​“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” 

 

― John Muir

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Bald Eagle on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Lake Coeur d' Alene 

SATTVA

The quality of balance, harmony, purity, calmness, holistic, constructive, creative,  positive, luminous, serene, mindful, peaceful

A state of inner peace 

 

A mental state that is free of fear, violence, wrath or malice

 

ELK MOUNTAIN RANCH

YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

November 4-7, 2022 (Fri-Mon) 

November 10-13, 2022 (Thurs-Sun) FULL

Four days and three nights in the peaceful

mountains of North Idaho.

  • Morning Fireside Yoga and Meditation Sessions

  • Late Afternoon Candle-lit Restorative Yoga & Meditation

  • Guidance in your practices of Yoga & Meditation

  • Viewing of the bald eagles that gather to feed on salmon in Lake Coeur d'Alene each Nov-Feb

  • All meals provided (vegan & vegetarian)

  • Beautiful views, abundant hiking opportunities, fresh air

  • Comfortable family-style home on 150 acre ranch, built around a 1908 homestead cabin

THE LOCATION

This magnificent 4,000 SF home sits on a 150 acre ranch about 15 minutes East of Coeur d' Alene in Northern Idaho. It has six bedrooms and 3.5 large bathrooms. The unique setting of this home is at the confluence of two streams and surrounded by pristine natural beauty to stir your heart. Like a painting come to life with romantic rock bridges, quaint stone steps and walls, lush pastures, fruit trees, flowers and two jade-green pond's filled with trout that guests are encouraged to feed with food provided. This enchanting home is surrounded on three sides by 2.5 million acres of U.S. Forest land extending into Montana and Canada. The property has been maintained as a wildlife preserve with deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves, bald eagles, wild turkeys and ermine on or visiting the ranch.  There are no visible neighbors; this is a place of serenity, peace and complete quiet except for nature.

BALD EAGLES

"Each winter from November through February a migrating population of bald eagles visits the Lake Coeur d' Alene area to feed on spawning Kokanee salmon. The BLM began counting bald eagles around Wolf Lodge Bay in 1974. The number of eagles returning to this area varies from year to year." 

- https://www.blm.gov/programs/fish-and-wildlife/wildlife/about/idaho/lake-coeurdalene-eagle-watch

TRAVEL

The nearest airport is about 45-50 minutes away in Spokane, Washington. You can rent a car and explore the quaint town of Coeur d'Alene on your way to the retreat or during the afternoon free time after Yoga. Downtown Coeur d' Alene is next to Lake Coeur d' Alene and is about 15 minutes from Elk Mountain Ranch. The Missoula, Montana airport is another option for fly into. It is a beautiful two hour drive to Elk Mountain Ranch from Missoula.

Arrive at the ranch anytime after 1:00 PM. Relax, enjoy the scenery and explore the property before a stress relieving, hip opening Yoga session from 4:30-6:30 PM. You will be treated to a welcome dinner at 6:30 PM followed by a soothing Yoga Nidra session before retiring.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bedrooms are dispersed on both the ground and the second floor with comfortable beds, plenty of space and privacy. Each room has the ability to control the heating temperature individually. The bathrooms are large and located at the front and rear of the home. There is a laundry room for guest use, hairdryers in the bathrooms and wifi throughout the house (Native American room does not receive good wifi signal). Cell phone signals are 'spotty' at best, there is a landline at the house for local calls only. Maximum number of participants will be 7 students.

MEALS

Sattvic hot lunches and dinners will be prepared for you. Light, self-serve breakfast foods (fruits, breads, cereal, yogurt, coffee/tea) will be available for breakfast. All meals, prepared by an in-house cook will be vegetarian/vegan with fresh, local and organic ingredients when possible. Brunch will be served on the final day before departure. Coffee and tea will be available all day. Guest's dietary needs will be considered in food preparation, please list any food allergies or diet restrictions in the registration form below.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:

Day 1: 

Arrival at Ranch Anytime After 1:00 PM

Hip Opening Yoga Practice: 4:30-6:00 PM

Welcome Dinner: 6:00 PM

8:00 PM Pajama, Candlelight, Restorative Yoga & Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation 

Day 2: 

