Yoga, Music, and Meditation Retreat
at the Milkweed Mercantile
April 12 - April 15, 2018
(Thursday - Sunday)
This is the yoga retreat you've been dreaming of!
Imagine taking a few days off to relax and deepen your yoga practice in a beautiful country setting, taking classes that sometimes combine yoga with meditation, and sometimes with live music. Having a hot tub and a massage therapist available to sooth your aching muscles. Star-filled skies each night and awakening to birdsong each morning. Fantastic meals that nourish your body and delight your senses, and a full bar to provide that lovely glass of wine that you sip on our screened-in front porch as you watch the sun set. All of that and more is available during the Milkweed Mercantile's Yoga Retreat weekend!
Each weekend will include:
a stay in a simple, beautiful strawbale inn or a comfortable local farmhouse
choosing from 14 yoga and music/meditation classes presented over the weekend, and being able to design your own yoga/mediation schedule
learning from four fantastic teachers utilizing a variety of modalities
experiencing a "sound bath" of music and chanting during restorative yoga sessions each evening
eating delicious made-from-scratch meals, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible
having abundant time to relax, as all classes are optional
indulging in a therapeutic massage and a soak in our hot tub
walking a labyrinth in the heart of the prairie landscape at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
participating in an optional tour of the village, learning how this community lives and demonstrates sustainability
We hope you'll join us!
We're teaming up with the fabulous folks of Yoga Sol to present 14 classes (18 hours of instruction) over two full days and two half days. Also included is an intuitive collage workshop, which has become a guest favorite! All participation is optional - do what you want, rest when you want. Yoga classes are held in Casa de Cultura, which was built with dance and yoga in mind; hardwood floors, a wall of mirrors, and an elevated stage for easy view of your instructor. In between classes you can hang out with other participants; enjoy a drink from our full bar (craft beer, local & organic wines, and spirits); take a walk on Dancing Rabbit's 260 acres of gently rolling prairie; walk a labyrinth; nap; read a book, or just relax.
Included in the cost of the weekend:
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. All organic & local as possible, all made from scratch and absolutely delicious!
Choose from 14 yoga classes offered by three skilled instructors. Also included is an intuitive collage workshop, which has become a guest favorite! All participation is optional - do what you want, rest when you want. Classes are held in Casa de Cultura, which was built with dance and yoga in mind; hardwood floors, a wall of mirrors, and an elevated stage for easy view of your instructor.
Plenty of time to relax
Utilize our screened front porch, the Mercantile guest lounge, or our hammock!
A tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Are you curious about what life is like in a community based on ecological sustainability? A complimentary tour is available for participants.
Other diversions include the Mercantile's full bar, our hot tub, and several massage therapists who will be available for appointments throughout the weekend. The costs for these are extra.
Tentative Schedule (*** for a more detailed schedule, click here):
Thursday, April 12 - arrive and get settled, and join in our welcome stretch class, followed by happy hour, our hand-crafted pizza for dinner, a break and then restorative yoga.
Friday, April 13 - Three delicious meals, snacks, up to five classes, ample breaks, happy hour, and an optional tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.
Saturday, April 14 - Three delicious meals, snacks, up to five classes, ample breaks, happy hour....
Sunday, April 15 - Breakfast and lunch, two classes, and then warm good-byes. If you're not quite finished relaxing, you are welcome to stay another night.
All yoga and meditation sessions will be held at the Casa de Cultura, which has hardwood floors, a full wall of mirrors, a mini-stage for the instructor, and ceiling fans. It is located just a dozen steps from the Milkweed Mercantile.
Questions? Give us a call at 660-883-5522!
Your yoga weekend begins Thursday, April 12th at 3:00 p.m. and finishes after lunch on Sunday, April 15th. Classes include a stretch class when you arrive and an evening Restorative Yoga session on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
ACCOMMODATIONS (not included in cost of weekend)
The Milkweed Mercantile has four rooms available here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and three additional rooms at a super-comfy off-site farmhouse one mile from Dancing Rabbit. Cost is $50 per night per room. Details will be provided after registration.
CAMPING in Dancing Rabbit's Campground - a 3 minute stroll from the Mercantile
- $30 for 3 nights: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
You provide your own tent, sleeping gear and towels
We provide a tent platform (Tent must fit on a tent platform that measures approximately 8' x 10')
Includes access to the Milkweed Mercantile’s showers and toilets.
$425 per person
Cancellation Policy: Workshop fee and accommodations charge, if any, are both due at time of reservation. Full refund (less $25 accounting fee) returned with a full 7 days notice.
Less than 7 days notice for a cancellation will result in loss of deposit.
JUST FOR LOCALS - $305
If you live within (daily) commuting distance of Rutledge, Missouri, we have a special deal for you!
Included in our "Just For Locals" Package:
3 Lunches - Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - commuting students eat lunch with us here (breakfast and dinner at home or elsewhere).
All instruction - Choose from 14 yoga classes offered by fourskilled instructors. Also included is an intuitive collage workshop, which has become a guest favorite! All participation is optional - do what you want, rest when you want.
About the instructors
Massage: Zhenya offers an intuitive approach to bodywork, integrating many years of study in natural therapeutics, Core Synchronism, Ayurveda, MAya Abdominal, Craniosacral and Polarity Therapies to help unwind and and re-energize the body and mind.
Yoga: Through her alignment based approach to hatha yoga Zhenya encourages students to find greater organization within their poses , helping to enhance the therapeutic and strengthening effects of their practice. Incorporating pranayama breathing practices, restorative yoga, and mantra, this yoga practice will leave you feeling grounded, strong and reconnected.
Thai Massage: In this offering, Laurel will provide passive assisted stretching and pressure along energy lines to alleviate stress and muscle tension in the body - specifically the calves, quads, and glutes.
Thai/Fly massage: In this unique combination, Laurel will provide a session beginning with a therapeutic Acro Yoga flight that allows for gravity to assist in spinal extension, gentle twisting, side bends, and supported backbends, and will finish with Thai Massage.
Yoga: Laurel’s style is a combination of Vinyasa Flow with some longer holds in the mix. Through her facilitation, Laurel enjoys providing options for all level of practitioner, and challenging people to find their physical, emotional, and mental edges in their practice.
Yoga provides the tools for a path of personal inquiry and empowerment, as well as interpersonal harmony and unity. Liz has experienced the deep healing and joy-inspiring effects of the practices of posture, breath, and meditation and welcomes students of all levels and interest to join her in the cultivation of balance. Liz teaches to individuals, making the teachings personal and effective for each student through her understanding the physical alignment, mental awareness, and therapeutic applications of the practice.
Music and movement.
Grant is a dj and producer with an affinity for brushing up against the shamanic journey through dance. Dance with the inner darkness, the light, and the infinite cracks between. Relinquish your mind and find your inner movement.