Workshops

Take a deeper dive into the heart of yoga... and into your own heart. You deserve it. Early registration is recommended and appreciated. Thank you!

Monhegan Yoga Adventure

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Sunday, July 18, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
This retreat is full with a waiting list.
If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected]
 
Take a day just for you! Enjoy the refreshing ocean air and breathtaking views..... Monhegan is a spectacular island. 
 
The adventure begins with a brilliant boat ride from Port Clyde out through the islands and waters of Muscongus Bay. Wildlife sightings – porpoises, seals, eagles, and seabirds – are a real treat. Upon arrival on Monhegan, we’ll set our intentions for the day and enjoy a morning yoga practice. We'll hike along the water's edge, through forested trails, and along breathtaking cliffs. We’ll practice yoga and meditation at various spots along the way! The middle of the day will feature free time to enjoy lunch, hike additional trails, relax in a favorite spot on the island, swim in the invigorating ocean, etc. We’ll gather back together in the afternoon for a closing circle. The day ends with a gorgeous boat ride home to the mainland.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome… no yoga experience necessary! It is important that you are comfortable hiking on uneven surfaces through the woods and along rocky shores. 
 
Registration: The retreat is full with a waiting list. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected] Space is limited. Early registration is highly recommended. To register, kindly pay via the link below.
 
Suggested donation: $95-135 (sliding scale). Includes ferry, as well as yoga and meditation on the island. Parking is paid separately by car; carpooling is encouraged. If the lowest amount presents an obstacle for you, please email [email protected] about a payment plan or scholarship. If you are able to pay the full amount, you will help someone else participate.
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What to wear/bring: Wear comfortable clothes/layers for the boat ride, sturdy hiking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen/hat; bring a small backpack with… two (2) filled water bottles, bug spray, camera (if you'd like), healthy snacks, hearty lunch and/or money to buy food on the island (cash is helpful), bathing suit/towel (if you’d like to dive in), etc. You do not need to bring a yoga mat. To support the retreat experience, please leave your cell phone in your car or put it on airplane mode and bring it along as a camera! Note: the public restrooms request a donation of 50 cents per use... you might bring along a little change!
 
Weather? If there is drizzle or light rain, the trip will go! If it's a downpour, we'll reschedule. If you cannot make the raindate, you will receive a credit at the studio or a refund.
 
 
Schedule for the day:
 
6:00 a.m. Depart The Dancing Elephant (carpoolers!)
 
6:30 a.m. Arrive Port Clyde
 
7:00 a.m. Depart Port Clyde via Monhegan Boat Lines
 
8:15 a.m. Arrive Monhegan
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome and plan for the day
 
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Yoga, meditation, and hiking
 
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lunch break and free time for exploration
 
3:30-4 p.m. Closing circle
 
4:30 p.m. Depart Monhegan via Monhegan Boat Lines
 
5:30 p.m. Arrive Port Clyde
 
6:00 p.m. Arrive The Dancing Elephant (carpoolers!)
 
  

Hurricane Island Women's Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor & Lover of Islands
Friday, August 27, 3:30 p.m. to Monday, August 30, 11 a.m.
By registration
 
This retreat is full with a waiting list! Please email [email protected] if you'd like to join the waiting list.
 
"Wow, just wow. An indescribable, magical weekend."
- Hurricane Retreat participant 2019
 
The island is calling! Treat yourself to a weekend of rest, renewal, friendship, fresh air, and inspiration. Hurricane Island is magical. The wind, waves, and vast sky will inspire and nurture us. 
 
The women's retreat will include yoga and meditation, as well as island exploration and discovery. We will enjoy connection and laughter, as well as periods of stillness and silence. There will be plenty of time to relax and unwind. We will enjoy delicious, healthy meals sourced from local farms and fishermen. You can choose an invigorating dip in the ocean or a glorious outside shower at the bathhouse (indoor showers available, too). We will sleep in cabins nestled in the trees beneath the stars.
 
The three-night retreat is a unique opportunity to practice and live in harmony with the natural environment. There is nothing more nourishing and healing!
 
We will take extra care to support everyone's health and well-being. See the COVID protocols at the end of the progam listing.
 
Schedule
Friday, August 27. We will meet in Rockland at 3:30 p.m. and then make our way to Hurricane Island in time for dinner, orientation/settling in, and an evening circle.
 
Saturday-Sunday, August 28-29
7:00 a.m.             Morning Walk
8:00 a.m.             Breakfast
9:15 a.m.             Yoga Practice
10:30 a.m.           Island Exploration Practice
12:30 p.m.           Lunch
1:30 p.m.             Rest and Free Time
4:30 p.m.             Yoga and Relaxation Class
6:00 p.m.             Dinner and Sunset Hike
8:00 p.m.             Free Time and Star Gazing
9:30 p.m.             Lights Out
 
Note: We will practice outdoors as much as possible; the indoor practice space is well-ventilated. The weekend schedule is subject to change, just like the tides and wind. 
 
Monday, August 30. We will enjoy breakfast together and then depart the island at 9:30 a.m., arriving back in Rockland around 11 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVID Protocols: See the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership's guidelines below.
 
Registration: The retreat is full with a waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected] 
 
Cost: $425. Includes three nights lodging/facilities, eight healthy meals, daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as roundtrip transportation to Hurricane Island from Rockland. Pay in full or make a $150 deposit with the balance of $275 due by July 15. If you need an extended payment plan, email [email protected]
 
The Island: Hurricane Island is located 10 miles southeast of Rockland and 2 miles southwest of Vinalhaven. The island is home to the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership, a sustainable, off-the-grid educational community. There will other programs on the 125-acre island during our stay (plenty of room for everyone).
 
Weather: Rain or shine, fog or clear skies….. we are going! There are well-ventilated indoor practice spaces for yoga and meditation.
 
What to bring: A packing list will be sent with registration.
 
                    
                Explore the island                                   Sleep in delightful cabins                                                          
 
Additional reflections from 2019 participants:

“My heart was wide open and my soul just soared! I felt the deepest part of my true self was nurtured and transformed.”

“The retreat reminded me of the vital importance of seeing the stars, hearing the waves, feeling the warmth of the ground, connecting with nature daily.”

“A 100% guaranteed way of meeting some stellar human beings.”
 
 
Hurricane Island, large forested island in foreground. Camden Hills in background.
 
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Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership
COVID PROTOCOLS as of May 1, 2021 (subject to change)
 
PRE-ARRIVAL: every person must:
(a) bring with them a well-fitting two-layer cloth face mask for their personal use
(b) follow CDC and State of Maine travel guidelines
(c) get fully vaccinated (or) take a PCR (molecular) COVID test no more than 5 days prior to arriving on the island, but enough in advance so that results are available prior to arriving on the island. NOTE: Some out of state participants will need to align with current state of ME guidelines which may require testing within 72 hours of arrival.
 
UPON ARRIVAL (to dock/island): every person will:
(a) complete COVID screening questions
(b) disclose date and results of latest COVID test
(c) show proof of vaccination (or) take a rapid COVID test
 
DAILY HEALTH CHECK: every person will have a minimum of one daily health check, conducted by a staff member in the morning before breakfast.