Nature & Nurture: Montana Retreat

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Yellowstone Valley, Montana

September 20-24th 2017

Perched along the banks of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Valley Lodge is surrounded by endless beauty. Mountains tower outside in the backyard and a spectacular river yellowstone-valley-exterior-cabinsambles through  front.  The geological majesty of Yellowstone National Park’s most celebrated attractions loom large on the horizon.  Lined by striking mountains, nearby Livingston offers shopping, art galleries and museums, outdoor activities and restaurants.

 

ACCOMODATION

4 nights at The Yellowstone Valley Lodge (YVL)

  • 2 guests per cabin with private bath
  • Includes breakfast, dinner and activities daily (some exclusions apply)
  • Limited to 12 Guestsyellowstone-valley-lodge-entrance
  • Retreat Package Cost is $1750.00.  To secure your spot, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due by April 1st and the balance of $1,250 payable by August 1, 2017.
  • Private accommodations available upon request.
ITERNARY

Wednesday, September 20th:

  • Mid-morning arrival in Bozeman with transportation provided to Yellowstone Valley Lodge
  • Relax and enjoy the afternoon exploring the historical railroad and ranching town of Livingston
  • Late afternoon yoga or fitness class
  • Dinner at the YVLyellowstone-valley-lodge

Thursday, September 21st:

  • Morning Meditation and Breath work
  • Breakfast at the YVL
  • Full Day Guided Hike in Yellowstone National Park with lunch and meditation under the big sky
  • Dinner at the YV

Friday, September 22nd:

  • Morning Meditation/Breath workimages
  • Breakfast at the YVL
  • Horseback Trail Ride including lunch and trailside meditation
  • Late afternoon adventure at Chico Hot Springs where you can soak
    the natural
    springs.  A massage can be reserved in advance*
  • Private group Dinner at Chico Hot Spring

Saturday, September 23rd:

  • Breakfast at YVL
  • Your choice of shopping and/or yogaview-from-our-table
  • Float or raft on the Yellowstone River or you can arrange for a Full Day of Fly Fishing with a Semi private guide*
  • Dinner:  Private cooking class with a guest chef including wine pairing at the nearby home of Barbara Green
  • Respite by the fire pit and closing ceremon
 Sunday, September 24th:
  • Breakfast at YVL
  • Depending on flight times, free time may be available pre-flights
  • Transportation to Bozeman airport
Additional Information
*the cost of these items are in addition to
and not included in the Retreat Package Cost
  • Guests are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare
  • Fly Fishing ($500 pp) and personal massages at the Chico Hot Springs are not includedyellowstone-valley-fly-fishing-and-cabins
  • Included breakfasts and dinners will be offered in a group setting only
  • Alcohol is not included except at the Private Cooking Class / Dinner
  • Cancellation Policy:  We cannot honor cancellations after August 1st unless a standing guest on our waitlist agrees to assume your spot.
  • The proposed schedule may be modified or adapted depending on weather

Montana Retreat Additional Info

The Interpreter: Beverly Bielewicz

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Saint Augustine, an early Christian theologian and philosopher from the 4th century wrote, “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.  If reading is a measure of travel, then Beverly Bielewicz who joined Balance Studio as a Vinyasa teacher in 2016, is clearly well read.

Beverly was born in the industrial prosperous canal city of Utica, nestled in the Mohawk Valley of New York. As a young woman, she lived and worked in Japan for three years, where she became proficient in conversational Japanese. Fast forward, Beverly met and married a Japanese man from Hawaii who had never been to Japan and who was not fluent in the language. When they traveled to Japan together, Beverly was his interpreter, which led to many inbbdinnersmallquisitive looks from the native Japanese. Watashi wa basurūmu wa dokodesu ka?

Prior to Balance Studio, Beverly owned and operated the charming card and gift shop Paperscapes in downtown Cohasset.  A certified RYT200, Yin, SPA and Balanced Athlete instructor, she is currently pursuing her 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training with Jacqui Bonwell.  Beverly is drawn to the pose Triangle, a posture that demands both grace and strength.  Beverly’s favorite thing about teaching is getting to know her students. From all ages and all walks of life, she enjoys watching them join together in community for yoga.  For Beverly, a yoga studio is a magical place, and she often arrives early for class to spend a few moments in quiet reflection before her students fill the space with beautiful energy.

Beverly lives in Cohasset with her husband, Michael and their three young adult children, Tatyana 25, Alexander 22 and Maxwell 18. Tatyana and Alexander were adopted from Russia. The youngest Maxwell is biological and half-Asian so often people think he is the adopted one! They share their home with Stormy, an aging black lab, Tobie, an energetic golden doodle, Brownie a chubby cat, and Reginald the goldfish.2L1A9947cropadjsmall

When Beverly moved to Boston in 1989, studio owner Kellie Lynch was the first person she met from Cohasset. Working in sales for the consumer electronics industry, Kellie and Beverly were likely the only two female sales representatives in that industry in New England! After years of running a retail business, Beverly revels in unscheduled afternoons, immersed in music, perfecting her passion for cooking and baking. As expected, Beverly loves to read and share her thoughts with her book group.

Beverly can be found at Balance Tuesday Evenings @ 6pm for Foundational Flow. 

 

 

Jen Willms: From Sea to Sea

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Hailing from Canada, Jen Willms took the Canadian motto to heart. A Mari Usque ad Mare meaning “from sea to sea” is pretty much how Jen chased her yoga dreams.

A dancer, Jen came to yoga by way of Pilates and Barre classes at Balance Studio. It was there that she discovered yoga. A globetrotter, Jen completed her 200-hour yoga training with Sarah Powers in Costa Rica. Recently she obtained her RYT 500, a yoga learning experience that took her to exotic places like Thailand and Bali, the mythically beautiful Wales, the west coast cities of Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, the scenic NY Catskills and the New England beauty of colonial Barre, MA.unknown

Jen, a self-professed lover of organization and order said she learns something about her students and herself whenever she teaches yoga. “I love that every time I walk into the studio, I don’t know who will be there or what will unfold”, she said. Although she always has a plan, how it plays out is influenced by how things naturally unfold in that particular moment. This is the magic of yoga and it has taught Jen to trust herself knowing that she is guided by this five thousand year old enlightening process.

Jen’s favorite pose is Half Moon because it’s challenging and freeing and it demands that you trust yourself while the yin pose butterfly allows Jen to be contemplative, reflective, and peaceful.2L1A6184-2cropsmall

Jen and her husband Rob moved from Canada to Cohasset 25 years ago. They live with their 18-year old son Max, a freshman in college in Canada and their 16-year old son Bayden who is a junior at Tabor Academy. She credits her yellow lab Biscuit with teaching her the joy of walking, which they do together daily, either solo or accompanied by family or friends. Jen reads every day and enjoys being outdoors gardening or paddle boarding along Cohasset’s beautiful coast (which would be difficult in her homeland since Canada has the world’s longest coastline.)

Jen can be found teaching Yin on Friday mornings @ 8 am, Yin & Meditation on Wednesday evenings @ 7:15 pm and Workshops such as Yoga for Anxiety and Depression on April 2nd 2017

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