Integral Yoga and Ayurveda – A Divine Partnership for Radiant Health

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

Join Letícia Padmasri in a weekend workshop focused on:

  • Doshas

  • Proper Diet

  • Daily Regimens, and

  • The link between the Integral Yoga Hatha sequence and balanced constitutions.

Yoga and Ayurveda are related healing disciplines originating as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge. Yoga is a system of spiritual practices and Ayurveda is a system created for healing purposes. Both provide an understanding of how the body works and how the health of the body is dependent on the health and balance of the mind. Each functions as independent intact systems but each overlaps into the other on several levels.

Integral Yoga Hatha uses physical postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation, chanting of mantras, purification procedures, and meditation to bring one into physical and mental stillness, which can lead one into an experience of Supreme Peace. Ayurveda uses herbs and a daily regimen as well as these yogic practices tailored to our individual needs to restore our basic nature, which is perfect health and peace.

During this workshop you will identify your unique, individual constitution and explore how the lively, full-spectrum asana sequence of Integral Yoga balances it. We will discuss how to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurvedic principles when the need arises such as: change of seasons, aging, digestive complaints, insomnia, anxiety and other common problems.

Integral Yoga and Ayurveda at YogavilleLetícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500 is a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as a certified Raja Yoga teacher. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science, a Master Degree in Education and many years of dedication towards Exercise Physiology. Her interest for the body’s structure and function combined with her love for the Yoga Philosophy support students in experiencing the depth of the Yoga asanas. Letícia teaches Hatha Yoga classes along with personal training where she integrates the Eastern and Western Philosophies. She teaches workshops in Yogaville and Brazil, and is one of the Trainers for the Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings, as well as the Anatomy & Physiology Teacher. She also has been administrating Yoga teacher trainings and workshops at the Integral Yoga Academy since 2008.

Neurogenic Yoga: A Revolutionary Technique in Trauma Healing

Neurogenic Yoga3Neurogenic Yoga™ is a revolutionary new technique in trauma healing and stress reduction.

NY is an integrative method that combines yoga asana and pranayama with Neurogenic tremors. These tremors are a natural response of the body and the nervous systems way of discharging long-held tension or unconscious muscle contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Neurogenic tremoring is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™) which has been taught successfully worldwide for decades.

Benefits include:

●       Release chronic tensionNeurogenic Yoga4

●       Discharge emotional and physical trauma

●       Increase energy and flexibility

●       Improve sleep and mood

●       Decrease of aches, pains and symptoms of fibromyalgia and sciatica

This workshop not only allows you to experience Neurogenic Yoga™ within different varieties of yoga classes, but also gives you a foundation for understanding the tremor response. Learn about the history and origin of Neurogenic Yoga™ and how it helps to release stress, tension and trauma patterns.

Most people describe the tremoring experience as pleasant and report many improvements in their physical and emotional state.

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Neurogenic Yoga at Yogaville1Maria Alfaro, E-RYT, Neurogenic Yoga™ Trainer and TRE™* Trainer  is a native Italian who lives in California. She teaches yoga since 1997 and she is also a

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™) trainer. Maria leads workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She is one of two Neurogenic Yoga lead instructors.

You can contact her with any questions or concerns you may have about the workshop at:

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CEUs available to massage therapists and bodyworkers.

Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart: Yoga to Reduce Stress, Prevent & Reverse Disease

 Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge with this enriching weekend. Enjoy the abundant beauties of May at Yogaville, while learning and experiencing optimal approaches to health and healing.

In the peaceful environment of the Ashram, Learn how to :

●       Prevent and Reverse disease

●       Take time to rest, reflect and de-stress.

The workshop will be both informational and experiential.

Dr. Amrita will focus on the overall relationship of lifestyle and health, getting to the root causes of dis-ease, how yoga, nutrition, exercise, massage, aromatherapy and other complementary techniques can help create the best possible wellness and connection to body, mind, spirit, nature, community and purpose.

Cinmayi (Cynthia) Moore will facilitate exploring a variety of skills for making peace portable in everyday life. You will integrate what you already know about physical balance, nutrition, movement and yogic breathing practices, and also practice some new stress management skills that help you achieve the “easeful mind, peaceful body and useful life”.

Sampada Desai will integrate yoga and psychotherapy, helping you increase awareness of sensations in the body, stay more focused on the present moment, empower you to make effective actions for a purposeful and peaceful life and access your inner self through body, movement and breathing to tap into suppressed emotions and tensions.

