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Family Yoga Weekend Retreatwith Gauri Devi (with Omkari directing from Boston)

Friday, August 2 @ 2:00 pm - Sunday, August 4 @ 12:00 pm EDT

a. Adult $80/each + Accommodations
b. Children/per Family: $80 first child, $40 first sibling, $20 for all other siblings + Accommodations.
Rates are for children ages 4+


This exciting program has become a favorite annual vacation for parents wishing to gather with
like-minded company and raise their children with a sensitive heart, reverence for the
wonders of nature, and positive tools for self-regulation and self-esteem. Programming
throughout the day draws from a solid foundation in yoga philosophy and lifestyle, with an
age-appropriate approach. Parents of children ages 4-10 may drop off their children at the
Children’s Program and go to the adult asana classes held twice daily!

As experienced Sivananda Yoga Instructors and parents, Omkari, Tara Rachel Jones, (Offsite
Director) and Gauri Devi, Marta Shedletsky (Lead Teacher) along with the Assistant Teaching
Team, make yoga fun for all with dynamism, humor, and play. Parents, as well as children of all
ages, participate in this weekend’s program, bringing family and yoga together with special
classes and activities. This program is open to children ages 4-10 (children under 4 can
participate with the supervision of a caregiver at all scheduled events).

Please email Omkari directly at omrachel@icloud.com for any questions you may have about the Family Yoga Weekend!

Family Arrival & Departure Information

Day 1: Friday, Arrival

•   2:00pm onwards – Check-in
•   4:00pm – Welcome Circle for parents and children together
•   6:00pm – Dinner
•   7:30pm – Family Satsang in Anapurna Devi

Day 2, Saturday: Itinerary for Family Yoga Weekend

•   7:55am – Morning snack for children | Child drop-off for children ages 4-10
•   8:30am – Morning program – parents must attend if the child is under the age of four years old
Program includes: Karma Yoga, Meditation, Chanting, Spiritual Story, Children’s Asana Class
*Children under age 4, must be accompanied by a caregiver
•   10:00am – Organic brunch – children eat with parents
*Bring a container (from home) to make lunch-snack for your children.
•   11:00am – Family Karma Yoga an opportunity to offer selfless service
•   12:15pm – Family Day Event
•   3:55pm – Afternoon snack for children | Child drop-off for children ages 4-10
•   4:00pm Afternoon Program
Program Includes: Karma Yoga, Children’s Yoga Games, Arts and Crafts, Nature Walks
*Children under age 4, must be accompanied by a caregiver
•   6:00pm – Organic dinner (day ends) – Parents are responsible for their children until the next morning.
•   7:30pm BONFIRE NIGHT

Day 3- Sunday: Departure

•   7:55am – Morning snack for children | Child drop-off for children ages 4-10
•   8:30am – Morning program – parents must attend if the child is under the age of four years old.
Program includes: Karma Yoga, Meditation, Chanting, Spiritual Story, Children’s Asana Class
*Children under age 4, must be accompanied by a caregiver.
•   10:00am – Brunch
•   11:00am – Family Karma Yoga in Rooms for Checkout
•   12:00pm Goodbye Circle for parents and children together

Day Events

•   Temple Tour
•   Kirtan Class
•   Hiking Around the Ashram – 77 acres of land

Evening Events

•   Family Satsang- Friday Night
•   Bonfire Night -Saturday Night

Optional Family Outings Options:

Families may choose to explore the surrounding areas on their own between 1:00pm – 3:30pm
•   Morningside Park – pool, paddle boats, row boats, playground
•   Arati Shop – local natural health boutique and snack shop
•   New Paltz – small local town with a variety of activities and restaurants
•   Monhonk Mountains – nature hike and exploration
•   Minnewaska State Park- nature hike and exploration

Vacation Cost

Vacation cost above includes program workshops, parent yoga classes, the 2 Ashram meals, 2 kids snacks a day during children’s program, and 2 satsangs per day for parents (parents who would like to join the Ashram meditation sessions, please ensure children are not left unsupervised). See ‘Ashram Schedule at the bottom of this page’ for further details.

