Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – July 2019

Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – July 2019

Entering the Silence with Psychological Inquiry

Led by Sarah and Ty Powers

Bringing clear, kind attention to our inner and inter-personal life.

Prerequisite: You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice and a strong interest in psychological work as well as Buddhist Mindfulness meditation before attending this retreat.

In this retreat we will practice Yin/Yang yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. The talks and meditations will focus on the Buddhist teachings of Mindfulness as well as inviting experiential insights with inquiry both in solitude and at times, with a partner. The Sanskrit word for Mindfulness is Smritti, translated as non-forgetting. Mindfulness practice develops a quality of presence in which we remember to pay attention to the immediacy of experience while letting go of all motivations to manipulate the moment, developing the clear capacity to observe inner and outer experience without willful interference. While Mindfulness is a receptive attitude, generative heart based meditations develop a more generous spirit of love and compassion through envisioning what might be possible for us, were we to live from our deepest nature.

For the body we will engage in both self-led and teacher led yoga sessions each day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an energetic ease of being.

For the heart and mind we will practice several meditation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving-kindness. Working specifically with our inner protective and vulnerable parts through guided meditations will also help us include and integrate more aspects of our system, strengthening a capacity for self therapy that we can draw from in our everyday lives.

To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat outside the practice hall. As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities and preoccupations with worldly events. With this in mind, we require everyone to turn off their computers and phones for the duration of the retreat in order to genuinely connect with oneself in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact provided for students to give loved ones.

Please read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga, No Self, No Problem by Anam Thubten, and practice with one of Sarah’s DVDs before attending.

IYI event in New York
Location: Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY
Dates: July 8-13, 2019

Check-in: July 8 between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: July 13 at 9am
We will have an evening session to begin the retreat after dinner on July 8. Silence will begin after dinner and be held until the afternoon of July 12. Short individual or group meetings will be scheduled by Sarah and Ty.

Note: If you have not been on a silent retreat before – either with Sarah or another teacher – the registration process for this retreat will require you to submit a brief paragraph on your motivation for wanting to practice in this way.

Single Room – US$ 1872 (Sold Out)
Double Room – US$ 1618 each person (Sold Out)
Women’s Quad Room – US$ 1417 each person (Sold Out)
Women’s Dormitory – US$ 1141 each person
Camping (must bring your own tent and bedding) – US$ 1141 each person

Questions about this Retreat?
Please contact Greg@SarahPowers.com.




A message from Ty Powers:

I would like to provide some perspective about our policies. While you may feel that these terms are unnecessarily strict, they have evolved over our years of offering teachings around the world.

When we plan retreats/trainings, we must sign contracts with retreat centers and pay for a required number of attendees well in advance of your registration/payment in order to secure the kinds of venues you, our students, appreciate.

When we are asked to transfer or refund within a 12-week period in advance of a retreat or training, these requests are very difficult to consider. With transfer and refund requests, as mentioned above, the funds have already been committed to the specific venue.

Many of you have told us that you see that we have a waitlist in place and it should be no issue to fill your spot. In our experience, we have found that it is very rare that another student can respond within the 12-week window, even if they had asked to be on a waitlist. For those of you who have attended a retreat/training, organizing this amount of time away from your work and home life, as you know, is not easily accomplished and takes time and preparation.

Because of these circumstances, we ask that you read our provisions carefully, and confirm your acceptance before proceeding to registration. Please note that it is important that you review and understand the terms for each workshop/retreat/training that you register for as these vary based on the various venues where we teach.

If you are concerned about having to cancel your attendance, then please consider protecting your investment by purchasing trip cancellation insurance coverage.

We want you to know that we are sympathetic to your life circumstances, but we cannot make exceptions to these policies. Please know we are extremely grateful for your ongoing interest and support.



  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.


  • All cancellations must be made in writing to The Insight Yoga Institute.
  • In the event that you need to cancel, you must let us know 12 weeks in advance of the start of the retreat, by April 15.
  • If you cancel up to 12 weeks before the retreat or teacher training, a 25% cancellation fee per person will be charged based on amount paid.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 12 weeks of this retreat, the period April 15 – July 8.
  • The Institute’s cancellation policy is firm.


  • No transfers between retreats, trainings, and/or workshops.
  • No transfers of registrations between attendees.


  • No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.
  • All refunds will be processed within 2 weeks following a program.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute cannot be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage of property, or disruption of any program due to circumstances beyond the control of Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute.

RELEASE: I am aware that I may be included in photographs taken at any Sarah Powers or Insight Yoga Institute event that may be used on www.SarahPowers.com and associated social media websites.



**If you continue and register for this retreat, you agree to the terms outlined above.