Healing Silent Meditation & Yoga Nature Retreat - Winter 2023

Hope Springs Institute

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Sara Syed
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Jan 12 - 15, 2023
Group size: 12 - 30
Healing Silent Meditation & Yoga Nature Retreat - Winter 2023
Hope Springs Institute

Sara Syed
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7 reviews

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Jan 12 - 15, 2023
Group size: 12 - 30

About this trip

DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT 

Join Sara Syed for a wonderful, long weekend of silence, introspection, reflection and healing. This meditation retreat will be hosted ashram-style, with silence (no phones!), extended periods of yoga and meditation practices, healthy vegetarian (and some Ayurvedic) meals and connection to nature. 


All meals are healthy, vegetarian and made with a lot of love. We can accommodate any common dietary restrictions, including soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and more.

Create a sacred space within yourself to set intentions for the new year, to clear out the baggage of the past, and to have all needs met for a long weekend so that your energy can be restored.


FIND SILENCE AND SOLITUDE WITHIN

Discover your innate being of bliss and peace.

Long days of silence, yoga and meditation help to clear the mind of built-up stress and fatigue.


SELF-DISCOVERY AWAITS

Be guided through hatha yoga classes in the morning and gentle and restorative yoga classes in the evenings. Yoga classes are specialized to promote meditation and relaxation.

Learn how to meditate. Deepen your existing mediation practice. Build a solid foundation in meditation to create a clean slate in the mind for 2023. 


You will leave this retreat feeling renewed, cleansed and inspired.


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WHO CAN ATTEND?

This retreat is open to anyone seeking a reset, peace, a pause, alone time, and guidance to live a more healthy and happy life. 

This retreat is suitable for both the experienced and novice meditation and yoga practitioner. Students brand new to these practices will develop a strong foundation that they can take home.


RETREAT DATES

Thursday, January 12 - Sunday, January 15, 2023

Arrive to Center between 2-5 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2023


LOCATION

Hope Springs Institute

4988 Mineral Springs Rd, Peebles, OH 45660


About Hope Springs Institute:

Hope Springs Institute is a sacred space created with the intention for fostering healing, sharing and community. It was built more than 25 years ago, located less than 20 miles away from the internally renowned sacred ancient native Indian site called the Serpent Mound. There is a strong energetic holding of these ancient energies at the Hope Springs Institute. Healing and magic are literally embedded in this area due to the Serpent Mound. 


The Hope Springs Institute is located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Hope Springs Institute is secluded, far away from common noise and light pollutants, to promote inner peace.

Hope Springs Institute is a non-profit retreat center in Appalachian Ohio, cultivating peace through empowered leadership, innovative learning, and personal healing. Our vision is a more peaceful, equitable, and inclusive world. The mission of Hope Springs Institute is to hold sacred space & transformative programming for growth, leadership, & healing while honoring mind, body, spirit, & earth.


Hope Springs Institute is handicap accessible.

Learn more about Hope Springs Institute here: 

https://www.hopespringsinstitute.org


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DAILY SCHEDULE


Thursday:

~2-5pm - Arrive to center; get settled in; turn in devices & electronics 

~5:30pm - Orientation  

~6pm - Dinner 

~7:30pm - Opening Fire Ceremony  

~8pm - Meditation


Friday:

~5am - Meditation 

~6:30am - Yoga 

~8am - Breakfast 

~Free Time 

~11am - Meditation 

~12pm - Lunch 

~1pm - Silent Nature Hike 

~2pm - Free Time  

~3pm - Meditation 

~4pm - Free time  

~5pm - Dinner 

~7pm - Yin Yoga 

~8pm - Meditation


Saturday:

~5am - Meditation 

~6:30am - Yoga 

~8am - Breakfast 

~10am - Reflection & Introspection: Journal Prompts  

~11am - Meditation 

~12pm - Lunch 

~1pm - Free time  

~3pm - Chakra Meditation Painting Experience  

~5pm - Dinner 

~7pm - Yin Yoga 

~8pm - Meditation


Sunday:

~6am - Meditation 

~7:30am - Yoga 

~9am - Breakfast 

~10am - Closing Ceremony  

~11am - Clear Rooms/Pack Cars 

~12pm - Lunch  ~Departure Between 1-3 pm  

~Option to Visit Sacred Serpent Mound (Located 15 minutes away via car) 

**The entire schedule is optional. You are empowered to make your own decisions on this retreat.**


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

~Daily guided yoga and meditation classes

~All healthy, vegetarian meals to promote digestion, healing and meditation. 1-2 Ayurvedic meals per day.  

