Bedside Yoga – Yoga and End of Life Care retreats
These life-affirming training retreats are for yoga teachers, therapists, hospice workers, chaplains, clinicians and others in pastoral care, “death doulas,” or for those simply interested in learning more about being with people at the end of life, offering solace, presence and appropriate movement and touch.
The Bedside Yoga retreat has also greatly benefitted people who are in bereavement, processing past or future losses, and those wishing to increase and deepen their spiritual life and connection to divine presence.
In our time together, we will explore three broad topic areas: self-study, including developing our own spiritual foundation and practices, movement and breath, and contemplative tradition. We will learn and practice specific techniques within each of these core areas, including basic Thai yoga compressions and gentle passive stretching.
Bedside Yoga retreats are held twice a year, a weeklong retreat in April in the mountains of Eastern Washington, just two and a half hours outside of Seattle, and a five day retreat in December in the jungles of Nayarit, coastal Mexico, about an hour and a half from Puerto Vallarta.
See 2020 retreat details below.
April 15 – 22, 2020 Plain, Washington
This is a weeklong retreat, Wednesday – Wednesday, held in the mountains of Eastern Washington, about 2 and a half hours outside of Seattle.
The location is stunning, with a rushing river, great big ponderosa pines and cottonwood trees, and surrounded by majestic mountains. There are hikes, hammocks, walks and wanders all around the property. Plain is about 20 minutes outside of Leavenworth for those of you who want to visit “Little Bavaria” while you are here.
Discover more about The Grunewald Guild here.
Training begins Wednesday evening with group dinner and practice. Participants may arrive at the Guild by 4 to settle in.
Daily (Thursday – Tuesday) schedule will be:
Morning practice: 7:30 – 8:45 am
Breakfast: 9 – 10:30
Early afternoon session: 10:30 – 1
Lunch 1 – 3
Late afternoon session: 3 – 6
Dinner 6 – 7
Evening session: 7 – 8:30
Wednesday will close with morning practice, breakfast and closing ritual. We will finish up by 11 am.
Payment includes 7 nights of simple, clean, comfortable accommodations, daily nourishing, home cooked vegetarian meals, and approximately 45 hours of training.
Early registration ends February 18, 2020.
Early registration single: $2405
Early registration double: $2230
Early registration dorm: $2055
Regular registration period is from February 19 – April 15, 2020.
Regular registration single: $2705
Regular registration double: $2530
Regular registration dorm: $2355
You may pay in full or make a $500 non-refundable deposit here.
Work-trade, diversity scholarship and fellowships may be available.
December 7 – 11, 2020 Nayarit, Mexico
This is a five day retreat, Monday – Friday, held at a secluded beach retreat center in the jungles of coastal Mexico, just 90 minutes from Puerto Vallarta.
When we are not together practicing in the gorgeous wood studio overlooking the ocean, or eating fresh wholesome food family style, participants will have plenty of time to lounge on the private beach, swim, kayak, hike to hidden clay pots where you can dig cool clay to rub on your body and refresh your skin, or simply swing in the hammock.
Learn more about the location, Punta Monterrey, here.
Payment includes 4 nights accommodations, daily nourishing, home cooked meals made from fresh, local ingredients, and approximately 20 hours of training.
Training begins Monday evening with group dinner and practice. We will send a car to Puerto Vallarta to collect all the students at the airport on Monday afternoon.
Daily (Tuesday – Thursday) schedule will be:
Morning practice: 7:30 – 8:45 am
Breakfast: 9 – 11 am
Early afternoon session: 11 – 2
Lunch 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Late afternoon session: 4:30 – 7:30
Friday will close with morning practice, breakfast and closing ritual. We will finish up by 11 am and provide transportation to the airport for flights leaving after 3 pm.
“I had the privilege to take Molly Lannon Kenny’s Bedside Yoga Retreat in December 2018 and it has already shifted how I approach working with all of my clients and students. Now, when someone confides in me that they’re struggling with a spouse or parent entering into hospice care and asks if yoga might help, I can tell them with confidence that I know it can help, and it can help everyone, the patient and family & friends. Not only did this time deepen my ability to be present to grief, but it also left me feeling as though some of the hard edges of my personal grief were made a little less sharp.”
“I had a powerful experience at the Bedside Yoga retreat. The content, Molly’s heartfelt teaching methods, and the connection of our intimate group was truly inspiring. All of this with the backdrop of the secluded beach and the ocean as our companion made for a life changing experience. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who is interested in providing support for those at end of life.”