An Extended Study & Retreat with Erin Kelly & Steph Gongora Aug. 25 - Sept. 2 2018

Join Steph Gongora (@casa_colibri) and Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart) for a 7 day, 8 night extended INVERSION STUDY on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin. Bliss, beaches, and ALL the upside down yoga you could ever wish for at Haines Cottages, a quaint and picturesque escape in Sand Bay, the southernmost tip of the Door.

An intimate and community building experience, the Inversion Intensive will top off at just 13 students to make sure you get the individual attention you deserve in daily meditation, flow, and restorative practices, as well as three-four additional workshop sessions.

While the focus of the retreat is finding confidence upside down (arm balances, headstand, forearm stand, handstand, pressing), many of the full body strengtheners and alignment drills can be sprinkled throughout your asana practice to help find fluidity with all movement, on and off the mat. The building of intelligence in the body for inversions stems from creative sequencing in flow format, so expect the non-traditional funky flows that Erin and Steph are known for, in addition to a more structured and discussion-based workshop section that will be tailored to your own personal needs.

This retreat is open to ALL LEVELS, and we fully encourage those new to an inversion practice to join us. Each day will build slowly, and we always offer progressive flows and drills to serve a variety of levels. Already an upside down ninja? Come pick up some tricks and transitions to help progress your practice. Those who already have a basic knowledge and awareness of body movement and positioning will be the ones to benefit the most from this retreat. Not sure if it’s right for you? Just ask!

There will be 2-3 yoga classes offered per day, along with plenty of free time scheduled to roam the beautiful beach, take a quick paddle or kayak, hike through a nearby state park, or stroll the colorful streets of small town Sturgeon Bay (15 minutes by car). The final FULL day (Saturday Sep 1st) will offer plenty of free time, giving you the opportunity to explore, relax, further connect with those around you, or even check out early if need be.

This is YOUR retreat, and YOUR path to Inversions, so we have structured a schedule that is rigorous in its teaching opportunities, but also allows you the freedom to pick and choose what to participate in so that you can give your body and soul exactly what they need!  Be sure to keep track of all classes you attend though because all hours count towards continued education on Yoga Alliance!

Inversion Practices To Be Covered: Deep Core Activation, Arm Balances, Headstand, Forearm Stand, Handstand, Pressing, and MORE!

Retreat Participants Also Receive: Choice of online video packages from Erin/Steph  – Either Finding Float (Level 1) or Spread Your Wings & Soar (Level 2) PLUS Graceful Strength: Complete Core and either The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand E-Book or The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing E-Book

Retreat Details

August 25 – Sep 2, 2018 – 8 nights/7 days

Packages Include:

  • Check in Aug 25 (after 3pm), check out Sep 2 (before 11am)
  • Daily meditation & self-inquiry exploration led by Steph, Erin or guest teacher, Zen Meditation Expert – Mr. Kim <3
  • 2x daily yoga flow (morning) and restorative (evening) classes with Steph Gongora & Erin Kelly.
  • 3-4 afternoon workshop style classes including headstand, forearm stand, handstand
  • LODGING: Shared, cottage-style lodging in single or queen beds (price varies)
  • FOOD: Daily lunch and dinner – Vegan, Vegetarian and Omnivore options.
  • Choice of either: Finding Float (Level 1) video package OR Spread Your Wings & Soar (Level 2) video package
  • Choice of two: Graceful Strength: Complete Core E-Book AND The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand E-Book OR The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand Pressing E-Book
  • Any Room Service Charge & Tax

Additional Items (Not included):

  • Round trip airfare to MKE, Green Bay, WI or surrounding airports
  • Transfer to/from airport (we can assist with arranging a shared shuttle from MKE or Green Bay)
  • Breakfast/Snacks + Food on Saturday Sep 2nd
  • Optional Excursions – To Be Decided, but may include trips to the National Park, shopping/free day in nearby towns, sailing, etc.

Instructor Details

Meet Steph Gongora & Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly @erinkellyart is a traveling yoga teacher based in Venice Beach, California. She is known for her personal grace and fluidity of movement in both practice and teaching, and can often be found upside down or cultivating creativity through unusual transitions. Her teaching style is refreshing and playful, while still incorporating precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth.

