Creativity,  Yoga & Hope | Wild Rice Retreat | Bayfield Wisconsin | October 13-16th 2022

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

Featuring Fine Artist & Professor Sarah Brokke

& Fire Ceremony with Amy Swanoski

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – Poem by Emily Dickinson


“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.


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

October leaves ablaze and aglow in peak season during this extended retreat weekend to delve into themes of hope, creativity, and resilience. There will be movement,  fire ceremony,  art making & guiding,  discussion on the creative process, self-reflection in meditation and journaling,  and luxurious / enlivening yoga asana with experienced instructors.

Enjoy nourishing meals (vegan & vegetarian) from Wild Rice’s James Beard nominated NOVO restaurant, and be instructed & serenaded by award winning artists Sarah Brokke & Mary Bue.

We will venture into Lake Superior for a ferry day trip to visit Madeline Island,  journey into a collective songwriting experience with Mary to be performed on Saturday night,  and wander under the stars to a beautiful fire pit for a ceremony under the bubbly Gemini moon. 

New in 2022: Our retreat begins at 4pm Thursday, October 13th offering an additional day to settle in for deeper rejuvenation and take advantage of Wild Rice’s world class amenities.   This is a weekend to rest, reflect,  create,  connect with wonderful humans,  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.

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

  • Three nights of lodging
  • 3 Dinners,  3 Brunches at 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. There will also be light grab-and-go breakfast foods and snacks throughout the days.
  • Fire Ceremony
  • Art instruction & creative process experience with fine artist and professor Sarah Brokke
  • Yoga instruction with Mary & Wild Rice’s Staff:  Asana,  Pranayama,  Meditation
  • Musical Performance by Mary Bue (open to the public for $25)
  • Madeline Island afternoon excursion (ferry ride incl.)
  • Creative writing / self reflection instruction
  • Special Welcome Gift Package
  • Enjoyment of Cedar Sauna & Rain Room
  • 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)
  • Massage
  • Additional Spa / Coaching / Spiritual Services TB

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

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

Amy Swanoski – Fire Ceremony

Amy Swanoski is a self-identified Neo-Pagan Witch living in St Paul, Minnesota.  The esoteric has called to and fascinated her since childhood.  More recently, she has been working with intention to incorporate a spiritual practice in her daily life.  Amy is honored and ecstatic to have the opportunity to share her gifts and passions during the Fire Ceremony.

During this ceremony,  we will utilize the transit of the waning moon through Gemini and the theme of BALANCE.

Amy credits a large part of her shamanic journey to the teachings of Astrologer Jessa Walters, her therapist Maya Mineoi, as well as Psychic Medium Marcella Kroll.  Amy survives under capitalism with her day job in Ophthalmology where she enjoys practicing alchemy through science.  She also dabbles in yoga, pole dancing, and is an amateur Tarot reader.

We are SO grateful for your interest in joining this retreat experience!

Retreat package begins Thursday,  October 13th at 4pm til Sunday,  October 16th at 1pm.

To reserve your spot and learn about payment options (digital & check), please email Mary at the contact form here or at marybue (no spaces)

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!

INVESTMENT for October 13th-16th:

$1449 (per person) Shared Unit in Nest or RicePod with bath. These accommodations have either two twin beds (RicePods) or one double bed + one (very comfortable) pull out couch (Nest). No beds are shared.

$1749 Single Private Room w/ en suite bath in TreeHaus (shared common space)

$200 Deposit secures your spot (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 September 15th 2022


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 June 15th 2022

50% refund (minus deposit) between June 15th and September 15th 2022

No refunds after September 15th 2022

*In the case of US not allowing domestic travel,  catastrophic world events, or Wisconsin not allowing entry in October 2022,  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 Creativity, Yoga & Hope at Wild Rice – November 2021

Honestly, after over a year of reading her newsletter (where she writes/speaks to everyone as good friends that she’s sharing life with), I bought into Mary. I could tell over time that she is a deeply caring, genuine, creative, inspired soul that really wants to share her light and the knowledge she’s acquired so far in her journey, with others. I had never gone on a retreat of any kind, but trusted Mary’s guiding hand. The weekend was more than I could’ve hoped for, with a thoughtfully crafted schedule of events and free time, and space to meet new like-minded individuals. SO glad I did this.  – Maygen L. 

This experience was extremely helpful to shove (not nudge!) me in the direction of a pull toward a transformation I was already going through (thanks Scorpio season lol). It was exactly what I needed and so nourishing. – Sarah N. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect, and this experience delivered more than I could have hoped when it came to sparking my creativity and reconnecting with my inner self. – Brandy D.

What a magical, juicy, nourishing weekend we had!! This retreat exceeded my expectations in the most wonderful ways. I connected with others, relaxed, and found the peace and clarity I’ve been missing. (And the food was amazing!!) I will definitely be going on more Mary retreats, she was the most amazing hostess and I felt so welcomed. I was worried that I didn’t have enough yoga experience, but the classes were so accessible that beginners and experts alike enjoyed them. Much gratitude, Mary! ❤️ – Bethany M. 

This retreat was just what I needed. I traveled alone, and when I arrived, I found a group of kind-hearted, open-minded souls. Mary strikes a good balance of holding space and offering openings for independent self-care. I’d recommend her retreats to anyone who needs some rejuvenation in their lives! – Julie R.

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.

We cannot wait to share this extended weekend with you!  Please note this sample itinerary is subject to change and intends to provide a brief overview of our time together.

Thursday, October 13th

4pm Check in

5-5:30pm Cocktail / Mocktail Hour + Meet & Greet

5:30pm Dinner

7:00-9:00pm Warm welcome,  introductions,  logistics, creating sacred & safe space. Gentle movement & Yoga Nidra

Friday,  October 14th

Coffee, tea & light eats provided in the dining hall whenever you wake up (6:30/7 onward)

8:30-10am Slow Flow Yoga,  Meditation,  and Writing Practice with Mary Bue in the Great Hall

OR 9-10am Yoga with Wild Rice Teacher TBA in the Peace Pod

10-11:30am Brunch

12pm-1:30pm Creativity and Hope:  Collective deep dive into the mystery of Creative Process

1:45-2:30 Art instruction with Sarah Brokke

2:30-4pm Free Time – sauna,  hike,  read,  nap!

4-5pm Yoga with Mary

5-5:30pm Cocktail / Mocktail Hour

5:30-7pm Dinner

7:30-8:30pm Creative Writing & Collective Songwriting  Experience with Mary

8:30-9pm Dance Party

Saturday October 15th

8:30-10am Slow Flow Yoga,  Meditation,  and Writing Practice with Mary Bue in the Great Hall

OR 9-10am Yoga with Wild Rice Teacher TBA in the Peace Pod

10-11:30am Brunch

12pm Depart to the Madeline Island Ferry

12pm-4pm Madeline Island Exploring – shops,  walking,  cafes …

4:30-5:15 Art instruction with Sarah Brokke

5-5:30pm Cocktail / Mocktail Hour (feel free to grab a bevvy for art class)!

5:30pm Dinner

7pm-8:30pm Concert by Mary Bue featuring our collective song!

9pm Fire Ceremony under the Moon in Gemini with Amy Swanoski

Sunday,  October 16th

8:30-10am Slow Flow Yoga,  Meditation,  and Writing Practice with Mary Bue in the Great Hall

OR 9-10am Yoga with Wild Rice Teacher TBA in the Peace Pod

10-11:30am Brunch

Fond Farewells and Gratitude!