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Partnered Yoga Retreat with Sandra Carden ERYT 500 (10 CEUs)

3/01/13 to 3/03/13

Offer support
Accept surrender
Together find abundance, balance and strength
Greater than one.

Partnering requires both acceptance and nurturing, surrender and support. It is a powerful way to build trust in a relationship while you tap into your own inner reliance, resilience and reverence. When we allow ourselves to be supported, in some small, yet profound way, we are more free. We are safe to explore, to relax more, to open up, and to surrender to a deeper, more present, satisfying and alive experience. When we give support, we ourselves are empowered. In a safe, nonsexual and respectful atmosphere, we will encourage one another and find communion through synchronistic breath, movement and mutual meditation.  This retreat is perfect for couples, friends, or any two people looking for a partnered yoga experience.

Sandra Carden and Field Carden, her husband and partner of 43 years, have always enjoyed partner yoga and what it can teach us, together and individually. This experience is a great way to build trust in your own empowerment and to receive a little help in letting go. Join Sandra Carden, ERYT 500, Director UNION/YOGA LLC, for a mutually uplifting, empowering and fun weekend of Partnered Yoga. Bring someone you care about!


Friday, March 1, 2013

4pm: Hotel Check-In / Arrival
6-8pm: 30 minute introduction and syllabus, 90 minute PARTNERED YOGA practice.
(Dinner on your own)
Saturday, March 2, 2013

7am:  Nature Walk (Optional)  |  Please bring clothing for winter conditions
9am-12pm: 3 hour PARTNERED YOGA practice
12-1pm: group LUNCH provided 
1-4pm: free time.  Consider experiencing a spa service at The Spa at The Inn.
4-7pm: 3 hour PARTNERED YOGA practice
7:30pm:  group Dinner provided

Sunday, March 3, 2013

7am:  Silent walk and Meditation (Optional)  |  Please bring clothing for winter conditions
8:30-10:30am: 1.5 hour PARTNERED YOGA practice, 30 minute closure
11am: Check-out


$675 / couple - This workshop is most suitable for those with some yoga experience. Includes one delicious lunch and dinner on Saturday, snacks during the practice sessions, $50 spa gift card / person, and Partnered Yoga instruction with Sandra Carden, ERYT500 (does not include lodging)
Additional $10 / person - for YOGA ALLIANCE teachers requesting 10 hrs CEUs
Register today for the Partnered Yoga Retreat located at The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor by contacting Solace Institute at 231-549-7212.   Space is limited!

Upgrade your experience and add lodging conveniently located at The Inn at Bay Harbor by contacting 800-462-6963.  Please mention that you are looking for the GROUP RATE with the Partnered Yoga Retreat. 

  • Deluxe Quarry View = Hotel room with two queen beds, wet bar with refrigerator, one bathroom and shared balcony = $135/night*
  • Deluxe Lake View = Hotel room with two queen beds, wet bar with refrigerator, one bathroom and shared balcony = $149/night*
  • Master Suite Quarry View = One bedroom suite with king bed in bedroom, one queen murphy bed and sofa in living area, gas fireplace, kitchenette, one bathroom and private balcony = $170/night*
  • Master Suite Lake View = One bedroom suite with king bed in bedroom, one queen murphy bed and sofa in living area, gas fireplace, kitchenette, one bathroom and private balcony = $184/night*

    *rooms are based on availability.  Taxes and resort fee are additional.


Sandra Carden's yoga experience has embraced a wide range of teachers and traditions, in a way that is best described by philosopher Ken Wilber as "to enfold and transcend." Her varied Christian influences throughout early childhood allowed her to appreciate, in the early 1970s, the inclusive teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. This non-dogmatic appreciation of the many facets of yoga was affirmed in her tutelage under Joel Kramer, and through the writings of J. Krishnamurti. At its inaugural session in 1974, Sandra and Field Carden attended the Naropa Institute, to study yoga philosophy under Ram Dass, and Buddhism under Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Here she was schooled in Vipassana meditation. From these early influences, Sandra developed a strong commitment to embracing diversity within the wider yoga tradition.

Early on, Sandra studied with senior teachers of the Iyengar lineage. In the 1980s, she sought and embraced "meditation in motion," through the Kripalu movement, as well as with outstanding senior teachers of the Ashtanga system and other vinyasa styles. The 1990s brought a transcendent shift toward more therapeutic avenues of yoga, including her certification in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Svaroopa Yoga. Viniyoga and Ayurvedic studies were important additional influences. The first decade of the 21st century has brought deeper study of yoga history, philosophy and literature through Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., at Sonoma State University, and with Cynthia Snodgrass, M.div., of the American Sanskrit Institute. Sandra Carden graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University, with a thesis exploring The Human Quest for Liberation.

To "embrace and transcend" is to take in deeply, embracing the experience as fuel to transform inclusively and from within, as the sphere of understanding widens. In that way, UNION/YOGA is still growing, unfolding, and transcending, as we all are.