The Body Compassion Project 2024 Retreat

Celestial Alignment

DB+

An Experiential, Holistic healing Retreat

for anyone interested in cultivating a more compassionate relationship with their body through:

gentle yoga

Somatic Therapy

energy work

guided meditation

neuroscience

art AND Journaling

Time in Nature and more

November 8-10, 2024

at the himalayan institute

This once in a lifetime 3 day retreat at the Himalayan Institute in the Poconos is a wonderful way to dive deep into your relationship with your body and your Self and emerge with a renewed sense of connection and harmony. Together we’ll delve into the roots of body image, learn to let go of limiting beliefs, nurture our existing inherent strengths, and cultivate an inner advocate and personalized plan to carry body compassion forward into our daily lives.

Space is Limited

*10 CEs for NJ social workers or PA social workers, MFTs, or LPCs
*Yoga teachers & Nurses may also be able to get credit.  Please reach out to Kanjana@healingheartswellness.com to learn more about CEs.

Save your spot for only $222!

We require a deposit to hold your spot. It will be subtracted from the total cost ($795). Join us for a retreat at the serene, scenic, and peaceful Himalayan Institute in the Poconos and begin your own personal body compassion project! With rolling hills, a lush shoreline, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets as our backdrop, this special weekend will include discussion, journaling, yoga, art, and support from a group of likeminded individuals who want to create a kinder relationship with their bodies. There will also be plenty of time to explore the grounds, connect with nature and one another, and replenish your mind, body, and spirit with rest and relaxation.

Your 3 Day Retreat Includes:

Somatic Healing

Experience Reiki, Yoga Therapy, mindfulness, and creative art and therapeutic writing practices for cultivating body compassion in all layers of the Self: Physical, Energetic, Mental, Wisdom, Spirit

Symbolic Practices

Enjoy ancient, symbolic practices for surrender, empowerment, and alignment such as a fire ceremony, a lunar flow gentle yoga practice inspired by the moon’s cycles, and a forest bathing practice.

Explore The Why

Learn about the research and neuroscience behind these holistic, alternative modalities. Why? Because when we know why something works, we are more likely to continue with it.

Celestial Alignment

Find harmony with the sun, moon, stars, and all parts of your Self as we bring light to the origins of our body image, soften to allow space for our many phases, and tap into the guiding stars of compassion and personal strengths to guide us.

Relaxation in a healing environment

Feel the healing energy of the Himalayan Institute nourish you from the inside out with healthful, ayurvedic meals and acres of trails and lush mountain views.

A community of like-minded people

Join others invested in body compassion for support & accountability so you can make sustainable change together rather than feeling stuck and alone.

From Past Participants

“It’s rare for me to feel supported in my struggle to love my body. It was enlivening to meet women who understand. I realize now that finding solidarity with others on the journey is imperative. It’s nourishing and healing to be part of a community. I explored challenging topics and learned valuable skills, but most of all I realized I’m not alone. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Lesa

“There was nothing that I could have expected more from this retreat! After a year where I felt like I was facing one obstacle after another, I knew I needed a vacation and thought I would take a trip to Mexico. Who knew that a weekend of getting in touch with myself, surrounded by such beautiful women in a beautiful area in the Poconos, is what I truly needed. It has been a few weeks since the retreat and I am still feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, pure, and whole.  I learned to appreciate myself, my body, and the earth.”

- T

“I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who struggles with self-doubt and body-image-related issues. Kanjana and Jennifer provide a safe place to explore who you are and where you want to be. ”

Catherine L.

“Through introspective art and journaling activities, yoga therapy, breath work, and the love and support of our group, I went back home to Florida with a renewed sense of self-love, a new understanding of how it feels to be truly connected to my body, and a goal of reprioritizing my recovery and my health, because that is the ultimate path to body kindness.”

Alicia D.

“This retreat was an incredible opportunity to explore how my relationship with my body influences how I relate in the world. It was so healing to be able to disconnect from life and focus on me, all while connecting with other women struggling with similar issues. And I really enjoyed using yoga and creative arts to do this exploration. I hadn’t touched watercolors since elementary school, and what a treat to be able to play with them as an adult!”

Ellen L.

