Creativity,  Yoga & Hope in the Great North | Wild Rice Retreat | Bayfield Wisconsin | November 19-21st 2021

with Mary Bue – Songwriter / Creativity Coach / YACEP / e-RYT 500

Featuring special Guest Sarah Brokke – Fine Artist / Professor


Update as of 9/27:

Registration is Full!  If you’d like to be added to the wait list,  please send Mary a note here!  We may be able to add a few more spots if you reach out soon!

Join us for a weekend to nourish and stoke the creative spark with yoga, self reflection, writing, and music.

Taking place on the Full Taurus Moon + lunar eclipse, we will delve into the theme of hope and resilience as we all have experienced a wild, challenging, and often sorrow-full ride of the last few years. There will be movement, a fire ceremony,  self-reflection via journaling and art making (no previous experience necessary),  and a few styles of yoga asana with experienced instructors.  Enjoy nourishing meals from Wild Rice’s James Beard nominated NOVO restaurant, and be instructed & serenaded by award winning artists including professor and fine artist Sarah Brokke & City Pages “Best Songwriter” 2020 Mary Bue.  Plenty of time to rest, wander the trails, bask in the beauty of Lake Superior, and SAUNA!  Everything is optional,  pick and choose as you wish.

At this retreat, we will spend time to gather insight,  reflect,  and release. How can we keep our creative fires burning for a healthy, productive, rejuvenating winter? How can we burn away what no longer serves our highest?  How can we nourish our inherent wellspring of Hope?   We’ll set intentions to enliven, focus on, and protect our brightest creative spark.

There will be free time to hike,  read,  stare at the beautiful South Shore of Lake Superior, sleep, dream, be in community.

Wild Rice Retreat is naturally socially distanced and this experience is kept intentionally intimate for reflection and connection.

Wild Rice Retreat is an incredible place, envisioned in 1999 by Mary Hulings Rice & architect David Salmela to create a James Beard nominated restaurant, then a retreat center founded and inspired by Heidi Zimmer, and now with brand new, stunning lodging — of which we will be some of the first guests to experience!

“Located on the shores of Lake Superior just outside beautiful Bayfield, Wisconsin, Wild Rice Retreat creates a space for grounding the mind, body, and spirit through integrative artistic and holistic life experiences.  Our focus is on artistic excellence in teaching and thoughtful, supportive programming for individual growth.  Rooted in the idea of exploring and supporting expression in nature, Wild Rice Retreat offers a home for healing guided, personal and group retreats, meeting space, and events following the pillars of nourishment, expression, and movement.  Wild Rice Retreat is a vibrant, creative, and beautiful destination retreat center in the Upper Midwest.”


Wild Rice Retreat creates an environment for grounding the mind, body and spirit. We do this through integrative artistic and holistic life experiences, providing a safe and vibrant space for creativity and human development to thrive. 


Read more about the HISTORY of Wild Rice Retreat at

  • Two nights of lodging
  • 5 gourmet meals at NOVO – Wild Rice’s new nourishment center & dining concept – Dinners will be vegan and all meals will have vegan, gluten-free and other dietary accommodations supported
  • Full Moon Ceremony
  • Yoga instruction with Mary & Wild Rice’s Staff:  Asana,  Pranayama,  Meditation
  • Late Morning Workshop on themes of Creativity + Hope
  • Early afternoon Creativity / Art Lecture by Fine Artist & Professor Sarah Brokke
  • Late Afternoon Experience TBA
  • Musical Performance by Mary Bue
  • Writing Practice Instruction
  • Special Welcome Gift Package
  • Enjoyment of Cedar Sauna & Rain Room in The Sanctuary
  • And more!


