Catskills Yoga Retreat
June 12-14, 2020
Spend a weekend nestled in the beauty of the Catskills at Heathen Hill practicing yoga, enjoying the outdoors, lazing away and nourishing yourself on amazing food grown in Heathen's garden.
The weekend will be a mix of asana practice and Jenny's signature 'Stability for a Yoga Body' moves - a series of exercises to create strength and stability in the central regions of the body made mobile by yoga practice - developed to prevent everyday injuries.
Outside of the yoga studio, you can kick back and relax in an Adirondack chair, soak up the sun, take a dip in the swimming hole, hike the lands, explore the labyrinth, play volleyball and badminton and use the hot tub. We gather for lunch and dinner feasting on deliciously prepared food - most of which is grown on site. At night, weather-permitting we unwind by the bonfire and take in the night sky or maybe have a movie night. If you prefer to use the retreat for alone time, group activities are optional. You can always sleep or sneak off to chat with a buddy or go antiquing.
Heathen Hill is in Franklin, NY, 2.5 hours from Danbury. Arrive Friday night for dinner with the gang. We'll have two 90-minute sessions on Saturday, with time between for lounging or exploring on your own. Then my friend Tobie Schuerfeld and I will co-teach a 2-hour session on Sunday morning. After our Sunday morning practice enjoy a country brunch before heading home.
Schedule of Events
We're yogis, so this is loose, but just to give you an idea of what's in store:
- Arrive anytime after 3:00 pm
- Optional practice around 5:00 pm (if you make it on time or aren't too beat from the drive)
- Dinner together at Plum House at 7:30 pm
- Breakfast in your house featuring breads, yogurt, coffee, fruit and granola
- Morning practice 90 minutes
- Lunch together at the picnic table outdoors
- Afternoon break. Perfect opportunity to check out local antique and pottery shops, cool off in the swimming hole, take a hike, play badminton, chat with fellow yogis or curl up with a good book in one of the many outdoor sitting spots
- Afternoon practice 90 minutes
- Dinner together at Plum House
- Evening bonfire or movie night (attendance optional - if you prefer to read in bed, go for it!)
- Breakfast in your house
- Morning practice 90 minutes co-taught by Tobie Schuerfeld
- Farmhouse brunch
- Hit the road home around 12 noon feeling refreshed and restored
Pricing and Accomodations
There are 2 houses - Yoga House and the brand new Big Heathen House. Yoga House has 4 double rooms and two shared bathrooms, Big Heathen has a variety of double and single rooms, some with private bathrooms, There are 3 shared bathrooms.
Pricing ranges from $475-$930 depending on room choice, and includes yoga, housing and all meals. View room choices here.
Space is limited! Deadline for reservations and final payments is May 12, 2020.
Email Kristine@WeAreYogaCulture.com to sign up. A non-refundable deposit determined by room category is required to hold your space.
What Past Attendees Have to Say
" The yoga retreat was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I left there feeling rested in the mind, strong in the body and complete in spirit. It was the perfect combination of relaxation and activity. The classes were perfectly crafted and the food was some of the best I have ever had." - Lindsey Echevarria
"It was a relaxing and wonderful experience to meet other yogis and share stories and delicious food every day. It was great to practice yoga every day and even twice on Saturday. I could feel my body was responding differently - positively - by Sunday. The hosts and location are lovely and it was very fun and relaxing weekend." - Leila Eslamizar
"The retreat is just all around lovely. Serene and calming to all senses . A beautiful place, excellent food and of course the best yoga ever! Jenny brings Yoga Culture to the country. You can’t ask for better than that!" - Kathy VosWinkel
About Heathen Hill
Nestled in the Western Catskill Mountains atop a beautiful hill, Heathen Hill Guest House and Retreat Center is a private, peaceful place to rest and recharge. Many have said Heathen Hill is a magical place. Come spend some time in the mountains and see for yourself. Visit our website.
About Co-Teacher Tobie Schuerfeld
Tobie was introduced to yoga in her early twenties but didn’t start a dedicated practice until her 29th birthday when her mother brought her to Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. Since then she has completed her 200hr certification in an Iyengar influenced style of yoga. She has learned from teachers such as Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, Baron Baptiste and Stephen Cope. Tobie teaches a vinyasa style of yoga with an attention to form and alignment. She believes that form and alignment are the keys to freedom in the body and freedom in the breath. Being a massage therapist for the last 10 years and receiving her masters in clinical nutrition two years ago, Tobie has a well rounded understanding of the body. Her classes are challenging and fun while giving the students an awareness that they are ultimately their own teacher and can guide their practice to fit their needs.