Roots of Resilience: Yoga & The Work That Reconnects

5-Day Intensive

with Paula Wild at the Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio
Roots of Resilience: Yoga & The Work That Reconnects
Date: October 17, 2022 - October 21, 2022
Location: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort & Health Spa
Early Bird Price: $625 if purchased by June 15th, 2022
Regular Price: $675
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Program Details

The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action. Joanna Macy

In this 5-day intensive, we will engage in a potent selection of activities and practices from the Work That Reconnects. Each day will offer opportunities to open our eyes, minds and hearts to the complexity of our times, and support each other in honoring both our joy and pain for the world. We will tap into the power of our intuition, our connection to ancestral wisdom, and lessons from the natural world. Daily yoga and meditation sessions will support us physically as we engage in this vital life-affirming work. You will leave this intensive re-inspired to embody and share the story of interconnection, and the possibility for a brighter future for our world.

The intensive will be based out of the Yoga Studio at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort. The Yoga Studio, the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills, and Yosemite National Park will serve as our sacred containers to explore The Work That Reconnects with an intimate cohort. This training will be led by Paula Wild; read more about her experience below under “About Your Facilitator”.

What is included?

This 5-day intensive retreat features:

  • Daily yoga and meditation practice to establish a foundation of resilience
  • A systems framework for making sense of what’s happening in our world
  • Inspiring presentations with life-changing insights from Buddhism and Deep Ecology
  • Engaging partner and group exercises to learn and grow as individuals, and collectively
  • The opportunity to learn how to facilitate simple, stand-alone practices guaranteed to inspire connection
  • Two guided group excursions to Yosemite National Park

Ideal for current and aspiring yoga teachers, and passionate practitioners who recognize the importance of yoga + nature connection as tools for optimal wellbeing and connection. Sanitized yoga mats and props will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own as they wish.

Participants are eligible to receive 30 hours of continuing education credit through Yoga Alliance.


Tentative Schedule

Please note this schedule is tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the group and spontaneous inspiration.

Monday, October 17th | Introduction (at the Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio)

6:00pm-6:30pm | Welcome

6:30pm-7:30pm | Grounding Yoga Practice

7:30pm-8:00pm | Group Introductions

8:00pm-9:00pm | Introducing the Work That Reconnects (WTR)

*Please arrive having eaten dinner and ready to engage with the group

 

Tuesday, October 18th | Beginning with Gratitude (in Yosemite National Park)

8:00am-9:00am | Morning Yoga Practice (at Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio)

9:00am-9:30am | Breakfast Break

9:30am-12:00pm | Drive to Yosemite, Hike and WTR Practice

12:00pm-12:30pm | Lunch Break (as a group)

12:30pm-5:00pm | WTR Activities and Group Exploration

5:00pm-6:30pm | Adjourn and Return to the Yosemite Bug

*Please pack your own lunch for the day

 

Wednesday, October 19th | Honoring Our Pain (at the Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio)

8:00am-9:00am | Morning Yoga Practice

9:00am-9:30am | Breakfast Break

10:00am-12:00pm | Lecture and WTR Activities

12:00pm-2:00pm | Lunch Break & Spa Time

2:00pm-4:00pm | WTR Activity

4:00pm-5:00pm | Restorative Yoga Practice

5:00pm-7:00pm | Dinner Break

7:00pm-9:00pm | Movie Night

 

Thursday, October 20th | Seeing with New Eyes (in Yosemite National Park)

8:00am-9:00am | Morning Yoga Practice (at Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio)

9:00am-9:30am | Breakfast Break

9:30am-12:00pm | Drive to Yosemite, Hike and WTR Practice

12:00pm-12:30pm | Lunch Break (as a group)

12:30pm-5:00pm | WTR Activities and Group Exploration

5:00pm-6:30pm | Adjourn and Return to the Yosemite Bug

*Please pack your own lunch for the day

 

Friday, October 21st | Going Forth (at the Yosemite Bug Yoga Studio)

8:00am-9:00am | Morning Yoga Practice

9:00am-9:30am | Breakfast Break

10:00am-12:00pm | Final WTR Activities & Closing

12:00pm | Optional Group Lunch at the June Bug Café


Where will this event take place?

This event will take place in the Yoga Room at the magical Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Midpines, CA. Just 30-45 minutes from the west entrance of Yosemite National Park, participants can explore the area and the beauty of the Merced River Canyon.

How much does it cost?

$675/person (lodging is not included in program price)

Balanced Rock strives to offer affordable programming to all of our interested participants, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please inquire with our team if you are seeking financial assistance to attend this program.

Where can I stay?

Lodging is not included in the program price, however the Yosemite Bug has blocked off a limited section of rooms for participants of this training to book at a discounted rate of 10% off. Please contact the Yosemite Bug if you are interested in reserving a room on property for this training. Our team is here to answer your questions on accommodations, offer recommendations, and help you plan your trip to the area!

What should I bring?

You have the option of bringing your own yoga mat and props. We’ll be spending time outside, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing for a variety of weather, a small daypack, and water bottle. We’ll create a group altar together on the first evening; we welcome you to bring something to share on the altar that connects you to the natural world. Please bring a journal and something to write with, and any other items you need to feel supported and ready for this program.

How can I prepare for this program?

While it is not a pre-requisite, we recommend you read Joanna Macy’s book “World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal” prior to attending this intensive.

Health & Safety Policies

In order to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, we will require one of the following for attendance to any Balanced Rock in-person program in 2022:

  1. Proof of full vaccination status against COVID-19
  2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 24hrs of the event start date

All participants will be required to read and sign the Health & Safety Policy for 2022 Programs at registration.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

We understand plans change. As a small nonprofit, we can offer a partial refund of the program price minus a $50 administrative fee up to 30 days before the program start. Any cancellations after this deadline will not be eligible for a refund. All participants will be required to read and accept our Cancellation and Refund Policy upon registration.


Still on the fence about attending?

The Balanced Rock team is deeply committed to offering support for all interested participants for our programming. Schedule a zero-commitment 15-min call with one of our team members to get your questions answered and receive further info about this program!


About Your Facilitator

Paula Wild (E-RYT 500, YACEP, MSc, WFR) has been guiding wilderness trips and offering yoga classes and trainings from a perspective of accessibility and inclusion for over a decade. Paula’s intention is to provide opportunities for more people to explore and enjoy the wild world within, AND around us. She believes that the tools yoga and time in nature offer are the most effective ways to connect with our own inner wisdom and expand our potential in the world.

Paula holds over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training certifications and became a certified Yoga Therapist in 2015 through Niroga Institute, which promotes equity through trauma-informed mindfulness practice and education in Oakland, CA. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Agricultural Development from UC-Davis, a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Regenerative Design Institute, and has studied extensively with Joanna Macy in the Work That Reconnects. Paula has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects in various contexts since 2016. She is inspired and driven by the connections between adventure, wilderness travel, the practices of yoga and mindfulness, and the design of sustainable livelihoods. 

Paula is deeply committed to exploring topics of social and environmental justice in the wilderness as well as on and off the yoga mat. She was a part of establishing the Mariposa, CA chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), and offered weekly yoga classes at the Mariposa Heritage House – Drop-In Recovery Support Center through 2018. From 2019-2020, Paula was a Program Specialist at the Esalen Institute, and sat on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee there. She is deeply committed to inquiring; with compassion, honesty and humility, how we can do better to create just, equitable and liberated spaces; within ourselves, in all of our relationships, and within the institutions we are a part of. 

Website: wildawakewellness.com

 

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