This retreat is for everyone – including those who simply would like to have an inspiring health-oriented yoga weekend, anyone facing a personal health challenge, and health professionals seeking to learn more about integrating yoga and other natural methods into their practices.


Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart1Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and a primary family health care. As Director of Stress Management Training for 20 years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer.




Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart2Sampada Desai, MA, LPC, RYT, CLL, is a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in various settings. She currently works as psychotherapist at an alternate school in Lynchburg, VA, assisting children and adolescents with emotional and developmental disorders. She also maintains a private practice at Desai Counseling and Yoga.





Sierra Exif JPEGCinmayi Moore MS, RDN, CDE has been a manager in teaching hospitals and healthcare settings and a project manager in a variety of settings (spa/resort, academic, retirement, restaurant and ambulatory care). She is a Duke trained, Integrative Health Coach, Integral Yoga Instructor, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator. She wrote the book titled: Stress Management for Managers.

Taoist Yoga

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Taoist YogaDao-In, or Taoist Yoga, is a series of body movements that are done indoors on a mat. All movements are done on the floor either lying or sitting. It has been traditionally called “exercises for conducting internal energy” and it combines breathing with the movement, which has resemblance to hatha yoga. These exercises greatly reduces the stagnation of physical energy and it is very useful and complementary to sitting meditation. They nurture and invigorate personal energy and attunes it to the universal vitality.

  • Achieve Happiness, Longevity and Health

  • Purpose: Happiness, longevity and self-attunement

  • Center: The whole body

  • Goal: No physical trouble

Taoist Yoga is part of the Taoist Immortal cultivation and is also part of the their medical system. Taoist Yoga helps in the aid and recovery from certain ailments.  It energizes and conducts your energy through certain specific channels.

The routine is also effective fpr breaking up and dissipating emotional problems. It helps to take excess concentrated energy from the head.

Taoist Yoga (2)Once people began doing this type of physical energy conducting, they discovered that it not only prevented stagnation, but also improved their health and life span. Externally, it helps the muscles, tendons and bones. Internally, it helps all parts of the body functioning better, including circulation, hormone secretions and so forth. Its pure purpose is to nurture and attune your internal energy.

When you do Dao-In, the most important thing is relaxation. Some postures may require more training with certain muscles, so follow the principle of the movement and allow yourself to build your practice up slowly.

While the movement adjusts and attunes, Taoist Yoga also generates, strengthens and invigorates your energy. There are five major parts to the whole system, three of which are the physical foundation. Another part is a meditation, and the concluding part is primarily focused on the face and head.

These gentle movement can be done by almost anyonew in almost any circumstance and for the serious student looking for longevity and

It takes about 60 minutes to perform the entire sequence of movements, but it is not necessary to do the entire set.

Taoist Yoga3Paul Olko is a Naturopath, Herbalist and Asian Bodywork Therapist. He has been associated with the
NI Family Traditional practices since 1989 and travels to Los Angeles each year to advance his own
practice. He is certified by the Chi Health Institute in the NI family’s Eighteen-Step Harmony-Style Tai Chi. and has been a yoga teacher since 1972.

Sacred Sounds: Healing Sounds, Chakra Frequencies and the Divine Name

Discover the Secrets of Sound Healing with Internationally Acclaimed Teacher, Author and Chant Master Jonathan Goldman, who teams with his wife, Holistic Psychotherapist Andi Goldman for this special weekend.  Explore the scientific and spiritual basis of using sound for healing and transformation and find out how your own self-created Chakra Frequencies can enhance your health and wellness.

This presentation includes group exercises, sound healing techniques, extraordinary visual images, award winning healing music and cutting edge scientific and spiritual information.   Discover and learn about The Divine Name; a universal sound that has the ability to resonate both the physical body and subtle energy fields of anyone who intones it—irrespective of religion, tradition, or belief. It has the power to issue in a new era of human consciousness, uniting us in healing, peace, and oneness.

Learn how sound can:

·         Energize and balance our brain

·         Increase our immune system

·         Tune our nervous system

·         Resonate our DNA and cellular structure

·         Enhance relaxation

·         Reduce stress

·         Heighten our consciousness

Through teachings, meditations, and sonic exercises, Healing Sounds Pioneer Jonathan Goldman, and Andi Goldman will awaken the joyous and extraordinary healing power of sound in us all!

