Oct
26
Sat
Trauma, Recovery & Empowerment @ Newtown Congregational Church
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with Molly Birkholm, Co-Founder of Warriors at Ease and a trauma educator of “Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment”. Learn tools that can enhance everyday life and help to uncover a deeper sense of joy. Molly will be joined by Joy Hoffman, founder of “The Joy of Art” and “The Joy of Yoga Nidra” who will lead a session of yoga nidra following the discussion.

All Proceeds with benefit Ben’s Lighthouse a program founded in memory and celebration of Ben Wheeler that seeks to foster all children’s potential to build a more compassionate and connected world. Ben’s Lighthouse provides programs and opportunities that help kids and teens develop empathy, self-awareness and social connection.

FAQs

What can I bring into the event?

To experience yoga nidra during the second portion of the evening, please bring a yoga pad, two blankets and a washcloth. Chair yoga will be available for those who desire that option.

Oct
27
Sun
Trauma, Recovery & Empowerment @ Yoga for Everybody
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with Molly Birkholm, Co-Founder of Warriors at Ease and a trauma educator of “Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment”. Learn tools that can enhance everyday life and help to uncover a deeper sense of joy. Molly will be joined by Joy Hoffman, founder of “The Joy of Art” and “The Joy of Yoga Nidra” who will lead a session of yoga nidra following the discussion.

FAQs

What can I bring into the event?

To experience yoga nidra during the second portion of the evening, please bring a yoga mat, two blankets and a washcloth. Chair yoga will be available for those who desire that option.

Nov
2
Sat
Uncovering Joy with Miriam Mengotti @ Yoga Center of Key Biscayne
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Uncovering Joy
True joy is not dependent on outward conditions. True joy is a state of being that arises from being connected to our true nature, the part of ourselves that is untouched by anything that has ever happened in life or anything that ever will… the part of ourselves that always exists in peace. We can create the conditions for this authentic joy to arise and grow as a constant experience that holds us throughout the changing experiences of life. We will do exactly this during this workshop using breathing, yoga, yoga nidra guided meditation, as well as opportunities for inspiration and deep connection. Learn ways to create a daily practice that weaves joy throughout your life. Join Molly & Miriam for this unforgettable journey into the heart of joy.
Molly Birkholm is a yoga & meditation teacher trainer, speaker, advisor, show host, and author. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, which has pioneered evidence-based resilience and trauma treatment programs that are used in the US military, including training more than 2000 instructors who work at more than 65 military bases and VA hospitals. Molly’s peak performance & resilience training, stress management courses, and trauma treatment programs have been used by c-suite leaders and top organizations, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Molly leads programs around the world and also teaches through her “Building Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity” and “iRest Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation” 24-class series courses on The Great Courses and as the host of Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.
Jan
12
Sun
Winter Creativity Retreat with Molly Birkholm, Swami Paramananda & Hipolito Arriaga @ Sivananda Yoga Ranch Ashram
Jan 12 – Jan 17 all-day
Join us for a Warriors at Ease Retreat that offers a deep dive into the practices of yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy! This retreat is special because it’s a civilian-veteran retreat, designed to bring people together for a week of personal reflection, transformation and growth. Through this unique combination, participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another and develop a deeper sense of connection amidst deep practice.

Attendees can expect a daily program that includes yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Vedanta lectures, silent meditation, breathing practices, creativity practices, vegetarian food, personal reflection time, and community fun with fellow attendees. There will be two days of silence during the week, in which participants are invited to adhere to Mauna (Sanskrit for “silence” throughout the day’s activities.

The focus is on going deep into the practices of yoga and meditation. There will be no difference in participation between veterans, civilians or providers of the retreat. We are all in this together, we will all be doing the practices. We will all be sharing in the experience.

This retreat is open to veterans and civilians who already have a regular meditation and yoga practice and are interested in an advanced retreat. This retreat will maintain a strict retreat schedule. It is rigorous but we are inviting people who are serious practitioners and who from their own personal interest want to experience Advanced Retreat.

6:00 a.m. – Wake Up
6:30 a.m. – Chanting, Pranayama (breathing) & Silent Meditation
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
10 a.m. – Morning Yoga
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Outdoor Time or Activities
2:00 p.m. – Yoga Philosophy Talk & Discussion
4:00 p.m. – Afternoon Yoga & iRest Yoga Nidra
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Evening Program & Meditation
10:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Costs:

Through the generosity of private donor, the tuition for this retreat is covered for both civilians and veterans. Veterans need to cover only their travel expenses and civilians need to cover their travel and accommodation expenses at the Ashram. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch Ashram is a sweet place, which is carefully maintained by beautiful souls and on a gorgeous piece of property. The food is vegetarian and delicious; much of it is grown on the property. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please advise of other dietary restrictions. There will be two shuttle buses departing from NYC. Times will be announced directly to retreat participants. If you’re able to make it onto to these shuttles, transport to/from NYC is included. If you cannot make the shuttles, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the ashram.

