Refresh & Renew Retreat at Yoga Heights DC

Refresh & Renew Retreat at Yoga Heights DC

Planning a retreat singlehandedly is hard work. All of the time you spend sending emails, researching venues, pricing tickets, booking flights, and everything in between take a toll. Thankfully, I was lucky to land a venue sponsor at Yoga Heights DC where I led the retreat in their beautiful studio. The staff was even kind enough to provide candles to make the space feel cozy and intimate as I accentuated the room with roses. But between decorating and last minute touches, things didn't go according to plan.

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Find the light: Holding onto hope after suicidal thoughts

Find the light: Holding onto hope after suicidal thoughts

Ashlee spent most of her childhood trying to navigate life and find her place in the world. As AfroLatina, she found herself ostracized by those who didn’t deem her Black enough or Latina enough. She didn’t let criticism assuade her but when she began to experience depressive episodes, they became another issue that she didn’t want to be picked apart. So she made the decision to handle it independently. It worked for a few months but after dealing with depressive episodes, an unplanned pregnancy, a termination, and relationship issues, she found herself unable to cope any longer.

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ep 14 When Mental Health is missing from the pulpit

ep 14 When Mental Health is missing from the pulpit

Too few of us grew up hearing sermons that mentioned things like depression or mental health. Instead, we were told to pray about it and leave it at the altar. But what if you followed all the proper protocol but still find yourself dealing with depression or bipolar disorder? Our special guest, Ashley Hobbs shares how her shame of depression stopped her from reaching out to her church community, fearful that a spiritual deficit would be identified as the cause. Listen to her story and how she found a supportive faith community.

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