Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat

Madeline Island, Wisconsin

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Healing Motion
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5 reviews
Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2023
Group size: 10 - 13
Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat
Madeline Island, Wisconsin

Healing Motion
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2023
Group size: 10 - 13

About this trip

Join Jovinna for a unique weekend retreat on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island to wake up all of your senses, connect with Nature and attune your Body and Soul.  This retreat is designed to deepen our personal practices through Yoga, experience joy through Conscious Dance, cultivate peace through Meditation, and deepen our sense of belonging with the Natural world. 

This retreat is for all levels of practice and abilities.


Activities

During our time off you may choose from a variety of optional outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating, hiking the woodland trails with a mushroom expert, or simply sitting by the big waters in stillness.  Or you might want to enjoy a cleansing sauna and a refreshing jump into the chilly waters of Lake Superior to rejuvenate the senses. As a special treat one of our dinners will be held at the indigenous restaurant, Miijis, featuring traditional food prepared by an Ojibway chef.  


Jovinna

Jovinna began yoga, dance, and ritual practices since she was a child in a village in Singapore. Her love for movements and her reverence for Nature have led her to many forms of study in embodiment practices, Spirituality, and ritual makings. She spent 12 years as a performing artist in NYC and 8 years as a resident yoga teacher trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in MA. With a rich background in creativity, arts, movements, and Spirituality, she curates and facilitates transformational programs that lead participants into a process of freeing any mental, emotional, and physical challenges to allow for deep healing and the feeling of belonging, aliveness and joy. 

www.jovinna.com


Healing Motion Wellness Center

The Healing Motion Wellness Center on Madeline Island is the product of my commitment to promoting the overall wellness and healing of the Madeline Island community through movement and mediation. It is an alternative gathering space specially designed for classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and personal fitness as well as individual healing sessions for island residents and visitors.  For a schedule of classes and individual options please visit 

This retreat is hosted by Marnie Sanborn Myhre, full-time island resident and founder of the Healing Motion Wellness Center.

https://www.healingmotion.me/ 


Madeline Island


Madeline Island is one of Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands, a collection of islands designated as a National Lakeshore Park located in north central Wisconsin. The National Parks describe the islands as “where water meets land and sky, and past meets present.” Madeline Island, the largest island, is also the spiritual center of the Lake Superior Chippewa, the Anishinaabe people.  



How to get here

Driving

Directions to Bayfield, WI are easy on most map programs.  

Most important to be aware of the Madeline Island Ferry Schedule at https://madferry.com/  

On holiday weekends the boats can be full and it is good to arrive 15-20 minutes (or more) before the scheduled departure time.  

We can try to connect you with other people driving from St. Paul/Minneapolis to coordinate carpooling.  

There are several shuttles that will bring you to Duluth from the twin cities, https://groometransportation.com/services/  is one used by residents.  


There will be a van pick up from Duluth to Bayfield at 4pm on Thursday night and drop off at 1pm on Monday if there is an interest.  Donation recommended $25.



Flying

For commercial flights we recommend Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport-MSP.  

A shuttle from the MSP airport to Duluth is available and the shuttle takes about the same amount of time as flying, at a fraction of the cost.  https://groometransportation.com/services/ 

If you can book a flight directly to Duluth International Airport DLH, it is approximately 90 miles from Bayfield.  



If there is interest there will be a van pick up from Duluth to Bayfield at 4pm on Thursday night and drop off at 1pm on Monday.  Cost $25.


Travel insurance is recommended, but not required.

What to bring

Packing suggestions

Plenty of comfortable yoga gear & clothes you can dance and move freely in. We have mats and props ready for you

  • Journal and Pen
  • A book to read
  • Swimwear 
  • Lots of sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, bug spray
  • Medication that you need
  • Towels are optional - we have beach/pool towels and bath towels for your stay
  • Fun and comfortable clothes for dining 
  • Rubber soled sandals / flip flops 
  • Closed waterproof shoes for hiking - hiking trails can be wet
  • Water bottle so you can re-fill on the go
  • Flashlight for walking around in the evening
  • Dry bag for kayaking or boating for an amazing day trip of exploring some of the Apostle Islands.
  • A copy of your travel insurance details

Program options:

Program only (no lodging or meals) includes:

  • A rejuvenating program of yoga, meditation and dance with Jovinna
  • Access to Lake Superior, paddleboards and kayaks
  • Sauna one night
  • Bonfire
  • Magic and friendship

Program with meals (no lodging) includes:

Everything listed in the Program 

plus:

  • Specially catered meals and snacks
  • Dinner at MIijim:  Our newest restaurant featuring Native American cuisine

Program with lodging includes:

Everything listed in the Program with meals

plus:

  • Lodging at one of the cabins (prices listed with choice of rooms).

