Allow the Green Mountains of Vermont to speak to your soul
Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains are actually part of the Appalachian Mountain system, which extends north through Vermont. They aren't called the Green Mountains for nothing: they are filled with dense and verdant forests. Although many people visit Vermont to see the fall foliage, we are visiting in July, when the air seems to shimmer with emerald light emanating from the lush foliage.
Our retreat site, the OQ Farm, is an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Woodstock. Woodstock is the quintessential New England town. It's filled with charming shops, farm to table restaurants, and even summer concerts. The colonial architecture is a throwback to the past, with its quaint churches, old fashioned inns and covered bridges.
Outside of the town, beauty and adventure await. You can explore miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, gardens & farms, rivers & meandering brooks. Outdoor adventures galore await.
If you would like to learn more about Woodstock, we suggest you visit their website: Woodstock Village
Our venue for this retreat is The OQ Farm, which is situated a fifteen minute drive from downtown Woodstock. This beautiful center is comprised of seven buildings, nestled in the Green Mountains. The vibe spans from two historic cabins that maintain the charm of the farm's original aesthetic to three contemporary eco-cabins with two-bedroom two-bathroom floor plans, modern interior finishes and dedicated outdoor spaces.
Then their is The Manse, formerly known as the “Inn on the side of the road,” With its large fireplace in the primary living room, it is the perfect place to chat with other retreat attendees or simply reflect on what's going on internally.
The jewel in the farm's crown is The Chapel, which is the farm's sacred space. The American Institute of Architects’ New Hampshire chapter (AIANH) awarded the farm’s chapel a 2021 Design Award for its simple, yet elegant approach. We will have daily asana and meditation classes in this beautiful space, which is the perfect place to reflect on what's going on in your body, mind and soul. We can't think of a more special place to find your internal inner peace.
We are very excited to welcome Chuck Wood and Amy Jeannette- Woods (Saraswati) on this retreat!
Chuck Wood is a multi-percussionist from Northwest New Jersey who has recorded and toured the U.S. extensively with his friend Arjun Alan Bruggeman (Krishna Das) in their world percussion band known as Ghandharva. He has also appeared live or recorded with Neal Casal, Michael Franti, David Darling, John Ginty, Robert Randolph, Ganga Giri, Tribe After Tribe (featuring the South African musician Robbie Robb, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and Doug Pinnick of King’s X) to name just a few.
The instruments he plays are West African in nature, including the djembe, doun doun and shekeree; some are rooted in the South American culture such as the congas and berimbau. Chuck has studied these various instruments with Baba Olatunji, M’Beba Bangoura, Titos Sompa, Mohammed Camera, Yaya Nelson, Ladji Camera, Mar Gueye and Glen Webber. Recently he has begun recording and performing on the electric guitar.
Since 2004 Chuck has been exploring the art of accompanying yoga classes with live drumming. This experience has led him across the US, playing for various styles such as Anusara, Vinyasa Flow, Kripalu and Hatha. He is on the leading edge of the yoga and live music scene that is flourishing throughout the country today. He also accompanies many forms of dance including African dance, modern, jazz, tap and NIA. He enjoys playing for free form dance styles as well, such as yoga trance dance and ecstatic dance.
Whether performing solo or with a band, Chuck loves the art of music and rhythm, and continues to explore its depths through live performance and recording.
Please link www.chuckwoodmusic.com / Instagram @ chuckwoodband
Amy Jeannette-Wood (Saraswati)
Amy earned an M.A. in Expressive Art Therapy(2002) from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She received her certification as a yoga instructor in 2008 from The International Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Center in Nassau, Bahamas. In Nov. 2015 she deepened her yoga studies and completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training (KRI Certified) at Sat Nam Yoga Spa in Hurleyville, NY with teachers Hari Kaur and Gitanjali Valant. She has most recently completed Chair Yoga Teacher Certification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in 2021. Amy is a Shiva Rae certified Yoga Trance Dance Instructor and a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. She has completed training in acupressure, rose alchemy, and life coaching.
Amy has vast experience teaching yoga classes, leading dance, and using various healing modalities at studios and retreat centers throughout eastern United States. She has taught many of these classes and workshops accompanied by live musicians. Amy uses a creative and holistic approach to help guide others in connecting to and expressing their spirit.
For more info go to: www.expressyourspirit.net
How to book
A $700 deposit is required to reserve your spot. No refunds will be issued if your trip is cancelled less than 90 days prior to the retreat date.
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