About The Teacher

Lives in: Swanzey, New Hampshire

Favorite Pose: Adho Mukha Shavanasana (because I love my dogs so much!)

Favorite Food: Big, leafy salads with crunchy veggie toppings and my sister’s fresh balsamic dressing.

Best Thing About Teaching: building a community of effort, creativity, and spirit.

Carrie comes to join the Sadhana School with gratitude and a wide variety of life experience. Born and raised in Southern California, Carrie has traveled extensively, picked cherries in Oregon, operated a cross-country ski resort in Mammoth Lakes, managed an apartment complex for stressed out grad students, and most recently opened a small fitness studio, Body and Soul, in Keene, New Hampshire. Along the way, Carrie has also earned degrees in English and Education, taught high school English and literature, given birth to two wonderful children, and helped parent three other wonderful children. Carrie enjoys all this bounty (which now includes SEVEN!!! grandchildren) with her soulmate and husband, Gary. And, of course, their two dogs, Birdie and Saki.

Carrie has been a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer since 1983. Early on, she realized the benefits of regular physical activity–what movement did for health and vitality–and for the past 30 years plus has shared her passion for fitness through teaching. But Carrie also realized that there was something else, something more… that physical effort can be an expression of reverence and devotion. She embraced the study and practice of yoga 15 years ago to realize that union, but waited until recently to add a yoga teacher training to her roster of fitness and education certifications. Carrie is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200 RYT, and continues her lifelong, in-depth studies of yoga with trainings and her association with gifted facilitators of the Sadhana School.

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Utter aloneness
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in autumn twilight Yosa Buson

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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