Element Yoga: Mend Easy Retreat

Yankton, SD, USA

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Element Yoga
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Sep 17 - 19, 2021
Group size: 1 - 12
Element Yoga: Mend Easy Retreat
Yankton, SD, USA

Element Yoga
  • Facebook verified

Sep 17 - 19, 2021
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

I have been wanting to create a retreat since the beginning of 2020 and during this time it has allowed me to see a few of the flaws retreats create. Most retreats are in far away locations that ask for an allotted amount of time which addresses two problems with retreats; the cost (some not including price of travel) and time away from work and or family. Many people are not able to take a week off from their careers and/or families. Retreats pressure to adhere to a schedule of activities scheduled back to back to achieve ultimate relaxation. By the end of the retreat the placebo effect of relaxation is worn off leaving most feeling drained and back to their realities of life without the tools or knowledge to better understand how to avoid getting burned out. It’s hard being in a human body and living the human experience- how can one just be?


Announcing Element Yoga’s "Mend Easy" retreat this September in Yankton, South Dakota. Would you consider joining me and my fellow collaborator, Cassie Willett of Flow and Paddle, for a yoga retreat on and off the water? Relax in total comfort in this beautiful brand new home with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a stunning view of the Lewis and Clark Lake and its grand Chalkstone Bluffs in Yankton, SD. A staycation away from home!  Enjoy coffee on the deck while watching the boats sail by or relax on the cozy couch by the fireplace. Within walking distance of the L&C Marina as well as walking and bike paths along the water’s edge. This retreat is a option for anyone, couples, families and/or groups of beings looking for the tools to heal.


Friday night (check-in 6 p.m.) we will start the night with veggie, meat and cheese charcuterie boards as everyone starts to settle into their rooms. During the duration of the retreat we will be offering our Open Fridge Policy, which allows guests to eat what they want and when they want to. Everyone has different times they eat and dietary restrictions we welcome everyone to make themselves at home. Our first night together, Tray will announce the activities, rules for the house and end the evening with a meditation. 


Saturday morning (9-11 a.m.) we will meet Cassie at Lake Yankton for a beautiful morning Stand Up Paddle Board class with Flow and Paddle. After our morning class, feel free to shower, make something to eat, take a nap or gather a group together for a lovely hike near by. In the afternoon we will regroup at The Lake House for a presentation from Tray to talk about emotions; what are they and how to coupe with each emotion healthily. This workshop is meant to be able to give you the tools you'll need in order to address your emotions as they come in your life. These tools are meant to guide you through the emotions in order to release them from the body that is an emotional store house. After our workshop and a few hours to decompress then we will all meet in the kitchen to make a meal a together. We will offering our Open Fridge Policy throughout the retreat, but on Saturday evening we will be inviting our guests to join us for a group dinner with the help of everyone! The secret to a good meal? To make it with love. After everyone is done eating we'll clean up together and wrap up the night with another nightly meditation before quiet hours (10 p.m.-8 a.m.).


Sunday morning yoga with Tray will start at 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by free time for the rest of the day. This is a great opportunity to go for a hike, journal, sleep or whatever it means to relax for you. Guest who have paid for a second session with Flow and Paddle and/or oracle reading with Tray will take place during free time on Sunday. A closing celebrations will be at 5 p.m. followed along by check out at 6 p.m. from The Lake House.

 ***Cancellations made 30 days before the retreat, August 6th, 2021, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations after September 6th, 2021 will receive a 60% refundable amount. $75 deposit is non refundable. Please be sure to read the fine print when booking***



Accommodations

Check-in time is 6 p.m. Friday night, September 17th

Everyone please arrive by is 7 p.m. 

Check-out is 6 p.m. Sunday, September 19th


Accommodation for 2 nights and 3 days

2 x yoga classes with Tray 2 x nightly mediation classes*

1 Journal

1 Stand Up Paddle-board lessons and yoga class on the water*

*All equipment is included for these lessons 


Payment Plan: For guests who are not able to pay in full at this time we have the option for a payment plan. Accessibility and inclusivity are important to Element Yoga, so guests are able to reserve their desired room for a deposit of $75 (non refundable) and 12 weekly payments amounts have been made for each room. Last payment will be made the week of the retreat.


Open Fridge Policy: Guests will have the freedom to eat what they want when they want rather than eating at scheduled times. We will ask guests to share with us some of their favorite foods to have in the kitchen and we will do our best to stock the fridge and cup boards with an array of foods including gluten free, diary free and any other items needed in order to be inclusive of other dietary restrictions. 


Extras: Guest have the option to purchase an oracle reading with Tray for Sunday afternoon and/or an extra class from Flow and Paddle.


