May 31 – June 4, 2018

Yoga Retreat for Trauma Survivors in Franklin, NY

With Ramanand Patel, Dr. Velleda Ceccoli, Rodney Yee, and Colleen Saidman Yee

Location: Heathen Hill Retreat Center, Franklin, NY

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About This Retreat

This retreat is open to all genders, and is limited to 15 participants.

It’s a sad fact that for many people the experience of early sexual trauma makes for difficulty in dealing with life. Since trauma resides in the body as a visceral memory, one can’t just “get over it.” According to yogic precepts, human beings experience life via the five senses and the thinking process. Traumatic experiences create memories that affect the way even new experiences are processed by the mind. In this residential retreat, Ramanand Patel will show us how yoga can help to deal with some of the experiences that interfere with daily living. This is done by re-establishing a safe relationship with inanimate objects, and then natural phenomena, plant life, animals, people, and finally the self. Once the strength of the ego is established by empowering the individual self, we will look at how the REAL SELF is free of time and hence free of trauma. Ramanand will work with the help of psychologist Velleda Ceccoli to create a safe atmosphere. Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman will assist with the necessary support.


Heather Hill Retreat

Nestled in the Western Catskill Mountains atop a beautiful hill, Heathen Hill Retreat Center is a place to rest and recharge. Between the towns of Franklin and Walton in Delaware County, a mile up a dirt road, it sits on 10 secluded acres. It is private and peaceful. Many have said Heathen Hill is a magical place. Come spend some time in the mountains and see for yourself.



This retreat is limited to 15 participants. Investment for this retreat is $1600 to $2300 per person, depending on accommodation (can be discussed with Susan during registration). If you would like to be considered, please send an application to with a brief letter. You will then be scheduled for a 5-10 minute phone conversation with Velleda, our retreat psychologist, to determine whether this retreat will be a good fit for you.

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