I am delighted (like, jumping-out-of-my-yoga-pants delighted) to officially announce that I am starting a business. I AM STARTING A BUSINESS!
Two Trees Yoga and Retreat House (details below, keep reading!) is the result of the conscious evolution of personal and professional work over the past decade, and I couldn't be happier to share the results of my efforts with my community, family, and friends.
As many of you know, I live with endometriosis, a chronic disease that impacts my health, my relationships, and my life on every level - physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. Over the past five years, in struggling to manage my health I have found one tool that has supported me, challenged me, and healed me beyond any others. Yoga, of course. The physical and philosophical practices of yoga have helped me climb out of some deep, dark places, and transform my body and my life into something stronger, healthier and more whole than ever before. This journey into yoga, combined with my entrepreneurial spirit and natural disposition for teaching have brought me to an amazing place, for which I am deeply grateful and exceedingly excited.
Over the past year, I've been working my way towards creating supportive spaces for people to come together to heal, explore and evolve. Two Trees Yoga and Retreat House will be the culmination of many tiny little dreams that were fed light rather than pushed aside. These dreams were supported by many people, and now I am finally able to breathe them into life and share them with all of you. I am blessed and happy and scared and excited to make this giant leap!
Below are the broad strokes of what Two Trees will offer. I can't wait to share more with you over the coming months as these spaces take shape, and I really cannot wait to see you at Two Trees!
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Two Trees Yoga at Sacred Space, Beacon, NY
Starting in December 2016, Two Trees Yoga at Sacred Space will offer Kripalu-style yoga classes, including Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Kripalu Basics. Classes will run Sunday through Wednesday, and will be taught by Kripalu-trained instructors, including myself. (More on these phenomenal beings, soon!) Two Trees Yoga is dedicated to providing simple, honest yoga that is designed to support everyone living and working in our modern American society, and is grounded in yoga philosophies that have helped people move through life with grace and clarity for thousands of years.
Two Trees Yoga is committed to supporting people with all manner of physical limitations and needs. If you are recovering from surgery or injury, living with chronic illness, experiencing the effects of an aging physical body, or recovering from trauma, our staff and our gentle approach to yoga will accommodate your individual needs, while challenging you to transform physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you've tried other yoga classes and they weren't for you, try Two Trees. If you can't do down dog, try Two Trees. If your joints hurt, try Two Trees. If you want to learn to be kind and gentle and loving with yourself, try Two Trees.
I am thrilled to partner with Donna Brickwood at Sacred Space in Beacon, where all of our yoga classes will be held. She's been running a business on Main Street for seven years, and offers massage, energy, craniosacral, and nature therapies. Sacred Space provides the opportunity to nourish healing and connection on all levels of the mind, body, spirit, and earth relationship. I've personally worked with Donna over the past two years. Her support and her touch have helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and left me feeling inspired, clear, whole and held. I am honored to be partnering with her to offer yoga at Sacred Space.
Two Trees Retreat House, DeRuyter, NY
This past weekend, I bought the house next door to the house I grew up in, in central NY. This is something I've been dreaming of for years, and the timing couldn't have worked out better. (It's sort of amazing how things fall into place sometimes.) Over the next year, I will work with my parents to transform this little, country home into a tranquil retreat house nestled between hills and fields. Two Trees Retreat House will be a space for people to come together to work, play, rest, celebrate, explore, grow, connect, and heal.
Two Trees Retreat House is slated to open in Fall 2017. The retreat house will of course host yoga retreats. And so much more! Nature retreats, writing retreats, photography retreats, women's and men's retreats, spiritual retreats, retreats for women with infertility -- the sky is the limit. If you have an idea for a retreat you'd like to host at Two Trees, please be in touch!
Two Tree Retreat House will provide an intimate space for up to 10 people to connect in a retreat setting. The house will also be available as a vacation rental via AirBnB, and day rentals for events. Jen will teach community yoga classes there throughout the year, as well.
I hope you'll follow along as we transform this house into something truly spectacular. Watch it all unfold on Instagram!