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 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.
A FREE MONTHLY RETREAT FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR
“The revolution of love, health, and well-being begins with Self.”
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.
MONTHLY RETREAT SCHEDULE
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.
Aug 1, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Healing Through Art
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 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 is a versatile musician, master djembe drummer, vocalist, and composer from Bamako, Mali.
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, MFA, uses storytelling, spoken word, singing, and vision boarding as tools to help one appreciate and be present with proactive aging and self-healing.
July 11, 2021*
12pm - 4pm ET
Honoring Our Presence
*Due to the July 4th holiday, we’ll meet the second Sunday of this month.
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 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, 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.
June 6, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Uplifting Ourselves Through Hope
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 is a yoga and Buddhism teacher located in Salt Lake City, Utah, working at the intersection of healing and social justice.
May 2, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Healing Through Soulful Courage
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 LMT RYT is the founder and director of Yoga Vidhya in Ashaway, RI. She has trained in Hatha, Kundalini and Kriya Yoga.
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 is a yoga guide with a vocational call to build equitable communities where healing is central to its culture.
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.
April 11, 2021*
12pm - 4pm ET
*Due to the Easter holiday, we’ll meet the second Sunday of this month.
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.
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.
A social justice activist, author, yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement.
Native American spiritual assistant. Member of the Stockbridge Munsee band of Mohicans.
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.
March 7, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Cultivating Rest and Recovery
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 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.
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.
Longtime dancer, actor, storyteller and joy bringer. Fulbright scholar and former television reporter. On faculty at Baltimore School for the Arts, twenty-five years.
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.
February 7, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Healing the Heart: Contemplation, Acceptance, and Restoration
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.
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 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 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, 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.
January 3, 2021
12pm - 4pm ET
Renewal and Healing: Breath, Movement, and Mindfulness
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 is a certified yoga instructor, vegan chef, holistic health educator, artist and founder of Firehawk Yoga specializing in teaching practices for self-healing.
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 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.
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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.
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