Workshops

Cancellation Policy

Payments are processed at the time of booking. Because space is limited and our instructors work hard to bring you this workshop, these are non-refundable. Cancellation due to illness or emergencies will be assessed on a case by case basis

Yoga for Transformation workshop series

With

Summer Cushman – bio

9/10 - 5/13 (Second Saturdays)

10am - 1pm

The practice of yoga is most often understood as a practice of postures. And while the postures, called asana, are an important part of the practice of yoga, they’re actually a small part. Yoga—when understood in its fullness—is a practice that supports us on every level of our being and through every moment of our lives. The practice of yoga helps us understand, examine, and transform our body, breath, senses, thoughts, emotions, behavior, relationships, habits, and belief systems. Yoga teaches us the science of personal transformation. It gives us the tools to uncover our true nature. And it offers us a wildly open system of spiritual practice. I created the Yoga for Transformation workshops in order to make the deeper teachings of yoga more easily accessible to anyone interested in changing their life. If you know how to read the ancient texts of yoga and apply them to your life, you’ll discover how simple and practical these teachings are.
In this series of workshops, we’ll dive deep into the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we’ll look at a few key Upanishads, and I’ll teach you how to bring the fullness of this ancient practice into your daily life. Book the whole series below for a $75 savings, or sign up for each class individually. Members receive 10% of individual sessions

continuing education credits available for yoga teachers

In-House Workshop

$75 per session

We human beings are pretty amazing! We’re made up of body, breath, senses, mind, heart, and spirit. In this foundational workshop we begin our practice of awareness and dive deep into two ancient teachings (from the Yoga Sutra and Taittiriya Upanishad) that help us understand who we are. This workshop includes a slow moving, quiet practice that helps us connect with the many layers of our being.

In this always popular workshop we explore personal practice, intention, and will power. Our practice takes us deep into the three aspects of Kriya Yoga (self-discipline, self-study, and self-surrender).

In this workshop we explore the seeds of suffering (ignorance, ego, attachment, aversion, and fear) in the context of daily life. This workshop includes a powerful practice with teachings from the Yoga Sutra and the Chandogya Upanishad. Through movement, breath, meditation, and an altar to the 5 great elements, you’ll explore your relationship to the world, your senses, your elemental nature, and the seeds of suffering

In this workshop we’ll investigate what yoga teaches about ethics and right action in relationship to others and ourselves. We’ll study the first two limbs of the 8-limb path of practice: the Yamas (behaviors we observe) and Niyamas (personal rituals we enact) from the 2nd chapter of the Yoga Sutra-s. We’ll work through a short, powerful practice (that among other things includes study, mantra, and mudra) that can be done 10-ways (depending on the yama or niyama you want to focus on).

Annamaya Kosha & Asana As one of my first teacher’s (Nikki Myers) likes to say: “The issues live in our tissues.” The body holds the memory of everything we’ve ever experienced and this workshop is all about connection, healing, and learning to listen to the voice of your body. Our practice is a slow moving meditation designed to help you listen more deeply to the experience of physical sensation.

Pranamaya Kosha & Pranayama We all know how important it is to have enough energy to meet the demands of life. And these powerful, transformative teachings will give you the tools to balance and regulate your energy with ease. In this jam packed workshop we’ll explore our physiology through the 5 pranas (energetic processing system), the cakras (energy centers), and the nadis (energy channels). We’ll explore functional breathing, the autonomic nervous system, and the yogic practice of pranayama (intentional breath control). Our practice will help us better understand our breathing habits and how they impact our energy levels, nervous system, and thinking patterns.

Manomaya Kosha & Mantra Do you ever get distracted? (The answer is so obvious it’s laughable right?). We live in a culture that seems driven by distraction. In this workshop we explore what the ancient yogi’s had to say about patterns of thought and we do some serious self-reflection on how our minds work. This deeply practical workshop will help you get real about the connection between what you feed your senses and your mind’s ability to focus. In this fun practice we explore how powerful mantra and chanting are for the mind.

Vijnanamaya Kosha & Meditation In this workshop we dive deeper into the mind. We go past the senses and into our conditioning, habits, stories, and wisdom. Through teachings and practice we explore our highest values, our truth, and our faith. And we bravely move toward unraveling the deeply held stories that keep us stuck in unhelpful patterns. We explore what meditation actually is and talk about how to begin or deepen a focused and transformative practice.

Anandamaya Kosha & Prayer and Ritual This beautiful, healing workshop is an exploration of joy! The deep, lasting joy that is an inherent part of our being. We explore our relational heart, our longing for deep connection, our sense of delight and fulfillment. And our Source. We wonder about Divine Mystery and dive deep into the practices of prayer and ritual. In our practice we’ll explore the ancient tradition of Manasa Puja, an internal journey of ritual and adoration.

