The practice of yoga and meditation go far beyond moving your body into shapes and forcing yourself to sit still. It’s about living your yoga, being present, and observing the “Self” as we move through this world.

Mackinac Island - September  2018.  Nature and Nurture.  Details to come...


2018  France, Maui and Mackinac Island

Pyrénées Mountains of France - July 8th - 13th, 2018.   Trekking through the Pyrénées is the perfect place to put these practices into action. Monitoring your breath, the surface that’s ahead, the feel of the earth beneath your feet, and the ambiance of your surroundings requires you to drop into nature as if you’re being re-birthed into this earth. We invite you to join us for 5 days of adventure hiking and trekking high mountains of the Pyrénées full of yoga, mountain meditation.


Everyday begins with a guided meditation led by Lisa Knaffla. Followed by a mix of flow yoga led by Jade Skinner. Enjoy 5 epic day hikes in the beautiful Pyrénées Mountains of France with. These hikes are the most spectacular I’ve ever experienced in my life! We will begin our adventure with an acclimation climb up to Mont de Gez with a beautiful panoramic scene. Explore Hautacam, the first prominent mountain ridge between the valleys of Argelès-Gazost and Bagnères de Bigorre. This huge mountain dominates all the sights from the Tarbes plain. Hike through forest and limestone rock face cliffs up to the Cirque de Gavarnie where the mist unveils the highest waterfall in all of Europe (World Unesco Heritage Site). Walk along a theatre of cliffs and peaks surrounding rough, lake-studded ground, opening up to beautiful views of the Cirque de Troumouse. We continue our adventure from Pont d’Espagne through the national park passing waterfall after waterfall up to the turquoise Lac de Gaube. Ending with a trip to the lovely mineral baths of Cauterets. Perfect way to end your retreat!
    Retreat Cost:  $2400 or $2200 for Early Bird Registration prior to January 15, 2018
Retreat package includes:
Sleeping accommodations
Morning Meditation with Lisa Knaffla
Daily Yoga with Jade Skinner
Breath, Mediation, Yoga Workshops
5 epic day hikes with meditation practice
Breakfast (vegetarian)
Picnic style lunches (veg/non-veg options)
Family style catered dinners (vegetarian)
1 trip to the mineral baths at Bain du Rocher
Transportation from/to Lourdes to Blue Carin Lodge (airfare, trains, taxis, outside accommodations and food is not included)
*This retreat does not include airfare, train or any other leisure transportation or extra accommodation fees outside of venue).

These mountains are a magical place to be in, but also unpredictable at times with the weather, which means the hiking itinerary is subject to change. The retreat is open to 10 people who want to immerse themselves in the practice of living your yoga. Registration forms are required to attend. All participants must be physically fit to walk for 4-8hrs a day and be able to assent/ descent steep climbs (squats and lunges). Our stay is a house share with the lovely family of our Mountain Guide, Mandy.

Deposit of $500 due by March 1, 2018
Balance of $1700 due by May 1, 2018


*Check-in is on Sunday, July 8th no earlier than 12:00 and no later than 15:00. Check-out is on Friday, July 13th no earlier than 9:00 am (for transport to airport or train station). Full details of arrival and departure will be sent via email once registered


Magical Maui - July 23rd - 28th, 2018.   

Travel with us to a tropical Hawaiian getaway surrounded with turquoise waters in the middle of the Pacific.  6 days of yoga, meditation, hiking, sailing, stand up paddle board, moon ceremony, beaches, and vegetarian meals.  The retreat is lead by After Dawn founder Andrea Behler (Yoga Instructor & Jewelry designer) and Spirit of the North Yoga founder, Lisa Giegler. (

Come breathe the sweet salty air, play with the sea turtles (yes there are SEA TURTLES!), free yourself of all your devices, stress, and anxiety for 5 nights and 6 days in Maui’s lush landscape and turquoise waters.  The island is simply magical, free of busy life, and full of nature, beauty, and healing.  Andrea and Lisa will guide you in daily yoga classes and meditation on the properties in house yoga studio that is ‘oh so zen’ as well as various locations in nature.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all provided for you with fresh fruits and vegetables from the local Maui markets.  You will also enjoy hiking to the “Bamboo Forest” (Na’ili’ili Haele), sailing with ‘Sail Maui’ for Lanai snorkel beach and picnic sail, a Full Moon Crystal  ceremony, stand up paddle boarding, and plenty of beach and relaxation time.

 Retreat Cost:  $2750 or $2550 for Early Bird Registration prior to January 15, 2018

Retreat Package Includes:

5 nights luxury vacation accommodations at Wailaii Inn    
Mindful vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners 
Yoga classes with Andrea and Lisa (Vinyasa flow & restorative)
Meditation (silent & guided)
Sailing excursion to Lanai with picnic lunch and beach
Full Moon Crystal Ceremony
Hiking to ‘Bamboo Forest’ with meditation
Beach and relaxation time

WAILEA INN on the Hawaiian Island of Maui     2141 Ili’ili Road, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753
AIRPORT: Kahului - OGG  (Trip does not included airfare)

Deposit of $1000 due by March 1, 2018
Balance of $1550/1750 due by May 1, 2018