  • Parachute Egyptian cotton eco-luxe linens and towels, including signature robe for use throughout stay
  • Fiber WiFi
  • Beverage Cooler, Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Curated personal care products, toiletry essentials by Public Goods

What is Not Included

  • Transportation to / from retreat
  • Travel insurance
  • Saturday Happy Hour Beverages or any alcoholic beverages (N/A,  Wine or Beer)
  • Additional Spa / Coaching / Spiritual Services TBA

You will be of the first to experience the brand new,  unique and wonderful lodging at Wild Rice Retreat.  Inspired by Retreat Founder Heidi Zimmer,  partnered with Annalisa Bermel, and with the support of Katherine Hayes – Mary Rice’s daughter (who founded the original Wild Rice Restaurant), “the team began working in earnest on design, construction and every detail of creating beautiful lodging and amenities. Cocooned in nature, this women-led team strived to create a modern destination for guests to feel supported, nurtured and cared for to support their growth and well-being.”

Guests can choose from private rooms with en suite bathrooms + shared common spaces in the TreeHaus units or a double / shared unit which will be in  either the Nests or Ricepods. All accommodations have natural light,  kitchenettes,  and some styles of lodging offer radiant heat.  Expect chic,  luxe,  stylish,  fresh,  peaceful places to relax in and retire to.


  • Parachute Egyptian cotton eco-luxe linens and towels, including signature robe for use throughout stay
  • Fiber WiFi
  • Beverage Cooler, Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Curated personal care products, toiletry essentials by Public Goods

Friday,  November 19th

4pm Check in

5pm Meet + Greet

6pm Dinner

7:30pm Welcome Ceremony

Saturday, November 20th 

7am Coffee + Tea

7:15am Morning movement,  meditation,  writing practice

8am Breakfast

9am Gentle Asana

10:30am Workshop 1

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Workshop 2

3:00pm Free Time – Sauna,  Hike,  Nap,  Write

4:00pm Afternoon Experience

5:00pm Happy Hour N/A Bevs,  Wine,  Beer* Please note,  Happy Hour Bevs are pay as you go + please respect that many are practicing a sober lifestyle

Dinner 6pm

7:30pm Performance by Mary Bue

9pm Full Moon Fire Ceremony

Sunday, Nov 21st 

7am Coffee + Tea

7:15am Morning Movement,  Meditation, Writing Practice

8am Breakfast

9am Yoga

10:15am Closing Ceremony + Goodbye for Now

Mary Bue – Retreat Facilitator

I am a lifelong musician, traveler, poet, journal writer, vegan, Nada Yogi, adventure seeker, retreat guide,  solitude craver, and yoga instructor of 11+ years. I’m based out of Minneapolis, roaming this beautiful world as much as possible. I am grateful to be named “Best Songwriter” of 2020 by City Pages and have been writing music and performing since 1998,  with 8 albums out now! I believe deeply in the richness of a creative life that is ever unfolding. One doesn’t have to play an instrument, write a novel, paint like Frida, or write like Mary Oliver to live a creative life. Every moment that unfolds offers opportunities to make something beautiful. While this may seem like a lot of pressure, rest in knowing that potential is ever unfolding, even in the silent and restorative times (like sleeping!). I look forward to sharing this beautiful & inspiring place with you. Please let me know if you have ANY questions. I am pretty much an open book (most of which can be discovered in this website or listening to my music!). Contact me via the contact link here or at marybue @

Sarah Brokke – Guest Instructor

I’ve been a practicing and exhibiting visual artist for over 20 years, 17 of which have been devoted to teaching at a collegiate level. Few experiences are more powerful and enriching than combining travel and education, which I’ve had the great fortune to do with my students over the years. Whether you are an experienced, practicing artist, or don’t have any formal training or experience in visual art, this retreat will enrich your creative practice, and is designed to enliven your artistic path. All we ask is that you come to this retreat with curiosity and an open, inquisitive mind.  Any questions? Happy to answer any you might have at You can also check out my most recent work on Instagram  @sarahbrokke

We are SO grateful for your interest in joining this retreat experience – the response has been wonderful!  We have two spots remaining as of September 22nd,  2021.

To reserve your spot and learn about payment options (digital & check), please email Mary at the contact form here.

If we are full,  we’ll put you on a waiting list.  We may be able to add a few additional guests if we have enough time to plan for you! ?


$779 (per person) Shared Unit in Nest or RicePod (Accommodations have either two twin beds or one double bed + one pull out – no beds are shared).

