Writing the Heart, Embracing the Body Women’s Retreat
March 14-21, 2020
What would happen if we practiced yoga and writing together and flowed between the mat and the page?
What disempowering self-talk would we release and replace with new, affirming words?
What nagging worries might dissolve as we move, breathe, and listen to the voice of intention rather than the inner critic?
What brilliant ideas or answers might emerge?
And how might you renew your appreciation for your body?
Join Melanie C. Klein, M.A., and Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, for a special women’s yoga and writing retreat adventure to North Iceland and experience what’s possible when we take time out to breathe, move, and express ourselves in empowering and affirming ways.
You don’t need to be a “yogi” or a “writer” to experience the magic that happens when we get quiet enough to listen to the words, phrases, and narratives that move our minds and lead us to a greater respect for and appreciation of our bodies. No yoga or writing experience needed.
For our week together
We’ll head North to Akureyri, one of the planet’s true gems and Iceland’s best kept secrets. With a population of only 18,000, a mild climate on the longest fjord in the country, and close proximity to the Arctic Circle, Northern Iceland is truly THE place to visit.
Enjoy your daily yoga practice in a newly-built, one-of-a-kind studio with majestic views of the fjord and soaring mountains that will warm your body and soul. This wellness center is complete with massage rooms, dry sauna, Jacuzzi, showers, changing rooms, and all the amenities, and our friendly and knowledgeable guides live on site, giving this space a personal touch.
You’ll have the choice of staying in local private apartments complete with geothermal Jacuzzis or at a local hotel in the city center. These comfortable and modern accommodations serve as a launching point for exploring some of most powerful places in Iceland and diving into the island’s rich traditions. During your week, we have several special excursion planned for you including hikes to some of the power places of the North, and exploring the lava landscapes of the Myvatn region. You’ll visit Godafoss – the majestic Waterfall of the Gods and have a soak in volcanic mineral rich hot springs
Winter is one of the best times to experience the northern lights (mother nature permitting, of course!) We’ll also have plenty of down time for you to explore the artisan market and independent bookstore in the heart of Akureyri’s town square, engage in optional husky sledding, enjoy a massage or soak in your apartment’s outdoor hot tub . . . . . .
This special week in Northern Iceland is open to all and offers the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and unique geography of Iceland while experiencing some of the most magical sights of this amazing country. Each day will be accompanied by a professional guide who will share details of each site along with local folklore and personal stories.
Each morning, after breakfast, we will all have the option to participate in an all levels group yoga / movement class. Our hosts will pick us up at each domicile (all within a few blocks) and we’ll be transported across the fjord to our beautiful yoga and wellness center that overlooks the mountains and water. Classes will be welcoming to all, and if you prefer, the center has a relaxation room, beautiful views, a dry sauna and jacuzzi available to our group. After class, we’ll be transported to lunch, and after this, we’ll head out for group activities, an additional workshop, or free time. If you decide any morning to sleep in and skip a class, you can simply meet us at lunch which is just a couple blocks walk from your home. Our afternoon and evening adventures together will include:
Hrisey Island – A lovely ferry ride to spend an afternoon picturesque exploration and hike of Hrisey Island. Situated at 66 degrees North, just a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, Hrisey is considered one of the “Power” places in Iceland. This can’t be easily explained, so we’ll offer some moments of pause to sit and feel this special planetary vortex energy.
Special hikes (on snowshoes as needed!) to various spots around Akureyri and the fjord, including hidden water falls and other surprises.
A full day adventure to Myvatn – an amazing geothermic region that will take you from the fjord, through the mountains, to the lava fields. You’ll experience the rolling fields of Icelandic sheep contrasted with the barren lunar landscapes that the astronauts used to training for the first lunar landing in the 60’s! Our day concludes with a visit to the thermal baths of the North. In this front is a modern cafe, showers and lockers … when you exit the back, you enter large natural pools of geothermic waters bubbling from mother earth herself. With a high concentration of natural minerals, Icelanders often credit these waters with their health and longevity that is much higher than the norm. We’ll watch the sun set, and the galaxies of stars arise. A sight to behold!
The Northern Lights! This is a great time of year to witness the dance of lights, but of course, Mother Nature has her own agenda. However, with a timeframe of 7 days, the odds of sightings are high and our skilled hosts are experts at tracking the best times and locations! be prepared on any evening at dinner for our hosts to offer a pick up time to go chasing the lights! Perhaps we’ll even get show while lounging in our backyard jacuzzis or floating in the hot springs in Myvatn!
Three afternoons of workshops and optional activities. On these afternoons, some special workshops will be scheduled and / or we will offer some additional add on activities. You may decide to explore the town on your own, have a massage, or walk to the Fjord and take a boat to see the humpback whales. Also, our hosts have a beautiful pack of huskies (the only ones in Northern Iceland) which includes one of the country’s champs). These beautiful pups LIVE for dogsledding in the winter and it’s an experience not soon forgotten!
Each evening after our excursions, we return to Akureyri for dinner, then relax in our apartments and the backyard Jacuzzis to enjoy the fresh air and excellent company.
accommodations, pricing, and registration
Sounds amazing, right?
For all the information you need about the magical adventure, accommodations, and pricing, head over to the One Yoga Global website for all the details. That’s where you will find specifics about pricing and payment plans, types of accommodations, travel info,what to pack, and more.
Feel free to email me with questions, too, and I will gladly get you all the information you need.
About Jennifer & Melanie
Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. She is an inspirational speaker and author of Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship With Your Body (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018). Jennifer provides yoga therapy via online and in person at YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA, and leads yoga therapy groups at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. She teaches workshops, retreats, and specialized trainings for clinicians, professionals, and yoga teachers. Jennifer is a partner with the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and writes for Yoga International, Yoga Journal and other influential blogs. She has appeared on Fox29 news and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Real Woman Magazine, Medill Reports Chicago, Philly.com, and several podcasts, including the Yoga International and ED Matters Podcasts. Connect with Jennifer: www.Yoga4EatingDisorders.com.
Melanie C. Klein, MA, is an empowerment coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016), co-editor of Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) as well as the editor of the new anthology, Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body. She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014 and is the co-founder of The Joy Revolution. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996 and currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.