Spring Treasure, Bizarre Weather

Recent news from Trinity Yoga Spring 2015

Spring Treasure – Bizarre Weather
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Happy Spring! I wish this for everyone as I sit in my Vancouver home surrounded by the sweet newborn fragrance of hyacinths blooming on my deck. This is in current contrast to the four feet of snow and blowing blizzards in eastern Canada. (I feel for you!) At a certain point we all crave the promise of spring, no matter where we live. It’s feeling ready to be done with the thaw of too many snowfalls and darker days of winter. And indeed we need it!
Unknowingly and often unwittingly, we must surrender to the eternal life force of cycles and the changes of rebirth and death. Even in parts of the planet where there are less dramatic changes of season, there are noticeable differences in the four quarters of the year. This is particularly true when we take into account the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice. For the millions of years the planets have been turning, so too have the seasons been cycling and repeating their rhythmic beat to the earth’s constant evolution.

I often ponder how we as a species have adapted to the changing cycles of weather on this planet. We figured out how to go from living in a warm climate in Africa to sorting out what it would take to live in northern climates under many feet of snow. That adaptability is unique to our species.


Since becoming paralyzed, I have witnessed in myself and others in the differently-able world, remarkable adaptabilities of the human being and body. I’m amazed at what spectacular adaptogens we are. I feel like I’m in a living lab of adaptability and I see that in others. Against all odds, a person can find new pathways, utilize other parts of the brain to take over functions that are lost and recapitulate oneself emotionally and physically after losing all familiar functions. In truth, it has nothing to do with the individual (however, it will just happen.) This surrender to the powerful and omnipotent life force is so strong as to be unavoidable.

We may think we have all the control and all of the details of our lives figured out: my career, mate, investments, RRSPs, retirement fund, etc, and we can do a pretty good at that. But at some point life will take us by surprise. Whether the event is personal, social or environmental, we are called to on to discover and uncover that incredible capacity within ourselves to adapt. Like the bulbs and small seeds waiting to push through the earth, the most important piece of becoming is first the surrender of being.

Like all of life, the surrender happens not because we know what will come, but because we learn to trust in the ancient wisdom, constancy and intelligence of the life force. With time or experience (or both), we realize that we are that life force and are ultimately surrendering to that which is the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to learn more about adaptability in this seasons offerings. These include the classes listed below. We also have classes and events listed on our Facebook Events page.

As one of my favourite teachers would say: “We can’t argue with reality but we can learn how to master it.”

I am pleased to say that you have many opportunities to try on something new this spring and summer and stretch into your own adaptability. That is something we at Trinity Yoga have been doing and I am pleased to announce our new program of Advanced Teacher Training. This is an awesome opportunity to hone in your teaching skills if you’ve been teaching or feeling like you need inspiration or you want to stretch and specialize or develop your practice more. We have an awesome roster of Senior Teachers for the Level 2 slated for June 21-26 in Fairmont BC. We are thrilled to be joined by Trinity alumni, Brenda Cartier, Sophie Ann Dufresne, AND Jennifer Steed!! Also, the new Adaptive Yoga Training is being offered in Vancouver, Cranbrook and Kelowna, be sure to check out our website for details. This month Jennifer steed will be featured on our website www.trinityyoga.net with her new CD release Every Day Yoga.

Bountiful Spring Blessings,


“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Adaptive Yoga Training – VANCOUVER
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends. All you need to know to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions and challenges. May 2nd and 3rd, Inner Evolution 16th & Heather $250, $200 before April 15th. Clients FREE www.trinityyoga.net, 604 754-4488

Practice, Power, Purpose – Tantra and Healing Power of Yoga – CRANBROOK
The ancient science of Yoga offers volumes of knowledge on how to live your best life possible. Tantra yoga is the system of tools and techniques that guides practitioners progressively toward this exalted state. Understanding and being able to access the potency and limitless-ness of Prana, to have more freedom, more health, a greater sense of knowingness & intuition and spontaneous creativity, with less fear and more joy- is the promise of Tantra yoga. 3 hour Mini-Workshop on Friday May 29, 6 to 9 PM. Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $45 Contact Brenda at Exhale Yoga or 1-250-489-9210
Adaptive Yoga Training – CRANBROOK
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a 15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends on all you need to know, to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions abilities or challenges. May 29th 30th, Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $287or $225 before April 30. Clients FREE Contact Brenda at brendacartier@shaw.ca or 1-250-489-9210
Trinity Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2
Prepare yourself to advance your teaching to the next level. The continuation of Trinity Yoga 3 tier training. June 21st-26th, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. Must book by April 30. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com.
Teachers Advanced Yoga – Trinity Mastery Training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
A opportunity for current teachers to study in greater depth the advanced techniques and theories with Senior Teachers. Learn techniques from experienced teachers in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn more about the business of yoga and how to make it work for you, about sequencing and the Art of composition, the theory behind the Doshas and the Gunas relating to a student’s practice and physical & mental health. We will delve further into the chakras and the energy systems as well as offer specialized classes and theory on: restorative, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. June 22nd-25th, 9-5 PM, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. $125/day or $300 for all 4. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com
2 Offices for Rent in Beautiful Yoga Studio
HOT SPRINGS YOGA STUDIO is nestled in the Columbia Valley between the magnificent Rocky & Purcell Mountain Ranges, just a few minutes away from the therapeutic natural mineral pools!!! A great location to capture the attention of the annual tourist market located in the Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We currently offer Yoga, Qi Gong, Zumba, Holistic Bodywork, Coaching, Workshops & Retreats! There are 2 offices available to rent within the studio. Contact Pamela 778-525-0022 www.hotspringsstudio.ca


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How to Organize a Yoga Retreat

A general overview and suggestion oriented piece about organizing and running yoga retreats. Posted by Jennifer Steed of Yoga Journeys.

