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Yoga Venture logo an yoga retreat event at Wilderness Adventure, Roanoke Virginia

YOGA VENTURE

MAY 31 - JUNE 2

Yoga Venture is a weekend-long event from May 31 to June 2 at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing in rural Craig County, Virginia. The event is designed to help you relax, refresh, and revive amidst the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of our nearly 500 acres of fields, forests, mountains, and streams.

Yoga Venture activities include yoga sessions, wine tasting, rhythmic drum circles, and a captivating opening fire ceremony. Start your day with invigorating wake-up yoga, unwind with healing sound bowl baths, and explore various activities such as meditation, unique vendor offerings, and astrology workshops. Plus, look forward to a special live outdoor music performance, details to be announced.

EVENT SCHEDULE

YOGA VENTURE

FRIDAY:

  • Begin your journey with an afternoon of relaxation and connection. Participate in our welcoming yoga sessions designed to align your body and mind.

  • Indulge in a special wine tasting, complemented by carefully selected appetizers, exclusive for weekend pass holders.

  • Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats of our drum circles, creating a harmonious atmosphere.

  • Conclude the evening with an enchanting opening fire ceremony, setting the tone for the weekend.

SATURDAY:

  • Greet the day with sunrise and tranquility at dawn.

  • Engage in yoga classes and come together to expand your mind in workshops that delve into ancestral healing, astrology, and the deeper teachings of the ancient practice of yoga.

  • Delve into the mysteries of the stars with astronomy, astrology, tarot readings, reiki, and breath sessions. You may also weave in some fairy hair or buy some batik clothing, jewelry, and sea charms.

  • Experience the soothing vibrations of sound bowl baths.

  • Enjoy guided or unguided outdoor activities, such as hiking, tubing, canoeing, and floating, to connect with nature.

  • Anticipate an evening of vibrational kirtan music after dinner and a beautiful offering of yoga nidra under the stars.

SUNDAY:

  • Start with sunrise or morning meditations to reflect and rejuvenate.

  • Participate in the final yoga sessions of the event, focusing on harmony and gratitude.

  • Join in the healing and gratitude ceremony, a powerful way to honor and conclude the experience.

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ACCOMODATION

When purchasing your ticket, you will find the option to camp on our property or upgrade to a room in one of our lodges.

CAMPING

Embrace the great outdoors with our camping options. Every weekend pass includes access to communal camping sites on a first-come, first-serve basis. Set up your tent among the trees or under the starry meadows for a true connection with nature.

For added comfort, upgrade to a private campsite. These designated spots come equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring, perfect for a cozy evening outdoors. Firewood and ice will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

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LODGING

If camping under the stars isn't your style, opt for the comfort of our rustic log cabin lodges. We offer double occupancy rooms, providing a cozy and comfortable stay. Whether you’re attending with a partner or friend or prefer a room to yourself, we have the accommodation to suit your needs.

 

Our lodges have shared bathrooms and showers, ensuring convenience and comfort. Bedrooms vary, with some offering double beds and others single bunks. Please specify your preference in the comments section of our ticketing form. All linens and towels are included.

Whether you choose to camp or stay in our lodges, you'll have access to all the event facilities, including multiple bathrooms, a large common bathhouse, and shower house for all guests, ensuring your needs are met throughout the weekend.

Our accommodation options are designed to cater to a range of preferences, ensuring that every guest can enjoy Yoga Venture in comfort and style. Choose the option that best suits your needs and get ready for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation.

We provide a variety of clean and convenient bathroom facilities to suit all our guests. Each lodge comes equipped with multiple bathrooms exclusively for lodge guests. For broader accessibility, a large common bathhouse and shower house are available to all attendees. Additionally, we have strategically placed port-o-johns near the campgrounds for those camping or exploring the grounds.

FOOD AND DRINK

Exclusive Wine Tasting and Appetizers:

Join us for an exclusive wine-tasting event on Friday evening, specially arranged for weekend pass holders. This elegant affair will feature a selection of fine wines, each thoughtfully paired with a range of appetizers to complement the flavors.

 

For those who wish to indulge further, bottles of wine will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, allowing you to enjoy a glass whenever you desire.