Light Self Serve Breakfast

Yoga, Discussion & Meditation 9:00 AM -11:30 AM

View the Eagles at Higgins Point (optional hike)

Lunch 11:45 AM

Afternoon Free Time (Optional trip to view the bald eagles at Lake Coeur d' Alene)

Evening Restorative Yoga & Meditation 4:30-6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Day 3:

Light Self Serve Breakfast

Yoga Discussion & Practices 9:00 AM -11:30 AM

Lunch 11:45 AM

Afternoon Free Time

Evening Restorative Yoga & Meditation 4:30-6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Closing Night Activity/Class

Day 4:

Morning Yoga 9 AM-10:30 AM

Brunch 10:45 AM

Departure By: 1:00 PM

Blueberries

SAMPLE MENU

Individual needs will be considered when planning the final menu. Please let us know in your registration of any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Light Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday:

Boiled eggs, Fruit, Toast, Yogurt, Cereal, Coffee, Tea (easily digestible foods before Yoga)

Sample Lunch*:

Hearty Homemade Soups, Wholesome Breads & Sandwiches, Green Salad

Sample Dinners*

Vegetarian Fajitas, Indian Dahls, Homemade Pizza, Thai Curries, Salads, Desert

Final Brunch on Sunday:

Eggs, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Baked Cinnamon Apples, Toast

*Garlic and onions will not be used in any of the cooking as these items increase rajasic energy.

YOGA SESSIONS

All yoga sessions will be appropriate for the participants level of ability and needs. Please bring your own mat, all other props (sanitized) will be available for you to use during the retreat (blankets, blocks, straps, chairs, sandbags). There will be an emphasis of both strength and flexibility in the morning sessions. The evening sessions will be gentle and restorative with a focus on relaxation. 

FREE TIME

There is an abundance of hiking and biking trails in the area with stunning scenery to enjoy, or you can stay at the ranch and enjoy the peace and quiet. Downtown Coeur d' Alene is about 15 minutes from the ranch and is a lovely place to explore and shop. The second and third afternoons of the retreat are left open to relax and explore as you choose. You will receive a welcome packet after your registration is complete, with trails, things to do, maps and town information to help you plan your free time. Weather permitting, we will visit the Eagles at Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d' Alene (about 15 minutes from the ranch) on the Friday afternoon. 

REGISTRATION

Double occupancy rooms listed below must be booked with your guest, you will not be assigned a room with another participant that you do not know. See rates and registration below. Note: Double occupancy rooms must be booked with a family member, spouse or friend that you are comfortable sharing a bed with. All double occupancy rooms have queen beds, only the Bear's Den room has separate beds, a queen and a twin.

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Getting Away From it All

Getting Away From it All

Elk Mountain Ranch

Elk Mountain Ranch

Ranch House

Ranch House

Savasana 2021

Savasana 2021

Teaching 2017

Teaching 2017

Yoga Space

Yoga Space

The Chef! Shelby

The Chef! Shelby

Shelby and her wonderful meals

Shelby and her wonderful meals

Back Porch Fall '21

Back Porch Fall '21

Fall '21

Fall '21

Living Room

Living Room

Eagles at Lake Coeur d' Alene

Eagles at Lake Coeur d' Alene

Biking 'Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes' 2021

Biking 'Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes' 2021

Sunset on the Ranch 2018

Sunset on the Ranch 2018

Wild Turkeys & Deer Often Visit

Wild Turkeys & Deer Often Visit

First Retreat 2017

First Retreat 2017

Silver Room

Silver Room

Bear's Den

Bear's Den

Moose Room

Moose Room

Wolf Room

Wolf Room

Balcony Room

Balcony Room

View from Balcony Room

View from Balcony Room

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
 ― John Muir

Registration

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations for three nights

  • Wholesome vegetarian meals (three dinners with dessert, two self serve breakfasts, two hot lunches, brunch on final day, coffee & tea station available all day)

  • Afternoon Yoga Session on arrival day (Day 1)

  • Two extended, morning Yoga and meditation sessions/workshops (Days 2&3)

  • Three Candle-lit, Evening Restorative Yoga & Meditation Sessions (Days 1,2 & 3)

  • Instruction and handouts on Yoga & meditation to deepen your understanding and practice. 