Foundations of Yoga - 4 week Series

With

Jill Pickering – bio

Beth Rusk – bio

1/7 - 1/28 (consecutive Saturdays)

2pm - 3:30pm

This workshop is geared towards students who want to deepen their knowledge of yoga asana, the physical postures of yoga. In this four week series you will learn proper alignment of over 40 yoga postures, ways to adapt to meet individual needs, and how to incorporate props to better support your practice. This class series will give you the skills needed to adapt postures, feel more confident and practice safety. This is an opportunity to learn in community, be able to ask questions, have time to really break down and work with individual poses and have fun. All levels welcome.
In-House Workshop

Full series $90 // Per class $25

Establishing foundation- body to earth connection, opening hands and feet, focus on equal standing, opening and engaging both front and back body, pelvic integration, core strengthening to support low back, length and strength along the spine, and low back care in back bends and forward folds.

Shoulder integration, hand and arm bind options, sun salutations and flow options, downward facing dog work, importance of transitions between postures, and ways to get from here to there.

Hips forward postures, stabilizing the hips, pressing out of the earth, finding pelvis neutral, balance activation and release, and deepening twists while supporting low back.

Hip opening postures, strengthening and opening inner leg line, stabilizing the hip, supporting the knee, accessing the side body, and how to deepen without creating strain.

*NOTE* - If you are enrolling for the whole series, choose your first date and pay for full ($90). You will still need to click "Register" for all subsequent dates, you will just not be asked to pay again.

Community Dance Party

Dance Away the Dark

With

Clara Lindstrom – website

Beth Rusk – bio

1/28/2023

7:30pm - 10pm

Winters are lonnnnng here in the Pacific Northwest. They’re wet. They’re dark. The constant rain can chill you to the bone. And while we love the mountain snow, the glaciers, and the summer green it all brings, sometime around mid-January we get a powerful urge to throw off the throws, wriggle out of our base layers, bare some skin and get out on the dance floor. So come join us to dance the light back into your body, heart, and soul!

This is not ecstatic dance, nor a 5 Rhythms model. No, think more “house-party-meets-funky-club-meets-your-cool-friend’s-wedding.” Fun. All-inclusive. Silly. Jiggy. Joyful. Bass-heavy. Some deep afro-beat grooves, some old-school rap and hip hop, and some songs you know all the words to. In other words… your basic Dance Party Therapy. We're not too cool for school. We are nerdy dance-fiends who like to shake serious booty and are always lookin’ for more friends with whom to throw down and banish the winter blues. That’s YOU! Let’s burn a bright spot in the PNW winter together.

See you on the dance floor.
Community Event

Donations Accepted

No Registration Needed

Yoga of the Heart- Asana and meditation retreat

With

Djuna Devereaux – website

2/4/2023

10am - 4pm

This retreat will offer rejuvenation for the body and reconnection to our heart’s innate presence. We will be supported by the beauty of the Skagit Valley in the deep stillness of winter.

Our morning session will weave somatic movement, dynamic asana practice, and meditation. Our afternoon sequence will support expansive breathing, balance the nervous system, and deepen meditative awareness. The Dharma teachings will illuminate awareness of the breath as a powerful practice leading to embodied presence, awakening of the heart qualities, and insight.

For anyone with prior yoga experience.
In-House Workshop

$120

Intuitive Energy and Sound Healing Series

With

Ruby Koa –website

Valerie Lonneman – website

2/12, 3/12, 4/9 (Second Sundays)

6pm - 8pm

Join Ruby and Valerie for a three part series that will combine therapeutic sound (singing bowls & gongs) with energy healing. Each event will focus on a different theme to support an area of the human energy field, as well as allowing greater alignment with one’s inner self and authentic path.

Each deeply restorative evening will start with a brief centering, yoga/movement, breathwork, and guided meditation followed by around 45 minutes of sound healing. During the sound bath, Valerie, who is an intuitive energy healer and psychic, will provide a group reading and healing focused on a theme. The combination of sound and energy healing will support the clearing of imbalances on multiple levels of your being.

Though this is a three part series, each session is a stand alone workshop. Attend the whole series for a $32 savings, or sign up for each session individually.
Hosted Workshop

Full series $133 // Per event $55

This workshop will support the physical, energetic, and emotional aspects of your heart space. 

We will begin with yoga and movement, to help open your chest and heart area, along with breathwork to calm and balance the heart chakra. Valerie will then lead a guided meditation that will teach you techniques to support your heart chakra and help release outdated energy and patterns.

Throughout the evening, Ruby will be playing her  22” crystal singing bowl for the heart chakra and smaller Third Eye Chakra singing bowl.  She’ll also be playing her Planetary Synodic Moon Gong which has a frequency that resonates with the Lunar cycle. Since this event is just before the third quarter or half moon, it’s a good time to clear emotional blockages, spiritually cleanse on many levels, and to start to tune into any new intentions that you feel like welcoming in. 

