JOIN US 63 MILES ABOVE ALASKA'S ARCTIC CIRCLE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE RETREAT INTO THE DEPTHS OF ALASKA'S BROOKS RANGE
Hi, we're the Busbys.
This spring, we're inviting you to come to Far Northern Alaska and experience what few people in the world will ever get to see (let alone, explore): The glory of Alaska’s arctic Brooks Range from our basecamp and the northernmost yoga studio in America.
This Spring, travel seven hours away from the nearest grocery store, cross the arctic circle, and travel 63 more miles north to the village of Wiseman. There, you’ll get the chance to see the Northern Lights every night, in an area deemed as having some of the best northern light displays in the world.
On the Agenda
Imagine having the time to meditate daily — and real-time instruction on how to do it!
Afterward, you cozy up to the wood stove with a cup of piping hot, locally roasted organic coffee while you journal your intentions for the day.
You have the space to notice the snowcapped peaks outside the window and the warm glow from the fire on your face. As you step outside, you look out at sweeping views of Alaska's Brooks Range, the majestic Koyukuk River and beyond, awaiting the day’s transformational morning yoga class in a the round of Arctic Hive's fiberglass, insulted igloo.
Oh... and the incredible quiet. Unlike quiet you've ever experienced before.
During our 6 days and 5 nights together, you’ll be challenged (in the best way!) by outdoor adventures, cultural immersions in the village of Wiseman, and deep-dive inquiry sessions to get to the core of how you want to feel on a day to day basis.
You’ll laugh, dream, learn and plan in the company of others who are working through the same discovery process alongside you, and who understand you from that deeper level of shared human experience. There's no experience with yoga or mindfulness required — we teach to every ability level, and we meet you where you're at.
On the epic drive up the Dalton Highway in the safety of tour guides who guide this road (famed from the show "Ice Road Truckers") year-round, you'll get to cross the mighty Yukon River, dine at Yukon River Camp, cross the Arctic Circle — of course have your photo taken, and see the most gorgeous, dynamic landscapes featuring arctic tundra, Black Spruce forests, and rolling hills until the massive Brooks Range comes into view.
On our first night in camp, we’ll open with a special ceremony and delicious first meal. The days that follow will include snowshoeing around the village of Wiseman, taking in the views and experiencing radical aliveness away from the distractions of cell phones and computers. There's no cell service in this village, so the temptation of home, work and life won't even be present.
Yoga, meditation and discussion/inquiry sessions are balanced out with ample road adventures to mountain passes on the Dalton Highway, you'll dogsled through the snow-covered landscape, and break bread with villagers living the lifestyle of true subsistence hunters in the village of Wiseman, Alaska.
We'll channel our creative energy into our own handmade arctic crafts with an Artist in Residence in Wiseman, as well as make malas (and learn how to use them!) one evening after dinner in the igloo.
At night after yoga, dinner and our evening session together, an Arctic Hive guide will lead you back to your cozy off-grid cabins, which feature a variety of layouts — you will share a room with one or two other people. Heated with electric Toyo stoves powered by wind and solar, the cabins offer access to running water from a well on the property, showers and flushable toilets. The cabins also feature kitchenettes, so if you want to keep snacks on hand or make a cup of tea on break, you're equipped with everything you need. You're sure to find the accommodations cozy and simple, right at nature's doorstep in the heart of Wiseman Village, population 12. Daily access to the igloo will be via snowshoe (which we will provide for you, and teach you how!) ... and activities on the agenda will take place in a variety of locations. We will dine together and yoga together twice daily in the igloo, and we will typically pack up lunch to go with us, wherever we're headed for the day.
Arctic Hive is nestled between two major pristine arctic wildernesses: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which provide an absolutely serene setting to dig your feet into nature and breathe deep — wildlife abound and crystal blue rivers around every corner.
Throughout the retreat, you’ll fuel up with nourishing plant-based cuisine, custom crafted by our in-house chef, and Mollie (who is certified in plant-based nutrition) to give your body the most balanced fuel so you can think, see and move clearly for the weekend.
One thing we truly know — besides yoga, of course — is remote logistics and off-grid sustainable living... and we assure you no stone, especially with the food, will be left unturned.
LOGISTICS FOR FLIGHTS, ETC:
We will be leaving from Fairbanks no earlier than 8am on Friday April 3rd for the Arctic. We will arrive back later in the evening of April 8th.
To be absolutely sure you're on time, we recommend arriving into Fairbanks Airport (FAI) on April 2nd, and flying out on April 9th. If you want to book flights that arrive in early morning on the 3rd, or late night on the 8th, please check with Mollie Busby FIRST! Transport to and from the Arctic can be... tricky, and we just want to make sure we're not cramming to get people back too soon to the airport, leaving plenty of time for travel hiccups, as there often are in remote areas like the Arctic!
Once you're registered for the retreat, we will connect you with others who are as well, and our expectation is that everyone can coordinate for lodging needs on those extra nights. Fairbanks is a relatively small town, so Ubers and hotel shuttles will be ideal, and Airbnbs are available too! Mollie is well versed in booking all sorts of flights and hotels for events like this, and is happy to help assist with whatever you need.
