Creativity & Yoga by the Fire

November 22nd – 24th 2019 // Naniboujou Lodge // Grand Marais, MN

SOLD OUT as of 6/22/19! Please email marybue at or use our contact form to be on the waiting list! ❤️

Join us for a weekend to stoke the creative fire with yoga, self reflection, writing, and music by the largest fireplace in Minnesota at stunning Naniboujou Lodge on Lake Superior.

The North Shore of Minnesota is a nearly unspoiled gem of the United States. The air crisper, cleaner. The waters sparkling. The hint of snow (or already piles of it) on the near horizon make coming inside for self reflection even the more comforting and cozy.

At this retreat, we will spend time to gather-in the passing of harvest season and prepare for what is to come. What reserves can we call upon? How can we keep our creative fires burning for a healthy, productive, rejuvenating winter? How can we burn away what no longer serves us? At this retreat we will set intentions to focus and protect our brightest inner light.

We’ll practice creative / free-writing activities, meditation, multiple styles of yoga with experienced instructors (Power Vinyasa, Viniyoga, and Kundalini), enjoy nourishing plant based meals from Naniboujou’s award winning catering, and be serenaded by musicians Molly Maher & Mary Bue.

There will be free time to hike, cross country ski or snow shoe if there is snow (bring ’em if you got ’em!), read, reflect, stare at beautiful Lake Superior, sleep, dream, be in community.

About the lodge

(From “Naniboujou Lodge (Naniboujou is the Cree god of the outdoors) was first conceived in the 1920’s as an ultra exclusive private club. Babe RuthJack Dempsey and Ring Lardner were among its charter members. A membership of 1,000 was originally sought, but when the stock market crashed on “Black Tuesday” precipitating the 1929 depression, the club began to fail. In the mid 1930’s the club reached a state of financial shambles. The mortgage was foreclosed, and it was sold.

“Throughout the succeeding years the Lodge has been owned and operated by various corporations or private individuals and families. Today you will find an exciting revitalized Naniboujou. Still reflecting the aura of the 20’s, Naniboujou is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The lodge boasts the largest stone fireplace in the state of Minnesota, built with over 200 tons of native Lake Superior rock. Standing some twenty feet high, the fireplace continues to be a showpiece, warming and welcoming the guests of Naniboujou.

What is included

  • Lodging for 2 nights
  • 5 – 6 yoga classes in different styles
  • 5 nourishing plant based meals & snacks
  • Live entertainment from award winning songwriters
  • Infinite views of Lake Superior for as long as you are here
  • Optional 60 minute massages with Sonja Bjordal
  • Optional intuitive mandala painting class with Heidi Breeggemann The Happy Painter


DOUBLE (per person, shared room, shared (in room) bath) $299 EARLYBIRD RATE til June 30th // $325 Regular rate — PURCHASE HERE

SINGLE (private bath) $369 EARLYBIRD RATE til June 30th // $400 Regular Rate — PURCHASE HERE

Due in full by October 15th, 2019 // $100 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot – DEPOSIT HERE

About your instructors

Molly Maher

As a musician and roadie for over 20 years, Molly had found balance to her nightlife through yoga.  As an instructor/camp counselor for cancer survivors, she believes yoga should be accessible for every body. Small movements and adjustments can bring great results mentally and physically.  CorePower graduate of  Power Vinyassa, Hot/HPF teaching programs , Molly brings a strong foundation of safe alignment fused with the joy of movement. Along with the same lessons she learned on the mat she uses in her daily life, modifications are encouraged and child’s pose is ALWAYS an option.

Angad Bani Kaur / Jessica Skilar:

Angad Bani Kaur is the spiritual name given to Jessica Skilar when she started her Kundalini Teacher Training Journey. It means one who becomes a limb of the divine by constantly dwelling in her own sacred sound. As a musician, Kundalini was a natural avenue for her because she deeply connected to the Mantras.

Angad Bani feels that Kundalini Yoga is deeply healing on a physical, spiritual, and energetic level and feels called to share this healing we can all find in ourselves through Kundalini Yoga. Her classes are for all levels and can be taken by anyone without any experience of yoga.

Heidi Breeggemann The Happy Painter

Heidi is a hairdresser who’s been playing with color for 17 years but decided playing with paint would be fun too! She started The Happy Painter 2 years ago and have hosted many classes with all ages. Heidi believes that painting lets us bring out our inner child and our mindful side. It isn’t about how your picture turns out — it’s how you feel while you paint it. ️

Mary Bue – Retreat Facilitator :

A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt,  Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition:  love, loss,  triumph,  dreams,  and the natural world.  A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens,  Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit,  the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness,  and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.   For the early half of 2017 Mary was an Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM – spending time creating in solitude,  along the Rio Grande river gorge and Sangre de Cristo mountains.  She released her 7th project The Majesty of Beasts in May 2017 which landed on 2017’s Best of Minnesota Music lists for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and #3 in the City Pages.  Mary’s long-time support of PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault) as well as the release of this EP was also recognized, honoring Mary with 2017 Community Ally of the Year.

Mary Bue has been practicing yoga for 20+ years and teaching since 2009. She loves to offer friendly, comfortably paced classes, linking breath and movement, and offering options for all abilities. Mary also sings to students during savasana! She received her 200 hour training certificate at Whole Life Yoga in Seattle WA in the Viniyoga lineage (also known as the Yoga of T.K.V. Desikachar) with yoga therapist Tracy Weber and her 500 hour advanced training certificate from Yoga Center Retreat (formerly Yoga Center of Minneapolis) under the guidance of Tara Cindy Sherman, Kevin Kortan, and Dr. Asavari Mandikar. She has taught at her own (now closed) Yoga studio Imbue Yoga, Hazelden Betty Ford’s Hazelfest, MPR Call To Mind Mental Health initiative events, parks, basements, studios, and living rooms.

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