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The Space In Between: A Retreat of Sound & Silence

  • Ananda Ashram 13 Sapphire Road Monroe, NY, 10950 United States (map)

A Weekend Retreat with Sarah Capua and Stephanie Rooker at Ananda Ashram

Retreat is not about running away, it’s about creating space to go in. Join us to expand your inner experience through exploring the space between inhale and exhale, silence and sound, body and mind, action and awareness.  In this retreat, we will integrate simple and profound practices of movement and breath, deep listening, somatic awareness and mindfulness with vocal sound, meditation, and the substantial presence of silence.  Meet your life in the space between the part of yourself that speaks and the part of you that listens and cultivate balance, purpose, and direction as you walk your path in this world.

$200 tuition + meals & lodging

CALL TO REGISTER:  845-782-5575


Sarah Capua is a yoga therapist and meditation teacher, a student of Buddhism and classical yogic practice, and a caregiver.  The heart of her practice is rooted in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, who emphasized individualized practice and believed that yoga should be adapted to foster self inquiry and personal transformation.  She has been lucky to study deeply in this tradition at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, in training with her teacher Danielle Tarantola, and with many senior teachers of this lineage.  She also studies meditation and Buddhist teachings with Michael Stone, as well as contemplative caregiving at New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where she serves as an end-of-life doula.  Her contemplative practice is also linked to her artistic practice as co-director of contemporary dance company a+s works. She lives in Beacon, NY with her painter husband, and teaches throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley.

Stephanie Rooker is a musician, voice teacher, therapeutic sound facilitator, and founder of Voice Journey Sound Center in Brooklyn, NY.  She brings a dynamic, cross-cultural, and multidimensional perspective on sound, especially the human voice, to awaken the medicine of sound within us all for creative empowerment, personal growth, and holistic well-being.  Stephanie’s music and teaching are rooted in traditions of her native Southern Appalachia, years of Western classical and jazz training, immersion in ethnomusicology of the West African Diaspora, as well as her study of global indigenous and contemporary sound healing.  Her Voice Journey® approach integrates healthy vocal technique with fundamental principles of sound healing, inspired by her studies with sound healing pioneers Silvia Nakkach, John Beaulieu, Rhiannon, Pat Moffitt Cook, Louise Montello, Don Campbell, and David Hykes, among others.  Voice Journey work is effective for people of all backgrounds & singing experience levels and is especially helpful in freeing the voice from the constraints of past trauma, inhibition, and fear, in addition to offering the stress-&-pain-relieving benefits of sound healing and meditation.


Retreat Schedule

4pm – Check in
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
7:30-9pm – Retreat Welcome / Intro Session


7am-8:30am Asana/Meditation
8:30-9am – Breakfast
10am-12:15pm – Retreat Practice Session
12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
2-5pm – Retreat Practice Session
5:15-6:30pm – Dinner
7-8:15pm – Ashram Meditation & Fire Ceremony*
8:30-10pm – Special Concert by Stephanie Rooker & Friends

7am-8:30am Asana/Meditation
8:30-9am – Breakfast
10am-12:15pm – Retreat Practice Session
12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
2pm – Check out

*optional and recommended!


Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York, is a Yoga retreat and spiritual-educational center just over one hour from New York City, founded in 1964 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (then Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) as the country center of the Yoga Society of New York, Inc.

Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the Ashram provides a serene, natural environment with woods and meadows surrounding a lake. Accommodations are simple and meals are vegetarian.

It is necessary to call in advance to register for workshops and courses of one full day or longer: 845.782.5575. If registering as a commuter, please note that meals and evening programs are additional to tuition.

Registration for full weekend workshops must be received 1 week prior to the beginning of the workshop. A deposit of 20% of tuition, nonrefundable and nontransferable, is due at the time of registration.

Note: If a workshop is canceled by the Ashram, your deposit will be refunded.

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