Experiential Workshop

Friday Night:

Multi-Media Presentation

2 hours


The workshop begins with exploring the power of breath and tone. This is followed by experiencing SACRED HEALING SOUNDS through the exercise Vowels As Mantras, which has a powerful resonance shift as your chakras, the energy centers of your body, are balanced and aligned for health, harmony and enhanced meditation.  Next, is The Fundamentals of Vocal Harmonics—learning to create two or more notes simultaneously and experience the resultant transformative effects, which include stimulating the brain, resonating the physical body and enhancing our ability to perceive reality. This is followed by learning to use using sacred sound ratios of Pythagorean Tuning Forks to align our nervous system and energy fields and induce deep states of relaxation and higher levels of consciousness.

The workshop culminates with learning to intone “The Divine Name”—a universal sound for healing, prayer, meditation and transformation. “The Divine Name” has the ability of creating deep and profound connection between ourselves and the Divine.  In addition, as an ultimate form of prayer, this extraordinary sound has the ability of bringing healing and harmony to ourselves and the planet. Our “SACRED SOUNDS: HEALING SOUNDS” workshop is a step by step process of vibratory initiation and activation.  It includes:

Vowels As Mantras—the power of your own self created sacred sounds to resonate your charkas
Fundamentals of Breath and Toning — the importance of breath in resonating our body, brain and etheric fields using self-created sounds and open the pathways that allow sound to be expressed comfortably
Pythagorean Tuning Forks–using sacred sound ratios to align our nervous       system and energy fields and induce deep states of relaxation.

·         The Fundamentals of Vocal Harmonics – learning to create and two or more notes simultaneously and experience the resultant transformative effects.

·         Sounding of the Divine Name—the culmination of this workshop—learning to intone and experience the power of this universal sound for healing, prayer, meditation and transformation.

Through use of Chakra Toning, Sacred Ratios and Vocal Harmonics, the sonic energies of The Divine Name will be transmitted. This extraordinary sound creates frequency shifts that align imbalances, invokes divine energy and initiates transdimensional communication.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJonathan Goldman is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics.  He has worked with masters of sound from both the scientific and the spiritual traditions and has been empowered by the Chant Master of the Dalai Lama’s Drepung Loseling Monastery to teach Tibetan Overtone Chanting.  Jonathan is author of HEALING SOUNDS, THE 7 SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING, CHAKRA FREQUENCIES (co-authored with his wife Andi), winner of the Visionary Award for “Best Alternative Health Book” of the year, and his latest from Hay House, THE DIVINE NAME: The Sound That Can Change the World, 2011 Visionary Award Winner for “Best Healing Book” of the year.  He is director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado.  A Grammy nominee, Jonathan has created numerous best selling, award winning recordings including “THE DIVINE NAME” (with Gregg Braden), “REIKI CHANTS”, “THE LOST CHORD” and “ULTIMATE OM”. His “CHAKRA CHANTS” and “2012: ASCENSION HARMONICS” both independently won the Visionary Awards for “Best Healing-Meditation Album” of the Year in 1999 and 2009. In Spring 2011, Jonathan Goldman was named as one of Watkin’s Reviews “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet.”   He is a lecturing member of the International Society for Music Medicine. Jonathan presents HEALING SOUNDS SEMINARS throughout the world.

Andi Goldman, M.A., L.P.C., is a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in holistic counseling and sound therapy.  She co-authored with Jonathan, CHAKRA FREQUENCIES: Tantra of Sound, winner of the 2006 Visionary Award for Best Alternative Health Book of the Year.  She is the Director of the Healing Sounds® Seminars, and Director of the Sound Healers Association.   Andi is the developer of Tele-Counsel, the nation’s first telephone counseling service specifically offering homebound clients structured counseling. She has been an educator at international schools in Japan, Germany, and Indonesia and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world. She is a musician, teacher, sound healer, and the wife and partner of Jonathan Goldman.

Together, Jonathan and Andi have dedicated their lives to the path of service, helping awaken and empower others with the ability of sound to heal and transform. They lecture and give workshops worldwide. They live in Boulder, Colorado, with their son and may be reached at:,, (303) 443-8181, or by writing to P.O. Box 2240, Boulder, CO 80306.

Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor: Demystifying “Down There”

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Demystifying Down ThereIn this workshop we will be “Demystifying “Down There. Join Leslie Howard, a presenter for the Yoga Journal Conferences and Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, as she helps locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the various muscle groups of the pelvic floor. She will discuss mula bandha, abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in asana.

Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of “core work.” Whether you experience any of these conditions, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you:

  • pelvic pain
  • leak when laughing or sneezing
  • lower back, hip or groin problems
  • have to go the bathroom too often
  • discomfort during sex or while using tampons
  • prolapsed organs
  • skin irritation
  • pregnancy and birth

We will begin with anatomy, lecture and discussion, followed by subtle experiential movements to awaken your understanding of this often ignored area. A series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor will follow. Time permitting, asana that spotlights the pelvis and hip joints will be practiced. Handouts will be provided. Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. Although helpful, no previous yoga experience is required. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.


Demystifying Down There2Leslie Howard
, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers. She considers Ramanand Patel as her most important influence and mentor. She is a presenter for the Yoga Journal Conferences and Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research. She is featured in the documentary, “Yoga Woman.”


Registration at 4:00pm
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Hatha Yoga Class
Guided Deep Relaxation Class (Friday only)
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Evening Meditation
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Orientation
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Introduction to the Female Pelvis
5:30 a.m. Wake – up
6:00 – 6:40 a.m. Morning Meditation
6:50 – 8:20 a.m. Hatha Yoga
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cultural Messaging and Anatomy
12:00 – 12:30p.m. Meditation at LOTUS
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Ashram/LOTUS Tour; Free Time, Massage, Sauna (Saturday only)
3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Finding your own pelvic floor
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Kirtan (chanting of sacred sounds)
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Satsang (Program with a video of Sri Swami Satchidananda and a talk
by a program speaker or a senior disciple).
Sunday: Departure Day
6:00 a.m. Wake-up
6:20 – 7:20 a.m. Morning Meditation
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Hatha Yoga
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. The Pelvic Floor and Asana
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Evaluations
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Meditation at LOTUS
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Check Out of Room

Partner Yoga and Massage: Gateway to a Deeper Bond with Your Beloved

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

Partner Yoga and Massage at Yogaville2This weekend, experience the joy and intimacy of Partner Yoga, the blissful effects of Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage and the profound tranquility of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra (extended deep relaxation).

Dr. Michael Sullivan will offer a lecture and discussion about the art of healthy, loving communication through the lens of the 8-limbed path of Yoga and an overview of the foundational principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of medicine and how they apply to understanding your Beloved’s and your own Dosha (physical, mental and emotional constitutional type), promoting a better understanding toward cultivating a more harmonious relationship.

Partner Yoga is a path for consciously joining with others in ways that are deeply nourishing and heal our sense of separation. Through the practice of Partner Yoga, the dualities of self/other, giving/receiving and ego/divinity begin to dissolve and we experience directly the essence of Yoga – Union.  We will explore fun and dynamic partner yoga sequences in ways that are easy to implement and are playful and sacred.

Thai Yoga Massage is like having Yoga done to you!  Beautiful stretches open the body and increase mobility.  You will discover the pleasure you can give each other by giving and receiving these ancient techniques that tranquilize the body, inspire the soul and deepen your connection with your Beloved,

This workshop is open to all levels of yoga experience.

The fun and dynamic format of this program will consist of:

* Daily Yoga classes, accommodating beginner and advanced levels, including instruction in pranayama, meditation and chanting with the harmonium!

* Experiential participation in Partner Yoga sequences and Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage to strengthen vitality and promote joy, tranquility and intimacy

* Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra (extended deep relaxation) to facilitate deep levels of healing, for body, mind and emotions.

* The Yoga of loving communication and the foundational principals of Ayurveda, the science of healthy living and longevity

Enjoy beautiful wooded hiking trails on the Ashram grounds, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the banks of the James River and group meditation at the exquisite LOTUS Temple.

Partner Yoga and Massage at YogavilleRenata Gregori has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years.  She was a professional singer and actress, before devoting herself to the study and practice of Yoga, with some of the greatest Teachers and Masters of our time.  Her classes are dynamic and inspiring, combining luxurious Thai Yoga Massage informed adjustments, creative sequencing, transitions and variations, that make the postures more accessible, along with healing breath work and chanting with the harmonium, to create a joyful, heart opening and soul satisfying experience.  Renata teaches workshops, trainings and retreats in Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage and has several instructional DVDs.  She is the Director of the Yoga Program at Riverview Spa, the Ayurveda, Yoga and Chiropractic Center near Yogaville.  She maintains a close relationship to Yogaville, where she teaches, lectures and leads Kirtan.

