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Opening the Heart Retreat in the Berkshires

Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29, 2018
April Ropes and Ritu Kapur


Sohum’s 3rd Annual Retreat will be offered in Beautiful Berkshires, The Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center in Leyden, MA. The facility has 95 acres of wooded and pastoral beauty built with green in mind. You can feel the sacredness of the forest, meadow, and ridge-surrounded valley. A trail system winds through the woods, over three small streams, beside a secluded meadow and back to the center, lawn and gardens.

Spirit Fire serves seasonal, organic produce and they accommodate most food allergies and dietary preferences. They design meals to reach a variety of diets including vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore. You can see more details about the facility at their website: spiritfireretreatcenter.com.

One of the highlights for this Retreat is an experience in the beautifully restored 1000 sq. foot barn for a guided art session. Allow your creativity to flow while you open your heart with meditative painting, coloring or journaling in the quietude.

We have availability for 19 people. The facility has 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. All rooms have 2-3 person occupancy with an exception of one 4 bed room. Rates are all-inclusive (food, lodging, yoga and meditation classes, painting workshop and a 10 min private Reiki session) and range from $385 to $525 for 2 night stay from Friday to Sunday based on your choice of room.

Payment due in full upon registration. Please contact Ritu by phone at 508-329-3338 or email at info@sohum.org for making your reservationsPrevious retreats have sold out quickly, so book early to guarantee a spot.

Cancellation policy

  • All monies will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee) if you cancel by January 31, 2018.
  • If you cancel between Feb 1 - March 15 2018, you will be refunded 50% of the registration fee.
  • No refunds if you cancel after March 15, 2018.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, April 27

5:00 – 6:00pm: All arrive and settle in
6:00 – 7:30pm: Dinner (Meet and Greet)
7:30 – 8:00pm: Free time
8:00 to 9:30pm: Setting Intentions with Ritu, Restorative yoga with April

Saturday, April 28

6:30 – 7:00am: Pranayama with Ritu
7:00 – 8:00am: Gentle Kripalu Yoga Flow with April
8:00 – 9:00am: Silent Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00am: Time to Reflect/ journaling/ sign up for 10 min Reiki session w April
10:00 – 12:00am: Silent Mindful Hike/ Time to connect with yourself
12:00 – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00 – 3:00pm: Intro to Chakra’s (recommended) w/ Ritu
3:00 – 4:00pm: Heart opening yoga poses followed by short meditation w/ April
4:15 – 6:00pm: Time to be creative! Painting, coloring or journaling in the Magnificent Barn
6:30 – 8:30pm: Dinner followed by bon-fire
8:30 to 9:00am: Transition time / Free time
9:00 – 10:00pm: Yoga Nidra with hands on assist for a peaceful sleep

Sunday, April 29

7:30 – 8:30am: sign up for 10 min Reiki session w/ April
8:00 to 9:00am: All Levels Breath- centered Yoga and Meditation w/ Ritu
9:00 to 9:30am: Time to pack
9:30 – 10:30am: Brunch
10:45 – 12:45pm: Closing Circle ~ Reflections before the Departure

*Schedule is subject to change; all activities are optional*  

Retreat Organizers

Ritu Kapur, Owner of Sohum, completed her Advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy from B.U in 1993 and has since been working with seniors and adults at many different local hospitals and Nursing homes. She was exposed to Yoga at an early age in India and became a Certified Yoga teacher in 2009 which influenced her life dramatically. Developing a daily personal practice came naturally and after some introspection, she knew she had to combine OT and Yoga. She has since taught gentle and therapeutic Yoga to private clients and at Whittier Rehab to many people with different conditions including stroke, MS, and Fibromyalgia. Yoga Therapy is her passion; she loves to be able to help people with typical shoulder, neck, hip, knee, spinal and other injuries by combining her knowledge of yoga and 20 years of experience as an OT. She is a published writer and likes to blog regularly on topics related to yoga. Her humble goal is to offer gentle Yoga to those who need it the most as a form of therapy or Yoga-chikitsa.

April Ropes has been on a yoga journey for many years, and has experienced several styles of meditation and asana practice. She received her 200-hour teacher training at the Prannothan School of Yoga with Devarshi Steven Hartman. A mother of two children, a part time graphic designer, and a long-distance runner, she believes that yoga has played a major role in keeping her grounded. April truly believes that yoga can be for anyone, and that the benefits are endless. Her approach is yoga is one of compassion, self-awareness, and playfulness. April’s classes are welcoming and focus on providing a non-judgmental space for students to cultivate ease in the body and mind.

April earned her Reiki Levels I & II, Reiki Master, and Reiki Master Teacher during her trainings with Libby Barnett, a Reiki Master from the Usui tradition. She practices reiki with the goal of providing a safe space for healing, inner peace and relaxation. She works with the Chakra system (energy centers) to help to release “stuck” energy in the body and to cultivate balance and flow. Breath work and guided meditations are often used during her reiki sessions to aide with relaxation.

Click here for details about the retreat center floor plan

Contact Ritu Kapur at 508-329-3338 or info@sohum.org to register and reserve your spot

IPTYogaForPF.pngIntegrated Positional Technique for Plantar Fasciitis

Saturday, December 16, 10:30am–12:00pm

Pat Lebau


Want to practice Yoga to relieve pain on the bottom of the foot? Integrated Positional Technique (IPT) for Plantar fasciitis (PF)?  Want to learn about daily habits that contribute to PF and how to get out of pain?  Want to practice some of the yoga you may have learned at one of our workshops on IPT Yoga for PF?  

