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Yoga4 Up North Silent Retreat

Yoga4 Up North Silent Retreat

With Sandra Carden, ERYT-500
& Dorothy Sirrine, RYT-500

November 15-17, 2019
Augustine Center Retreat House
Petoskey, MI

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There is nothing quite so soothing and healing as unplugging. Having no demands on you. Being. Being deeply restful and quiet– peaceful. Inwardly turning. Noticing. Completely appreciating each moment, just as it unfolds effortlessly, easily, unhurried and full. Serene.

What if you had the opportunity to be taken care of, fully supported, with nothing to do... but Be Here… Now?

Just before the Holiday bustle, please join Sandra Carden and Dorothy Sirrine for a breathing space. A weekend of resetting, renewal and re-union.

Just before the Holidays you will take a breather from your day-to-day. You will enter into contemplative silence with a supportive and embracing group of like-minded individual. Maintaining silence is a form of Pratyahara, or sense withdrawal, which interestingly often allows for a heightened awareness of our other senses, grounding us in the present moment. You will eat well, sleep well, move your body and find stillness. You will learn more about your Self, from the outside in. You will leave refreshed, renewed awake and ready to engage in all the joys the season has to offer.

The Augustine Center Retreat House is a long-established spiritual center just north of Petoskey, MI. Here you will find a welcoming tradition of compassion, contemplation, and connection. Each person will have a private room and bath. Meals are delicious and locally sourced. All diet restrictions can be honored.

Augustine Center Retreat House
2798 N. US 31 Hwy.
Petoskey, MI 49770

Your Silent Retreat will be facilitated by Dorothy Sirrine, RYT-500 and Sandra Carden, ERYT-500, both of Yoga4 in lake Leelanau MI. For their biographies please go to

November 15-17, 2019
Arrive 4 PM Friday, November 15
Depart 12 noon Sunday, November 17

How much?
$458. Includes private lodging, themed yoga and meditation guidance, plus all meals featuring deliciously prepared fresh, local, and sustainable cuisine.
We have requested local, organic and fresh meals with some chicken and/or fish. Please let us know of any special dietary needs. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the retreat. If you want specific teas, or other favorite or necessary food items, please bring them with you. Please bring any favorite food or treats to share on our community snack table.

All participants will stay at the Augustine Center. There will be no commuter participation. Please note that space is limited to 18.

Who Might Attend?
This workshop is most suitable for anyone seeking to unplug from daily life and strife, with some yoga experience. All levels welcome. 10 Hours Continuing Yoga Alliance Education Credit is offered to Yoga Alliance registered teachers.

All participants will be staying onsite at the Augustine Center Retreat House. This retreat is not open to commuters.

Each day will include yoga, meditation, and pranayama practice. Sandra and Dorothy will provide daily written reflections to guide yoga and meditation practices. All meals will be taken in silence. There will be ample time for walking, napping, reading, writing, private prayer, and meditation.

On maintaining a sacred space:
This is a silent retreat. Except for specified times at the beginning and end of the retreat, when dialogue is encouraged, we will maintain silence. Silence means silence. Please remain within - pratyahara. Avert your eyes from others and avoid communication through sign language, gestures, etc. Conversation in common areas is discouraged. If talk is absolutely required, please be sensitive to the retreat experience of others. And, please leave your work at home.

What to Pack:
Please pack lightly and dress simply. Bring the following:
* Yoga mat and your favorite props (we will provide some props, as available, including straps and blocks).
*Yoga Blanket(s).
* Snacks to share (optional)
* Meditation cushion or blanket for sitting, if desired
* Yoga clothes
* Comfortable clothing for relaxing indoors
* Pajamas, underwear, slippers, etc.
* Outdoor clothing and gear for walking, etc.
* Journal and pens/pencils
* Art supplies, if so inclined
* Prayer and meditation aids (mala or rosary beads, meaningful images, etc.)
* Devotional/spiritual reading
* Watch/Clock (not your cell phone)
* Bring one small item for our community puja table/altar

Regarding books:
Many words, whether spoken or read, interfere with silence. Therefore, be introspective and meditative in your consideration of reading material. Please bring only those books that will aid the mindful, spiritual and insightful atmosphere of your retreat.

