Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Soul Rest: Exploring Sabbath through Yoga, Meditation and Wellness

January 11-12, 2019
Extra Night Option through Jan 13
Carol Joy Holling Camp


“So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.” - Hebrews 4:9-11

In a society that glorifies being busy, it is counterculture to take time for intentional rest. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells us that “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.” After the bustle of the holidays is the perfect time explore what sabbath rest looks like for you. The retreat will have a variety of experiences, and several breakout sessions that allow you to customize your retreat. Join us in an encouraging community that reflects on God’s overwhelming love.

This retreat is organized by Carol Joy Holling Camp in partnership with Bonnie Meyer (Studio 4:8 Yoga – Lincoln, NE) and Pastor Breen Sipes (Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish – Byron and Hardy, NE). For more information about the retreat leaders, see the session leader bios below.

Breakout sessions are chosen during the registration process. Some of the sessions have a limited number of spaces, and may fill up quickly. Register today!


$175 for retreat programming, meals and lodging for two days and one night

$225 for extra night option. This is great for those traveling from farther away or wanting to extend their Sabbath time. No additional programming is provided, but breakfast is available Sunday morning.


There is a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration. Registration closes December 28, two weeks before the retreat start date.

Invite a friend and you both save $25 on registration! Enter their name during the registration process, and the credit will be added to your accounts when you have both registered.



Tentative Schedule:

Friday, January 11th

5:00 p.m.       Check-In and Welcome Reception 

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

7:00 p.m.       Introductions

7:30 p.m.       Breakout Sessions - Wine & Unwind: Restorative Yoga or Wring it Out: Detox Flow with Tea

8:30 p.m.       Evening Fellowship 

10:00 p.m.     Lights Out


Saturday, January 12th

6:45 a.m.       Flow and Go Morning Yoga

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:15 a.m.       Dwelling in the Word

8:45 a.m.       Personal Time 

9:45 a.m.       Breakout Sessions - From Dark to Light: Navigating Sadness with Faith in God or Yoga 101: the ABC’s of Breath and Alignment

11:00 a.m.     Breakout Sessions - Essential Oils 101, Personal Time or Empyrean Trail Run (requires separate registration here)

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Dwelling in the Word

1:30 p.m.       Breakout Sessions - Love Your Guts: Kombucha Workshop, Essential Oils Master Class or The Journey Within: Labyrinths and Nature Walks as Moving Meditation

3:30 p.m.       Breakout Sessions - Lectio Divina Yoga or Canvas Painting

5:00 p.m.       Gentle Evening Flow

5:45 p.m.       Closing Prayer Circle

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

7:00 p.m.       Departure


Sunday, January 13th

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast (for those staying an extra night)

Session Descriptions:


Wine & Unwind: Restorative Yoga

Leader: Bonnie Meyer

Have you ever taken an intentional rest? A rest without TV, computers, or even books? Restorative yoga is the practice of intentional rest. Tuning out the world’s frequency, and tuning into God’s frequency. The entire body, mind, and spirit is invited to receive the gift of rest without distraction. This session will be complete with a glass of red wine, candlelight, props, essential oils, and head, shoulder, neck massage to assist you in your time of letting go. 

*class limited to 10 participants*

Wring it Out: Detox Flow with Tea

Leader: Tonya Vyhlidal

Melt away the days stress with this slow flow yoga class that includes gentle twists to detox the body, hip openers to release locked emotions, and shoulder openers to remove tension. We will end the class with a relaxing restorative pose and final rest. You will leave this class feeling calm and refreshed. After class please join us for a night cap of herbal teas that include chamomile, peppermint, and ginger to help your immune system, improve your relaxation, help you detoxify, and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep!


Flow & Go

Leader: Abby Holm

This class will awaken the body and prepare the mind to focus on a day of rest with God. It will be a gentle to medium flow with a lovely savasana at the end. This class is a great way to begin the morning that’ll set your mindset for the day. 


From Dark to Light: Navigating the Waters of Sadness through Faith in God

Leader: Meghan Moser

This session takes a look at the intersection of mental health and faith. It will be comprised of Meghan’s personal testimony, Q&A, and quiet reflection/journaling time. Meghan will discuss resting with God while in the midst of darkness. There will be examples of seeing God’s goodness in crosses we carry and learning to find repose in leaning on God and others. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of nonjudgmental acceptance of one’s own emotions.


Yoga 101: the ABC’s of Breath and Alignment

Leader: Bonnie Meyer

Let’s get back to the basics! Join Bonnie Meyer for some step-by-step instruction on common poses, alignment and breath work – all designed to get you comfortable with the basics of yoga. No experience necessary!

*class limited to 10 participants*


Empyrean Trail Run (requires separate registration)

During the 11:00 a.m. breakout time, the Empyrean Trail Run will be happening right outside the retreat building. The funds raised support the camp scholarship program at Carol Joy Holling Camp. If this is a way that you are interested in spending your time, you are invited to register to participate. There is a 1 mile, 5K, and 10K options. For more information and run registration, visit


Essential Oils 101

Leader: Julie Petersen

What are essential oils? Where do they come from? How do we use them safely? Why is everyone so excited about this alternative to traditional medicines? Baby Jesus was given frankincense and myrrh and I want to learn more!


