R3: Rest. Rejuvenate. Relax.Yoga Retreat
Finding what inspires you:
3-day Yoga Retreat slated for June 2017
The first inspirational yoga class I ever went to was in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’d heard of this class from a friend and just went. Didn’t have a clue what is was about, really. 25 years later, I still don’t know what yoga is about, really. I just know it inspires me. Because yoga is a practice of the self. For the self. For it’s higher purpose/ I still struggle somedays to practice. Until you are inspired by a teacher, I encourage you to keep taking classes. Until you are inspired by yourself, life is going to be a challenge.
Kundalini yoga, where singing mantras out loud, where poses can be held for up to 11 minutes sometimes and the breath becomes its own work of art – was my inspiration. I have yet to find an equal teacher or class ever since. So, I created my own yoga. I practice on weekends with whoever feels so inclined at 7:30am at Sacred Spaces Holistic Center in Bradford. It doesn’t have a name referring to a guru, it’s just my yoga. And that’s a beautiful thing about this science. Yes, yoga is a science of the body, mind and spirit connection. It literally means union. Union of yourself, to yourself, through yourself.
And, it can be what you want it to be.
I encourage and invite you to take a yoga class, or come to a retreat that offers many styles and even more inspirational teachers. Rest. Rejuvenate. Relax: The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in partnership with Sacred Spaces Holistic Center of Bradford present to you, our Inaugural Yoga Retreat - June 16, 17 and 18th of this year. Find some inspiration. Create a meaningful experience for yourself, share the experience with colleagues, school peers, family, or friends in a weekend away. Whether you’re looking to connect with like-minded people or enjoy the quiet of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania on the University campus.
Rest. We all know that our busy crazy lives eventually take a toll on our physical, mental and spiritual health. We all need to rest more. Rejuvenate. From time to time, we all require a fresh perspective on our lives, our bodies and our situation. We require inspiration. Relax. The idea that relaxing is “doing nothing” couldn’t be farther from the truth. The body, mind and spirit need to chill out and unify.
So, what exactly, is a Yoga Retreat?
Yoga retreats promote wellness for the body, mind and spirit through various yoga style classes; good, healthy foods, inspirational teachers and usually in an idyllic natural environment. Yoga retreats also are a chance to promote and build community and foster real relationships with real people. It is a chance for beginners to learn the various forms of yoga, for the intermediate yogi to practice with like-minded people, and for experts to deepen their practice. It’s a time, place and experience for your mind, body and spirit to slow down, on purpose, so that you can be a better version of yourself – for yourself. To rest, rejuvenate and relax.
There is a huge difference between going away for vacation and going on a retreat. Even the word itself tells us that it’s all about stepping back, going inwards, and allowing yourself the treat of time out.
Quite often vacations can be more about doing and going, while a retreat is simply about being. Vacations mostly involve other people and compromising on where to go and what to do, and a retreat is all about you and listening to your own needs at all times. Imagine that.
Retreats like this encourage you to leave the chaotic world behind, step away from all stresses and drains on your time and energy, and instead put your focus on doing less and being more. At the very least, time away from your day-to-day life will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, re-inspired, and deeply rested. At best a retreat can help you to gain clarity, seek for deeper truth, and possibly even find the answers you’ve been searching for. (paraphrased from Kirsty Gallagher at
I say to my students, “…notice the feeling.” after a sun salutation and “…set your intention for the day.” says Carol Minard, local Hatha Yoga teacher at Sacred Spaces Holistic Center in Bradford, Pennsylvania. “That is why I keep coming back to experience the feeling of ‘nothing is missing’. The tool I value most is a means to quiet the mental turbulence. Yoga is about becoming comfortable with yourself.
It is a side benefit that muscles become stronger and emotions subside. The sequences of the poses create an effect on the body, mind and spirit. My experience is that I can breathe away frustration and life becomes more simple and enjoyable.”
Sacred Spaces Holistic Center, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, would like to welcome you to experience a yoga retreat right here in your own back yard. This is a superb chance to enjoy some down time alone or with a group of friends. Promote your health journey with an experience of a small, simple but inspiring yoga retreat.
