USA
Destination
5-7 Days
Duration
Meditation, Nature Walk, Yoga
Activity

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Sewall House Yoga Retreat is a small personalized yoga and meditation retreat in a tiny New England town in an historic home where Theodore Roosevelt was healed of asthma – the tradition continues with the great grand-daughter of the guide William Sewall. The owner has kept the house in the family and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1985 in New York City.

The benefits of this particular retreat well being, healing, healthy eating and healing of nature.

DATE Available for Selection – May 21 to October 9 2018
DURATION 5 – 7 Days
LOCATION Sewall House

INCLUDED
Accommodation at Sewall House
Daily Meals Provided
Free Airport Pickup from Bangor, Maine
Yoga Classes
Meditation Classes

 

NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Alcohol(Prohibited)
Gratuity
FOOD

Vegan and Gluten Free options are always available

If you require completely gluten free meals, please let us know in advance and be aware that an additional charge of $10 per person, per day applies.

ACTIVITIES
Massage
Morning meditation by the river
Sauna
Arranged Hiking
Exploring the New National Monument

Arranged Lake Tours

Other Activities:

Swimming, Canoeing, Biking, Golfing (Va Jo Wa Golf course), Kayaking, Plain old Porch Sitting, hammocks, shopping at local Amish and maple syrup gift shop, Maine Local Crafts & Goods,Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing (Winter season – upon arrangement)

ACCOMODATION
Single or Double
Sewall House

Accommodation

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Six Private Bedrooms. Five Rooms with antique full size beds. One room with a queen size bed. Four full bathrooms; Three shared. One room with a private bathroom. Sauna & one person jacuzzi bath. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Two Daily Yoga/Meditation classes included. Free Wireless internet access is available.

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Teachers Profile

DONNA DAVIDGE – AMRITA KAUR KHALSA

Keenly interested in health, both physically and mentally, Donna (Amrita) took her first yoga class in college. As a competitive runner in high school and college, she regained her strength after breaking her back skydiving in 1979, determined to run a marathon within a year of being bedridden for a month. After receiving her Masters in Nutrition and living for three years in Europe (working as a model) she avidly returned to studying yoga. One of her last running competitions was a half marathon in Paris in 1985. That same year she began teaching Kundalini Yoga in New York City, producing her first video Strength and Serenity in 1990, creating a Chakra booklet in 1993, the same year she promoted Yoga Journal’s first videos on QVC. In 2000 Yoga Journal chose her video The Challenge (1996) as one of their top ten choices. She received her name Amrita directly from her teacher Yogi Bhajan in 1987. She continued to study with varied senior Kundalini yoga teachers to grow her experience as a teacher and student. In 1996 Donna (Amrita) was hit by a cab on her bicycle in New York City, using the healing power of yoga to help her heal from her second impactful injury.

In 1997, after nearly 14 years teaching in many and varied venues in New York City, Donna purchased her great grandfather’s historic homestead in northern Maine to jump into a new adventure, keeping alive the legacy of healing and hospitality that began with a young Theodore Roosevelt and her great grandfather, nature guide William Sewall. Near lakes and Baxter State Park, Sewall House Yoga Retreat has hosted guests from all over the United States and beyond, offering small personalized retreats. It was chosen top ten worldwide two years in a row by Gayot online and has been featured in various publications including Yoga Journal, Travel & Leisure & InStyle.

Since 1999, when the healer Guru Dev suggested that Kundalini yoga expanded her awareness but she needed more physical integration into her practice, Donna (Amrita) deeply immersed herself in study with her favorite teachers that she was blessed to discover in New York City while she continued to teach full time- Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern (Ashtanga) and Genny Kapuler (Iyengar). In 2003 she began to integrate this into her teaching, branching out beyond Kundalini yoga as a teacher. She also had the good fortune to take classes from Pattabhis Jois, the father of Ashtanga yoga, twice as well as Rod Stryker, Ana Forrest, David Life and Gurmukh. Donna’s (Amrita) clients have ranged in age and lifestyle from all walks of life from children to A-list actors to people with life threatening illnesses at Friends in Deed (both privately and in groups). In 2003 she demonstrated Kundalini Yoga on the Martha Stewart show. She has been featured in various national publications, quoted as an expert on yoga. In 2009 she began offering teacher training in Maine by request. Donna (Amrita), while now teaching others to become teachers in very small group trainings, continues to study both the physical and meditational aspects of yoga through practice with teachers, in everyday life as well as a personal practice when in Maine. She considers yoga a lifelong self study which evolves with the stages of life. She likes to impart humor into her teaching as she considers yoga to be serious and fun. She is honored to have been interviewed by Integral Yoga Magazine on the relationship between yoga and emotion. She was the yoga columnist for Inner Tapestry in New England from 2000-2013.

