9 Feb 2017

SNOWFLAKE 2017 RECAP


The middle of January isn't typically a time of year that we look forward to in Winnipeg — but on January 15th prairie yogis turned a cold day in the midst of winter into something magical.

Over 300 people decided to create space in their winter for light, positivity, and self-care at the stunning Fort Garry Hotel for #SNOWFLAKE2017.

Instructors from across Western Canada offered inspiring workshops in breathtaking spaces: we discovered the Tao of Calm with Wesley Salter, Forged Ourselves with Randelle Lusk, Replenished our Spirits with Ashley Bourgeois, discovered the Feng Shui Magic with Vanessa Kunderman, found our San Kulpa with Marisa Cline, + flowed through delicious self-care practices with awesome local instructors.

As always — the open-heartedness of this community completely blew me away.

When I dream up these celebrations, I hope people show up, sure. But my truest desire is for people to show up + dive in. To themselves. To the things they have been running from and need to face before they can let go. To their practice, to soak in the benefits and find inspiration to keep coming back to the mat for the days, week, and years to follow. I witnessed many of the things happen before my very eyes, and I am so grateful to those who showed up, dove in, and nourished their bodies, minds + spirits

Thanks to Well Curated + Co for capturing these beautiful moments. Search #SNOWFLAKE2017 on Instagram to see more photos from the community.


XO

Rachelle

PS - I would love if you'd join me on one (or both!) of my upcoming retreats with Demetra Penner of Sweet Spirit Apothecary — B A L A N C E spring equinox retreat at Hecla Island Resort + Sacred Solstice Women's Retreat in Tofino BC




6 Feb 2017

B A L A N C E - a spring equinox retreat to restore body mind + spirit

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During the spring equinox
light + darkness exist in balance
As we enter into a season bathed in colour, light, and potentiality.

Join us for a weekend of nurturing balance within + without
Cultivating inspiration from the freshness of water,
And the perennial rebirth of the flora.

We will relax + renew
Connect with nature + each other
Nurture the seeds within that we wish to see grow.

Your guides Rachelle Taylor & Demetra Penner bring their enthusiasm + experience to create sacred space for growth + healing at the Hecla Island Resort, just 2 hours north of Winnipeg March 24 - 26, 2017.


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Included in the experience:
  • Single/Double accommodations in a standard room with fridge + microwave)
  • Access to healing mineral pools
  • Friday evening reception + community gathering with live music performance
  • Guided Morning Meditations
  • Rise + shine yoga
  • Afternoon nature hike
  • Essential oil workshop
  • Evening restorative yoga
  • All meals
    • Friday evening: Dinner + reception 
    • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
    • Sunday: Breakfast + Lunch

Investment in self:
$490* / double occupancy
$590* / single occupancy
Your $150 deposit guarantees your space in the retreat. We will contact you to set up payment options for the remaining balance.
* Plus applicable taxes + gratuities

LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE -- BOOK TODAY!

27 Dec 2016

COZY UP WITH YOUR COMMUNITY | #SNOWFLAKE2017

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In the prairies, we are known for our winters: frigid temps + tall snowbanks. What keeps us warm is our community — hearts here are as expansive as our skies.

The conditions of a prairie winter can be especially hard on our bodies and minds. Psychologists have deemed mid-January to be the most depressing time of year. SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival — set in the midst of a prairie winter in one of Winnipeg's most beautiful spaces— was created as an opportunity to infuse light + warmth into our communities' harshest season.

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Create a little space in that fresh 2017 calendar to take in a cozy Sunday full of gentle yoga, meditation + creative workshops, rooted in self-care and delivered by some of the most inspiring yogis from across western Canada. Customize your itinerary based on your your intentions + practice— full-day ticket holders can pre-register for an unlimited amount of workshops.

Free activities, open to the public, include a family yoga class, and SNOWFLAKE's vendor village: hosting 20+ local creators + vendors on the Mezzanine Level of the Iconic Fort Garry Hotel from 10am to 5pm.


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Have your ticket already? Pre-register for workshops and prepare for your day of winter self care.

Big thanks to our print sponsor Vantage Studios + lunch sponsor The Fort Garry Hotel for helping us bring another festival to life.




COZY UP WITH YOUR COMMUNITY —  Sunday,  January 15th at the Fort Garry Hotel —  All-Inclusive // Workshops Only // Single Workshop tickets available.

20 Dec 2016

10 Things to Pack for SNOWFLAKE

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Your kickoff to an incredible NEW YEAR is in just a few short weeks! Everything for the festival is coming together beautifully and we're just as excited as you are to watch the biggest + brightest SNOWFLAKE come to life!

You've done it. You've create a space in that fresh 2017 calendar to take in a cozy Sunday full of gentle yoga, meditation + creative workshops, rooted in self-care and delivered by some of the most inspiring yogis from across western Canada. We want you to be prepared to take it all in at the Fort Garry hotel, and wouldn't want you to leave the house on January 15th without these SNOWFLAKE necessities in tow.

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1 - Yoga Mat

It is a yoga festival after all! If you love props in your practice, bring those along with you too!

2 - Blanket / Scarf

We want you to be warm and cozy all day. Bring a blanket or scarf as a pre & post practice layer that doubles as a savasana blanket!

