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YNA Upstate NY: Naked Retreat to Nourish the Mind, Body & Spirit

June 29, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - June 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

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Locavore Naked Retreat

In Ithaca, NY

All are welcome to join a delicious and relaxing YNA Upstate New York naked retreat June 29-30th. It will take place in the beautiful Ithaca area to nourish and liberate the mind, body, and soul. This area is an amazing hub for organic, local vegetarian cuisine and the leaders of YNA Upstate NY, Steve and Susanne, welcome you to their artisanal cheese-producing farm.

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YNA Upstate New York Naked Retreat

This is a weekend retreat to honor the beauty that exists inside and out in a safe and sacred circle through wholesome cooking, yoga, and connecting with Mother Earth. We will glorify the true magnificence of ourselves in a clothing optional sanctuary. Being naked allows for full expression of divinity, in harmony with nature and with our hearts.   If you have never experienced social nudity at a YNA event before, please read our FAQs.

Come be educated on how to use all of our senses to sip and savor locally produced wine, learn how to cook fantastic haute vegetarian cuisine, develop mind-body awareness through yoga, and cultivate a deeper unconditional love and acceptance for all. This is a time to appreciate YOU!


Saturday Schedule:

12-2pm Arrival, introductions, schmooze.

2pm Opening drum circle to honor the elements and ourselves.

3pm Local wine and cheese tasting. We will be educated on how to savor, sip, taste three different locally produced wines in addition to pairings with homemade goat and cow cheese, fresh bread, and seasonal fruits.

5pm Tour of the farm, play with the animals, nature walk, relax.

6pm We will prepare a colorful communal vegetarian feast together, highlighting local seasonal flavors. Using ingredients sourced from the fantastic Ithaca farmers market and surrounding bakeries and farms, Sarah Eve will use her professional culinary skills to educate us how to foster healthy whole body wellness. Dinner will also include a heavenly homemade (but healthy!) chocolate dessert course. Cacao is food of the gods, heart-opening, and will be made of course with love.

7pm Dining.

9pm Bonfire.

Sunday Schedule:

9am Sunshine yoga. We will wake up and honor our bodies and spirits through sun salutations, simple asanas (postures), and guided meditation.

10am Vegetarian brunch including homemade granola, muffins, quiche using homemade goat cheese, and more! All ingredients will be organic if possible, local, and sans white flour, sugar, processed foods.

1pm Closing circle.

2pm Optional vineyard tours, hiking the waterfalls, shopping in downtown Ithaca, or continue relaxing with us at the farm. :-)

Cost: $150 includes all food, wine tastings, yoga, housing. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

*This event is for singles, couples, those new to cooking, healthy cuisine and/or yoga, in addition to experienced yogis and chefs. We are simply seeking to share a nourishing and fun weekend with kind folks interested in connecting more deeply with Mother Nature, fostering community, honoring the divinity that exists within each and every one of our hearts. Let us be free to simply be!

Transportation from NYC to Ithaca: We will assist in arranging carpools per request. Additionally the Short Line bus service from NYC leaves 8am daily and arrives in Ithaca at 12:50pm. There are also buses that leave NYC Friday evening at 2:30, 4:30, and 6:30pm if you would like to arrive the evening before and hang with us a bit early at no extra charge. We can assist in organizing rides from the Ithaca station to the farm as well.

Buses on Sunday leave Ithaca at 2:50, 4:45, or 6:45pm on Sunday to return to NYC.

Greyhound also provides service that leaves at 8:00am from NYC and arrives at 12:50pm, transferring in Binghampton NY. Greyhound does have a nonstop back to NYC on Sunday at 5:15pm.

Accommodations: This retreat is held on a beautiful goat cheese farm right outside Ithaca, NY. Hosts Steven and Susanne have graciously offered to let participants stay in their beautiful home or on their land. There are a couple of private rooms with beds and couches, floor space for air mattresses and/or sleeping bags, and places outside for tents or an RV. A list of local B&Bs is available upon request.

What to Bring: You are welcome to bring a yoga mat (although many will be provided), sleeping bag, instruments, talents, jokes, stories, and an open heart to share.

About the Farm: Steve and Susanne own a farm near Ithaca in beautiful upstate New York where they make handcrafted cheese, mostly goat chevres, blue, and feta, but recently expanded their business into delicious cow milk cheeses. Susanne is originally from Germany, land of FKK (free body culture), and Steve is from upstate New York. For more info about them, check out their first blog post, “Nude Freedom of the Mind and Body.” As small scale artisanal cheese makers they have been very involved in the locavore foodie movement and sustainable agriculture. The Ithaca area of New York is a mecca of the foodie movement and one of the original locations where the national movement has its roots. Steve and Susanne are passionate about naturism, body acceptance, inner healing, and balance of mind, body, and spirit. They have a desire to share their farm, home and hearts with people who seek peace, love, and freedom with their fellow earth brothers and sisters, creation, and Creator.

About the Chef: Sarah Eve Cardell is The Culinary Shaman, making magic in the kitchen and healing from the heart. She believes in the power of community, allowing the divine to guide yoga, shamanic, crystal, tarot, and nutrition knowledge for whole-body wellness and healing. She is an experienced chef and food artist, creating visually and nutritiously inspiring cuisine. A lifelong vegetarian and certified Dharma Yoga teacher, Sarah Eve infuses spirituality into her cooking. Her decadent desserts and savory entrees prove that healthy cuisine can be beautifully delicious. She has worked extensively with restaurants in NYC, Bali, and Singapore, designing menus utilizing local flavors, as well as leading holistic workshops and retreats. She often favors the use of raw cacao, an ingredient filled with antioxidants and abundant vitamins…and is a natural aphrodisiac. Love and light.

UPDATE: Due to a few people dropping out, YNA Upstate NY has extended the registration deadline until Wednesday, June 26th! So if you haven’t done so already, hurry and register now to join us for this wonderful weekend in Ithaca!

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June 29, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
June 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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