Veterans and service members will be required to put down a $200 deposit in order to reserve a spot in our retreats. The deposit will be refunded in full after the conclusion of the retreats.

For more information on accommodation costs at Sivananda Yoga Ranch Ashram, please click here.

To register, please email Alexis Miller, the retreat coordinator, at retreats@warriorsatease.org. 

Please be advised that retreats typically fill up right away and have a waiting list. If you would like to attend, please do not delay!

Facilitators:

Molly Birkholm is a yoga and meditation teacher trainer, professional speaker, consultant and author, She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma and stress. Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations. Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International. www.mollybirkholm.com

Swami Paramananda is the manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and longtime teacher of Sivananda Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Bahamas, New York, and India. A much-loved teacher admired for his humor, warmth and devotion to the practice, he seamlessly weaves classical yoga teachings into modern daily life.

Hipolito Arriaga was born and raised in the South Bronx. In 2003, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an Artileryman. Following four years of service, which included two deployments to Iraq, he separated from the military honorably. Post service, he began seeking healing for the various injuries he sustained, both physical and invisible, leading him on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery. Hipolito is a writer and performer for the Combat Hippies. He’s also trained in Baptiste Power Yoga and Trauma Conscious Yoga. And serves as a wilderness expedition leader with No Barriers Warriors. His performance and writing experience include “AMAL” and “Conscience Under Fire.”

Please review our retreat cancellation policy upon signing up.

Apr
16
Thu
How Yoga Saves Lives @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

It’s remarkable how life’s biggest challenges often pave a direct path to understanding life’s deeper meanings. Rather than accepting victimization, the possibility exists to rise above adversity and create momentous change. Yoga acts as both a catalyst and healing agent in this way — it holds the potential to help you shine light on your darkest moments, giving you the courage to move through them toward profound purpose.

Yoga, meditation, service, and community are some of the most effective tools that bring the empowerment needed to transform a traumatic experience. Wisdom rarely emerges in spite of difficulty, but rather because of it … and when integrated with yoga, that wisdom is more deeply understood.

Learn the ways that yoga has successfully saved lives — how it has transformed the experiences of human trafficking survivors, veterans, prisoners, and others who have undergone immense trauma. Get inspired by the stories of those who have survived life’s greatest challenges … and how they went on to become change-makers in society.

Offered as 1 satsang and 1 workshop (subject to change)

Cost

This Yoga Vacation program is included in our all-inclusive accommodation rates, which include meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and daily Yoga Vacation workshops, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities.

Accommodations

Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.

Please note

Payments We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.

Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.

Molly Birkholm is a Sivananda Yoga teacher, iRest Yoga Nidra and meditation teacher trainer, and trauma educator. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities.

Also a professional speaker, consultant, and writer, Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Molly teaches yoga-based trainings and retreats around the world, as well as online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

Suzi Landolphi is a co-creator of the Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes program at Boulder Crest Retreat. These retreats draw on 30 years of science on post-traumtic growth for veterans and first responders. A licensed psychotherapist, Suzi is co-founder of Big Heart Ranch, where rescue animals and humans support one another’s healing through connection, and was the first Clinical Director of Alo House Recovery Centers. She has also hosted her own radio and television shows, frequently appeared on Oprah, and has published two books.

Apr
18
Sat
Transforming Trauma with Yoga & Meditation Certificate Course @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day

It’s your time to transmit ancient ancient yogic healing practices that cutting-edge research is now confirming — that yoga and meditation regulate the nervous system, releases tension and trauma from the body and mind, supports wellness practices that improve self care, and increases emotional insight about ourselves and how we connect to others.

Directly experience the healing potential within these practices and the “why” behind them, to better integrate them into all aspects of your life. This experiential and educational certificate course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about post-traumatic growth.

Course topics include:

  • Safe and nurturing evidence-based methodologies that support the body in healing
  • Yoga Nidra guided mindfulness meditations for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety and depression
  • Healing practices in breath, visualization, sound and movement
  • Post-traumatic Growth: The Gifts from Trauma and How They Help Create the Life You Deserve
  • Building a self-care plan to integrate these life-changing practices into daily life
Tuition: $650. Add 6 nights accommodation (plan to arrive on or before April 17, 2020 and depart on April 23, 2020 or later).

Please note A 12% Bahamian VAT tax will be added.

Total cost depends on your choice of accommodations and includes all sessions of your course/cleanse/training, meals, yoga classes, satsangs, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities. (Depending on your schedule, you may also attend optional mid-day Yoga Vacation workshops offered during your stay.)

