On Campus Program

Yoga Retreat for Women of Color Lean In and Open to Spirit


“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” —Tia Walker

When we lean into our hearts, we open ourselves up to spirit. 

Join other Women of Color in this weekend retreat with Maya Breuer, Kiesha Battles, Leslie Kelson, Candace Jennings, and Keshia Abraham and give yourself permission to let go. Through yoga, meditation, breathwork, dance, rest, stillness, and more, you will:

  • Loosen your grip and lean into the sounds that beat your heart. 
  • Sit in the circle of women, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends. 
  • Unfold your day-to-day self and be with your truest, clearest self.    

Return home ready to live your best life.

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Women Only
Program Theme
All Yoga


Maya Breuer (she/her), E-RYT 500, YACEP, is the Head of Research and Yoga Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Emerita Trustee of Kripalu, and creator of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™.

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Kiesha Battles (she/her), E-RYT 500, R-PYT, is a full-time yoga teacher, trainer, and codirector of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™.

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Leslie Kelson, RYT 500, is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist who integrates modalities from both the Eastern and Western traditions, including Ayurvedic massage and AromaTouch.

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Candace A. Jennings (she/her), RYT-500, is a Level 2 Certified Thai Yoga practitioner for In Touch Thai Yoga, LLC, with more than 40 years of experience in theater, dance, and the vocal and visual arts.

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Dr. Keshia Abraham is a creative, independent educator extensively trained in Ayurveda, yoga, comparative literature, African literature, and international education.

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