Within the Mystery: Better Farm holds yoga workshop

Better Farm from July 9-11 hosted "Within the Mystery," a weekend-long yoga retreat led by Los Angeles-based Danielle Marie Gutshall of The Conscious Canopy.

With students from as far as York, Penn., and Brooklyn, N.Y., the fresh air and quiet loft space of Better Farm's barn were welcomed reliefs from the everyday buzz of city and suburban life.

"I really liked the outdoor space and the people," one yoga student wrote. "It was beautiful here and a great place to relax and reflect," said another.

"Within the Mystery" combined a spectrum of events to bring students deeper within their selves. Those in attendance practiced a blend of yoga (Kripalu meets Kundalini), breathwork, guided relaxation, and a taste of shamanic journeying.

Photos from the workshop after the jump!

Danielle Marie Gutshall is an interdisciplinary artist, yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and childbirth specialist.  She currently resides in Los Angeles ,where she guides new families as a birth and postpartum doula and a Birthing from Within Mentor.  She is also passionate about nature, shamanism, storytelling, ritual and archetypes, and where they meet and merge. She has studied with mentors such as Hank Wesselman, Jill Kuykendall, Pam England, Susun Weed, Saul David Raye, Gurmukh Khalsa, and Guru Singh.  For more information check out www.theconsciouscanopy.net.

All photos by Emily McCombs
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.