Stay a little longer. If your schedule allows, consider staying for 2 to 5 days of Yoga Vacation before or after your course to fully integrate your experience. You will enjoy all that the ashram has to offer — healthy meals, yoga classes, meditation, spiritual practice, opportunities for relaxation, community talks, teachings, and performances — as well as optional daily workshops on topics of yoga, health, and spiritual inspiration.

Accommodations

Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.

Please note

Payments We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.

Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.

Molly Birkholm is a Sivananda Yoga teacher, iRest Yoga Nidra and meditation teacher trainer, and trauma educator. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities.

Also a professional speaker, consultant, and writer, Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Molly teaches yoga-based trainings and retreats around the world, as well as online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

Suzi Landolphi is a co-creator of the Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes program at Boulder Crest Retreat. These retreats draw on 30 years of science on post-traumtic growth for veterans and first responders. A licensed psychotherapist, Suzi is co-founder of Big Heart Ranch, where rescue animals and humans support one another’s healing through connection, and was the first Clinical Director of Alo House Recovery Centers. She has also hosted her own radio and television shows, frequently appeared on Oprah, and has published two books.

Apr
23
Thu
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training @ Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Apr 23 – Apr 27 all-day

Share the practice of deep relaxation to help with everyday challenges.

Yoga Nidra is a guided form of meditation that is easy to learn, practice, and share with other people. This training course is designed to give you the experiential, philosophical, theoretical, and spiritual understanding of Yoga Nidra that you can use for your own personal healing practice or with clients and students.

Discover how to experience peace and equanimity amidst all of life’s unique challenges. In this training, you will:

  • Learn how to lead Yoga Nidra guided meditation practices
  • Experience how the koshas (Sanskrit for ‘veils’ or ‘layers of consciousness’) create the structure of a Yoga Nidra practice
  • Discover how Yoga Nidra can be a pathway to explore both what is present in your body and mind, as well as deep states of meditation
  • Experience how you can use the practice of Yoga Nidra to work with challenging emotions and beliefs
  • Explore the spiritual and philosophical roots of Yoga Nidra
  • Learn what the clinical research reveals about how Yoga Nidra, mindfulness, and meditation practices affect the body and mind
  • Gain an understanding of how to share Yoga Nidra for trauma, anxiety, sleep, pain relief, and other unique applications and populations
  • Explore how to live Yoga Nidra throughout your day-to-day life.

This training is open to everyone, and may be of particular interest to therapists, mental-health practitioners, teachers, yogis, body workers, and health-care providers.

Tuition: $650. Add 6 nights accommodation (plan to arrive on or before April 22, 2020 and depart on April 28, 2020 or later).

Please note A 12% Bahamian VAT tax will be added.

Total cost depends on your choice of accommodations and includes all sessions of your course/cleanse/training, meals, yoga classes, satsangs, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities. (Depending on your schedule, you may also attend optional mid-day Yoga Vacation workshops offered during your stay.)

Stay a little longer. If your schedule allows, consider staying for 2 to 5 days of Yoga Vacation before or after your course to fully integrate your experience. You will enjoy all that the ashram has to offer — healthy meals, yoga classes, meditation, spiritual practice, opportunities for relaxation, community talks, teachings, and performances — as well as optional daily workshops on topics of yoga, health, and spiritual inspiration.

Accommodations

Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.

Please note

Payments We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.

Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.

Molly Birkholm is a Sivananda Yoga teacher, iRest Yoga Nidra and meditation teacher trainer, and trauma educator. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities.

Also a professional speaker, consultant, and writer, Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Molly teaches yoga-based trainings and retreats around the world, as well as online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

May
5
Tue
Spring Retreat with Molly Birkholm & Swami Kashi @ Kashi Ashram
May 5 – May 11 all-day
Join us for a Warriors at Ease Retreat that offers a deep dive into the practices of yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy! This retreat is special because it’s a civilian-veteran retreat, designed to bring people together for a week of personal reflection, transformation and growth. Through this unique combination, participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another and develop a deeper sense of connection amidst deep practice.

Attendees can expect a daily program that includes yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Vedanta lectures, silent meditation, breathing practices, creativity practices, vegetarian food, personal reflection time, and community fun with fellow attendees. There will be two days of silence during the week, in which participants are invited to adhere to Mauna (Sanskrit for “silence” throughout the day’s activities.

The focus is on going deep into the practices of yoga and meditation. There will be no difference in participation between veterans, civilians or providers of the retreat. We are all in this together, we will all be doing the practices. We will all be sharing in the experience.

This retreat is open to veterans and civilians who already have a regular meditation and yoga practice and are interested in an advanced retreat. This retreat will maintain a strict retreat schedule. It is rigorous but we are inviting people who are serious practitioners and who from their own personal interest want to experience Advanced Retreat.

