Galena Yoga Retreat
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Yoga, Nature, Art

Galena, IL is the midwest’s hidden gem. Tucked in by hills, valleys, bluffs and considerable exposed rock, this area will melt your city hustle and cozy you up to nature. Join Sara for a long weekend filled with insightful and creative yoga practices, dharma talks and art making. Supplies will be provided to create yantras (sacred geometry visuals for meditation) and watercolor painting. And of course, adult coloring books for those that may enjoy a warm up to creating visual art.

Sara is a yoga teacher with 16 years experience and specializes in alignment. She also has a BFA in painting from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Your Stay Includes:

4 yoga classes with Sara Strother
5 healthy vegetarian meals and organic snacks
Select teas and organic fair trade coffee
2 Art making workshops + materials
Access to private property for hiking

Optional Reiki Sessions with Sara Gaines will be available for an additional cost.

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The Farmhouse:

Built around a log cabin from the 1800’s and situated on 105 rolling acres, this home will immerse you in nature and make you forget about city living. The property is home to a picturesque farmhouse, pond, red hay barn, horses, and a short drive from historic downtown Galena. Each nook and cranny of the home contains spectacular details like reclaimed wood, Scandinavian design, and artifacts from all over the world. The great room includes a hand carved Yggdrasil (Tree of Life) fireplace as well as a piano in the music room. There are 3 ½ bathrooms that offer retreat goers 3 showers with rain shower heads and two bathtubs.

The property here is immense. A good portion of the land is wooded and rustic walking trails have been carved out for your enjoyment. Relax on the front porch to observe a 360 view of nature. Go for a drift in a tube. Go for a swim. Sunbathe on the deck. You’ve got options! There is the call of the coyotes, the site of grazing deer, the beckoning of hammocks swinging gently in the wind, and a chorus of frogs waiting to greet you at the pond. At night there is a fire pit for smores and storytelling. Come to make memories and relax.

Special Considerations- The location of this home is somewhat remote and therefore no wifi is available and cell reception is spotty/nonexistent, so please prepare. Not to worry, there is a landline for emergencies. Also, horses live on the property and dogs have stayed in the past if you have allergies. No pets are currently allowed.



1 private room (1 double bed)
$700 or $850 for a couple

Twin shared room (2 twin beds)
$600 per person

Shared rooms (2 double or queen beds)
$650 per person


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Friday, July 5th

2:30-4p Arrive
4p Yoga
6p Dinner
7:30p Art Workshop (optional)

Saturday, July 6th

7:3a0 tea, coffee, snacks
8:00a Yoga
10a Breakfast
Free Time
12:30p Lunch
Free Time
2:30p Art Workshop (optional)
5p Yoga
6:30p Dinner

Evening free time- firepit if weather permits and open art supplies will be available

Sunday, July 7th

7:30a tea, coffee, snacks
9a Yoga
11a Brunch
1p check out

Registration and Deposit:
To reserve your spot email Sara at It is a first come first serve basis with limited space for 9-12 students.
A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot and applies toward your full payment.
Remaining balance is due no later than 6/1/19.

Cancelation Policy:
No refunds will be given after 6/15/19.


The farmhouse is approximately 3 hours from Chicago. Please consider carpooling. Email Sara to request a ride or offer a seat and she can connect you.