Yoga CARE: A Yoga and Social Justice Weekend Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs March 15 - 17, 2019
The Yoga CARE Retreat provides a transformational and restorative experience for front-line, service-delivery providers. Trauma-informed, brain-sensitive, and steeped in the rich traditions of yoga and mindfulness, our Yoga CARE sessions develop, inspire, and nourish our participants. Transforming communities in need requires full-hearted participation, with a consistent stream of one's own vitality, and a community of support for reflection, encouragement, and integrity. Yoga CARE: our annual retreat explores the teachings of yoga and social justice.
As the practices of yoga are finding their way into settings beyond yoga studios, retreat centers, and spas, those of us bringing yoga and social services into these margins need the nourishment of collaboration and community. To continue being resources in settings where people are under-resourced, we must also prioritize our own renewal. We'll also find ourselves doing better work and experiencing less compassion-fatigue when we have guidance for the inner work that allows us to be our most clear and vibrant self (when we are least likely to be activated by our students or the systems in which we meet them). Retreats provide a protected and nourishing space for renewing our practice in our daily lives and in the ways we engage with our wider world.
We created the Yoga CARE retreat to support yogis in exploring the teachings of yoga and their vital application to social justice. This retreat is grounded in the Bhagavad Gita: Contemplation - inquiring into the seeds of human capacity and the seeds of suffering Action - socially-engaged practices to nourish human capacity and address suffering Restoration - understanding and integrating that which we’ve considered the shadow of human nature Equanimity - maintaining our porousness and presence in the social justice margins
Join Sarahjoy Marsh, Chris Coniaris, Blair Bobier, and Vanessa Timmons (Click on each presenter to see their full bio) (See below for our YogaCARE interviews with each presenter)
When yoga is accessible, inclusive and respectful of the diversity and dignity of all, it becomes a social justice catalyst – an opportunity for all to experience themselves as capable of making Contributions to the betterment of the whole, as worthy of their own Advocacy, Resilience and Empowerment.