Partner Yoga and Massage at Yogaville1Dr. Michael Sullivan, founder and director of Riverview Spa, The Ayurveda and Yoga Center near Yogaville, is a diplomate of Ayurvedic medicine from the International Ayurvedic Institute and has studied and worked at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Coimbatore, South India and has completed advanced studies in Ayurveda in Pune, India.  He also has been a Chiropractor and a Yoga teacher for over 30 years.  Dr. Sullivan is a popular lecturer on back care, Yoga, meditation, holistic health and anatomy and he has lead workshops on Ayurveda, nutrition, Yoga, and meditation at various yoga and retreat centers throughout the United States and abroad.  His 28 years as a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville (who was under his personal care many times) directly influenced and inspired his vast understanding of Ayurveda and the Yogic lifestyle, which he enthusiastically lives and passes on to all those who visit Riverview Spa.  He maintains a close relationship to Yogaville, where he lectures and teaches.



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Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork: The Expanding Practice

Registration begins Wednesday 4:00 PM, Programs begins Wednesday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork-The Expanding Practice at Yogaville2
This five day immersion allows students to deepen and expand their knowledge of sequencing as they work with energy lines (sen and lom). Acupressure techniques will be included.  Students will have the opportunity to refine their existing Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques while exploring new applications, asanas, and katas in all the attitudes (Supine, Prone, Side-lying, and Seated).

Highlights include facial massage and special protocols for the hands and feet to address the organs. Healing of the koshas (Physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual sheaths) through the nadis will be addressed. Students who have studied different styles of Thai Yoga Bodywork are welcome to attend.

Learn: A sound two hour session utilizing puja, mantra,  marma  therapy, acupressure,  rhythmic compressions,  exotic stretches, pranayam, and meditation to produce profound rest and rejuvenation.  Learn Thai treatments for basic life ailments. Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork addresses the pranic body, and pranic tools for clearing the nadis will be emphasized.

Study: A 3000-year old traditional Southeast Asian Folk Art, which creates inspired tranquility and radiant holistic health first arriving in Thailand from India in  approximately 500 BC with the advent of Buddhism.  Dr. Jivaka Kumara, an Ayurvedic physician, is attributed as the father of Medicine and Thai Yoga Bodywork in Thailand.

Experience: A deeper understanding of Thai Yoga Bodywork’s ability to assist in rapidly eliminating dis-ease, both physically and emotionally, bringing PEACE to the body on a cellular level.
Enjoy:  Rejuvenation, strengthened vitality through bandhas, pranayama and meditation techniques for personal focus and effect.   Emerge refreshed and rejuvenated.

Discover: How to balance and harmonize Shakti/Chi enhancing the immune system and hormonal health. Balance mental energy and stimulate higher levels of consciousness. Self-Thai will be touched on.
Suitable for yoga students and instructors, massage therapists, personal trainers,  medical professionals, health-enthusiasts,  and all interested in dynamic vitality and loving compassion (Metta). NCTMB, and Yoga Alliance CEC’s available.

*Attendees may email with questions about this course.


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Sudevi Linda Kramer is a highly sought-after Vedic Conservatory certified teacher of Thai-YogaBodywork, studying in Thailand and training closely with Mukti Michael Buck. She is certified in Integral and Jivamukti Yoga and was graced by Sri Swami Satchidananda and Yoga masters Sharon Gannon and David Life.







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Learning to Love Ourselves: The Wisdom of the Heart with Joan  Borysenko

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Learning to Love Ourselves The Wisdom of the Heart at 2Spread too thin? All stressed out? Tired of listening to that grouchy self-critic?

Then join Joan Borysenko and get ready to unleash your creative genius. The root of human suffering is self-judgment, the belief that something is wrong with us, that we are not worthy of love. This fundamental lack of security translates into anxiety, depression, addiction, and burnout.

Learning to love ourselves is both a psychological and spiritual journey. In this retreat we will cultivate self-acceptance through reflection, inquiry, meditation, movement, writing, sharing and laughter. In the compassionate shelter of one another you will have the opportunity to lay aside your “false self” and step into the radiance of who you really are.

