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Yoga for Mood Management: Retreat & Training

February 24, 2017 - February 28, 2017

Mount Eden Retreat Center, 56 Mill Pond Road
Washington, NJ 07882 United States

Led by Rose Kress & Debbie Lubetkin with Kathleen Williams
Featuring Saturday night Kirtan with Dalien aka 13 Hands

Take time to dive into LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management. This retreat offers self-care strategies for stress reduction and bliss building. Students will practice LifeForce Yoga techniques in group setting as well as one-on-one. During this mid-winter retreat you will learn:

  • Breathing practices to energize and clear (pranayama & kriya)
  • Sound practices to deactivate the limbic system (mantra & nada yoga)
  • Visualizations to enhance affirmation, intention, and postures (bhavana & sankalpa)
  • Meditation practices to focus the mind – LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation
  • Deep restoration (yoga nidra)
  • Yogic self-inquiry for negative self-talk
  • Enjoy the blessing and deep healing of Kirtan with Dalien aka 13 Hands

This experiential retreat includes a certification track for those interested (counts as Module A in the  3-Part certification course). Yoga and health care professionals and general practitioners will learn strategies appropriate for a clinical setting that can safely release chronically held physical tension and release tensions held in the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. For those who are already LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, this can be taken as a refresher course.

mt-eden-1Professionals taking this retreat will:

  • Learn how to apply LifeForce Yoga practices to release the constrictions of dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
  • Learn breathing and meditation practices that are appropriate and accessible for anyone suffering from dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
  • Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and Yoga classes to increase clients’ self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
  • Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
  • Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic long holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
  • Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety
  • Counts as Module A in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training – Level 1 in Three Parts

Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub (Broadway Books)
Required Practice: LifeForce Yoga DVDs & CDs
Recommended Reading: Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton)

30 Contact Hours  meet the Required 26 hours for Part A Certification.  This program is designed by Amy Weintraub and is based on the practices in Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists.


Rose Kress, ERYT-500, LFYP-2, YACEP, Mentor, Director of LifeForce Yoga

Rose-newRose began practicing yoga in 1994 and teaching since 2004. In that time she has focused on the therapeutic aspects of yoga – for the body, mind and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and yoga therapy. She studies with Rama Jyoti Vernon and has taken the Functional Yoga Therapy Training with Maria KaliMa. Rose is the Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and teaches in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.

Deborah Lubetkin, Psy.D., LFYP-2, RYT-200, LifeForce Yoga Mentoring Director

Deborah LubetkinDeb is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in NJ for over 20 years. She became certified as a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Level 1 in 2009, returning to complete her Level 2 certification in 2011.  Deborah was then certified in 2013 as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher.  Deborah’s private practice incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges of Western living to create a forum for her clients to develop an integrative plan to address a wide variety of mood related imbalances.    In addition to integrating Psychotherapy with LifeForce Yoga in individual sessions both on and off the mat, Deborah runs groups and workshops in her community around the theme of “Balancing Mood with LifeForce Yoga.” She also teaches a weekly LifeForce Yoga class at a local studio, and volunteers with a program called Yoga Connections teaching LifeForce Yoga classes in Israel for one week each year.  Integrating LifeForce Yoga and Kripalu Yoga into her life and psychotherapy practice has created remarkable shifts in the way that she moves through a session with a client, in the way clients move through the process of therapy, and in the way Deb moves through her life.

Assisted by:

Kathleen Williams, PhD, KYT, LFYP2

Kathleen holds a PhD from Seton Hall University and a Master’s degree from New York University. In addition, she is certified in EMDR and trained in Brain Spotting, Addictions and Internal Family Systems.   Kathleen is a Kripalu 200 hour Yoga teacher as well as a certified Yoga of Recovery Teacher and trained as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. Kathleen has practiced in the field of Counseling Psychology since 1996 independently while teaching as an adjunct professor mostly at the Graduate level at the College of St. Elizabeth and at Rutgers School of Education. Prior to working privately, Kathleen was the Associate Director for the University Counseling Services at Seton Hall University where she offered psychological services in a range of areas including: drug and alcohol, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and college adjustment concerns. Kathleen’s greatest passion of late is in utilizing Yoga and therapeutic skills toward healing the nervous system with mental health concerns and toward achieving greater peace in daily living.


Dalien aka 13 Hands

2 time Grammy nominee, Professor of Yoga at Montclair State University and Sacred, Sound Shamanic Therapist paying it forward in yoga centers, retreats, corporate, education and other arenas. He has 15 albums, plays 30 instruments and shares inspiring wisdom on how he cured himself of Crohns, colitis and other endocrine issues. He’s had the honor to share/teach alongside Shiva Rea to Seane Corn to Krishna Das to Snatam Kaur to Sean Johnson to Jack Kornfield, Anne Lamott, Dr. Emoto, Gary Null and The Dalai Lama.


