Workshops & Trainings

Santa Monica, CA ~ March 23 – 24 – 25, 2018 ~ A Journey to an Ignited Heart


A weekend workshop for all levels with Peter Goodman at:

Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Peter has been practicing yoga for 25 years and has had the great honor and pleasure of traveling worldwide to study and teach with many great yogis in many corners of the world. He is passionate and sincere in offering students a place to journey to, a place filled with stability, freedom and integrity in alignment yet never forgetting the joy filled love of life, the highest teaching life offers!

Friday – March 23, 2018 – The Grounded Heart – 7:30-9:30pm

Foundation is key to feeling safe to move forward and create the kind of lives that we want to live. The hips are often where we hold all our unprocessed hurt, guilt and even anger. These unprocessed emotions can block us, in every way, physically, emotionally, and energetically. This practice is about moving into these places to open them up and ground into the stability of the earth where we alchemize them into more connection and awareness. A practice of seated twists, forward bends, hip openers, and meditation.

Saturday – March 24, 2018 – The Uplifted Heart – 1 to 4pm

All around us nature expands and radiates with beauty. No matter where we are with our practice it can be a way of expressing beauty through our actions. This is how we join in with the unending flow of Life. Come and play as we weave and uplift our way into backbends.

Sunday – March 25, 2018 – Pathway to the Heart – 1 to 4pm

The practice of allowing ourselves to be exactly where we are. This is a class focused on really opening to the moment and seeing ourselves clearly: a place of presence where both shadow and light can reside together. Today we will journey to the pathway towards our heart space. A potpourri practice that will weave to places perhaps unknown.

$50 per workshop Class/ $135 for all 3

For details and registration contact the center at:




719 Broadway

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Abhaya Yoga Retreat in Italy with Julie Dohrman and Peter Goodman


SEPT 28th – OCT 7th, 2018


Join Julie and Peter for a luscious, spacious, and serene 10 day yoga and more retreat, just for you.

Set in the heart of Tuscany, cradled between medieval hilltop towns and surrounded by woodlands, vineyards, olive groves and mountain streams. A private haven ideally suited to creative exploration and spiritual practice: with its spectacular views and untouched landscapes, it imparts a real sense of freedom.

The Tuscan Countryside provides the perfect environment to open and revel in the five senses. To listen, To see, To touch, To smell, and To taste are all gifts of this embodiment. Peter and Julie will guide the students into deeper relationship with the five senses utilizing the practice of Yoga asana, breathwork, and meditation as a framework for exploration. We let the practices become a bridge to the senses so we may feel even more attuned and alive.

The rich land, nourishing food, and fragrant air offer the backdrop to a full experience of what it is to be awake and alive. What an incredible opportunity to dive into yoga and life in the most beautiful places on earth.

Mornings will begin with early meditation and breathwork surrounded by the fresh, cool air. A light breakfast of coffee/ tea and fruit is available in the early am. Prior to Brunch, Peter or Julie will lead an active asana class that will include dynamic poses and flow to get the blood moving and the heart open. Enjoy an incredible feast for the senses after yoga practice prepared by the Tuscan chefs. The afternoons will be filled with sight-seeing, alternating with days of afternoon quiet/ restorative and rejuvenating yoga practice. Dinners held on site, prepared to perfection, in the style of simple and delicious Tuscany are sure to bring great joy to the palette. Students will have plenty of freedom and time to explore the magical land of Tuscany while being provided with a full experience of wellness, and heart-mind-body connection and centering.
We offer this to you for your heart’s journey, set in magnificent Tuscany where the pace of life is slower, and focused on the appreciation of quality of living, in harmony with the world around you. Leave this unforgettable 10 Day Tuscan Retreat with a new vitality and energy for your life, work, and relationships!


