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Farmhouse Restoration Complete for Autumn 2019 Retreat at Yoga in the Adirondacks

Hiking with Rhodella at Yoga in the Adirondacks

Yoga in the Adirondacks (YitA), which offers private retreats at The Divine Acres—a private, sustainable family farm in Adirondack State Park—will host an Autumn Transformation retreat September 27 through 29. “The farmhouse has been completely renovated, and the gardens will be harvested for farm-to-table meals,” says Rhodella Hughes, who co-owns the Bakers Mills yoga studio with her husband, Patrick. “The chickens and ducks, which provide organic eggs, have their own new accommodations as well.”

               This year’s Autumn Transformation retreat, “Engaging the Chakras,” will include a Yoga Nidra, educational conversation, daily yoga practice and essential oils. 

               “A slow immersion is the key to our seasonal retreats,” Rhodella says. 

               A 200-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, Rhodella is also an essential oil enthusiast. She will be teaching an Aroma Yoga practice at the retreat. “Participants will also be creating their own essential oil blends based on their learning of the chakras and how the oils support healing,” she says.

               Patrick, an active member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, is YitA’s outdoor adventure guide. He is also first aid/CPR certified. Stacy Hendrie, owner of FitStop Delivers, will be YitA’s private chef for the weekend, providing nutritious, whole-food meals designed to heal and energize the body. Beth Mendoza, owner of Evolution Yoga By Beth and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, helped create and organize the retreat. 

            “The Divine Acres and YitA is a pathway for the journey to wellness, a place of learning in a supportive and peaceful environment,” Rhodella says. “As we grow, so will the opportunities we can offer people that are open and willing to embrace new perspectives and growth within themselves.”

               In gratitude and support of YitA’s local connections, the studio will also offer seasonal workshops at Golden Prana in Katonah, she says. The Autumn Transformation workshop is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. October 6.


Location: Yoga in the Adirondacks, 2 Coulter Rd., Bakers Mills, NY (minutes from Gore Mountain Ski Resort). For more info, call 518.251.3015 or 914.556.8258, or visit

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