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    Leadership Development for Wellness Practitioners

    The Fall 2024 LeadWell Retreat at Xanadu Island

  •  What is the LeadWell Retreat?

    Designed for wellness practitioners, LeadWell is an immersive exploration of leadership through a lens of yoga philosophy. Practitioners will take advantage of a full-day schedule with dedicated time throughout each day to engage in large group leadership activities, small group discussions, and individual reflection. With plenty of opportunities for mindfulness, yoga, and relaxation, practitioners will also spend time enjoying the natural beauty of Xanadu Island, all of the amenities offered at the resort, an artfully crafted vegetarian menu, and an array of healing and wellness services.

  • October 3 - 6, 2024 | The Hideaway at Xanadu Island

    Identity Exploration

    Engage in structured leadership activities, group discussion, and guided reflection to help you explore your identity as a wellness leader.

    Leadership Development

    Explore your own definition of leadership, identify barriers, and consider how the principles of yoga philosophy can support your leadership development.

    Personal Transformation

    Discover your true calling and begin to make the changes in your life that are necessary for you to authentically share your unique gifts with the world.

    Community Practice

    Enjoy daily morning and evening guided mindfulness practices in community, including yoga, meditation, breathwork, and mindful walking.

    Relaxation and Nourishment

    Pause for reflection, relax with optional healing services, take in the natural beauty of Xanadu Island, and nourish your body with artisan crafted vegetarian meals.

  • LeadWell Teachers

    Your guides to leadership development at LeadWell.

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    Kyle Ashlee - Retreat Organizer & Large Group Leader

    Kyle (he/him) is a yoga teacher, a girldad, and a mindfulness practitioner with over two decades of experience facilitating leadership development retreats, courses, and workshops. Before completing his 200-hour YTT in 2022, Kyle received a PhD in educational leadership and spent many years working as a college educator, facilitating leadership identity development courses and workshops for college students. After the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to change the course of his life and became a yoga teacher, integrating his knowledge of identity development with his passion for yoga asana and philosophy. Kyle’s vision of well-being is to rejoice in an awakened and loving community of wellness practitioners, and LeadWell is dedicated to fostering this community. Kyle leads active and engaging flow-style classes, each with an intentional theme woven throughout to illuminate teachings and inspire students to reflect, learn, and grow.

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    Phong Cao - Mindfulness Teacher & Small Group Leader

    Phong Cao (he/they) is the founder & head teacher at Greenway Yoga. Phong started his teaching journey as an apprentice at the age of 15 in the 1990’s. As a life-long student, he spent most of his post graduate years from school-to-school drawing from the wisdom of his favorite teachers. Phong aims to help you find your innermost guru by flirting with the depths of your truth, love, and creative artistry. In Phong's yoga class you can expect passion, and a creative gentleness where he weaves in poetry, inspiring songs, and eclectic sequencing. Phong is inspired to share his insight, gifts, and perspectives with you, in hopes to inspire you… to be you.

  • LeadWell Partners

    Your team of artisans and healers at LeadWell.

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    Katy Bleau - Chef

    My name is Katy and I am a yogic chef and food coach! After studying food anthropology at the CIA in New York and completing my 200hr teacher training in Calgary, AB with Mynah School of Yoga, I decided to combine the two to create my business Explore Healing Food and Movement. During your retreat I will be doing my best to nourish you body, mind, and soul as you focus in on your personal growth as health and wellness practitioners. The menus have been carefully curated to provide you with energy and comfort, prevent fatigue, and establish a Ayurvedic-inspired harmony in you and between you and those you are learning alongside. I truly believe in the power of this retreat and am happy to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies within reason so you get the most out of this experience and take the next step to be the best version of you. <3 For more information on me and my story check out my Instagrams:

    explore_healing_food & katykeepsmoving

    Namaste,
    Katy

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    Amber Perry - Bodywork Practitioner

    Amber is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Facial Reflexology practitioner, Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner, & Energy Medicine Yoga Foundations instructor. Amber loves helping people connect with yoga & wellness-related tools that will be useful in everyday life. She provides safe, immersive experiences to refresh the spirit and create ripples in the community and beyond. She is happiest outdoors and/or with her 3 kiddos.

