A one of a kind yoga retreat at Stratton.
The rolling green mountains of Southern Vermont are home to endless natural treasures. In Hindu, Jain and Buddhist texts, Yaksha – benevolent nature spirits- care for the natural earthen riches found hidden in the soil and tree roots.
In 2016, Stratton hosted the first annual Yaksha Yoga + Wellness Retreat Weekend, bringing together nature, wellness and yoga enthusiasts from the Northeast with the yearning for self-discovery, community and celebration often unavailable to the (sub)urban yogi. Yaksha attracts some of the leading movers and thinkers of the yoga world- a discerning and welcoming tribe like no other. Noticeably missing from this event are huge corporate sponsors- the content is purely curated by yogis for yogis.
Yaksha returns for its second retreat year August 4th-6th 2017. Highlights for this year include a Gong Bath, Oil Anointment Class, eight intimate group workshops (from a speakeasy to Jivamukti yoga and everything between), alternative therapy sessions (reflexology anyone?), fireside acoustic jam with the energetic members of Ubuntu, and farm to table dinner. But the thing that really sets this retreat a part from all others in the northeast? Greeting the day each morning with an aw-inspiring sunrise yoga class at 3500 feet on the Stratton summit yoga deck. Also worth noting, the food! Stratton’s executive chef, Jan Geijda, prepares local inspired (vegan/ gluten free/soy free friendly) meals- delectable brunches are included with your ticket and a family style farm to table dinner is optional for an unheard of $25.
Co-founders, area yoga teachers Kaitlyn Zwagerman and Kristin Powers, wanted to create a weekend that was an affordable opportunity for wellness professionals to gather tête-à-tête—the end goal being to enjoy each other’s company while teaching, networking and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Stratton Resort’s CEO Bill Nupp was on board with their vision and advocated to keep the weekend something that felt truly authentic to the yoga community. All of these efforts paid off and the comment “what a special weekend that was” has echoed through the yoga community in the Northeast since that time.
Keep an eye out on the Yaksha Yoga + Wellness Retreat Weekend Facebook event page for some fun giveaways as the weekend draws near—*hint hint*– there is currently a free yoga legging giveaway for sharing a post from their page (no ticket needed). Oh yeah, and there is a sweet price break for certified yoga teachers. Full weekend tickets start at $144.
More info on this one of a kind opportunity to unplug, recharge, reset and network can be found on the Facebook Page — visit the Event Page if you need no further convincing and are ready to reserve your spot on the summit.