Soulful Prairies in Woodstock, Illinois is 80 acres of pure, magical nature. Explore this biodiverse property and take time for a five sense experience. Tune into the sounds of the pasture, breathe in the pine infused air, commune with the fairies in the Fairy Forest, feel the horses healing energy, walk the labyrinth and trails barefoot, and spend time with all the natural wildlife. A perfect setting to get quiet and listen for answers that blow in the wind.
* There is plenty of charming indoor space to utilize if there is inclement weather. Browse the beautiful property and accommodations here https://www.soulfulprairies.com/.
Friday, September 22nd
4:30-5:15 pm: Check-in
Property Exploration- Refreshments
5:30-6:30 pm: Viewing Station (Overlooking Pond)
Movement: Sunset All- Levels Yoga and Guided Visualization
JoAnne guides you through a movement suitable for all levels. Poses combined with breath-work and intention will release stress and tension. Heart and hip opening poses prepare you for a weekend of introspection and transformation.
Led by JoAnne Pavin, RYT 500
6:45 pm -7:15 pm Appetizers and Cocktails Barn Loft
Dinner 7-10 pm Barn Loft
Lively Kitchens Farm-to-Table Four Course Meal
7:15 pm -8 pm
Wildfire Talk: Losing Everything, Gaining the World with
Author Nicole Sallak Anderson
Wildfire is an award-winning book about how Nicole and her family lost everything in the CZU Lightning Fire Complex of Northern California in 2020. Her motivational story of resilience after losing her home, animals, and all her possessions inspires us to revere nature and all Her power. She inspires us to let go, embrace the moment, and listen-Listen to nature, the divine, and our intuition. A signed Hardcover Copy of Wildfire is included for all guests.
8-9:30 pm Champagne Toast and Dinner
Q and A with Nicole throughout dinner.
9:45 pm - 11 pm Outdoor Fire - with Nicole Sallak Anderson
Join Nicole for a fire side chat and a facilitated activity to burn the old, and bring in the new.
Saturday, September 23rd
For overnight guests:
7 am Sunrise guided visualization, journaling and property walk (optional)
8-9 am Soulful Prairie Coffee, Herbal Tea and Fruit, Light Breakfast in Lower Level of Mainhouse
Arrive between 8:30- 9:00 am: Property Exploration - Mindful Mingle
9:00- 9:50 am Celebrate the Equinox and Balance your Body
with Yoga for the Fall Season
With JoAnne Pavin
JoAnne guides you through a practice of warming, grounding and core building poses that will promote balance and stability and aid your transition into the cooler weather.
Part 2: 10:00-10:45 am Pilates Stretch and Release-Myofascial Release Mat Pilates
With Kirsten Karlblom, Certified Pilates Instructor
Take the stretch deeper with intention of releasing stored energy in areas of tightness, injury or overuse. Kirsten guides you safely through a full body stretch that serves as a self-massage! You’ll relax into meditation and feel lighter, more fluid, and in flow with nature.
Followed by a Journal Prompt and Reflection in Nature
11:15 am - 1:15 pm Digest with Joy- Lunch and Learn: Barn Loft
Farm-to-Table Seasonal Lunch by Lively Kitchen
Mindful Nutrition Panel with Swati Mhaske, Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine
and JoAnne Pavin, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Together Dr. Swati and JoAnne share the health benefits of applying the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to modern lifestyles.
Dr. Swati explains food as medicine, the process of digestion, the importance of gut health, and the vital use of spices in our daily cooking.
JoAnne shares how the sacred process of eating, this five-sense experience, when done slowly and with intention, can nourish us more deeply.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Guided Labyrinth Walk with Erin McElroy: Outdoor Trail to Labyrinth
You will experience the ancient art of Labyrinth walking with an active meditation followed by focused journaling.
A silent experience designed to clear your mind and focus on a set intention. Participants will be surrounded by the sounds of nature as they spend time in slow movement and deep contemplation.
2:30 -3:45 pm Harvesting Creativity: Barn Loft/ Outdoor
Soulful Sketch and Inner Peace Painting with JoAnne Pavin
The power of putting pencil to paper clears the mind and relaxes the brain.
Take your journaling from the weekend and put it into art. Do your entries reveal a goal, an emotion, or idea that you want to draw forth? The weekend of movement, meditation, and nourishment evokes creative energy and brings it to the surface. JoAnne facilitates the flow of this energy onto paper through a guided soulful sketching and inner peace painting.
