On & Off The Mat – A Yoga Blog

by Christy DeBurton


I just wanted to share a recap of our annual Fall Yoga Retreat at Inn at the Rustic Gate in Big Rapids this past weekend. 


We had a full house of 15 retreatants at the Inn this year to enjoy some Yin, Kundalini, Slow Flow and Ashtanga yoga classes, as well as a special ‘Shoulders, Neck & Back‘ Workshop.


The weather definitely turned ‘Michigan Fall’ for the retreat: some rain, some sun, some clouds, and some pretty fall colors. During our free time, some people ventured out in the chilly temps to walk the trails and the labyrinth at the Inn and mountain-bike at nearby Hungerford Lake Recreation Area. Others enjoyed sampling the local microbrewery in town and staying behind in the cozy Inn to read and nap. ;) Saturday evening we enjoyed our annual bonfire.


The food, as always, was a highlight, including our yearly favorites: Stuffed Squash for Saturday dinner and Tower of Power for Sunday brunch. And the best part, we all agreed, was not having to cook for ourselves for all weekend!


I have held the weekend of October 9-11, 2020 for next year’s retreat at the Inn. If you’re interested in coming let me know!


Here are what a few of the participants had to say:


“Once again your Yoga Retreat was a wonderful, enriching and relaxing experience. The location, the food, the company and the workshops all combine to make for a priceless investment in one’s mind-body-spirit connection. Thank you for hosting — I have blocked my calendar for 2020!” -MG


“I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the retreat very much. It was my first experience and I am already looking forward to the next one. You sure chose a beautiful location and it added to the experience.” – LK


“Thank YOU! Truly the most restorative weekend of the year for me. Don’t underestimate what you are doing by leading this retreat. I’ll be there as long as you continue to have it.” – KW