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Registration is now OPEN 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 is the time to slow down, restore and reflect. It is the season where we incubate our deepest dreams. Retreat in community with inspiring and like-minded people at the beautiful Christine Center. Together we will tap into winter's energy and wisdom, while also offering plenty of time to rest and reflect in solitude. Over the weekend you can expect to reconnect to what matters most to you and begin crafting your dream/vision for the New Year ahead. Leave feeling restored with the support of gentle yoga, meditation, creative and healing activities and non-activities to nourish the soul.


Build Your Own Adventure:

Retreat Cost Includes:

  • Daily guided yoga and meditation practices. 
  • Specialty offerings by guest teachers
  • A custom flower essence blend to support mind-body- spirit
  • Access to heated sauna 24-7
  • Use of the Intuitive Art Studio
  • + 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.

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. She facilitates Mindfulness Training on behalf of Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. She also offers 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.

At the retreat, Kali will share a special yoga nidra practice and ritual. Kali completed 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. Engaging her background in herbalism and flower essences, Kali also creates a community flower essence that is gifted to the retreat participants for extra support. She will also be available for a few private flower essence consults 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.”

At the retreat, Julia will teach a ParaYoga Nidra class and will bring her crystal singing bowls to offer a yoga and sound session.  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 Ayurvedic tradition. 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. More details will be shared with retreat participants in the weekend schedule. 


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 out in the wintry woods. 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.



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.

At the retreat, Christin plans on serving meditative Tea both in the morning and in the evening. 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 is our deepest connector to Nature. She is a catalyst to deep states of meditation, unravels grief and opens the heart and even brings about uproarious laughter.   Tea is completely unique unto itself and deeply moving,  providing whatever is needed at each ceremony, with grace.

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