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Yoga Retreat for Women of Color I Love Myself When I Am Laughing

For women of all colors. Scholarship eligible.

Take a remarkable journey that integrates spirit, soulfulness, and sisterhood with yoga, meditation, movement, breath, and play. This Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™ calls upon Zora Neal Hurston, Natalie Diaz, Toni Morrison, Marilyn Chin, bell hooks, Maya Angelou, Isabelle Allende, and others to connect and recharge us with their words of wisdom.

The retreat is inspired by the Zora Neal Hurston quote, “I love myself when I am laughing and then again when I am looking mean and impressive,” which is also the title of a collection of her work edited by Alice Walker. This program includes

  • Yoga and meditation
  • Caribbean soca rhythms (known as “the soul of calypso”) and Afro-Caribbean dance
  • Maya Breuer’s YogaLife Practice for Well-Being®.

Walk and talk your truth in a community of women, and return home full of laughter and inspiration.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Women Only
Program Theme
Personal Growth


Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and an Emerita Trustee of Kripalu, is creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color.

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Jana Long, E-RYT 500, a yoga therapist, meditation facilitator, is cofounder and executive director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Inc.

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Kathleen A. Souza, MS, MSW, LICSW, has been in the arena of healing mind, body, and spirit for more than 35 years.

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Satta Jallah is a certified yoga instructor and doula who empowers women to reclaim their health through yoga, dance, energy therapy, and natural beauty education.

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Cleora Francis-O’Connor, RYT, teaches hatha yoga and focuses on the benefits of forgiveness and maintaining peace and joy in our everyday lives.

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