Workshops & Events

Our gorgeous, spacious studio combined with our Wellness/Educational Center is the perfect setting to host your weekend or one-day retreat, health-focused workshop or event!  Yoga/Meditation/Massage/Aromatherapy/Chakras/Reiki/Stress Relief/Life Coaching/Nutrition/Anything about Health & Wellness!  Learn, play and relax all in the same space.   Registrants love the ambience and the chance to use the healing Himalayan Salt Cave and other services on breaks and before or after their classes, or even as a segment of the event, itself. We are located along Rt. 80 just 1-1/2 hours from Chicago, Rockford, and Bloomington/Champaign areas - in the heart of Illinois.  We are also 15 minutes or less  from some beautiful places to stay: Starved Rock Lodge & State Park,  Heritage Harbor, and Fox River Resort. Great restaurants and shopping are within walking distance - check out B.A.S.H.,  The Lone Buffalo, and The Pink Chihuahua for yummy food and drinks.  Another great place to visit is August Hill Winery in nearby Utica, IL.   On-site catering/delivery is also available here at SaltTreeYoga. Contact us to discuss arrangements for your next event!

Groups for up to 12 using the Salt Cave can also use our studio space for up to two hours to gather for bring-your-own snacks and beverages (no full meals please).  Rate is $30/person during regular business hours, and we will help you set up/tear down.  Studio space and help is included in the salt cave price!   Please call for rates during non-business hours.  See more options on the Salt Cave page.

Studio/Events Room Rental:  $200/day includes yoga props if needed, tables, chairs, water, coffee & tea.  Seats 30 people.  Or, let us help coordinate and promote your workshop or seminar to our network of clients!  Call for percentage-based shared profit arrangements.

Be sure to scroll through the whole page - it's categorized into Health & Spiritual Development; Yoga & Movement Workshops; and Aromatherapy Education! 



with Pam Booras, RYT-200, CTN    

The Second Wednesday of every month:   September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, & December 12th

This guided meditation will take place in the Salt Cave and includes a salt therapy treatment. We will be using Selenite Harmonizers during the hour in the Salt Cave. Selenite is a powerful cleansing and healing tool that has the ability to clear, protect and shield your energy body. It is one of the few minerals that has the healing ability to quickly unblock stagnant and negative energy, removing all energy blockages to create a fluid flow of energy throughout the body. Selenite crystals shield you from outside influences, since one of the Selenite healing properties is to evoke protection from the angelic realm. It helps to dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.

 Cost:  $35

Please understand that all workshops are non-refundable!

  CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 8 to register - click Register for Class button.   Three more will be accepted by phone if you are okay with a restorative floor set-up with bolsters, but you must call us to register your space.


with Laurel Maze, Reiki Master

Third Tuesday of every month in the Yoga Studio.   OCT 16th, NOV 20th, DEC 18th

All meditations are from 5:30-6:30 pm.   Please register in advance online or by phone!  We need a minimum of 5 registered by three days before to offer this meditation.  

COST:  $10.  Click below and scroll to the date of the class to find it on the calendar.



DATES:  To Be Announced

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake.

You will be offered therapeutic grade essential oil to breathe in/apply to enhance your journey. We will lead you through a sequential process of moving inward: first the body, then the breath, then the mind, and then the emptying into Yoga Nidra, conscious Deep Sleep.

Yoga Nidra is the destination, not the journey!

Yoga Nidra is a place where accelerated healing and learning can happen. One hour of yoga nidra practice restores the body similarly to 3 hours of deep sleep.Yo ga Nidra brings you into a deeply restorative healing state that will release tension, enhance your vital life force, and leave you with a greater sense of peace and wellbeing.

These events will be led either by Kate Brown or Diana Carlson.
Kate is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Diana is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.

Cost: $35. Open to the first 8 people to register - Click Register for Class button. Three more will be accepted by phone if you are okay with a restorative floor set-up with bolsters, but you must call us to register your space.  This is non-refundable unless we can fill your space.



with Steve Wolf, ERYT-500

FEB 8-10, 2019

Class Times:  Friday, 6-9 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 6:30 pm

