Welcome to the North Shore! Join me this August on Meditation Retreat in northern Minnesota. Experience the soothing energy of the largest fresh water lake in the world. Mediate on bird song, bubbling creek, sunshine, and fresh air. Our trip will revitalize and inspire you heart, your body, and your mind.
Meditation can be life changing. It is perhaps the most important practice to establish, and maintain in your day. It brings calmness, serenity, and fortitude in meetings life’s challenges. I will guide you through a beautiful morning and evening formal sitting practice, over three days to tune you in.
Along with hiking, the retreat will be spiritually uplifting, and relaxing. Indulge in a sauna, kayak along the coast, explore the quaint town of Grand Marais, and sit in the evenings by a crackling fire under a trillion twinkling stars. Meet like-minded yogis. Be blessed by the wilderness, pure nature, and untouched coast of the North Shore.
Here’s the details:
Dates: Sunday August 29, 2021 – Wednesday September 1, 2021. Check in 5pm, Check out 11am. Two full days and three nights.
Location: Cascade Lodge on North Shore near Grand Marais in Northern Minnesota
Room options: Private room with private bath (or) shared bath, private cabin with kitchen, or private cabin with half kitchen. Camping is also available a little ways off site. Any of the cabins can also be shared with a friend, and house up to 3 people. See below for room options and pricing.
Cost: Between $400-$770 for the whole 3-day retreat. See below for room options and pricing.
Chalet Private Room
Our main retreat meeting space has 5 private rooms available. Queen sized beds. Shared bathroom. This is the house where we will may have evening fires, and option for sauna.
Cabin with Kitchen
Reserve your own private cabin with full kitchen and bathroom. 4 available. Each sleeps 2-3. Just a short two minute walk to the main retreat space.
Cabin with Half Kitchen
Reserve your own private cabin with bathroom, fridge and microwave only. 3 available. Each sleeps 2-3. Just a short two minute walk to the main retreat space.
Main Lodge Room with Private Bathroom
Another option for non-cabin dwelling are the lake view room offerings that the Cascade Lodge has in the Main Lodge. This is an option for a private room and private bath, with or without a kitchen.
Main Lodge Private Bed & Bath with Fireplace & Whirlpool
In the main Cascade Lounge we have one special room with a king-sized bed, wood burning fireplace, lake views, and a whirpool. Can be single, or shared.
Camping in Tents
The Cascade National Park is very, very close to our retreat site and there are affordable tent sites available. It fills up fast though, so if you would like to tent, contact me so I can help you to set that up, and discuss details.
What’s included? Daily yoga and meditation classes, opening fire ceremony and closing fire ceremony, hiking, explore waterfalls and creeks, sunbathing, star gazing, sauna (sign up by the hour). We will have a main house with evening fires, and a sauna for everyone to enjoy, no matter which cabin you are staying in. We will plan a hike together each day. Everything is optional.
What’s not included? Meals. There is a beautiful restaurant onsite where you can enjoy all of your meals, or bring your own fresh food and utilize the cabin kitchens and grills to prepare your own meals. Recreation equipment is also not included, but available to rent (like boats and bikes). There is also the Superior National Golf Course nearby, Cascade National Park, and Lake Superior North Shore. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, small town shopping, biking, and more. The Cascade Lodge provides all boating equipment to rent.
How do I get there? Cascade Lodge is located at 3719 MN-61, Lutsen, Minnesota 55612. I know several of you are coming from out of state. Plan to fly into the Duluth International Airport and rent a car. The drive is approximately an hour and a half from airport to lodge.
What should I bring? Yoga mat, meditation cousin (that could mean a bolster and a beautiful white sheepskin, or even just a folded blanket.) A backjack if you need extra back support for sitting on the ground. Hiking shoes, light day backpack, water bottle, healthy food/snacks, journal, sunglasses, toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, rain jacket & pants, comfortable clothes. Perhaps a mala or a crystal for meditation practice. You may end up finding a beautiful agate on the shore too! Lake Superior water is cold anytime of year, but bring a swimsuit if you want to brave the temps and try jumping in 🙂 There are also beautiful smaller lakes and rivers within driving distance from the lodge.
