Samarya YTT Retreat


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YTT-group-practiceLast Samarya Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

with Molly Lannon Kenny

September 21st – October 5th, 2018

The Samarya Yoga Teacher Training is dedicated to creating a welcoming space where students of all levels can learn the basics of yoga, in order to practice, teach and work towards healing ourselves and our communities. Our mission is to foster individual transformation as a means to radical social change.

Click here to learn what our graduates have to say about the Samarya Yoga Liberation Teacher Training.

The Samarya Yoga Trainings are unlike any other yoga training you will find. We emphasize self-reflection and exploration through the practice and teachings of yoga. As students explore yoga in relationship to their own lives and belief systems, they will discover their ability to share these ancient healing techniques in their communities.

The framework provided by The Samarya Center, a nationally-recognized yoga research and education center, focuses on yoga as a primary and adjunct healing modality. The principles of Integrated Movement Therapy®, the therapy approach developed at The Samarya Center, are derived from yoga and as such are interwoven throughout the training.

An enthusiasm for service to community is strongly encouraged, reflecting The Samarya Center’s mission to provide access to the state of yoga to all people. In this spirit, we ask prospective students to reflect on a series of discernment steps to make sure that this training will be exactly what you want, and that you will be the ideal student for the training.

This teacher training will be a life-changing experience for anyone who wants to learn more about yoga. It is especially appropriate for: beginning yoga teachers, dedicated students, therapists wishing to practice IMT, yoga teachers who want more information on working with special populations, and students wishing further study with Molly and the Samarya Yoga Faculty. (Required for those applying for IMT certification.)

This retreat is one component of our 200 hour yoga teacher training program. For details on the entire 200 hour continuum and certification, please click here.

For those who wish to join the retreat but can’t make the full two weeks, we also offer one week and three day options.


Click here to hear Molly’s 2015 keynote speech at the Northwest Yoga Conference to get a sense for what she wants to share with you!

Teacher Training Syllabus

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  1. Yoga Philosophy + History in context – is yoga a religion? Where do the poses come from?
  2. Comparative contemplative and mystical practices – how is yoga alike and different from other spiritual practices
  3. Practical – naming, describing and deconstructing poses, looking at poses in the larger context of the practice and who says what is right?, Sanskrit pronunciation, sequencing, linking movement with breath
  4. Social Change – how do we use our practice as a foundation for increasing our skills in organizing and action
  5. What are the issues to be considered with appropriation?
  6. Cultural competency – how do we make our yoga classes and studios inclusive and intelligently welcoming
  7. Hands on touch and Adjusting (deconstructing hierarchy)
  8. Working with special populations
  9. Yoga as therapy
  10. What does “Yoga Service” or “Outreach” even mean?
  11. Practice Teaching
  12. Topics – kleshas, koshas, bandhas, Ayurveda, chakras, mantra, kirtan
  13. Personal visioning
  14. Introduction to Integrated Movement Therapy and its principles and philosophies

Selected Required Reading

  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self – Stephen Cope
  • Living your Yoga – Judith Lasater
  • Teaching Yoga – Donna Farhi















molly-headshotMolly Lannon Kenny, MS-CCC left her clinical position as a speech language pathologist in a large HMO to become the founder and director of The Samarya Center for Humankind (ness). She is the creator of Integrated Movement Therapy and the lead teacher on the Samarya Yoga two-week residential intensive. She is  nationally recognized innovator, researcher and  educator in the field of yoga-based therapy. She is past Vice President of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, and was the board liaison to the committee for creating educational standards for the field of Yoga Therapy. She is currently a member of the advisory board to the Yoga Service Council and was the keynote speaker at the 2014  Northwest Yoga Conference, where she was featured again in March 2016.

Molly has written extensively on the subject of yoga as therapy and is published in multiple editions of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy Today. She has been extensively featured for her work with special populations, as well as for her commitment to social change, in various press and publications  including The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Yoga Northwest and  Yoga Journal, the  BBC, and on MSNBC. She has been invited all over the world to teach, including being invited to be the academic advisor to a new yoga therapy program in Tel Aviv, Israel.

She has worked with literally thousands of students all over the world, from children with severe autism to adults at end of life to returning veterans to people with chronic illness and PTSD to folks with para and quadriplegia. She has created programs for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness and written protocols for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. She has also worked extensively with people of all ages in the prime of their practice. There are few teachers who have the depth and breadth of experience that Molly brings to her teaching.

