Retreats

Mallorca RetreatJill 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; Ambergris Caye, Belize; Silver Falls, Oregon; Provence, France; and Portland, Maine, and Sedona, Arizona. Jill also offers Minnesota-local weekend retreats (Shalom Hills in Windom and Kinstone in Fountain City, Wisconsin) and day retreats at her Home Studio. Watch this page for upcoming retreats.

It’s a New World: Lake Superior Yoga, Hiking, and Healing Retreat

SOLD OUT!!

4 days and 3 nights, Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24, 2021

Although everything is not totally back to what we might consider normal, there is an easing up on the intensity of this past year. When this happens, the body moves into healing mode. It’s our body’s way of telling us that we can begin to relax a bit, and let go of the stress that we have been holding on to. If we don’t listen to that inner voice, it can sometimes force us to slow down. Many people are ready for some vacation time, retreat time, or simply time off of work. This is a collective sigh, as we release the intensity of this past year, and we begin healing our physical and emotional bodies and minds. If you are feeling this way, I encourage you to allow yourself the space to slow down and begin the healing process.

Our first retreat since the pandemic will occur on the shores of Minnesota’s most magical Lake Superior, otherwise known as Lake Gitche Gumee (“big sea”)! Our secluded Lake Superior Retreat Home is nestled on 4.75 acres of wooded land with 269 feet of shoreland along Lake Superior. Every room has views of Lake Superior! Warm rustic Norwegian planking is found on the interior walls, with an expansive field stone fireplace. I’ve been searching for homes directly on the shores of Lake Superior, and this one just showed up. We are truly fortunate to nab this home for MEA weekend!

Our days begin with a yoga practice and breakfast before we head out for a day of hiking, with one day trip up to Grand Marais for the Moose Madness Festival and exploration of the Gunflint Trail OR Grand Portage Anishanaabe Center. We will meditate at a few of our hiking locations. Bring your drum or rattle, if you so desire! After hiking, we’ll make our way back for a break before dinner. That might be a good time to wander down to the shoreline for some quiet time or a fire on our private beach. After dinner, we will hold a Wisdom Circle. I will offer you a yoga nidra before bedtime so you can drift off to sleep easily.

In all, we will visit/hike at 8 locations while on retreat, including a black beach and a pink beach! And for those of you who want more North Shore beauty, we will stop at Split Rock and Gooseberry Falls on our trip home. This isn’t part of the retreat, but for many, it’s a “must stop” along the North Shore!

This all-inclusive retreat includes your lodging for 3 nights on the shores of Lake Superior, 9 meals (several at local restaurants!), a gondola ride up Moose Mountain, 3 yoga classes, 3 Circles, and 3 evening yoga nidras. So many factors of 3! In numerology, the number 3 represents creative expression, social interaction, optimism, tolerance, and inspiration. What a perfect space to experience all of those compositions of 3!

Not included is transportation. We can arrange car pooling if you are interested.

Prices for this private, secluded home on the shores of Lake Superior range from $725 for a shared Queen-sized bed to $900 single Queen or King-sized bed. All bedrooms have the potential for sharing a bed, so prices will vary accordingly. A non-refundable $200 deposit holds your space. If we fill up our beds, there is the option of getting a room nearby at Cove Point Lodge. Room rates start at $220/night, and you will still pay Jill $325 for all other retreat expenses.

This retreat will fill up quickly, so please reserve your space right away! Grab a friend to share a bed and lower the cost for you! As those of you who have traveled with me know, my intention is to offer you a five star retreat on a three star budget. Since the pandemic, the cost of everything has gone up. Other than transportation, all your expenses are covered from Thursday night dinner through Sunday morning breakfast. If we have a larger group attending than I budgeted for, that money goes to more experiences for you!

 

Tara House Relax and Renew Yoga Retreat

Thursday, May 12, 2022 through Monday, May 16, 2022

5 days and 4 nights

 
For those of you looking for a more laid back approach to retreating, you may be interested in reading more about our Tara House Relax and Renew Yoga Retreat Thursday, May 12,2022 through Monday, May 16, 2022. I just returned from a short stay on this small little island near Hilton Head, and the vibe is definitely lower key! This retreat is all about beaches and exploring on golf carts this little slice of Heaven island that has the most eclectic residents. They are all very “real” and authentic; friendly and no-nonsense. Our relaxation time includes plenty of beach and exploration of the jungle island! We will also take a tour of the island as we learn the history of the Gullah people who were first placed on the island as “newly freed slaves” to establish their own community. It’s a story told by a descendent of those former slaves. We will visit with island artists and spend a day at the local tiki bar enjoying live music with the boaters who travel island to island. As a part of our own personal renewal, we will be guided by our host in a Soul Collage journey to learn more about what has yet to be healed after more than a year of stress on our bodies and minds. We will practice yoga on the pristine beaches. Our circle time will be at sunset on the beach. It all sounds good, doesn’t it?
If this sounds like a yoga retreat you are needing, read on for more details.
 
