Thu, Nov 09|
Relax & Reset in the Great Outdoors
Luxuriate under the stars and allow the first morning light to wake you as you relax in nature and reset your Circadian Rhythms.
Time & Location
Nov 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – Nov 12, 2023, 10:00 AM
River Mountain, 3600 Black Valley Rd, Everett, PA 15537, USA
About The Event
This retreat will take place at River Mountain Retreat Center, which is in the heart of The Allegheny Mountains. With 150 acres on campus, bordered by state park and public land, River Mountain guests have access to more than 30,000 acres of undisrupted nature. Retreat participants can explore Sweet Root Creek, Dewey's Pond, Warrior Ridge, expansive meadow views, natural wetland springs and the River Mountain trail loop.
The intention for this retreat is Relax & Reset. In light of recent global and national events, many of us have been feeling on edge and disconnected from our usual routines. Unfortunately, mental disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent, even among young people, largely due to the pervasive anxiety that disrupts our sleep and undermines our mental wellbeing.
As we prepare to enter the Kapha season and winter draws near, it is more important than ever to nourish our internal systems and find balance. Kapha season is a time to slow down, breathe deeply, and appreciate the beauty of nature as it withdraws and becomes dormant. The stillness in the air invites us to redirect our energies and embrace a sense of calm.
The serene and peaceful environment of this retreat will serve as the perfect antidote to the fast-paced mobility of fall. We will explore various methods to cultivate a light heart and a sharp sense of purpose, and counter the impending cold weather with warmth and connection. There will be ample opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as quiet reflection and meaningful socialization. This retreat offers a chance to reset, recharge, and realign with our best selves during this crucial time of the year.
Our retreat accommodations are thoughtfully designed by the renowned architecture firm GWWO, with a focus on aligning with our body's natural rhythms. This thoughtful design will help us to re-establish our circadian rhythms and enjoy a better night's sleep. In addition to our usual selection of Vinyasa and Yin classes, we are excited to offer tailored Yoga Nidra classes that will perfectly complement our goal of relaxation and resetting our circadian rhythms.
Not only is Yoga Nidra a deeply restorative and rejuvenating experience, but it is also an ideal complement to the optimal light exposure provided by our expertly designed accommodations. We are committed to offering a holistic approach to wellness, and our accommodations and classes are carefully crafted to ensure that our guests leave feeling refreshed and revitalized. This is because a healthy sleep cycle depends upon three things:
1. Resetting our circadian rhythms with the sun: The human species was meant to work in sync with the rising and setting of the sun. This is a topic that is trending broadly in the media right now, and with good reason. Getting exposure to natural light a few minutes after waking every morning wakes up your circadian clock and tells your brain it is time to be alert and focused. It also signals the brain to know when to fall asleep that evening.
2. Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra mimics the sleep process and creates its own positive effects. Yoga Nidra has been scientifically shown to increase melatonin production and slow its breakdown. Thus, in the period of sleep following a Yoga Nidra session, the melatonin released will help you not only fall asleep, but stay asleep.
3. Optimal bedtime: Ayurveda recommends going to sleep by 10pm. This is because between 10pm and 2am is the most beneficial time for our nervous system to reap the benefits of a good night's sleep
Our retreat programming has been designed with these points in mind to help you truly Relax and Reset.
These formal sessions will be enhanced by the beauty of our surroundings. Being in nature will allow us to truly disconnect from the stresses of daily city and suburban life, allowing us to reset our psyches and relax our bodies and minds. Partaking in activities such as forest bathing, stargazing and fire gazing will allow us to truly unwind.
· Daily yoga, meditation and yoga nidra classes
· Full board
· Happy hours
· Wine Tasting
· Forest Bathing
· Full access to outdoor soaking tubs
· Access to the entire property
· Hiking experience
· Hammock relaxation
· Much, much more!
· Horseback Riding*
*Please scroll down to see details about these optional experiences
We will be GLAMPING in either Glamping Pods or Luxury Yurts. All accommodations have heat, electricity, beds, kitchenette and bathrooms. This is a 21st Century experience with facets of true camping and exposure to nature. In short, a modern version of traditional camping fused with the Niyama elegance and charm.
Glamping POD: $1150per person
Private Yurt: $1800 per person
Luxury Shared Yurt: $1350 per person
Optional Add Ons
Guided Horseback Trail Ride We’ve partnered with our friends at Horseplay Stables to give you the option of a guided horseback ride during the downtime of your retreat weekend. The $135 includes an hour and a half guided trail ride through a beautiful meadow. The stables are about 30 minutes away and we can have a shuttle service coordinated if need be. Once you’re at the stables you can stroll the property, say hello to the horses or hang by a fire - there’s plenty to do there on top of your horseback trail ride!
60-Minute Full Body Massage Enjoy your 60-minute massage therapy treatment with one of our partner massage therapists. An amazing solution for tension relief and stress reduction. A full body massage typically includes work on the face, jaw, head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, hips, legs and feet. You can decide to spend more time on certain areas than others or omit certain areas altogether; your massage therapist will give you their recommendation of what to work on to help you reach your goals for the session.
NOTE: Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking this, or any other, retreat with Niyama Yoga Retreats