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An online immersion and in person retreat focused on rest
For Black Women & Women of Color

When you live, love, and work from a place of alignment with your truth you are unstoppable.
You are clear, empowered, abundant, and can readily access the joy that is your birthright.

What if I told you rest, reflection, space in your schedule, and leaving room to daydream and play are undeniable keys to greater alignment to your truth and living from the center of your joy?

What is your truth? Is your truth determined by the letters before or after your name? Your relationship status? Who likes you? Who doesn’t? Is your truth impacted by that promotion, sealing that deal, or not getting it?

Okay. Now. what if I told you there is an undeniable truth that is only yours and though you are high achieving and quite frankly the shit, it has nothing to do with those achievements? You were born with it (this truth) and the secret to your lasting joy requires that you remember it, name it, claim it, and take action aligned with it.

And to get to all of that, you need devotion and rest. You need Devoted To Rest.

Full stop.

Devoted to Rest is a 6-month rest based mastermind for high achieving spirit led Black Women & Women of Color

Blending restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, self care in community, Ancestral Wisdom, writing and reflection so that you more fully align with your truth and experience a joyful transformation in how you live, relate, and work.

The process through Devoted to Rest

“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
– Gwendolyn Brooks

Brave and safe community

Monthly Immersions with the most well respected and leading Black Women/ Yoga Teachers of Rest.

“Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
– Maya Angelou

Space to fully integrate the course, rest, and revel in joy

One epic all inclusive in person Restorative Yoga Retreat at Elohee in North Georgia

“I found God in myself, and I loved her, I loved her fiercely”
– Ntozake Shange

Personal practice as commitment to Self

Weekly self paced practice that supports your rest, restoration, and the recovery of your truth and joy

Every aspect of the course, every online Saturday session, self-paced practice, workshop and experience at the in person retreat is thoughtfully curated and created with your transformation in mind.

Your leader and guides

Online Immersion and Retreat Visionary + Leader

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Octavia Raheem

Author, E-RYT 20, RYT 500, founder of Starshine & Clay, and Creator of Devoted To Rest

Online immersion guest teachers

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Gail Parker

Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, author, psychologist and a yoga therapist educator

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Tracee Stanley

Author, lineaged teacher of Sri Vidya Tantra, founder of Empowered Wisdom Life Circle

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Retreat teachers

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Bernadette Pleasant

Sensual speaker, somatic healer, Founder of The Emotional Institute and Creator of Femme!

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Malesha Taylor-

Muse, Songstress, Sacred Vocalist

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Shana Nunnelly

Spirit and sound healer, Priestess, Yoga Nidra Teacher

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Monthly Online Immersions include a soulful sermon or lecture, rest-based practice, and provides some of the most extraordinary virtual experiences around. You can count on being fully seen, heard, and deeply engaged. Don’t be surprised if you feel like we are all sitting in the same room, in a circle, breathing, laughing, crying, releasing, resting, and transforming together.

Online Devoted To Rest experiences are THAT good.

Month one

Rest and Release:
Laying Down Burdens (and untruths)  with Octavia Raheem

Month two

Rest and Reckon:
Lift every voice. Restorative Yoga For Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma

Month three

Restore your Legacy and Face the Rising Sun:
Transforming Ethnic and Race-Based Traumatic Stress with Yoga with Dr. Gail Parker

Month four

Radiant Rest:
The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away. Joy is your birthright with Tracee Stanley

Month five

Remembered in Rest:
You are the center of your joy: with Octavia Raheem

Month six

Make a joyful noise:
Rest and Play at our North Georgia Mountain Retreat with Octavia Raheem, Bernadette Pleasant, Shana Nunnelly, and Malesha Taylor

The Schedule

Saturdays:

January 15
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14

12:30pm-5:00pm EST

Rest pod gathering dates:

11:00-12:00 EST
Sunday January 30
Sunday February 27
Sunday April 24

In person mountain retreat:

Friday June 10, 2022 at 6:00pm EST
until
Sunday June 12, 2022 1:00pm EST

Other time commitments:

At least three days/ practice of rest and reflection
20-30 minutes

Shift happens in Devoted To Rest

Meet a few previous Devotees and hear about their experiences.

Tej Khalsa
MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic Consultant, WHO Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (for the Region of the Americas)

Janina Edwards
Award winning voice actor, author, and yoga teacher

Rashida Parrish
Project Manager, Engineering Data & Analysis at Cox Communications, yoga teacher

Cherese Brauer
CEO of KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Shakeelah Sutton
Exercise physiologist and founder of the calm/cool collective, RISE Program Manager, Healthy Schools and Communities 

For me, this experience has been like a hammock–a place for rest where I am held, supported, and elevated. I have appreciated the opportunity for Black women and other women of color to honor ourselves and others and to be loved up. In this time of COVID and ongoing anti-Black racism and racism against other people of color, Devoted To Rest is an oasis! One of my favorite parts is having sessions led by women of color who deepen or expand my knowledge base and/or expose me to different forms of healing. The experience has been rejuvenating and empowering! Thanks for this wonderful creation Octavia!

Dr. Shari Saunders

The wisdom, insight again, community, and rest experienced in Devoted to Rest continues to inform the way I live, relate, lead, and vision on behalf of my family and community. I thought I was joining the course simply because I was tired and had no idea so much revelation, healing, and inner truth would emerge.

Cristina Aguilar
Writer, Activist, movement doula, Founder and President Aguilar Strategies

Investment

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A note from me to you:

If it feels like a lot of intention, thought, and even prayer has gone into this program, YAHHHHHSSS! That’s because it has! I deeply believe in creating experiences for Black Women and Women of Color where the smallest of details have been considered with your rest, joy, and transformation in mind. Alexa cue the song… “All I do is think of you.”