 Meals 

Healthy and delicious meals will be catered and served at the Sanborn cabin.  The cabin is on the lake and a quarter mile walk from the Wellness center where most of the program will be held.  

Sunday night dinner will be at Miijim’s restaurant featuring Native American cuisine.  This is included in the meal plan.

Whats not included?

Transportation to and from the Island.

FAQs

Q:What if I have dietary restrictions?

A: We can accommodate! Please indicate dietary needs at registration.


Q: Are beverages included in catering?

A: There will be light, non-alcoholic, refreshments during meals.


Q:What if I want to share a room with a friend?

A: A private or shared room can be shared with someone not participating in the program,. but there will be an additional cost for the extra person. If you are interested in this option please inquire. 


Q: Should I drive my car over on the ferry?

A: We recommend that you bring your car or carpool over.

**Travel & ferry fare not included**


Q: When will I get to use the sauna & paddle boards?

A: During "free time" paddle boards and kayaks will be open for use. The sauna is scheduled for Friday night.


Q: What if I have an injury or disability?

A: Please let us know at registration and we will be as accommodating as possible. 


Q: What if I can't afford to pay all at once?

A: In special circumstances, we can offer a payment plan. Please reach out. 


Q: How do I get to Madeline Island

A: Travel options to the island are listed separately and will be sent with registration. The program does not include travel to and from the island.


Q: How many sessions with Jovinna are included?

A: At least 10

Cancellation Policy

$200 non-refundable deposit

Refunds minus $200 non-refundable deposit with 30 days notice.

No refunds after August 1, 2023

Balance due by August 1, 2023


Credit Card payment fees are 2.9% for Visa/MC  and 3.9% for Amex. 

US bank transfers are free. 

Other currency processing fee of 1% + 30 cent/transaction is added at checkout.

Available Packages

Program only (no lodging or meals)
  • A rejuvenating program of yoga, meditation and dance with Jovinna
  • Access to Lake Superior, paddleboards and kayaks
  • Sauna one night
$550
Deposit: $200
Program with meals (no lodging)
  • A rejuvenating program of yoga, meditation and dance with Jovinna
  • Specially catered meals and snacks
  • Dinner at MIijim:  Our newest restaurant featuring Native American cuisine
  • Access to Lake Superior, paddleboards and kayaks
  • Sauna one night
$975
Deposit: $200
Sanborn Place Shared Room and Bath

Cabin on the lake, a quarter mile walk on the driveway to the Wellness Center.  

Full kitchen and shared living area.  

Meals will be enjoyed by the group here.  

There is a dock on the lake.  Participants will access lake activities from this location.

Shared room and bath

Program and Meals

*pictures in "photo gallery"

$1,450
Deposit: $200
Sanborn Place Private Room and Bath

Cabin on the lake, a quarter mile walk on the driveway to the Wellness Center.  

Full kitchen and shared living area.  

Meals will be enjoyed by the group here.  

There is a dock on the lake.  Participants will access lake activities from this location.

Private Room-king bed & bath, lake view

Program and Meals

*pictures in "photo gallery"

$1,800
Deposit: $200
Stolen Oaks Private Room and Bath

Small cabin a half mile from the Wellness Center on Big Bay Road. 

Full kitchen and shared living room.

Private room and bath

Program and Meals

*pictures in "photo gallery"



$1,800
Deposit: $200
North House Private Room / Shared Bath

Cozy cabin tuck in the woods 3 miles from the Wellness Center. 

Full kitchen and shared living room.