The BEST Early Bird registration is due by DEC 8th!
Yoga Nidra literally means “sleep of the yogi.” Numerous recent studies prove the power of this ancient technique to systematically calm the nervous system and induce the most profound states of relaxation. But, yoga nidra is so much more than a tool for relaxation. Through guided visual imagery, body awareness, and other mindfulness techniques, it provides access to your deepest states of consciousness. Here you’ll find self understanding and healing, and you gain access to your intuition and creative potential. Through regular practice you become more grounded and less reactive to the push and pull of daily events.
After a brief introduction, Friday night’s class will include a short gentle yoga class leading into an extended guided yoga nidra session. Over the following two days you’ll experience several variations of the traditional yoga nidra method, and you’ll learn to lead it from the Pranakriya perspective. We’ll discuss and practice how to use timing, voice quality and language to develop and deliver an effective yoga nidra sequence. You’ll learn how science continues to discover the many benefits of yoga nidra, underlining what the ancient yogis have always known.
Give yourself the gift of yoga nidra, and add this skill to your teaching toolbox to share with your students. This workshop is appropriate for caregivers off all kinds, and is accessible to those of all abilities and experience levels. Yoga teachers may also credit the hours toward their Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements (CEUs).
Steve Wolf, E-RYT 500 first discovered both yoga and martial arts as a child and has now been actively teaching in the mind/body field for over three decades. His earliest yoga teacher was his aunt who had studied yoga in Brazil, and he later practiced for six years with IYT Yoga instructor Jackie Novak, who also mentored him during his early days as a teacher. Now holding two advanced teacher designations with the National Yoga Alliance, Steve practices primarily in the Pranakriya Yoga tradition under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga.

Steve is the founder of Awase Publishing and author of three yoga/nidra meditation CDs, 'Relax Deeply,' 'Sleep & Breathe Deeply’ and ‘Savasana, plus the now widely distributed DVD, 'Discovering Chair Yoga.’ ‘Relax Deeply’ is currently being used as part of the pre-op routine for cancer patients at the Johns Hopkins, Weinberg Cancer Center, and it has been used by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to treat returning war vets. A fourth CD, 'Yoga Nidra for Kids Of All Ages,' produced in collaboration with yoga teacher and studio owner Emily Gretz, received rave reviews in Yoga Journal.

Steve is also on the teaching staff for Crofton Yoga in Crofton Maryland, Pure Prana Yoga in Alexandria Virginia, and has been conducting classes for Maryland Parks Recreation since the mid 1980s. He also taught the martial art of Aikido to US Marines at the 8th & I St. barracks in Washington DC, and he is now head instructor at Northern Virginia Ki Aikido. For over 40 years he has also been a professional musician performing throughout the U.S. and Europe. Visit Steve on the web at: &

EARLY BIRD by DEC 8th: $350
By JAN 8th: $425

After JAN 8th: $475 




with Nancy Nesto-Freske

Two Weekends:  JAN 19-20 & FEB 2-3, 2019

Saturday class times are 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday class times are 9 am - 5 pm

Are you a Yoga Teacher who:

 Has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of your clients and students? Knows that modifications aren’t enough.

Feels a strong pull to help those students who are stuck? Wants to increase your revenue while doing what you love?

Has been through some advanced trainings, but still not getting the lasting results that you and your students are looking for?

Who, personally, has some stuck areas and no matter what you’re trying, you still are unable to make lasting changes.

Is frustrated with not knowing how to help your students and clients?

Doesn’t want to spend a fortune learning advanced techniques, such as more certifications, but you are frustrated by still feeling you don’t know enough?

Wants to deepen your ability to safely help your students move better?

There will be plenty of time allowed for interaction and discussion of specific issues 

and how to help your students!

Nancy Nesyto-Freske, Certified Clinical Somatics Educator, Certified Yoga Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher, knows exactly how you feel. She has spent the last 8 years searching for answers to get her students and individual clients moving better, enjoying life more and making a living doing it. Here’s your opportunity to learn Somatic Movements that will help make permanent changes in your body as well as in the body of your students! Here’s your opportunity to learn from an expert, and immediately start making changes that will have students and clients begging for more.  You’ll learn many, many movements to bring into class. You’ll learn the science behind why this technique works and be able to apply the principles to many situations.


"The 30-hour Somatic movement training has transformed both my own practice and how I teach my students. Understanding the connection between brain and pain or muscle tightness and how that can be alleviated with gentle movements is key. Nancy's instruction is excellent and she offers a lot of time to practice the movements, provides clear notes and plenty of time for Q&A. The first time I incorporated the Somatic movements into a class, students were noticing an almost immediate improvement in their bodies and asking for more! Highly recommended."

Caroline Ramsay -

200 hour E-RYT & 500 hour RYT

IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist

The Early Bird cost for this workshop is $425 paid by NOV 15th.

Before DEC 15th is $450.

Full price after DEC 15th is $500.

Register online at or call: 815-343-2751 

Please understand that all workshops are non-refundable.


 with Kate Brown, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist/Instructor;   

 For all aromatherapy classes, please contact Jen Williamson at (815) 488-1582 for more information and to register!

Classes are taught by Kate Brown. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and instructor. Kate found the power of essential oils over a decade ago. She is also a Certified Practitioner in Healing Touch for Animals, Certified Practitioner and Instructor and Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry and a certified yoga instructor. She has her own practice, Kate Brown Healing Essentials, in Utica, IL.


with Kate Brown  





To Be Announced