This retreat is for those who are feeling depleted. It is for the caregivers, those in careers that endure vicarious trauma, and anyone in need of a time-out. Whether you are exhausted from your career, caring for a high-needs parent or child, or in a high-risk job, it is time for you to rest, renew, and rebuild.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes eight rungs or steps to yoga. In this retreat, we will explore the first rung, the Yamas, with a special concentration on Ahimsa, the concept of non-harming. Often, we consider non-harming in the literal sense of not causing injury or showing cruelty to any living thing. We will explore the concept of non-harming as it relates to compassion, mindfulness, and kindness towards the person who is often neglected—you!
Research shows the negative impact that ongoing stress can have in the body. Sustained cortisol levels cause changes to the brain’s function and impact short-term memory in addition to manifesting in the physical body with various ailments and illnesses. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are proven practices to reduce stress. Rest is imperative to any healing.
This program is designed for people in careers and jobs that endure high stress, toxic attitudes, and those with critical responsibilities in caring for aging parents, spouses, or dependent children. This weekend is for you to practice Ahimsa, non-harming, toward yourself.
You will learn basic yoga, meditation, and breathing practices (pranayama), along with stress management techniques in both physical and project-based activities. Give yourself the opportunity to explore, rest, and rebuild your emotional reserve, allowing you to return to the demanding and challenging things you do with renewed spirit.