  • Instruction in a small group setting

  • 150 acre ranch to hike and explore

  • Time away from daily life to relax and recharge in a relaxed, family home setting

TRAVEL:

Airfare and transportation from airport is not included. If you choose to fly into Spokane, Washington the retreat is about a 50 minute drive from the airport. From Missoula, Montana the retreat location is about a 90-120 minute drive from the Missoula airport.  

Transportation from airport: It is best to rent a car during your stay as cab or ride share fares are quite high from either airport to the ranch. I am happy to connect students in an effort to coordinate the sharing of rides/car rentals if desired. You may appreciate having a car to explore Coeur d'Alene during free time over the retreat. Each guest will receive a map with driving directions to the ranch and land line number one week prior to the retreat start date.

Closest Airport Codes:

Spokane, WA (GEG)

Missoula, MT (MSO)

REGISTRATION & ACCOMODATIONS

(Cash payments deduct 3.0% for credit card fees)

1) Balcony Room:

Second floor balcony room located directly above the large Yoga room. Queen bed. Private staircase leads to room. Private patio and full bath. This is the only room with a private full bath and views outside the large glass windows at front of house. The Balcony room is loft type room with an open railing looking down upon the Yoga room and out the large windows a the front of the house. People can not see into the Balcony room from the lower level. The large Yoga space, below the Balcony Room, is closed off from the rest of the house with a door, between the hours of 10 PM and 8 AM. (Occupants of the Balcony Room do have private access to the Yoga space between 10 PM and 8 AM)

Single Occupancy: 1300 one person 

Double Occupancy: 1800 two people

Nov 4-7: RESERVED

Nov 10-13: RESERVED

2) Silver Room: 

Large room on main floor, queen bed. Shared bath located across hallway from room. Shower is shared with the Bear's Den.

Single Occupancy: 900.00, one person

Double Occupancy: 1400.00, two people

Nov 4-7: RESERVED

Nov 10-13: RESERVED

3) Bear's Den:

Large room on second floor with private stair case leading to the room. The Bear's Den is part of the original 1908 log cabin and has one double bed, two twin beds, private powder room (no shower). Shower is located at the base of the stairs and it shared with the Silver Room. 

Single Occupancy: 1100.00, one person

Double Occupancy: 1600.00, two people

Nov 4-7: Available

Nov 10-13: RESERVED

4) Moose Room:

Queen bed, at back of house on main floor, large shared bath with Wolf room.

Single Occupancy:  800.00, one person

Double Occupancy:  1300.00 two people

Nov 4-7: RESERVED

Nov 10-13: RESERVED

5) Wolf Room:

Twin bed, on main floor at rear of house, two entrances to the Wolf room - one from the exterior and one interior, large shared bath with Moose room.

Single Occupancy Only:  700, one person

Nov 4-7: Available

Nov 10-13: RESERVED

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  • 100.00 non-refundable deposit per person.

  • Balance due: September 11, 2022 

  • Cancellation on or before Sept 11, 2022 will be refunded minus deposit.

  • Cancellations between Sept 12-Oct 1, 2022 will receive a 50% refund

  • No refunds after Oct 2, 2022. Should you need to cancel for any reason, your reservation after Oct 2nd your payment can be to future retreats/workshops/teacher trainings/classes. If we are able to fill your reservation with another student, you will receive a 80% refund after the retreat start date.

  • COVID PRECAUTIONS DURING RETREAT AS OF APRIL 2022:

    • Negative COVID test required, taken no more than three days prior to the retreat. 

    • Fewer participants 

    • Air purifiers will be used in common spaces

    • Dining area will be moved to Recreation Room to allow for more space and air flow during meals. Meals will not be served 'family style' as in previous years. 

    • Kitchen will be closed during meal preparation times while cook is working.

    • Mats will not be provided, please bring your own

    • Blocks, blankets, chairs and straps will be sanitized and assigned to each participant to use during retreat.

    • Masks are optional. Masks may be required, depending on CDC recommendations, Idaho mandates and Covid numbers in November 2022.

    • Hand and surface sanitizers will be available throughout the house.

    • Windows will be cracked when possible to allow for improved ventilation.

    • House will be cleaned and aired out for 24 hours prior to each retreat​