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    JennieRuth Warren - Sound Healing and Light Work Practitioner

    JennieRuth Warren is a E-RYT-200, 500RYT, YACEP Sound Healing and Light Work Practitioner. As a classically trained musician and healer, an interest in studying the healing effects of frequencies and sound on the body naturally developed. Sound healing instruments have the ability to move through skin, fluid and bones of the body. Benefits may include a full body recalibration, relaxation, healing and clarity. JennieRuth’s schedule includes public and private sessions in several yoga studios, wellness centers, retreats and Anoka/Hennepin Community Education. Releasing a Sound Healing CD with New Folk Records August 2023. Her CD, Healing Waves of Sound by JennieRuth can be found on Amazon, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram music addition options and all major music streaming platforms. www.yogawithjennieruth.com

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    Natalie Lang - Bodywork Spealist and Energy Healer

    Natalie is a Minneapolis based bodyworker and energy healer. Born with intuitive abilities, a gift for bodywork and a love for holistic care, she enjoys helping others explore the wonderful world of alternative medicine through Myofascial Release, Foot Reflexology and Reiki. Myofascial release is a gentle, sustained and prolonged stretching to assist in releasing fascial restrictions to help ease chronic pain and increase mobility. Reiki is a gentle and powerful modality of energy healing that promotes relaxation, healing and peace throughout the body. These sessions are guided by your intention. Whatever intention you bring to our time together is how I am guided. Every session is different! Reiki sessions are usually hands off, or a very light touch, if any. Foot reflexology includes stimulating points on the feet that correspond to different organs, muscles and skeletal structures to allow energetic blocks to be released, and bring fresh blood flow to the area of our body, prompting our bodies self healing response. She’s grateful and excited to be able to be of service and to help you further integrate your experience at the retreat!

  • LeadWell Retreat Schedule-at-a-Glance

    An overview of the activities and offerings at LeadWell.

    Thursday, October 3, 2024

    • 4pm - Arrive to Xanadu Island, check-in, enjoy a light snack, and get settled
    • 7pm - Welcome and Introductions
    • 8pm - Evening Mindfulness Practice

    Friday, October 4, 2024

    • 6am - Morning Mindfulness Practice
    • 7am - Breakfast
    • 8am - Leadership Development Activities
    • 11pm - Rest and Restore (with optional healing services)
    • 3pm - Leadership Development Activities
    • 6pm - Dinner
    • 7pm - Evening Mindfulness Practice
    • 8pm - Evening Reflection

    Saturday, October 5, 2024

    • 6am - Morning Mindfulness Practice
    • 7am - Breakfast
    • 8am - Leadership Development Activities
    • 11pm - Rest and Restore (with optional healing services)
    • 3pm - Leadership Development Activities
    • 6pm - Dinner
    • 7pm - Evening Mindfulness Practice
    • 8pm - Community Bonfire

    Sunday, October 6, 2024

    • 6am - Morning Mindfulness Practice
    • 7am - Breakfast
    • 8am - Leadership Development Activities
    • 11am - Final Reflection
    • 12pm - Farewell
  • LeadWell Accommodations

    Lake House (private room with bath)

    Lake House (private room with bath)

    $904.00 - $1,219.00
    If you’re seeking rustic elegance and sweeping views, you’ve found your second home. Exposed beams, French casement windows and mounted fish make for a Midwest-modern style. Several sitting areas, both indoors and out, will invite you to curl up with a book and a hot beverage. Each unique lodge room features a queen bed and an ensuite 3/4 bath. By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Tiny House

    Tiny House

    $904.00 - $1,219.00
    Enjoy the coziness of the charming Tiny House and its mini-kitchen, full size memory foam bed, and bathroom with shower.
    By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Eddie Bauer 2016 Airstream

