A Residential Retreat at Aldermarsh on Whidbey Island, October 7 – 10, 2021
With Shannon McCall and Friends
Transition into Fall with a long weekend reset at Aldermarsh Center on Whidbey Island. The land here has been stewarded with deep love and respect for years, and we are grateful to be able to return again this year.
Fall is the season first of harvest and then of letting go as we prepare for Winter. This retreat is an opportunity to support and strengthen your body in preparation for the seasonal shift ahead.
Each day you will practice morning meditation to set a template of calm presence for the day. Slow strengthening asana will awaken and mobilize you during the late morning. Afternoon Yin and restorative asana will calm and harmonize you on all levels. Long shavasanas post practice and yoga nidra in the evening will restore and replenish your deepest reserves (ojas) connected to strong immunity and vitality as we move towards winter, as well as supporting restful sleep.
Breathwork, guided self-inquiry, periods of noble silence and ayurvedic teachings (including a guided self-oil massage followed by a wood-fired sauna) will support you in getting more grounded in your present-moment experience, calming your nervous system and allowing a space for personal insight to arise.
Shannon will offer sunrise and sunset ceremonial fires (agni hotra) to further support our group’s attunement to natural rhythms.
Afternoons will be open for rest, reflection, walks, soaks, massage or a good nap. CEU’s available for yoga teachers.
At the end of our time together, you can expect to return to your life at home more in touch with yourself, more present and resourced, more available to connect with the natural world and other humans and happier than you were when you arrived.
Arrival: Thursday, October 7th, between 3 and 5pm* (late arrival can be accommodated if necessary–speak with Shannon). Departure: Sunday, October 10th, after 1pm lunch. Tuition + Room and Board: $750, includes three nights’ shared accommodations, organic meals, use of the sweat lodge, and Japanese soaking tub and all classes.
To Register: $108 non-refundable deposit via paypal (below) or via check to Shannon McCall; P.O. Box 75373; Seattle, WA; 98175 Please include your email address and phone number with your check. Thank you!
Shannon McCall, E-RYT, 500 , CAP, is a long-time yoga teacher and ayurveda practitioner who has been leading yoga retreats for several decades. She loves to share the depth of the teachings in groups and on retreats where we can come home to our bodies as a source of refuge, learning and insight within dynamic community and Nature.