The pivotal moment of any spiritual experience is accepting the “call to adventure”, as Joseph Campbell puts it. During these Retreats, you’ll do just that by leaving your comfort-zone and venturing forth into the mystical, surreal landscape of Joshua Tree to immerse yourself in yoga practice and learn how to teach.
The Retreats are where the depth-work happens.
Removing ourselves from our familiar environment shakes up the psyche. Entering into the energetic, healing landscape of the desert soothes the nervous system and allows the dreambody to emerge. We disconnect from modern, hurried, busy life and reconnect to the cycles of the moon and sun. We step out of the stream of Time and Place and shift into a state more in tune with Nature and our primal, eternal selves. We slow down, turn inward, and remember what it’s like to exist in the world as simple beings: eating and sleeping when our bodies tell us to, fully present in each moment of the day.
These Retreats from our daily lives become the energetic setting for our deliberate immersion in a structured - almost monastic - existence of meditation, spiritual practice, energy cultivation, emotional attunement, and communal learning. This is the traditional, transformative experience of living a yoga practice. You’ll immerse in a cleansing lifestyle in accordance with the 8 Limbs of Yoga; experience the power of meditation within a group field; and grow your community of fellow travelers, healers, and loving souls.
The Teacher Training Retreats are structured around the chakra system.
The Winter Retreat focuses on Chakras 1 through 4: ROOTS TO BRANCHES - grounding into earth & tribal connections; awakening & harnessing creative energy; removing blocks to inner power & sense of Self; awakening the Inner Healer & Warrior; and healing heart wounds to allow emotional connection.
The Summer Retreat focuses on Chakras 4 through 7: BRANCHES TO SKY - outward expansion & expression; speaking heartfelt truth; awakening the Inner Visionary & Teacher; and spiritual connection & living within the universal field.
During the Retreats, Caroline will teach you the Art of Teaching Yoga: sensing energy and emotion; planning and improvising sequencing; seeing bodies and people beyond the poses; using voice and presence to hold sacred space; and how to touch with empathy, compassion, and respect. You’ll actively and collaboratively practice these skills to become intuitive, creative, inspiring yoga teachers.
Daily schedule for both Immersion Retreats:
7AM to 10:30AM: Morning Intensives - meditation, asana practice, & yoga study
10:30AM to NOON: Midday Break - shower, eat, rest
NOON to 6PM: Teacher Training - learn & practice teaching skills
Evenings are unscheduled - rest, socialize, study, hike, hot tub - this is your time to unwind.
The RMSY 300-hour 2020 Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training culminates with the Summer Immersion Retreat, which begins on the Summer Solstice and closes with a sweet Ceremony & Graduation to celebrate our yogic journey together!