Dharma of Relationships Yoga Retreat
Claire Privat & Tracey Duncan
Relating to others with kindness, compassion, and clarity is often harder than any yoga pose. Let's learn and practice together to strengthen these skills so that we can fill our own lives and the lives of others with meaning and value.
Spend a weekend in our garden-encircled sanctuary learning how to use yoga and mindfulness to refine your relationship with yourself and those around you. Restore body and mind with daily slow flow yoga, restorative yoga with massage and crystal singing bowls, and yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation).
During the daily Dharma of Relationships workshops, we will have group discussions and experiential exercises. You will learn:
- Principles of relating to others from the yoga tradition: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita
- Principles of relating to others from psychology research: Mindfulness and relationship patterns
- Exercises for cultivating connection
- Exercises for managing conflict
- Suggestions for using your personal yoga practice to refine your relationship with yourself
- Morning slow flow yoga (all levels)
- Dharma of Relationships Workshop
- Evening restorative yoga (with crystal singing bowls & massage)
- Yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation)
Our peaceful retreat space is an 1882 Country Cottage located in Covington, LA, surrounded by live oaks, gardens, and a saltwater pool. The home is luxuriously furnished and includes a solarium and outdoor kitchen. Scroll down for more pictures!
We offer two options for accommodation: share a private room with a friend/partner, or join others in a shared room. Space is limited. Please reach out with any questions (use the "Contact organizer" button below). If you are booking a private room with a friend/partner, be sure that you both register so we can have spots to pair you together. We also have a donation option if you would like to help others with less privilege attend, so we can open up a discounted spot. We believe strongly that the practice and philosophy of yoga should be accessible and have done our best to keep retreat costs low.
Food & Drink
In the evenings, we will share a nourishing vegan meal together. We will also provide morning coffee, tea, and light snacks. Guests will have access to the indoor and outdoor kitchens to provide for other meals. We request that guests only bring vegetarian food.
- This retreat is not comparable to couples therapy. Participating with a dear friend or romantic partner will be very lovely but please honor the space for all individuals.
- As queer ladies, we want to be sure to say: Everyone on the gender identity and sexual orientation spectrum is welcome!
"The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships."
Claire Privat, M.A. will be leading the Dharma of Relationships workshops and evening restorative yoga. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently pursuing joy, kindness, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Xavier Univeristy. She has advanced training in restorative yoga, mindfulness, and couples therapy, and she has presented internationally on her research regarding mindfulness in relationship dynamics. She is grateful to teach weekly restorative and vinyasa classes at Swan River in New Orleans, where she leads classes focused on the mind-body relationship, mindfulness, and patterns of relating to self and others. Claire continuously studies the interplay of yoga and psychology, and she volunteers by teaching yoga to survivors of trauma. To unwind, Claire cultivates her cactus garden and bakes vegan confections with her cats Elvira and Kiki. You can find her teaching schedule and recorded guided meditations here.
Tracey Duncan will be leading morning slow flow yoga and evening yoga nidra. She is a yoga teacher (11 years) and massage therapist (19 years) operating out of scenic Holy Cross. She has certifications from Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville (Integral Yoga) and Swan River Yoga, and degrees from Colombia University (Anthropology) and LSU (Creative Writing). She is the founder and director of Get Bent Yoga Teacher Training, a community based training for yoga teachers focused on social justice and accessibility. She has studied informally with a lot of different teachers of a lot of different styles in a lot of different places. Tracey's teaching style draws on her eclectic education and experiences. She believes that yoga should be firmly grounded in tradition and should never stop evolving. She teaches a wide variety of classes around New Orleans. You can learn more about her work here.