kristin will work with attendees to arrange ground transportation and arrange trips to the grocery store for supplies.
Questions about this intensive can be directed to Kristin@MountainsideWellness.com
Thanks for your interest! I have worked hard to make the Alaska intensives about
deeply connecting to our practice in an inspiring, beautiful place, at an affordable price.