Zenyu is excited to offer the 3rd Annual Spiritual Wilderness Retreat for People of Color September 20-22, 2013. Yoga, guided meditation, gorgeous hiking opportunities in the world-famous Icicle Creek Canyon and the Enchantments, bonfires under the stars, and delicious food will be offered throughout the weekend, as well as ample time for solitary reflection and exploring. It has been a time of Great Change and there is no better place to seek healing and clarity than in the powerful presence of Nature, and with other like-hearted people. We will be camping and will have no access to cell service, electricity or other distractions, giving us a rare chance to reflect and go inward in healing community with wonderful 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 20-22, 2013. Participants should plan to leave Seattle by 9AM on Friday, Sept 20 in order to get the most out of our time away. We will return by 8PM on Sunday, Sept 22.

WHERE: Ida Creek Campground in the Icicle Creek Canyon near Leavenworth, WA. We will be hiking nearby as well as in the world-famous Enchantments region of the North Cascades.

COST: $85-185 sliding scale ($85 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 christineguiao@gmail.com 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 August 31, 2013.


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 since 2006 and has guided urban POCs in unforgettable wilderness adventures. She is Founder and Co-Director of Zenyu. Check out: 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.



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