Hosted by Peace in Practice’s Jaina Portwood and Yoga Coalition’s Ericka Jones
The Great Northern invites members of the BIPOC community to an experience focused on wellness, respite, and an embrace of the winter season. Attendees are invited to join in meditation, scented steam experiences, and guided movement in the winter air. Sauna and Sobriety and Zero Proof Collective will be also be on-site with specialty mocktails.
Jaina Portwood leads yoga training and retreats with Beloved Retreats and co-founded Peace in Practice, which is working to nurture a homegrown, sustainable collective of healing yoga practitioners and programs in Black and brown communities.
Ericka Jones founded the Yoga Coalition, an alliance for combined action bringing inclusion to the yoga community. She teaches meditation and works as a diversity, equity, and inclusion professional. Ericka is also a certified Thermaculture™ guide, leading regular sauna steam aromatherapy sessions at Hewing Hotel.
Before, during, or after the sessions, attendees are invited to relax fireside in the Room & Board vignettes under ambient lights to enjoy time with companions, or slide up to the We Are Water MN’s Water Bar to rehydrate and reconnect with our most precious resource and the relationships—both natural and human—it sustains. Malcolm Yards will be open just feet away to serve you a specialty Great Northern cocktail or another festive libation or fare.
Please note: Sauna participants must be 13+ years of age at the time of their sauna experience during. Attendees under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to bring children ages 5-13 during our Family Day Steam Sessions programming on Sunday mornings.
How to prepare: Bring easy-to-slip-on/off sandals or flip-flops, a towel, a robe to wear to and from the saunas, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Bathing suits are required, and we recommend coming already dressed to maximize sauna time. Please note that Malcolm Yards requires shoes and either a robe or clothes to be worn indoors.