Join us for a revolution of love, health, and well-being.


Maya Breuer

Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished yogis by Black Enterprise magazine, Maya Breuer is vice president of cross-cultural advancement for Yoga Alliance. A preeminent yoga teacher, speaker, practitioner, author, and community activist, Maya has been training and certifying yoga teachers throughout the United States at her Santosha School of Yoga since 2001. In 1998, she founded the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™, offered biannually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she is Emeritus Trustee. Maya promotes global equity in yoga to empower all to renew body, mind, and spirit.

Rose Cratsley

Rose Cratsley is the founder and CEO of Ivy Child International. Her meditation practice developed as a child of immigrants from Kerala, India, navigating cross-cultural experiences while honoring intergenerational traditions anchored in mindfulness. Rose is an international mindfulness expert focused on impacting global social change. She is a seasoned leader, speaker, community advocate, and mother of five.


“The revolution of love, health, and well-being begins with Self.”
—Maya Breuer

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color, this monthly virtual retreat offers support through ancient healing practices and modern-day survival techniques. Drawing from their many years of experience in yoga, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and other holistic modalities, co-leaders Maya Breuer and Rose Cratsley will present individuals who will share essential tools and wisdom to enhance your life.

You’re invited to join a committed and diverse group of yogis and practitioners for a retreat filled with spirit, relaxation, and joy with the Healing Retreat for People of Color (HRPOC) series. These half-day retreats will be offered free of cost every first Sunday of the month, beginning January 3, 2021, from 12 pm – 4 pm ET / 9 am – 1 pm PT.


Starting in January 2021, we’ll meet the first Sunday of every month from 12 pm–4 pm ET / 9 am–1 pm PT. Every retreat will begin with an opening ceremony followed by three one-hour sessions with breaks in between, and close with a circle of gratitude. Each retreat will center on a different theme, allowing you to experience support and healing in many facets of life. 

December 5, 2021

12pm - 4pm ET

Transforming Our World Through Community Practice

As we end our first full year of HRPOC during this season of giving, we are reminded that yoga, meditation, mindfulness, accessible yoga, art, creativity stories, dance, and drumming are all gifts for our collective healing.

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of the Accessible Yoga Association, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers conferences, community forums, and a popular ambassador program. He’s the co-founder of the Accessible Yoga Training School, and the author of Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body, as well as the forthcoming book, Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion. More info at jivanaheyman.com.

Sherri Doucette

Sherri Doucette, a Texas-based yoga teacher, founded Litehouse Wellness, a nonprofit, purposed to bridge the wellness accessibility gap for Black men using contemplative practices and preventative health education. 

Samia Karimi

Samia Karimi is a dance artist, teaching artist, and choreographer who immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan at the age of five. Her curiosity to reconnect with her culture brought her to the Bay Area where she has been training and performing with Ballet Afsaneh & Nava Dance Collective. Samia envisions a world where dance is celebrated as an art form everywhere and hopes to teach dance in Afghanistan one day.

Meena Srinivasan

Meena Srinivasan is an educational leader, writer, and innovator with deep expertise in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness in Education. 

Healing Retreat for People of Color Previous Presenters

We begin the new year with the theme of Renewal and Healing. After a challenging 2020, let’s begin 2021 with a sense of renewal and the possibilities it may bring, as well as healing for all that we’ve gone through and continue to experience in our daily lives. 

In this month’s retreat, we’ll explore breathwork, movement, and mindfulness practices to help support our health and renew our spirits.

Angela "Dharma" Fears

Angela (Dharma) Fears E-RYT 500 is a Yoga Educator, and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner. Her yoga classes and workshops share from the Healing traditions from around the world.

Ona Hawk

Ona Hawk is a certified yoga instructor, vegan chef, holistic health educator, artist and founder of Firehawk Yoga specializing in teaching practices for self-healing.

Sunu Chandy

Sunu P. Chandy is a social justice activist as a civil rights attorney /poet. She is the daughter of immigrants and lives in Washington, DC.

Peter Weng

Peter Weng has been leading organizations in conjunction with contemplative practice in non-profit and corporate settings. His practice background is grounded in the insight/vipassana and ch’an traditions.

Racism, violence, injustice, and other systemic issues deeply affect Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), which disproportionately undermines their health. This month, we’ll tend to our well-being through timeless practices that nurture and restore the love in our hearts.

Our February retreat will offer contemplative practice, acceptance work, and restorative yoga as tools for heart healing and inner peace.

Reginald Hubbard

Reggie is a teacher, activist, strategist and humanitarian devoted to sharing yogic practice and discipline in service to improving the well being of all.

George Mumford

George Mumford is an inspirational and globally recognized public speaker, teacher and coach. He’s taught mindfulness to people in every walk of life, from the locker room to the board room, from Yale to jail, using concepts that are powerful,  yet easy to understand and apply.

Satta Jallah

Satta  Jallah is a certified yoga instructor and doula. She is the founder of Holistic Roots Movement, where the mission is to empower women to reclaim their health through different holistic modalities such as yoga, dance, energy therapy, and natural beauty education.

