Yoga with Sally Van Vleck at Neahtawanta Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula
Yoga with Sally Van Vleck at Neahtawanta Inn | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Feeling stressed? Need a recharge? How about bringing some joy and contentment into your life? Sally Van Vleck, who runs the Neahtawanta Inn and also teaches yoga there, is hosting a retreat called “Building Resilience With Yoga” the weekend of March 6 – 8, 2020.

Sally says the focus of the weekend will be to recharge your batteries on all levels: physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. The retreat will include yoga, meals and informal discussions. There will also be free time for walking, skiing, napping, reading, journaling and chatting with fellow rechargers.

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The yoga/meditation practices are designed to promote personal resilience, including:

  • Helping to adapt to external and internal changes
  • Building a strong immune system
  • Promoting physical and emotional flexibility
  • Helping tune into those internal “feedback loops.”
  • Bringing great equanimity and santosha (contentment) into your life
  • Self-Acceptance

Sally, a longtime yoga practitioner and innkeeper, will be guiding the classes, which are geared towards people with some yoga experience. All abilities and genders are welcome. She has practiced and taught yoga for more than 40 years, and is a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. (I’ve been studying yoga with Sally for about 15 years and can confirm that her classes are amazing and have been so helpful to me through all of life’s ups and downs.)

Meals will be created by Chef Ali Lopez, who has cooked for gatherings at the inn for the past three years. All meals will be gluten-free, vegetarian and low dairy. Ali is a wellness chef, as well as a cooking and health coach. She has been cooking, feeding and teaching others about “real food” for more than 20 years. She believes that delicious and nutritious meals nourish the body, mind and spirit.

Sally Van Vleck and Ali Lopez at the Neahtawanta Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula
Sally Van Vleck and Ali Lopez at the Neahtawanta Inn | Jane Boursaw Photo

The weekend will include:

  • Friday: Arrival beginning at 4 p.m., dinner and introductions at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Morning yoga, brunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner and informal discussion
  • Sunday: Morning yoga, brunch, closing by 1 p.m.

A sliding scale will be used for rates, to accommodate people who have fewer resources; you choose where you fit on the scale:

  • $275-$325/person; includes yoga, meals and double occupancy lodging for two nights
  • $375-$424; includes yoga, meals, and single occupancy lodging for two nights
  • A small number of commuter spots are also available: $210-$235; includes everything but lodging

To register, email Sally, [email protected], or call (231) 223-7315. Neahtawanta Inn is located at 1308 Neahtawanta Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

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