I am so excited to hold this space for you to rest, align with your greater truth, and remember the depth of your joy.

High achieving, spirit led, out there slaying it all… yet oh. So tired.

I see you.
I feel you.
I created this for you.

Simply by joining, you’ll transform in ways you’ve never imagined

In your daily living and self care.
In your way of relating.
In your way of leading.
In your capacity to imagine, dream, do.
In your work.
In your embodied knowing of your worthiness of rest.

Your investment in the course will be a catalyst for unexpected returns for years & years to come.

Come join us!!

FAQ

Trust me. You will not want to miss a single one of our live sessions. In the unlikely event that you do, you will have access to a reply for seven days after the live session.

Your transformation requires your devotion and you are here, so you are ready to make a deeper commitment to your practice. In addition to our monthly immersions and in person retreat you will be expected to practice at least three times a week for 20 minutes. You’ll receive specific practices to support your rest, uncovering truth, and joy inside the course.

You will also meet with your Rest pod, a small group to rest and reflect together on the following dates from 11:00-12:00 EST Sunday January 30, 2022, Sunday February 27, Sunday April 24,  2022

I believe wholeheartedly in Devoted To Rest, and I bring unparalleled experience (15+ years) with me. Combined with guest and retreat teachers, there are over 150+ years of dedication to the well-being, rest, truth, and joy of Black Women and Women of Color within this program. I know you’ll gain immense value from this experience. That being said, I don’t offer refunds. Think of this as an investment in our mutual time and energy and that of all of the experts you’ll be supported by. We all give 111%. How about you? 

– You’ll need yoga props: at least two yoga blocks, 2-4 bolsters, and blankets.

– You are responsible for travel to and from the retreat center; this may include both a flight and rental car to get to Elohee which is 1.5 hours away from Hartfield’s International Airport. 

– Retreat center staff tips are always at your discretion based on your personal experience.

– If you’d like spa treatments at the retreat center you can book them on your own here.

The group is by application only and limited to 20-24 participants.

The following monthly live online immersions:

– Rest and Release: Laying Down Burdens (and untruths)  with Octavia Raheem

– Rest and Reckon: Lift every voice. Restorative Yoga For Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma

– Restore your Legacy and Face the Rising Sun: Transforming Ethnic and Race-Based Traumatic Stress With Yoga with Dr. Gail Parker

– Radiant Rest: The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away. Joy is your birthright with Tracee Stanley

– Remembered in Rest: You are the center of your joy: with Octavia Raheem

– Make a joyful noise.- Rest and Play at our  North Georgia Mountain Retreat with Octavia Raheem, Bernadette Pleasant, Shana Nunnelly, and Malesha Taylor

ALL INCLUSIVE RETREAT

– Nightly accommodations, all delicious meals focused on healthy seasonal ingredients, all planned programming, all-levels yoga classes, sound healing, live music, and dance for emotional freedom and release, welcome gifts, 24-hour tea house, panoramic porch, mountain-top pond lounge area and woodland waterfall trails.

– 7 day access to all records

– Small group (rest pod) to meet with to discuss your awakenings, process, and simply rest with

– Monthly home practice

– Supportive community

– More truth, joy, and transformation

 

Yes, four (4) and eight (8) month payment plans are available.

 

Yes. Retreat leader and 90% of all facilitators are fully vaccinated. All leaders, assistants, and guest teachers must submit a pre screening form and negative covid test within 48 hours of the start of retreat. All participants must submit a pre screening form and negative covid test within 48 hours.

Carefully read terms and conditions for retreat here.

 

We will be staying in Elohee’s Bald Mountain and Cottage village

All participants will be in a single room alone with a twin bed and shared bathroom or you have the option to choose a room with a king size bed and private bathroom. Once accepted into the program you will be able to select your rooming option for the retreat.

Each cottage is equipped with air conditioning, heat, ceiling fans, and adjustable shades. Elohee’s founders created the headboards themselves, while close family created the artwork. Crisp, white comforters lay atop the beds for a cloud-like feel as thoughtful, minimalistic, decorative touches warm the space. Bamboo flooring completes the feel of this modern retreat space.

Click here for more information about accommodations.

All delicious meals are prepared on site and focused on healthy seasonal ingredients. Prior to retreat you will complete a registration form and have an opportunity to note any dietary needs. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and keto meals are available.

You’ll fly into Atlanta (ATL) airport. It’s about 1-1.5 hours driving time to the retreat center. Detailed driving directions will be provided in early May 2022. Transportation to and from the airport is not included, but you may be able to connect with others flying into Atlanta and arrange to travel to and from together. Since the retreat begins Friday at 6pm EST  you will want to arrive in Atlanta no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday. Retreat ends at 1pm on Sunday and you will want to book a flight for after 3:30pm EST to allow plenty of time to travel back to the airport.

You’ll fly into Atlanta (ATL) airport. It’s about 1-1.5 hours driving time to the retreat center. Detailed driving directions will be provided in early May 2022. Transportation to and from the airport is not included, but you may be able to connect with others flying into Atlanta and arrange to travel to and from together. Since the retreat begins Friday at 6pm EST  you will want to arrive in Atlanta no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday. Retreat ends at 1pm on Sunday and you will want to book a flight for after 3:30pm EST to allow plenty of time to travel back to the airport.

No though I recommend the following books on rest:

– Gather
– Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage during Times of Change
– Restorative for
– Radiant Rest
– Sabbath


Ready to say yes to a restful, transformational, and joyful year?

This course is by application only.

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