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Porphyry Weekend Yoga Retreat

Thursday, Jul 25 – Sunday, Jul 28

$1295 + HST

 

When we connect with nature, we connect with ourselves. Spend four days immersed in the beauty of nature on Porphyry Island on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior connecting with yourself and the land through yoga, meditation and other supportive practices. Disconnect from technology and attune yourself to the wisdom that can be revealed when we engage with the raw elements of nature and listen with our hearts. Each day of this small group retreat will focus on connecting with a different element of nature and the associated chakra. We will play with the concepts of listening to the whispers of the earth, plants, animals, water, fire, birds, wind, stars, and of course your own heart. Gift yourself a weekend of yoga and meditation in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world. Come cultivate a deep sense of connection to the beauty of nature and nourish your soul.

Your Instuctor

Curniss McGoldrick

Yoga Instructor (RYT200)

I truly believe that each and everyone of us has everything we need to live whole, meaningful,
happy lives. When we take the time to tune in and listen to our own inner wisdom, the
guidance we uncover will always lead us in exactly the right direction. I am here to help you
remember this simple truth, encourage you to listen to that wise inner voice of yours, and
support you on your journey.
I see yoga asana as an exploration of self-awareness through movement. It is an opportunity
to explore what is possible both for the body and mind, and also to notice what may be in the
way of these possibilities - whether this is tight hamstrings or limiting beliefs. I teach from
my experience of yoga as a wonderful practice to support personal growth and
self-realization, interweaving themes, pranayama, and meditation in flowing sequences of
postures that invite students to engage with what arises with curiosity, playfulness, and
compassion. I mostly teach Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga while also drawing on my practices
of Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga.
I first started doing yoga to help with muscular alignment when I was diagnosed with
scoliosis in my early teens. I then spent the better part of my early twenties practicing the
physically demanding style of yoga known as Ashtanga and took my first yoga teacher
training with Caroline Klebl in Costa Rica in 2010 to support my personal practice at the time.
Since then, I have explored many different styles of yoga, completed my Yin Yoga &
Meditation Teacher Training with Shawna Turner in Toronto in 2018, and Sivatantra Yoga
Teacher Training with Noah Krol and Robyn Thomas in Winnipeg in 2019. My yoga practice
has evolved with me over the years and I am very excited to share some of what I have
learned in the hope that it can support you in your own evolution.

Included in this tour

Join us for an exciting ride to Porphyry Island in the Superior Rocket. With 500 horsepower, the Superior Rocket can reach speeds of 80 km/h in open waters. This breathtaking trip really showcases the power and wonder of Lake Superior.

-Accommodations are rustic and homely. Pack your sleeping bag and pillow for this authentically remarkable natural retreat.

-The dwelling you will be staying in accommodates 6 people

-There is a quaint room with a double bed — perfect for couples who would like a little privacy

-The other room has 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed.

-These accommodations are not fancy, but they are comfortable and welcoming. If you like being immersed in nature, you are sure to have a genuinely relaxing stay on Porphyry Island.

-Sail Superior supports sustainable technologies, and so it’s fantastic that Porphyry Island includes on-site solar and generator power as well as running water.

-WiFi is also available for people to post their adventures online or connect with the rest of the world.

See bio and retreat schedule for more details on session topics

Loose Schedule of the Retreat

DAY 1 - THURSDAY

Earth / Muladhara / Grounding / Arriving

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM Meet at the Marina
  • 10:30 AM Arrive on Porphyry
  • 11:00 AM Settle in, reflect on your personal intention for the next four days
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:00 PM Welcome & introductions
  • 2:00 - 3:00 Earth element talk, grounding practices & reflective questions
  • 3:00 - 6:00 PM Free time Optional 2 HR “Foundations of Yoga Asana” workshop from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM Opening circle
  • 8:00 - 9:15 PM Evening Yin Yoga Practice
  • 9:15 - 9:45 PM Sunset Meditation (optional)

DAY 2 - FRIDAY

Water / Svadhisthana / Playing / Creating

  • 7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning meditation (optional)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga Practice
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Water element talk, creative practices & reflective questions
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM Free time
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 - 6:00 PM Free time
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Sharing circle & short break
  • 8:00 - 9:15 PM Evening Yin Yoga Practice
  • 9:15 - 9:45 PM Sunset Meditation (optional)

DAY 3 - SATURDAY

Fire / Muladhara / Adventure / Empowerment

  • 7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning meditation (optional)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga Practice
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Fire element talk, creative practices & reflective questions
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM Free time
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 - 6:00 PM Free time
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Sharing circle & short break
  • 8:00 - 9:15 PM Evening Yin Yoga Practice
  • 9:15 - 9:45 PM Sunset Meditation (optional)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 PM Fire Ceremony (optional)

DAY 4 - SUNDAY

Air / Anahata / Love / Expression

  • 7:00 - 7:30 AM Morning meditation (optional)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga Practice
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Air element talk & closing circle
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM Free time to pack up, reflect on the retreat, journal, and enjoy the rest of your time on the island immersed in the beauty of nature
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Return to Thunder Bay

Trip Specific

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General

  • Layered clothing – Lake Superior can be cold even in July.
  • Warm mid-layer jacket and a windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Socks, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, etc. (not too many)
  • Rain gear - jacket, pants, hat.
  • Good hiking boot/shoe
  • Sun hat with tie for the boat trip and wind
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray and motion sickness meds if you are prone
  • NOTE: Limited power is available on the island
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  • NOTE: WiFi is available in the lightkeepers house although in a limited capacity

Transportation

  • Sail Superior will provide all passengers with floater suits and goggles for the trips to and from the island

NOTE: There is not a ton of space for luggage on our zodiac boat. Try to only bring a mid-size bag or suitcase in addition to your backpack or roller bag.

And A Great Attitude!