Gail Parker

Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a psychologist, yoga therapist educator, and the author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma.

The benefits of relaxation are often not widely recognized within the BIPOC community. Many of us have been taught that striving and achieving are more important than relaxing and taking time for ourselves. Yet cultivating rest and recovering from stress are just as important to our goals and health, if not more.

This month, we’ll bring in yoga, Ayurveda, dance, and meditation as ways to promote relaxation, rest, and recovery.

Salim Rollins

Salim Rollins is the Co-Director of Synergy Yoga, the founder of Capoeira Angola Kibera, a loving father and a passionate artist and explorer of life’s mysteries.

Keshia Abraham

President of The Abraham Consulting Agency and director of Sister Science, Dr. Keshia Abraham is an International J.E.D.I. Educator and certified Ayurvedic yoga specialist.

Maria Broom

Longtime dancer, actor, storyteller and joy bringer.  Fulbright scholar and former television reporter. On faculty at Baltimore School for the Arts, twenty-five years.

Johnathan Foust

Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA is the former president of Kripalu Center and  has delivered training for organizations such as the Young Presidents Organization, the World Bank, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives and for the DC Superior Court Justices.

Our Native Nations are deeply connected to Earth and Spirit. As we cultivate a greater connection with Earth and spirit in our own lives, we’re better able to help create a more sustainable and equitable world. 

This month, we invite you to open your heart and tune into the Earth with songs, drumming, dance, and global healing.

Ali Smith

Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation and is also the co-host of the Look Again Podcast and Co-Owner of the Involution Group.

Dianne Bondy

A social justice activist, author, yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement.


Shawn Stevens

Native American spiritual assistant. Member of the Stockbridge Munsee band of Mohicans.

Atman Smith

Atman Smith is co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation and teaches yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth.


Celebrating community and the courageous power of sharing from our heart and soul. This retreat will share practices of mindful food, creativity, and spirit.

Sherry Ryan

Sherry Ryan LMT RYT is the founder and director of Yoga Vidhya in Ashaway, RI. She has trained in Hatha, Kundalini and Kriya Yoga.

Sara Clark

Sara Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation to communities around the world for over a decade. Known for her compassionate teaching style, Sara merges the physical and spiritual practices of yoga with mindfulness and meditation techniques that help to ease suffering and liberate the soul.

Dominique Troy

Dominique Troy is a yoga guide with a vocational call to build equitable communities where healing is central to its culture. 

Monique Schubert

Monique Schubert, MFA, E-RYT 500 has been teaching Kripalu yoga in NYC for 20 years. Her creative approach to teaching is informed by her background in arts and education.

The innate power we all possess to persevere life’s obstacles with hope and vitality is essential. We will celebrate the wholeness of our bodies and minds with love, care and support. This retreat will explore movement, rhythm and soul.

Yirser Ra Hotep

Yirser Ra Hotep is the founder of the global Kemetic Yoga movement.

Rose Felix Cratsley

Rose is the Founder & CEO of Ivy Child International, a nonprofit that develops and facilitates multilingual, multicultural and international mindfulness-based health education programs, with a special focus on building equity in urban communities.

Anne Michiko Tangi

An Urban Yoga Ambassador who fuses yoga, dance, creative movement, Reiki, writing, sound, art-making, breathing, and meditation to create spaces where participants celebrate life, themselves, and one another.

Jacoby Ballard

Jacoby Ballard is a yoga and Buddhism teacher located in Salt Lake City, Utah, working at the intersection of healing and social justice.

Honoring Our Presence is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize who we are as an expression of gratitude and appreciation for our ancestral roots and intersectional identities. In Honoring Our Presence, we understand the sacred and long-standing history we share, and all those whose shoulders we stand on. By standing in our truth and where we are today, we understand our place within history and build awareness of our presence and growth. It is our commitment to make a sincere effort to acknowledge our shared experiences, backgrounds, cultural expressions and dimensions. This will help us foster transformative inner and outer worlds and bring mindful awareness practices into our daily lives. Join us in our journey to promoting healing,
well-being, connection, and community building.

Caroline Shola Arewa

Caroline Shola Arewa, known as the energy doctor, aims to energize and empower. She’s a leading figure in the worlds of spirituality and wellness. She has delivered her award-winning energy work internationally for over 30 years. Shola is a psychologist and author of five books, including bestsellers Opening to Spirit and Energy 4 Life. Shola is the founder of Enlightened Entrepreneurs. She trains and mentors yoga teachers, wellness coaches, healers and heart-centered entrepreneurs worldwide. Shola trains spiritual coaches, helping people to be the change and lead the change.

Maya Breuer

Maya Breuer is the Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance. She is also co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, an Emeritus Trustee of Kripalu, and the creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™. Maya has a demonstrated commitment to educating people of color to better health and well-being through yoga. She enthusiastically promotes more significant equity in yoga and continues to influence the changing landscape of yoga. In November 2018, Maya was a recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award. She is the host of the Unity in Yoga Podcast and the Community Sangha. 


