Strengthen Your Container: Yoga for Grief and Loss

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Feb 7 - 10, 2019 (4 days)
  • Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $525.00 Dorm - Top Bunk - $525.00 Dormitory - Private - $655.00 LGH - Single - $725.00 LGH - Double - $725.00 LGH - Family room - $725.00 Shri Nivas - Private Room and Bath - $725.00 Shri Nivas -…

About This Event

How do we carry a grief that seems larger than the world? We carry it in a really strong container.

Grief, loss, and trauma are some of the most difficult experiences imaginable. When you have experienced loss so profound there is no “getting over it,” you can only learn how to hold and carry it.

Join author, psychotherapist, and yogini Karla Helbert for a time of solace and connection in a retreat space of both learning and experience.

You will learn to:

Engage in movement, meditation, self-inquiry, chanting, journaling, and time with nature

Understand how each branch of Yoga—Jnana, Bhakti, Tantra, Karma, Raja, Hatha, and Japa—helps you to strengthen your container

Learn ways to establish your own personal practice and a path to self-care

Explore how the koshas (layers of being) and chakras (energy centers) are affected by experiences in trauma, grief, and loss

Deep grief is the result—and an expression—of deep love. It is a state to which we will return over and over in different ways throughout our lives, sometimes for the same person or loss, sometimes due to different losses.

It is important to have support in learning to adapt, adjust, and accommodate to what is. Being in the present moment, even when that moment is potentially painful, can be sacred and loving.

Grief can be transformative, but how we perceive or experience that transformation may not be how we imagined. The tools of Yoga are ideal for helping us bear what many feel is unbearable—they help us endure what cannot be cured. Learn how to move closer toward a place of balance as you validate the human experience of grief, loss, and trauma.  Allow space for love and self-compassion and find ways to adjust to the changes that come with grief.

Together we’ll come to more deeply understand how the ancient paths of Yoga can help us bear what grief asks of us.

Karla’s book, Yoga for Grief and Loss, is available for purchase online at Integral Yoga Distribution by clicking here.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities 

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 18 contact hours

You can input your contact hours using your YA log in information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).


At the retreat, we could come together without judgement, talk about our children, and learn to be with our grief. Karla, being a bereaved mother, truly understands this journey. She is phenomenal, kind, and caring. She has helped and touched so many. — Tami

Words can’t describe it, but Karla helped me to live in the pain and grief so I can survive, grow, and transform. She made me realize that I can continue my relationship with my son in the endless and deep grief I will always have for him. — Tamara

[This program] is deep and authentic. It comes from Karla’s personal experience with the loss of her firstborn, from her intense study of Raja Yoga, the study of the mind and human behavior, and the foundation of her Integral Yoga teacher training. Such a refreshing, effective and inspiring approach! — Nora Vimala Pozzi

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions. (contact info blocked)HyMby4mr74t

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