• Dorm - Bottom Bunk – $420.00
  • Dorm - Top Bunk – $420.00
  • Dormitory - Private – $490.00
  • LGH - Single – $540.00
  • LGH - Double – $540.00
  • LGH - Family room – $540.00
  • Shri Nivas – $540.00
  • (All prices include $240 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Check-in: 4 – 6 pm
Check-out: 2 pm
Friday – Sunday Program Schedule

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Be Your Best Friend: Wholehearted Self-Compassion

with Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLL

February 23 - 25, 2018

continuing education stampOften, we find it easier to offer compassion, kindness, and unconditional positive regard to others. Yet when it comes to ourselves, we are more likely to be highly critical, unforgiving, or unkind. Over time, depriving ourselves of compassion has adverse cumulative effects on our confidence, self-esteem, creativity, productivity, relationships and overall happiness.

Research has shown that individuals who are self-compassionate are more likely to be resilient, optimistic, creative, and happy. Learn to cultivate self-love and self-compassion during this weekend program.

In this workshop, Sam will share with you:

  • The importance of cultivating compassion towards all aspects of yourself
  • Psychological principles, spiritual wisdom, Yoga, meditation, healing imagery, joyful laughter practices, storytelling, and group work
  • Loving guidance in becoming your own best friend
  • Ways to encourage others to practice self-compassion as well

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email [email protected].


Sam Desai is an awesome teacher—compassionate, wise, and very, very fun! I’ve taken many self-growth classes and have taught my own (as a health and life coach + psychotherapist) and I can honestly say that Sam’s class is one of my favorite experiences! — Karen Schachfer

[This was] absolutely one of the best programs and teachers I’ve ever enjoyed at Yogaville. [The program] truly helped me resolve some life issues and had me laughing and dancing—both rare in my life. Sampada is wonderful!!! — John W. Ward, Jr.

My expectations were definitely met. Sam is very knowledgeable and experienced and she teaches with great warmth. — JoAnn Whiteley

Sam is great—quirky, with happy energy, totally unassuming and open, which was much appreciated. She managed to make the group feel very cohesive. — Past Participant


Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLL
Sam is a licensed professional counselor with training in clinical psychology and 30 years of psychotherapeutic experience. Additionally, she is trained as a certified laughter leader and teacher trainer. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private practice at her agency, Desai Counseling and Yoga. An experienced and compassionate Yoga teacher, she routinely teaches Yoga at her studio, local colleges, and other community organizations. A gifted and engaging speaker, Sam brings to her workshops a unique blend of Western psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices including Yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, healing imagery, conscious breathing,…
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