Sunseed is a vibrational sound enthusiast and Reiki 2 practitioner.

Ghylian Bell

Ghylian Bell, founder and director of The Urban Yoga Foundation, is on a mission to shift the consciousness of the world, whether through community engagement or corporate partnerships. She has the intention to work to slow down the fast-paced, frenetic energy that has so many people unable to focus and find joy. 

We celebrate the transformative power of art to alleviate suffering and soothe our pain as a resource in our journey toward healing. Enjoy the flow of spoken word, art, movement, and music through this retreat.

Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez has taught yoga to diverse populations in public and private schools, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, and corporations.

Issa Coulibaly

Issa is a versatile musician, master djembe drummer, vocalist, and composer from Bamako, Mali.

Candace Jennings

Candace Jennings has 48 years experience as a professional dancer, actress, director, and writer. She is now a full-time yoga instructor and trainer at I Am Yoga.

Rose Weaver

Rose Weaver, MFA, uses storytelling, spoken word, singing, and vision boarding as tools to help one appreciate and be present with proactive aging and self-healing.

We must open our eyes to awaken and  bear witness to the beauty and love that surrounds us, embraces and holds us. Join us in opening our hearts and minds in  raising our awareness on a path toward healing. 

Tanya Odom

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M., is Director of the Equity & Inclusion Program at the Walton Family Foundation. She is a global consultant, writer, coach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and civil rights thought leader. She has worked globally for over 20 years in over 40 countries as a consultant, coach, storyteller, and facilitator focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Race/Racism, Challenging Conversations, Mindfulness, Coaching, Wellbeing, Innovation, and Creativity, and Educational Equity.

Chioma Elizabeth Njoku

Chioma blends mindfulness with her work as an accountant and financial coach to help you keep more of your hard-earned money without sacrificing the things that make life enjoyable. 

Melani De Guzman

Melani is a Filipinx multi-hyphenate performer, integrative specialist, educator, and community facilitator committed to the lifelong process of unlearning and unteaching oppressive, othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, and sensing. 

Melissa Shah

Melissa is an Indian-American yoga therapist who adapts yoga to the individual and integrates Ayurveda throughout her life. She believes that yoga doesn’t need to be stripped of its culture and history in order for it to be beneficial to others. Originally from Munsee Lenape land (Queens, NY), she is invested in the intersection of yoga and social justice and works to make well-being accessible – especially those who are often left out of the wellness conversation. She is also the Program Director at Wellemental, an app-based company that provides inclusive spaces for BIPOC kids to breathe through accessible yoga and mindfulness practices.

Sankofa is a Ghanian word that tells us “to go back and get it.” Get your history, get the stories and get the love and nourishment you need to keep marching forward and rise up. Through this retreat, enjoy yoga, music and movement to ‘sankofa’ together.

Tejal Patel

Tejal is a first-generation Indian-American yoga teacher, social justice educator, podcaster, and community organizer. Tejal aims to educate and empower individuals and communities around the world by teaching yoga through a social justice lens. 

Hawah Kasat

Author, poet, educator, community organizer, nonprofit leader, and yogi. Hawah is co-founder and Executive Director of One Common Unity, and the founding editor of “The Poetry of Yoga,” a book anthology. In 2019, he received the “Legacy of a Dream” Award at the Kennedy Center for his pioneering work in healing communities from violence.

Abigail “Ifatola” Jefferson

Abigail is a spiritual coach and teaching artist whose programs blend story and dance, keeping traditions alive. Audiences have described her as inspirational and spirit-filled.

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and an internationally renowned mindfulness teacher innovating practices for exploring anti-racist education, social justice, and healing.

As we courageously navigate life with more awareness to enable reflection and discovery, let us do so with love and care, and integrating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual nourishment for ourselves.

Carlos Ferreyros

Carlos is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, a senior student, and meditation instructor under the guidance of his teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He teaches in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Michelle C Chatman

Dr. Chatman is a professor, vocalist, and Yoruba traditionalist. She promotes belonging, healing, and liberation through varied contemplative practices. Learn more about her at blackmindfulnesssummit.com. 

Maria Broom

Maria Broom is an actor, dancer, storyteller, teacher, joy-bringer, and author of “The Village Bully.”

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher, author of nine books, and founder of the Open Heart Project, the world’s largest online-only meditation center.

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Ivy Child International is a global health leader committed to transforming communities through exemplary mindfulness teaching in world-class systems of education and care. We focus on building the capacity and enhancing the social and emotional well-being of systems of care for children and youth using mindfulness-based education and research-informed practices. 

At the heart of Ivy Child’s mission is the belief that when you provide any individual access to learn and practice mindfulness, it not only enhances their direct well-being, it also ripples out to benefit all of those in their outer world. This is Ivy Child International’s Mindfulness Multiplier Effect ™

To date, Ivy Child has offered programs impacting individuals and communities in 32 countries across the globe.



Your donations will go directly toward funding the Healing Retreat for People of Color series through Ivy Child International, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit devoted to universal mindfulness education and prioritizing the multicultural needs of children and communities, with a special focus on urban populations.