Friday evening is registration, light refreshments and opening ceremonies will include Lana Ryder and Nacol Sharkins providing Sound Therapy with peace inspired Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. Saturday morning, yoga classes begin at 5am, with new sessions scheduled every 90min, last class around 8pm at a yoga retreat community bonfire. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the University for all participants. Included in the lunchtime activities will be local health and wellness businesses available in our vendor area and throughout the afternoon. If you choose to skip a class, try a massage therapy session on site or get henna artwork by a local artist. Maybe take a guided meditation nature walk or try tai chi. Talk Ayurveda with local expert or try some Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy mini sessions.
Now until May 25th is our early bird registration for $155. Price includes all yoga classes and meals, with the exception of dinner on Saturday evening. Dinner is open to local restaurants in the area. After May 25th, the price is $200 per person for the event.
Please contact Tricia with the University for registration and accommodation information, or 814-362-5078. Great rooms available on campus to make this an all-inclusive weekend, single or suite style to accommodate groups.
Gather your friends and enjoy a summer weekend in the Alleghenies. Inspire yourself – go alone. You might just find what you’ve been looking for. Yourself. What inspires me about yoga, 25years later? The students that attend my class and the community I serve are my inspiration today. Namaste.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
4:30pm Registration and Check-in
6pm Opening Ceremony, Meet and Greet - Meet the instructors and fellow yogis in a sound therapy opening ceremony, Lana Ryder and Nacol Sharkins will be providing a relaxing, purposeful sound therapy journey of the senses to kick-off this holistic event. Learn who the instructors are and decide which classes you'd like to take for the weekend. Meet your fellow yogis and rest and relax.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17th
5am Kundalini Yoga with Nacol
6am Yoga sessions (2)
9am Yoga Session (3)
10:30am Yoga Session (3)
11am Massage therapy canopy open, Henna Art available, Phonexi Rising Yoga Sessions
12noon Lunch and Business Vendor Area open
1:30 Yoga Session (3)
1:30 Walking Meditation
2pm Tai Chi session
3pm Yoga Session (3)
4:30pm Yoga Session (2)
6pm Dinner (on your own)
8pm Bonfire and Music event on Campus and Evening Asanas
SUNDAY, JUNE 18th
6am Yoga sessions (2)
9am Yoga Session (2)
10:30am Yoga Session (3)
12am Closing Ceremonies
Meet the Instructors
We proudly present our inspirational inaugural yoga teachers:
Lisa Muehlenbein, E-RYT 500 from Spartanburg, South Carolina will be offering Yoga workshop with essential oils, Restorative Yoga and Meditation. 16yrs experience Lisa is a local native of Bradford, returning home for this weekend retreat and inspire us with her knowledge. She owns Zen Studios, a place for yoga, spa and tea lounge.
Gena Rasmussen will be joining us from Wellsboro, PA and offering Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She is a busy mom of 3 teenagers, a masters level, registered dietitian and certified yoga instructor. Her goal as an instructor is to allow her students to acknowledge the importance of their own self-care and bring that balance of calm and energy into their lives.
Carol Minard, local Bradford scrapbooking business owner, resident and Hatha Yoga teacher. Yoga Betsy certified Carol in 2014. Carol is an inspiring 75years young grandmother, mother wife and former school teacher and shows not one sign of stopping.
Kathleen Wright, local Bradford resident teaches a blended yoga style called YogaFit, a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa. Health enthusiast, Kathleen inspires little women in our community to be better athletes, and better humans. She teaches yoga from Coudersport to Salamanca and all parts in between. She is often found outside on the high school grounds holding free yoga classes during the summer.
Nacol Sharkins, from the Philadelphia area will bring with her newly acquired Kundalini Yoga certification, inspirational voice and sound therapy with singing bowls and gongs. She's been involved with music in some form her whole life and spends her time connecting to the beauty and wonder around her.
Lisa Yohon, local Olean resident, offers a gentle Yoga flow class as well as single one-on-one mini sessions of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Certified since 2013, Lisa owns Lavender Lotus Yoga Studio in Olean New York and offers a lunchtime class each week to the Cutco employees.
Angie Wolfe, local Kane resident and UPitt Staff member has completed a 200hr training and teaches Hatha, Power Yoga and Prana Vinyasa as well as Meditation
Kellie Pannepacker, from eastern PA is a massage therapist and Hatha yoga instructor. She spends her time with her son and puppy dog, Bella Blue. She's a board member as treasurer of the AMTA of PA as well.