Love Your Guts: Kombucha Workshop

Leader: Laura Anderson

$3 a bottle for kombucha in store?! Laura will show you how to make and flavor this bubbly probiotic easily for yourself. In this class, you’ll taste test some kombucha, learn why this drink is so popular, learn why fermented foods are incredible for you, and how to brew it safely at home. You’ll take home your very own SCOBY, brew vessel, cloth cover, starter tea, recipes, and the knowledge to make as much kombucha as you want! Laura also knows a few tips and tricks to help you troubleshoot common challenges when first brewing.

*class limited to 12 participants*


The Journey Within: Labyrinths and Nature Walks as Moving Meditation

Leader: Pr. Breen Sipes

When was the last time that you were both truly quiet and truly attentive to this moment? Join Pastor Breen as she leads the group in the use of labyrinths and prayer walks to promote mindfulness.

*class limited to 12 participants*


Essential Oils Master Class

Leader: Julie Petersen

I have essential oils, now what do I do with them? Join us to learn effective recipes for physical and emotional health as well as beauty product alternatives.


Lectio Divina

Leader: Brooke Garbison

Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian tradition of prayer that dates back as early as the 12th century. Lectio Divina is a Latin phrase meaning “divine reading,” where we focus on a piece of scripture by reading, reflecting, responding, and resting – all while slowly letting go of our own agendas and tuning into what God wants us to hear. To enhance your experience of relaxation, restorative position suggestions will be given. There will be time set aside to journal during this practice.


Canvas Painting

Leader: Jenny Henningsen

Whether you are super crafty or have never picked up a paintbrush, this is a great chance to make something beautiful with your hands. Explore your creative side by painting a canvas. Jenny is a great teacher and makes sure that you leave with something you’re proud of.


Gentle Evening Flow

Leader: Laura Anderson

Join Laura for a gentle evening flow to wrap up our day and our time spent in community. We will come together in this candlelight practice which will include a mindful flow, stretch, and gentle balance. We will conclude with a 15 minute rest and meditation. 


If you have questions about the Yoga and Wellness Retreat, please contact Katherine Albin by email at or by phone at 402-944-2544.

Laura Anderson

Laura truly loves yoga and how it enriches her spiritual life. As a healthcare professional for over 20 years, Laura finds that teaching yoga is another extension of how she can help people reach their true potential. Laura's style of yoga is vinyasa flow. She loves inversions, leg balancing and victorious asanas that leave you feeling strong both physically and mentally.

Brooke Garbison

Brooke has been practicing yoga for over four years and recently graduated from Studio 4:8's teacher training. She is certified as an RYT-200. Her goal as a teacher is to set a table for you to learn how to create a more sustainable self by connecting with you body, breath, and Creator.

Jenny Henningsen

Jenny is an elementary school teacher and art instructor. When she is not teaching, she practices her own art ranging from painting, mixed media collage, sewing and furniture refinishing. She loves to learn about new art techniques and has taken art classes since she was a little girl. She enjoys hosting painting parties to provide guests a safe place to explore art.

Abby Holm

Abby believes our Creator created Sabbath rest to allow time to restore, replenish and refocus our hearts and minds on Him. Yoga is a way for her to still her body, calm her anxious thoughts and connect with God on a more intimate level. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kiddos.

Meghan Moser

Meghan's yoga journey began while searching for a way to decrease anxiety and increase mindfulness during her enrollment in graduate school. She was referred to Studio 4:8 for its foundation in faith and spiritual growth. Meghan is entering Yoga Teacher Training to bring the practice to others and strengthen her own. Outside of yoga, Meghan works as a speech language pathologist. 

Julie Petersen

Julie from Breathe Yoga & Essential Oils returns to this retreat to provide insight into holistic health alternatives for everyday ailments. Essential oils are the gifts of the earth that can provide significant emotional and physical healing. Attend one of her two breakout session to learn more and receive gifts.

Tonya Vyhlidal

Tonya's yoga journey began 17 years ago when she was a group fitness director for a gym. Two years ago, she desired to combine physical activity and spirituality. She is now a YTT200 instructor with Studio 4:8 and cannot wait to share her passion for yoga with you.

Bonnie Meyer

Bonnie is the founder of Studio 4:8 Yoga located in Lincoln, NE and is the director of training and lead instructor for the Studio 4:8 School of Yoga: Lincoln's only Christ-Centered Yoga training program. She is currently pursuing a degree in Ministry and Leadership from Grace Bible College.

Pr. Breen Sipes

Pr. Breen is the pastor of Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish in Byron and Hardy, NE. She is a wife, mother of three amazing daughters, trail cyclist and yoga practitioner. She loves to move while she prays and is looking forward to sharing some of the ways that kinetic prayer practices have deepened her faith.


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Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center is operated by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM), a non-profit organization.

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