Donna (Amrita) has taught at Golden Bridge Yoga, Kundalini Yoga East, Pure Yoga, HB Acting School, Nu-Age Spa, Pura Vida in Costa Rica and Spannochia in Italy, Sweden and Canada, California as well as workshops in various studios in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She also has taught a popular Chakra Series at the Open Center in New York City. Her Chakra booklet can be downloaded from her Classes page and her DVDs can be purchased at Sewall House Shop page and elsewhere (see below).

She wishes to extend thanks to her students, her teachers and all who helped her evolve the retreat center.

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Reviews are from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016

Would like to say few words about my time in Maine at Sewall House Yoga Retreat, I had amazing 12 days in such a cute town Island Falls and at the end in Bangor(great beer there btw). It was nice meeting you Donna Sewall Davidge , your team and guests. Loved your yoga classes and meditation in the morning, really appreciate for being part of it. Thank you for this opportunity to cook for you guys all those days. Thank you Ravi Kirin for helping and sharing your experience! Loved your vegan meals so much!
Hiking, kayaking, traveling, cooking, eating local fruits and veggies, meditating and yoga classes. Had a Great experience

Stayed October 2016, travelled on business
Леонид Р


Enjoyable yoga retreat

A girlfriend and I decided to do a yoga retreat together in the New England area and Sewall came up during internet searches. We happened to be the only retreat guests and the rest were students in 3-week teacher training. The house itself is very cozy and inviting inside and the hosts Donna and Nadja are warm individuals who strived to meet our needs. We enjoyed our stay very much. We are not vegetarians but Nadia’s cooking is so delicious that we did not miss meat or seafood at all during our stay. Heather is the massage therapist, who gave very good deep-tissue massages. There are good outing options nearby and we kayaked, took nature walks, and shopped at the Amish store. Lastly the yoga classes. Donna’s classes are 50% Kundalini yoga and the students in training happened to be learning Kundalini while we were there. We were not familiar with this form of yoga and it took sometime to get used to it. We did enjoy the classes but had a slight overdose of Kundalini as we also attended the trainee’s classes 😉 Donna is a wonderful teacher and I was able to improve my practice during the short stay. I would highly recommend this retreat.

Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends
SandyWta45


The Sewall house is the perfect blend of yoga, spiritually and outdoor adventure. I enjoyed everything about my visit including the food, the company, the environment and of course the yoga. I can not give a stronger recommendation. Experience it for yourself!
Stayed September 2016
Michael N
5 Days Retreat
Single – US$1,250 Double -US$2,050
7 Days Retreat
Single – US$1,610 Double – US$2,730

*Tax is not included in above pricing. The accommodation tax in Maine is 8%

Daily Schedule

1

Morning

8:00 – 10:00AM

Meditation / Restorative, Hatha Yoga or more active Vinyasa-Ashtanga Yoga (based on your needs)

10:00AM

Breakfast including homemade granola, oatmeal, fruit, nut butters, homemade bread, yogi tea and coffee. Eggs or pancakes offered most weekends.

10:30AM – 2:00PM

Free time – Reading, journaling, biking, walking, hiking, massage, lake activities.

2

Afternoon

2:00PM

Mid-day meal. Additional charge if you would like lunch prepared for an outing.

2:30 – 5:00PM

More time for self study, booking a massage or getting into the great outdoors. Ask about lake tours and canoe/kayak rentals.

3

Evening

5:30 – 7:00PM

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

7:00PM

Vegetarian Dinner & Dessert

8:00 – 10:30PM

Sauna & Jacuzzi or just relax!

Other Activities:

Swimming, Canoeing, Biking, Golfing (Va Jo Wa Golf course), Kayaking, Plain old Porch Sitting, hammocks, shopping at local Amish and maple syrup gift shop, Maine Local Crafts & Goods,Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing (Winter season – upon arrangement)