$949 – Single Private Room w/ en suite bathroom in TreeHaus shared common space

$200 Deposit (non-refundable)

Please note that preferred payment options are check,  Apple Pay, or Zelle. A small fee will be added for PayPal or Venmo due to their admin charges.

Full payment is due by October 31st,  2021


As the retreat approaches,  you will receive an informative email with more information about Wild Rice,  getting there,  what to pack, what to expect,  and will introduce you to your roommate if you chose to be paired with someone. You’ll also receive a waiver of liability to sign,  knowing that you choosing to participate in this experience at your own risk.


Full refund (minus deposit) before September 30th 2021*

50% refund (minus deposit) between October 1st-October 31st, 2021*

No refunds after October 31st, 2021*

*In the case of a 4th wave of the pandemic, catastrophic world events, or Wisconsin not allowing entry in November 2021,  your deposit / payments will be refunded less a small administration fee OR, if you choose,  pushed forward to a determined rescheduled date.

** Air travel may require vaccinations for COVID-19.  Please take into consideration before registering for this retreat that there will be no refunds for anyone who doesn’t get the potentially required vaccination for foreign or domestic air travel.

*** In case of extreme personal circumstances,  we will consider full refunds less deposit + small administration fee on a case by case basis if your spot can be filled.

**** We request a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the retreat.  Mary will reach out with information on how to share this info.

Wild Rice Covid Statement

Wild Rice Retreat recognizes the need to do all we can to ensure the health and safety of our all guests, our staff and our community amidst this ongoing global pandemic.  We acknowledge the disproportionate affect the global pandemic has had on disadvantaged communities and pledge to closely monitor and follow weekly guidelines from the CDC, state and local health departments.  We care.

We are taking standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are adding additional steps to surpass the standards set forth for our industry. We will continue to monitor and adjust our services and offerings based on industry and regulatory directives.

Below are specific areas we are addressing throughout the guest experience:

  • Wild Rice Retreat encourages all guests, instructors, and team members to participate in regular COVID-19 testing and obtain a COVID-19 vaccination when possible.

  • All guests, community members and staff who have not received their Covid19 vaccination to cover mouth and nose with masks whenever possible, indoors and outdoors across the property when 6’ distancing is not possible.

  • All staff members, regardless of receiving their COVID-19 vaccination or not, will continue to cover mouth and nose with masks, whenever community transmission is identified as moderate or high, as acknowledged by the CDC.

  • Continue to heighten cleaning and disinfecting and arranging for social distancing across our property and facilities, including lodging, dining and teaching spaces.

  • Housekeeping will not enter your room during your stay. If you are in need of any toiletries or linen, please contact guest services and we will deliver the items to your door.

From Taos Creativity + Yoga Retreat 2021:

This retreat was transformative for me. From the moment Mary welcomed me to the Blue Sky Retreat Center to the moment we left, I felt loved, supported, and surrounded by new friends. Doing yoga in a circle in the yurt was especially spiritual and created meaningful connections between us. There was a great balance between time together, organized excursions and time to be alone, with everything being optional to fit our personal needs. Mary’s energy and radiance was evident in every aspect of the retreat and the concert in the yurt was amazing! I feel incredibly blessed to have had this experience and hope to make it to the next retreat. – Mary Z.

Mary Bue is truly an inspiration. I could not be happier with my first experience on a yoga retreat. I felt heard, cared for, and elevated. This retreat is suited for any and all experience levels with yoga. The friendships and connections I made with myself and others will last a lifetime!! So grateful!! – Melissa R.

The most calming, nourishing, peaceful time of my life – Maren L.

This was my first retreat with Mary Bue, and it won’t be my last. Mary did an awesome job crafting an interesting itinerary, and making changes as needed due to COVID restrictions. It was very obvious that she cared that each of us had the best experience possible. Our retreat allowed for time to bond with other retreaters as well as exploring the beautiful Taos town and culture. I recommend Mary and her retreats to anyone looking to enrich their life and make life long connections and memories. ❤️ – Lisa P.