Diverse Dining at The Outpost:

Our Outpost will be the heart of dining from Friday evening through Sunday lunch, offering a range of purchase options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

A special menu for the Yoga Venture event will include vegetarian and vegan options, ensuring that all dietary preferences are catered to. Alongside these choices, we will offer other healthy and delicious meal selections to fuel your body and spirit.

 

A selection of beers and wines will also complement your meals, providing the perfect accompaniment to your dining experience.

Meet your Guides

At Yoga Venture, we bring an amazing team of experienced teachers, guides, and instructors who are dedicated to creating a one-of-a-kind, restorative, educational, and relaxing experience just for you. We can't wait to help you unwind and feel rejuvenated!

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Lindsay McKinnon

Somatics Coach & Movement Teacher

Lindsay McKinnon has grown up at Wilderness Adventure.  She is a seasoned Mom and a Trauma-informed Integrative Healing & Somatics Coach. With over 20 years of experience as a Massage Therapist, Childbirth Doula, and Qoya Inspired Movement Teacher, she coaches individuals and groups to equip them with practices and techniques to navigate stressors and pain points, find balance deep within themselves, and a renewed presence that is aligned in mind and body to build momentum for future goals and desires. She teaches wellness retreats and workshops for college students, healthcare workers, and organizations supporting their communities to become more resilient and connected in life and work. She loves to travel and play and is pretty good at doing both!

www.soulbodyconnect.com

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Cathy Cannon

Yoga Nidra Instructor

Cathy Cannon is a lifelong student on the path to spirit.  With over 500 hours of study of Yoga and over 15 years of teaching yoga, meditation, Yoga Nidra, Breathwork, and before that, aerobics, water aerobics, Pilates, cycling, and personal training —this path continues to unfold in mysterious and serendipitous ways mind opening, joyful and heartbreakingly real in unexpected ways.  Cathy’s heartfelt teaching style will allow you to feel seen and shift into a more expanded state.

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Martha Kastler

Somatic Yoga and Healing Facilitator

Join Martha Kastler for an accessible practice that helps relieve chronic pain, postural imbalances, and tension and welcomes ease and deeper self-awareness. The class will primarily focus on moving slowly, connecting deeply, and allowing what is in the way to be transformed. Muscles will awaken and lengthen without stretching. You will be able to listen deeply within and enjoy discovering greater acceptance, love, and equanimity.

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Neda

Session Instructor

Neda is active in fitness, dance, yoga, movement, and creative communities. Neda is a fully certified personal trainer and yoga group class instructor. Neda grew up in an active family with a background in fitness, particularly her father who was a powerlifting world champion. She has been teaching and training for over 20 years! Her passion is empowering individuals and groups to become stronger physically and mentally. Neda is a lover of mountain biking, nature, singing, writing, travelling, painting, and music. 

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Jill Loftis

Yoga & Astrology Instructor

Jill Loftis is an astrologer, mystic, yogi, and mom. She came to study and learn astrology as a student of the Kriya lineage through the branch of Goswami Kriyananda and The Temple of Kriya Yoga. She is the founder and former owner of Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, VA. In addition to practicing astrology and teaching yoga, she offers spiritual counseling services and tarot readings and leads workshops and trainings on meditation, breathwork, and life transformation. She lives in Southwestern Virginia with her husband, Benjamin, and enjoys international travel, gardening, good food, and chicken watching. 

www.NuitAstrology.com

 

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Josh Urban

Author & Astronomer

Josh Urban is an author, speaker, and avid explorer of the cosmos. A great joy of his is sharing the stars with others. From guided sky tours and lectures, to writings in Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines, Josh is on a mission to remind the world to keep looking up. He's the author of The Captain's Logbook and Cities on a Hill, and enjoys beekeeping in his spare time. www.JoshUrban.com 

 

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Laura Leonard

Laura is a yoga and mindfulness teacher. She teaches in studios, schools, camps, offices, and outdoor festivals throughout the Roanoke Valley. Her classes focus on mind, body, and breath awareness, and she blends various teachings to create energizing and restorative classes. Laura finds inspiration in her students, who have become her greatest teachers.

 

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Antonio Stovall

Session Leader & Sangoma Priest

Antonio Stovall is a Holistic Wellness educator, certified in Kemetic Yoga, Mindful Meditation, and breathwork. He teaches African American culture at William Fleming High School and has gained nationwide attention for his program's positive impact on students. He is also a social media influencer, thought leader, and owner of Ancestral Perspective LLC. Antonio facilitates community circles monthly and enjoys reading books on indigenous culture, writing poetry, researching alternative healing methods, and spending time with his family in nature.

