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Alaska Yoga Retreat, 2016

Inian Islands Institute – July 23-30th, 2016

“For going out, I found, was really going in…” – John Muir


Join Seattle-based instructor Jessica Lindmark and Inian Islands Institute Executive Director Zach Brown on this week-long yoga and wilderness immersion, filled with hiking, kayaking, humpback whales, and naturalist guides to help you understand the local ecology of the world’s largest protected ecosystem.

About the Location

P1010153 Our home base for the week will be Inian Islands Institute. Situated at the tidal entrance to the northern Inside Passage, this location is teaming with abundant wildlife.  Surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, and a boat ride away from Glacier Bay National Park, we will be ideally located for encounters with wildlife and quiet moments of solitude.

About the Setting

Summer is the high season in Southeast Alaska. At this time, the days will be nearly at their longest, and humpback whale activity will be in full swing. Salmon will be running, and all manner of creatures will be enjoying the abundance of the season.

Our understanding of the natural phenomena around us will be deepened throughout retreat as we learn from Inian Islands Institute staff, park rangers and our hosts, the Howe Family, who have been homesteading and fishing in Southeast Alaska for over 40 years. If you have ever dreamed of visiting Alaska, this would be a very authentic and unique way to experience the landscape and the community that calls it home.


The front lawn looking out toward the guest house and garden.

About our Practice

Kayaking_in_sunPractice will be held either on the front lawn (above) or in the “Yoga Lounge,” a cozy indoor space heated by wood fire. Jessica’s Yoga philosophy is to follow our body and breath as our guide. What feels right for one person may not be for another. On any given day we will practice slow flow, warming flow, and/or deep relaxation. Sharing circles will facilitate deeper discussion and personal reflection.

Yogasana, meditation, and pranayama will be accessible to all levels of practice with an emphasis on modifications appropriate to each practitioner.


Pricing and Activities

Included in the retreat price of $2,950 will be:

  • Eight days of retreat
  • Daily Yogasana and Meditation (once or twice daily depending on activities)
  • Guided hiking
  • Guided sea kayaking
  • Wildlife and whale watching in the Inian Islands/Tongass National Forest
  • Glacier and wildlife viewing by boat in Glacier Bay National Park
  • ALL lodging and meals — including 5 nights at Inian Islands Institute, and two nights at Annie Mae Lodge in Gustavus, Alaska.
  • ALL transportation once arrived in Gustavus, Alaska


Retreat will be limited to 10 participants. All accommodations will be first come, first served with room for eight in the guest house. Indoor “camping” at $1,800. Local pricing also available for up to four participants who have their own lodging in Gustavus, please inquire. Flights arrive in Gustavus daily via Alaska Airlines.



The 2016 retreat has already happened!  However, it may be repeated in the future.
Contact instructor Jessica Lindmark for more information.


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lynette #

    What’s the local price for a gustavian?

    June 8, 2016
    • Inian #

      Hi Lynette,
      The Gustavian price is $1400 assuming that you prefer to overnight at home vs. at the Annie Mae. Also assumes that you have been up-bay and can skip that part of the adventure. 🙂 Includes all food and lodging (yurt “camping”) at the Hobbit Hole for 5 1/2 days, travel to and from Gus on the Taz, all yoga, kayaking, hiking, etc. Also includes all practice and discussions that we hold for the last two days in Gustavus. Should be a great way to unwind, take some inward time, and also support Inian Islands Institute!

      June 9, 2016

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