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Yoga/Writing Retreat in the New Year

2015 January 9
by Rachel Turiel




I’ve heard that on the national scene, yoga is being paired with many other modalities (meditation, cooking, painting, heavy metal music appreciation…). In spirit of this trend, I am honored to announce that Joy Kilpatrick and I are offering our second Yoga/Writing Retreat here in Durango! 

At the time of our last Yoga/Writing retreat last fall, I hadn’t done any yoga since a Mama/Baby yoga class I took nine years earlier, in which a bunch of weary postpartum Mamas placed our babies at the end of a yoga mat and tried to resist the opportunity (low lights, soothing music, corpse pose) to…fall asleep. I’m happy to say that this retreat is suitable for beginners in every sense. It’s suitable for someone who hasn’t done yoga in nine years, and suitable, as we experienced last retreat, for yoga teachers. The writing is designed to wake you up to your own wild and beautiful life (with instruction on honing technique), without any other requirement than a willing heart.
I’d like to note that I find Joy’s teaching to be both completely uplifting and calming with an ample dose of un-intimidating realness, so much so that as soon as I hear her voice I have a Pavlovian response of total relaxation and this feeling that everything is going to be all right. Which it is.
We will be serving an organic, gluten free snack buffet (sponsored by our partner, Durango Natural Foods) both Saturday and Sunday. Early bird registration ends January 16th. Also: register with a friend/partner and receive $10 off total registration. More details on flyer below.
Here’s what some past participants had to say:
“The writing exercises helped me see the everyday as worthy and rich material”
“The yoga practice gave my body a chance to stir up energy and get my mind out of the way.”
“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so in my body.” (after Yoga Nidra)
“This was amazing and opened up an entire realm within me.”
“Outside description really opened up and supported awareness and paying attention.”
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7 Responses leave one →
  1. January 9, 2015

    Once again I wish I lived closer. Sounds wonderful.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      January 9, 2015

      Me too. Wish I had a grant to whisk people here for the weekend.

  2. Andrea permalink
    January 9, 2015

    Damn, the distance

  3. Ellie permalink
    January 9, 2015

    I teach high-school English, and I wonder if my school would pay for this as professional development? I can make a pretty darn good case for it…

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      January 9, 2015

      How cool would that be?

  4. Judy Hinds permalink
    January 9, 2015

    Wonderful pairing! Wish I were close enough to attend. Lovely room for it. Good luck with this offering :)

  5. January 27, 2015

    Great information. Lucky me I found your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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