Summer Staycation Idea: Camping Recipes & Yoga Practice

Around this time of year, Cat Stenberg (200-ERYT, 500-ERYT, YACEP) of Dandelion Yoga, hosts an off-grid yoga retreat on Grand Island in the Upper Peninsula. Located just outside Munising, Grand Island is a National Recreation Area that boasts beaches, dunes, bike trails, hiking, camping and cabins.  With no cars allowed on the island, yogis pack their backpacks, grab their bikes, and hop the ferry to make their way to the island. The annual three day yoga retreat consists of mindfulness, meaningful conversations, meditation, yoga and meals prepared by different Michigan based chefs. I had the pleasure of preparing food for last year’s retreat. In honor of this summer tradition–and since we are not able to safely gather this year–let’s recreate this experience and treat ourselves to some healthy food full of locally grown ingredients and a mindful yoga practice. Here are three recipes and a short yoga practice to help you create your own little retreat. 

The Food

The nice thing about these recipes is they can be prepared ahead of time and assembled with minimal effort. They’re great for off-grid yoga retreats, camping, or even weekday meals. Do your best to support your local growers and use local ingredients where you can, or pull from your own garden!

BREAKFAST | Overnight Oats with Local Fruit and Berries

LUNCH | Vegan Pomegranate-Parsley Tabbouleh

DINNER | [Mostly] Vegan Foil Packet Bibimbap on the Grill

Now that you have a nice meal ready to go, roll out that yoga mat and enjoy this 8 minute Yin Yoga Asana with Cat.

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. In other words, it’s incredibly relaxing and gentle. 

For more yoga videos, or to sign up for the 2021 Dandelion Yoga Off Grid Superior Yoga Retreat, visit and sign up for Cat’s mailing list! Maybe I’ll see you there, and treat you to some yummy local goodness. 

All photos by Dandelion Yoga

Sara Johnson is the Central UP Local Food Marketing Sales Rep. She lives in Marquette. Contact her at [email protected]