What are you waiting for?
Sometimes all it takes is a few days in nature to give you the boost you need — but this isn’t a “vacation from your life” where you’re sad to leave after 6 incredible days in the Brooks Range. Oh no. You’ll leave this retreat with the best gift of all: A brighter version of yourself, with the tools to change your life for the better.
You’ll be excited to get home and get in the driver’s seat of your own life, and tackle whatever life throws your way. Once you've experienced the epic scale of the Alaskan Arctic, it's absolutely easier to not "sweat the small stuff" of your life, knowing you're part of a larger ecosystem.
To support you beyond our time together, you’ll be connected to a new group of friends that you’ve spent this time with — and a connection to the extended Yoga Hive family.
Mollie Busby is a driven entrepreneur with the spirit of a summer camp counselor and a kind, midwestern smile. Mollie is a seasoned yoga and meditation teacher and off-grid home builder with her husband, Sean. Although the pair now calls Alaska their home, they have deep roots in the Flathead Valley, and Mollie commutes back to Montana and Wisconsin to manage her two yoga studios.
Wherever they are, the Busbys choose to live close to the land off-the-grid and pursue their life’s work. The pair started Riding On Insulin, which Mollie ran as Executive Director for 7 years, until Sean took over in 2017. It was then that Mollie shifted much of her focus to Yoga Hive, and now, to Yoga Hive Studios, taking the brand beyond Montana. Yoga Hive is known for its inviting vibe, friendly instructors, and willingness to show anyone that yoga is for everybody and every body.
Regardless of the method, Mollie sees her purpose on this planet as cultivating community in small groups of women — whether in a yoga retreat setting or during the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings she runs in Montana, Colorado and beyond. She enjoys spending time outdoors skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and playing with their dogs all year round: Daisy (a Weimaraner), Glacier (Border Collie/Great Pyrenees Mix), Milo (husky/Shepard mix), Powder (Alaskan Husky) and Coldfoot, or Coldie for short (Alaskan Husky).
She and Sean have built a dynamic off-the-grid homestead in the heart of Whitefish, Montana, that’s been featured on HGTV, the DIY Network, Discovery Channel, Yahoo News, Daily Mail, and more. They've also built off-grid homesteads in Homer, Alaska and now, Arctic Hive, Alaska.
Hailing originally from Wisconsin, Mollie brings to Montana her warm, midwestern hospitality mixed with a wide range of yoga training. Her teaching draws inspiration from the Baptiste Yoga community, Unnata Aerial Yoga, and a mix of Tantric Kriya and mantra-based meditation from Sattva Yoga Academy at the foothills of the Himalayas in India.
This unique mix gives her classes a magical feel, with a love for teaching the basics to anyone willing to learn, layered with a profound gift of teaching for transformation.
Sean Busby is a professional backcountry snowboarder and alternative off grid home builder living off the grid in the wilds of Alaska. Sean has backcountry snowboarded on all seven continents, including some of the most remote and isolated mountain ranges on the planet which is what brought him to the Brooks Range and the eventual co-founding of Arctic Hive. He also specializes in logistics of remote off grid adventures in polar regions.
Sean has been featured internationally in major print and tv shows such as HGTV, DIY, Disney, ESPN, Daily Mail, Yahoo, Frequency Snowboard Journal, and Discovery Channel for his snowboarding expeditions and with his wife, Mollie, for their sustainable off grid building and living methods. Sean is also the founder and executive director of an international nonprofit, Riding On Insulin, which hosts action sports camps for kids and teens living with type 1 diabetes around the globe.
Sean is the proud owner of a growing dog mushing team of 4 dogs, and spends most of his spare time trying to figure out how to add more with a wife who's hesitant of more fur children!
Cat Jenks never thought of herself as an athlete. Being in good physical shape wasn't a high priority until she fell in love with skiing. Cat was motivated to take better care of herself so she could perform better on the snow. Unfortunately (and fortunately), a series of injuries led her to discover that physical health is important for her wellbeing even beyond on-snow performance. Cat discovered that if she takes the time to get strong and move her body, she feels better mentally, emotionally and physically.
In 2019, Cat designed her company, Alpine Start, for the mission to help people see firsthand how physical fitness and health can fit into their lives. Cat takes exercise out of cookie cutter programs and helps her clients get down to the nitty gritty of what's realistic and what will actually help them make real changes to their life.
Cat is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, TRX Certified, she has her 200-hour Register Yoga Teacher Certification through the Yoga Center of Seattle and has been teaching yoga for six years. When not in the studio, Cat has spent years coaching athletes on the snow through Ridge Mountain Academy, and in the wilderness and backcountry through NOLS.
Sabrina Calli was born and raised on a small barrier island outside New York City, called Fire Island. She spent most of her childhood playing and roaming freely on it’s sandy beaches, collecting coastal treasures along the way. Some of her earliest memories are of watching her ‘hippie’ Macrobiotic parents work in the kitchen and garden, growing and making their food from scratch. She also remembers doing headstands with her mom in front of the fireplace as a little girl. No doubt this Plant-based Yogini Chef was greatly influenced by this early life exposure.
