Resilience in Movement – Weekend Retreat

Resilience in Movement: A Yoga Retreat for Social Justice

Sept. 22-24, 2017 on Whidbey Island

Welcome all Activists, Organizers, Healers, and Changemakers…Full tree with intricate root system

How are you holding up right now in your life and your work?

Are you struggling to balance the urgency of the fight for racial and social justice with the need to stay sustainable and not work straight into burnout?

Do you have practices that keep you grounded and compassionate? Would you like to spend time in community building more resilience and practicing tools to stay rooted and embodied through hard times?

Movements for justice need us, and this moment demands that we show up fully and deeply — rooted, grounded, and resilient, solid in our embodiment, compassion, and interdependence.  Join us for this Friday-Sunday retreat in the woods of Whidbey Island to make the time for the inward practices that build resilience for our movements.

Using movement, meditation, and contemplative practices, we will rest deeply and tune into to our innate wisdom, our needs, and our hearts in ways that we often can’t do in our constantly on-the-go lives.  We will work with the effects of anxiety, fear, trauma, and oppression on our bodies and spirits, while also tapping into and celebrating our joy, creativity, hope, interdependence, and resilience.

Come join us to build the capacity to hold ourselves, our colleagues, comrades, and organizations with compassion, so we can build vital and powerful heart-centered organizations, campaigns, and movements. We will use the weekend to explore and ground in self-care, community-care, resilience, and practice within a framework rooted in an anti-oppression analysis of systems of power, whether we are at work, at movement-building, at rest, or at play.

We invite you to come with other members of your community so you can continue to explore and support one another beyond the retreat itself.  Let’s practice together to ground our work in love, hopefulness, and resilience, and to move forward into the new world we’re creating with integrity, embodiment, practice, and a deep commitment to caring for ourselves and each other!


This retreat experience offers:

  •       Yoga and movement
  •       Breath practices
  •       Somatic exploration
  •       Nervous system resilience practices
  •       Meditation
  •       Sauna
  •       Delicious, nourishing food
  •       Community-building
  •       Self-care and community-care
  •       Space to rest and go inward
  •       Space to engage and connect with ourselves and our communities



Please plan to arrive at the Mukilteo Ferry terminal by 1pm on Friday to avoid extremely long weekend waits!


2-4pm           Arrival and Check-in

4-6pm           Opening Circle Practice

6pm              Dinner

7:30-8:30     Meditation


7-8:30am      Yoga asana (movement)

8:30-10am    Breakfast

10-12           Discussion and meditation practice

12-4pm         Lunch and free time

4-6:30pm      Gentle yoga and mindfulness practice

6:30              Dinner

8pm              Bonfire


7-8:30am      Yoga asana (movement)

8:30-10am    Breakfast

10-12:30      Meditation and closing Circle

12:30-1:30   Lunch

The Space:

The Yoga Lodge is a beautiful retreat space in the woods on Whidbey Island.  The space includes a bright yoga studio looking out onto meadow and forest, often with deer wandering by, shared lodging for up to 11 people in the Lodge (with additional spaces for camping and participants staying off-site), and fully catered meals. Rooms are shared rooms with three or four beds (mostly single beds, one double bed), some of which are top bunks with ladders. The dining room and kitchen are up a flight of stairs. Bathrooms are all-genders shared bathrooms with separate toilet and shower stalls. There is a pond, community trails, hiking, plenty of chairs and benches for sitting and communing with nature, a beautiful meadow, and a sauna for your use.

Prices and Registration:

Staying in the Lodge — early bird $575/ regular $625

Camping at the Lodge — early $475/ regular $525

Staying Offsite — early $375/ regular $425

We wish this retreat were free for everyone!  We are offering a limited number of community-supported spots, with a $150-200 discount to those who could not otherwise attend the retreat, with a priority to people of color and people with disabilties.  More information here.

Fees per person include yoga, meditation, organic vegetarian meals, accommodations, shared bathrooms, access to community trails, tea, snacks, and sauna.

