North Woods Retreat with Sudha in Ely, Minnesota.

ADVENTURES IN THE BOUNDARY WATERS OF MINNESOTA

~  with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen.     August 11-18, 2018

Location:  Northwind Lodge, Ely, MN.   Northwinds is a classic mom and pop resort- current owners are second generation to run the place.  Situated  on beautiful Jasper lake, just mintues from entry points to the BWCA “Boundary Waters Canoe Area”.  ( My family’s cabin is just 1/4 mile down the road- on Lake Ojibway. i have been happily hanging out here in the summers for 45 years and would love to share it’s special gifts with you. )

Price: $1,339 per person. Down payment due at registration, See below.  Full payment by July 11, 2018

What’s included: 

*  6 nights Lodging. ( Cabins are shared with 1-2 others.  Each person has their own private bedroom.  Each cabin has it’s own kitchen & bath.

*  2 wholesome vegetarian meals / day. ( Arrangements can be made for those with  animal protein needs,

* A day trip into Boundary Waters,  includes rental of Kevlar Canoe

* Hiking – solo and group options.

* Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama (breathing) practices

*  Swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding.

* Shinrin-Yoku – experiences in “Forest bathing”

* Quiet time. Times of Silence.

*  Free time…to unplug, renew, set down the tablets, screens. Breathe.

Relax. Enjoy beach front activities: SUP boarding, swimming, kayaking.

*  Savor the simplicity of being in the healing energy of Nature.

* Nature based arts and crafts

* Star gazing ( with luck we might have an Aurora borealis sighting )

*  Shamanic Drum Journey

*  Fire circles

*  All state & local taxes

Not included:

* Transportation.  ( If flying –  land either in  Minneapolis or Duluth, MN.  If  fly into Mpls, you will need to rent a car. Check on one way optons to Duluth. And join a group pick up from /Duluth airport.  If Flying into Duluth- you can rent a car or as with those coming from MPLS.  i will help organize a driver to pick you up  ( the cost of that would be split by number of riders.)

* Dinner in town one evening – after exploring the local farmers market, listening to local musicians busking on the corners, and perhaps browsing in local shops for a souvenir or two.

* Personal snacks, morning pre-brunch items  ( breakfast / brunch is 10:30am- after yoga/ meditation  Dinner will be around 6:00 pm)

 

How to Register:

1)    Email or Text me that you want to register ( or ask questions )

·      Sudhadeen@gmail.com

·      413-329-4812

2)    I will email the registration and waiver forms to you.

3)    Please fill out and Return by email.

4)     To save your space. Please send the deposit of $300.  This is easiest by going to my web site:  http://www.sudhalundeen.com

5)    Click on the Retreats Tab.  Go to the bottom of the page . Click on the paypal button.   If you don’t have a pay pal account, you will need to open one ( go to paypal.com and register ).

6)     If you prefer to send a check:  make it out for $300 and send to Carolyn Lundeen,.  115 prospect St. Lee MA 01238

 

Please let me know if i can offer any support / answer questions.

……… Here’s to a special week in a very special place…………

NEW! Guided Fishing Trips at Northwind Lodge

Ely Minnesota guided fishing trips

Third & Fourth Generation Guides will outfit you for your fishing trip and we’ll help you and your family get started on the right foot.  Fish for walleye’s, bass,  and northern pike. Learn how to fish our region and experience wilderness fishing at its finest with a veteran guide.

Wood Lake Guided Trips

1.) $290  per day with Bernie.   Bait and tackle included –  2 person limit

2.) $250 per day with Dan.   Bait and tackle is included – 2 person limit

Groups of four will need to hire both guides for the same day or go on two different day trips with one guide as the rowing can be difficult for some people to keep up with the guide boat particularly if rough weather develops.

Your guide will maneuver a rowing boat or canoe on Wood lake which is a Boundary Waters Canoe Area  wilderness lake.  There are no homes or structures of any kind in the BWCA.  This trip will  requires a walk in on a portage.  Please Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed.  Plastic bottles and containers are allowed but, of course, must be packed out as well.  Duluth packs are available for people to help carry their day gear in the event that they do not have a day pack.   PFD’s also provided as no extra charge.   


Fall Lake Only –  4 Hour,  half-day trip

$200 for 2 people and $20 for each extra person up to 4 total.   Bait and tackle is provided and you may bring your own tackle to try as well.

Pack your own lunch.  No cans or bottles as this trip can cross into the BWCA.


Basswood – All Day

You must have a BWCA day-use motor permit.  If you do not have a permit, the guide can attempt to find a permit tag (it’s confusing and difficult government mumbo-jumbo) to see if a Basswood trip is possible during the time you are here.  Otherwise, for long-term reservations, please secure a day-use motor permit to Basswood in advance at  recreation.gov (click link).  Sorry, you must make a reservation in your own name.  We cannot do that service for you. Day-use motor permits are severely limited and hard to obtain.

$350 for 2 people and extra $25 each extra person up to 4 total.   Bait and tackle is provided and you may also bring your own to try.

This trip is in the BWCA.   Pack your own lunch and remember that no metal cans or glass bottles are allowed.  Plastic bottles are OK, but must be packed out.


What To Bring

For all guided trips you are required to bring your own fishing rods and reels, rain gear and appropriate clothing for the temperatures at that time.  Flip flops are never recommended and Crocs are not suitable footwear for portaging.  Preferably, closed toe footwear is recommended such as a running shoe or hiking boot.  We also recommend full length pants over shorts as sometimes there can be insects.  It makes for a more comfortable adventure.

