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Joyful Life: A Virtual Mini Retreat with Esak Garcia & The Westfeldt Institute for Emotional Hygiene ~ September 11-12, 2021

This mini retreat is a chance for you to learn practical skills to reduce depression and generally feel more joyful in your life. We’re combining three very effective tools in a way that will help you experience a deep calm and feeling of well-being. In this two-day event, you’ll be able to connect with yourself and a supportive community, learn about sorrow and how to embrace it, and build a tool kit to support yourself through difficult moments.

Esak Garcia will lead participants through two backbending sessions focused on teaching you proper techniques to maintain a home practice. Tim Westfeldt, founder of Westfeldt Institute for Emotional Hygiene, will share a new framework for understanding human emotions with an emphasis on sorrow and joy. Tessa Tovar will lead you through Yoga Nidra and Yin practices designed for deep relaxation and nervous system care.

You don’t need to be experienced with backbending or yoga to attend this workshop.

“I had been searching for a remote/virtual wellness retreat for a few months when I happened upon this retreat. I was trepidatious about backbends, but I thought I would give it a try. This weekend was legit life changing. The inspiration, self insight and total acceptance was glorious.”

 -Mandy Normandin, Massachusetts

“I loved the event – I am still thinking why and what I exactly loved; but the bubble those splendid people created was very special and powerful, and the experience so profound that I will not forget it!”

-Erica Carotenuto, London


This workshop will be done online. Participants will receive a Zoom link to attend the workshop.


What’s included

  • Two backbending practice sessions with Esak
  • Activities and discussions that reduce depression and help you live a more joyful life
  • Two classes for nervous system reset and support (Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative practices)
  • Practical tools and skills to feel better in your body
  • Opportunity to learn about yourself with support from community
  • A free coaching session with a Westfeldt Institute Coach after the event (up to a $150 value)


September 11-12, 2021
10:00am- 4:00pm MDT




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