The How’s , Why’s and Where-for’s of conducting a Yoga Retreat.

The following article outlines ideas on how to plan for and successfully run a yoga retreat. These notes come from 4 years of experience by Jennifer Steed of Yoga Journeys, an adventure travel and yoga retreat company. This is not meant as an exhaustive exploration of all aspects of yoga retreats but more of a primer for your own design of a yoga retreat.

Where to begin?

Ideally you are already teaching yoga students on a regular basis and have anywhere from 50-250 acquaintance contacts to promote your event to. Most people go to yoga retreats because they know the instructor and like their work so it’s important to recognize your ‘warm market’ or people who know you. That’s not to say that some people may not come just from hearing of it or with a friend who knows you.

Decide on what you intend to offer first. Is it a weekend event, close to or far away from the city you work and live in? Will you include one or two classes daily, massage, meals, outdoor activities, dance, poetry or any number of other creative or expressive sessions?

I suggest you begin with a simple weekend yoga retreat hosted within 2 hours drive, if possible, from your city of residence and where you teach. This is a less intimidating beginning for you and for the students and can give you a good idea of how to market and run such an event.

If you are the sole teacher I suggest you offer a discounted spot for someone to come along, or two people, who are your assistants. They will handle all the various and somewhat petty details like a liaison between your students and you. This frees you up to focus on holding the energy and space for the students and for teaching. I recommend you purposefully set aside time away from the group besides your sleep time, to regroup, refocus, re-energize and practice or just flake out. You are seen as the example and as the leader at all times and it’s important to nourish yourself especially if it’s a one-week retreat.

If you are in a foreign country you will notice that various fears and intimidations will be an issue for some students leaving you as their safe life raft therefore having your assistants give a hand in this regard and encouraging people to be independent will help empower their experience and leave you less drained.

If you are considering a foreign retreat where people are flying in, there are a number of things to consider. In BC it’s illegal to provide travel trips as these without being a license professional in the travel industry therefore I highly recommend ( and for other reasons I will mention) finding a suitable licensed travel agent to make any and all arrangements with the students. This will save you a lot of hassle in a field that is not your expertise, ie. Travel agency, and give them the insurance necessary to be held by any tour operators in case there is a cancellation of the trip etc.
The other reason this is so helpful is that the travel agent has access to all the necessary details simply on the note of travel to the retreat while you are focusing on the yoga teaching etc. The two companies I highly recommend out of Vancouver are:

Sacred Earth Journeys www.sacredearthjourneys.ca with Helen Tomei.

Milagro Retreats www.milagroretreats.com with Shani Cranston

The rules vary from one province to the next but it’s worth having someone charge a commission to help promote to and book clients.

If you are going to a location you have never seen the risk of high stress is very present. I always recommend going places you have personally been to especially in other countries or if their sole focus is hosting of such retreats and can work with you from afar on all necessary details with you style of clientele in mind.

Once you have a location and the ‘hard costs’ are factored in (accommodations, transportation to/from airport, taxes, tips, food, spa sessions, day trips etc. etc.) then you have to add in your fee per person to make the trip a worthwhile financial endeavor. You may simply be paid to go on a holiday, to begin with, but ideally you are paid to teach and do all the organizing as the numbers grow from year to year. Always, always, always build in about a 10% buffer of cost for the unexpected.

For marketing, you can focus on your warm or hot market ie. People who know you and also go with the cold market from the internet or other sources. Be sure to make the advertising about THEM. Let the potential client know what they will get out of the trip, how it will benefit them etc. Make a special deal to bring a friend as it’s worth it for you to have more numbers of people at a discounted rate so they will tell others than try to get a big price for just a few people. That is unless you intend to do a higher end type retreat and then you have to tailor your advertising and style of retreat to the tastes of the upper echelon people.

If there is no waiver form already drawn up from the location, you must have a waiver form and health intake form well in advance plus all the travel itineraries of the clients including when and how they are arriving and cell phone numbers to reach them at in case of emergency or changes.

Always take a feedback form so you can learn from the experience of the clients and honestly work with their suggestions for future retreats.

I like to include unexpected treats such as special soap, candles, oils, books, etc to put on their pillow as they arrive as a gift for the week.

Be sure to take lots of photos including the before and after photos to show just how much they each change over the time of practicing, relaxing, reading, etc. You could even have a reunion of people afterwards to celebrate the friendships and the fun had. These clients will become your best advertising for sure.

You also may like to send them a gift of the group photos afterwards.

If you have another retreat scheduled during the coming year, it’s important to either get a verbal agreement to attend again or even a deposit to save their spot each year subsequent as this again ensure a successful event each year. If they are reluctant to commit, that is fine. Just ask their permission to send information by mail or email.

If you have awesome food served, no matter what else happens, the retreat will be a huge success. People base great focus on the food experience and this is well worth going to every effort possible to ensure a great memory is created. Providing or selling recipes or providing nutritional or cooking lessons are also awesome. Give people something they can really integrate into their lives.

There are many details that make it both rewarding and an honor to provide such healing holidays. If you have more questions or further ideas to add, please contact us at Trinity Yoga or Jennifer Steed at {encode=”yogajen@telusplanet.net” title=”yogajen@telusplanet.net”}.