She continues to develop a strong personal practice, studying various lineages, and consciously chooses not be defined by a particular school or style. Erin has studied under Megan Currie and is a regular in the LA yoga studio scene. She has also spent many hours training with Tearson Bickmore, as well as received extended hours in Dharma and Rocket under a Yancy Schwartz mentorship.

Erin has written for or been featured in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Guide Magazine and Yoga Journal, as well as made many appearances on national and international media sources. These days, you can find her focusing her time on creating unique, informative, and stimulating classes, workshops ,and trainings, often with her teaching partner Steph Gongora.

A true artist by nature, Erin received a BFA in Oil Painting with a minor in Art History from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is passionate about the idea that if we open our bodies up physically, we can tap into all sorts of creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Whether it’s with a paintbrush in hand or just through body movement, Erin is continuously creating her own form of art and expression and believes we all have this freedom of expression.

Steph Gongora (@casa_colbiri) is a certified yoga and aerial teacher currently based in Austin, TX. She completed her first formal 200hr training with Meghan Currie, and continued to pursue an additional 300hr training with Christina Sell at The San Macros School of Yoga. In Austin, she regularly attends additional training with Erinn Lewis of Sukha Yoga, and recently started another online 200hr study with Alanna Kaivalya.

An athlete her whole life, Steph practiced gymnastics until high school, taught pole fitness during college (where she studied Biology and Chemistry), and started a serious daily yoga practice over three years ago. Her teaching style combines precise breakdowns of form and anatomical cuing with a creative flow style, stressing unusual transitions and authentic movements practices. She has developed a deep love and respect for inversions of all kinds, which is what promoted her to write her first E-Book in early 2016 – The Beginner’s Guide to Handstand.

Steph is happily married with three furry children and has plans to move down to Costa Rica in the fall of 2016 to start construction on a Functional Medicine/Yoga retreat center on the South Pacific coast. When she isn’t doing yoga, she enjoys reading, writing, anything outdoors, writing more E-Books (probably about more Yoga) and spending time with her little family.


Lodging Details


$1675 per person (only 1 person per bed)

*Shared bathroom

*Access to shared kitchen


Single Occupancy: $2050

Double Occupancy (2 people per bed): $1350 per person

*Shared bathroom

*Access to shared kitchen

Find out more about Haines Cottages by clicking HERE!
ALL LODGING IS “SHARED.” There are three cabins/cottages that sleep 3-6 people each. A few have private rooms for queen beds and/or private rooms for two twins or bunks. We will fill the more private rooms FIRST, so book early to have the most personal space! All beds share 1-2 bathrooms per cottage and have their own full kitchen.

“If you are for double occupancy in the queen beds (Option 2) meaning you are sharing the bed with a person, you must apply with a friend or partner.”

Reservation Details

How To Claim Your Space in Paradise
  • Room reservations are confirmed with a $500 deposit per person. Deposits are non-refundable after 10 days from the date of payment. Please see the Full Cancellation Policy below.
  • 50% of the balance due 90 days before retreat begins and 100% is due 60 days before the retreat begins.
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended for any unforeseen circumstances.


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To Sign Up  & Place Your Deposit Via Venmo Please Send To (@stephgongora) Or To Send Via Paypal to

When sending your deposit, please specify your preferred room option, as well as the name(s) of any requested roommates. We will do our best to honor room requests on a first come, first serve basis, however, if you want to check availability beforehand, we suggest you email us at You will receive a confirmation email after your deposit within 48 hours.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that life happens and things change. We will do our best to be flexible, however, the closer the cancellation is to the actual start date, the less likely it is that we will be able to fill your space. Since we have already paid for the retreat, we are committed, and late cancelled rooms would mean payments out of our pockets. We highly suggest you purchase travel insurance in case of any emergency change of plans, and are happy to answer any other questions that you might have!
Date of Cancellation Payments Made Deposit
6 months (180 days prior) to the start date Fully Refundable Fully NON Refundable (since 10 days start of payment)
Between 120-180 days prior to the start date 50% Refundable Non-Refundable (after 10 days since date of payment)
Less than 120 days prior to the start date Non-Refundable Non-Refundable