3 - Indoor shoes

While furry boots are a prairie winter essential, they can be quite bulky to wear inside all day. Bring along a pair of comfy, indoor shoes (think slip-in, flats, or runners.) You can store your boots with your jackets in the complimentary coat check.

4 - Warm Socks

Because they make savasana sooooooo much cozier.

5 - Water bottle

Bring your water bottle with you and refill often. Hydration is key in taking tare of your sweet self.

6 - Snacks

Yes, your full day pass includes lunch & an afternoon snack, but in case you feel like munching between workshops, pack a granola bar and stop hanger before it occurs.

7 - Wallet

Don't forget your change purse! We've got stellar local vendors featured at this years' Vendor Village, located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel. Most vendors accept credit cards as well as cash.

8 - Journal / Notebook

This experience is created for you as a transformational tool: to discover, to learn, to delve deep within. Bring your notebook and try to find a quiet moment throughout the day to write your favourite passages, to reflect on your experience, to set a goal or intention, or simply to doodle and play with words.

9 - Stones / Mala

Bring along something that feels sacred in your practice, like stones or your favourite mala.

10 - Confirmation of registration + completed liability waiver 

Help us make registration a breeze for all. Come prepared with your Eventbrite ticket printed or online (taking a screenshot of your ticket is a great way not to lose it in your inbox). 

Please also take a moment to fill out the online Liability Waiver before you arrive. You'll save yourself a few precious minutes in the morning and help us make the registration process seamless.

See you on January 15th, Prairie Yogis (don't have your ticket yet? Don't miss out! Get it here)
♥ Namaste 

10 Nov 2016

HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY!!

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We like to party. We like, we like to party!!!

Come kick off the holiday season with us as we bring three of our favourite things - vibes, vinyasa, and vino - to the Forks to celebrate the holiday season!

Enjoy a 75 minute vinyasa class led by Rachelle Taylor with beats by DJ KChedda, followed by wine at the Forks' new beautiful bar The Common.

Bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped gift for the Christmas Cheer Board and be entered to WIN an all-inclusive ticket to SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival.

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Limited tickets available - get yours today!!

16 Sep 2016

PRAIRIE LOVE 2016 RECAP

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In the heart of the country
yogis gathered from far and wide 
to move and be moved.

Guided by the country's deepest connectors
they journeyed outside their comfort zones
to find power + healing within.

As we look back on this special space
created by the collaboration of many souls
May we be grateful, full of love + light.

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Big LOVE to our festival partners + friends:


Can't wait till next summer? Earlybird tickets for SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival are on sale NOW!

2 Sep 2016

7 THINGS TO PACK FOR PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL

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You've been waiting all summer, and now it's here! Prairie Love Festival is just days away and we're just as excited as you are!

In the midst of your excitement, don't forget to prepare wisely for your day of yoga, nature, music, and community. Here's a list of a few things we wouldn't want you to leave home without on the morning of September 10 + 11 on your way to FortWhyte Alive.

1 - Yoga Mat

It is a yoga festival after all! If you love props in your practice, being those along with you too!

2 - Walking shoes

The various venues are spread out throughout the expansive grounds at FortWhyte Alive and we wanted to make sure all PL Festival attendees got to experience all of the beautiful natural spaces the park has to offer. Comfy shoes just make life better!

3 - Weather appropriate accessories

We're happy to see the forecast calling for sunny skies, so pack a hat. But don't forget to pack extra layers, socks for savasna, a blanket scarf, and a sweater in your bag too.

4 - Water bottle

Bring your water bottle with you and refill often. We want our yogis to be hydrated and happy! There are water stations throughout the park for your hydration needs.

5 - Snacks

Yes, there will be food for sale at the FortWhyte Bison Grill (salads, soups and sandwiches) as well quick grad, ready made sandwiches and snacks by Diversity Foods. Having snacks - granola bars, fruit, and veggies - on hand is a good idea for when you're bouncing between classes- you never know when hanger is going to strike!

6 - Wallet

Don't forget your change purse! We've got stellar local vendors featured at this years' Vendor Village There is no ATM on site.  Most vendors accept credit cards as well as cash.



Cash will also come in handy for the cash bar (beer + wine) open Saturday night from 5 - 9 to accompany reggae kirtan band Love Note for the SUNSET + CHILL session. 

7 - Journal / Notebook

This experience is created for you as a transformational tool. To discover, to learn, to dig deep within. Bring your notebook and try to find a quiet moment throughout the day to write your favourite passages, to reflect on your experience, to set a goal or intention, or simply to doodle and play with words.

A few extra things to help you arrive ready to dive right into your practice:

Festival Map

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The festival grounds at FortWhyte Ailve, a nature sanctuary within Winnipeg's city limits, are beautiful and expansive. Be mindful that transit time between venues can take anywhere from 2 to 25 minutes from the festival hub PRIDE ROCK.

A copy of this festival map which will be included in your festival guidebook that you will receive on the morning of the festival. So we've got you covered on this one.


Liability Waiver

Save yourself a few precious minutes and help us make your registration process seamless on festival weekend by filling out the festival liability waiver form online before you arrive.

To fill out your form, click here.
You will be required to present your confirmation email to prove you've completed the waiver at the registration table.

See you this weekend, Prairie Yogis!

♥ Namaste 

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