What’s the outline for the weekend? Sunday night 5:00pm check in, 7:00pm welcome fire/opening ceremony. Each morning we will have a daily morning meditation practice and short yoga philosophy lecture. An optional sunrise-early-morning yoga asana class will also be available. Group hikes and excursions, along with ample free time during the day for saunas and hiking. Everything is optional. Journaling recommended. Evening meditation as a group at sunset. Check out is 11:00am Wednesday. We will have a closing fire ceremony the night before.
How can I prepare before August? Start your daily morning meditation practice now. Sit for 5-20 minutes each morning upon waking. I will send out recommended reading throughout the year as we near the date.
How about COVID-19 safety? All participants are required to get a Covid negative test 72 hours prior to arrival. Submit your test results via email once received.
What if I have to cancel my reservation? If you have to cancel at all, a full refund is issued (minus $20 processing fee) up until 60 days before, and after that date no refunds can be given. Read our full Terms and Conditions for Beloved Retreats here.
What if I contract COVID-19 72 hours before before the retreat? Refunds will be given with a positive test result (minus $20 processing fee). Please make every effort to find someone to take your spot.
More about the location: Cascade’s picturesque location on the North Shore of Lake Superior also puts it in easy vicinity of Grand Marais, an artsy, bohemian village fifteen minutes east of the lodge. With a population of just 1200, Grand Marais is the embodiment of small-town charm and eclectic appeal; it’s not hard to see why Budget Travel Magazine named it “America’s Coolest Small Town”. Sip a coffee at an al fresco cafe in the early morning before the town wakes and the only sounds are the swooping seagulls and the lapping of the lake. Watch as the colors of the sunrise on the water’s surface fade to purest blue while rest of the world sleeps.
Swimming, hiking, and fishing are just a few activities on offer throughout the warm weather months, while cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing keep snow days from ever getting dull. Canoeing the seemingly endless sparkling waters of the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a diversion not to be missed by outdoor enthusiasts. For the truly adventurous, the trailhead for the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail (a popular “through-hike”, akin to the better known Appalachian Trail) is just twenty minutes from the door of Cascade Lodge.
For those who prefer their vacation with more resting and reclining than summiting and sweating, take the scenic one-hour drive south to the lovely Split Rock Light House and the calm waters of Pebble Beach in Lake County. The photogenic backdrop is as appealing to honeymooning couples as the original lantern room housing a 1000-watt bulb (and interaction with the gregarious onsite lighthouse keeper) is to families and especially young children. Bring a picnic lunch and alternate between sunbathing and skipping stones for the perfect lazy summer afternoon.
Other mellow activities close to Cascade include wildflower-gathering of vibrant and numerous starflowers and daisies, watching tiger swallowtail butterflies in bright yellow and black relief against velvety evergreens, or just sipping a glass of wine or a local IPA while watching the waters of Lake Superior glimmer under the sun. Whatever encompasses the details of your ideal getaway, our lodge has something to offer to soothe your senses.
Amenities of the Cascade Lodge Location:
- Direct Trail Access
- Organic, gluten free, cruelty-free bath amenities
- Faribault Woolen Mills, Minnesota made blankets
- Happy Sleeper Dream Sleep plush mattresses
- Coffee maker in every room & cabin
- Refrigerator in every room & cabin
- Complimentary all day coffee & tea in the Main Lodge
- Free parking
- Lake view, creekside, or forest view
- Kids playground
- Charcoal grill (cabins only)
- Central gas grills
- Campfire area (seasonal)
- Firewood sales
- Ski rentals
- Canoe rentals
- Shuttle available
- Onsite restaurant and pub
- Most Cabins include fully equipped kitchens
- Satellite TV and free WI-FI
- Main Lodge book library and board games
- Main Lodge basement game room
- Main Lodge fireplace, card table
- Cabin & Trail Provisions shop stocked with local and artisan gifts and travel essentials
Is this retreat calling to you!? Save your spot today, this will fill up fast. Scroll down to see the exact room details and pricing options.
Here’s how to register: Send me an email with your requested lodging. Venmo your full payment to: @Jaina-Portwood with note “August Meditation Retreat.” After receiving you will get a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach out with any questions!
Jaina Portwood 612-845-8175