 

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Deb Rina

Session Instructor

Debra is a practitioner of Bhakti yoga for over ten years. She shares the healing meditative vibrations of harmonium, singing bowls, and kirtan/mantra. The practice cultivates love and devotion to the universal Divine energies within ourselves and others, reminding us that we are all connected to the same source- All One. Debra has a clinical psychology practice, Dharma Therapies, and hosts Kirtan at Uttara Yoga Studio. www.dharmatherapies.com and www.uttarayogastudio.com

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Constantine Georgiou

Session Instructor

Constantine Georgiou founded Ineffable, a human potential accelerator. He coaches in Mindful Self-Discipline, Emotional Processing, and Mahamudra/Dzogchen Meditation. Constantine cuts through obstacles with his concentration and healing practices, helping clients pursue their unlimited potential. He's passionate about keeping ancient traditions alive with modern guidance and biofeedback for immediate and sustainable impact to evolve individuals and organizations.

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Kimberly Vest

Session Instructor

Kimberly is a yoga instructor who believes in balance. She has studied yoga texts and Ayurveda, as well as enjoys RuPaul's drag. Her classes include Hatha, pranayama, Dhyana, mudra and mantra chanting. Kimberly has been teaching yoga for over 35 years and is certified by Yoga Alliance. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, and gardening.

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Cheryl Murphy

Session Instructor

Cheryl is a Virginia-based Certified Vibrational Sound Practitioner (Atma Buti School, Level 5, Boulder, Co), jewelry designer, aromatherapist, crystal enthusiast and educator.  Cheryl conducts both private and group sessions in her home studio in Troutville, VA. She thoughtfully combines these modalities to bring a unique healing experience to her customers and clients while encouraging them to find and follow their bliss! For more information please visit www.fybbracelets.com 

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Betsy Whitesell

Session Instructor

Betsy Whitesell is a sound healer, student, and teacher. She has led sound healing
sessions with gongs, bowls and other instruments for many years, both in group and private settings. She has enjoyed being a part of YogaVenture since it’s inception. She believes in the primal power of sound to sootheBetsy Whitesell , balance and scrub our personal energies. It is a powerful tool for meditation and transformation. She's a
lifelong student and enjoys teaching in Craig County and working on her land here.

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Joy Tru

Session Instructor

Joy Tru is a song leader, performer, singer/songwriter, and voice teacher. She leads a form of community singing called circlesinging, where she leads groups of people in song, rhythm, play, movement, and body percussion games that allow people to connect with each other, their body, their spirit, and the earth. She strongly believes that each and every person has an authentic voice that deserves to be expressed, heard, and loved. She has been singing kirtan informally for over a decade, and loves to accompany Deborah Marks with harmonies and buffalo drum. She also plays harmonium and channels her own kirtan songs.

What to Bring to Yoga Venture

To ensure you have the best experience at Yoga Venture, here's a list of essentials and recommended items to bring along:

Yoga Equipment:

  • Yoga Mat: Essential for all yoga sessions.

  • Optional Yoga Props: Including blocks, straps, or a yoga towel.

Appropriate Clothing:

  • Bathing Suit: For any water-based activities or just relaxing by the creek.

  • Comfortable Shoes: Suitable for walking or hiking around the property.

  • Rain Jacket: Be prepared to stay comfortable and dry for any unexpected showers.

  • Water Shoes: Ideal for creek time or any water activities.

​Towels:

  • Beach Towel: Bring one for drying off after creek time or lounging outdoors. (Note: Shower towels will be provided for lodge guests.)

Personal Items:

  • Musical Instruments: Feel free to bring your instrument for impromptu music sessions or personal enjoyment.

  • Sun Protection: Including sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

  • Insect Repellent: To keep the bugs at bay, especially in the evenings.

Hydration and Snacks:

  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day. Reusable bottles are recommended for environmental friendliness. Water bottles and other items are available for purchase in our camp store!

  • Snacks: Pack some healthy snacks for energy boosts between meals.

Miscellaneous:

  • Mountain Bike: To explore our awesome trail system or to get around the property!

  • Personal Toiletries: Include any essential personal care items you might need.

  • A Small Backpack or Daypack: Handy for carrying your items around the property.

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