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GODDESS HEART: The stories and science of yoga

A Yoga Retreat in the Poconos with Nikki Robinson and Mark Nelson

March 31-April 2, 2017

The legends of yoga describe powerful female figures who represent all aspects of our human experience, from peaceful to fiery. Within them we see our own divine nature and through them our own unique gifts. Their stories thread through the philosophies underlying our yoga practice. Modern science also sees the beauty within us — an artfully woven web of movement and connection capable of carrying us through life with grace and awareness. When we understand how our bodies are designed, we discover more intuitive, efficient forms of movement. We find ourselves resisting less and flowing more.

When we combine the two, we tap into our own divine essence. That blending of philosophy and physics gives modern meaning to ancient teachings and new approaches to traditional asana.

This three-day retreat brings together stories, chants and movement along with an up-to-date scientifically informed look at the anatomy of asana. Join us as we honor and blend these two worlds to give you a moving, heartfelt understanding of what it feels like to be truly alive in your own divine self!

Conveniently located less than three hours from Philadelphia in Honesdale, PA, the Himalayan Institute offers a variety of accommodation options, healthy vegetarian food, stunning scenery and a calm, natural environment so you can focus on the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL MORE DETAILS & TO REGISTER FOR THE GODDESS HEART RETREAT

HI GroundsA HOLISTIC IMMERSION AT THE HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE IN HONESDALE, PA:

Founded in 1971, the Institute draws on its roots in the yoga tradition to offer programs in self-transformation, yoga, meditation, and holistic health at its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its services include global humanitarian projects, publishing books, a holistic health center (Total Health Center), and the internationally acclaimed, Yoga International website and educational platform.

The Himalayan Institute’s wooded 400-acre campus in the rolling hills of the Pocono mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania is a peaceful refuge from the stress of today’s hectic world and offers a place to study and deepen personal practice, or to rest and renew. Click here for an online tour of the Himalayan Institute.

REGISTRATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

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March 31 – April 2
Guests can arrive at the Himalayan Institute any time between 4:30 and 6:00pm on Friday, March 31. The weekend will officially start with a healthy, hearty vegetarian dinner at 6:00pm. The rest of the weekend will be a balance of study, practice and free time until we check out after a 12:30pm lunch on Sunday, April 2.

Registration: $250 (Lodging is a separate fee through the Himalayan Institute)

Your Registration Includes:
• Three days of stories, discussions, chanting and yoga practice with Nikki and Mark
• Unstructured time for nature walks or spa services (available separately)

Your Lodging at the Himalayan Institute Includes:
• A single or shared room from Friday evening through Sunday noon
• Three vegetarian meals a day

Sample Schedule:
Friday, March 31
4:00-6:00pm — Check-In
6:00-7:00pm — Dinner
7:00-9:00pm — Program overview & Yin/Restorative Practice

Saturday, October 15
6:00-7:15am — Sunrise Vinyasa
7:30-8:30am — Breakfast
9:00am-12:30pm — The Goddess Heart
12:30-1:30pm — Lunch
Free Time / Spa Treatments / Nature Walks
4:00-6:00pm — The Goddess Heart
6:00-7:00pm — Dinner
7:30-8:30pm — Fireside Kirtan

Sunday, October 16
6:00-7:15am — Sunrise Vinyasa
7:30-8:30am — Breakfast
9:00am-12:30pm — The Goddess Heart
12:30-1:30pm — Lunch / Check-Out

CAPACITY IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP SOON.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE THROUGH OUR WORKSHOPS PAGE OR CALL THE NARBERTH STUDIO AT 610-664-2705

Accommodations:
Lodging at the Himalayan Institute is very reasonably priced and offers a variety of options for single, double and group reservations. We will forward you a reservation code once you have registered for the weekend. (Please note: when you register online with the Himalayan Institute, your meals will show up as a separate fee. This is only meant to show you the price breakdown of the lodging and meals. Your meals are included in your lodging fee.) Click here for an overview of lodging options.

Spa Services:
The Institute offers a full menu of holistic spa treatments on site. Contact the PureRejuv Wellness Center, located at the Institute, to book a variety of spa treatments. The best time to reserve your treatments will be on Saturday, April 2, between 12:00pm and 3:00pm when we have some planned free time between workshops, but feel free to book at any time. This is your retreat after all!

Directions:
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: 570-253-5551 • 800-822-4547

 

MEET YOUR HOSTS:

Nikki SquareNikki Robinson
Nikki began her love affair with yoga as respite from a high intensity job on a trading floor in New York City. She was immediately attracted to the combination of restoration that yoga provides the heart and mind and the invigorating and empowering effect on the body the physical practice provides.

Nikki completed her 200 hour Anusara Teacher Training with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny. She has also completed her Pre and Post Natal training with Sue Elkind and Levels 1 & 2 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky. She has supplemented her teacher training with extensive philosophy training with Susanna Harwood-Rubin.

Nikki uses precise alignment in every class she teaches to empower and encourage students of all levels in the most supportive, safe and loving environment. While she seeks to physically challenge her students during class, her classes are designed to be playful, bright and light-hearted so as to foster the very best in each student. Nikki lives in Wynnewood, PA with her family who continue to be her most challenging and loving yoga teachers.

 

Mark at HIMark Nelson
Mark has been practicing yoga since 1991. Early on, he fell in love with the feeling of openness and focus that comes from a regular practice. Where the spirit leads, the body will follow, and he soon discovered that he could move in ways he never thought possible.

That combination of mindfulness and movement drew him deeper into the practice, studying Ashtanga Yoga with such renowned teachers as David Swenson, Annie Pace and Jill Manning; Yin yoga with Paulie Zink; and Vinyasa Yoga with Corina Benner. Mark has since completed his 500-hr. teacher training through the Himalayan Institute.

Mark teaches yoga as a personalized healing science and a profound life-changing philosophy. His classes unite the flow of breath with the flow of the body, guiding students to a creative blend of physical exploration, inward focus and real-life philosophy. Mark has directed the Yoga Garden studios since 2010.