 


Reserving a Trip

Advance reservations are always welcomed due to planning, scheduling, preparation requirements and weather accommodations.  Please reserve your trip as early as possible.  Last minute trips are possible but can be hit-or-miss do to guide commitments.  We will do our best to get you on the water for a great day out out on the water.

Payment in full at the time of the trip reservation is required – Sorry, there are no refunds for trip cancellations.  

Call 218-365-5489 to make your guided trip reservation.

Into The Brush Art Program

New! Into the Brush Winter Art Class- In Studio at Northwind Lodge

Into The Brush Painting Winter Art Classes Start in March 2018


March is a spectacular month for observation and painting!
Call to reserve a time that works for you!

Winter Acrylics Wild – 2 day Art Class-In studio

During this 2 day class you will:

  •  Learn & apply basic painting techniques.
  •  Finish a painting on canvas.
  •  Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the northwoods.
  •  Have fun and be creative.

This Class will be held at Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd.   2 Day Program includes: 12 hours of instruction, all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired, discount code for take-home supplies.  Meals not included.  Class participants may want to bring lunch.

 Up to 4 person max for each class

ALL for $175 per person.
(Class participants NOT required to stay at Northwind Lodge)

Guesthaus – Comfortable, housekeeping, apartment-style unit located below Joe & Paula Baltich’s home complete with private driveway and entrance.  Sleeps up to 4 in two bedrooms.  Featuring two bedrooms, the Guesthaus is equipped with two double beds one single in it.   Located about 150 feet from the art studio building.  This unit comes with satellite TV, range, refrigerator, microwave, basic cooking and eating utensils, bathroom with shower, toilet and lavatory.  Bedding is provided.   Please bring your own towels.   Many of our guests request this rental year after year.

Rate is $69.95/night per person plus taxes.

Call 218-365-5489 to reserve a weekend beginning March 1!

Fishing’s Fine at Northwind Lodge!

Boy, we’ve been having a GREAT summer this 2017!  Big fish, little fish, middle fish – everybody’s livin’ the dream!  We’ve been having all this fun despite the weather not really cooperating with us.  Lots of rain, but the fish remain undeterred as well as our great guests!    These are just June 2017 photo’s by our guests at Northwind Lodge!

Check here for last minute cabin deals – If you don’t come up and stay, you’ll be missing all the fun!  Start with Cabin Specials here!

 

The Wood Lake Experience at Northwind Lodge

Wood Lake is a BWCA lake which means no motors, cans, bottles, and you have to fill out a day-use permit at the head of the portage.   The portage is moderately rugged and 210 rods long.  A rod is 16.5 feet according to the King’s measuring system of a zillion years ago.  Translation:  The Wood Lake Portage is about .58 miles long one way.  It’s all downhill going in and all downhill  uphill coming back.  There are rocks and mud and logs and on occasion, bug who help you walk.  Once you are on the lake and in a Northwind Lodge rowboat.  everything levels out plus the bugs usually stay on shore at the portage namely – to help you get back out.  If that sounds horrible, it’s really not.  Take your time.  Wear some bug dope but don’t slather it on automatically like so many people do.  Have it handy and if you need it, apply it while on the portage.

Once on Wood, you will need to follow a river with no current for about 3/4 of a mile to get to the actual lake to fish.  Wood can have some rather spectacular fishing.  On the lake itself, you will see no man made structures of any kind.  We’ve actually had a few people literally freak-out by this, but that is the actual beauty of the lake.  And for those Boundary Waters zealots who thank the government for the lack of man-made structure – Wood Lake has NEVER had a permanent, man-made structure on it.  We used to be able to use little motors on it but they took that away in 1978 under RARE II, (a last-minute rider to the Boundary Waters law PL 95-495) which was signed by Carter and designed to take Northwind Lodge & Deer Trail Lodge out completely -I am now convinced.  Well, guess what?  We’re still here….but I digress…

Fishing from a row-boat actually ended up with us traveling  much farther into Wood Lake which is 453 acres in size,  with no fear and a little bit of planning.   Back when we had motors, we used to have to watch our available gasoline and our range ended up being limited.   The thought at the time was that if we ran out of gas, we would have to do the “impossible” and row all the way back to the portage. (Impossible and a super-human feat, we thought!)   In 1978, we discovered that we could actually row much farther in a day than the motor would take us plus instead of cranking up and moving to the other side of the lake when biting was slow, we worked our current spots harder and branched out from there.  By changing our technique, we actually ended up catching more fish with less weight and extra concerns even when it was really rough.  We also learned a heck of a lot about boat handling in wind.  People who only use motors really don’t know a heck of a lot – no offense – in controlling a boat when the motor conks out.   (They are so screwed while bobbing helplessly in the whitecaps!)  Relying on that motor all the time, especially in a wilderness situation, can be a false sense of security.  Don’t misunderstand me, however.  I find nothing wrong with a motor on the back of a boat, but there is a heck of a lot to be said about having your oars and knowing your abilities.  With that in mind, go to Wood Lake and plan on spending the day, taking your time and fishing all along the way. Do not plan on “fishing here” and then decide to crank up and go to the other side of the lake to try it there.  Because you are rowing and moving slowly but steadily, you fish while you move and you never know what you may discover or catch along the way.  Without all the running around people do with outboards, you actually spend more time with your lines in the water which ultimately improves your catch.

So, consider taking a trip into the designated wilderness for a day when staying at Northwind Lodge.  It will be a memorable experience and sometimes cold and wet – but your won’t forget it.   NOTE:  Wood Lake rental boats are only available for registered guests of Northwind Lodge.

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Thanks to Rob and Jake Croushore for the great pics of their recent trip to Wood!