Revitalize and Heal Yoga Retreat in the Catskills with Adrea Robles and Saskia Shakin

Adrea Robles in restorative pose

Liberation yoga teachers Adrea Robles and Saskia Shakin are teaming up to present a powerful weekend healing retreat from October 19 to 21, 2012, at the Won Dharma Center in the Catskills. Revitalize and Heal focuses on awakening the healer within everyone and presents yogic, dietary and energetic healing tools for taking charge of one’s own healing process.

Through self-study, group work, and discussion of spiritual anatomy, participants will work to uncover energetic blocks to self-healing and begin the process of working through them. The retreat will focus on such healing tools as yogic breathing, movement, simple ritual, creative imagination, sound, meditation, and skillful attitudes for dealing with inner conflict. The retreat features daily yoga classes, a focus on positive dietary changes and information about detoxing cosmetics.

Robles and Shakin will also provide take home recipes for green smoothies and other healthy treats, and help participants to develop plans for integrating the tools they learn over the weekend. “We also want people to step out of their stressful lives and find tranquility in the beauty of the Catskills,” says Robles. “The Won Dharma Center is a natural setting for contemplation, renewal, and healing, surrounded by wooded foothills and streams that are a pleasure to explore.”

For more information, call 845.803.8389, email or visit The Won Dharma Center is located at 361 State Route 23 in Claverack.



One Woman Show Profiles Catherine of Siena at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining

Sister Nancy Murray, OP, will perform St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times as a fundraiser for the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining on October 14, 2012. The drama is based on translations of 400 letters in which the 14th Century Italian saint debated political and church issues of the day with princes, cardinals and popes.

“Catherine of Siena was a precocious but rebellious child in a large Tuscan family who grew up to be a radical feminist with lots of spunk and humor,” says Murray. “She wielded extraordinary influence for a woman of her time, and is credited with helping to influence Pope Gregory XI to bring the Papacy back from Avignon to Rome and reform the clergy.”

Murray, the sister of film star Bill Murray, has been portraying the pioneering saint for more than twelve years. “I never would have guessed when I entered religious life that I would be doing this,” she says. When she is not onstage, Murray works in a shelter in Chicago or with migrant children.

Tickets for the two matinee performances of St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times are $35 and include lunch. Call 914.941.4455 to learn more and make reservations.

The Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is located at 299 North Highland Ave. in Ossining. For more info visit

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