She was the host of a bi-weekly podcast entitled Transparent: Yoga and Everyday Life for over two years, in which she connected ancient ideas and principles of yoga philosophy to everyday life. Her book, No Gurus Came Knocking, reflecting her own spiritual journey, was released in November 2015 and is available through Book Patch and Amazon.

Yogarupa Rod Stryker has called Molly “a most rare and precious gem in today’s world–piercingly insightful, humble, erudite, generous, unfailingly honest, authentic, loving and, above all else a tireless seeker–for the highest Truth.” 

Joseph LePage has applauded Molly as “an individual who has always shown an intensive drive to discern fact from fiction and to find her own path within the ever-growing maze of spiritual disciplines. At the same time, she has tremendous heart and has supported large numbers of students on the journey toward healing through Yoga.”

Street Yoga Founder Mark Lilly says of Molly,“Whether it’s the Divine in each of us, the Truth that can be found in sacred texts, or the simple Power of helping a dear friend with chronic illness die with great peace and serenity, Molly gives us street level access into a life spent in search of the edges and seams of her own soul, the place, she found, where souls meet Love.”

Ram Dass says of Molly, “Molly, the way you teach yoga is the real thing. It warms my heart.”






RW Alves

rw-headshotRW Alves is an Integrated Movement Therapy practitioner and trainer, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner who is passionate about cultivating accessibility, inclusivity, social justice, body positivity, trauma healing, resilience, community building, and personal and community transformation through yoga and somatics. She works at the intersection of social justice, spiritual practice, and healing justice by developing curriculum, training and mentoring yoga teachers and yoga therapists, creating spaces for self-care and community-care for activists, and teaching about inclusive languaging and teaching, accessible asana, social justice, diversity, privilege, yoga, and spiritual practice, including as a member of Bending Towards Justice, which provides diversity trainings for yoga teachers around the country. She loves training teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practice more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies. Learn more at

Hanakyle Moranz

HanaKyle Moranz is drawn to the practice of yoga for the experiential contrast: from a heady, intellectual work-focused mindset, to a state of calm and relief that results from taking the time to attune to physical movement and breath, individually and collectively. She teaches because she recognizes a universal need for downshifting in our nervous systems, from personal experience in managing anxiety and over 10 years of formal work with a vide variety of bodies as a massage therapist and yoga therapist. Her classes blend physical engagement through yoga poses, opportunities for kinesthetic learning, and techniques for unwinding and relaxing on or off the mat. HanaKyle is also an Integrated Movement Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and focuses on working with folks with chronic pain. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she rides her bike around and fights for social justice with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

Avi -Rose

Avi Rose, M.S., RYT-200 is a sustainably-busy queer who loves finding acceptance and resolve in the face of a complex world.  Her roots and realities include a tangle of working class lessons, artistic lineage, disabilities, intergenerational trauma, white-skin privilege, and unmeasurable resilience and laughter. Rising from and growing within these contexts, Avi-Rose dedicates her movements to creating personal and collective liberation by cultivating Justice and Joy in equal parts. Avi-Rose currently labors & loves as a caregiver, yoga & meditation teacher, facilitator, herbalist, and administrator of a yoga and social justice training collective (

Stacy Hensley

stacy-headshotI came late in life to yoga but in the most marvelous way.  I was brought to The Samarya Center for Humankind (ness) by a dear friend.  It was life altering; the love, the community spirit, and the healing nature of this little beacon was tremendously powerful and yet humbly welcoming to all.  I learned that Samarya was not a physical location; it was an all-encompassing way of being.  Molly took this little tiny seed of Samarya, loved, cherished and nurtured it and continues to send it out into the universe.  I have been blessed to be a part of The Samarya Center and completely thrilled to continue my journey with Molly assisting her as she continues to teach amazing yoga instructors and IMT therapists and sharing Samarya with the world.

Noe Alexander

Noe has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has been practicing at The Samarya Center since it opened in 2001.  It took her until 2012, when she took the Samarya 200 hour yoga teacher training, to really understand why yoga had been so important to her for over a decade and how Samarya had shaped her practice on and off the mat.  Through yoga, Noe’s exploration over the years have manifested in physical awareness and playfulness, finding fulfillment in the challenges and humility that yoga asana allows us to explore.  As her practice deepened, this fulfillment began to spread from the physical to all aspects of her life.   Her classes, like her practice, strike a balance between playful and serious.  Each student has the chance to explore individually what challenges them in a fun and safe environment.  By day, Noe is the owner and operator of her own landscaping business.  She is also passionate about food and our food systems and might be found planting carrots or harvesting kale in the urban “fields” of Seattle’s farmland when not in the studio.

