Weekend Retreats

Find peace, purpose, and your authentic voice. Learn to live with more ease, whether you have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, or just experience everyday stress.

Beginners to both yoga and writing are enthusiastically welcomed!

Prose & Pose Workshops balance therapeutic writing, mindful meditation, and the physical/philosophical practice of yoga. Explore ways to use mind/body connections and the power of present moment awareness to help manage anxiety and depression.

We will discuss ways to heal through your writing while finding your authentic voice on the page, and dealing with the inner critic. We will engage the body and learn how a meditation and yoga practice can help access an inner stillness that makes everyday life just a little bit easier. Workshops are held all over the country and range from four hours to four days.

In have led workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 1440 Multiversity, Art of Living Center, Yogaville, Common Ground Healing Arts, ACAC Fitness and wellness, among others.

If you would like to request a retreat for your school or organization, click here.

For a list of upcoming retreats and events - check the sidebar or click here.

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Prose & Pose Workshop Testimonials

“I found it beyond helpful and engaging. The content was so groundbreaking for me.”

“I was slightly apprehensive about taking this class, I almost didn’t come because of my anxiety. I’m glad I did because I’ve been given tools to cope. Effective, in just a few days!”

“Lisa’s workshop and book have been more helpful to me in self-acceptance and self love than the past years of therapy.”

“There wasn’t one thing Lisa said this weekend that was not incredibly valuable. As someone who is in education – Lisa is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”

“This program was excellent. Lisa is a sensitive and caring person who communicated how to enrich our lives by giving us tools for self-awareness and dealing with issues that held us back from a self-aware and fulfilling life. “

“The program exceeded my expectations. Lisa is so easily understood and approachable. I came with an open mind and was led to where I needed to be.”

“Lisa Jakub is a refreshing soul that will feel like a warm hug as she teaches you to accept any of your weird crazy self, and provides tools to take home.”

“The ease with which Lisa spoke about all of these complex topics and her passion for exploring the intersections of writing, anxiety, and yoga was inspiring to say the least.”

“Thank you so much for your time, energy, and expertise this weekend and for just being so darn likable and REAL!”

“I feel our weekend together was life-changing in so many ways!!  I feel like something has opened in me and I finally have a direction for my writing. Things are just flowing… this is so healing and exciting!”

“Someone already mentioned how “up” and positive I sounded coming home after your workshop this past weekend!

“Lisa made it a safe, welcoming space, and shared personal stories in a way that illustrated what she taught and made it even more accessible. I am looking forward to putting all these tools to good use!”

“Lisa Jakub’s Embrace Your Weird rocked my world. The intimate group setting was a garden bed for kindness, self-compassion, introspection and creativity. Lisa’s wisdom and genuine empathy are unlike any teacher’s I’ve known before. Do your soul a favor and take this life changing course.”

“At first, I felt intimidated because she's "that girl" that I've seen in movies and "that girl" who has written a couple of my favorite books. But Lisa is first and foremost a kind and gentle person who quickly made me feel like "one of the gang." Lisa's personality made me feel comfortable asking my tough questions.”

Yoga training and philosophy

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I am a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) specializing in therapeutically-focused yoga: yoga for anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. I did my 200 hour training at Kripalu and my 300 hour training at Glenmore Center. I am deeply passionate about sharing the practice of yoga. I teach individual classes, and lead yoga workshops all over the country, for everyone from beginners to experienced yogis.

I love teaching because many people feel intimidated by yoga, with all those bendy people in stretchy pants. I get it. I was terrified to go to my first class. I have anxiety and a panic disorder and I couldn’t even touch my toes. What the hell was I doing in a yoga class? 

But yoga turned my life upside down in the best possible way. It offered me tools to manage my anxiety, depression and panic attacks. It cured the pain and lingering nerve damage I suffered from a broken back. It showed me a more peaceful and mindful way to live my life. I’ve now had a devoted practice for more than eight years and I love helping others discover the wide range of physical and emotional benefits that come from yoga.

My very first yoga student was my grandmother after her stroke — so those who are not traditional “yoga types” have a special place in my heart. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. 

My training in Kripalu yoga has a strong focus on breath/body awareness and is very permissive, with lots of variations and modifications. I have studied theraputically-focused yoga for those who are struggling with mental wellness issues, or post traumatic stress, as well as those who have significant physical limitations. I have studied Vinyasa yoga, Yoga Nidra, and traditional yoga philosophy — all of which help inform my personal teaching style. My belief is that yoga is grounded in love, self-acceptance, and presence. Everything else is a side-effect.

Want to check out what my yoga classes are like? Here you go:

Mindfulness Classes

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In the chaos of everyday life, it can feel impossible to find some peace. People tell me all the time that they can’t meditate — they tried it and their minds are spinning wildly and they can’t stop their thoughts. I’m sorry to break this to you because I’m sure you are an absolutely delightful person: but your brain is not special. It’s not. That is what everyone’s brain does. It’s your brain’s job to always look for problems. That’s how it has kept you alive.

Saying you can’t meditate because you can’t stop your thoughts is like saying you can’t play basketball because you aren’t a unicorn. Of course you are not a unicorn and of course, you can’t stop your thoughts. Luckily, we’re not trying to stop our thoughts when we meditate. We’re just trying to shift our relationship with them and realize those manic thoughts don’t have to run our whole damn lives.

Meditation was an absolute game-changer for me – it helped me get a handle on my anxiety and depression, and I believe it can help everyone.  It’s not woo-woo hippie stuff. It’s science. In these classes, I teach the tools of meditation and mindfulness to help manage anxiety, mood disorders, and everyday stress.

For a beginner’s guided meditation I recorded in my closet, click here. Or find my meditations on the free Insight Timer App