This 5-day, 4 night all inclusive retreat is limited to ten participants. You have sleeping options that will vary the cost of the retreat. A private room will cost you $1600, a 2- or 3-person shared room will range from $1300-1400, and the 4-person bunk room is just $1200 each person. All meals are covered on the island. Access to golf carts and the heritage tour are covered as well. Not included is your airfare, any extracurricular activities like kayaking or paddle boarding, going to the island pool, horseback riding, etc. I have seen airfare as low as $250 and as high as $450. Because we are including a Monday, we should see closer to the lower rate. To hold your space on this retreat, I will need a $500 down payment. The final payment will be due April 1, 2022. I expect the private rooms to fill up fast.

 

Coming in June, 2022! Southern France Retreat with Roni and Jill!

I have been invited back to Southern France to join Veronique in her very first retreat! I will be teaching yoga and leading some of the Circles. Roni will be in charge of the rest of the retreat.
Email me for more details, but read below for pricing, etc. Roni did an awesome job of offering some new places for us to visit, as well as making our pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene’s Grotto and also a stop to visit David at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
I know that several of you have been wanting to join us, so I truly hope this one works out for you. The retreat has tentatively been filled, but there is the possiibility of adding another transport vehicle for four more people, so let me know if this interests you.  We will have women from different communities joining us! I love the idea of gathering with the wise women from around the world!
The Summer Solstice Journey of Magdalene
June 18 – June 25, 2022

Connected to Mary Magdalene’s energies,
feel the fall vibes and reconnect with your fundamental frequency, your sacred feminine

 

Join us in this Summer Solstice Journey.
Connected to Mary Magdalene’s energies, Mother Gaia and the Ancient Goddesses, harmonize your heart with the primordial beat of the Earth, and let shine your divine.
Indeed, this is our biggest challenge: to let our inner light shine!

Neolithic sites steeped in spirituality and sublime landscapes arousing emotion, monumental religious buildings and shrines: each of them invites you to discover the sacred, in its universal dimension.

Who am I? What are my real gifts and talents? How can I best contribute to the great work of humanity?

 

Indeed, these are great existential questions that we all ask ourselves at one point or another of our journey on Earth.

Because we have been collectively conditioned to enter a competition and performance mold to be loved and recognized. But there comes a time when we can no longer pretend to be someone else, and our true nature seeks to emerge at all costs, even at the cost of disease or disillusionment.

Listen to this little voice that speaks to you and asks you to take time for yourself

 

Ideal conditions are offered: walks in nature, meditation, creative workshops. Coupled with yoga, this will allow you to reconnect with your essence of life and to be more easily listening to your true nature.

I am convinced that each of us here below has in herself a beautiful power to go forward and taste life, one step after another, in consciousness, slowly, in the precious of her sacred feminine.
Sisters, time is NOW !!
Join us 
in this Summer Solstice Journey with Magdalene.
A great inner adventure, rejuvenating and liberating,

in the heart of a beautiful and unspoilt nature.

Ancient Ireland Retreat: Brigid and the Stone Circles

Monday, September 5, 2022 (leave September 4) through Monday, September 12, 2022

7 nights in Ireland
 
This is another area that has been calling me back, and I am so excited to finally make my way back to Ireland! When Jeff and I visited Ireland in September of 2019, I knew at our first stop that I would be coming back for retreat. I ended up having a wonderful conversation with a woman about the legends of Brigid and St. Brigid, and I was told areas to check out, which I did not get to do, as Jeff and I already had our itinerary planned. It wasn’t until the energy shifted this spring that I felt the urge to start my search for the perfect Irish guide! As with all things meant to be, I was immediately led to Michelle Hughes! Michelle is a Reiki Master and works with energy, but it was her experience as a Irish hiking guide that first introduced her to me. Until the pandemic, she was leading hikes in Ireland for National Geographic. I told her exactly what I wanted for our tour, and she provided all my needs and threw in some of her own hidden treasures on this retreat!
 
We will start our retreat in meditation at the Shrine of St. Brigid of Kildare, and we will end our retreat amongst the ancient ruins of Tara (yes, there IS a connection to the Tara Retreat!), Newgrange and the birthplace of Brigid. In between, we will visit stone circles and some Brigid Wells scattered around the country. We will take a ferry to an island, and visit some more popular sites Ireland is known for. This retreat will be a spiritual experience, for sure.
I have been researching tours in Ireland for years, and I have not found one with these accommodations and specialized tour schedule for under $4500. Most are more like $6000! When I worked with Michelle, she brought our retreat in to $3500, which covers all lodging in private rooms, our Welcome Dinner and breakfasts, yoga, and all Ireland transportation. Not included are all other meals and airfare to Ireland. Also, if you extend the trip out, that will be your own expenses as well. A $500 down payment holds your space on the retreat. I will set up payment plans for the remaining balance, with $1000 due on February 1, 2022, May 1, 2022, and August 1, 2022. 
This retreat is limited to 5 people plus myself. Please reach out for more details and to secure your space for the Ireland retreat.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on these life-transforming retreats! It gives me great JOY to explore the world with friends who are in the same vibe as me.