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A Northwoods Women's Retreat

Fall 2024


Jen Quade & Brigette Binesikwe Nies invite you to join us for a special long weekend retreat at a peaceful and beautiful rustic center outside of Grand Marais, MN right on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – Camp Menogyn.

If you’re anything like most women in this modern moment, come autumn, your nervous system will be craving rest, quiet, nature and community so that you can be connected to your center and be witnessed just as you are.


Its hard to find a better time of year than autumn in Northern Minnesota. Come join us for a long weekend away to experience the autumnal beauty and honor the changing of the seasons. Spend time in nature and nurture your soul amongst the spectacular fall foliage.

We will begin our time together by paddling into our rustic retreat center north of Grand Marais on a remote lake. The forest and waters surrounding the retreat center are simply magical  and are  the perfect container in which to create sacred space together. This will be a beautiful opportunity to  reconnect with our hearts, our bodies and our true nature.  A time of renewal, connection, celebration and deep nourishment on all levels of our beings.



We invite you  to leave the business of summer behind, pack up your cozy fall gear  for an unforgettable weekend up north.Give yourself the gift of stepping away from the city – from the momentum of life – to make an investment in yourself… and leave feeling a renewed sense of connection to your body, your heart and your inner guidance.

Whats Included 

About Your Retreat Hosts
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Brigette Binesikwe Nies currently lives on Lake Superior in far northern Minnesota.   She has called Grand Marais home for the past 24 years and lives on a small piece of land just outside of town with her partner and two children. Gardening for her is a grounding and meditative practice and she has a living apothecary of over 100 medicinal herbs growing there on the land. Binesikwe is the owner of Ancient Traditions Healing and has been empowering women through her work, Women’s Circles and Women’s Retreats for many years.  She is a Body Worker, Soul Wisdom Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Master Herbalist and has been journeying with and learning from the sacred plant teachers since 2009. She will be guiding the yoga practices and lending her heart and experience to the co-led opening and closing circles and the sacred ceremonies we will experience during our time together.


"  I feel there is something really special and magical about the land here in Northern Minnesota, especially in fall.  There is something so raw about the land that it easily draws up back into a state of remembering our sacred relationship to all of the natural world.  The richness of the fall colors, the crispness of the morning air, inviting us into presence, giving us permission to slow down and simple be. I cant think of a better way to reconnect with and nourish oneself.

To learn more visit

Instagram @ancienttraditionshealing

Jen Quade is a holistic nurse who has served in an inner city ICU as well as studied with master healers in the jungle. After becoming frustrated, disillusioned and burned out by the conventional medical system, she began exploring alternative medicine 2009 and she left the hospital in 2012 to begin a private practice. She dedicates her life to sharing the transformational benefits of holistic healing and spirituality. She shares her work in her women’s health private practice, Qoya women’s movement classes and retreats, and through her passion for coaching and teaching. She loves to create spaces where women can remember their essence through movement, ritual, music, meditation and more. 


                      Sample Itinerary

Friday : Arrival Day

3:00-5:00pm: Arrival, Paddle-in & Check-In

6:00–7:00pm: Dinner

7:30–9p: Orientation & Opening Ceremony



7:00-7:45am: Morning  Meditation & Breathwork

8am-9:00am: Breakfast & Free Time

10:00am-12:00pm: Qoya Inspired Movement

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch & Free Time

2:30-5:00pm: Forest Bathing

5:00-6:00pm: Free Time

6:00-7:15pm: Dinner

7:30-9:30pm: Singing Sauna


7:00-7:45am: Morning Meditation & Breathwork

7:45am-9:00am: Breakfast & Free Time

10:00am-12:00pm: Yoga

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch & Free Time

2:30-5:00pm: Cacao/Despacho

5:00-6:00pm: Free Time

6:00-7:15pm: Dinner

7:30-9:30pm: Fire Ceremony

Monday: Departure Day

8:00-9:30am: Breakfast,Free Time & Pack

9:30am-11:00am: Closing Session

11:00am-12pm: Departure Time

*All activities are optional and we encourage you to feel into what feels most aligned in the moment.

What is possible when you create from a place of nourishment? Let’s find out.

Early Bird Pricing: $777 or 3 monthly payments of $260


Contribution For The Event is $888


Cost includes:

  • Rituals and conscious community-building exercises to honor, nurture, and express your soul.

  • A Qoya movement class that combines yoga, dance and sensual movement

  • Yoga

  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Camp Menogyn, 30 min from Grand Marais, MN

  • Nourishing meals

  • Nature, sauna

This event has limited Space and will fill up fast – join us!

Come as you are and leave as more of who you are

Questions? Email me

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination
prepared to be herself and only herself.   – M
aya Angelou

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