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5 Day Intensive Spiritual Herbalism Course with Yoga and Meditation in Island Falls, Maine
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Yoga and Herbal Medicine Course in USA

You are invited to Sewall House for a deep dive into the world of herbal medicine and spiritual allyship with the plants. Taught by master herbalist and massage therapist, Elijah Wikel and Yoga Teacher, Ajeet Khalsa, during this special course, you will discover the how-to’s of simple tincture and salve-making, plant identification, candle making, and herbal-crystal infusions and bring back home valuable information and knowledge to promote your own natural healing!

Meet the instructors

Ajeet & Elijah
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  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • The bliss of the body - therapeutic yoga workshop
  • Walk with the weeds: plant identification and usage
  • Finding your roots: history of plants and medicine making
  • Mullein-stalk candle, oil-based medicine, lotions, potions, and salve making
  • 4 nights accommodation with daily vegetarian meals
  • Making crystal-herb infusions the wise woman way

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

4 days with instruction
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Sewall House Yoga Retreat has discovered since they opened in 1997 that Sewall House especially seems a good choice for people going through some sort of change in their life, whether it be work-related, relationship or health-related. People also choose them because they are in Maine in a uniquely inviting historic home.

Sewall House Yoga Retreat guests have also shared that the smaller number of attendees feels less like a "university" than some of the larger yoga retreats. They also have an isolated camp on the nearby lake, rented by special application and for overnight stays. During their off-season, Sewall House Yoga Retreat can arrange special retreats if requested.

The rooms

Each participant who pays for the course, room, and board will have a private bedroom for rest and study. The rooms are roomy, comfortable, and beautifully furnished. Sewall House Yoga Retreat has six bedrooms, five of them have full-sized beds (one has a full bath) and there is one room with a queen-sized bed. This means that Sewall House Yoga Retreat never rooms strangers with each other.

The option is to have your own private room or to share a bed, such as couples or friends. Sewall House Yoga Retreat can pull in an additional mattress for double occupancy guests who prefer that but there is only one bed per spacious bedroom.


Day 1

  • 11:00 - 14:00 Finding your roots: history of plants and medicine making
  • Discovering herbalism’s medical usage throughout time
  • Popular herbalism now and how it was medicine before
  • Roots vs. Leaves! Roots must be handled differently when making medicine
  • You’ll learn harvest times for plants, how to make tincture ratios, decoctions.

Day 2

  • 11:00 - 14:00 Walk with the weeds: plant identification and usage
  • Plant walk - discover how to identify your local plants
  • Learn about herbalism as a medicine
  • Which plants have adverse effects and which to watch out for in combination with pharmaceuticals

Day 3

  • Spirit connections of plants and yoga: using the body as a healing instrument
  • 11:00 - 13:00 The bliss of the body - therapeutic yoga workshop
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Mullein-stalk candle-making

Day 4

  • 11:00 - 13:00 Loving the leaf: spiritual alchemy
  • Alchemy of herbs and crystals
  • Discovering your plant allies
  • Spiritual medicine of various leaves
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Making crystal-herb infusions the wise woman way

Day 5

  • 11:00 - 14:00 Blossom forth!
  • Oil-based medicine making
  • Making lotions and potions - salve making
  • Shelf stability for tinctures and salves
  • Flower essences to take home


Ajeet Khalsa

Elijah Wikel


Sewall House Yoga Retreat is located in an area of Maine that was recently included in Lonely Planet’s pick 2020 of Top 5 Travel destinations in the world. It is near pristine wilderness park Baxter State and new National Monument Katahdin Woods and Waters, other beautiful nature outings.

It's located only 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canada-United States border. The bordering town in the United States is Houlton, Maine, where your passport is required. In Canada, the bordering town is Woodstock, New Brunswick, which is 57 miles (92 kilometers) west of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. You can drive easily from New York City and Boston or Canada.

Northern Maine is not highly populated. This Spiritual Herbalism Course is located in a town of 700 people with two nearby lakes and Baxter State Park with its mighty Mount Katahdin. There are gift shops nearby, a number one rated 18 hole golf course, one restaurant named River Cafe which sits on the river, and a few diners but no commercial chain stores or coffee houses. Island Falls is pure small-town New England.

Nearby places

  • Canada-United States border, 30 miles
  • Bangor International Airport (BGR) - 1.25 hours
  • Portland International Airport (PDX) - 3.5 hours
  • Boston - 5 hours


Sewall House Yoga Retreat serves a vegetarian menu in keeping with yoga practice. Their food is ample, tasty, mostly organic, and prepared on the premises. They serve homemade items such as granola ( gluten-free and organic oats), bread, jams, and nut butter for breakfast, in addition to yogurt, cheese, and fruit. They usually offer eggs or pancakes on weekends.

Examples of their main dishes include veggie burgers, chili, soups, or different types of curries, etc. Their dinners are followed by desserts such as cookies, brownies, or raw desserts. Most of their food is naturally gluten-free and vegan options are ample. Just let Sewall House Yoga Retreat know about any food allergens ahead of time so they are aware. Please also note that if you require all meals to be gluten-free, a 10 USD charge per person, per day applies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking in Baxter Park
  • Kayaking
  • Lake tours
  • Life coaching
  • Nature outings to Baxter State Park, nearby lakes, and hikes
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Swimming

Spa treatments

Massages are available at extra cost. An hour massage will cost 85 USD and 1.5 hours is 110 USD.

What's included

  • 3 meals per day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • All the activities listed in the workshop schedule

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Spa treatments
  • 9% state tax - paid upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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