To best enhance your experience of uninterrupted silence, you will be requested to leave your phones, computers and smart pads with Adam at the Augustine Center, or lock them in your car. Your items will be locked in a safe and returned to you Sunday.

Your family may reach you in case of emergency through Adam at (231) 881-3276.

Friday, November 15, 2019
4:00 pm: Augustine Center Retreat House Check-In/Arrival
6:00 pm: Augustine Center Group Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm: Opening ceremony. Introductions and Syllabus. Initial Guided, non-Silent Yoga and seated Meditation Practice. Silence begins after practice.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Augustine Center provides a wake-up call at your preference. Coffee, teas and light breakfast choices will be provided buffet-style starting at 6:00 am.
9:00 am-12:00 pm: 2-hour Silent Yoga and 1-hour Meditation practice.
12:00-1:00 pm: Augustine Center Silent Group Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm: Open time. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Augustine Center grounds and facility.
3:30-5:30 pm: 2-hour Silent Yoga
6:00 pm: Augustine Center Group Dinner
8:00-9:00 pm: 1-hour Silent Meditation Practice

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Silence continues. Augustine Center provides a wake-up call at your preference. Coffee, teas and light breakfast choices will be provided buffet-style starting at 6:00 am.
9:00 - 10:00 am: 1 hour Silent Yoga and Meditation Practice.
10:00 - 11:00 am: 1 hour Breaking Silence Ceremony.
12:00 pm: Augustine Center Check-out.

If you have any questions prior to the retreat, please contact:
Sandra (231) 883-8095
Dorothy (301) 938-9708
Or Christen at Yoga4 (231) 620-7530

Space is limited. Please reserve your place early.


Sandra Carden, ERYT-500
Sandra's yoga experience has embraced a wide range of teachers and traditions. Sandra began studying yoga in 1972, primarily in the Iyengar tradition. In 1974, Sandra and Field Carden attended the Naropa Institute, to study yoga philosophy under Ram Dass, and Buddhism under Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Here she was schooled in Vipassana meditation. From these early influences, Sandra developed a strong commitment to embracing diversity within the wider yoga tradition.
In the 1980s, she sought and embraced "meditation in motion" through the Kripalu movement, as well as with outstanding senior teachers of the Ashtanga system and other vinyasa styles. The 1990s brought a transcendent shift toward more therapeutic avenues of yoga, including her certification in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Svaroopa Yoga. Viniyoga, Yin Yoga and Ayurvedic studies have been important influences. She has studied anatomy with Paul Grilley and Leslie Kaminoff, and human dissection with Dr. Tom Myers. The first decades of the 21st century brought deeper study of yoga history, in a two-year course on yogic philosophy and literature with Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., through Sonoma State University, and with Cynthia Snodgrass, M.div., of the American Sanskrit Institute.

To "embrace and transcend" is to take in deeply, embracing the experience as fuel to transform inclusively and from within, as the sphere of understanding widens. In this way, Sandra Carden's UNION/YOGA is still growing, unfolding, and transcending, as we all are.

Dorothy Sirrine, RYT-500
Thoughtful, encouraging, and inquisitive, Dorothy is a strong believer that the mind-body benefits that occur on the mat are carried off the mat and into our lives. Thus the yoga mat becomes a laboratory, or microcosm, to learn about life, to slow down, and reset the nervous system. Though Dorothy is inspired and influenced by many different yoga styles, she is currently most inspired by Viniyoga, which emphasizes personalizing the practice to our unique situations. A lover of continued learning, she has vigorously pursued continued education. After completing her 200-hour and 500-hour level teacher training with Sandra Carden of Union Yoga, Dorothy has gone on to complete additional coursework in Yoga Anatomy, Yoga for Anxiety, and Mindfulness training, as well as other areas of interest. Most recently, Dorothy has applied her scientific educational training to incorporate and teach around the fascinating nexus of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience.

Earlier Event: September 7
Meditation Mini-Immersion