For 17 years, Ellen Smith and Charles MacInerney have worked hard to provide the best attributes of a high-end yoga conference, combined with the finest qualities of a relaxed, locally grown yoga retreat that is open to the public. Those efforts, known as the Texas Yoga Retreat, features a wide variety of workshops for all experience levels taught by high-caliber teachers, along with nourishing food and a genuinely welcoming community, October 20 through 22 at the Ancient Yoga Center, inside Radha Madhav Dham.
“They’ve captured the spirit of yoga that shines through everything that’s being done here,” says Rama Jyoti Vernon, founder of the California Yoga Teachers Association and Unity of Yoga International. Participants can take time away from regular responsibilities and stressors for just a day or for the entire weekend. Nap, stroll the grounds, read a book and connect with one’s authentic self within the support of a heart-centered community.
The venue, Radha Madhav Dham, is an ashram nestled in the Texas Hill country on 230 acres sprinkled with walking trails; flower, herb, and vegetable gardens; and varied wildlife. The ashram provides delicious, fresh, homemade vegetarian food and overnight accommodations.
Seasoned yoga teachers will travel to Austin from across the Unites States to guide participants in several concurrent classes. The options span from great workouts, to gentle classes, to non-movement classes like meditation, philosophy and pranayama (breathing techniques). For those wishing to learn how to manage life’s challenges via a yogic perspective, a Yoga Therapy conference is offered.
“This has become one of my favorite conferences of the year. I love the sweetness, the depth and the spiritual connection,” says presenter Molly Lannon Kenny, founder of The Samarya Center for Humankind (ness).
Cost: Varies; see website for details. Location: 207 Barsana Ave., Austin. For more information, call 512-266-7926 or visit TexasYoga.com.