    Eddie Bauer 2016 Airstream

    $904.00 - $1,219.00
    Enjoy the luxury and comfort of this deluxe model of the classic Airstream camper. This camper is equipped with a queen bed, a twin bed, heat and air conditioning, full kitchen, 3/4 bath, and upgraded trim package. Reserve your spot before its gone! By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Cozy Cabin

    Cozy Cabin

    $869.00 - $1,469.00
    The coziest of our cabins–complete with gable and slamming screen door, is set up like a suite. The Cozy Cabin has plenty of room for reading, relaxing, and practicing yoga! The cabin has 1 queen bed, 1 futon, a full kitchen with basic appliances, and a bathroom with shower. **For double or triple occupancy rate add $329 per person. By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Lakeview Cabin

    Lakeview Cabin

    $869.00
    Enjoy the spacious sitting room and lakeshore only steps away! This cabin has 2 bedrooms with a queen bed in each and a full kitchen with basic appliances. **Each person pays $869 and registers separately. By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Front Porch Shared Room

    Front Porch Shared Room

    $686.00
    Fat log furniture invites afternoon naps. Nineteenth century antiques, sleek wainscoting and homespun quilts are tucked neatly into every cranny. Three people share this cabin with two queen beds and a bunk bed. Cabin features a full kitchen with basic appliances, 3/4 bath, and a covered front porch that begs you to nap in the afternoon and dig out the board games at night! **Each person pays $686 and must register separately. By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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    Vintage Airstream

    Vintage Airstream

    $555.00 - $868.00
    “Camp” in the beautifully restored Airstream for this retreat! The Airstream is equipped with a double bed, mini kitchenette, and 3/4 bathroom. Be prepared for the elements. By submitting payment you agree to the cancellation policy.
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  • Register for LeadWell

    Let us know that you are interested in attending LeadWell.

    ***To secure your spot at the retreat, you must complete this registration form AND you must reserve a room/cabin from the Accommodations above.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about LeadWell

    Answers to the most common questions about LeadWell.

    What if I am new to yoga?

    This is a retreat for all levels of yoga asana experience and ability! While we will practice yoga asana, much of the retreat will focus on leadership development through a lens of yoga philosophy. No prior experience necessary!

    What if I don't consider myself to be a leader?

    We all have a different relationship with the word "leader". Whether you struggle with the term or fully embrace being a leader, this retreat is intended to help you futher explore your identity as a wellness leader, clarify your vision of well-being in the world, and build your confidence to manifest this vision.

    What if I have to cancel?

    In the event of guest cancellation, a full refund will be issued up to 31 days prior to the retreat. 0-30 days prior to the retreat, no refund will be issued unless your spot is filled.

    Can you accommodate my allergies or dietary needs?

    Yes, we will do everything we can to accommodate your allergies and dietary needs. Please indicate any needs or considerations that you might have during the retreat through the retreat registration form.

    Is there anything that I should bring?

    You will recieve a detailed packing list prior to the start of the retreat. Morning and evening meals will be provided, and most accommodation options include a kitchen. Plan on packing a yoga mat, comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a water bottle, a journal and your favorite writing untensil, towels, and anything else you might need to have a relaxing and enjoyable retreat.

    How and when do I register for the optional healing services?

    One month prior to the retreat, you will receive an email inviting you to register for any of the optional healing services being offered at the retreat. Once you've filled out this form, your spot will be reserved.

    How do I secure my spot at the retreat?

    In order to secure your spot at the retreat, you must reserve a room/cabin from the Accommodations section of this webpage AND you must complete the registration form on this webpage. We cannot gaurantee that you will have a spot at the retreat until you complete both.

    Is there any reading or reflecting that I can do before the retreat to help me prepare?

    Yes! Much of the retreat will be focused on leadership development through a lens of yoga philosophy. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Yamas and the Niyamas from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. At the retreat, we will be referencing The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele. Reading this book prior to attending the retreat and completing the journal prompts throughout the book would prepare you well for fully engaging at the retreat.