By the age of 14, Sabrina had found her way into the heart of a celebrated local seaside restaurant and became close with the head chef, whom she idolized. She fell in love with food, cooking and hospitality immediately. Unbeknownst to her, this 1st summer in the restaurant began her training for a future in the food, hospitality and event industries.
Only a few years later in college, the yogini in Sabrina was sparked by her first Power Yoga class. Similar to her reaction to the restaurant industry, she was hooked for life. Sabrina’s style in practice and teaching of yoga has journeyed a long way from that first power yoga class, but it made an indelible mark on her soul.
Now after 2 decades of regular practice and studies, Sabrina is certified in both Vinyasa and Himalayan Kundalini (Sattva) traditions. Sabrina not only teaches but lives from a dynamic and holistic place, steeped in yogic tradition. Pulling from these traditions and life experience, she intuitively weaves the ancient wisdom and teachings into unique practices, workshops and retreats. The experiences she creates may be filled with any variety of meditation, mantra, pranayama, kriya, asana, and powerful music. All designed to deepen the experience.
Sabrina is now busy combining her passions of Food + Yoga into her life’s work. (Samadhi Experiences coming soon) After experiencing the transformative effects first-hand of Sattva Yoga in India and knowing the sheer bliss that good food made with love instills, she feels the call-of-duty to share this infinite love with the world.
Sabrina views this expression of love through food and yoga as the key to elevate and expand our collective awareness. Practicing yoga gives us a direct connection with our own inner light. While, cooking food gives us direct access to the inner light of those we love. Both Food + Yoga nourish the soul physically, mentally and spiritually. It is our nature to exist this way. Our modern lives distract us from this truth, but the joy of food and yoga together, have the power to bring us back to our essential nature.
It’s Sabrina’s mission to inspire and elevate her community through the power of food and yoga, leading with a grateful heart she empowers others to live joyfully, be present, be great and be full! Experience the bliss of life.
DJ PIERCE is a highly-awarded art director/creative director with 20+ years of staff agency experience and a member of the 2017 One Show Jury.
In his most recent agency role at kbs+ in New York City, DJ co-led the BMW account as an executive creative director for 2 years, having successfully pitched the business to be named BMW's AOR in the summer of 2011.
Prior to kbs, at CP+B in Boulder, CO, DJ was lead art creative on the Cannes Titanium Grand Prix winner Twelpforce for Best Buy, the Emmy-nominated launch spot for Hulu starring Alec Baldwin, and the iconic Small Business Saturday for American Express (2015 Ad Age’s Top 15 Ad Campaigns of the 21st Century).
With additional stints at Fallon, Lowe, DDB and JWT, DJ has worked with a number of iconic brands: BMW (both at Fallon & kbs), American Express, Best Buy, Hulu, VW, XM Satellite Radio, Citibank and Kellogg's, among others.
DJ is also a Co-Founder of Global Glue Project, a website dedicated to love conservation and The Secrets of Sticking Together. GGP uncovers relationship tools through video interviews with real couples and creates community events and therapeutic programs with the inspirational content.
Only 10 spots are available, shared rooms only
Transport via motor coach from Fairbanks to Wiseman + Transport back from Wiseman to Fairbanks
Lodging for 5 nights from April 3th - April 8th
6 days of dynamic programming, including but not limited to the narrated drive tour up and back including crossing the Arctic Circle and the mighty Yukon River, hikes/snowshoeing, crafts, dogsledding, northern lights tour, mingling with Wiseman village folk, yoga, meditation and more!
Three delicious, plant-based meals a day and all the clean mountain water you could ever want, from dinner on Friday through lunch on Wednesday, including coffee/snacks after meditation, and unlimited tea/coffee throughout the weekend. (Dietary needs can be accommodated!)
Linens, pillows, and towels
Power at night to charge your camera.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Flight/Transport to Fairbanks
Lodging on the nights of April 2nd and April 8th, if applicable
Friday breakfast and lunch (we will be stopping at Yukon River Camp, where they have a delicious menu with noodle bowls and options for all dietary needs)
Wednesday dinner (same as Friday — we stop at Yukon River Camp and everyone can order what they wish!)
Travel Insurance, should your trip be interrupted for reasons beyond your control
Total Investment: TBD A $750 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your spot. If you need to cancel at anytime after paying this deposit, for any reason, your deposit can be used for any future Yoga Hive Montana retreat or training, less $100 processing fee. The deposit is non-transferrable.
We can accommodate payment plans at any increment so long as all balances are paid no later than one month before the retreat.
Cancellations after March 15th are not eligible for a refund, unless there is someone to take your spot on a sold out trip. In that case, you would get all your money back, less the deposit, which would stay on file with Yoga Hive.
Yoga Hive Studios was created by Mollie Busby — an entrepreneur in Whitefish, Montana. She founded Yoga Hive Montana, and through a series of serendipitous events, met fitness entrepreneur, Blaine Wilkes, who went on to open the first Yoga Hive studio outside Montana in Louisville, Colorado. Mollie opened Yoga Hive Wisconsin in January 2020. We look forward to continuing to spread the YH love around the world!