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Join us for our 3rd Annual Winter Yoga & Meditation Retreat!


Date: January 3 - 6, 2019
Time: Thursday, 7:00pm - Sunday 12:00pm
Retreat Cost: $225 plus food & lodging
Place: The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road Willard, WI 54493 

Winter invites us to slow down, rest and reflect. It is the season where we incubate our deepest dreams. It is a time of healing. This retreat brings together a community of kindred hearts and teachers to inspire and support your well-being. Offering a holistic blend of yoga, meditation and wellness practices, expect to feel nourished and restored. Connect to yourself and others and leave ready to begin the New Year with intention!


Build Your Own Adventure:

During the Retreat You Will Have the Opportunity to:

  • Learn more about yoga nidra and practice the art of deep rest and relaxation.

  • Explore sound healing during a gong and crystal singing bowl session.

  • Learn about winter self-care rituals through the lens of Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science), by participating in a guided, warming oil self-massage practice.

  • Experience Meditative Tea Ceremony.

  • Explore winter’s landscape both internally and externally through Shinrin-yoku (Japanese for forest bathing) Invitations led by a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide.

  • Receive a custom flower essence blend to support your mind-body- spirit.

  • Delight in the intuitive painting studio, labyrinth and sauna at the Christine Center.

  • + More!

Step 1: Choose lodging: modern or rustic hermitage or a guest house room. Choose meal schedule.

Step 2: Call the Christine Center at 866.333.7507 or 715.267.7507 or email a request for them to contact you here. 

Step 3: After you receive a confirmation by phone or email, make the required $50 non-refundable deposit here with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. Make sure you let them know you are signing up for our retreat!

Your 2019 Retreat Teachers + Practitioners

Kali H


Kali Higgins

Kali's yoga classes and offerings are informed by nature, inspired by heart-body-spirit knowing and shared from her personal practice and life.  Kali teaches yoga regularly at Moon River Wellness, a  yoga studio she opened in 2017. Prior to opening the studio, Kali taught Mindfulness Training on behalf of Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. She also offered training for professionals in Change to Chill™, a Mindfulness program for teens, in a variety of school districts and community organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

As a space holder and retreat facilitator, Kali weaves in the gifts of the community to create experiences where people can slow down and connect to their intuition, to the rhythms of the natural world and to one another. In these mindful moments, we re-find and remember our sense of purpose and well-being.

This will be Kali’s 3rd annual Winter Yoga & Meditation Retreat. At the retreat, Kali will share a special yoga nidra pre-practice. Kali completed a 5 day Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training with one of her teachers, Indu Arora. She will also teach some yoga and meditation practices based on the energy of Winter and current astrology and will co-teach a sound meditation class with Julia. Engaging her background in herbalism and flower essences, Kali creates a community flower essence that is gifted to the retreat participants for extra support. She will be available for a few private Energy Balancing Ceremonies as time allows.



Julia Elders

Julia Elders has dedicated herself to helping people transform their lives and to take charge of their personal healing. Her hope is to support people along their path of self-discovery, ecstatic awakening, and deep connection to sat guru, the true teacher within, through the teachings of yoga, ayurveda and crystal energy healing.  She hopes that each person finds a more heightened awareness of their most true, divine nature. She is eternally grateful for the teachers in her life and their infinite inspiration.

She believes that everything that happens in the universe begins with intention.The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

This will be Julia’s 2nd time teaching at the Winter Yoga & Meditation Retreat. At the retreat, Julia will teach a ParaYoga Nidra class and will bring her crystal singing bowls to offer a yoga and sound session with Kali.  Julia completed the ParaYoga Nidra Master Course with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.




Suzanne Howard

Suzanne began studying Ayurveda in 2008 with the California College of Ayurveda and then Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga where she learned Ayurveda body treatments and graduated as a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner and Certified Pancha Karma Technician at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association level. She experienced Ayurvedic medicine in Kerala and at Vaidyagrama Healing Village in southern India in 2013. Since 2008, she is also a Certified Advanced Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda lineage having trained and studied Yoga and Vedanta at Sivananda ashrams in the Bahamas, New York, California and Yoga Vidya in Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany. Suzanne is a Certified Intermediate Herbalist through Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine and has studied botanical art and illustration through the Minnesota School of Botanical Art. She is employed as a Massage Therapist, Salt Cave Meditation Guide at Just for Me Spa and teaches Community Yoga at Moon River Wellness, both in Stillwater, MN. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Residential Interior Design as a way to use her creative and artistic gifts to help others attain beauty, harmony and holistic sustainability in their homes. 

At the retreat, Suzanne will offer a session all about winter self-care as supported by Ayurveda. She will guide retreat participants through abyangha massage and teach different marma points to support winter wellness. Suzanne will also be available to offer some private massage sessions and will teach an early morning yoga practice on Sunday.


Christine Brandt


Chris Brandt

Chris brings decades of experience in health and well-being, working as an RN and more recently becoming a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide. She shares her curiosity and joy of being in nature with others, empowering them to discover their own health and well-being. Her co-guide Nature, has millions of years of experience in being well.

At the retreat, depending on the weather, Chris will offer Shinrin-yoku sessions outside. Shinrin-yoku means "forest bathing" in Japanese. The walks are gentle, short-distanced and experiential "invitations" to be fully immersed in nature with all our senses. These walking meditations explore and discover winter's wisdom: mirroring and illuminating your life. Chris will also guide the fire on Saturday night.



Christin Ament

Christin is an integrative medicine practitioner and works with end-of-life patients. She also leads ceremony and transition from life to death as a death doula and midwife. She is studying for her doctorate of nursing practice and hopes to bring all elements of Spirit and Earth with her to the bedside of patients in the acute care setting. She traveled around the world studying traditional medicine at its roots and learned the art of Tea in Taiwan from a Buddhist monk. She studied under Wu-De, Zen Master and Master of Tea and brought this practice back with her to MN.

This will be Christin’s 2nd time offering tea at the Winter Yoga & Meditation Retreat. At the retreat, Christin plans on serving meditative Tea both in the morning and in the evening to ensure all people are able to experience cha do. Cha Dao "The Way of Tea" is a practice that comes from Chinese lineage over 10,000 years old. It has been used since its discovery by the Daoists and Sages as a form of medicine and a way to cultivate awakened presence, sustaining long states of meditation.  Tea, when used in ceremony, is a blend of all the elements of nature; she connects us to Nature and deep meditative states. Tea is completely unique unto itself, providing whatever is needed at each ceremony, with grace.

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