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Cracking the Spine: Yoga & Writing Retreat – Part 2

September 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

This Fall Equinox, take time to reflect outside of your daily routine.

Stone House Farms has yurts and tents that city dwellers can rent for the weekend, and expansive fields that people with all their camping equipment can use for this retreat.  At the fall chapter of the Cracking the Spine series, we will be having yoga and meditation in the pavilion by the pond every morning and each evening. Writing classes follow each movement class, because the mind is always clearest after yoga.

Cracking the Spine Part Two will focus on journaling, memoir/anti-memoir and fairy tales. We will examine what brings us to the page and how we can come back after ghosting on our journals. We will break into the difference between a journal and a memoir as well as opening the door to anti-memoir. 

On our last day we will explore some symbols in fairy tales and rewrite one of our memories as though our lives were a fairy tales. Give yourself permission to be playful, casting yourself as hero, villain, town crier or any other character you like. As one would hope in space like this, there is free time to write, hike, take a guided foraging class or sign up for massage.

All yoga and writing classes are appropriate for beginners as well as people who put pen to paper and souls to mat every day.

*Meals included with the purchase of admission to the event.

This weekend we will:

-Gaze at the stars

-Take Yoga classes

-Explore Nature

-Put our experience into writing

-Share what we’ve written

-Skill share

Work-Trade Available! We will need lots of help setting up, closing down, serving meals, and maintaining the facilities throughout the event.$20 for meals all weekend. To sign up for work-trade email info@stonehousefarm.com

*For a free ticket, contribute 14 hours toward the event:

-4 hours on Friday

-6 hours on Saturday

-4 hours on Sunday


Weekend Schedule:

Friday, Sept 22                                                                       

Sunrise: 6:44am / Sunset 6:50pm


3:00-5:00pm                        Arrival & Check-in                                                                       

5:00-6:00pm                        Welcome, Orientation & Stonehouse Farm Tour                       

6:00-7:00pm                       Dinner                                                                                   

7:30-8:30pm                        Unwind Yoga & Meditation with TBD                                               

8:30-10:00pm                      Writing Workshop #1: Intro to Writers Weekend &
Writing Exercise “Confronting the Samskara”

10:00pm                              Campfire                                                           


Saturday, Sept 23                                                                       

Sunrise: 6:45am / Sunset 6:49pm


7:00-8:00am                       Light Breakfast                                               

8:30-9:30am                        Morning Yoga with Jessey Nickells

9:30-10:30am                       Writing Workshop #2: The Art of the Journal

10:30-11:00am                     Writing Freetime & Exploration

11:00-12:00pm                   Brunch                       

12:00-6:00pm                       Bodywork & Massage available – register in the office

12:00-1:00pm                       Wild Foods & Herbs Foraging

1:30-2:00pm                        Pranayama & Meditation with TBD

2:00-3:00pm                        Writing Workshop #3: Intro to Memoir / Anti-Memoir

2:30-3:30pm                        Writing Freetime & Exploration

3:00-3:30pm                        Tea Time

3:30-4:30pm                        Wild Foods & Herbs Foraging                                   

4:30-6:00pm                        Writing Freetime & Exploration

6:00-7:00pm                       Dinner                                                                       

7:30-8:30pm                        Restorative Yoga with TBD

9:00pm                                Open mic & Campfire                                                            


Sunday, Sept 24                                                                        

Sunrise: 6:46am / Sunset 6:48pm


7:00-8:00am                        Light Breakfast                                                

8:00-9:00am                         Morning Yoga with Jessey Nickells

9:30-10:30am                       Writing Workshop #4: Faery Tales “In the Mirror”

11:00am-12:00pm              Brunch                       

12:00pm                               Checkout of Yurts & Glamping

12:00-6:00pm                       Bodywork & Massage available – register in the office

12:30-2:00pm                       Closing Ceremony

2:00pm                                Option to stay later for more bodywork, seva, gardening or relaxing

Massage Therapy available on premises by appt, $45/Half-hour, $75/hour or $125/90 min.
Schedule Appointments at the General Store.

Sunday night option: $20 for overnight stay to enjoy more time in nature at Stonehouse Farm

Tickets:  Each person must purchase an event ticket, which includes admission to the event, all classes, use of a campsite, meals from Friday dinner through Sunday brunch, free parking, and use of facilities. Housing upgrades are available for an additional fee, see ticketing options.


September 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Stonehouse Farm
3719 Suydam Rd
Earlville, IL 60518 United States


Stonehouse Farm