8 – 11 MAR 2023

Tools of Transformation
YOGABODY Retreat | University of Georgia, Athens

Tools of Transformation
YOGABODY Retreat
@ University of Georgia Athens

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A 3-Day Retreat | 8-11 March 2023
Live event in Athens, Georgia (UGA Campus)

The power of yoga can be summed up with one word: transformation. Yoga can transform your life with less stress, better sleep, improved strength and flexibility, natural weight management, and hormonal balance.

The challenge for many is the constant need to pick and choose the practices that best suit your ever-changing body and ever-changing life. When you find your focus, yoga can be a lifelong source of strength, stability, and abundant health.

Tools of Transformation is a three-day yoga retreat designed to help you discover your path toward living your best life possible through applied yoga practices. Together, as a group, we’ll explore strength and balance, breathing and mindfulness, spine and joint care, hormone balance, and more. This retreat will be 70 percent practice, 20 percent workshop-style learning, and 10 percent community connection.

Our objective is for you to leave feeling refreshed and inspired, but most importantly, equipped with the mind-body tools you need to have an amazing year. The retreat is designed for all fitness levels, all ages and backgrounds. The typical YOGABODY student is atypical. We have students and teachers from 41 countries and ranging in age from 17-74. We’re a science-based, inclusive, non-dogmatic school. Whatever your background, you’re welcome at YOGABODY.


Key Benefits of Attending

Reignite the Fire of Practice. Every single person experiences highs and lows when it comes to fitness. There are months or even years when it feels fun and flowing. Then there are times when yoga and any form of exercise just feels dull and difficult. During this retreat we’ll explore new ways of moving, breathing, and sequencing your yoga so that you can reignite your fire and reinvigorate your commitment to practice.

Manage Your Stress. The world is safer than ever, but to your neolithic brain, it doesn’t feel that way. With constant access to a newsfeed of crisis, war, and catastrophe in real time, it can be very challenging to find balance. Using yoga breathing, mindfulness, and anxiety transformation tools, you’ll have a safe and effective way to shield your nervous system from an onslaught of worry.

Improve Your Sleep. Lack of sleep increases your risk of just about every mental and physical illness imaginable, and while it’s easy for us to sleep until 10 am on the weekends and relax on holidays, how do you enjoy restorative sleep on any given Tuesday when all the responsibilities and challenges of everyday life pile up? You’ll walk away from this retreat with a checklist and an action plan.

Simplify Your Nutrition. There are dozens of diets that can help you in the short term—one to three months—but how can you find a personal nutrition plan that is easy and enjoyable enough to stick to for life? We’ll explore universal principles of nutrition so you can create a gameplan.

Stretch and Strengthen Your Body. Lifestyle fitness is an approach focused on living your best life for longer. We want to hike, travel, carry kids and grandkids in our arms, ski, swim, and remain active for as long as possible. To enjoy an active lifestyle well into your later years, you need muscle strength and mobility. We’ll address both from a moderate, lifestyle-focused perspective, so you have focus and a plan.

Connect with Like-Minded People. The research is clear. The single thing that will have the biggest impact on your health is the people you surround yourself with. If your friends and family are not on a path to lifestyle fitness, it’s nearly impossible to do it alone. At this retreat, you’ll meet diverse but like-minded people to share ideas, share experiences, and build friendships with. Community matters more than anyone realizes.

Is this Retreat Right for You?

This event is designed for health-minded people looking to live their best life and who are excited about the idea of gathering tools to make that happen. This is not a teacher training event or an advanced-level practice event. This is a personal growth and personal practice retreat where you will likely get as much or more from your time in-between sessions connecting with other students as you will from our structured sessions themselves.

Ask Yourself…

  • Are you excited to reignite the fire of your practice?
  • Are you open to learning new tools for stress, sleep, nutrition, anxiety, and selfcare?
  • Are you interested in meeting others on a similar wellness path?
  • Are you open to stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new?
  • Do you consider yourself a curious, lifelong learner?


Frequently Asked Questions

This is not a teacher training course, it’s for students. Teachers and aspiring teachers are welcome and will attend, but the event is designed as a student experience.
The course is open to all levels, including beginners. We’ll explore many different practices with modifications and options for all levels.
It’s allowed just please let us know beforehand so we can plan.
Yes, of course. Stay wherever you like.
I’m extremely consistent with my teaching, so if you’ve been in YOGABODY-land for some time, you’ll certainly find many techniques you’re familiar with. I would hope that you’ll find value with the structure, community, and experience even if you’ve gone deep already with YOGABODY courses.

