The Water’s Edge Wellness Retreat is a harmonious pairing of yoga, nature & mindfulness. This weekend retreat will take place at Snow Pond Center for the Arts, Sidney, Maine – 6 miles outside of the state capital, Augusta.
Snow Pond’s picturesque setting will allow you to experience a connection between body and mind, while offering balanced yoga, meditation, a mix of breakout sessions, and bodywork, along with plenty of time to relax by the water and enjoy swimming, kayaking, hiking and more.
Vegetarian and high protein dishes will be preprepared by our chef, along with our guest speaker Kathy Carle, Raw Food For Life.
Stay in a lakefront cabin or in a dorm like setting. Book your accommodations now!
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We hope you will join us for this all-inclusive, 3-day/2-night retreat!
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This active multilevel flow class builds strength , balance, flexibility , and focus . The teacher will offer modifications and will also help you to play your edge. You will end this energizing practice with meditation and shavasana . Feeling recharged and restored upon ending the session.
Jeri believes in living her yoga practice on and off the mat. She began her personal yoga path in the mid 90’s and eventually became a nationally certified teacher, completing her 200 and 500-hour certifications. Even though she is eclectic with styles in her teaching, she still tends to lean towards her foundation of Anusara, using the principles as her guide. Jeri’s knowledge and respect of the body and her love of life make her a grounded and inspiring teacher. Jeri draws from over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working with the body and musculoskeletal problems, offering detailed instruction in alignment and guiding her students through postures with ease and vitality. Her students appreciate her clear and concise teaching style as she encourages them to listen to their own bodies and create a practice which will result in self-acceptance and joy. Her caring energy allows them to develop their own practice in a non-competitive environment. Jeri is dedicated to sharing this rich tradition and assisting each student in finding their own true nature. She thanks her teachers for their guidance, her students for helping her continue to learn, and her husband Jeff and her 3 sons, for their love and support on her path.
Yin yoga is a practice that targets the connective tissue through holding postures passively from 2-6 minutes. Most of the postures are done sitting or lying down. They target the navel to the knees with some shoulder involvement . You will leave feeling calm in the mind and having had an internal massage.
Susan is a nationally certified yoga teacher. She transitioned easily from working as a registered nurse to teaching yoga. In combining both professions, her knowledge of anatomy and desire to help people comes through clearly in her teachings. Susan started exploring yoga in 1997 and practiced with several teachers and different styles. In 2007 she became 200 hour certified with YogaSpirit teacher Kim Valerie. Susan developed a passion for Anusara Yoga and has worked with Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Todd Norian & Ann Greene. She has completed all 3 immersions with Todd and Ann. Susan has just completed her teacher training in Yin Yoga with Joshua Summers. Susan also completed her 500 hour advanced training with Cyndi Lee in 2013 with a focus on vinyasa flow and meditation. Susan teaches with the Anusara principles as her guide. Susan’s students describe her as creative, clear and playful with the ability to guide them in a trusting way that is challenging and often takes their practice to another level.
Research has indicated a number of mental, emotional, and physiological benefits for this practice which is thousands of years old. Learn what mindfulness meditation is, the benefits, and how to cultivate a daily practice. Participants will receive training and guided practice.
Led by psychologist and regular mediator Jeff Matranga, Ph.D.
Jeff Matranga, Ph.D.
Jeff is a psychologist who specializes in health psychology, the interaction of behavior, emotions, and health. He started and facilitates the free meditation circles at School Street Yoga, which open to all. He teaches introductory meditation classes at School Street Yoga and through Maine General Medical Center’s Healthy Living Resource Center and through Adult Education with his wife, yoga teacher Jeri Wilson. Jeff has been practicing as a psychologist for almost 30 years. He practices meditation daily, does yoga 2-3 times per week, and has been running — at a glacial pace — since 1973.
WRITING AS EXPLORATION
(AND ON A GOOD DAY, DISCOVERY)
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” (Joan Didion, “Why I Write”)
“I write as much to discover as to explain.” (Arthur Miller, notebooks)
The writers’ statements above hit the target of what my aim is in this workshop: to invite participants to write freely and openly—both because the process is enjoyable and because it may offer channels to deeper self-understanding. Prompts will be provided as launching pads, and the focus will be on the process rather than the product. We’ll write, do some sharing, appreciate the magic of language, and experience the challenges and joy of putting words on paper. No expertise necessary.
Natalie Harris, PhD
Natalie taught American literature at Colby for twenty years before having a mid-career crisis and returning to school to get her MFA in fiction, after which she happily joined Colby’s creative writing program, offering workshops in fiction and in creative nonfiction. Since retiring a year ago, she has enjoyed helping out with grant-writing and office work at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter; teaching community seminars through Colby’s Goldfarb Center with her husband and former colleague, Peter; and taking a slew of yoga classes at School Street Yoga with her favorite teachers, Susan Golden and Jeri Wilson. She also meditates regularly with her dog, as well as with other humans who attend the weekly Wednesday evening and Sunday morning meditation circles at SSY.
Introduction to The Raw Living Lifestyle
In this session, Kathleen will explain what “Raw Living Foods” are. You will learn how easy it can be to gain more energy and increase your health & vitality- just by the foods you chose. Please join us for food tastings and recipes from Kathleen’s upcoming book.
Kathleen is a raw food promoter and founder of The Raw Living Life Style. She instructs classes on eating clean through a simple raw food regime and shares her intimate story on how, after switching to a living foods diet, she was able to loose weight and now has more energy and clarity than ever before. Kathleen will share tips for clean eating, recipes, tastings and much more.
In this workshop you will learn how to create a personal mandala. The mandala is an ancient symbol of wholeness and healing used by man since the beginning of time. Your personal mandala will become a tool that you can use to gain access to your inner source of wisdom and truth. No art experience necessary.
Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR
Bodhi is a registered Art Therapist. She has a private practice in Waterville and is co-founder of Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth in Yarmouth. Bodhi is the President of the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association. She provides workshops for the community and trainings for therapists focused on incorporating creative expression and work with imagination, intuition, and metaphor into their practices. She has given workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.