Ojai Women's Retreat
Strengthen Your Immunity, Calm Your Mind, Revitalize Your Spirit with Yoga, Ayurveda, & the Alexander Technique
May 25-30, 2022
Presented by: Carol P. Prentice
Real Life. Real Tools.
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“Come discover a new path that will nourish your Body, Mind, and Spirit.”
Life is about change and the last 14+ months have changed all of us! From the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic with so many lives lost, unemployment, to the new ways we had to learn to adjust in our everyday lives. Not to mention the social unrest that happened around the world. How we move through change is so important. How we care and nurture, not only our friends and family but equally important is how we care for ourselves. Having good self-care practices, daily routines that lift us up and make us stronger from the inside, out. Plus, knowing ways that can reduce our stress and calm our monkey mind. Were you able to nourish and nurture yourself over the past 14 months? It was hard, right? Many of us experienced isolation, having to adjust to working at home, perhaps homeschooling our children, not seeing our elderly parents. So much change! As we get back to a new normal, as we get vaccinated so we can go out and visit people, not have to wear a mask, we also need to get back to our self-care routines. Practices that will improve your health, strengthen your immunity, improve your sleep, and allow you to move through life with more ease.
The three disciplines, Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Alexander Technique provide a time-tested answer to all of the challenges we are facing today.
Every day we are a new self, with new possibilities. This 5-day retreat is specially designed to teach you the art of unlearning—letting go of old patterns that have long since lost their usefulness—while introducing new skills and understandings to become more rooted in your daily life, aware of how to nurture yourself to better physical, mental, and spiritual health. After this time being sequestered and isolated, we can step into a safe space for the transition back to our normal lives~ stronger, healthier, and more optimistic for the coming year.
This year’s Ojai Women’s Retreat will focus on valuable practices of self-care and strengthening our immune system. You will learn how which foods, herbs, and lifestyle practices are right for you. How to calm and focus your mind when the outside world becomes too hectic, learning how to re-connect to your True Nature, that part of you that knows. Our true essence is always at peace if we will only allow ourselves to quieten and listen within.
I invite you to step away from your life’s usual demands and join me in beautiful Ojai and experience the magic that this amazing valley holds, and how the profound disciplines of Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Alexander. This year I will be hosting a smaller group to be able to give you a deeper connection to each of these practices. I am also asking that every woman be vaccinated before coming. This will help ensure that we can come together with more confidence.
The Retreat consists of:
- Daily breath-centered yoga classes
- Private Alexander Technique lesson
- Daily small group classes in postural re-education
- Discussions on the Yoga Sutras and how they apply to your life.
- Afternoon presentation on Ayurveda and its practical application to strengthening your immune system, nourishing your body, and maintaining your vital energy.
- Food as Medicine ~ how to create a diet that supports your body.
- Learn to cook healthy & Ayurvedic Cooking for your body type.
- Working with the 5 sense therapies ~ what ones are right for you!
- Powerful meditation practices that destress the nervous system.
- Discover the power of breath work (pranayama) ~ how it can balance your whole system.
- An evening discussion of ways to bring self-care practices into everyday living.
- An evening of fun and celebration at my home. Swimming, food, sharing and a closing ceremony to remember.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships”
~ T.K.V. Desikachar
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.”
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Carol P. Prentice
Conscious LifeStyle & Wellness
is a leading expert in the Mind/Body field and has been involved
in the Holistic Health Care for over 30 years. Having dealt
with a failed three level spinal fusion in her low back by the
age of 20, Carol has spent her life learning and teaching others
how they can create a more conscious relationship to their movement
patterns, their mental and emotional patterns, breath and overall
health and well-being. She is confident that if you learn and
apply the Alexander principles, Ayurveda and Yoga to your own
life you will begin your own healing process.
graduated from Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco
in 1986. Carol graduated from the California College of Ayurveda
in 2008 as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Pancha Karma
Specialist (Ayurveda Body therapies). Carol trained as a Yoga teacher
at the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco, a 500-hour
teacher-training program in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya.
She combines her training of the Alexander Technique, Ayurveda
and Yoga and teaches in Ojai, Santa Barbara Los Angeles. Carol
also teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe.
more about Carol
and Conscious Lifestyle & Wellness
Lifestyle & Wellness offers a multi-faceted hands-on approach
to optimal health and well-being. These 3 disciplines: Yoga,
Ayurveda and the Alexander Technique are educational
in nature and provide tools and a process that help make your
life easier. They address the whole person, and not just symptoms
Do you experience any of the following symptoms?
neck or joint pain
skin disease or rashes
worry, anxiety, forgetful, nervousness
gain or weight loss
These are some of the challenges that we are dealing with in
today’s face paced society. Stress is the leading cause
of many diseases in the body. Symptoms are the body’s
voice communicating to us that we are living out of harmony.
Listening to that voice is not always easy.
LifeStyle offers programs specifically designed to help you
overcome your health challenges and bring your body, mind and
spirit back to an integrated harmony.
addresses all dimensions of the human system: body, breath,
mind, personality and emotions. The underlying focus of Yoga
is to remove obstacles and distractions in all of these dimensions
by eliminating ‘old patterns’ and creating new links
that change our perspective and create a positive experience.
Yoga is more than what we do on the mat in our asana practice,
but what we take and apply off the mat and into our daily life
that is most important. Yoga is a self-empowering process, so
as a teacher I work to create a healing practice that address
your unique needs. I also bring in the underlying principles
of the Alexander Technique and Ayurveda.
Tools we will use:
More about Yoga
Ayurveda is an ancient healing system of medicine with its roots
in India. It is often referred to as the healing side of Yoga.
Ayurveda means “The Knowledge of Life and
The beauty of Ayurveda is that it focuses on the whole person,
not just the symptoms. It promotes holistic living that is essential
to maintaining the quality, harmony and longevity of life.
By assessing the body’s constitution, current imbalances,
diet, and lifestyle I design a tailored made program for each
individual that address the root cause of disease and brings
the body back to health.
As a practitioner, I act as a coach to teach and empower you
to create your own healing process.
We will work with…
and smart food choices for your body type.
rhythms of life (sleep, work, eating habits, relaxation)
healing modalities (aromatherapy, color and sound therapy)
Body Therapies, Abyhanga massage, Shirodhara, Svedena
or Rejuvenation Therapies
More about Ayurveda
Alexander Technique offers a clear, systematic look into the
underlying principles that govern human movement by showing
you how to use your body more effectively. The beauty of the
technique is that it teaches you to be your own teacher. It
promotes self-responsibility and self-care model that allows
you change habitual patterns in how you use your body by becoming
more mindful. I believe changing your habits will change the
way you live your life.
Reduce tension and stress in everyday activities (walking, driving,
computer work, yoga, cooking)
• Increase energy and mental clarity
• Improve, posture, coordination and awareness
• Learn to relieve chronic pain from lower back syndrome,
neck and shoulder tension, runner’s knee and tennis elbow
• Enhance presentational skills by overcoming fear and
• Improve skills in the performing arts and sports
More about Alexander