Location – Athens, Georgia

We’ve been hosting yoga events at the University of Georgia Athens campus for years, and it’s an ideal location. Atlanta airport is 75 miles away, a 1.5hr drive. The campus hotel is just across the street from the dance and arts building where all our classes are held. The university is beautiful with walking and biking paths, easy access (including walking) to restaurants and stores. It’s the perfect place to be a student.

Travel Details

  • 8 March is arrival day / 11 March (late) or 12 March (early) is departure
  • For our Mindful Marathon bonus day, plan to leave very late on 12 March or even better on 13 March (day after)
  • All events are held at University of Georgia Athens Dept of Dance
  • Recommended hotel: Hyatt Place Athens $179.00 plus tax/night. Use code G-YBE3 before Feb 8.
  • Recommended hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, Athens $199.00 plus tax/night. Use code 00YGA.
  • Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Ground Transportation (75 miles): car rental, Uber, carpool
  • To learn more about Athens and travel recommendations, please visit this page.

What is a Mindful Marathon?
(Optional – March 12th)

During the first pandemic lockdowns of 2020, I started running to get out of the house, to sweat, and to relieve stress. My initial sessions were around 20 minutes. When you begin running in middle age, it’s a humbling experience. Fortunately, there was no one on the streets except me. I didn’t keep track of my distance or my pace for nearly a year. I put my shoes on, shuffled down to the park 10 minutes away, and then turned around and came home.

My rules for running were – and still are – very simple: Don’t get hurt, don’t run through pain, and try your best to run every day. With that simple protocol, I ended up averaging 20-25 km per week, sometimes more. I even managed to complete a marathon in Barcelona in 2021. It was amazing to spend the morning with 20,000 people, most of whom were there for the same reason as me – for the experience.

During long runs and extended hikes, you have time and space to introspect. As the hours pass and you fall into a rhythm, memories rise and fall, plans come together, and there’s a remarkable clarity to life that unfolds when you’re physical spent and mentally present. I wondered to myself: What if there were no numbered bibs? No time clocks? No first or last place?

And what if each of us, instead of spending time alone, what if we committed to being together side-by-side for the entire day? And what if we shaped the experience with writing assignments designed to help us get the most out of the occasion? And so, the Mindful Marathon was born.

How it Works

  • Jog 26.2 miles or walk 13.1 miles
  • Start at 6 am and finish at 6 pm
  • Jog or walk every hour on the hour
  • After each loop, you’ll complete a short journal assignment
  • We’ll then eat, drink, clean up, rest, and do it all over again
  • Rules: don’t get hurt, don’t run or walk through pain, slow down or skip a loop whenever you need to — but finish the race

12hr Mindful Marathon Journal

There are twelve writing assignments, one for each hour of the journey. Some are reflective, some are future-focused, and all are designed to provide mental focus and structure to this mind-body journey we’ll take together. Note: all writing is private and personal, not shared or published for anyone except yourself.

Mindful Marathon Schedule

Lap #1

  • 06:00 am | Marathoners run 4.2 miles / Half-ers walk 2.1
  • Finish – 7 am | Rest, eat, prepare

Laps #2-12

  • :00 on the hour | Run 2 miles or walk 1 mile
  • :30 on the half hr| Eat, drink, rest
  • :45 on the ¾hr | Group writing assignments
  • Repeat until all laps complete

Closing Ceremony

  • 06:00 pm Closing Ceremony

What to Bring / Prepare?

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Energy bars and/or gels
  • Light / simple snacks
  • Electrolytes and/or salt
  • x2-4 changes of clothes
  • Bathroom supplies: toothbrush, soap, towel (showers available)