(per person)


$2300 ‘dorm’ occupancy with shared bathroom


$2950 double/twin with private bathroom

$2500 double/twin with shared bathroom

$3650 single occupancy with private bath

$2950 single occupancy with shared bath


$3300 double occupancy with private bath

$3950 single occupancy with private bath




  • Group transfer between Rome and Tuscany
  • 2 nights in Rome on arrival & departure
  • 7 nights private Tuscan villa accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes and meditation
  • 3 traditional Italian meals per day
  • Local organic wine and liquors with meals
  • Wine tasting and visit to award winning vineyard
  • Group excursions to nearby towns & villages
  • Italian cooking demonstration
  • Added staff gratuity

  • International flights
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Rome
  • Lunch and dinner in Rome
  • Entrance and guide fees
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of mealtimes

Just $500 deposit to reserve your spot!

Meet Julie Dohrman

Julie dohrman has been teaching locally and internationally for over 15 years, and is a highly sought out teacher throughout communities near and far. Widely known for her inspiring, intelligent, and practical approach to yoga, Julie has an infectious passion for practice and views yoga as a means of personal transformation and growth.

Her classes are deeply layered experiences that invite your attention and awaken the body-mind connection, combining mythic stories and sage teachings of many traditions with flowing, progressive sequencing and clear instruction.

Julie’s focus has been on creating well-informed and thoroughly educated new teachers through her Shaktiyoga New York Teacher Training, and helping the experienced teachers into mastery through her Mentoring program. Along with classes and workshops locally in Brooklyn and New York City, Julie is also a teacher of Neelakantha Meditation as taught in Blue Throat Yoga, guiding students into the practice of deep Tantric Meditation.

She has presented at yoga Festivals from Bali to Nantucket, leads annual retreats to Costa Rica, and holds yearly Teacher Training through her RYS-200 school Shaktiyoga New York. Her writing on yoga has been featured online in Yoga International, elephant Journal, and Complete Wellbeing, as well as her own blog.

Meet Peter Goodman

Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Peter has a playful spirit and loves to share this path of delight through his teaching of yoga. He has been in the world of yoga for 25 years and has had the great honor and pleasure of travelling worldwide to study with many great yogis in many corners of the world. He is passionate and sincere in offering students a place to journey to, a place filled with stability, freedom and integrity in alignment yet never forgetting the joy filled love of life, the highest teaching life offers! He has a special love for safe alignment teachings, therapeutic yoga and the proper hands on touch aspect of yoga. Peter teaches worldwide and offers private instruction as well as group trainings for the more serious student. Concurrently he has served as a guide and mentor to many along the way seeking his life earned wisdom and support as they go through major life changes.

Peter is excited to come to Tuscany to co-teach this retreat with Tara adding to the many Urban 3-day retreats, assisting week long retreats and module focused trainings in Costa Rica, Mexico, Bogota, Ecuador, Barbados, Italy, Athens, and Ireland.



Monte Amiata, Tuscany, Italy

The estate is an IMC certified organic farmstead where we will enjoy 3 meals daily, with more than 80% of it’s energy coming from renewable sources (solar panels and sustainably managed wood) and all the water comes directly from the mountain spring.

The property offers a variety of rooming options from private, double to dorm, mostly with private bathrooms, and beautiful, spacious indoor and outdoor yoga facilities.


We will all meet in Rome for an overnight on Sept 28, and then travel together, the following morning, to the retreat center, where we will spend 7 days practicing yoga, meditating, exploring our inner world, and exploring the beautiful land of the Tuscany.

Then on Oct 6th, we will return to Rome for another overnight and depart the following day to wherever is next for each of us.

Your flight should arrive into Rome ANYTIME on Friday Sept 28 and depart from Rome AMYTIME on Sunday Oct 07th. You should make your own arrangements for transport from the airport to the group hotel in Rome, but we will give you a list of group arrivals, in order to co-ordinate and share travel costs.

Angus and Tania of Chirriposa Retreats will be your retreat hosts for the whole week, and there will be rental vehicles (9 seater mini-vans) and drivers to take us on group excursions throughout the week, giving us the freedom to visit as many medieval villages and towns as our hearts desire.


  • Wine tasting & tour, alpaca farm, thermal hot springs, horseback riding, hiking, cooking demonstration!
  • Excursions and day trips to Montepulciano, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Pitigliano, Saturnia, Monte Amiata
  • Bodywork – reflexology, deep tissue massage, hot rocks, spa treatments
  • Lots of cute little furry animals (cats, dog, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks…) to cuddle!


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