October 27 - November 1, 2020

"Exploring the Wilderness of Being"

with Chris Coniaris


Join us for an opportunity to spend a week with one of yoga’s most sought after teachers. Chris’ teaching blends 40 years of yogic study and experience. A lifelong interest in the outdoors, aliveness and philosophy are major influences.

Using classical and novel approaches; he weaves philosophy and refined experience into his classes that emphasize the importance of breath. A joy of a human being; Chris embodies the joy and benefits a well woven yoga practice can bring to our lives. This week offers the chance to learn, live, be at peace and grow in our understanding.

Open to all levels; all are encouraged to attend. Some expertience in meditation is helpful, but not required.

Retreat Options:

Full Retreat: Tues-Sun ( Oct 29-Nov 3rd)  $995 (Please plan to arrive 1 to 4 on Tuesday)

Thur-Sun (Oct 31st-Nov 3rd)  $595 (Please plan to arrive 4 to 6 on Thursday)

Fri-Sun: (Nov 1st to Nov 3rd)  $495 (Please plan to arrive 1 to 3 on Friday)

Workshop discounted at $995 if paid in full by September 1st.  Space is limited. To reserve your place please register by sending your $200 non-refundable deposit (or full payment) to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Late registration (after Oct 1st) increases to $1095 with balance due day of arrival.

(*) Save a tree-quietly. Funds from this retreat will be used to preserve a forest. Breathe in that crisp, clean air filtered by our coniferous friends...and know you are doing your part  to return that gift.

Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

Workshop Sign-up Form

We’ll begin with guests arriving Tuesday 29th between 1 to 4, class begins at 4:15. Dinner is served at 6:15, followed by orientation and opening circle. We finish our retreat on Sunday with brunch ; checkout at 2:00.(*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the Nashville airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.

Chris has been a yoga teacher for over 20 years with 40 years of meditation and 30 years of hatha yoga experience.  His lifelong interest in philosophy, the outdoors, and athletics influence his teaching.  Chris teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes in Tucson, AZ, as well as workshops and teacher trainings throughout the US.  He weaves philosophy and refined experience into his classes that emphasize the importance of breathing in hatha yoga.  His concise, practical explanations and enthusiasm inspire students to deepen their own experience.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

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