Monday, March 2, 2015


Sandra Carden in the Garden at the Leland Lodge

UNION/YOGA Silent Retreat
Sandra Carden, ERYT 500
The  Leland Lodge
April 10-12, 2015

INTENTION: To gather in silence for yoga and meditation practice over a period of 3 days, in order to create an environment without distractions and tasks of daily life, to deeply enhance the powerful experience of yoga asana, pranayama and vipassana in a self-directed and organic manner.

METHOD: The Silent Retreat will be andragogic rather than pedagogic in nature. Participants will have all information needed before we go into silence to support their own inspired practice. Sandra will be offering a format in which to frame both asana and meditation practices, and she, and her assistant(s) will support the participants through modeling and demonstration, posture adjustments, and in any other way appropriate and necessary.  

LOGISTICS: We will arrive at the Leland Lodge Friday April 10 after 3 PM. We will dine together in the Lodge dining room. After supper, we will meet Friday evening to discuss the format of the program. We will close the evening Friday with a brief ceremony and seated mediation. After our meeting Friday evening we will be silent until Sunday at the closing ceremony. We will check out of the Leland Lodge at 11 AM Sunday, April 12th.

SCHEDULE: Each day we will have yoga practice sessions and Vipassana meditation practices in the Lodge Banquet Room. Each session will be theme-driven. Yoga practices are not led, but self-initiated and inspired by the offered inspirations, and from the teacher(s) and one another.
Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, April 10, 2015
4:00 PM  Leland Lodge Check-in/Arrival
6:00 PM  Dinner Leland Lodge (dining room TBA)
7:00-9:00 PM  Opening Ceremony. 30 minute Introductions and Syllabus, 90 minute Yoga and Vipassana Meditation practice.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Silence beings upon awakening. Leland Lodge provides a wake up call at your preference of time. Coffee, teas and light breakfast choices will be provided buffet-style starting at 6 AM.
9:00 AM-Noon  2 hour Silent Yoga and I hour Vipassana  Meditation
12:00 PM  Silent group LUNCH
1:00-3:00 PM  Open time. Enjoy the silence of Leland and the Lodge
3:30-5:30 PM  2 Hour Silent Yoga
6:00 PM  Silent group DINNER
8:00-9:00 PM  One hour Silent Meditation

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Leland Lodge provides a wake up call at your preference of time. Coffee, teas and light breakfast choices will be provided buffet-style starting at 6 AM.
9:00-10:00 AM 60 minute Silent Yoga and Vipassana Meditation practice.
11:00 AM Breaking Silence Closing Ceremony
12 Noon  Leland Lodge Check-out/Departure

$458  Inclusive of lodging, plus all meals featuring deliciously prepared local sustainable cuisine, yoga and meditation guidance. 10 hours Yoga Alliance approved CEUs for teachers is offered for $15. Certificate upon completion of this workshop. 

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Please make your reservation with events coordinator Melissa at The Leland Lodge: or call Melissa at 231-256-9848. Mention that you qualify for the SPECIAL GROUP RATE for the UNION/YOGA Silent Retreat.
Rooms are based on availability. Please note that Space is Limited.