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Cracking the Spine: A Yoga & Writing Retreat

July 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - July 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Ecopoets Unite! This weekend Master poet Jessey Nickells is leading a yoga and writing workshop designed to inspire the warrior of Light in us all. The world is our mother and we have seen her mistreatment through our absence. Now is the time to awaken the spirit whom gives rise to all of the world’s beauty within each one of us. Take up the pen and ignite the inner flame of passion for your ancestral roots. Looking deeply, there is humanity, looking even deeper, there is only light. This Light we shall explore together at Stonehouse Farm!

Give yourself the opportunity to escape the city and your routine while practicing different styles of writing and yoga and exploring all that Stone House Farms has to offer. Let go of stage fright through intentionally bad poetry, allowing your silly side to shine. Get to know each other at our bonfire open mic, complete with s’mores. Scratch the surface of Eco-poetics while taking full advantage of the pondside picnic benches, wooded trails and whimsical sculptures in the fields. 

We will have a haiku party followed by afternoon tea, learn about fairy tales and of course have plenty of free time to journal and do personal projects… because the mind is always clearest after yoga.

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. 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 July 7th

3-5pm Arrival and check in

5:30-6pm Opening ceremony at the fire pit

6-7pm Dinner

7-8pm Hatha and meditation

8-10pm Intro to Writers Workshop (free write one poem and one intentionally bad poem, we will introduce ourselves and each read our bad poem talking a bit about what we think makes bad writing. 1 a fun way to get to know people and 2 a fun way to talk about how what you don’t like others may find interesting.  How hard it is to intentionally write poorly because everything is interesting and finally a way to break the ice and move away from stage fright)

-Saturday July 8th

7-8am Light breakfast

8-9am Sankalpa (intention setting) and an intro to eco poetics

9-10:30am Hatha class

10:30-11am Free Writing Time 🙂

11-12pm Brunch

12-1:30pm The Social Haiku

1:30-3pm Vinyasa class

3-3:30pm Tea and snacks

3:30-6pm Free time (hike, write and explore)

6-7pm Dinner

7-8pm Restorative yoga practice

8-8:30pm Sign up for open mic night!!!!

8:30-10pm Bonfire/ open mic night/ smores 🙂

-Sunday July 9th

7-8am Breakfast

8-9:30am Hatha class

9:30-11am Intro to Walking Meditation and Writing a modern fairy tale

11-12pm Brunch

12:00-1:00pm                Check-out                                             General Store

12:00-3:00pm                classes, workshops, talks, skill share & garden seva

3:00-3:30pm                  High Tea & Closing Ceremony              Dining Tent


* Schedule or location subject to change due to weather

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.


July 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
July 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Stonehouse Farm
3719 Suydam Road
Earlville, IL 60518 United States


Stonehouse Farm