Nurturing Natural Health is an empowering yoga workshop, a grounding retreat, and a rejuvenating herbalism class. It offers students a space to step into the healing realm of yoga and herbalism to create greater wellness, vitality, and calm in their life. It is set on the beautiful backdrop of ifarm’s 19 acres and led by Courtney Bell, ERYT 200 of Chakra Power Yoga and Nick Shrewsbury, herbalist and ifarm’s education manager. Participants will handcraft an herbal tea to take home and organic lunches will be provided amazing organic caterer Laney and Lu.
The yoga classes will focus on asana (postures) that calm the nervous system, while also developing a practice that can heal you from inside out and help to process stress.
Courtney will put particular emphasis on pranayama (breathing) techniques that can settle the nervous system and bring more oxygen to the blood, leading to more balanced energy and a heightened immune response.
In addition to the yoga classes, the retreat will feature a class in the foundations of herbalism. Nick will teach the class about seven herbs that can strengthen the immune system, nourish the body, and support the nervous system to better cope with challenges and stress. The class will also take a guided native medicinal plants walk in ifarm’s gardens to learn about the herbal remedies they can harvest in their own backyard.
Following the herbal walk, the class will have the chance to mix their own medicinal tea blend, using delicious herbs like ginger, vanilla, peppermint, and lavender together with other powerfully medicinal (and certified organic) herbs grown right at ifarm.
The day will also include space to take breaks and enjoy the beauty of the farm.
9 to 9:30am – Arrival
9:30am – Welcome and Opening Circle.
10am to 12pm – Yoga Class: Our practice will be a gentle masterclass of asana (poses) and pranayam (breathing techniques) designed to heal the nervous system.
12:15pm to 1:15pm- Lunch
1:15pm – Herbal Class: Herbal Remedies for Stress. Participants will learn the foundations of herbal medicine and the simplest ways to incorporate supportive herbal remedies into their lives.
2pm – Native Herb Garden Walk. The class will take a guided stroll in the ifarm garden, identifying and harvesting native medicinal herbs that they can find in their own backyard.
2:45pm – Herbal Class: Tea Blending. Using flavorful medicinal herbs like peppermint, vanilla, and ginger, along with base flavors like tulsi, nettle, and dandelion, each participant will craft a personalized medicinal tea.
3:15pm – Yoga class: Our practice will be a cooling flow that introduces a new pranayam practice and a meditation for grounding in nature.
4pm – Closing circle
The tuition for this class is $250. That includes the cost of a catered lunch.
Early Birds who register before July 15th will receive $35 off the tuition cost.
ifarm has a 48-hour cancellation policy. This helps us to ensure that students on a waitlist can get a ticket in the case of a cancellation. No ticket refunds will be issued after August 14th.
In order to experience an inner fire, constant study and devotion to spiritual connection are required.
-Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Courtney (E-RYT 200) comes to her mat for the practice, not the pose. She believes that the physical practice of yoga has one goal – to shred the outside world and get back to the purity within. She balances her work life by exploring the outdoors: backpacking, camping, hiking, ice and rock climbing, kayaking, and yoga are a few of the ways she connects with her source! Courtney strives to create an environment where students can let go of labels and projections of what life “should” be so they can define what really matters to them.
Nick is a home herbalist, a yoga teacher, and a life coach who has traveled the world to study psychology, physiology, and connection. His herbal experience comes from a two-year apprenticeship in medicinal herbalism and Ayurveda with herbal instructor Siri Temple, as well as a two-year healing journey with Lyme disease. Nick is a certified RYT-200 and Yoga Tune Up® teacher- his passion is sharing the incredible healing power of the natural world and the human body.