Fall Meditation + Wellness Retreat

November 1-3, 2019 | New Buffalo, Michigan


Life is crazy. Make time for calm.

It’s that time of year, again. The time to carve out dedicated, intentional time for yourself. Our calendars have a mind of their own, don’t they? Here is your chance to make time for calm. Join us for a weekend of meditation, yoga and all around wellness.

Paying attention in the moment is an art. Like any craft, mindfulness requires practice to hone your skills until it becomes second nature. You’ll work with Chicago’s top wellness experts to learn how to infuse mindfulness into everyday activities. From the way we move our bodies to how we choose our food, there is always an opportunity to center ourselves in the moment. 

This retreat is for anyone looking to create a little extra space to breathe and add more intention to their choices. Whether you’re kickstarting your meditation practice, are a zen expert, or fall somewhere in the middle, there’s a cushion waiting for you on our retreat.



Darrell Jones will infuse tangible mindful tools that you will be able to apply to everyday life.  Intention setting, visualization, focused breathing, and movement are techniques you’ll use to strengthen your practice.


Claire Mark will lead classes to deepen the mind + body connection. The core of her class will be vinyasa yoga, focusing on alignment and moving in sync with your breath. Chose from Level I or II classes.

Sound Meditation

Gina Harris will lead you through sound baths to regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system for an immediate release of tension. Experience the music of the gong, an ancient healing tool that impacts every system in your body.




Claire Mark

If Chill believed in gurus, Claire would be our’s.  Claire was introduced to yoga and meditation 20 years ago in New York City and never looked back. Studying with the best senior teachers from Los Angeles to San Francisco, she landed in Chicago, where her classes enjoy a devoted following. She is dedicated to making yoga and meditation accessible to everyone, with a focus on being compassionate and kind toward all.  She is also a certified life coach, cookbook author, and a mom — all of which she couldn’t have done without the help of her daily meditation practice.


Darrell Jones

Darrell is Chill personified — his approachable and calming presence is appreciated by customers and students. As the Chill Meditation + Programming Director, he brings programming and curriculum development experience from his former position as program manager at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Darrell graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Music and holds a Masters in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies.  His inspiration comes from the realization that in all philosophy, science, religions, and psychology, there is some element of meditation or contemplation to stimulate change and growth.


Gina Harris, Gong Immersion Instructor, Unity Dialogues Founder

Gina is an educator, peacemaker, and true architect of change. After 15 years in corporate life, she followed her passion and added a Masters of Teaching to her MBA. An internationally certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and a certified restorative justice practices facilitator and trainer, Gina founded Unity Dialogues, a circle process where students and adults learn from each other and grow from authentic, open dialogue about race and unity development. Gina has been teaching yoga and playing the gong for almost 10 years and practicing for 30. Her first Kundalini yoga class included the gong and all she could think was, "How do I get closer to that?!" She found an answer to that question and now facilitates the monthly gong sound meditation at Chill for a nearly-always-sold-out class.



Marina Grand Resort

Just 70 miles from Chicago, the Marina Grand Resort offers luxury accommodations within walking distance of Lake Michigan. Inspired by Scandinavian-modern design, every guest room has a fireplace and patio or deck overlooking the New Buffalo Harbor. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a rooftop deck, coffee bar and market, and complimentary bike rentals. In your downtime over the weekend, you can enjoy sandy beaches, extensive local hiking trails, or exploring charming downtown shops.

What’s Included

  • Two nights stay at the Marina Grand Resort

  • Healthy breakfast + dinner each day (gluten-free + vegan options available)

  • Five meditation sessions led by Darrell Jones

  • Two yoga sessions led by Claire Mark (Level I + II available)

  • Sound meditation led by Gina Harris

  • Additional workshops added soon


What's Not Included

  • Travel to New Buffalo

  • Lunches


Before July 18:

  • Marina View Double Queen / Double Occupancy = $800 per person

  • Marina View King / Single Occupancy = $950 per person

After July 18:

  • Marina View Double Queen / Double Occupancy = $950 per person

  • Marina View King / Single Occupancy = $1250 per person


The fine print

Cancellations must be made by October 1, 2019 for full studio credit. Your credit may be applied to anything offered at Chill. Please email katy@chillchicago.com with any questions.