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Day of Chill Yoga Retreat

October 6, 2019
Let’s chill.
“When we live without listening to the timing of things, when we live and work in twenty-four-hour shifts without rest – we are on war time, mobilized for battle. Yes, we are strong and capable people, we can work without stopping, faster and faster… But remember: No living thing lives like this. There are greater rhythms, seasons and hormonal cycles and sunsets and moonrises and great movements of seas and stars. We are part of the creation story, subject to all its laws and rhythms.” – Wayne Mueller, Sabbath

Join Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett for a Day of Chill- a half day retreat 11:00 am to 3:00pm on Sunday December 1, 2019. We will do as little as possible. We will chill out, rest, connect to an unhurried rhythm. We will simply be.

The retreat includes:

  • Meditation
  • All-levels restorative yoga+ yoga nidra
  • Workshop on making space in your calendar for chill time
  • Journaling
  • Lunch {vegan & vegetarian options} available + herbal teas available through out day
  • Time to be in community with one like minded people
  • Closing circle
  • Special ‘chill’ gift


Early Bird- $169 (before November 15, 2019) Regular price- $189

Due to the intimate + super chill nature of this experience, space is limited.

Institute for Good Work Presents – –
Whole: A Mini-Retreat for Academics of Color
Led by Dr. Tiffany D. Johnson
Do you self- identify as an academic (professor or graduate student) of color?
Do you want to contribute to the world through your graduate school education and sustain your own well-being in the process?
Are you curious about how engaging in stillness-based practices and cultivating community can facilitate your work from the inside, out?
Are you interested in making professional and personal moves from your head *and* your heart?
Yoga and meditation are powerful tools for connecting to self and connecting to the work that we do in sustainable and heartfelt ways… In ways that help us to prevent burnout and that support us in being the change we so passionately study and desire.
In this mini-retreat, we will explore how slowing down, tapping into the sensations of our body and breath, our heart and mind – can support our work in the classroom, in late night study and writing sessions, and in the communities we hold near and dear to us.
By slowing down, we reject the often unspoken yet profound narrative that we must work for
worthiness, and we affirm that we are already whole. That we – and whatever work we do – has been whole all along, regardless of the outcome.
In this semi-private mini-retreat you will learn and embody:

  • A gentle flow to prepare you for stillness-based practices.
  • A stillness-based practice that infuses restorative yoga and mindfulness meditation.
  • A brief overview of the types of yoga we practiced.
  • Guided journaling after each practice to help you explore what *your* daily stillness -based practice can entail for the next 30-40 days.
  • Community building with other professors and graduate students of color.
  • Embody and affirm the wholeness of you and your work.
When: Sunday, November 17, 2019 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Investment: $55

What you will need to bring:

1. Journal
2. Something to write with
3. Yoga mat (if you have, otherwise, some are available)
4. A bottle for water
Light + healthy snacks and tea will be provided.

This semi-private mini retreat is limited to 10 participants.

About The Institute for Good Work + Dr. Tiffany Johnson:
The Institute for Good Work is a collective of academics and creatives of African descent who seek to heal their relationship to work in order to heal society. The collective creates and offers programming and content rooted in the mind-body connection and work-related research.
Their programming aims to thwart institutional narratives and socialization tactics which encourage working for worthiness. It is their belief and experience that such narratives and tactics too often present further harm and reify trauma, especially for people of African
descent. The collective is first focused on doing this work in the context of academia and non-profit settings, and they hope to one day effectuate shifts in how people of African descent relate to their work in all industries.
Tiffany Johnson is an RYT 200 and her certification is from Sacred Chill {West} with Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett. Tiffany teaches yoga because she wants to co-create the lived experience and expression of freedom. She is deeply curious about the ways in which movement and stillness-based practices can help us transform our relationship with self and with our work. She is equally passionate about doing this work to address race and gender-based trauma, burnout prevention for students, faculty, and staff in academia, and every person’s creative gifts that can be harnessed for living out their life’s work. Off the mat, she is
an assistant professor of organizational behavior and she does research on equity and inclusion in workplaces. She is also the founder of the Institute for Good Work.

To learn more about Tiffany, visit

Summer Solstice Evening Meditation;
A Long Day’s Sun
Friday, June 21
8 – 10 p.m.
There is something magical about the longest day of the year.
It’s a tipping point.
A celebration of light.
A welcoming of the approaching darkness.Join Meryl Arnett on Friday, June 21 {The Summer Solstice} for an extra special meditation practice as we honor the light and welcome the dark. From 8 – 10 p.m. we will meditate, journal, build a Solstice alter and set intentions for the second half of the year.This moment invites in a deeper connection to our senses, to the elements, and to our very aliveness. This moment, both ordinary and extraordinary, is sacred. Join us.

