Pause + Press Play

A Self-Care Retreat for Women of Color*

with Marla Teyolia and Crystal McCreary

May 4-6, 2018

 For many women of color, the practice of self-care is perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism that is directly related to how well we can take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

We invite you to join us for a weekend getaway curated to rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. Together we will create sacred space to lean into the areas of your life that need the most attention and love through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, play, and restoration. If you crave and thrive in the safety of sisterhood, desire a respite from the toxicity of the current social and cultural climate, and are looking to immerse yourself in deeply nourishing self-care practices, this retreat is for you.

Pause + Press Play will be held at the picturesque Garrison Institute overlooking the Hudson River, just a short train ride from NYC. Harness the energy of spring as a time for rebirth and renewal as we connect with the land, nourish our bodies with delicious vegetarian meals, and bond with other women of color who are ready to pause and practice the art of self-care.

*This space is for cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming identified Women of Color.


Friday May 4
3 – 6pm – Arrival and check-in
6 – 7pm – Dinner
7:30 – 10pm – Opening circle and Restorative Yoga

Saturday May 5
8 – 9am – Breakfast
9:00 – 11am – Talk & Practice: Yoga & Mindfulness as Tools to Support Vitality
11am – 12:30pm – Manifestation Practice
12:30 – 2pm – Lunch
2 – 4pm – Mindful Hike – a guided hike with Manifestation practices
4 – 6pm – Time on your own for contemplation, journaling, meditation, walks, etc.
6 – 7pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9pm – Sacred Release Fire Ceremony

Sunday May 6
6:30 – 8am – Morning Yoga and Mindfulness Practice
8 – 9am – Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30am – Closing circle
12:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch, Check-out & Departure

Commuter: $570
Dorm: $620
Double: $670
Single: $710

*Payment plans available upon request. Please email or

Reserve your spot at any time with a non-refundable deposit of $150.



Crystal McCreary has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2007. She is committed to creating and holding safe spaces for people of color to heal, learn, and build resilience in a world that often takes relentless hold of our bodies, minds, and hearts. Having experienced yoga and mindfulness to be extremely effective techniques for cultivating vitality,

Crystal’s mission is to offer these modalities to support wellness in under-resourced communities and soothe the toxic stress that too frequently leads to severe health issues and death. Her adult yoga classes and lovingly curated yoga and wellness retreats are influenced by mindfulness and knowledge of anatomy, and are a exploratory blend of vigor, breath, and precision. Crystal facilitates New York based Exhale to Inhale’s trauma-informed yoga teacher training, and speaks and leads professional development workshops on yoga and mindfulness as tools for wellbeing internationally. She also facilitates 100-hour kids yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings for Little Flower Yoga nationally and facilitates yoga programs throughout New York City Schools.

Crystal participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department, and teaches public classes regularly in New York City. Crystal is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. To learn more, peruse Crystal’s class schedule, additional wellness services, and read her latest yoga musings on Diary of a Yoga Gurl.


Marla Teyolia is on a mission to transform the culture of self-care as a vital link to personal transformation, empowered leadership, and societal change. She has been on this journey since the early 90’s when she discovered yoga and meditation as tools to access her own liberation from the impact of anxiety and stress. She is a transformational leadership coach with over 20 years of facilitation experience and utilizes an immersive empowerment methodology with her clients to make real lasting impact in their lives as well as in the communities they serve. She is a registered yoga teacher and has studied under master teachers Maya Breuer, Sherry Ryan, & Mark Whitwell.

Marla is also a student of mindfulness practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and has had a strong meditation practice since 1996. She works one-on-one with individual women as well as with groups in the form of retreats, workshops, and sister circles to create safe, sacred spaces for women of color to heal at the deepest levels. Marla’s coaching style and retreat programs empower clients to connect with their intuition, hone their unique talents, and craft radical visions to create lives of PURPOSE, JOY, and FREEDOM. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she graduated magna cum laude as well as a Masters of Science from Columbia University.For more information about how to work with Marla or to book a complementary session, please visit

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