“I refer to the retreat as ‘the weekend I didn’t realize I truly needed.’ I was not sure what to expect even after registering for such a retreat, so I tried to go without any preconceived notions and keep an open mind. Within minutes of first introductions, I was put at ease as I could almost feel everyone exhale out their reservations and any anxiety. It was refreshing to be around such good-hearted individuals who had a similar goal of self-betterment.
The lovely ladies running the workshop, Kanjana and Jennifer, executed activities with much integrity as well as a quiet determination with the objective of making everyone feel comfortable in their own skin. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I was ready to challenge myself emotionally as well as spiritually so took this opportunity to do so. However, I believe I was able to do it with such ease because Kanjana and Jennifer created an open and peaceful ambiance. The only change I would have maybe requested would be to add another day!”

Anonymous

“The retreat gave me the opportunity to slow down and reconnect with my body. A month later I continue to meditate every day and I have the energy to take on my day. As a mental health professional, that value is unspeakable. Thank you!”

Audrey G.

REGISTRATION

Please complete your registration for The Body Compassion Project 2024 Retreat by selecting one of the 3 ticket options below. Simply click the image or title of the ticket option you would prefer.

Reserve Your Spot

$222

Save your spot with a deposit payment. We require a deposit to hold your spot. It will be subtracted from the total cost ($795).

Payment of the deposit holds your space for the November 8-10, 2024 retreat in Honesdale, PA.  Please note the remainder of your retreat cost ($573) will be split into 3 payments of $191 on August 1st, September 1st, and October 1st.

Please contact Kanjana@healingheartswellness.com if you would like an alternative payment plan.

Early Bird Discount

$745

Pay for your retreat in full before July 1st to receive $50 off the total retreat cost.

Included: Yoga Therapy, group Reiki, mindfulness practices, forest bathing, Yoga Nidra, a fire ceremony, chai tea and cookie welcome party, a lunar inspired gentle yoga practice, and some take home goodies to help integrate Body Compassion into your daily life.

Not Included: Transportation, Room & Board

Bring A Friend

Do you want to share in this experience with a friend?

Register for 2 spots or more together to save $60 off each.

This is for 2 retreats paid in full. If you would like to purchase more than 2 spots at this discount, please contact Kanjana@healingheartswellness.com.

 

Room & Board

The above payment is for your retreat. It is either a deposit payment with a payment plan or a payment in full for a discount. It does NOT include room & board.

Room & Board must be booked through the Himalayan Institute and begins at $230 for a standard shared room Friday through Sunday, access to the stunning grounds and acres of trails, and tri-doshic, Ayurvedic meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Just let them know you are with our group (The Body Compassion Project) when you book!

Please call (570) 253-5551 to book your room or visit https://himalayaninstitute.org/retreat-center/accommodations/ to learn more about the rooms available. 

What’s Included?:

$795 includes: Yoga Therapy, group Reiki, mindfulness practices, forest bathing, Yoga Nidra, a fire ceremony, chai tea and cookie welcome party, a lunar inspired gentle yoga practice, and some take home goodies to help integrate Body Compassion as a part of your daily life.

What is not included?:

Transportation to and from the Himalayan Institute

Room & Board– A shared room (with someone else from our program) is $230 and includes your room and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. You can upgrade to a single room or suite.  Room accommodations can be found here: https://himalayaninstitute.org/retreat-center/accomodations/

We recommend booking your room as soon as possible.

If you are staying off site, you will need to pay a grounds fee of $40/day for meals, access to the free optional yoga and meditation offerings, access to the shrine, access to the trails.

Travel Insurance– We highly recommend this.  Due to the limited space and the nature of the retreat, we offer full refunds for 60 days or more from retreat, 50% refunds for 30-60 days before retreat, and no refunds for 30 days or less before retreat.

What is body compassion?

Body Compassion is being kind to your body in terms of how you talk to yourself about your body, how you move your body, and feeling present within your body. 

This retreat is designed for anyone who wants to cultivate a more compassionate relationship with their body. This is inclusive of body image, but extends beyond that to the relationship with the body as a whole.

What exactly does that mean?

So, when most people think of body image, they think it’s a mental picture of their bodies and what they think and feel about that image. This can include size, shape, attractiveness, and general satisfaction with appearance. Body image is that, but it’s also so much more.

Did you know that in the most recent research, body image is seen as a complicated construct that can include the following?:

  • How we relate to our bodies
  • How we experience our bodies
  • How we connect to our bodies
  • How present we are in our bodies
  • Actions we take related to our body’s perceived appearance
  • Our own unique individual life experiences
  • And sociocultural factors such as family, culture, peers, and systems of power and oppression.

All these layers and complexities can make it harder to shift the way you think about, feel about, and feel in your body!

Body Compassion Yoga can help make that shift feel more attainable by breaking it down into small, accessible parts. Body love or body acceptance may feel like impossible, far off dreams, making it hard to take action at all. But compassion is possible. And body compassion is all about starting small.  From compassion, comes acceptance.