During the sound bath, the group will also receive a psychic reading and intuitive energy healing on issues that the group holds in common, related to the theme of heart healing. After the sound bath, Valerie will share the Spiritual messages and wisdom that came through during the reading.

Experience the power of focused intention! Join us in tending to the heart space to invite a sense of openness to this center and ease around loving yourself and others.

This workshop is not only for those who identify as empaths, but for anyone who would like to release others’ energy from their energy field and support their ability to maintain a clean and clear system.

We will begin with yoga and breathwork to prepare you for the meditation and sound healing and also teach you a variety of quick fixes you can use to clear and strengthen your aura. Valerie will then lead a guided meditation to teach you simple yet powerful intuitive energy work techniques to support your energetic boundaries and protect your energy field.

Throughout the evening, Ruby will be playing her Tibetan singing bowls and her Zildjian Symphonic Gong that has a lovely, deep resonance. It is tuned to the solar plexus chakra which is all about finding our power and holding strong energetic boundaries.

During the sound bath, the group will receive a psychic reading and intuitive energy healing on issues that the group holds in common, related to the theme of energetic boundaries and protection. After the sound bath, Valerie will share the Spiritual messages and wisdom that came through during the reading.

Experience the lightness and clarity of releasing what is not yours to hold, while feeling into the power and stability of your own energy! You will leave this event equipped to support your body with simple “energetic hygiene” techniques that will allow you to release others’ energy on a regular basis and fill up with your own energy.

Unblock and strengthen your connection to your inner voice and intuition.

The evening starts with yoga and movements that bring energy and focus to your third eye chakra and a mantra and breath practice to tune you into your intuition. Valerie will then lead a guided meditation focused on offering healing to the throat (5th) and third eye (6th) chakras, to support connection to your Soul’s breath and your own unique way of receiving Universal wisdom and information.

In this session, Ruby will be playing specific Tibetan and crystal singing bowls as well as her Planetary Moon Gong and other instruments. The therapeutic sound will facilitate grounding, allowing more of your Soul to move into your body, which will deepen your capacity for inward focus and release of outdated energy.

During the sound bath, the group will receive a psychic reading and intuitive energy healing on issues that the group holds in common, related to the theme of intuitive development. After the sound bath, Valerie will share the Spiritual messages and wisdom that came through during the reading.

Join us in shifting outdated energy that prevents you from clearly sensing and knowing the wisdom of your higher self and the universe. You’ll leave this workshop with a new set of tools to access your intuition and with a renewed sense that your team of light is always available to offer guidance and support to you.

Mindful Morning

With

Carolyn McCarthy – website

2/18/2023

10am - 1pm

Curious about mindfulness? Want to jump start your practice? Or maybe dive a little deeper? This workshop is for you!

We'll move through gentle guided practice including mindful movement, the body scan, and loving-kindness meditation. You'll have an opportunity to spend time in the beauty of nature, and to connect with like-minded others. Come home to yourself in this nourishing workshop. No experience required.
In-House Workshop

$75

Inner Tide. Internal Pelvic Attunement Level 1

With

Ami Opal, N.D. – website

2/24, 2/25, 2/26, 2/27

10:30am - 6:30pm

Inner Tide Level 1 is a four day gathering for practitioners to safely experience a deepening into themselves, an inner knowing of midline through the pelvis, and a sacral connection with the earth. This training is harmonious and experiential, providing a potent and safe container for nourishment and self healing. Exploring this work with other women is a big part of our own healing and being in the energy field together as we work is powerful, unique, and transformative. We move together in ceremony, starting with tea each day for opening and integration.

If you wish to bring this work out to your community, that material is here as well. This training also includes assessment of pelvic floor function, internal pelvic floor balancing, grounding energy, opening and closing sessions with ease. You’ll feel supported in the work while you work. You'll learn how to help your clients open to what has been unavailable to them, safely, and the steps for how to work with it. This technique is an alchemy of systems including craniosacral, structural integration/Rolfing, myofascial release, and spiritual healing. Working in this way harmonizes the body and spirit, and is gentle, lasting, and effective.
Hosted Workshop

$895

Flow ~ Reflect ~ Connect

With

Kelsey Wallach, Licensed Mental Health Counselorwebsite

3/4/2023

12pm - 2pm

Interested in the intersection of mental health and yoga? Come flow, reflect and connect with others as we explore our psychological patterns on and off the mat. Conversation will be guided by a mental health counselor; authenticity, vulnerability and supporting others is encouraged!

