Weekend Nature and Yoga Retreat: Treasure Lake, Northern Kentucky

Back to Nature, Back to Your Roots: A Weekend Yoga & Permaculture Retreat promoting sustainable, slow & connected living

Location: Treasure Lake and Darkwood Farm, Petersburg, Kentucky

Facilitators: Alex Ryberg (Yoga), Doug Crouch (Forest Walk, Food and Host)

Retreat Fee:  $125

yoga at pollination fest tent 2014 with Alex at Treasure Lake

Dates: Saturday July 28th-30th, 2017

****includes numerous yoga classes, a forest tour, camping and meals friday night through sunday morning****

Contact Info: For more information on the host site and to register contact the following:

Doug at treeyopermaculture@gmail.com

Retreat Description:

This weekend retreat – guiding us back to ourselves with the help of nature, yoga and farm to table foods – will be a dynamic experience of unwinding and treating the body right, just outside of Cincinnati at the lush yet hidden gem of Treasure Lake in Petersburg, KY.  The lake has a wonderfully serene atmosphere as its 15 acre body of water brings a certain calmness to the body, the healing color of green being everywhere in the surrounding forest and fields.  Through a welcoming immersion in a natural setting, eating fresh organic foods, and having a dynamic lineup of yoga classes from one of Cincinnati’s leading teachers, Alex Ryberg, you will for sure feel rested and recharged without going too far. It will be a blend of various types of yoga fitted for the times of days and the season. The schedule below shows the flow of the weekend and will give time and space for community building, exploring the property, or even booking a massage. Feel even closer to nature as you camp each night.  In addition, the retreat will feature a forest tour from the properties steward, Doug Crouch.  Doug’s family has owned the land for the last 34 years. Doug’s studies in ecology and Permaculture will give you a chance to connect with nature in ways you don’t often get to. Overall it will be a fantastic weekend with much of the meals’ produce coming directly from the property, which hosts a 1 acre market garden run by local food farmers Annie Woods and Chris Pyper of Dark Wood Farms.



  • 3:00 – 5:00pm     Open Arrival, Settle in
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm     Meet, Greet & Gather
  • 6:00 – 8:00pm     Locally Sourced Dinner, Free Time
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm     Yoga Nidra at Dusk, allowing guidance into deep rest, relaxation and self worth


  • 8:00 –  9:00         Center & Harness the Subtle Body: Energized Hatha Yoga sequenced to balance all chakra centers and enliven the freedom of the spine
  • 9:00 – 10:00        Locally Sourced Breakfast

    Paw Paw, Asimina triloba, native forest tree crop, at Treasure Lake, Kentucky, 2014
  • 10:30 – 12:30      Forest Tour – Exploring the Kentucky Depth
  • 12:20 – 1:30        Locally Sourced Lunch
  • 1:30 –  4:30         Free Time: Options of boating, massage, hiking, laying out in the sun
  • 4:30 – 6:00          Stillness in Your Essence: Afternoon Yin and Kundalini Yoga designed to open up all major meridians for enhanced circulation and Kundalini breath work for deep integration, tasting your essence and letting go of judgement
  • 6:00 – 8:00          Farm to Table Dinner & Summer Cocktails
  • 8:00 – 11:00        Campfire and Music


  • 8:30 – 9:30         Rewire & Reawaken: Energized Hatha Yoga opening up the physiological and energetic areas of the heart, throat, and mind opening up to emotional and spiritual trust
  • 9:30 – 10:30       Locally Sourced Breakfast
  • 10:30 and on     Sunday Departure or hang out and explore more

Yoga Program

Energized Hatha: Sequenced to get the whole body tingling and flowing with prana (breath), this class combines classical yoga knowledge of traditional asanas (yoga postures), bandha locks, and pranayama in an accessible yet takes-you-to-your-edge kind of flow.  There will be general salutations as well as specialized pranayama techniques that enliven the body and mind for a day of exploration.

Yoga Nidra: Quite simply described as a systematic approach toward deep relaxation, Yoga Nidra is a restorative yoga practice and guided meditation that does just that – sets you up for deep, deep relaxation.  While laying on the ground in savasana (corpse pose) with support from blankets as needed, you’ll be guided to move your awareness throughout your body intentionally connecting with every body part, settling the nervous system and silencing the mind for gainful insight and deep, cleansing sleep.

