Rest is a catalyst for profound transformation.

Devoted To Rest is a six month rest based mastermind for visionary Black Women and Women of Color who are founders, senior leaders, and business owners that want to awaken their fullest potential and discover + embody the revolutionary power of rest.

You are a leader in all things… and you are also tired.

Let’s imagine a more well rested future, now.

Devoted to Rest is an online immersion and in person retreat focused on embodied rest and awakening creativity
For Black Women & Women of Color who are shaping a better world through their visionary leadership.

What if I told you rest, reflection, space in your schedule, and leaving room to daydream and play are undeniable keys to greater alignment and expanding your capacity to create on your terms?

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 conscious,  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 greatest creativity 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 visionary Black Women and Women of Color who are founders, senior leaders, and business owners.

In this one of a kind program we blend 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 creative transformation in how you live, relate, and work.

 

Devoted to Rest is for you if you:

You want more rest, clarity, and alignment to your highest good in your life, relationships, and work.

You desire support creating and sustaining boundaries that nourish and allow you to connect authentically with others and thrive in work, home, and relationships without losing yourself.

You are already  OR  want to be brave enough to ask for what you need and want.

You are done with postponing your best and most well rested life for some other time… like after you meet the “perfect” partner, you get that promotion, hit that professional milestone, after the kids are 18, you launch that new product/ program, or retirement.

You want to live, rest, and savor the best of life now- please!

You are a conscious high achieving spirit led Black Women/ Women of Color who wants to lead others with a greater sense of purpose and awakened presence.

You realize that your self care and rest has the ability to inform and create access to more care and rest for everyone you meet, collaborate with, and influence.

You are ready to shift your inner paradigm in a way that is expansive, generative, and reveals what is truly possible for you.

You want to trust the wisdom of your body, intuition, and even your heart- more.

You have something you are ready to call in or (wo)manifest in your life within the next 18 months and some part of you knows that it DOES NOT have to be hard even if it will take effort.

You want to infuse your projects and life plans with rest, ease, and flow.

You sense that old ways that served you “back then” won’t get you to the place you actually want to be.

You like to keep company with inspiring women who are up to incredible things, AND you are tired of the “boss babes, baddies, and doers of the most” who subscribe to hustle and grind culture just because that’s the way it’s always been done.

Maybe you secretly wonder if you can rest your way to the top and know it’s time to find out.

You are ready to say YES and invest in yourself in an unprecedented and empowered way.

Devoted to Rest is not for you if you:

Don’t have or aren’t interested in a growth mindset.

Are not willing to commit to yourself, the process and fully attend online live group experiences with a sense of devotion.

If you know upfront that you’ll miss more than one live session or other scheduling conflicts this is not the program for you.

Are looking for traditional professional development, schooling, or a training program. This is an embodied and experiential program designed to positively reshape your relationship to rest and work.

Aren’t willing to engage rest practices consistently on a weekly or daily basis.

Think rest is a “trend” vs a lifelong practice.

Devoted to Rest is not a substitute for therapy with a trained, caring, and experienced practitioner.

The process through Devoted to Rest

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

Brave and safe community

Monthly Online Immersions/retreats with the most well respected and leading Black Women Authors and 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 deeply relaxing & all inclusive four day in person Rest Retreat in the North Georgia Mountains.

“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

In addition to:

 

Five life-changing online immersions/retreats

Curated weekly rest practice

All inclusive rest focused mountain retreat

 

Devoted to Rest includes:

 

Daily Rest Revelations/ reminders to rest sent to your inbox

Two 1:1 45 minute long rest coaching sessions with Octavia Raheem

Custom welcome gift to support your rest at home

Authentic connection with women, leaders, teachers, authors, and creative souls like you

so much more!

 

Every aspect of the course, every online immersion/retreat, self-paced practice,  experience at the in person retreat, gift delivered to your home, note sent to your inbox, and of course your 1:1 rest sessions is thoughtfully curated and created with your transformation in mind.

Your leader and guides
Your rest  & dream keepers
We tend to the circle

 

Online Immersion and Retreat Visionary + Leader

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Octavia Raheem

Author of two books: Pause, Rest, Be, and Gather

Founder of Starshine & Clay, Creator of Devoted To Rest, Corporate Rest Coach

Online immersion Master Teachers and Yoga Luminaries

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Gail Parker

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

Learn more

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Tracee Stanley

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

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Our retreat presenters are highly sought after artists, creative educators, healers, and activists

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Bernadette Pleasant

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

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April Taylor

Sound Healer

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Angelica Hairston

Harpist, Educator, Activist

Learn more

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:
Delve into personal and familial ideas and beliefs about rest. Dig into collective ideas and beliefs about rest— and begin to untangle yourself from their grip and release them.

