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Wintering: A January Retreat

Wintering: A January Retreat

Open to Everyone  |  maximum 12 participants

Led By:  TaraMarie Perri

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Food, fire, walks, dreams, cold, sleep, love, slowness, time, quiet, books, seasons – all these things, which are not really things, but moments of life, take on a different quality at night time, where the moon reflects the light of the sun, and we have time to reflect what life is to us – knowing that it passes, and that every bit of it, in its change and its difference, is the here and now of what we have.
Life is too short to be all daylight. Night is not less; it’s more.

Jeanette Winterson, Why I Adore the Night

Winter teaches us the value of deep restoration. Retreating into quiet and stillness, as the rest of the natural world does, allows us to emerge even stronger in the next. During this season we also gain clarity and appreciation for our own vital and beautiful structures within. Embracing seasonal changes and developing personalized self-care practices cultivates a deep harmony. Recognizing we belong to the natural world is at the heart of this winter retreat.

Inspired by Winterson’s writing and Craigardan’s majestic mountaintop views, multidisciplinary studio environment, and culinary focus, participants will be guided to develop their own balancing winter rituals – indoors and outdoors - while tending to their inner world and creative process.


We become aware of our own natural rhythms by observing and connecting to the changes that occur throughout the seasonal cycles. Each season offers us a unique perspective.

The week-long workshop explores the winter gifts of deep observation and introspection gained during the transition from day to night. The schedule includes a combination of activities and gatherings including:

  • dusk winter walks on the Craigardan trail

  • candlelight restorative Yoga and meditation gatherings

  • seasonal essential oils and spices workshop

  • one-to-one personal self-care or contemplative practice guidance  or Reiki treatments

  • winter-inspired group dinners by Craigardan’s resident chef, Luke Ayers


The week-long workshop will take place at Craigardan’s idyllic mountainside retreat.  Overnight participants will be lodged in the simple and beautiful shared Farmhouse, with access to various indoor communal spaces for writing and thinking. Gatherings and workshops will be held in Studiohouse, where participants will also meet for a few group meals prepared by Chef Luke. As food preparation is integral to the program, participants will come together to prepare the remainder of their meals from their fully-stocked kitchen.


The January Winter Retreat is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to develop personal practices to stay in harmony with the winter season; participants do not need to have previous experience with Yoga or meditation to attend. Enrollment is limited to 4 participants in-residence and 8 day participants.


  • In-residence attendance includes 6 nights lodging in a private room w/shared bath; all meals; transportation to/from local train station or airport

  • All day & evening programming for the Workshop

  • Please note: Workshop fee does not include airfare or other long-distance travel costs, which must be arranged and paid separately by the participant.


$1200 per person  |  for in-residence attendance  //  Maximum 4 participants

$600 per person  |  for day participation only // Maximum 8 participants

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TaraMarie Perri is a teacher; her vocation is to support others in discovering the unique wisdom and capacity of their own human body and mind. For more than two decades she has been integrating Eastern and Western practices for students in group and one-to-one settings exploring Yoga (capital Y), Ayurveda, dance, contemplative arts and sciences, alchemy, holistic health and energy therapies. TaraMarie finds inspiration in nature, ongoing study with her personal circle of teachers, and via unique collaborations with multidisciplinary colleagues, performers, artists, and makers in-studio, onstage, and outdoors. She maintains private practices in Brooklyn and Upstate NY.

Founder, Perri Institute for Mind and Body,

Faculty, New York University Tisch School of the Arts

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