February 24, 2017
February 28, 2017


Mount Eden Retreat Center
56 Mill Pond Road
Washington, NJ 07882 United States
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What People Say

“My life is already changed! I will use the tools I learned in my own practice and in my work. I feel safe and seen.” — Susan Andrea Weiner, MA, teacher/expressive arts facilitator, El Cerrito, CA.
“This program changed my life in a significant way. It helped me connect with the spirit which is something you can’t get from psychotherapy and medication.” – G. W., artist, Pittsburgh, PA
“I have gained a softer heart, more receptive mind, and tools to enrich both personal and professional aspects of my life.” – Regina Trailweaver, LICSW, clinical social worker, Hancock, VT.
“I began a fantasy during the meditation exercise... almost as if I’d been there. It’s now an on-going work of fiction.” — Serian Strauss, Tanzania
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“I have found the pranayama (breathing practices) especially easy to introduce in a clinical setting. Some people have benefited quickly in unexpected and transformative ways.” — Liz Brenner, LICSW, LFYP, Watertown, MA
“I came hoping to learn to move past some of the obstacles blocking my creativity. Over the course of this weekend, I feel I’ve gained a certain measure of faith in myself and in my ability to change. I also had some realizations that I believe will be very helpful to me. I feel encouraged. Both the content and presentation of this program were so well-thought out that I can’t think of any way to improve it.” — Andrea Gollin, writer & editor, Miami, FL
“Yoga Skills for Therapists is the ideal resource for those who want to bring yoga practices into psychotherapy or healthcare. Weintraub, a leader in the field of yoga therapy, offers evidence-based, easy-to-introduce strategies for managing anxiety, improving mood, and relieving suffering. Helpful clinical insights and case examples emphasize safety, trust, and skillful adaptation to the individual, making it easy to apply the wisdom of yoga effectively in the therapeutic context.” — Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author, Yoga for Pain Relief, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
I absolutely love this stuff! I have been using it with my clients and I am just finding it to be so incredibly helpful. There seriously something for everything. Although I am not as skilled as I hope to be someday, even at my level of training I’m finding that I am beginning to figure out what to do. It just blows my mind! - Christine Brudnicki, MS, LPC
“This workshop helped me rededicate my energies and begin to work through some of the blocks I’ve felt creatively.” — Steve Mark, college professor, New Haven, CT
“I have found the LFYP training to be incredibly useful in giving people specific tools to use in maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, and further opening their intuitive abilities.” — Nancy Windheart, RYT-200, LFYP, Reiki Master, Animal communication teacher, Prescott, AZ
“A client who returned said, "When I came before, you helped me understand and get where I wanted to go. Now you show me yoga practices I use to help myself understand and get where I want to go.” — Sherry Rubin, LCSW, BCD, LFYP, Downingtown, PA
“I feel profoundly transformed, both physically and emotionally. The connection between mind, body and spirit was clearly evident to me, but revealed to me through this workshop as an integrally vital link to overall health.” — Nadine Richardson, program manager at rehab agency, Monroe, CT
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“I have been reminded that I am not on this path alone, that others are sharing the journey that sometimes seems so difficult. I have also been reminded of the importance of daily practice and I will do that. The whole program has been an incredible experience for me. Thank you!” — Lorraine Plauth, retired teacher, Voorheesville, NY
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“I learned lots of ways to reduce the anxiety and depression of my patients and myself.” – Aviva Sinvany-Nubel, PhD, APN, CNSC, RN, psychotherapist, Bridgewater, N.J.
“My personal practice will change, as well as my yoga classes. I have a better understanding of yoga!” — Andrea Gattuso, RYT, Yoga Teacher, Hackettstown, N.J.
“I utilize the LFY techniques in both a class room setting and one-on-one environment. The skills have infused my teachings with compassion, mindfulness, and awareness.” — Kat Larsen, CYT, LFYP
“My patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication!” — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ
“I integrate strategies like mantra tones and pranayama, but above all I invite myself and those I teach to cultivate svadhyaya, to practice self-observation without judgment.” — Barbara Sherman, RYT 200, LFYP, Tucson, AZ
“This workshop has changed so much — my self-image and my life. My own heart’s desire is 100% clear. I gained tools to help myself and others to live life fully.” — Marcia Siegel, Yoga teacher, therapist, Carlsbad, CA.
“Giving my clients a strategy and permission to quiet their minds and rebalance the sympathetic nervous system has been very beneficial to them and in our work together.” — Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT 200, LFYP, Allendale, MI
“I have gained an incredible opening and clearing of old obstructions. I hope to return to my life and fill this opening with things I love to do and that give me joy!” — Lisa Shine, administrative assistant, Ballston Lake, NY
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