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Wed, Jul 17


Alger County

Women's Backpacking and Yoga Retreat

Women's Backpacking and Yoga Retreat
Women's Backpacking and Yoga Retreat

Time & Location

Jul 17, 2024, 11:00 AM EDT – Jul 20, 2024, 3:00 PM EDT

Alger County, Michigan, USA


About the event

Join me for 3 nights and 4 days of exploration and self-discovery along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore July 17-20, 2024. This Backpacking and Yoga Retreat is a unique outdoor adventure that combines the beauty of nature, the strength of carrying everything you need on your back for almost 25 miles and the tranquility of daily yoga. Located in the breathtaking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, this retreat offers an unforgettable experience of hiking, backpacking, and yoga amidst stunning natural scenery.

Components of this retreat include:

  • Backpacking Expedition: Explore the majestic cliffs, pristine beaches, and lush forests of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a multi-day backpacking expedition. Led by Maija Poyhonen, you'll traverse scenic trails, discover remote swimming spots, and camp under the starry night sky, immersing yourself in the beauty and serenity of the wilderness.
  • Daily Yoga Practice: Reconnect with your body, mind, and spirit through daily yoga sessions held in serene outdoor settings. Guided by an experienced yoga therapist, you'll flow through gentle asanas, cultivate mindfulness through meditation, and find inner peace through breath work.
  • Mindful Hiking: Experience the art of mindful hiking as you explore the natural wonders of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Practice present-moment awareness as you navigate scenic trails, taking in breathtaking vistas, observing wildlife, and connecting with the healing energy of the forest.
  • Communal Gatherings: Unwind and connect with other women around the campfire at night, in the sunshine on the beach by day and throughout each step as we hike nearly 25 miles along this beautiful coastline. Share stories, laughter, and experiences from the day's adventures, fostering a sense of camaraderie and community in the heart of nature.
  • Reflection and Renewal: Take time for personal reflection and renewal amidst the tranquility of nature. Whether it's journaling by the lakeshore, meditating on a rocky outcrop, or simply soaking in the beauty of your surroundings, you'll have ample opportunities to reconnect with yourself and find inner peace.

This Pictured Rocks Backpacking and Yoga Retreat offers a transformative blend of adventure, mindfulness, and relaxation, allowing you to reconnect with nature, deepen your yoga practice, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. 

What is included:

  • Daily yoga/meditation and breath work practices
  • Campsites...these are RUSTIC sites without modern amenities.
  • Shuttle to the starting location from Miners Castle
  • Private facebook group to connect with fellow hikers pre and post hike
  • Packing list
  • Gear trade list to share/request items you do not have
  • Laughter, nature, community and inner exploration

What is NOT included:

  • Meals
  • Gear (including tents, backpacks, sleeping bags/pads)
  • Accommodation prior to the retreat or afterwards. Last year, we did have most of our participants opt to stay in Munising the night before the hike to ensure they made it to Miner's Castle on time and to be able to share a dinner and meet other participants
  • Gas/Transportation to or from retreat location

If you have further questions about this experience or what is/is not included, please contact me via email, phone or text! Wishing you well!



  • 2024 Retreat!

    Sale ends: Jul 02, 3:00 PM EDT
    +$6.23 service fee



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