Karen Oberg

Karen Oberg is an IMT practitioner, occupational therapist and yoga teacher who lives in Missoula, MT.  From the time she was a child she has had an inspiration to dance and believes in kinesthetic learning.  Karen has been teaching yoga for 17 years integrating yoga into her therapy practice.  Her focus has been on working with children with special needs, as well as adults with chronic pain, anxiety, breast cancer and traumatic brain injuries.  Karen recently began teaching an all-abilities yoga class for children and adults.  She loves to spend time in the outdoors with her husband, and 2 boys, ages 9 and 14

Sally Carley

Sally Carley began yoga in her 40’s and took Yoga Teacher Training at 8 Limbs. After finding The Samarya Center, which offered the ideology and training to support her desire to provide yoga’s healing benefits to all, regardless of perceived barriers. Sally worked for Samarya, took Samarya Yoga Teacher Training and all IMT trainings available. She has been teaching classes and offering private sessions for 15 years, working with students of all ages, and the gamut of health challenges.  Sally’s teaching is infused with lightness and humor and the pure joy of having found her life’s calling.

Drew Nelson

Drew Nelson is a professional musician and teacher from Portland, Oregon.  A graduate of Fall Ytt 2016, he is looking forward to returning to assist this Springs group of student’s, deepening his knowledge base in Samarya yoga, Integrated Movement Therapy, and practice as a Samarya yoga teacher.  Among his many hobbies are slacklining, and acroyoga, in fact he is also a certified teacher of slackline yoga, and walking tightropes. Drew’s passion is in healing through music, movement, and art,and he hopes one day to open his own studio to this end.

Jim DeWitt

Jim began practicing yoga in 1999 as a physical practice, but after sustaining a back injury while serving in the Army, he returned to the practice as a healing tool. As he recovered, Jim came to understand the healing capabilities of yoga asana and began to ritualize other aspects of yoga into his daily life. Jim currently works with Veterans struggling with mental and physical illness and uses these tools in his work as well as children with special needs. Jim attained his RYT-200 through Samarya in 2014. Jim lives in Spokane with his two kiddos Jack and Katie. Together they like laughing, riding bikes and getting dirty. Jim would like to learn how to Salsa Dance.

Sherri Koehler

Sherri Koehler has taught yoga for over 11 years and her teaching-style is rooted in using yoga to befriend the body She is dedicated to fostering compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and empathetic joy on, and off, the mat. She is passionate about helping students adapt their yoga practice to the needs of their body, believing it possible for everyone to experience joy & ease in practice. She offers students her deep knowledge of anatomy & physiology as well as a profound appreciation of yoga philosophy and history. Sherri is currently working on her internship in Integrated Movement Therapy.

Maggie Karshner

While Maggie’s love of yoga is vast, she is not a yoga teacher, per se. Maggie is an entrepreneurial coach who focuses on helping “solo-preneurs” leverage their passion into careers or businesses that are an ideal fit for their dreams. Maggie supports yogis through the career/employment/business side of being a new yoga teacher; everything from landing a job, marketing a workshop, to starting a studio. No business question is too big or too small, but she loves to focus on helping you land the clients that will help you live your dream!

EB Ferdig

E.B. Ferdig mentors aspiring yoga teachers and Integrated Movement Therapy practitioners to help them feel confident in their strengths, ready to build sustainable businesses and poised to make a significant impact in the world.  E.B. has been teaching yoga for fourteen years and is still excited about de-mystifying yoga and making it more accessible.  She is a co-creator of unfold in Portland, Oregon – a yoga studio that is unconditionally welcoming.

Emily Kyle

Emily Kyle has a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, is a 200 Registered Yoga Teacher through the Samarya Center and is finishing her 550hr Pilates Certification through Vitality Pilates all in Seattle, WA. She currently teaches Samarya Yoga at Fusion Kung Fu, Bala Yoga, Rainier Health and Fitness and Highland Park Improvement Club. Inclusiveness for all bodies and abilities is honored with focus on breath, anatomy and making movement feel good for anyone. Even with almost 30 years in dance she was quite sure she couldn’t “do yoga” after years of forcing injuries through Bikram. Finding Samarya Yoga with it’s emphasis on how shapes feel rather than look changed that view entirely!






grunewald-guildThe residential portion of the teacher training takes place at the Grunewald Guild, a beautiful retreat center beside the Wenatchee River in Plain, Washington near Leavenworth a couple hours from  Seattle. Guest rooms are sweet and cozy  and the food is delicious.

