Tending the Fire Within Winter Retreat


“Tending the Fire Within fed my soul with good food, good words and lasting connections with women from all over the country. It was a catalyst for embarking on a more in-depth path of examining who I am and how I engage my world.” – Kristin, GA 

Join Anna Levesque, Sharon Mitchell and Ymani Simmons for an introspective journey in nurturing your gifts of creativity, power and joy in the Winter Season through Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Ritual, and Ceremony.

All sparks are equal in potentiality and substance, but the way they manifest is exclusive to the one who tends the individual Fire. In order to be the change that helps tend Global Fires, we must learn to mindfully Tend the Fire Within.


5 – 6 p.m. Arrival followed by a nourishing dinner prepared in the Ayurvedic tradition of balancing doshas and kindling digestive fire, followed by opening Circle and intention setting.

6:30 – 7:15 a.m. Yoga with Anna (optional for those of you wanting to start the day with a mindful movement practice)
Winter/North Direction – teachings on the qualities of winter and the energy that sits in the North that is available to help us enjoy getting cozy and going within. These teachings help us to remember the joys of winter.
Afternoon down time with options for a mindful walk, teachings on Ayurveda (seasonal and daily routines and diet that improve digestion and increase vitality) , time to journal and rest.
Nourishing dinner prepared in the tradition of Ayurveda.
Fire outdoors (weather permitting)

6:30 – 7:15 a.m. Yoga with Anna (optional for those of you wanting to start the day with a mindful movement practice)
Our Inner Joy and Our Abiding Contentment – What is the root of our true happiness and how can we remember and share this wisdom in our daily lives. Followed by a discussion Circle and closing.

*All activities on the itinerary are optional. Itinerary is subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

IMG_3356Anna Levesque – Whitewater kayaker, Paddleboarder, Yogi and Fire Keeper who is dedicated to enhancing women’s lives on and off the water. Anna has been paddling for over 20 years, practicing yoga for over 15 and sitting in womens healing circles and participating in Native American Ceremony for eight years. She is an American Canoe Association L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer, an L2 SUP (stand up paddleboard) Instructor Trainer and a 200 RYT – very close to receiving her 500 ERYT (experienced registered yoga teacher). Anna combines her passion for paddling with yoga and teachings from her spiritual path to create a powerful, holistic approach for her students.


Ymani_Lauren_Maya_01_IMG_9433Ymani Simmons – Peacemaker, networker for social change, writer, teacher, mentor, community Elder, advocate for Mother Earth, indigenous rights and a supporter of women through a voice of awareness, spiritual circles, retreats, ritual, and counsel. Delegate with a Fellowship of Reconciliation 2007 people-to-people peace delegation to Iran; International Consultant for the Kashmir Center for Peace and Reconciliation (Srinagar, Kashmir), a non-political organization focused on building the skills of leadership through nonviolence; volunteer with A Safe World for Women, award-winning advocacy organization and multicultural movement for social justice and equality, highlighting abuse and oppression, and promoting grassroots initiatives for women’s empowerment. ymanisimmons.com

Sharon Mitchell Rev. Sharon Mitchell is an ordained non-denominational Minister and a gifted leader of  Native American ceremonies who has supported women’s spiritual journeys for several decades. She has co-facilitated women’s retreats over the past fifteen years and she leads women in realizing truths for themselves in weekly spiritual support circles. Sharon has an amazing ability to distill the truth about what women are realizing for themselves and she does this in a strongly loving and nurturing way. enlightenyourheart.com


March 4 – 6, 2016

$375.00 includes Ayurvedic inspired meals (nourishing, appropriate for the season, organic, made with IMG_3467love) starting Friday evening and ending with Sunday lunch, accommodations in a beautiful cabin in the mountains outside of Bryson City, with hot tub, yoga, meditation, teachings, activities.♥

Book before December 15th and pay $325.00 – savings of $50.00! A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot and the balance is due the day of the retreat. Please scroll down for our cancellation policy.

Call 828.333.4482
Email [email protected]

Meet Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor, instructor, coach and author has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF.

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