Private Room  Queen bed with shared bath

Program and Meals

*pictures in "photo gallery"


$1,600
Deposit: $200


Itinerary

Day 1
Thursday

7:00-9:00 pm  Welcome Gathering


*itinerary is subject to change

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HM
Healing Motion
5 reviews
The Healing Motion Wellness Center on Madeline Island is the product of Marnie's commitment to promoting the overall wellness and healing of the Madeline Island community through movement and mediation. It is an alternative gathering space specially designed for classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and personal fitness as well as individual healing sessions for island residents and visitors. For a schedule of classes and individual options please visit https://www.healingmotion.me/

Reviews

DB
I had an extraordinary time at the retreat. Jovina and Marnie were wonderful hosts. The location in the north woods was perfect for a yoga retreat. It was nice to meet so many new women of all ages. Food was great, yoga sessions were cleansing, and location fantastic.
By Deb B for Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat on Sep 20, 2023
I was so pleased to meet Jovena (and Tracy) after hearing about her yoga, meditaition and breathing teachings many times from Marnie. Wow--this was a wonderful 4 days. I learned to much and felt inspired to incorporate these learning into my life. Each day was perfectly planned--I was tired but not exhausted. My body felt stronger and more aligned and my soul was lighter. Thank you SO much. I look foward to learning and traveling with Jovena, Marnie and others in the future!
By Sarah C for Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat on Sep 18, 2023
It was amazing, thank you so much to Marnie, Jovian and Tracy.
By Susie S for Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat on Sep 18, 2023
Travel to and from this location from CA required a full day; half day in the air and half day in a car (car ride plus ferry from the twin cities to Madeline Island-four hours) was well worth it. Accommodations: I stayed in the Sanborn House which had gorgeous views, easy water access, a dry sauna (which is especially fantastic if alternating with jumps into the cool lake if you're into that sort of thing), kayaks, swimming, a huge deck with comfy chairs, and a large screened porch for those sensitive to summertime bugs. Meals: I especially appreciate the care in supporting the local community with the food choices in both the catering and the restaurant. All but one meal was catered. Delicious, healthy, creative food. Convenient to have food brought to the Sanborn House between retreat sessions which left us with more down time to enjoy as we wished. The one meal out was to a restaurant specializing in indigenous food. Notable were the mushrooms and use of berries, all forged within a day of serving and venison was also worth a mention. Yurt: The newly built yurt was magical. Thoughtful touches like strung lights along the walkway leading from the parking lot to the yurt, a kettle to brew tea, a handwashing station that utilized captured rainwater, and outhouse that used an incinerating technology offered us modern day conveniences while remaining mindful of the land and our imposition on it. Jovinna: One of the most knowledgeable, skilled, open hearted teachers I've ever encountered. Sessions were varied between yoga, conscious dance, meditation, breathing, and discussions. For people like me who don't identify with one aspect or another (I consider myself "not a yogi"), the breadth of experience she brings almost guarantees every person will get something valuable out of the weekend while also having a chance to experience "peripheral" activities, too. For me, not a yogi, I was able to enjoy participating in an activity I don't usually do and, as the dose was relatively small, I was able to enjoy it for the benefit that it was without being overwhelmed. Because of the "retreat" aspect of the weekend Jovinna had freedom to make adjustments in time (shorter or longer) and content as our needs and energy levels changed. One day we moved our morning practice to the dock on the lake which gave us fresh morning air and sights of bald eagles as we did yoga. Breathtaking. It takes a very experienced teacher to plan well and know when and how to appropriately deviate from the plan to accommodate real time needs of a group. This is the third retreat I've done with Jovinna and no matter what the composition (age, gender, socioeconomic, education differences) of the group she has a sensitive way of bringing individuals together in a meaningful way that creates deep connections both within ourselves and between people. If you're looking to book your first ever retreat, this location and teacher are perfect. If retreats are your jam, this location and teacher are also perfect. High recommend in my book.
By Roberta L for Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat on Sep 16, 2023
These Californians had a wonderful adventure on Madeleine Island. The yoga retreat was healing and soulful. We would do this retreat again in a heartbeat!
By Paula S for Breath, Relax, Feel and Move: A Labor Day Weekend Yoga Retreat on Sep 14, 2023