Wellness Weekends

Introduction to Rocket Yoga

w/ Deontre Martin

Friday April 14th to Sunday April 16th 2017

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lgbt-gay-queer-yoga-wellness-weekend-1Groundswell is starting a series of Wellness Weekends that will give you tools to improve your health: physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Each weekend will host a different LGBTQ health expert focused on teaching wellness practices that you can incorporate into your daily life.

Yoga has been helping people lead healthier lives for more than 5,000 years. In addition to the more obvious effects of increased flexibility and muscle tone, it also improves respiration, cardiovascular health, and overall vitality. Groundswell Institute has created a weekend of clothing-optional yoga classes that will help people improve their access to these health benefits, whether they are yoga enthusiasts or brand new to the practice. Coupled with nature hikes and soaking in the new hot tub, you are sure to leave feeling renewed and ready for the world.

deontre-yoga-lgbt-wellness-weekendOur teacher, Deontre Martin, focuses on a style of vinyasa yoga derived from the first/second/third series of ashtanaga yoga. The practice, called “the rocket”, was created by a yogi from the SF Bay area, Larry Shultz, who would regularly tour with the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir, of the Dead, is said to have named the rocket practice because it “get’s you there faster, man”. This practice is fast-paced and meant to build heat and offer physical challenges, but is also sequenced so that it’s accessible to beginners and all body types.

In addition to multiple daily yoga sessions, all food and lodging in one of our bunk cabins is included with lgbt-gay-queer-yoga-wellness-weekend-2registration. We will also give some guided tours of our forests and farm during free time. If the weather is clear, we’ll hold a campfire at night and relax in our expansive, clothing-optional spa. Or, if it rains, we will do some guided meditations in the dining hall.

There is a carpool page setup, so please post your available seats or ride needs. We also have partial and full scholarships available if the registration fee is beyond your means. It’s important to us that finances not be a barrier to our programs and we only ask that you pay what you can afford. Let’s create more wellness in our lives.

Register below.


Main Topics for Intro to Rocket Yoga
  • BREATH: ujjayi breathing, pranayama, breathing meditation
  • BANDHAS: the three locks, how they shape breathing, energetic understanding of the bandhas
  • DRISTHI: one pointed focus, mirror meditation exercise, asana as breathing meditation
deontre-yoga-lgbt-gay-queer-wellness-weekendAbout the Teacher

Deontre (E-RYT 200) has been enjoying the benefits of the yogic practice for nearly ten years. In 2007, he trained with Amber Gean of Yoga Ah in Cincinnati, Ohio as an apprentice for the studio’s very first 200- hour yoga teacher training. That year of practice and devotion to the studio were challenging and also fundamental in Deontre’s understanding of asana and it’s affect on life off of the mat. Recently, Deontre was featured in Queering Yoga, a documentary by Ewan Duarte about stories of personal transformation and healing through the asana practice (view it here). Deontre hopes that in each class practitioners will connect pure breath with genuine movement to find their personal flow while also connecting to a community of people doing the same.


7:00 – 9:00 PM Arrival
9:00 PM Opening session
7:00 AM Open Yoga Session
8:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Yoga Class #1
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 – 6:00 PM Free/Nature Time
6:00 PM Yoga Class #2
8:00 PM Dinner
7:00 AM Open Yoga Session
8:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Yoga Class #3
1:00 PM Lunch
4:00 PM Yoga Class #4 and Closing Session

*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***

If you are registering for multiple people, PLEASE make sure to give their name(s) and e-mail(s) as well as yours. It’s very important for us to get registration information out to every one.

We have a carpool page!

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Apply for a scholarship right here.