Key home features: Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, stainless steel appliances, cabinets, pantry, WiFi, free washer and dryer, coffee bar with espresso and Nespresso machine, 2 furnished covered patios, outdoor gas grill and pizza oven, 8 flat screen TVs, outdoor parking for 6 vehicles. Lewis and Clark's amenities include a large lake with beach access about 1/2 mile from home. (Park entrance fee is included in stay) Close to area lake restaurants, rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, speed boats, pontoons, hiking, mini-golf, seasonal local outdoor bands, go-carts, laser tag, and more.


House Rules:

- No pets 

- No alcohol

-No smoking in the house or anywhere on the property.

-Quiet hours are from 10pm-8am 

-There are 4 security cameras around the outside of the house. Three for the front driveway and one for the lower back patio.

What’s included

  • Washer and Dyer
  • Gas BBQ
  • Free WIFI
  • Steaming services on TV
  • Fresh Linens
  • Bath Towels
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Beach Towels
  • Travel
    we recommend car pooling

Available Packages

Queen Room 2/PRIVATE
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters with a garden view of evergreens and 50 inch television.

This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$750
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 3/PRIVATE
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters with a garden view of evergreens and 50 inch television.


This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$750
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 4/PRIVATE
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This room is located downstairs of the house with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters, 50 inch television, lake view, and patio door access to outdoor patio.


This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$750
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 5/ PRIVATE
Available until August 30, 2021Sold Out

This room is located downstairs of the house with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters, 50 inch television, lake view, and patio door access to outdoor patio. 


This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$750
Deposit: $75
Community Room/TWIN SINGLE
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

Our Community Room is a great option for someone who is coming alone and wants to build community at the retreat or for a group of people who want to share a room together 2 bunk beds with full bed and twin bed on each (total 4 beds) each with down alternative comforter. Twin size bed will be the top bunk on both bunk beds that are available.


This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$600
Deposit: $75
Community Room/FULL SINGLE
Available until August 30, 2021only 2 left

Our Community Room is a great option for someone who is coming alone looking to build community at the retreat or for a group of people who want to share a room together 2 bunk beds with full bed and twin bed on each (total 4 beds) each with down alternative comforter. Full size beds will be on the bottom of both bunks that are available.

This pricing is for a single person attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$625
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 2/ SHARED
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters with a garden view of evergreens and 50 inch television.


This pricing is for a two people who are attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$1410
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 3/ SHARED
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters with a garden view of evergreens and 50 inch television.


This pricing is for a two people who are attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$1410
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 4/ SHARED
only 1 left

This bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters with a garden view of evergreens and 50 inch television.


This pricing is for a two people who are attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$1410
Deposit: $75
Queen Room 5/ SHARED
Available until August 30, 2021only 1 left

This room is located downstairs of the house with a queen size bed with down alternative comforters, 50 inch television, lake view, and patio door access to outdoor patio. 


This pricing is for a two people who are attending the retreat and covers all cost; yoga sessions with Tray, Stand Up Paddle Board with Flow and Paddle, room and board.

$1410
Deposit: $75

Available options

Oracle Reading with Tray11 left
$30
Additional SUP class11 left
$30


Itinerary

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
SUP YOGA

Cassie Willett, owner of Flow and Paddle, will be guiding us through a SUP 101 basics before getting on the water for a gentle yoga flow that is suitable for everyone!

FAQ:

  • I have not been on a stand up paddle board before. Will I fall in?
    • There is always a chance of falling in when on paddle boards. Our exploration lifts off when we touch down and observe the mind’s tendencies when falling happens. The practice is to jump back onto the board and try again!


  • I have never done yoga before. Will the postures be accessible?
    • One of the many beauties of yoga is that each practitioner is free to take things at their own pace. If you remain mindful of your breath while laying down for the entire class, you will still be in perfect practice. That being said, classes have been designed to be accessible to all levels, giving newer practitioners options to ease into postures and modifications to deepen postures.


  • I don't believe I'm in the best shape. Will I be able to keep up?
    • We find that building a strong and flexible body and mind are the side effects of enjoying movement. By being completely in the moment, surrounded by nature and your supportive peers, you will gain a self confidence on the water. 


  • Should I be able to swim?
    • Yes. The body needs to move freely on the board, so we do not wear life vests or the board’s ankle leash during the yoga practice portion of class. If you were fall in, you must be able to tread water, swim back to your board and climb back on.

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Element Yoga
Tray Mendez, creator of Element Yoga, is a Latin and queer yoga practitioner/mentor. Element Yoga is not a physical studio. For the last two years they have been creating spaces of community support to encourage all individuals. We are for those who seek to start or build their yoga practice regardless of race, gender identity, size, sexual orientation, personal beliefs and/or religious beliefs. Anti-racism, inclusivity and accessibility in yoga through hip hop music.