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Elk Mountain Ranch

Spring
YOGA-ASAN
RETREAT INTENSIVE

April 29-May 1, 2024

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Immerse yourself in the springtime beauty of the Inland Pacific Northwest. 

You will be surrounded with streams, vibrant green pastures, abundant wildflowers, fresh air and beautiful forests. 

Appropriate for all levels. Due to the amount of practice we will be doing, some Yoga experience in required. 

Registered Yoga teachers earn 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs

 

YOGA ASANA

The asanas are the postures we practice every time we come to the mat. Asana done properly can have a profound effect on our mind and body. Join me in this peaceful setting as we delve into the most important details of Yoga asana in order for you to get the most out of your practice time on the mat. You will learn practical tips and advice that will increase your confidence in Yoga asana. With a maximum of eight participants, there will be time for individual attention and help with what each student needs.

Four workshops where we will dive deeper into the aspects of asana practices, one extended practice to start the retreat, and two evening Yoga Nidra & sound meditation sessions. All levels of practice will be considered in planning. Hand-outs provided in each workshop. Props such as blocks, chairs, blankets and straps will be available for use and will incorporated in each practice session. See 'Schedule' below for workshop topics. 

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”  ~ Sakyong Mipham

Lake Coeur d'Alene
Elk Mountain Ranch
Coeur d' Alene National Forest
View from Balcony Room
Tubbs Hill Trail
Savasana 2021
Balcony Room
Moose Room
Wolf Room
Bear's Den Room
Silver Room
Vrksasana
Elk Ranch Group 2017
Yoga Room
The Cook!
Ustrasana
Coeur d'Alene National Forest
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LOCATION

This magnificent property is on a 150 acre ranch located 15 minutes east of Coeur d' Alene in Northern Idaho. The 4000 sf house is a spacious, comfortable home built with love by the owners. The heart of the home is the original 1908 homestead cabin, whose original deed was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.

 

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 ponds 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 and wild turkeys visiting the ranch.  There are no visible neighbors.

TRAVEL & ARRIVAL

Travel expenses are not included in registration costs.

 

The nearest major airport is in Spokane, Washington; it is a 45 minute drive to Coeur d' Alene from the Spokane airport.

The Missoula, Montana airport is a 2.5 hour drive to Coeur d' Alene. Ride sharing may be able to be arranged with other participants.

Each participant will receive a map with detailed driving instructions before the retreat.

 

Arrive at the ranch between 8:00-9:00 AM on April 29th, settle in and join us for our first practice that will include a slow, gentle beginning, progressing in intensity until the final hour of cooling yin and restorative postures. Practice will begin at 9:30 AM on the 29th. If you are traveling into the area and would like to stay at the ranch Sunday night, April 28th, you may arrive anytime after 7 PM PST. Dinner is not provided on April 28th.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Six bedrooms are dispersed throughout the ground and the second floors with comfortable beds, plenty of space and privacy. Each of the three rooms on the second floor has it's own private stair case leading to the room The two large, main-floor bathrooms are located at the front and rear of the home. A well stocked laundry room is available for use. Bathrooms have hairdryers.

 

Wifi is available throughout the house, but cell phone signals are 'spotty' at best. There is a land line for local (208) calls and emergencies. What'sApp works well for phone calls outside of the local area code.

MEALS

Wholesome, vegetarian/vegan meals will be prepared for you. All meals will be with fresh, local and organic ingredients when possible. Guests' special dietary needs can be accommodated (gluten free, vegan, allergies). The cook for this retreat is Shelby Dobbins. 

COEUR D'ALENE

Downtown Coeur d' Alene and Lake Coeur d' Alene are a 15 minute drive from the ranch. Bicycles can be rented near the lake. An abundance of hiking and biking trails are in and around Coeur d'Alene. A welcome packet with trails, maps and town information upon arrival may help plan your free time.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

Arrival: The ranch is open for you to arrival on Sunday April 28th after 7 PM, or you can arrive between 8:00-9:00 AM Monday morning. Meals are not provided on Sunday the 28th.