We will be focusing on:
1. Building awareness of your habitual emotional, cognitive and behavioral patterns- on and off the mat
2. Creating a group dynamic where you feel connected to others, heard and held
3. Learning how to make your yoga (asana) practice a more effective tool for your mental health

The topic of this first meeting is "Meeting Limitations: in life and on your mat" (stay tuned for future groups!)
Hosted Workshop

$60

Awakening With The Spring Equinox

With

Gina Ebbelingwebsite

Kristen Winn website

3/19/2023

1pm - 4pm

Join Gina Ebbeling and Kristen Winn for a three-hour equinox workshop as we welcome and embrace the energy of spring. We’ll lay the groundwork for awakening the mind, body and spirit with reflection, walking a labyrinth, planting seeds and sending intentions to the universe.

Our time together will begin in the yoga studio with reflection and intention setting, journaling, and a small group activity. After a short break, we’ll venture out to the Japanese inspired grounds for a facilitated labyrinth walk and ritual, and, last but not least, get our hands dirty planting seeds.* As our time together comes to a close, you may feel a sense of clarity, rejuvenation and lightheartedness that comes with sharing space in community. Bring this experience home with the seeds we planted and cultivate your growing season.

Provided: small flower pots, seeds, paint pens and markers (for decorating your pot) Please bring: journal (and pen), item for the altar, water bottle, sun hat, rain jacket, gardening gloves (if you wish)

*Stay tuned for info about our September fall equinox workshop when we’ll harvest the flowers and herbs we grew and hand-dye fabric to honor and welcome the energy of fall.

All genders welcome. This event is rain or shine.
Hosted Workshop

$85

Sow the Seeds of Sankalpa

With

Liza Higbee-Robinson – website

Kelly Villarreal – website

3/25, 3/26

10:30am - 6pm

Join Liza Higbee-Robinson and Kelly Villarreal for a cozy and intimate mini-retreat March 25th and 26th at the Bow Sanctuary, a beautiful, tranquil space for folks to relax, heal, and return to center. Nestled at the base of the Chuckanut Mountains in Bow, WA, 20 short minutes from Bellingham, this weekend of offerings is designed for practitioners who want the immersive experience of a retreat without having to travel for a week or more.

Celebrate the renewal of spring and cultivate the seeds of connection and community in an immersive format. Our time together will include chanting, vinyasa and yin/restorative practices, yoga philosophy exploration, reflection and journaling opportunities, time to explore Bow Sanctuary’s Japanese inspired Pacific Northwest Gardens, and community meals. This workshop qualifies as 16 hours of continuing education through Yoga Alliance.

Price includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and snacks. Meals and snacks provided will be vegan or vegan option, and will be gluten free or have gluten free options, provided by local vendors. Upon registration, payment can be made via PayPal or Venmo.
Hosted Workshop

$180 (deposit $80)

Jade Women/Jade Body Qigong

With

Caryn Boyd Dielwebsite

4/16/2023

2pm - 4pm

* Clearing physical and emotional toxins *enhancing peace and vitality *supporting liver chi

Jade Woman Qigong is a superior method of healing that addresses the special needs of a woman’s body, as well as the needs of a male body during the Spring season of the Wood Element. Spring is the season for rising Liver chi and we need to nourish the smooth flow of chi and blood to establish calm emotions and clear thinking.

The phases of a woman’s life require a plentiful supply of blood to insure normal gynecological function. Because of these needs, Qigong forms designed for women have a focus that is different from traditional forms.

The form is named Jade Woman because Jade is a highly prized precious stone that, since ancient times, has been regarded as a symbol of yin (female) energy. This beautiful and effective form of Qigong was taught to Instructor Caryn Boyd Diel, by Master Liu He. Jade Woman Qigong was created for and taught to Master Liu He by her grandfather when she was a young girl growing up in China.

This magical qigong form provides great benefit to all women regardless of age or re-productive history and is also appropriate for men who want to heal and support the liver.

We will learn this special Spring Qigong form and a Taoist meditation to clear emotional chi from the Liver, allowing you to move into Spring clear and refreshed.

Lecture and Guided Practice. Wear comfortable clothing.
In-House Workshop

$55

Mindful Writing

With

Carolyn McCarthy – website

5/07/2023

10am - 1pm

Take time out for writing in this warm and welcoming workshop. Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to what's happening right now. We'll hone our powers of observation to bring our writing to life, alternating simple mindfulness practices with supportive writing sessions. You'll come away with tools to enliven your writing, and the courage and inspiration to continue -- or begin! Whether you're writing poetry or postcards, a novel or a newsletter, this workshop is for you. No experience required.

Carolyn has worked for years cultivating presence, attentiveness, and joy as a writer, actor, and singer. She has written for newspapers, magazines, and the stage. Her poetry has been published in multiple collections. She teaches for Mindfulness Northwest.
In-House Workshop

$75

At a Glance

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We are excited to offer this space to providers of all different modalities who share a similar vision as Bow Sanctuary, whether that be body movement, body treatment, meditation, sound healing, or other.