This series will be in a small group setting, and space is limited to no more than 6 (no drop-ins).
* need childcare? email firstname.lastname@example.org
This small coaching circle gathers weekly over 5 weeks to learn how to manage and reduce stress and overwhelm. Supported by your coach and alongside a group of like-minded Moms, you will experience proven coaching tools and techniques to help you:
identify what fuels and triggers stress in your everyday life
mindfully manage internal responses to stress in a way that will help you...
develop calmer (less-stress) living habits
Gatherings will be 90 minutes long, include coaching (including practical exercises), open and honest discussion, and community building. An individual coaching session is also included as part of this coaching circle.
You will commit to simple home-based assignments each week (that can easily be integrated into your daily life) to support your personal transformations towards calm living. The one-to-one coaching session will be scheduled after week 3.
Gatherings meet Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9pm on January 28th, February 4th, 11th, and 25th. There is no gathering on February 18th. This enrollment runs to Wed, Jan 28. There are no drop-ins. There are no refunds or pro-rating.
Each coaching circle will be made up of a maximum of 10 mothers.
Cost: $199, or pre-register by January 14th and save with early-bird rate of $175
To unearth potential and nourish ideas, we’ll do yoga, play, dance and connect. Embodying our inner resources, we’ll find ourselves getting unstuck and loosening joints, mindsets and buried sources of inspiration. Engagement and interaction bring dreams and masked talents to the surface. Yoga, creative group expression, collaboration circles, and just plain fun are on the Me Time Yoga menu, a guide to a feast of possibility we prepare and enjoy together.
Me Time Yoga is designed to do just this. Structures we erected over the course of adulthood support and protect us, but they can also inhibit growth and cut us off from the world at large.
Meets Thursdays in January starting 1/8
The workshop will cover:
-basic labor anatomy and the stages of labor
-the birth companion's role in birthing
-optimal fetal positioning (and why it's important for birth)
-Michelle's special "Bedtime Routine"
-breathing and visualization techniques
-labor and birthing positions
-and much more!
*Each couple will receive a 6-foot rebozo, which is included in the workshop fee.
This workshop is for mothers and daughters 7 years of age and up.
Cost $30 families (1 adult and up to 2 kids) $40 (families 4 or more).Learn More
Cost: $30 or sign up for all 4- Mommy Meet Ups for $80. Each meet up will have a unique focus.Learn More
During this two hour workshop, we will focus on the following four themes to help make that transition back to work go more smoothly:
This class is for mamas who are currently expecting a baby, on maternity leave, or within the first several months of returning to work. Experienced returning mamas also welcome – there are always things that could go better about a return to work the second (or third, or fourth) time around.
Join teachers from Lil Omm and Simon Says Yoga for the
Heart of Yoga Winter Retreat.
Held in the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Hyatt in Cambridge, MD, our retreat is a short 2-hour drive away from the DC-area. Guided with a heart-centered approach to practice and self-inquiry, we will make space for active practice, quiet meditation, connection to our wonderful yoga community and surroundings and more!
BOOK your room here ..– https://resweb.passkey.com/go/YogaRetreat2015
(subject to slight changes)
Saturday, February 28:
Sunday, March 1:
Shauna Simon, owner of Simon Says Yoga
Shauna, founder of Simon Says Yoga, discovered Yoga at age 17 in a search for self discovery and an experience apart from the norm. She lived in a Yoga community (ashram) for over 20 years, traveling to India several times and truly integrating the practice of yoga into her everyday life. She brought up her children, now adults, from birth with Yoga and Meditation as a building block in order to face the challenges of life with the tools to live an insightful, mindful and peaceful life.
Shauna's passion is building community and offering a yoga practice that is nurturing and uplifting. Her experience is diverse, with 20 years as a music teacher, and twice as many as an aspiring yogi, she loves to work with yogis of all ages, from little ones to seniors.
Finding a balance in life is Shauna's focus, between the worldly and spiritual, seriousness and fun, strength and softness. She looks to Martin Luther King Jr. as an inspiration with his words: "We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart."
Pleasance Silicki, owner of Lil Omm
Pleasance founded lil omm yoga in 2008 after burn out from her years as a teacher and administrator in the DC Public & Charter Schools. She is mama to Saylor & Milo, her children whom she adores! “Do what you LOVE and LOVE what you do” is Pleasance’s life mission and mantra. She believes yoga is TRULY for all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. She is honored to have worked with many DC community organizations and non profits, led yoga & wellness retreats for college students, moms groups and organizations. Pleasance is a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition & a co-founder of the National Kids Yoga Conference. She is deeply inspired by her teachers; Max Strom, Erich Schiffman, The Mohans, Pema Chodron & Karen Maezen Miller.
Jen Campbell Munn, teacher
Jen Campbell Munn fell into yoga while pursuing a dancing career in NYC. Looking for another way to connect in with others (and her own heart), she began studying yoga in earnest in 1995. Since that time, she has studied many different styles including ashtanga, vinyasa and hatha. Jen spent 15 years as a full-time Pilates instructor as well, which informs her teaching to this day. Although she completed a yoga teacher training program in 1998, she didn’t begin teaching yoga until she completed her 200 hour training with Max Strom in 2010.
