Yoga, meditation & dancing under the full moon in beautiful Hope, Alaska
Have you been craving some time to dedicate to your self-care and sense of inspiration?
Join us (Kira Rafuse and Heidi Jandel Weiland) for a weekend of connection and deep replenishment of body, mind and spirit. It's been a busy summer and we want to help you integrate all that's happened so that you'll have energy and groundedness for the Fall season.
We'll focus on experiencing the chakras and the 5 elements through the practices of yoga, prāṇāyāma, meditation, chanting, guided journaling, tapping and ecstatic dance. Informed by Āyurveda, you'll experience a supportive rhythm of classes throughout the weekend that honor the energy of the full moon and the season.
This retreat is designed to be an embodied experience that will meet you wherever you're at in your practice - or in your stress levels.
Our group will be small, with just 12 participants.
We aim to create a calm space where you can relax deeply and drop within while we're together in Hope and, also, to help build your resources so that you can take them with you into your life.
Rustic accommodations available (see below). Meals not included.
Friday, August 20
Yoga & meditation class
Bedtime tea time
Saturday, August 21
Full Spectrum Yoga class*
Chakra class - bringing the chakras into daily living
Guided journaling & tapping for healing
Walking nature meditation
Ganesha and Goddess talk and chanting
Journaling (Fire Ceremony prep)
Full Moon Outdoor Fire Ceremony
Fireside tea & chat
Sunday, August 22
Quiet self-led practice/sleeping in
Chanting & fire ceremony (inside)
Guided journaling and tapping
Wrap up by noon
If you prefer to take a meal in quiet or spend your morning immersed in nature instead of in the classroom, that's awesome! Feel free to join as many classes as feels supportive. This weekend is all about you.
* Full Spectrum Yoga is the traditional, complete practice of yoga which includes asana (movement), pranayama (breath work) & meditation.
** Ecstatic Dance is a creative, inclusive, sober dance practice where you're invited to move your body however you like. It's a great way to get out of your monkey mind and experience yourself through movement. DJ Muse (Heidi) will be spinning a mix of tribal, yoga & electronic music. She's been playing in clubs and events for over 20 years.
The Hope Retreat Center is located in downtown Hope Alaska, a short walk to the water. It is a 2 hour drive from Anchorage, AK. The center is equipped with a full kitchen including dishes, and a large refrigerator. It has a dining table and a small living room area as well as a lovely deck. There is a fire ring outside as well. The upstairs of the Hope Retreat Center has 5 single size beds. Sheets are provided but please bring any other bedding needed if you have reserved a spot to stay at the center. There is one bathroom with a shower. Please bring a towel and toiletries as needed.
Directions: Take the Hope highway in 16 miles. After you pass the road called Middle Creek Circle take a right (Old Hope Road). You will pass the Post Office on your right and just as the road bends you will see the Hope Retreat Center. We do get cell service and will be available for directions if needed.
For an additional charge of $50 you can reserve a spot in the Hope Retreat Center to stay upstairs. Please keep in mind these are basic accommodations. The beds are cozy and there are lovely windows upstairs. Only 5 spots are available for this option.
For an additional $30 you can stay on the floor of the main Sanctuary room. All items will need to be stored upstairs during our teaching hours. Please keep in mind Saturday evening will be an optional ecstatic dance in the main Sanctuary room possibly until 10pm. 3 spots available for this option.
Futon pull-out couch available for one or two people who want to share this bed for an additional $30 each. This bed will need to be put away during active teaching hours of the retreat and personal items stored out of the way. This futon is located downstairs in the living room area of the center. 1 or 2 spots available.
RV’s, Campers and Tents welcome at no extra charge. Please be mindful of the cooking space and bathroom for those paying to stay in the house. It is for everyone to use but if you are camping please consider bringing a camp stove if needed as well.
Hope has many cute summer cabins available for rent, as well.
Heidi Jandel Weiland
RYT 200, AHC, Certified Life Coach
I'm a holistic life coach and I help women get unstuck so they can feel confident and excited about their life again.
I use a mind-body-spirit approach that gets to the root of stuckness. My clients learn how to overcome self-doubt, overwhelm and anxiety and how to create empowerment for themselves.
I'm a certified life coach from The Life Coach School, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and a yoga teacher. I love backcountry skiing in the mountains of Alaska (my home) and dabbling in creative activities of all kinds.
E-RYT 200, YACEP, RPYT, CAP
I've been studying, practicing and teaching Yoga since certifying as a teacher at the Kutir Ashram in the Himalayas in 2004. I now teach online virtual group Yoga classes and Sanskrit chanting classes weekly, as well as specialty workshops on Pranayama and Sanskrit. I also design yoga classes for companies and individuals, which I tailor to your needs.
I have studied and practiced Sanskrit for many years and bring it in as a special focus to my classes. I believe in community, service, connection, and embodiment as a way of working though the many aspects of a Yoga practice. I love applying the principles of Ayurveda and Sanskrit chanting to my teachings, as well.