Living Ayurveda: An Integrative Wellness Foundations Retreat | Aug. 19-20, 2023

Aug 19th, 2023 @ 10:00 AM
- Aug 20th, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

(All Event Times Listed are Central Standard Time)
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

Check in for this retreat begins at 10am on Saturday, program beginning at 11am. The program will continue through Sunday concluding by 5pm.

The “secret” to vitality & whole-body wellness isn’t a secret at all; it’s Ayurveda, and it’s accessible to everyone, including you. Ayurveda is the “Science of Longevity,” and it’s an ancient traditional medicine & healing practice of India. Ayurveda is a practical and intuitive framework that reconnects people to the energetic rhythms of Nature. This framework empowers individuals to make lifestyle choices that are not only beneficial for the person, but for all humankind, all living creature and the environment that sustains us. Often called “the yogi’s wellness toolbox” this comprehensive healing system is based on the wisdom of nature that supports how to live your yoga practice in your everyday life. Through life-affirming & holistic lifestyle practices, Ayurveda provides a path to whole-person wellness.

During this weekend wellness immersion retreat you’ll not only establish foundational knowledge of Ayurveda, but expand on this foundation:
learn how to develop daily & seasonal self-care practices
learn how to integrate Ayurvedic wisdom into your yoga practice
learn how use your five senses to support optimal health & wellbeing
learn how to bring Ayurveda into your kitchen.

Please, bring with you a journal/ notebook and writing tools for note-taking (please no audio or video recordings). In addition, bring with you a small special or sacred object that can serve as a “container” for your time at the retreat. Crystals are always a good choice! While not required, Jo-Jo recommends reading Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine by Dr. Subhash Ranade & Dr. David Frawley to elevate your learning experience.

You will have access to practice daily yoga and meditation. Please plan to dress comfortably in clothing that is easy to move freely & breath freely. Whether that clothing is loose-fitting or form-fitting is at the preference of the individual. Casual exercise clothing, “athleisure” clothing, yoga clothing, etc., are all great options.

While Jo-Jo will have some props available to share with students, please plan to bring you own set of yoga props to use throughout our time together.

Jo-Jo recommends for you to bring:
1 yoga mat
1 yoga strap
1 bolster or firm body cushion
1 eye pillow
2 yoga blocks (either cork or foam is fine)
2 blankets (the Baja-style blankets are best)

Jo-Jo Jackson, aka “The Yogi Bassist,” is an Integrative Wellness Practitioner located in Nashville, TN. She’s a yoga & meditation teacher (ERYT500), an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, a HeartMathTM Resilience mentor & a Bhakti musician in the traditions of Nada Yoga. Currently Jo-Jo is a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health studying for a Master’s in Yoga Therapy.

As an Integrative Wellness Practitioner, Jo-Jo’s aim is guiding students—and herself—on the path of self-inquiry to experience their highest Truth. Through her own dedicated study and practice, Jo-Jo assists students in bridging the connection of Yoga & Ayurveda as not only a wellness practice, but a harmonious way of living that supports an elevated state of being.

Jo-Jo is delighted to spread the wisdom of Ayurveda and cultivate conscious living in her community.

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Deposit & Cancellation Policies
St. Mary’s Sewanee-Sponsored Programs and Retreats:
A $100 non-transferable deposit is required to confirm your registration for an event. It can be fully refunded if cancelled within three (3) days of booking. The remaining balance is due seven (7) days prior to arrival. The credit card on file will automatically be charged the balance unless other payment arrangements have been made.
There are no refunds within 7 days of the event date and payments are non-transferrable.
If you are registering online, payment in full is required at the time of registration. If you prefer to only make the $100 deposit, please register by calling us at 931-598-5342


Select Lodging Options (choose one lodging space per booking)

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Anna House Package
Lodging in Anna House - motel style private room, private bathroom, twin bed, air condition; meals, program fees & materials included
St. Mary's Hall Package
Lodging in St. Mary's Hall - dorm style private room, shared bathroom in hallway, no air condition/fans only; meals, program fees & materials included
Commuter Package
No lodging; meals, program fees & materials included

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