Fabulous Summer Retreat - July 11 - 20, 2014
Designed for:
Educators Working With Children & Teens, Lovers of Yoga, Culture & Peace-building
(CEU's & Graduate Credit available)

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Co-facilitated by:
Laurie Ellis-Young, Yoga Teacher and Director of Breathe The Change LLC
Kathy Flaminio, Instructor of Yoga Calm ™ and Founder of 1000 Petals LLC

Focus: Personal and Professional Growth & Transformation
(Includes certification in Yoga Calm ™ I & II and Breathe The Change foundational training along with optional hands-on practice with children in two Mayan villages.
You will learn personally how to reduce stress, improve concentration, access greater creativity and increase your overall wellbeing.

Professionally you will learn methods for teaching children and teens how to...
1.Relax, nurture and regulate emotions
2.Increase physical fitness, self-confidence and self-esteem
3.Enhance communication, trust, empathy, teamwork and leadership skills
4.Nurture positive, reciprocal friendships
5.Develop the ability to make healthy life choices
6.Attain awareness of being agents for positive change in one's own community and on the planet

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When: Friday July 11 - Sunday, July 20... 10 days & 9 nights
Price: $1,950

What is included:

  1. Double accommodations in charming hotels set in gorgeous gardens We will spend two nights in Antigua and six nights on Lake Atitlan (singles, if available, for additional fee)
  2. All transportation within Guatemala
  3. Two delicious, vegetarian meals a day (some fish) July 14 - July 20

To Reserve Your Space and Register: $300 Non-refundable Deposit
Please contact Kathy for payment through Paypal or mail your check to:
Breathe The Change
2207 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55405
If you would like more information please contact:
Laurie@BreatheTheChange  …  Kathy@1000-petals.com …  Kathy - 651 373-1352

About your competent, dynamic & fun-loving facilitators:
Kathy and Laurie met at a health exposition and after experiencing each other’s skills and talents they realized that a collaboration between them in the enchantment of Guatemala could only prove synergistic.

Testimonials by past participants:

I - "This retreat totally surpassed my expectations. From the exquisite beauty of our surroundings, the powerful daily practices, compassionate and joyful expertise of our facilitators, amazing connection with Mayan children and culture, delicious food and close bonding within our group - EVERY moment counted. I leave with a toolkit." 

II - “I really had no idea what was in store for me as I signed up for the Guatemala trip, but I will never regret the day I decided to take the leap and go on such an amazing adventure. It was the most spiritual thing that I have done in a long time and it helped me to realize that I have so much to learn and so much to give. The trip was a great mix of time for myself and time with the group and I really appreciated that Kathy and Laurie were aware of that. I made new friends, tried new things, laughed a lot, and learned so much about the Guatemalan culture. I was also reminded about the power of a group of women. We created an atmosphere that was safe and trusting. We supported each other, cried with each other, were silent together, sang together, and honored each other. It was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful that the opportunity presented itself.”

Laurie Ellis-Young is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, presenter, group facilitator and pioneer in breathwork as an empowering and healing modality. As founder and director of Breathe The Change LLC, she is realizing her vision of breath awareness and wellness practices being taught and implemented in schools, universities, corporations and organizations all around the globe. Laurie brings to her facilitation a masters degree, various certifications in yoga and well-being techniques, along with 35 years of personal practice. She draws from experiences of having traveled in over 60 countries, leading groups to twenty countries and teaching diverse populations on five continents.

A certified Peace Ambassador, Laurie has taught for many peace-building organizations including the UN in Kosovo and the Alliance For Conflict Transformation in Bolivia. She instructs with an eclectic, fun and meditative approach, drawing from both ancient and contemporary disciplines and traditions. First enchanted with Lake Atitlan in 1976 and having lived in Guatemala numerous years, she is connected to individuals and organizations that help create a uniquely informative and delightful experience for each retreat participant. Laurie is co-author of "FRIENDSHIP: The Art of the Practice" (www.tristanpublishing.com) and currently resides with her husband at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW RYT, is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC, a total wellness company that trains educators on how to integrate yoga-based activities, mindfulness techniques and social/emotional skills into classroom and therapeutic settings. She has 17 years experience as a social worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools in regular and special education settings. She currently works at Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, providing yoga therapy for patients on the Child/Adolescent Mental Health Unit and Chemical Dependency/Dual Diagnosis Unit.

Kathy has presented at several conferences including MACMH, Educate Minnesota, Minnesota's Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), Professionals in Practice and was the keynote speaker for Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA). She holds a master's degree in social work and is ACE (American Council on Exercise), Yoga Alliance and Yoga Calm certified. Having trained over 3,000 administrators, teachers and therapists in the Yoga Calm curriculum, Kathy is routinely gratified by testimonials of the power and importance of this method at work in diverse situations.


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