This six day training retreat is for yoga teachers, therapists, hospice workers, chaplains, clinicians and others in pastoral care, 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.
This 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.
We will look at three broad topic areas of yoga: self- study, movement and breath and contemplative tradition – and explore how each aspect has something unique and powerful to offer in end of life care. We will then learn and practice specific techniques within each of these areas, including basic Thai yoga compressions and gentle passive stretching.
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 in the jungle, swim, kayak, hike to hidden clay pots where you can dig cool clay to rub on your body and refresh your skin, visit a nearby Orchid farm, or simply swing in the hammock.
This retreat is limited to 6 people. There are 2 double and two single rooms. If there is a group of 4 people who want to come together and stay in a 4 person room, we do have this available at a reduced rate. Single room rate is $1950, double $1700, early registration, if paid in full by February 15. After February 15, 2019, rates increase to: Single room rate of $2250, double $2000. $500 non-refundable deposit may be paid to ensure your spot.
Molly has been developing Bedside Yoga since 2003 and has worked extensively with people at end of life, including assisting and attending at scheduled deaths. She is a master teacher and a dedicated spiritual practitioner who can deftly weave practical tools, deep philosophy, and individual practice with humor, humility and joy.
Training begins Monday evening with group dinner and practice. Students are recommended to arrive Sunday evening and spend the night in Puerto Vallarta (we can give lots of recommendations for hotels and restaurants). We will send a car to Puerto Vallarta to collect all the students at a central location on Monday afternoon.
Daily (Tuesday – Friday) schedule will be:
Morning practice: 7 -8:30 am
Breakfast: 8:45 – 10:30 am
Early afternoon session: 11 – 2
Lunch 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Late afternoon session: 4 – 7:30
Dinner 8:30 – 10 pm
Saturday 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.
Payment includes lodging, tuition and three fresh meals daily, as well as use of kayaks and palapas at the private beach. Pay in full here.
Here’s what past participants are saying:
“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.”
“Molly is such a valuable, warm and inspiring teacher. The depth of her study and practice is so evident, and learning from her was one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had. For anyone who would like to explore presence at the end of life, I can not recommend this training highly enough. Molly invites you to start with your own self-study and then provides a sacred and devoted space to do just that. All of this happens in a very beautiful setting with the ocean as your view, the intimacy of a small group as your support, and the warmth and amazing local food as your nourishment.”
“To hold space during this most sacred time in someone’s life, we must first be deeply grounded in our own practice. This was my biggest take away! Molly’s amazing depth of knowledge regarding all things yoga, and her deep commitment to her own spiritual process, was not only educational, but truly inspiring. Meditation, asana, chanting and deep conversations about our own spirituality and the end of life process, took us on a journey inward that must be experienced to understand. The small intimate group created a safe space for all to learn, share and practice the Thai Massage skills that Molly introduced in the workshop.
The majestic setting of this remote beach was breathtaking and magical and allowed for moments of relaxation, fun and deep reflection. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who feels the calling to hold space as individuals and their families move through the challenging, yet sacred time of transition.”