Jill Sand Consulting provides an avenue for wander-lusting yogis to travel, practice yoga and meditate, through her yoga and meditation retreats. Past retreats have been to Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Buena Vista, Colorado; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Mallorca, Spain; Chinandega, Nicaragua; Amorgos, Greece; and Ambergris Caye, Belize. Jill also offers Minnesota-local weekend retreats and day retreats at her Home Studio. Watch this page for upcoming retreats.
I am currently planning three retreats for 2019, and there is a fourth retreat I hope to squeeze in around October. Each of these retreats have different focuses and price points. I hope that one or more of them attract your interest!
Celestial Enlightenment Retreat
~A Vernal Equinox Celebration~
Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2019
Come join me along the cliffs of the Mississippi River as we celebrate the Vernal Equinox through a celestial lens! This weekend will offer us the opportunity to study the stars, connect our hearts to them (we are Star Beings, after all!), and have fun with our Inner Child! We will view the Vernal Equinox at two sunrises and one sunset. We will be led on a 3-hour guided tour on location of a sacred space found so close to home! We will practice an Inner Child Yoga class in a heated yoga yurt!
Attendees will arrive any time after 5:00pm on Friday evening to join Jill at The River House.We will have a Gathering Circle at 8:00pm. Saturday is a full day, beginning at 6:30am! We’ll dress for the weather as we explore the Equinox and are led on a three hour guided tour of sacred structures. We’ll have indoor breaks throughout this time, including a gentle yoga practice, and brunch will be served on site. After the tour, we will go back to The River House for discussion, light snacks, and maybe a nap! We’ll head back on site for the evening Vernal Equinox viewing before heading into town for dinner. Back at The River House, we will debrief before getting a good night’s sleep so we can get on the road on Sunday morning at 6:30 once more, for a final viewing of the Equinox from our vantage point. After breakfast, we will go back to The River House for an opportunity to discuss our retreat and do some journaling. We have The River House until 1:00pm.
This unique and fabulous retreat is just $250, with a $50 down payment due when you sign up. The rest of the payment will be due by March 1.
This $250 payment includes:
- 2 nights lodging at The River House
- 2 catered breakfasts
- Saturday evening dinner at local restaurant
- Snacks for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon
- Inner Child Yoga in the Yurt
- 3-hour guided tour of sacred space along the cliffs of the Mississippi River
- 3 informative Vernal Equinox observations
This payment does not include:
- transportation to and from retreat (about a three hour drive along the Mississippi River from the Twin Cities. I recommend carpooling.)
- a suggested tip for our guide and hostess (I recommend $25 a person)
This retreat is limited to 7 attendees. Your down payment holds your space. I am so excited to share with you a wonderfully magical celestial event! Let’s allow our Inner Child to come out and play with us during this retreat!!
Celebration of the Heart Retreat
~ A Magdalene Sacred Journeys Guided Tour~
Saturday, May 4 through Sunday, May 12, 2019
(Flight out on Friday, May 3)
This retreat is very special to me. In 2017, I journeyed to Southern France with 6 others for the most heart-opening retreat of my lifetime. Our group had an instant connection to Veronique, our guide, who fast became a sister to us all. I knew in my heart that I would go back to Southern France again. It called me from past lifetimes and my Inner Child longed to go back “home.” I decided that I would return to France for my 55th birthday. As I shared this with others, I had several people inquire about joining me. I decided that I would provide another retreat, although this time, it will be an even more intimate retreat, as I limit the attendees to just four others.
Roni and I have worked very hard to create the very best retreat for the same price as our last retreat. I hope that our final vision inspires you to join me for this Celebration of the Heart Retreat!
Attendees will fly into Marseille, France. Founded by the Phoenicians, 2600 years ago, this is the oldest city in France. This is also the place where Mary Magdalene preached with her brother, Lazarus when they landed in Provence. We will be escorted to St Maximin, where we will be staying at a private guest home for 8 nights. Over the next week, we will tour the Grotto at St Baume, where Mary Magdalene lived out the last years of her life. We will also travel to Sts Maries De La Mer to visit the place where Jesus’ companions landed upon arriving to France, and where lie the relics of Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome (two of the seven companions), and their servant, Sarah, the Black Madonna. This part of the retreat is similar to the past retreat. But from here, we move into new experiences. We will get to experience this part of the Camargue region on the Rhone River by boat! We will also travel to the small fishing village of St Tropez. Yes, THAT St Tropez! On this same day, we will also visit “One of the most beautiful villages of France.” We will spend a day visiting the Rock of the Virant, a place almost unknown, which is frequented only by the climbers and some people who come to admire the panorama on the sea, and also visit one of the three remaining Roman temples in France, this one dedicated to Diana from the first century BC. We’ll visit a farmers market in the quaint town of Cotignac, a village of character nested at the foot of a cliff before embarking to Thoronet Abbey, a jewel of Romanesque art. Throughout our travels, there will be yoga to open our heart chakra. Roni will also offer an essential oils workshop to create our own unique blend of Mary Magdalene perfume. There is an added surprise on my birthday, which I am not privy to but know that Roni will make the day super special!
This intimate Celebration of the Heart Retreat is just $2500. A $500 non-refundable down payment is needed to commit to this fabulous event. A final payment of $2000 is due April 1st.
This $2500 payment includes:
- 8 nights lodging at a private apartment in St Maximin
- Full breakfasts and dinners
- Round trip to and from Marseille Airport to St Maximin
- All guided tours lead by Veronique, lecturer guide
- All minibus transportation to sites
- Entrance fees to all sites and museums
- Boat ride tickets to Camargue
- Yoga at various sites and at our private apartment pool side
- Perfume workshop
Not included in this price:
- A suggested tip for Roni ($50-100 is reasonable)
- Any personal expenses
I hope you can join me for this Celebration of the Heart private retreat! I know the ladies who attended the last Southern France retreat that was guided by Roni can attest to the high quality of the retreat, as many of them are considering joining us once more for this retreat! We are limited to just 4 others attending, so your non-refundable down payment will ensure that your spot is held. Let our Inner Child explore new terrain with JOY and a sense of adventure!!
Coast of Maine Retreat with Jill and Tonia –
Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4
Tonia and Jill are excited to share with you the beauty of the Coast of Maine as we travel along the coast, practicing yoga and exploring the beautiful shoreline! The Maine coast is comprised of lot of bays and inlets. In fact, if you include all the islands of Maine, it has 4500 miles of coast, the equivalent of the entire American Pacific coast! We will spend most of our days on the coast, with a one day excursion to Acadia and Bar Harbor. This is a three hour driving trip to some of the most beautiful parts of Maine. The travel time is part of the journey!
This Coast of Maine Retreat includes:
4 Nights and 5 Days Lodging
Coastal Travel Includes 2 Hour Boat Ride
Twice Daily Yoga
All Day Trip to Acadia and Bar Harbor
Car rental and gas money
This Retreat does not include:
Airfare to Portland, Maine (around $400)
Any added expenses or excursions not included on retreat
Priced at just $1400 a person, shared room!