Whether you struggle with body image because of your past, illness, injury, medical trauma, and/or social constructs and societal pressures around weight, race, sex, gender, gender expression, shape, size, ability, injury, aging, or more, we invite you to join us. 

No yoga experience necessary! 

is this retreat for me?

If you answer yes to some of the questions below, it may be!

  • Do you have a loud inner critic or repetitive, negative thoughts about your body or your Self?
  • Do you long for a kinder relationship with your body and your Self?
  • Are you struggling to adjust after a big change to your body like injury, chronic illness, pregnancy, medical trauma, and/or aging?
  • Do you feel like it’s hard to connect with your body after trauma, infertility, or just in general?
  • You love the idea of yoga, but have found yoga classes to not be inclusive or your size, shape, weight, health, ability, gender, and/or race?
  • You love the idea of meditation, but being silent and still sounds like a nightmare?
  • Are you a therapist or healer wanting to earn CEs while attending a unique retreat where you will not only learn about the evidence behind these practices, but experience body compassion for yourself for deeper learning and self-care?
  • Do you want to foster personal growth while learning exciting content with likeminded community at an ashram in the Poconos mountains?

Did you answer yes to some of the above? Well, then it sounds like The Body Compassion Project Retreat may be a fit for you. And I cannot wait to take this journey with you!  I’ve learned how to harness mindfulness, yoga therapy, Reiki, and therapeutic creative practices to help you connect more deeply to yourself, others, and nature.

At The Body Compassion Project you will find yoga retreats and workshops to rebuild healthy and compassionate connections with your true self – body, heart, and soul – through yoga, meditation, journaling, art, and time in nature.

What is included in the cost of the retreat?

 What’s Included?:

-$795 includes: Yoga Therapy, group Reiki, mindfulness practices, forest bathing, Yoga Nidra, a fire ceremony, chai tea and cookie welcome party, a lunar inspired gentle yoga practice, and some take home goodies to help integrate Body Compassion as a part of your daily life.

What is NOT included?:

– Transportation to and from the Himalayan Institute

-Room & Board- A shared room (with someone else from our program) is $230 and includes your room and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. You can upgrade to a single room or suite.  Room accommodations can be found here: https://himalayaninstitute.org/retreat-center/accommodations/

We recommend booking your room as soon as possible.

If you are staying off site, you will need to pay a grounds fee of $40/day for meals, access to the free optional yoga and meditation offerings, access to the shrine, access to the trails.

– Travel Insurance- We highly recommend this.  Due to the limited space and the nature of the retreat, we offer full refunds for 60 days or more from retreat, 50% refunds for 30-60 days before retreat, and no refunds for 30 days or less before retreat.

Continuing Education Credits

*10 CEs for NJ social workers or PA social workers, MFTs, or LPCs

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 10 credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is approved for 10 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for up to 10 credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

Payment Terms & Conditions

Your $222 deposit holds your space for the November 8-10, 2024 retreat in Honesdale, PA at the Himalayan Institute. 

Please note that we must have 8 participants by September 1st in order for the retreat to run.   In the event that were are not able to gather enough participants for these dates we will give you the option to push to a new, later date OR to have a full refund of your deposit.  Thank you for your understanding.

The remainder of the retreat cost (795-222 = $573) can be paid all at once by September 1st or on a payment plan with 3 payments of $191 on September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st. You will automatically be set up for the 3 month payment plan when you check out, if you would like an alternative plan, please reach out to Kanjana@healingheartswellness.com

Earlybirds ($50 OFF for registering by July 1st) receive a discount for registering in full at the time of payment. 

Bring a Friend Discount ($60 OFF for registering for at least 2 people at once. Please contact Kanjana@healingheartswellness.com for payments for groups larger than 2. 

Meet Your Facilitator

Kanjana Hartshorne (she/her)

LCSW, Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional

Kanjana is passionate about empowering people in all bodies to find a deeper, more compassionate relationship with all layers of the Self (body, energy, mind, wisdom, and spirit) through self-discovery, connection, and simple, accessible holistic self-care practices.

Kanjana owns a group practice, Healing Hearts Wellness, specializing in holistic and somatic therapy for mental health.  She also leads retreats across the country, offers continuing education for therapists, teaches and researches yoga for mental health, and has been a speaker at PESI, University of Pennsylvania, and a number of private mental health practices, law firms, and healthcare facilities across the state.

Connect with Kanjana by visiting www.healingheartswellness.com