Register here

The registration link will take you to an online registration form.  Once you have submitted it we will send you instructions for submitting payment by check or online.

Non-refundable deposit of $150 holds your space, with remainder due by early-bird registration deadline (August 15). For later registrations, $150 holds your space until Sept. 1, then full amount due.

Early bird registration deadline is August 15.

 A limited number of sliding scale spots are available by application – please contact us for more information.  We are also accepting donations into a sliding scale fund so that we can offer more sliding scale spaces.  Please contact us if you are interested in contributing.


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

  • Your $150 security deposit is a non-refundable administration fee.
  • For cancellations through August 15, all payment will be refunded in full, minus the $150 security deposit.
  • For cancellations from August 15 to Sept. 1, refunds will be 50%, or refunded in full minus the $150 security deposit, if your space can be filled.
  • For cancellations after Sept. 1, your registration will be refunded minus the $150 security deposit ONLY if your space can be filled.
  • If we must cancel this retreat for any reason, your payments will be refunded in full.


No yoga experience necessary, all bodies and abilities are welcome. This is a queer-positive, poc-positive, body-positive, fat-positive, anti-oppression space.

The Yoga Lodge caters to those with chemical sensitivities, and uses natural cleaning products and low/no VOC paints, etc. The bathrooms are stocked with local artisan, handcrafted body care products (foaming hand soap, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner) made with pure essential oils and without parabens, phthalates, sulfates or petrochemicals. The Yoga Lodge is not a fragrance-free space, but we do ask that participants think about their use of scents and how this may impact others’ ability to participate and be present. Learn more about how and why to be fragrance-free here. Learn more about MCS here.

Some rooms at the Yoga Lodge are accessed by three stairs. Some beds at The Yoga Lodge are loft beds that are accessed by climbing a ladder; others are on the ground and not accessed by ladder. Please let us know if you require a non-loft bed, and please check in with the others sharing your room to ensure that folks get a bed that meets their access needs. The dining room and kitchen are up a flight of stairs.

Bathrooms are all-genders shared bathrooms with separate toilet and shower stalls.

Upon registration, you can let us know any food restrictions you have, and the catered meals will be planned to meet those needs. Please contact us with any questions or let us know if you have other specific accessibility requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate.  We have walked around and looked closely at rooms to see about access for people with limited mobility, and we would be happy to describe the space.

About RW and Krista:

RW Alves is a Seattle-based yoga teacher and yoga therapist who came to her yoga practice as a queer activist and a rabble-rouser, and for many years has focused on bringing diversity and social justice trainings into yoga spaces. She works with organizations like Bending Towards Justice and Off the Mat, Into the World to hold deep conversations about how our practice can inform and strengthen our justice work, and is excited to bring some of those conversations to the Yoga Lodge for this retreat! Her yoga teaching style is non-judgmental, body-positive, deeply inquisitive and self-reflective, and informed by years of study in social justice, body liberation, various styles of yoga, nervous system resilience, and trauma healing. She is an E-RYT 500, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a yoga therapist, and an American Sign Language interpreter. In all of her classes and offerings, she is most interested in creating and holding spaces where students can bring their whole selves and explore their experience and embodiment in empowering, self-reflective, and ultimately liberatory ways.

Krista Lee Hanson is a Seattle-based yoga instructor passionate about bringing the healing and centering practices of yoga off the mat and into personal and social transformation work.  As a yoga instructor she teaches movement, meditation, relaxation and reflection practices that honor traditional yoga teachings as well as the individual needs and brilliance of each of her students.  Krista also brings the experience of her decades of involvement in the Central America solidarity movement, farmworker and labor movements, plus more recently in disability justice work.   Krista is a registered 500-HR yoga instructor with additional training in yoga therapy.  She is known for teaching without an agenda for her students – instead, creating a space that allows students to connect inward and outward with curiosity and kindness.