Winter Retreat classes at Nell's Woodland

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Illinois Valley Community College will offer several programs this month at Nell’s Woodland, a 65-acre preserve at 2000 Alexis Ave. on the north side of Ottawa.

The IVCC Winter Retreat will include: 

  • Introduction to Yoga (Class ID: 14374), an eight-session series that begins Thursday, Feb. 15, and continues through April 4. Learn the postures or asanas of yoga. The one-hour sessions begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Twelve Universal Laws (Class ID: 14387) is an introductory course to help you learn and understand the laws and practice activities that explain how they work in your life. The laws are often associated with ancient Hawaiian culture. Some of the laws, are also attributed to hermetic philosophygoing back to ancient Egypt. Though not scientifically proven, they are believed to contribute towards mastering your life with love and joy. The class meets for one session on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Breathing for Life (Class ID: 14363) is an introduction to breathing techniques used in yoga that can promote health, alleviate anxiety, improve sleep, circulation and immune system functioning and calms and relaxes. The four-session series begins Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. and continues through March 18.
  • Beginning T'ai Chi (Class ID: 14373) comprises gentle and slow movement exercises which increase the accumulation, circulation and balancing of energy. Practice of T’ai Chi contributes to mindfulness, balance, strength and fall prevention. The five-session series begins Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. and continues through April 18.

IVCC will offer additional classes in March and throughout the spring. For further information on other adult programs, youth programs and intergenerational programs visit

To register for any of these programs visit: or call 815-224-0427.

The property features an Ecology Center with gathering space, a café, meeting and special function rooms.