Jen feels very privileged to be a yoga teacher--to provide others with a sacred space within which they can explore the depths of their being to find greater kindness and clarity for their busy lives. When not teaching yoga, you can find her hanging with her family, hubby Jeff, children Lucas, 4, Caelan, 14 and Taylor, 16, or perhaps, knitting.
Fees for the weekend:
$325 for the retreat, early bird $275 through 11/15/14
In addition to the retreat fee, we’ve reserved rooms at the Hyatt with a rate of $189/night plus resort fee and taxes. Please follow the link below to the Hyatt website to reserve your room. As part of our group, you will receive our special rate. Room upgrades are available for an additional fee. In addition, if you’d like to room with another participant, we will organize a way to help connect you.
Learn more here..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Zr6oJNv5w&feature=youtu.be
Frequently asked Questions:
I’ve never been on a yoga retreat before, what should I expect?
A yoga retreat is an amazing way to step out of your everyday life and focus in on what you’re seeking. Do you need a place to find more silence and hear what it is your heart is needing and longing for? Do you want to deepen your yoga practice and devote time (and muscle power) in a concentrated way? Are you looking to be exposed to new forms of meditation or practice? The beauty of a yoga retreat, is that even given a schedule of practice/events, there is contemplation time and space. You can even decide to add in some spa treatments if you like!
I’ve never been to one of your studios before. Will I feel welcome?
Both Simon Says Yoga and Lil Omm strive to create a warm and welcoming community. In fact, it is this feeling of community that has brought our studios together for this event. While much of the time will be spent in practice, there will also be opportunities to get to know your fellow retreat participants. A retreat is a wonderful way to grow deep and lasting friendships.
I’d like to bring my spouse. They haven’t tried yoga. Would this retreat be a good place for them to start?
In a word, yes! While there are some activities that are for the whole retreat group, such as meditation, we will also be splitting the group up according to levels for asana practice. Each group will feel supported and challenged at their level and pace.
I’d like to bring my family--including my children. What activities will be available to them?
The Chesapeake Bay Hyatt is a full-service, family-friendly resort. They have a large, indoor pool that even shows family-friendly movies in the evening. There are also kids camp and babysitting options available at an additional charge. For more information on these offerings, please click here.
If you’d like to participate with your family at the retreat, we are offering 2 potential options. We’d love to meet your family at the opening reception, please bring them along and let us know they’ll be joining us. The other option is a family yoga session on Saturday afternoon.
What should I bring to the retreat?
Great question! Upon arrival, you’ll receive a goody bag including a few yoga props that you’ll most likely need over the weekend. The only yoga prop we ask that you bring is a yoga mat--we’ll provide the rest. Otherwise, bring your yoga clothes, swim suit and any other items you need to be comfortable. Dressier clothes won’t be necessary, unless you intend on dining in one of the more formal restaurants on the property.
I’m a single and I’d really like to share a room. Can you help me with this?
We’d love to help you find a buddy to share a room. We’ll be forming a Facebook group, just for the retreat participants. This will be our forum to find buddies for rooms, and maybe also for a carpool out and back from the Hyatt. If you are not on FB, and need help, please do let us know here.
I’d really like to take advantage of the spa/outdoors/quiet time and skip a session. Is this an option?
Most certainly, this is an option. We want and encourage you to follow your intuition as you think about and plan your retreat. The fee for the retreat allows you to chose as many or as few sessions as you wish.
In addition, the Spa at the Hyatt is offering a 20% discount on all services to all retreat participants who are staying on site.
Join lil omm Yoga teacher, Rhiannon Landesberg, along with Stephan Detchou and his local funk band Aztec Sun for a soulful and funky flow yoga class and dance party to support Go Give Yoga’s efforts to empower youth in Haiti through yoga and lil omm’s scholarship program. Come get funky and support community yoga efforts at home and abroad! Come get your yoga groove on for a powerful cause!
This unique offering is geared toward adults and welcomes children of ALL ages into the room during practice to either sleep, play, watch or participate. Older children are also invited to entertain themselves without supervision in the childcare room.
Check out Aztec Sun’s music: http://www.reverbnation.com/aztecsunband
and Go GIve Yoga's work in Haiti: http://www.gogiveyoga.org/
Suggested Donation: $10-20
*contact lil omm if you need childcare!Learn More
In this class we will focus on partner yoga, connections, postures, breath-work, a little thai massage, and movement. This is a mini version of our fabulous mother daughter date nights.
Come ready to stretch, play and smile. All levels welcome and even if you are brand new to yoga.
Cost: $30/mother+daughter pair + $15/additional sibling
Families and friends of all ages are welcome!
Suggested donation $10-20. Money supports Gita's work in India with girls rescued from sex trafficking in Kolkata & lil omm's support of the Hearst School Yoga Project.
Gita's Dream Kirtan leads kirtan experiences around VA and DC nearly every weekend bringing traditional chanting of Sanskrit mantras to these gatherings of sound and love. Gita has brought DC their very own Kirtan Fest the past 3 years, They have recently started touring around the midwest bringing kirtan to all. ALL money raised by Gita's Dream benefits girls rescued from sex trafficking and providing children with education that would not have the opportunity in India.Learn More