Please join Pat Lebau on December 16. No prior workshop on Yoga for PF is required.  Achy low backs, shoulders and necks will appreciate this sequence as well!  Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners welcome.  Want to just come and join the practice even if you don't have PF because you know that the sequence will help bring your whole body into balance? Great!

See you on the mat!

Pat Lebau, Kripalu yoga teacher since 2008, brings her own personal PF story and success helping others to these classes on IPT for foot pain. You will learn simple, non standard positions to help alleviate pain of running, walking and standing. You will learn about daily activities that can lead to pain and simple, effective techniques to use at home a few times a day for a few minutes at a time to relieve the pain and keep it away while still enjoying daily activities like running, walking and working out.

Pricing: $30 early bird ($35 walk-in) 

Get any one session of IPT for Plantar Fasciitis

Satsang_2018_Img.pngSatsang: A blissful morning of chanting and meditation

Saturday, December 30, 10:30am–12:00pm

Melissa Fountain


Join us for a free “Satsang,” the Sanskrit word for community, led by Melissa Fountain. Practice your yoga life joyously with others in a blissful morning of chanting and meditation. New and experienced mediators are welcome. The program is free!

Melissa is a certified Meditation Group Leader and meditation teacher, under the auspices of SvaroopaVidya Ashram..

Pricing: FREE


LetGoImg2.jpgCandle Light Yin Yoga with Meditation on Non-Attachment

Saturday, December 30, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Ava Platt


Join Ava, our teacher visiting from the West Coast in a Candlelit Yin and Meditation workshop! Yin Yoga is a Meditative practice with restorative and stretching postures that are held for 3 to 5 minutes. The workshop will consist of a short introduction, followed by a centering, restorative and yin postures, and will end with a longer guided meditation. The class will be focused on the Yoga Sutra Aparigraha, meaning nonattachment, as we let go of the year 2017 and welcome in the New Year!

Ava is a passionate 200hr Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Holy Fire Reiki Master. She has been practicing Yoga for over 6 years. After healing from trauma using holistic remedies and her Yoga practice, Ava became a teacher so she could help others experience their own healing and transformation, she is now devoted to sharing Yoga with the community. Ava specializes in Kripalu Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga.

Pricing: $25 early bird ($30 walk-in)


NewYearEveWorkshopImg.jpgOut with the Old – Tune Up the New!

Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing Workshop

Sunday, December 31, 10:30am–12:00pm

Janet Kessenich and Ritu Kapur


On the cusp of the New Year, let go and tune in! Join us for a unique workshop that weaves together the power of yoga with the artistry of sound healing. Say goodbye to anything from 2017 that no longer serves you! Tune into your highest alignment and the manifestations that await you in 2018!

Ritu Kapur will lead you in restorative poses. Restorative yoga has many benefits for health and wellbeing, one of the largest being the de-stress factor. This workshop will be accessible for all levels, as it will involve some gentle stretching followed by a series of poses supported with various props in order to allow both the body and mind to truly relax. We will be doing some breathing practices to awaken and relax the nervous system as we flow into gentle poses.

Sound healer Janet Kessenich’s (spiralenergies.com) unique approach to vibration facilitates the opening of your energy field to clear and transform your energy while helping you to step into the fullness of your Essence, your Highest Self. You will experience a sound/energy healing while you are in a meditative, lying down position. Additionally, sounds such as the Tibetan singing bowls will be in the background during yoga poses. These sounds and vibrations will deepen your yoga work and bring even greater relaxation and energetic alignment.

Ritu Kapur is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified yoga teacher. She likes to combine her knowledge of yoga and over 20 years of experience as an OT to offer therapeutic style of yoga.

Janet Kessenich M.M., is a workshop leader, sound healer, and author whose work facilitates a deeper connection with one’s personal essence – your best self – so that you can live and contribute from a fully integrated, empowered place of alignment and wellbeing. She is the author of Music Lessons for the Spirit, a collection of essays drawn from the spiritual/life lessons she learned as a pianist. As a sound healer, she brings the essence of music – calibrated vibration – into her work with clients and workshop participants.

Pricing: $40 early bird ($45 walk-in)


RobertRivest3.jpgMindful Stress Relief to Refresh and Renew your Body, Mind and Soul

Monday, January 1, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Robert Rivest


A workshop full of inspiration, laughter and joy.

The first day of the year is a great day for some tender loving self -care. A time to release the old and start anew. We will do this together, with meditation, movement and laughter. In this workshop Robert Rivest shares his unique health and well-being practice blending mindful breathing, playful tai-chi, expressive movement, and laughter yoga. We will move, breathe and laugh together with intention and gratitude. We will release what we no longer need as we visualize a healthier, happier New Year. This workshop will help us generate the positive energy needed to proceed on our path, with peace, love, laughter and joy.

Robert Rivest is a gifted laughter yoga teacher and an engaging public speaker. Since 1990 Robert Rivest has given over 7,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use mindfulness, laughter and the performing arts to bring health and happiness to individuals and organizations around the world.

Want to have some real fun? Check out Robert's Laughter Yoga Videos here and laugh along with Robert.

Pricing: $30 early bird ($35 walk-in)