The School of Yoga and Nature Arts opens along North Shore in Beaver Bay
A new business centered on building and fostering connections is opening up in June along the North Shore.
The School of Yoga and Nature Arts is a wellness-based folk school where people can learn, grow, and connect to the natural world. The folk school is located in a newly constructed yurt in Beaver Bay along Hwy 61.
“When people think of folk schools, they tend to think of a place to learn a physical skill or a craft,” Teresa Hershey, the owner of The School of Yoga and Nature Arts, said. “However, folk schools are more than that.”
“Folk schools are meant to assist people in understanding their own identity and to strengthen and empower communities,” Hershey said. “Our classes are designed to help you feel more happy and peaceful.”
Before the school can open in June, Hershey said more construction work is needed. However, she has already lined up classes and instructors throughout the summer and fall months.
In June, Hershey will teach numerous classes, including yoga asana, forest bathing, yoga philosophy, and yoga history. Starting in July, instructor Jeannette Mueller will teach a plants and planets class focused on astrology and wild edibles. Later in the summer and early fall, workshops will focus on astrology, herbalism, and astronomy. In October, Bob King, more commonly known as Astro Bob, will teach a history of constellations class.
There is an opportunity for individuals or groups who take a class to rent out a second yurt located on the property. “The original yurt that was there is going to be rented for short-term rentals,” Hershey said. “It’s not for the general public that way. It’s kind of limited to people that are going to be using the school facilities.”
Hershey said she was drawn to the Beaver Bay area because of its rich history. “I really love the history of that area. So when the opportunity arose to purchase some land in Beaver Bay, I felt fortunate that I could be part of that community.”
“I really hope that I’m accepted by the North Shore community and that I can add to and complement all of the other wonderful offerings and activities that are already available on the North Shore,” Hershey said.
To check out upcoming classes, visit The School of Yoga and Nature Arts website.
WTIP’s Kalli Hawkins spoke with Teresa Hershey, the owner of The School of Yoga and Nature Arts, about her new business. Audio from the interview is below.
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