Yin and Kundalini:  Yin Yoga provides the perfect end to a long or active day.  With seated postures on the floor, we hold stretches for up to five minutes deeply relaxing and lengthening the long sheaths of connective tissue, ultimately releasing tension close to the joints and skeleton.  Yin Yoga inherently opens up meridians, the energy lines of chinese medicine, that prana or chi steadily flows through.  After effectively opening up the meridians, we’ll move into kundalini pranayama techniques that harness our energies and closely move them along the spine and into our power centers while intelligently silencing an active mind.  Kundalini is a style of yoga that uses breath practices to move energy throughout the entire body, heightening our bodies bio-electromagnetic energy promoting a greater sense of ease and happiness. 

***Modifications will be provided on an as needed basis as these classes are suitable for all body types and varying levels of experience from beginner to intermediate to advanced.


Alex Ryberg:

Alex teaching Thai yoga bodywork

Alex’s pursuits in life are strongly focused on personal healing which goes far beyond just Yoga.  Her holistic health work with SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Integrative Therapy and mindful/spiritual practices are just a couple of ways she fulfills this mission.  She is trained in numerous styles of Yoga including yin, hatha and restorative, allowing her to offer a range to be inclusive for all.  Alex is also involved in numerous studios within her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and leads retreats at varying centers globally. She is an active member of the community contributing to multiple organizations as well, fostering community building as one of the healing modalities for the Self.  Beyond this work she is an artist, a traveler, and a devotee to sustainable, mindful living.

Doug Crouch: 

Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensivedoug bio pic knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.

Treasure Lake

The property is a diverse, sized at 66 acres, with a 15 acre lake being the centerpiece.  It sits in the most biodiverse region in the whole temperate world and offers heaps of ecological lessons to be learned.  Furthermore, less than 10 acres are cleared but this

Campsite 2, one of the ridges overlooking the lake for you to camp

open space does give us recreational opportunities like event hosting including permaculture based festivals (Pollination Festival).  We built a stage in 2014, with many of the materials coming from the land, and did upgrades to infrastructure to establish this facet of interacting with the land.  The land does have several existing businesses; bar, camping, and pay fishing. The lake acts as a magnet for the wildlife and gives us a great viewing opportunity, which we love to share with others.  We are committed to enhancing the forest, which goes hand in hand with broad acre food forest for both wildlife and humans! Forested hillsides surround the lake and create the ambiance of being immersed in an area that is remote and secluded.  However, Hebron, Kentucky, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio are all very accessible with the later being only 22 miles away.

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Food and Drink:

The food for the event will focus on seasonal local foods that are of top quality and within a small radius of Treasure Lake.  We will be using several different farms but of course the farm onsite, Dark Wood Farms, will be highlighted the most.  It will be freshly prepared with also simple breakfast options to tailor to this most personal meal.  Five meals will be served all in all with refreshments and snacks provided meanwhile. We will be firing our cob oven on Saturday night for our all organic pizzas which will be a treat for sure.  There will be vegetarian and meat options and you will tell us your preference at registration. We will also be highlighting our good friends at Fab Ferments incredible processed food to give some extra kick to flavor and nutrition.  Their komboucha will be one of the beverages we serve throughout the weekend to keep you hydrated on what will be a warm mid-summers weekend.



On site there are several campsites which are preached above the lake with easy access to the water.  They are park like in their setting with grassy flats and trees on the edges to provide shade.  They are easily accessed and we will assist you in getting to the main site where we will use one campsite as a group gathering space the adjacent campsite as a communal spot.  If you would like more privacy we have others available but you will be farther from facilities.  Composting toilets and outdoor showers round out the facilities for your natural campground.



How to get There


Crouch’s Treasure Lake

2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road

Petersburg, KY 41080

The lake can be accessed from the I-275 loop that encircles the tri-state area of Cincinnati, OH.  From I-275 take the Petersburg exit.  If you are coming through Indiana it will be the first exit after the bridge or in Kentucky it will be the last exit in KY, two past the airport.  Go West, take a right from either direction, off the exit onto KY 8 which turns into KY 20 1/2 mile down the road.  Follow that for 4 miles in total.  Turn right on Lawrenceburg Ferry Road after you go through a couple of tight S-curves and flatten out to the bottom. Then follow that for about 1 mile past houses and cornfields on the left and drive through the forested section.  You will see a driveway forking to the right after a small bridge and the sign for Treasure Lake.  Go right up the hill and the tavern will be on your left while the private residence will be the small cabin straight ahead.


Doug at treeyopermaculture@gmail.com





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