Mindful Marathon Questions

During long, physically demanding events like this, your monkey mind stops, and it forces you to be present. The hourly journal assignments will add structure to the experience, and you’ll end the day feeling exhausted but inspired.
If you are somewhat fit, you can almost certainly walk 13.1 miles over the course of 12 hours, and if you’re moderately fit, it’s highly likely you can jog 26.2
You can change mid-event, no problem. We’ll have both routes on digital maps sent to your phone, and since we’re repeating loops and leaving on the hour – all of us – you’ll have no trouble matching up with the group.
Stop or skip a lap at any time. This is an experience, not a race.
Running shoes, not hiking boots.
You’ll want to prepare light snacks, energy bars or gels, fruit, nuts to bring with you. Expect to burn about 2,500 calories.
About 200-300 ml per hour.
All are available at the start / stop of the loop.
Yes, we recommend you bring two outfits and change at the halfway point.
Concrete, blacktop, dirt trail, with very little elevation change.
We’ll never be far from the starting point, with services and support.
Tools of Transformation
3-Day Retreat

8-11 Mar 2023

Normal Registration : $995
Early Discount Save $200*
Just $795*

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Tools of Transformation
3-Day Retreat + Mindful Marathon

8-12 Mar 2023

Normal Registration : $995 + $149
Early Discount Save $249*
Just $895*

Register Now

*Must book before 14 Feb 2023
*Accommodation / food are not included

Schedule of Events

Date Time Descriptions
Wednesday (8 Mar) Arrival day
  7.00 pm Orientation Class
Thursday (9 Mar) 8:00 am – 9:30 am Yoga Class: Power Flow
  11:30 am – 01:00 pm Workshop: Stress Less (guest?)
  03:30 pm – 05:00 pm Yoga Class: Science of Stretching Hips
  06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Workshop: Science of Sleep
Friday (10 Mar) 08:00 am – 09:30 am Yoga Class: Functional Flow
  11:30 am – 01:00 pm Workshop: Hormonal Health
  03:30 pm – 05:00 pm Workshop: Universal Principles of Nutrition
  06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Yoga Class: Science of Stretching Spine
Saturday (11 Mar) 08:00 am – 09:30 am Yoga Class – Yin-Yang Flow
  11:30 am – 01:00 pm Mindfulness Workshop
  01:30 pm – 03:00 pm Yoga Trapeze for Spinal Health
  End of Retreat
Sunday (12 Mar) 7:00 am – 8:00 pm Mindful Marathon* (optional) Orientation
Wednesday (8 Mar)
Arrival day
7.00 pm Orientation Class
 
Thursday (9 Mar)
8:00 am – 9:30 am Yoga Class: Power Flow
11:30 pm – 01:00 pm Workshop: Stress Less (guest?)
03:30 pm – 05:00 pm Yoga Class: Science of Stretching Hips
08:00 pm – 09:00 pm Workshop: Science of Sleep
 
Friday (10 Mar)
08:00 am – 09:30 am Yoga Class: Functional Flow
11:30 pm – 01:00 pm Workshop: Hormonal Health
03:30 pm – 05:00 pm Workshop: Universal Principles of Nutrition
08:00 pm – 09:00 pm Yoga Class: Science of Stretching Spine
 
Saturday (11 March)
08:00 am – 09:30 am Yoga Class – Yin-Yang Flow
11:30 pm – 01:00 pm Mindfulness Workshop
01:30 pm – 03:00 pm Yoga Trapeze for Spinal Health
End of Tools for Transformation Retreat
 
Sunday (12 Mar)
7:00 am – 8:00 pm Mindful Marathon* (optional) Orientation

*Extra tuition / extra registration required


Meet the Teachers

LUCAS ROCKWOOD

Master Trainer & Director (E-RYT, YACEP)

Lucas Rockwood is an internationally renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, author, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur.

Lucas’ corporate training clients include Facebook and Noom. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased).

Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a plant-based chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.

Lucas is the founder and managing director of YOGABODY®, YB Teachers College®, The Lucas Rockwood Show (podcast), and author of Yoga Business Mastery: Earn a Great Living Doing What You Love.


CAMILO CARREIRO

Trainer (E-RYT, YACEP)

Camilo enrolled in his first yoga training course to deepen his practice, but he fell in love with teaching and made a quick career change. Camilo joined the Barcelona YOGABODY team in 2015 and immediately became involved in the management of sequence development, course planning, and new teacher mentorship.

Camilo teaches and leads and co-leads The YOGABODY Teachers College® 200hr program, the Trapeze Teacher Training, Science of Stretching Training and Breath Coach Training courses. Along with this teaching and mentorship roles, Camilo plays an integral role in course curriculum development, lectures, and alumni.


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A 3-Day Retreat | 8-11 March 2023
Live event in Athens, Georgia (UGA Campus)