Month two

Rest and Relate:
Explore your relationship to work, rest, and creating a sustainable and nourishing relationship between the two

Month three

Rest and Deep Self Reflection with Dr. Gail Parker:
Experience rest as a tool and portal to remember who you were before the world told you who you were supposed to be.

Month four

Rest Revelations with Tracee Stanley:
Rest and envision yourself, family, team, community more rested, awakened, vibrant, and creative. Rest and access the fuel to create the possibility you dream of.

Month five

Continue to rest and co-create reality
Rest and envision yourself, family, team, community more rested, awakened, vibrant, and creative. Rest and access the fuel to create the possibility you dream of.

Month six

Rest and receive:
All inclusive rest centric retreat that includes restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, deep relaxation practices, sound healing, naps, free time, and more!

The Schedule

3rd Saturdays (January 2023- May 2023):

January 21

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

12:30pm-5:30pm EST

Rest pod gathering dates: 1st Sundays (February 2023-June 2023)

February 5

March 5

April 2

11:00-12:00 EST

 

Four day in person all inclusive retreat date:

June 22-25, 2023

Other time commitments:

A prerecorded and preparatory practice will be sent to all participants in September/October 2022 to be practiced 3 times a week until the first live Saturday immersion.

Two 45 minute long 1:1 private session with Octavia

At least five days a week/ practice of rest and reflection
10-30 minutes

This program is available by application only. Once your application is received and reviewed we’ll schedule a 30 minute chemistry call to answer any of your questions and make sure this is the right program for you.

Shift happens in Devoted To Rest

Meet a few previous Devotees and hear about their experiences.

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

Dr. Leconté Dill
Associate Professor of Black Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies

Tej K Khalsa
MD MSc FRCPC
Physician Educator, World Health Organization

Gabrielle Wyatt
Founder of The Highland Project

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 (eight month payment plans available)

I serve a very small group of founders, business owners, and senior leaders in my Rest Coaching and Mastermind Offerings so you can access the deepest rest and get the most awakened results possible. Space for Devoted to Rest is limited and by application only.

Want to become a member and get 10% off? Click here before applying!

We are courageous, powerful, paradigm changing, visionary Black Women and Women of Color who crave the transformation that rest promises.
If that’s you, join us now.

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 by Troop… “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

No, it is a course in personal development that supports you in resting so that you can awaken + activate your fullest potential.  If desired and needed,  we recommend participants find other forms of support alongside this personal development offering. Bodyful Healing is a wonderful resource and place to start if you are looking for a group of therapists who focus on supporting Black Women and Women of Color.

Trust me. You will not want to miss a single one of our live sessions. In the unlikely event that you miss one session, you will have access to a replay for 14 days after the live session. If you will miss one than one online session, and know that up front,  this isn’t the devoted program/ experience for you at this time.

Your transformation requires your devotion. The daily/ weekly practices are the sacred threads of this course. If you are unable to commit to consistence practice throughout the program your experience will not reflect the fullness and depth of what is possible.

In addition to our monthly immersions and in person retreat you will be expected to practice at least five times a week for 10-30 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 four times of the course of our program. Meetings will be one hour and on 1st Sundays February- June 2023.

You will also need to schedule One hour long 1:1 private session with Octavia on Tues/Thurs 10:00am-1:00pm ET or 8-9:00pm ET (January 2023- March 20, 2023). The link to schedule will be provided in December 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 or transfers. 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.

 

Though not required, I recommend these books:

No though I recommend the following books on rest:

Gather by Octavia Raheem

-Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage during Times of Change by Octavia Raheem

– Restorative for Ethnic and Race Based Traumatic Stress + Transforming it by Dr. Gail Parker

– Radiant Rest by Tracee Stanley

– Sabbath by Wayne Muller

The group is by application only and limited to 16-20 participants.

Five life-changing online immersions/retreats

Curated weekly rest practice

All inclusive rest focused retreat

 

Devoted to Rest includes:

 

Daily Rest Revelations/ reminders to rest sent to your inbox

One 1:1 hour long rest coaching session with Octavia Raheem

Custom welcome gift to support your rest at home

Authentic connection with women, leaders, teachers, and creative souls like you

so much more!

 

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.

– 3 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.

 

 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. At home testing will be provided for all facilitators and participants.

Review Elohee’s COVID protocols here.

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 2023. 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 Thursday at 5pm EST  you will want to arrive in Atlanta no later than 2:00pm EST on Thursday. 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 2023. 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 Thursday at 5pm EST  you will want to arrive in Atlanta no later than 2:00pm EST on Thursday. 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.

Ready to say yes to rest and awakening?

This course is by application only. After your application is received, we’ll reach out to schedule a chemistry call to answer any additional questions and make sure this is the right program for you.

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