April 29, Day One:

9:30-12:00 PM Yoga Practice: Moving Inward

A deeply relaxing practice yet dynamic and strength building at the same time. Includes a combination of Yin, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative styles of Yoga. Appropriate for all levels of students.

12:15 Lunch

Rest & Digest

3:30-6:00 PM Workshop #1, Breath & Balance

6:15 PM Family Style Dinner

Evening Candle-Light Yoga Nidra Meditation in PJs

April 30, Day Two: 

        Self-Serve Light Breakfast

9:00-11:30 Yoga Workshop #2, Building a Strong Foundation: Spine, Back & Core

12:00 Lunch

Rest & Digest

3:30-6:00 Workshop #3, Stretching the West: Forward Bends & The Hips

6:15 Family Style Dinner

Evening: PJ Candle-Light Yoga Nidra & Sound Meditation

May 1, Day Three:

        Self Serve Light Breakfast 

        8:30-11:00 Workshop #4 'Vinyasa Krama - Practice with Purpose'

        11:00 Family Style Brunch

        1:00 Depart

Registration | April 29-May 1, 2024

  • Accommodations for two nights 

  • One, two-hour, fireside yoga practice

  • Four detailed asana workshops with practice

  • Candle-lit evening Yoga Nidra & Sound Meditations

  • Wholesome vegan/vegetarian meals prepared by Shelby Dobbins

  • Workshop handouts on Yoga asana to help your home practice

  • Small group instruction (maximum of 8 students)

  • Access to the 150 acre ranch to hike, explore and relax

ROOM CHOICES

1) Balcony Room: RESERVED

Large room with queen bed, private full bath with shower and private patio/terrace. Located on the second floor, private staircase leads to the room. Stunning views of the forest through large glass windows at front of house can be seen from the bed. This is a loft type of room with an open railing above the Yoga room. People cannot see into the Balcony room from the lower level. The Yoga room is closed to the rest of the house between 9:30 PM and 8 AM to ensure complete privacy to those in the Balcony room.

Single Occupancy: 1175.00, one person

Double Occupancy: 2075.00 total for two people

2) Silver Room: RESERVED

Large room on main floor, center of the house, queen bed and views of the fruit tree orchard and small pasture. Shared bath located across hallway from room. Bathroom shower is shared with the Bear's Den.

Single Occupancy: 1075.00 one person

Double Occupancy: 1875.00 total for two people

3) Bear's Den: 

Part of the original 1908 log cabin. One queen bed, two twin beds. Private half bath (no shower). Located on second floor, private stair case leads to room. Full bathroom located at the base of stairs and shared with the Silver Room.

Single Occupancy: 1075.00

Double Occupancy: 1875.00 two people

4) Moose Room: RESERVED

Queen bed. Located on the main floor at the back of the house. Large bath shared with Wolf and Native American rooms. 

Single Occupancy: 1075.00 one person

5) Wolf Room: RESERVED

A cozy room with a twin bed and a private exterior door. Located on main floor at rear of house. Large shared bath with Moose and Native American rooms.

Single Occupancy: 1075.00

  • Reserve your room with a non-refundable 300.00 deposit per room.

  • Registration: Submit the form in the link below. An invoice for the deposit will be emailed to you. 

  • No refunds after March 26

  • Cancellations made between Feb 26-March 26, 2024 will receive a 50% refund, minus 300.00 deposit. If we can find a student to fill your room during this time you will receive a full refund minus the deposit. 

  • Arrival: Nearest airports are Spokane, WA (60 minutes away) and Missoula, MT (2.5 hours away). Please let me know if you are interested in car-sharing from the airport, I will try to connect you with other students to arrange a carpool. Uber/Lyft are appx. 100.00 each way. 

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