Some meditation experience is recommended. Please bring a journal and pen.
Pro tip: be sure to sign up for the 6:15 p.m. ChillShop yoga class beforehand to stretch and quiet the mind before our group meditation.

$45 if registered by June 1; $65 thereafter.


Set in the heart of the ancient and mystical Appalachian Mountains, the vision of Asheville Yoga Festival is to create a space for connection, adventure, play, relaxation and healing.

Downtown Asheville will be the retro-urban backdrop for the 2018 festival that will feature over 35 world-class presenters & musicians, and 80+ offerings including yoga, music and outdoor activities. In between classes you will have time to stroll through our beautiful outdoor Mountain Air Market, home to variety of unique health & wellness vendors and tasty treats.

While enjoying the pedestrian-friendly festival, you will have the opportunity to experience the eclectic, funky downtown scene complete with a variety of locally owned shops, art galleries, and close to 100 restaurants, coffeeshops & cafes.

Join Sacred Chill West’s Co-owner Octavia Raheem Saturday July 27th at 8am for Sacred+ Chill- Resting Within and Sunday July 28 at 2:00pm for Power of Slow

Use link here to receive 15% off:

Super {soul} Sonic

July 8, 2018
uper {Soul} Sonic with Octavia Nasr and Sonic Yogi
Some experiences and moments touch us beneath the skin, muscles, and bones, affecting us on deeper levels.
This yoga and sound experience is one of them.
Join us for an evening practice of creative and chill flow yoga weaving in stillness for reflection and openness.
We will end class in a long Savasana that invites you to completely release and relax.
The live music of Sonic Yogi {Jonathan Adams} and the soothing voice of Ananda-ji {Octavia Nasr} will transport you to new dimensions of chill and bliss.
This practice is not just for the body or mind, it’s for your soul.
Price: $25
No refunds

April Awakening {Challenge}: Begins Sunday April 2, 2018

Did you begin the year with intention, clarity, and the best laid plans to create powerful shifts and make this the year that you awakened to the depth + vastness of your life/potential… or something like that— {ha}!Only to have the day-to-day, real life, hustle and bustle, old stories and habits… or just the natural desire to stay in and keep warm during winter take over that intention?

We understand.

Awakening to the life we want and deserve doesn’t come from will alone. It doesn’t come from force, or from berating ourselves for our inability to “just make it happen.”

We believe it does come from intention, action, commitment, and being in supported+ accountable community. This needs to happen consistently.

The earth is awakening, now. The youth are awakening, now. Culturally, an awakening is called for and coming-

Or even more basic- We are personally awakening to a little bit of a “whew, wait, the year is almost one fourth of the way gone moment “ and we want to BE in the moment, consciously creating what we desire vs. look back and wonder where the time went.

Welcome to our April AWAKENING {challenge}

Do you have to come everyday? No. Awakening does require focus, intentionality and commitment. You’ll practice at least four times a week and so will we.

Do you have to be “good” at yoga? Nope. Just willing to try practices that might not be your jam. Everyone has a speed that feels natural to him or her. You may always be drawn to yin yoga. During our Awakening, we invite you to Flow and Be Still. Always want to “go hard” and move and move and move? We invite you to be still in restorative class or to meditate.

Awakening happens in unexpected places.

Do you have to like meditation? Nada. But study after study and real life stories continue to prove that meditation is GOOD for all of us and we recommend you practice it at least once a week with Meryl.
Do you have to show up for yourself? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This may mean choosing your practice vs. sending one more email some days.

The details:

Official start is April 2 at 6:15pm in Meryl’s Meditation Class.

• Practice 4 times a week. (Unlimited month included in the price for nonmembers) following the schedules below OR email us at We’ll be happy to help you sort through your schedule to create a 4 times a week schedule that works for your life!
• Exclusive online support via Community Facebook group
• Weekly inspirational messages via public newsletter
• Closing Yinflow practice with wine and light bites on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-9:00pm
• Two exclusive to April Awakening participant deals.
• Closing gift that supports your continued awakening when you complete at least 16 classes in April

Non-members price- $119- Price includes unlimited monthly class and closing mini-retreat when you complete at least four classes a week. You can sign-up here!

Members price- FREE, all you have to do is email us at and we will sign you up!

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