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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

MelissaFountainImg.jpgLearn to Meditate: A 3-week Course Taught by Melissa Fountain, CSYT

Sundays, 10:30am–12:15pm, January 21, 28 and Feb 11


Meditation is a sacred gift you give yourself, and brings new vitality and focus into your life. It’s a way to “friend” your mind, and learn to sit in stillness and discover your own Self. In this 3 week course, Melissa will provide you with an overview of the goal and purpose of meditation, and teach you 3 different meditative techniques that are easy, effective and long-lasting. Take the Sacred Journey to the Self!

Melissa Yogeshwari Fountain is a leading Svaroopa® Yoga and meditation teacher with 20 years experience. She has classes throughout Metrowest Boston, teaches Svaroopa® Yoga nationally in weekend workshops, and has a special interest in spreading the joy and empowerment of meditation.

Early Bird Pricing (until Jan 20): $140 for all 3 sessions ($155 after Jan 20)

Register for Learn to Meditate 3-week course ($140 till Jan 20)


Vocal Yoga - Freeing your voice to its fullest potential, 2-Part Workshop

Session 1: Saturday, February 3, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Session 2: Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm–3:30pm

Sudha Subbaraman


Liberating our voices is self-improvement. The whole body can fill with vibration from head to toe, giving the sounder the sensation of being a Tibetan healing bowl. With Vocal Yoga, you learn to be an instrument, filling your body with vibration from sounds, and releasing any blocks that have limited your resonance potential.

In this 2-part workshop Sudha will lead you in exploring your own unique instrument and developing self-awareness through physical and vocal exercises. Breathwork exercises to help you calm down and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, with a focus on the voice, will serve as the foundation for the voice. Body alignment and postural releases to release any physical tension will help channel the voice to flow freely from the ground up. To top this, some gentle physical asanas will be performed, with sounding techniques to help emerge the whole, open and authentic voice. We will end with a group meditation to open your voices using Chakra toning and Mantra chanting.

Limited to 12 participants for individual attention so register early to save your spot.

Sudha Subbaraman is a certified Vocal Yoga instructor from the Heather Lyle VocalYoga Method®️ (vocalyoga.com) teaching voice work techniques with traditional yoga postures. Sudha is available for personalized voice coaching, individualized therapy with music and meditation, and holistic voice lessons and music training for teenagers and kids.

The patented Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga Method® is a holistic type of voice work that utilizes techniques from yoga, pranayama, Alexander Technique, Voice Science, Qi Gong, the Bel Canto School of Singing, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, somatic bodywork, and fascia release work.

Pricing: $30 for first session only. $55 for both sessions.

 Get both sessions for $55

Get first session only for $30


RestorativeYogaImage.jpgRestorative and Thai Yoga Massage Workshop

Sunday, February 11, 2:00–3:30pm

Eileen Nikopoulos


Join Eileen Nikopoulos for 90 minutes of pure relaxation. Using bolsters and blankets for support you will effortlessly recline in simple, yet profoundly restorative yoga poses. Eileen will provide Traditional Thai Yoga Massage techniques to help you completely release tension and stress. Thai Yoga Massage is a healing art based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga. It focuses on balancing the physical and energetic bodies, clearing any blockages that may exist in the meridians. It is a hands-on practice that includes gentle compression, passive movement and stretching.

Enrollment is limited to 7 participants for this workshop to enable everyone to experience the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage. Register early to save your spot.

Eileen Nikopoulos RYT 500 Yoga of Energy Flow, is a certified Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. Her special interest is utilizing yoga to balance and restore energy. Eileen has studied with Daniel Orlansky, Doug Keller, Liz Owen and Josh Summers among others.

Pricing: $40



Rejuvenate with a Healing Gong Sound Meditation

Saturday, February 24, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Romy Valdez


There are few instruments like the Gong that can heal us through its purification properties of sound vibrations. In this energy field, the beginnings of removing all blocks can occur allowing you to reorganize and rebalance. This workshop will include transformational methods that include yoga and breathwork to prepare us for the vibrational healing energy of the Gong.

Some benefits of gong meditation include:

  • Conducive to healing and transformation
  • Induces a state of meditation by calming the mind
  • Reduces the internal dialogue
  • Creates a state of relaxation and release of tension
  • Stimulates the circulatory and glandular systems
  • Rebalances the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies
  • Helps clear energetic and emotional blockages
  • Regenerates the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Awakens higher states of consciousness
  • Bathes you in a cascade of healing sound — claims to shift the brain from Beta (waking state) to Theta or Delta (meditation) through the vibrations of the instrument.

Many people report receiving a deep sense of tranquility, reduced stress and improved sleep after a Gong Sound Meditation.

Pricing: $30 early bird ($35 at the door)



IPTYogaForPF.pngYoga for Plantar Fasciitis Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am–12:30pm

Pat Lebau


Are your feet in pain? That stabbing pain near the heel when you get up in the morning that lingers through the day? You stretch and work out but nothing seems to help. What to do? Welcome to Integrated Positional Technique (IPT). Learn to release pain by relaxing - slackening - over stretched muscles. It's a different approach. And it works. 

Pat Lebau, Kripalu yoga teacher since 2008, brings her own personal PF story and success helping others to this workshop 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: $35 early bird ($40 walk-in)


JosephCarringer.pngDidgeridoo Chakra Clearing

Saturday, March 17, 3:30pm–5:30pm

Joseph Carringer


Relax, clear out energetic and emotional stagnation and connect with your major energy centers

Joseph provides a meditative journey that reconnects the mind with the body and allows you to journey and meditate within each major energy center by using concert class eucalyptus didgeridoos tuned to the key of each major chakra.

Participants will be guided to focus on each of the chakras as they come into the corresponding mediation to heighten their awareness of the energy center and promote clearing and connection with the energetic body.


Joseph Carringer is an East Coast based, internationally known professional didgeridoo musician and sound therapist. In his sound therapy practice he uses concert class didgeridoos, combining Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian and organ theory with Ayurvedic Chakra philosophies creating a unique and powerful therapeutic sound healing experience. Joseph has been playing an Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo for over a decade, using it as a deep meditative tool in his personal shamanic journey as well as a therapeutic instrument for his clients.

Early bird Pricing $40 until March 3rd. ($45 after).