Training costs include accommodations, all meals and tuition.

  • All genders dorm (only five spots available per retreat): $3890 early registration, $4140 regular registration
  • Double: $4170 early registration, $4420 regular registration
  • Single: $4470 regular registration, $4720 regular registration

Single and double rooms have their own sinks and share a bathroom with approximately 3-5 people. The all genders dorm room accommodates up to 5 and has one bathroom. This training is intensive and has very little free time-keep this in mind when choosing accommodations, especially if you are someone who needs space.

To qualify for early registration, the entire cost for the residential training must be paid in full by July 31. Absolutely no exceptions.

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Training cost

Training cost includes accommodations, all meals and tuition.

Cost depends on your choice of accommodation:

  • All genders dorm (only five spots available per retreat): $3890 early registration, $4140 regular registration
  • Double: $4170 early registration, $4420 regular registration
  • Single: $4470 regular registration, $4720 regular registration

Single and double rooms have their own sinks and share a bathroom with approximately 3-5 people. The all genders dorm room accommodates up to 5 and has one bathroom. This training is intensive and has very little free time. Keep this in mind when choosing accommodations, especially if you are someone who needs space.

Early registration discount period ends July 31, 2018. Please note: you must pay IN FULL by early registration deadline in order to receive early registration rates. No exceptions.


The Samarya Yoga Teacher Training is based on the foundations of Integrated Movement Therapy, including the belief that all people are perfect and whole exactly as they are. The empirically sound six core principles of IMT inform both the framework of the retreat itself, as well as the way in which we invite our teachers to share yoga. Because of the foundational nature of IMT for the Yoga Training, all students are required to take IMT Basics online prior to attending the two week retreat. This workshop is available in a pre-recorded format to be taken anytime or it can be taken live online. The cost of IMT Basics is $95 and includes a manual as well as a short “quiz” to be completed prior to attending the two week retreat. Click here to purchase the pre-recorded class and get a head start on your training!

Personal Fundraising

We have had many students who have successfully collected payment for their training by adding personal fundraising to their scholarship. We always support this type of self-efficacy and empowerment, and do everything we can to help our students meet their goal. Let us know if you want to set up a personal fundraising page and we will help you get the word out.

Diversity Scholarship

The Samarya Community Fund supports diversity in the yoga community by providing scholarship and financial assistance for people of color, large bodied individuals, people with disabilities and transgender/genderqueer folks and people age 18 or younger, or 70 and older to attend the Samarya Yoga Teacher Training.

Would you like to apply for the scholarship? Please email us for an application. You must be eligible in one of the above categories to be considered. Applications due by July 31. No exceptions.


The fellowship program encourages individuals who come to our training with deep insight into systemic issues of oppression and exclusion, involvement in community building, activism, social outreach and social justice, and who have a demonstrated ability to create and lead individuals and communities in greater personal and social/systemic liberation. This is a partial scholarship for the residential component of our training. See our Scholarships page for complete details. Applications due by July 31. No exceptions.

Work-trade opportunities

The Grunewald Guild offers a limited number of work-trade opportunities to offset cost of food and lodging. Work-trade consists of approximately two hours per day of basic maintenance including dishwashing and keeping public spaces tidy. Some work-trades can be arranged to be completed before training begins. Please email for specifics. Applications due by July 6. No exceptions.








Sign me up!

Follow the links below to sign up and to make a payment. Please note: you must pay IN FULL by July 31, 2018 in order to receive early registration rates.

Can’t quite swing the full two weeks?

You can still be a part of it! We are now offering one week and three day options to come experience the retreat.

Important Dates

*Extended Deadline!*
July 6, 2018:
 Work-trade applications due. Absolutely no exceptions.

July 31, 2018: Diversity scholarship and fellowship applications due. Absolutely no exceptions.

July 31, 2018: Early registration deadline. This means you must pay IN FULL by this date in order to receive early registration rates. Absolutely no exceptions.

Call-in Info Sessions with Molly – All calls will be on Monday mornings, 8 – 9 am PST

  •  June 29, 2018 special call for financial assistance
  •  July 2, 2018
  •  August 13, 2018
  •  September 10, 2018

Please go to this document to sign up for a call-in session. Note any specific questions and concerns you would like to address.

Click here  for information about the entire Samarya Yoga Teacher Training continuum. 


Please note: you must pay IN FULL by early registration deadline in order to receive early registration rates. No exceptions.

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