~Unlimited tea & honey 

~Accommodations (comfy beds, warm showers, beautiful, quiet, tranquil spaces underneath the visible stars -- weather permitting) 

~Painting supplies for chakra meditation painting experience  

~All yoga and mediation props 

~Hot tub for use during free time  

~Access to a lovely book shelf/mini library  

~Peace and quiet 

~Space to heal 

~Serene, peaceful, quiet and pristine nature   

~Support & guidance from center and from retreat host (Sara) 


WHAT TO BRING 

~Toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, etc.) 

~Clothes for yoga, meditation, winter hiking, sleep, leisure 

~Winter/waterproof hiking boots  

~Journal & writing utensils 


OPTIONAL  

~Additional snacks  

~Yoga mat & mediation props (There are some at the center, but you can bring your own if you prefer) 

~Books

**The center does have most items such as yoga mats and meditation cushions; however, please bring your own if you prefer**


WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME 

~Electronic devices that are not essential 

~Work, homework, etc. 

~Your worries


INVESTMENT 

~$689 - Price Per Person; Shared Room, Shared Bathroom

(you can book with a friend or family member; most rooms sleep 2-4 people; unless otherwise stated, you might be paired with a new friend also).


~$1,250 - Private Room


~$1,800 - Private Room, Private Bath for One Couple (Price per couple)


**Please indicate your sleeping preferences in email to thestudiocleveland@gmail.com with 'Silent Meditation Retreat' in the subject line.


**Sleeping accommodations+ preferences are first come, first serve.


LOGISTICS 

~Airport transfers available for $80 (roundtrip)

~Our nearest airport is Cincinnati in Ohio.


COVID PROTOCOLS 

Hope Springs Institute is abiding by all Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines and consulting our local Health Department so that we can continue holding space as safely as possible during this time.


Read more here:


https://www.hopespringsinstitute.org/programs

You temperature will be taken upon arrival and social distancing will be encouraged. 


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ABOUT THE HOST

Sara is the owner of The Studio Cleveland, a holistic wellness center in downtown Cleveland. She is an experienced Vipassana meditator with 5 years of intensive meditation practice. She has attended 10-day silent meditation retreats almost every year since 2017 to deepen her own, personal meditation practice. She is an experienced and registered yoga instructor (700-ERYT), hosts her own Internationally Accredited Yoga and Meditation Teacher Trainings (200 Hour Registered Yoga School) through the Yoga Alliance and semi-annual retreats to peaceful and inspiring locations throughout America and the world. Sara has been practicing yoga since the tender age of 17 and attended yoga teacher trainings in Costa Rica (2014) and in India (2016), prior to diving deep into her meditation training.

Her graduate training to obtain her Master's in Science in Curriculum & Instruction provided her with experience to effectively and efficiently teach large groups of students in meaningful and engaging ways.


Learn more about the host here:


https://www.thestudiocleveland.com/sara-syed.html

What’s included

  • Daily Meditation Classes
    Find silence and solitude within. Discover your innate being of peace within. Long days of meditation helps to clear the mind of built-up stress and fatigue. Leave this retreat feeling renewed.
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Be guided through gentle and restorative yoga classes in the mornings and evenings. The classes are specialized to promote your meditation efforts.
  • Opening Fire Ceremony
    Burn away the old and outdated with an intentional, cleansing fire ceremony. We will start the retreat with this ceremony to be clear on our intentions throughout the retreat. Burn away the excess.
  • Chakras Meditate & Paint
    Be guided through a healing and revealing chakra meditation. After the meditation you will be provided with the tools to create an artistic expression of your chakras and energy.
  • Nature hiking
    Hope Springs Institute is located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Hikes here are heavenly if you enjoy beautiful hikes in the snowy season.
  • All vegetarian meals
    All healthy, vegetarian meals to promote digestion, healing and meditation. All meals are cooked with love by a professional chef.
  • Unlimited tea & honey
    Tea, honey and hot water available all day, every day. Water provided as well.
  • Accommodations
    Comfy beds, warm showers. Beautiful, tranquil land underneath the stars. Bedrooms come full stocked with bedding, towels, alarm clocks, and all other common needs.
  • Hot tub
    Enjoy the hot tub during break periods (or anytime!)
  • Hiking boots
    Due to the natural environment and the season, we strongly recommend you bring waterproof hiking boots. We recommend the Columbia brand.
  • Journal & pens
    Please bring writing utensils and a journal
  • Toiletries
    Please bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste, and all other required toiletries (including feminine products)

Available Packages

$689 - Price Per Person; Shared Room
Available until 0 days before departure27 left

$689 - Cozy shared room and shared bathroom. 