6:00 a.m. – Wake Up
6:30 a.m. – Chanting, Pranayama (breathing) & Silent Meditation
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
10 a.m. – Morning Yoga
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Outdoor Time or Activities
2:00 p.m. – Yoga Philosophy Talk & Discussion
4:00 p.m. – Afternoon Yoga & iRest Yoga Nidra
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Evening Program & Meditation
10:00 p.m. – Lights Out

Costs:

Through the generosity of private donor, the tuition for this retreat is covered for both civilians and veterans. Veterans need to cover only their travel expenses and civilians need to cover their travel and accommodation expenses at the Ashram. Kashi Ashram is a sweet place, which is carefully maintained by beautiful souls and on a gorgeous piece of property. The food is vegetarian and delicious; much of it is grown on the property. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please advise of other dietary restrictions. There will be a shuttle bus departing from the Miami Airport. Times will be announced directly to retreat participants. If you’re able to make it onto to this shuttle, transport to/from Miami is included. If you cannot make the shuttle, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the ashram.

For more information on accommodation costs at Kashi Ashram, please click here.

To register, please email Betsy Diller, the retreat coordinator, at retreats@warriorsatease.org. 

Please be advised that retreats typically fill up right away and have a waiting list. If you would like to attend, please do not delay!

Facilitators:

Molly Birkholm is a yoga and meditation teacher trainer, professional speaker, consultant and author, She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma and stress. Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations. Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International. www.mollybirkholm.com

Swami Kashi is a former Israeli Commando and currently a monk who lives in Rishikesh, India and teaches all over the world. He’s known for his unique ability to transmit deep philosophical truths in a clear, entertaining and joyful way through vivid stories and illustrations. His down-to-Earth approach and loving nature make him an idea bridge between ancient yogic teachings and modern western audiences. www.heartpilgrim.org

Jun
21
Sun
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – France @ Ashram de Yoga Sivananda
Jun 21 – Jun 26 all-day

Registration coming soon!

Share the practice of deep relaxation to help with everyday challenges.

Yoga Nidra is a guided form of meditation that is easy to learn, practice, and share with other people. This training course is designed to give you the experiential, philosophical, theoretical, and spiritual understanding of Yoga Nidra that you can use for your own personal healing practice or with clients and students.

Discover how to experience peace and equanimity amidst all of life’s unique challenges. In this training, you will:

  • Learn how to lead Yoga Nidra guided meditation practices
  • Experience how the koshas (Sanskrit for ‘veils’ or ‘layers of consciousness’) create the structure of a Yoga Nidra practice
  • Discover how Yoga Nidra can be a pathway to explore both what is present in your body and mind, as well as deep states of meditation
  • Experience how you can use the practice of Yoga Nidra to work with challenging emotions and beliefs
  • Explore the spiritual and philosophical roots of Yoga Nidra
  • Learn what the clinical research reveals about how Yoga Nidra, mindfulness, and meditation practices affect the body and mind
  • Gain an understanding of how to share Yoga Nidra for trauma, anxiety, sleep, pain relief, and other unique applications and populations
  • Explore how to live Yoga Nidra throughout your day-to-day life.

This training is open to everyone, and may be of particular interest to therapists, mental-health practitioners, teachers, yogis, body workers, and health-care providers.

Jun
29
Mon
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training – Austria @ Sivananda Yoga Retreat House
Jun 29 – Jul 4 all-day

Registration coming soon!

Share the practice of deep relaxation to help with everyday challenges.

Yoga Nidra is a guided form of meditation that is easy to learn, practice, and share with other people. This training course is designed to give you the experiential, philosophical, theoretical, and spiritual understanding of Yoga Nidra that you can use for your own personal healing practice or with clients and students.

Discover how to experience peace and equanimity amidst all of life’s unique challenges. In this training, you will:

  • Learn how to lead Yoga Nidra guided meditation practices
  • Experience how the koshas (Sanskrit for ‘veils’ or ‘layers of consciousness’) create the structure of a Yoga Nidra practice
  • Discover how Yoga Nidra can be a pathway to explore both what is present in your body and mind, as well as deep states of meditation
  • Experience how you can use the practice of Yoga Nidra to work with challenging emotions and beliefs
  • Explore the spiritual and philosophical roots of Yoga Nidra
  • Learn what the clinical research reveals about how Yoga Nidra, mindfulness, and meditation practices affect the body and mind
  • Gain an understanding of how to share Yoga Nidra for trauma, anxiety, sleep, pain relief, and other unique applications and populations
  • Explore how to live Yoga Nidra throughout your day-to-day life.

This training is open to everyone, and may be of particular interest to therapists, mental-health practitioners, teachers, yogis, body workers, and health-care providers.

Molly Birkholm