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Yoga & Wellness Retreat

sinking in

February 28-29, 2020
Extra Night Option through Mar 1
Carol Joy Holling Camp


You cannot muscle through it - this goes for yoga as well as life. While the world praises self reliance, this weekend will be a reminder that you are held up and supported by God. 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 Studio 4:8 Yoga’s Brooke Garbison & Kathy Collins (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!


$200 for retreat programming, meals and lodging for two days and one night

$240 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 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, February 28

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

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

7:00 p.m.       Introductions

7:30 p.m.       Games and Fellowship

8:30 p.m.       Bedtime Yoga + Nidra with Brooke 

10:00 p.m.     Lights Out


Saturday, January 12th

6:45 a.m.       Optional Gentle Morning Yoga with Kathy

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:15 a.m.       Vizio Divina with Pr. Breen

8:30 a.m.       Personal Time 

9:45 a.m.       Breakout Sessions - Power Yoga with Theresa, Yoga 101 with Tonya, or Postures of Prayer with Pr. Breen

11:00 a.m.     Personal Time

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Dwelling in the Word with Morgan

1:30 p.m.       Breakout Sessions - Essential Oils with Julie or Canvas Painting with Jenny

3:00 p.m.       Breakout Sessions - Midday Yin Yoga with Kathy or Exploring Kinetic Prayer with Pr. Breen

4:30 p.m.       Gentle Evening Flow + Meditation with Brooke

5:30 p.m.       Vizio Divina with Pr. Breen

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:

Bedtime Yoga + Nidra

Leader: Brooke Garbison

Set your weekend intention of “sinking in”. Together, we’ll start by connecting to the breath and physical body. Once you’ve experienced the rejuvenating effects on the nervous system that yoga has to offer, we’ll begin Yoga Nidra, the practice of Yogic Sleep. You’ll be guided through a meditation that will allow you to “sink in” to a deep state of relaxation. This will be a safe and supported environment, meeting you where you are. Thirty minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of deep rest, giving you a great, refreshing start to retreat weekend. Bring your blankets and pillows for ultimate relaxation and comfort.

Gentle Morning Yoga

Leader: Kathy Collins

Rise and shine with this 60-minute vinyasa class! This yoga session will begin with breathwork and meditation, proceed with gentle stretching while transitioning into an energizing vinyasa flow...ending the class with a 15-minute Savasana. Designed to align breath with movement, this class is for all levels of yoga abilities and will leave you feeling energized for the rest of your day.


Yoga 101

Leader: Tonya Vyhlidal

Come expand the foundation of your yoga practice with this session. This session will focus on how to do a variety of basic yoga postures, the design of the yoga class, and the power of the three-part breath. This session will be fun, playful, and enlightening. 


Power Yoga

Leader: Theresa Guyer

Power Yoga is for all levels. No need for intimidation and the feeling that you can't do this class. We will start with some breath work and gentle stretches/movements. We will go through a series of poses that will build up some heat in the body, and then begin to cool down with more stretches and end in our final resting pose...SAVASANA.


Postures of Prayer

Leader: Pr. Breen Sipes

Have you ever wondered how your yoga practice might fit into your practice of prayer? Have you ever wondered if there were other ways to pray beside the church practice of “fold your hands and bow your head”? Join Pr Breen Sipes as she leads you in several seated yoga postures, tying them to types of prayer, snippets of Scripture, and breath. You will receive a laminated “Postures of Prayer” mat card to continue your practice at home.


Self Care with Essential Oils

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!


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.

Midday Yin Yoga

Leader: Kathy Collins

This yin class will be slow and meditative. Composed of seated and reclined poses, each held anywhere from 2-7 minutes, we focus on targeting the connective tissues (bones, joints, ligaments, and fascia.) The class emphasizes body awareness and stillness. While challenging at times, it also deepens the meditative experience. A great class to mix in with the yoga offerings for the weekend, it provides an opportunity to stretch and lengthen your muscles and sink into your practice. 

Exploring Kinetic Prayer

Leader: Pr. Breen Sipes

Does your mind ever wander when you are trying to pray?  Do you find it hard to sit still, focus, and “do” prayer the “right” way?  Join Pr. Breen Marie Sipes as she leads you in several different practices of kinetic, or moving, prayer, including Praying in Color, Coloring Prayer, Labyrinths, Pray Dough, Prayer Beads, and more.  You will receive several kinetic prayer starters to continue to explore these practices at home.

Gentle Evening Flow + Mediation

Leader: Brooke Garbison

To finish off retreat, we’ll come together with a beginner-friendly flow. We will move from standing sequences to floor poses. Ending our time together with a guided meditation, it will ensure your body and mind feel well-nourished as we take what we learned this weekend and prepare to head back to our daily lives.


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

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 her breakout session to learn more and receive gifts.

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.

Tonya Vyhlidal

Tonya's yoga journey began 18 years ago when she was a group fitness director for a gym. Three 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.

Kathy Collins

Kathy, a yoga fanatic for over 25 years, has a heart to serve others through yoga. She is a YTT and trauma therapy yoga instructor who teaches at Studio 4:8. Get to know Kathy more via Instagram @rethinkyogawithkathy or visit her during one of her weekly classes at Studio 4:8.

Brooke Garbison

Brooke has been practicing yoga for over six 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 your body, your breath, and your Creator.

Theresa Guyer

Theresa has been practicing yoga for over 25 years because she loves how it makes her feel physically and mentally. She earned her yoga teacher certificate in 2018 and is excited to help others develop a more holistic life with God.

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.

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