Yoga and Meditation Day Retreat

Connect With Your Wild True Heart- Yoga & Meditation Day Retreat 

With Saba Haider, E-RYT

Sunday, August 2nd 2020

9 AM - 5 PM


Yoga Retreat - Saba

Namaste everyone.

I am very excited to go on Ashoga’s Yoga & Meditation Day retreat to Starved Rock State Park. It will be a perfect day of spending time in nature to heal the body, mind, heart, and spirit. It is only in the lap of mother nature, can we find our wild true heart. Let’s  take this journey to connect with our wild heart and spend a day with our true self. This will be a  day filled with yoga, hiking, meditation, journaling and self-reflection to help us tap into that wild true heart. 


Starved Rock State Park, about an hour away from Naperville,  is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. You’ll know it the moment you enter , as you wind your car through the towering trees on one side and beautiful, majestic Illinois river on the other. Amazing seasonal waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. There are many miles of trails, canyons and waterfalls to explore and the Illinois River offers extraordinary views and great places to relax and see the full moon. 

Address   Starved Rock State Park
                   Google Maps Link > Click Here
                   Parkman's Plain Parking Lot
                   Oglesby, IL 61348

 In the next couple of pages, you will find:

  • Parking information
  • Carpool Options
  • Packing checklist
  • Check-In & Check Out Information
  • Social Distancing Guidelines


Parking

Due to COVID-19, Starved Rock State Park’s parking lots have been filling up quite fast every weekend. Please make sure to arrive in time to get a spot. There are overflow parking spots but they are further away and will add more time to our itinerary. Knowing that these factors are not in our control, let’s aim to be there on time. 


Carpool Options

We encourage you to carpool with other participants. All members in the car can wear masks to protect each other. If you do not feel comfortable car-pooling, we understand. With prior permission to release information,  a list of participants with their location and phone numbers will be released to help you coordinate. You can always reach out to me if you have questions about car-pooling or want my help to connect you with people from in and around your area.

We do ask that those carpooling together be mindful of the driver’s kindness and offer to assist with gas if necessary. The driver may decline any offer, however we want to begin the journey with promoting a mutual energetic exchange among participants.



Check-In and Out

Check-in: Sunday, 2nd August, 9 am

Check-out: Sunday, 2nd August, 5 pm


Optional - Some of us will stay back after 5 pm to wait for the moon to come out. You are welcome to stay back till sunset to view the full moon with us. This is not part of the planned schedule. This will be an optional, informal gathering. Please bring food accordingly if you plan to stay back. 



Cancellation Policy

If you cancel prior to July 28th, you will receive a full refund minus the credit card/transaction fees if paid via credit card. Saba is experienced in leading retreats nationwide and has never had to cancel a retreat. However, if for some reason we do need to cancel, we will refund all payments you have made. We cannot, however, refund you for travel expenses you have incurred on your own. If the weather is inclement on that day, we will reschedule the retreat to a later date, but in very near future. Any announcement  of rescheduling will be made on Saturday, August 1st, 5 pm. 


Packing Checklist

  • 1 jacket for cool or rainy weather
  • 1 emergency outfit and undergarments in case of rain or mud 
  • Small towel 
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Hiking or wicking socks
  • sunscreen
  • Medications, prescriptions, contact lenses, or eye glasses, epi-pens etc.
  • Minimal technology (for emergency use only) such as a cellphone and charger **Please refrain from bringing computers, tablets, or any other potentially distracting items that will influence your ability to fully benefit from the retreat experience. Thank you!!!
  • Journal and pen
  • Insect repellent
  • Fanny pack or day pack (not required, but nice to carry camera, snacks, water)
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (nuts, granola, etc)
  • Lunch
  • Any additional items that you will need (cameras, books, etc)
  • Yoga mat and any additional props of your choice (the venue does NOT provide any yoga mats or props)
  • Swimsuit if planning to go in the water
  • A few Ziploc bags for your phone and wallet, in case it rains. 

Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule will be shared with you all on August 27th.  Please note that while a lot of planning has gone into planning this day and mindfully creating the schedule, this schedule is subject to change. It is merely provided to give participants an idea of what to expect during their retreat experience. We will be outdoors and there are many factors that can affect our schedule, but we are yogis and if nothing else we are adaptive. :-) 

 

Time

Event

9:00-9:15 am

Gather in the parking lot

9:15-10:15

Hike to Canyon (Approx 1.3 mile)

10:15-10:30 

Water Break

10:30-11:30 am

Yoga class- Active

11:00-11:30 pm

Pranayama (Discussion & Practice)

11:30-12:00 pm

Reflection/Journaling/Exploring

 

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break

 

1:00-2:00 pm

Hike back to Parking lot

2:00-2:15 pm

Drive to  Waterfall Parking

2:15-2:30 pm

Hike to Waterfall/Canyon

2:30-3:30 pm

Partner/Individual Yoga

3:30-4:00 pm

Explore Canyon

4:00-5:00 pm

Meditation, Discussion, Journaling

5:00 pm-5:15 pm

Hike Back to the parking



After 5:15 pm- (Optional) - Stay back together, talk, share,  and watch the full moon come out. 



Social Distancing

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, masks will be worn at all times except when you are socially distant. You can remove your mask when you are on your socially spaced mat or while eating. 

We will not be sharing food or drinks to minimize exposure. 

Please bring your own hand sanitizer. 

We will greet each other with a Namaste (bow) instead of a hug. 

Partner Yoga poses will only be instructed to those who are  joining the retreat with a family member or partner, with whom who are safe from COVID-19. Options will be provided to do the posture on your own, if practicing yourself. 

No hands-on adjustments will be provided and the teacher(s) will guide you from a safe distance. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me in the meantime with any questions or for more details. We look forward to enjoying this day retreat with you!


See you on your mat soon!

Much Love, 

Saba Haider, Owner- Ashoga Yoga

Email: saba@ashoga.com