Registration Rules

Upon arrival and completion of registration payment, parents and/or caregivers must stay at the registration desk, read the Family Week Handbook, sign the agreement form and sign one photo release form for each child.

Please Note:

1. An Ashram is a sacred environment and not a school regulated space. You must watch your child at ALL times and take full responsibility for their care and adhere to The Guidelines for Family Week (you will receive upon arrival).

2. While the Ashram follows a Lacto-Vegetarian diet, the kitchen is neither nut-, gluten-, dairy-, or sugar-free, nor allergen-free. The Ashram does its best to offer vegan and allergen-free alternatives with advanced notice, but will not exclusively follow a particular regime for the duration of your visit. Always ask what is in the food choices before you eat. BRING YOUR OWN STOCK OF Preparation/Refrigerator Free-ALTERNATIVES. Parents are not permitted to freely walk in and out of the kitchen. Children are NOT permitted in the kitchen for health and safety regulations.

3. There is absolutely NO swimming in the Ponds on the premises of the Ashram. If your family wants to swim, Morningside Park, just 10-12 minutes from the Ashram has a Lifeguarded Pool!

4. Bathroom policy: Bathrooms in Ananda building are presented like this: The men’s is on the third floor and the women’s is on the second floor. In the bathhouse, one bathroom is for women and the second bathroom is for men. Children over the age of 6 MUST use the appropriated bathroom for toilets and showering. If your child still needs your support, use the unisex bathrooms in the VISHNU building for toilets and showering. If your family has any special needs, please read below.

5. Illness Policy: If your child becomes ill in any way or has a fever while you are staying at the Ashram, please keep your child OUT of the program for at 24 hours before returning to activity with other children and families.

6. IMPORTANT In order to best serve your family, please inform our offsite Director, Omkari (Tara Rachel Jones) if your child has ANY special or specific needs. Here is the process to support your family:

a. Email Omkari directly at omrachel@icloud.com
b. Phone conversation to be sure this program is an good fit.
c. Strategy plan co-created to ease your concerns and answer questions.

Arrival & Departure Information

•   1st day- 2:00pm
•   last day – 12:00pm (room checkout)
Planning to arrive and depart here by bus?  See more information.

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Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari)

Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari), M.Ed, E-RYT 500, RCYT, is an experienced Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Mainstream educator, and Sivananda Yoga teacher and has been working professionally with families and children since 1989. Her approach to sharing yoga for children, youth, teens, and adults, is a synthesis of education, developmental movement, and yogic teachings that she created under the guidance of her teacher Sarabess Forster (Yashoda), a senior Sivananda Teacher. She is the director of both Family Week at The Sivananda Yoga Ranch, and for 13 years, Family programs at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat. Omkari was the founding teacher and director of the Youth Yoga Camp at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch and the author of It’s Time for Yoga. Omkari conducts Children’s Yoga TTC online, is a Certified Simplicity Parenting Facilitator, and is a Zen Shiatsu Therapist. Tara Rachel teaches Yoga in public schools, private schools, Montessori schools, Waldorf-Inspired programs, Reggio Emilia schools, childcare centers, libraries, museums, and a variety of children’s organizations. http://www.floweryoga.com

Marta Gil (Gauri Devi)

Marta Gil (Gauri Devi) C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is an experienced Sivananda Yoga teacher, Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT), and a Yoga Therapist. Trained by Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari), Founder of Flower Yoga, she’s been leading and co-leading children, youth, and family programs in Sivananda ashrams in The Bahamas and Woodbourne, NY since 2016. Being a mother of two, and working with youth and children in her daily life, Gauri Devi can connect with her young students with playfulness, creativity, and ease. She teaches language and history in a Polish Community School, and Yoga & Mindfulness in various New York and Connecticut schools and community centers. https://www.mushikawellness.com


Friday, August 2 @ 2:00 pm UTC-4
Sunday, August 4 @ 12:00 pm UTC-4


Sivananda Yoga Ranch
500 Budd Rd
Woodbourne, NY 12788 United States


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