Zenyu is excited to offer the 2nd Annual Spiritual Wilderness Retreat for People of Color September 21-23, 2012. Yoga, guided meditation, sound healing, gorgeous hiking opportunities, bonfires under the stars, and delicious food will be offered throughout the weekend, as well as ample time for solitary reflection and exploring. If 2012 has been a wild ride for you, then there is no better place to seek healing and clarity than in the powerful presence of Nature, and with other like-hearted people. For those who are new to the outdoors, this is a gentle introduction to the wilderness. We expect good weather, fall foliage, a beautiful waxing Harvest moon, and a powerful healing adventure.
WHEN: September 21-23, 2012. Participants should plan to leave Seattle by 12PM on Friday, Sept 21 in order to get the most out of our time away. We will return by 7PM on Sunday, Sept 23.
COST: $125-225 sliding scale ($125 covers the basic cost of food, accommodation and organizing costs but no compensation for leaders). Limited work-exchange scholarships available.
REGISTRATION: Spots will fill up quickly so please email Christine Cruz Guiao at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a registration form. A non-refundable (but transferable if we find someone to take your spot) deposit of $50 is necessary to hold your space. The remaining balance will be due September 7, 2012.
ABOUT US: Christine Cruz Guiao is a Brooklyn-born, Northwest-grown Pinay mystic artist and healer, who has explored and worshipped in wildernesses all over the world, including the Canadian Rockies, the Himalayas, Alaska, and her own wild heart. Born into the mystical Catholic tradition of her Philippine ancestors, she has also studied for over 15 years with esteemed teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, yoga, and the Earth-based spiritualities of the Coast Salish, Aleut and Native Hawaiian people. She has led regular meditations for People of Color for 6 years and has guided urban POCs in unforgettable wilderness adventures, believing that true empowerment comes from identification with our Highest and Best Self. She is Founder and Co-Director of Zenyu. For more information, check out: http://www.tawahealingworks.com
April Nishimura has studied in the Theravada Buddhist tradition with esteemed teachers & monastics from the U.S., Thailand, and Uganda as well as the Shamanic tradition of the Shipibo people of the Upper Amazon. She is a Structural Medicine practitioner who loves movement, the body and the healing power of nature. April specializes in ergonomic design and anatomy. In her healing work, April draws on her eclectic experience as a longtime Co-counselor, a labor organizer and her work in the prevention of intimate partner violence in order to understand the root of suffering/trauma and the avenues for our transformation and healing. She is Co-Director of Zenyu.
Nari Baker grew up on a small organic farm on Vashon Island that included a multitude of animals, family, community, and flowers. As a youth, she backpacked in the Cascade and Olympic mountains and sailed in the Puget Sound waters with her family. In 2009, Nari began a serious yoga practice and started teaching in 2011. As a new teacher, she is humbled and inspired by her teachers at Seattle Yoga Arts and students at POC Yoga and Rainier Health & Fitness. Nari deeply believes in the transformative healing powers of yoga, and embodiment as a radical tool of resistance for people of color.