$689
Deposit: $300
$1,250 - Private Room - No Roommates
Available until January 11, 2023only 2 left

$1,200 - Private Room, Private Bath for a Single Person.

$1,250
Deposit: $300
$1,800 - Couple's - Price per Couple
Available until January 11, 20234 left

$1,777 - Private Couple's Room - Price Per Couple; One Private Room for a Couple; Private Bathroom.

$1,800
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Thursday
Arrival

2-5pm - Arrive to center

-Get settled in

-Turn in devices & electronics 

-Explore the retreat center 


5:30pm - Orientation 

-Greetings & introduction to the retreat and meditation course 

-Q&A 


6pm - Healthy, vegetarian dinner 

-Silence begins


7:30pm - Opening Fire Ceremony 


8:00pm - Meditation 

Your Organizer


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Sara Syed
7 reviews
Sara is the owner of The Studio Cleveland, a holistic wellness center. She is an experienced Vipassana meditator with 5 years of intensive meditation practice. She has attended 10-day silent meditation retreats almost every year since 2017 to deepen her own, personal meditation practice. She is an experienced and registered yoga instructor (700-ERYT) and hosts her own Yoga and Meditation Teacher Trainings. Sara started practicing yoga in 2007 at the age or 17 and has learned from teachers such as Kino Macgregor and Saraswathi Jois.

Reviews

* * * * * Cradled in the vibrant, alive (sometimes loud) rainforest was a constant-peacefully strong- reminder of our connection & responsibility to the earth and all living beings. The schedule was challenging but flexible when necessary. Sara (and Shannon) shares her knowledge and experience in a simple, down-to-earth manner. Her presence is inspiring. She provides a welcoming, nonjudgemental, supportive space rich for self exploration and growth. You walk away pleasantly noticing areas of darkness- now illuminated. Sara and Shannon are powerful leaders !! Marcel, Jackie and all of the staff of The Goddess Garden are top notch. Knowledgeable of surrounding area, accommodating, generous, absolutely delicious vegetarian/vegan/ GF meals !! Such a peaceful, safe, clean environment. If you are interested in self development and enjoy yoga and/or meditation (atleast a little bit) this course is for you! The experience is an opportunity to gain a fountain of knowledge, love and inspiration to use throughout your life journey.
By Suzanne I for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 18 May, 2022
This trip was phenomenal. The food, the people, the education, the training, the yoga, the atmosphere...the entire experience was wonderful. Sara and Shannon are highly skilled and generous with their knowledge. They prepared a comprehensive program that included everything from teaching yoga philosophy to how to manage and build a successful yoga practice. When you are done, you feel competent and ready to take the next step in developing a yoga business! Highly recommend.
By Dvora N for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 16 May, 2022
Cool retreat! Jam packed with lots of incredible content! Sara is an exceptional teacher! She really cares about her students and was great at communicating trip plans and excursions. Eco Goddess was a wonderful place to stay, best vegetarian food I ever had and the owners were very helpful! The grounds were beautiful too!
By Tina C for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 12 May, 2022
This teacher training was absolutely life changing! Beautiful environment, amazing people, and a really cool experience of the local culture as well. I was unsure going in whether or not this training would equip me to actually be a yoga teacher, but by the end I felt super comfortable cuing other students through the sequences and postures. I can’t wait to get started. Sara and Shannon the instructors are incredibly fun, intelligent, and kind hearted people. This experience challenged me to look inward and discover my true potential to impact others and live an abundant life! I’m beyond grateful.
By Bethany R for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 11 May, 2022
I had an awesome trip doing a 200 hr YTT in Costa Rica! Sara was an awesome teacher. The wildlife was great. The food was great. The hosts at the reservation were friendly and accommodating. I have nothing bad to say about the experience. Definitely recommend signing up for retreat in 2023!
By Patrick G for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 10 May, 2022
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