In this retreat, you will:

•Gain insight into the patterns that keep you from experiencing your full potential—the vastness of your own true nature
•Transform your emotional DNA and rediscover who you are without all the stress
•Use movement, music, and the tools of modern interpersonal neurobiology to retrain your brain and quiet your judgment circuits
•Practice body-based inquiry and present-centered awareness
•Learn how food changes mood and make friends with the gut microbes who manufacture your neurotransmitters
•Enjoy the beauty of nature, nourishing food, and soul friends
•Leave burnout behind and get your groove back
Bottom line. Life is beautiful. Love is possible. Every moment can be the blessing it is meant to be

Learning to Love Ourselves The Wisdom of the Heart at YogavilleJoan Borysenko, PhD, is a Harvard-trained cell biologist, licensed psychologist, and spiritual educator. A pioneer in mind-body medicine and psychoneuroimmunology, she is founder of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC in Boulder, Colorado, and a New York Times best-selling author of 16 books. She is a perennially popular national speaker and blogger for the Huffington Post and other websites. Her most recent book is The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life.

For her books, see below; available CDs and DVDs can be seen on her website,

  1. Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (1987). Revised in 2007 and published as 20th anniversary edition by DaCapo Press (Perseus Books).

  2. Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson (1990)

  3. Fire in the Soul. A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism (1993)

  4. With Miroslav Borysenko, The Power of the Mind to Heal. Renewing Body, Mind, and Spirit (1994)

  5. Pocketful of Miracles. Prayers, Meditations, and Affirmations to Nurture Your Spirit Every Day of the Year (1994)

  6. A Woman’s Book of Life. The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle (1996)

  7. The Ways of the Mystic: Seven Paths to God (1997)

   In paperback: 7 Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic (1999)

  1. A Woman’s Journey to God: Finding the Feminine Path (1999)

  2. Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your Life (2001)

  3. With Joan Drescher: On Wings of Light: Finding Hope When the Heart Needs Healing (1992, revised 2003)

  4. Inner Peace for Busy Women: Balancing Work, Family and Your Inner Life (2003)

  5. With Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D.: Saying YES to Change. Essential Wisdom for Your Journey (2006)

  6. With Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D.: Your Soul’s Compass: What is Spiritual Guidance? (2007)

  7. It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change (2009)

  8. FRIED. Why You Burn Out and How to Revive (2012); 2012 Nautilus Silver Book Award

  9. The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life; Hay House, October 1, 2014


Yoga for Teens Certification Program – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 19 (approximate)

teaching tt to teansThe Yoga for Teens Teacher Training is a comprehensive certification in yoga for teens. This training offers yoga as a transformative life practice for teens that fosters physical, mental, social, and emotional development through yoga practices and principles. It is suitable for yoga teachers, school teachers, social workers, therapists, parents, and anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of youth through the practices and teachings of yoga. While the training includes guidance on teaching teens in various settings, it emphasizes teaching yoga in the school setting.

The course includes:

  • A teen approach to asana and class themes; teen appropriate sequences
  • Breathing and meditation techniques for teens
  • Teaching yoga in the school setting
  • Stress management for teens
  • Teaching yoga philosophy and the ethical principles of yoga in teen language
  • Introduction to working with at-risk and under-served populations
  • How to teach topics relevant to teens, including: self-confidence, healthy body image, sexual health, and anger management and forgiveness.
  • Teaching basic nutrition and the yoga of eating
  • How to help students identify negative self beliefs and replace them with positive belief systems and affirmations
  • Helping teens understand and cultivate mindfulness in daily life
  • Incorporating play and laughter into the teen yoga class
  • Classroom management and how to effectively address behavioral problems
  • Creative ways to build community, trust, and connection
  • How to facilitate group discussions with teens
  • Practice developing a teen yoga class
  • Inspiring teens to be ambassadors of peace in the world through selfless service

“Erin is a teen yoga master teacher. She inspires and creates a safe space for teens to explore yoga, whether for the first time or 100th. She relates to and understands the unique gifts and needs of this population and skillfully shares these tools with teachers in her trainings. Erin and her students rock.”
-Sarah Herrington, author of OM Schooled

erin lila wilsonErin Lila Wilson, E-RYT, received her beginning and intermediate teacher certification through Integral Yoga, and completed training for teaching at-risk teens through the Lineage Project. She has worked with youth for over ten years, teaching yoga to inner-city teenagers, including yoga and meditation to hundreds of youth in schools, studios, and incarceration facilities. She moved to San Francisco in January of 2012, where she now serves as the Executive Director of RISE Yoga for Youth.