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June 26, 2020—June 28, 2020

Pause + Press Play: A Rejuvenation Retreat for Women of Color

For many women of color, the practice of self-care is perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism that is directly related to how well we can take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

We invite you to join us for a weekend getaway curated to rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. Together we will create sacred space to lean into the areas of your life that need the most attention and love through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, play, and restoration. If you crave and thrive in the safety of sisterhood, desire a respite from the toxicity of the current social and cultural climate, and are looking to immerse yourself in deeply nourishing self-care practices, this retreat is for you.

Pause + Press Play will be held at the picturesque Garrison Institute overlooking the Hudson River, just a short train ride from NYC. Harness the energy of summer as we connect with the land, nourish our bodies with delicious vegetarian meals, and bond with other women of color who are ready to pause and practice the art of self-care.


Marla Teyolia is a mother, partner, executive coach, facilitator, and personal guide who has been holding sacred space for individuals and groups to access their healing and liberation for over 20+ years. Her family lineage is indigenous to this land by way of the Mexica people. Marla had the privilege and honor to study with Elena Avila (RIP), Master Curandera and author of Women Who Glows in the Dark, as her apprentice for four years. This indigenous, holistic healing system has deeply informed how she approaches transformational leadership development and sustainable growth… one that is connected to nature, community, lineage, and personal agency. She is deeply influenced by her 20+ years as a student of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices and brings all of these modalities to her work. She has studied under master yoga teachers Maya Breuer, Sherry Ryan, & Mark Whitwell. Marla is also a student of mindfulness practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and has had a strong meditation practice since 1996. She works one-on-one with individual women as well as with groups in the form of retreats, workshops, and sister circles to create safe, sacred spaces for women of color to heal at the deepest levels. Marla holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a Certified Empowerment Workshop Facilitator and registered yoga teacher. For more information please visit www.cultureshift.agency

Crystal McCreary has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2007. She is committed to creating and holding safe spaces for people to connect, heal, learn, and build resilience in a world that often takes relentless hold of our bodies, minds, and hearts. Crystal’s yoga classes and lovingly curated yoga and wellness retreats for adults feature mindfulness, an exploratory blend of vigor, breath, and alignment, community building, ritual, and restoration. They are inclusive and adaptive, appropriate for all levels of experience and physical ability. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500 and RCYT.
Crystal serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity & Inclusion committee as an advisor for the upcoming revised Yoga Teacher Training program standards. She also speaks and facilitates professional development workshops on yoga and mindfulness as tools for wellbeing internationally. She leads 100-hour kids yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings for Little Flower Yoga and Bent On Learning, and facilitates trauma-informed yoga for court-involved youth in juvenile detention centers with Lineage Project. Crystal implements yoga programs in New York City Schools, youth development organizations, and in corporations committed to cultivating sustainable and compassionate work environments. She participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department, and teaches public classes in New York City. For more information, please click here.