Celebrate in this creative process and take this artwork with you as a reminder of your intentions set during the transformational weekend. Conclude the weekend with a clear picture of your soul’s intention!
3-7 pm Add-On Enhancements
Private enhancement sessions can be booked in the peaceful accommodations on the prairie :
Healing Sessions with Barbara Gasior, Reiki Master and Access Bars Practitioner
Overnight Accommodations Friday Night Only: SOLD OUT!
Full Package includes Friday Evening Gourmet Four Course plated Farm-to-Table Catered Dinner with Wine, Champagne and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Saturday Farm-to-Table Lunch with Non-Alcoholic Beverage.
Refreshments such as water and light snacks will be available throughout the retreat.
Overnight Guest’s meals also include Saturday morning light breakfast consisting of freshly squeezed juice, seasonal fruit, yogurt, home-made muffins and locally baked sourdough bread from Compass Lane Farm.
Nicole Sallak Anderson
Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist, speaker, and essayist. Her writing ranges from AI and Zen to tiny house living to direct democracy to the loneliness of modern parenting— featured as a top twenty story on Medium. She is the author of four novels and a memoir.
In August of 2020, Nicole and her family lost their home, pets, and all their belongings to the CZU Lightning wildfire in Northern California. Many of her essays since that pivotal event have focused on rebuilding a life from ashes, as well as the environmental and societal impacts of housing in an age of climate disaster. Her memoir, Wildfire: Losing Everything, Gaining the World, shares this journey with readers. Wildfire is a story of rage and despair, guilt and hope in the face of an environmental disaster. It is about the sacrifices it takes to be a steward rather than an owner of this beautiful planet we call home. All books are available on Amazon, Audible, and her website.
Erin Byrne McElroy
Dr. Swati Mhaske
Swati Mhaske is a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and the founder of HemaVeda Ayurveda based in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has over fifteen years of hands-on experience in numerous Ayurveda modalities. Swati specializes in treating ailments of the digestive and the autoimmune system, and that of the hormonal system in women.
Swati nurtures the passion to help her clients lead a healthy life by means of Ayurveda.
Swati is the mother of two beautiful children, Vedic astrologer and author. Connect with Swati here: https://hemaveda.com/
As a Reiki Master, Barbara utilizes the ancient Japanese healing technique to channel universal life force energy, helping to restore balance and harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. She believes that by tapping into this energy, we can release blockages, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being.
In addition to Reiki, Barbara is also an Access Bars Practitioner. Access Bars is a gentle, hands-on therapy that focuses on specific points on the head to release limitations and create more ease in life. By lightly touching these points, Barbara facilitates the release of negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that may be holding you back from experiencing true joy and fulfillment.
Enhance your peace and relaxation during your stay at the Soulful Renewal and book a session with Barbra during your stay. Sessions are limited.
Friday Evening between 4:00- 6:30 pm SOLD OUT
and Saturday SOLD OUT- Click below to get on the waitlist.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Owner of Pilates Body by Kirsten
Kirsten is a certified Pilates instructor and has been instructing men and women of all ages for two decades. She has helped competitive gymnasts, dancers, and other local athletes refine their bodies, improve their performance, and lessen their chances of sustaining injury, Whether you are young or old, in or out of shape, Kirsten can help you meet your exercise goals and improve how you look and feel.
Full Retreat Experience with Friday Overnight Accommodation:
$735 per person - paid in full
Single Occupancy OVERNIGHT Sold Out.
2-Day Retreat Package: $585
Friday Evening Experience with Sunset Yoga $300
Friday Evening Experience without Sunset Yoga $275
A few spots left! Registration closing soon.
Saturday Day Experience: $400
Soulful Saturday with a Friend- $500 ($250 each)
Half-Day Retreat Experience- 8:30am - 1:15pm
Ticket for 2 includes access to the Soulful Prairie property. Yoga & Pilates Movement Workshop with JoAnne Pavin and Kirsten Karlblom - Mindful Nutrition with Swati Mhaske, Doctor of Ayurveda during Farm-to-Table Lunch. Three total Integrative Wellness Sessions
Enhancements: Practitioners and Options
Barbara Gasior: Reiki Master
Policy and Payment Plan:
Contact JoAnne at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to request a single or double occupancy room.
Less than 30 days from Retreat - 100% of Retreat Cost
More than 30 days from Retreat - 50% of Retreat Cost
A signed hardcover copy of Nicole’s book Wildfire is included in Full Retreat Package and Friday Evening Experience. (Not included with Saturday Day Pass)