Pause and Press Play 2021-01-02T14:59:42-06:00



 For many women of color, the practice of self-care is perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism that is directly related to how well we can take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

*This space is for cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming identified Women of Color.

We invite you to join us for a weekend getaway curated to rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. Together we will create sacred space to lean into the areas of your life that need the most attention and love through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, play, and restoration. If you crave and thrive in the safety of sisterhood, desire a respite from the toxicity of the current social and cultural climate, and are looking to immerse yourself in deeply nourishing self-care practices, this retreat is for you.

Pause + Press Play will be held at the picturesque Garrison Institute overlooking the Hudson River, just a short train ride from NYC. Harness the energy of summer as we connect with the land, nourish our bodies with delicious vegetarian meals, and bond with other women of color who are ready to pause and practice the art of self-care.


Friday June 26
3 – 6pm – Arrival and check-in
6 – 7pm – Dinner
7:30 – 10pm – Opening circle and Gentle Yoga

Saturday June 27
8 – 9am – Breakfast
9:00 – 11am – Talk & Practice: Yoga & Mindfulness as Tools to Support Vitality
11am – 12:30pm – Manifestation Practice
12:30 – 2pm – Lunch
2 – 4pm – Mindful Hike – a guided hike with Manifestation practices
4 – 6pm – Time on your own for contemplation, journaling, meditation, walks, etc.
6 – 7pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9pm – Sacred Release Fire Ceremony
9pm – until – Party

Sunday June 28
6:30 – 8am – Morning Yoga and Mindfulness Practice
8 – 9am – Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30am – Closing circle
12:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch, Check-out & Departure

Deposit: $200


Commuter: $620


Dorm: $670


Double: $720


Single: $780


Cancellation Policy- All retreat deposits are final and non-refundable. At 90 days before the start date of retreats, 50% of retreat cost is refundable. At 60 days before the start date of retreat, 25% of retreat cost is refundable. Final balance is due 30 days prior to the start date for all retreats unless otherwise indicated for a particular retreat. Payment plans available! Final balance due June 1, 2019. Reserve your spot at any time with a non-refundable deposit of $200.


Crystal McCreary has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2007. She is committed to creating and holding safe spaces for people to connect, heal, learn, and build resilience in a world that often takes relentless hold of our bodies, minds, and hearts. Crystal’s yoga classes and lovingly curated yoga and wellness retreats for adults feature mindfulness, an exploratory blend of vigor, breath, and alignment, community building, ritual, and restoration. They are inclusive and adaptive, appropriate for all levels of experience and physical ability. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500 and RCYT.

Crystal serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity & Inclusion committee as an advisor for the upcoming revised Yoga Teacher Training program standards. She also speaks and facilitates professional development workshops on yoga and mindfulness as tools for wellbeing internationally. She leads 100-hour kids yoga and mindfulness teacher trainings for Little Flower Yoga and Bent On Learning, and facilitates trauma-informed yoga for court-involved youth in juvenile detention centers with Lineage Project. Crystal implements yoga programs in New York City Schools, youth development organizations, and in corporations committed to cultivating sustainable and compassionate work environments. She participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department, and teaches public classes in New York City.

Crystal has been featured in Lauren Lipton’s Yoga Bodies Book, Mantra Yoga + Health magazine, Race & Yoga, the UC Berkeley online academic journal,, Elephant Journal and contributes regularly to numerous blogs and podcasts. She studied African and African American studies at Stanford University, and acting as part of The American Conservatory Theater MFA program before arriving in New York in 2004. Crystal lives in New York City and occasionally moonlights as an actor on film or television. To experience a free class, peruse professional development offerings, explore mindful travel, or learn more about Crystal, visit her website here


Marla Teyolia is on a mission to transform the culture of self-care as a vital link to personal transformation, empowered leadership, and societal change. She has been on this journey since the early 90’s when she discovered yoga and meditation as tools to access her own liberation from the impact of anxiety and stress. She is a transformational leadership coach with over 20 years of facilitation experience and utilizes an immersive empowerment methodology with her clients to make a real lasting impact in their lives as well as in the communities they serve. She is a registered yoga teacher and has studied under master teachers Maya Breuer, Sherry Ryan, & Mark Whitwell.

Marla is also a student of mindfulness practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and has had a strong meditation practice since 1996. She works one-on-one with individual women as well as with groups in the form of retreats, workshops, and sister circles to create safe, sacred spaces for women of color to heal at the deepest levels. Marla’s coaching style and retreat programs empower clients to connect with their intuition, hone their unique talents, and craft radical visions to create lives of PURPOSE, JOY, and FREEDOM. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she graduated magna cum laude as well as a Masters of Science from Columbia University. For more information about how to work with Marla or to book a complimentary session, please visit