This past year has been very intense, and I know I am not alone. We are being hit by a tidal wave of mass waking up. All around us there are struggles to protect our environment, the rights of women, black people, indigenous people, immigrants, our LBGTQ people, our very waters of this earth. Add in some heartbreak and grief, who wouldn't need healing? I will be making my way from Maine to Seattle, stopping in cities across Turtle Island to get my little truck back home. This will no doubt be a big summer of healing for myself, as I revisit water protector communities, sacred sites, Standing Rock, and my family a year after my father's death.
I have not perfected this art of healing, but I am well practiced. My aim in this tour is to reach as many people who are in need of safe space to heal; whether that is through meditation, breathing for trauma and reflection...or it's in reliving some of the physical pain that often accompanies these deep times of cultural unrest. Over the years it has become clear to me that charging money for my offerings isn't a good fit for me. And yet, exchanges need to happen to support each of us in our gifts to our community. It is just a shame capitalism is the prevailing culture for now. This is why over the years I have tried to shift towards sharing yoga by donation, utilizing sliding scales, barter, etc. While on this tour, it is my goal to offer as many (if not ALL) workshops by donation. I am also willing to set up completely free workshops in mental health facilities, water protector communities, reservations, churches or in private homes/sites.
I am so excited to get back on the road, to see so many of you, and meet many more. This is a time for us to be coming together on grand scales. Our radical compassion has to be what tips these outdated systems and returns us as a human race towards clarity, understanding, and respect for one another and this precious home. That kind of healing requires serious self-reflection, challenging colonial oppression, racism, cultural appropriation, and violence in all forms. It requires those who have historically taken Action to turn to prayer and those who have been traditionally prayerful to turn to Action. Wherever we fall on that continuum, I urge us all to using our daily actions as our prayers.
Dates for cities are below the Radical Compassion Flier. If you have a space, or would like to discuss a workshop in your area, please email me.
I will also be leading a Yoga Therapy Retreat: Remembering Our Medicine in Passadumkeag, Maine this August 11-16 to help fundraise for the healing center that took me in for 8 weeks following my time at Standing Rock, and is a healing sanctuary for many of our East Coast water protectors. Of you are interested in learning more about participating in this workshop, or would like to know ways to donate to Nibezun directly, reach out to us at Sankalpa Yoga Retreats!
-July29-Aug 1 Kearsarge Gore Farm
-Aug 2 Portland, ME
-Aug 4-5 Community Days, Old Town, ME
-Aug 6-11 Yoga for Scoliosis at Kripalu (no teaching time)
-August 11-16 Rembering our Medicine, a yoga retreat and fundreaiser for Nibezun in Passadumkeag, ME
(Spots still open! Learn more about the Nibezun Project and how to donate on their page) www.sankalpayogaretreats.com
-Aug 20-27 Mudra and Pranayama at Kripalu (no teaching time)
-Aug 28-30 Southampton, MA
-Aug 31-Sept 1 Burlington, VT
-Sept 2- Montreal
-Sept 4-6 Toronto
-Sept 7-10 Flint, MI Wolves Den in Flint
-Sept 11-17 Chicago, IL and Park Forest, IL
-Sept 18-19 Menomonee Nation
-Sept 20-24 Minneapolis, MN
-Sept 25-27 Standing Rock
-Sept 28 Helena, MT
-Sept 29 Spokane
-Sept 30 Seattle
-October 2-3 Victoria, British Colombia
-October 4-5 Seattle
-October 6-9 Oahu, HI
-October 10-15 Hawaii Yoga Festival, Big Island (Teaching Oct 11, also teaching this year is my wondeful Mentor Maria Mendola!
-October 17....or more likely 24th, Therapeutic, Prenatal and Postnatal resume in Hilo, HI
Katy Benjamin E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT 1000
Certified Yoga Therapist