Friendship Yoga

Friendship Yoga
1231 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240



Workshops & Retreats


May 29 - 31, 2015

17th Annual Spring Retreat at Prairiewoods
Guest Teacher Laurie Blakeney,
Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher
Director, Yoga School of Ann Arbor

Laurie Blakeney, Senior Certified Iyengar teacher will be returning from Ann Arbor as our guest teacher. Classes will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and the retreat ends after lunch on Sunday.

Laurie Blakeney, director of the Ann Arbor School of Yoga, is a longtime student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar with whom she studies on a yearly basis in Pune, India. Classes will be taught in the classical method as taught by the Iyengars.

This weekend yoga retreat is open to any yoga student who has had at least 24 weeks of consistent attendance in an Iyengar Yoga class. It is an opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of yoga with a dedicated and highly trained teacher. Prairiewoods, a spiritual and ecology center run by Franciscan Sisters is located on 70 acres of natural beauty just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This serene and spacious facility offers accommodations for overnight guests, ample space for quiet reflection, trails for walking and contemplation, and simple vegetarian meals. The spiritual atmosphere of Prairiewoods provides an ideal environment for an Iyengar Yoga retreat.



Schedule: (subject to change)
Friday, May 29   3:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Arrival and Check-in
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Asana Class
    8 p.m.   Potluck Dinner
Saturday, May 30   9:00 - Noon   Asana Class
    Noon   Lunch
    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Teachers' Session
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Inversions, restorative, pranayama class
    6:00 p.m.   Dinner
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Philosophical discussion
and/or Q & A
    8:00 p.m   Yoga video with popcorn
Sunday, May 31   7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Pranayama Class
    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.   Tea and fruit break
    9:30 - Noon   Asana Class
    Noon   Lunch and departure

Cost and Registration Information

Option 1: Classes and meals only: $270

There are 17 double rooms available for lodging at Prairiewoods. Each room shares an adjoining bath with another room. Sheets and towels are provided. In order to maximize the number of participants who can enjoy the comfort of staying at Prairiewoods, those willing to "double-up" would be greatly appreciated. Prairiewoods is a roomy facility with abundant private space for seclusion.

Option 2: Classes and meals,
               Double room accommodation: $350

Option 3: Classes and meals,
               Single room accommodation: $410

Teacher’s session: Add $50 to your fee.

Early Bird Bonus!!!!! Subtract $20 from your fee, IF YOU REGISTER BY May 9, 2015

Enrollment is limited and the workshop will fill! Register early so as to not miss this wonderful opportunity. If you cancel on or before May 9th, your fees will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. If you cancel after May 9th, your fees will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee only if there is someone available to take your place. Otherwise, no refunds after May 9th, 2015.

The Maitri Yoga Education Fund will provide financial support for those in need. Scholarships are prioritized for currently enrolled Friendship Yoga Students. For more information and an application,
Deadline for scholarship applications is 5/4/15.




  "Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth,
society and community develop."
B.K.S. Iyengar