Our focus is on residential training in yoga and movement. That said, we like to offer retreat opportunities throughout each year as the calendar permits. In addition, another opportunity for a truly dynamic and cost affordable immersion experience is our Seva program each June.
March 17th - 19th
Howard Bad Hand returns to teach on the I-ching: Living Peacefully and Productively In Interesting Times
Current Time Conditions
In a sweatlodge held at the High Star Sun Eagle sun dance grounds in Red Valley, Arizona in mid October last year, while Hillary and Donald were in the midst of duking it out down the stretch, Howard’s spirit familiar, Eagle Thunder, described 2016 as ‘the year of the feminine.’ While it would have been easy to interpret ‘the year of the feminine’ as a prediction that the US was about to elect its first female president, experience with the layered ambiguity of spiritual language led Howard to advise those present to take a wait and see attitude before committing to an interpretation.
The fundamental realties of this time, exacerbated by the events, pronouncements and policies unfolding during first month of the Trump administration point to a much more fundamental interpretation of events and possibilities.
Questions To Be Considered
The following topics will be explored as tools for developing participants’ individual responses to the question, How then do I work creatively to produce harmony and progress toward goodness and benefit for all in times like these?
- How do I maintain dignity and peacefulness without becoming involved in conflict?
- What is truly good? The I Ching perspective: God, however you may conceive or experience him/her = good = love.
- Good furthers your aliveness and enhances your thriving.
- Evil perverts your native expression of and subdues your aliveness.
The primary question addressed by the Book of Changes (the I Ching): How do I express my divinity?
In a practical sense, what does it mean to forgive? How do I clean my slate and return things to their source?
2016 was the year of the feminine. What are the qualities of the feminine?
- Yieldingness = flexibility and the ability to adapt to the conditions of the time
- Receptivity = the ability to act in accord with the demands of the time
- Furthering = the ability to bring things to form
Friday evening, March 17, 7:00 PM
Introduction to the workshop.
Review basics of I Ching interpretation. Step forward rather than look back.
Conditions of this time.
The nature of conflict.
Develop a group question to be answered during the course of the workshop
Saturday March 18
Morning and afternoon sessions. Start and end times to be announced.
Topics covered will arise from considerations listed above.
Sunday March 19
Continuation of Saturday evening’s considerations
Finalizing an answer to the group question
Afternoon Session; Private consultations with Howard.
Fee exchange w/Howard: $275
Accommodations with CYS (paid upon arrival). Prices reflect total weekend cost. Meals: $60; Barn: Dorm $60/pp, Private $80/pp, Private Modern Home $300
April 1st and 2nd
Principles of Cooking Amazing and Simple Meals w/ Sarah Carenbauer
Sarah Carenbauer is Culinary Institute Trained and the Shala Chef! The weekend will include principles of chopping, making stock, method of seasoning, and the full-preparation of meals; to include savory and asian flavored dishes. Enjoy a philosophy discussion with Matt on the Evolution of Cooking.
Arrive Friday evening by 6p for a meal prepared by Sarah, or on Saturday morning by 9am. Depart on Sunday by 3p.
Fee Exchange for cooking instruction: $145 plus accommodations.
Accommodations (includes meals and lodging) paid upon arrival:
Friday evening - Sunday
Dorm $120, Private $140
or Saturday - Sunday
Dorm $78, Private $88
To Reserve your space contact us.
April 21st - 23rd
Women's Circle Retreat, Facilitated by Holly, Sarah Hemphill and Cheryl McCord
Join us for a dynamic weekend of women, inquiry, wisdom, horse relations, sacred ceremony and a whole lot of laughter and love!
Arrive on Friday by 2p. Depart on Sunday by 3p.
Bring a wrapped gift that is an item of yours that you're ready to pass on to another. Do not put a name on it. Keep it simple (including the wrapping)and yet meaningful to you; i.e. a book, a stone, a scarf . . .
The weekend includes a beautiful hike, Yoga and movement, horse-assisted inquiry, a sweat lodge for prayer and releasing, and more.
Fee Exchange: Donation plus accommodations.
Suggested donation minimum $100.
Accommodations (includes meals and lodging for weekend) start at $120 for dorm arrangements. Private spaces are first-come-first serve at $140.
To Register Contact Holly Directly
June 10th and 11th
4th Annual Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival
The OMY Festival is a creation of Billy Lynch, Ozark Mountain Yoga Studio, Springfield, MO. and is held at Circle Yoga Shala.
For two days, enjoy an oasis setting in the foothills of the Ozarks complete with inspiring and master-crafted yoga classes by some of the top teachers in our markets , elegant and health conscious meals, incredible vendors, and entertainment.
Accommodations: We are full including camping! You can camp in the area at Steel Creek, Kyle's Landing, Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging, or rent a cabin in the area. Contact Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce for options.
September 5th - 10th
Practical Shamanism, Comprehensive Five-Day Course w/ Robbie Warren, Otter Womanstanding, Shaman, Author
These teachings are for those who are called to this spiritual path of service in a deeply connected way.
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life from cultures around the planet. The teachings of shamanism focus on our connection to nature and promote well-being of all creation.
Essential aspects of the shamanic path include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces us, unifying our lives with strength, healing and love.
A Shaman is an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. They act on behalf of the community; conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. A Shaman's life belongs to the village and it is their responsibility to ensure the well-being of the family, the community and all of creation. In this way the shaman helps to maintain balance and harmony on both a personal and planetary level.
During these sessions we will explore the basics of shamanism and the path of being in service to the People. Robbie, Otter Woman Standing has been on this spiritual path for 16 years and has learned from many teachers around the globe. Her understanding of shamanism grows every day with every interaction. She is in service to the people and has dedicated her life to these teachings.
Students will come together for hands-on exploration and training in shamanic ceremonies, healing practices, and energy work. Students will learn to create your own Medicine tools, Sacred bundles and Medicine Drums and to step into and hold Ceremony.
If it is time for you to step onto this Path of Service, this teaching will help you open your heart and see the truth of yourself. This course will challenge you to bring forward the authentic and tangible Healer that is within you. It will also empower you to remember your connection to all that is Sacred, to all our Relations and to Mother Earth.
Energy Exchange - $1212 for the full 5 day course, includes all materials to make your Medicine Drum and books.
Lodging and catering will be $300 per person for the full course. Additional cost for private room. Space is limited and a non-refundable deposit of $303 is required with registration to reserve your space.
Remaining $909 for the course and $300 food and lodging must be paid by September 1st. This fee is not refundable once the course has begun.
Traditional Teachings Include:
Tuesday evening, a Mother Earth Medicine Lodge before the teaching begins on Wednesday morning.
*Sacred Pipe Ceremony
*Working with the Medicine Wheel
*Becoming the Hollow Bone (conduit for healing)
*Working with Your Personal Altar
*Creating Personal Ceremony
*Traditional Shamanic Journeying for Others
*Meeting & Communicating with the Animal Guides
*Understanding Sacred Tools
*Blessing the animal hides for Drum making
*Sound and Vibrational Healing Work
*Calling in your Medicine Song
*Hands on healing work
*Medicine Tools and use
*Holding sacred space for others
*Seeing beyond the physical
*Energetic Clearing & Protection
*Soul Retrieval Ceremony
*Working with Fire in Ceremony