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Notes & News: One Yoga Center, Foster RI

Somatic Pop-up classes 2/14 & 3/14

Please click on the link to see the flyer for the Somatic pop-up classes

Somatic Pop-up Feb&Mar 2019

Retreat – June 6-9, 2019

Yogic Lifestyle Immersion


Awakening Presence

The retreat has sold out.  Please let us know if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.

Are you ready to commit time for self-care and personal growth in 2019?

Imagine 3 nights and 4 days relaxing into the sound of waves breaking upon the shore. Visualize your self moving through a historic, oceanside inn that renders a feeling of stepping back in time. Come together with like minded souls to drop out of the pull of daily life and drop in to a greater connection to self & Self.

This retreat will be an immersion into yogic life style.


  • Yoga Asana (postures),
  • Pranayama (breath exercises)
  • Mudra (hand gestures to support reflection/meditation)
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual study (reading, reflection & conversation)
  • Self Inquiry
  • Kama Yoga (selfless service).
  • Special evening programs:  Sitar and Tabla Concert with Srinivas Reedy and Dances of Universal Peace with Ellen Lara (in the spirit of seva/service these programs will be open to the Cuttyhunk community).

Mornings will begin with group sadhana (practice) adapted to the needs of the group with a focus on connecting deeply with one’s personal truth. Following practice, as a community, we will share the responsibility of setting out our morning meal (yogurt, granola, toast, fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, and make your own eggs). Breakfast will be followed with time for walks, reflection and journaling.  Lunch will be prepared by our personal chef, Haley Pollock (  Each day two participants will be asked to practice Karma Yoga by assisting Haley in the kitchen prior to meals (one time during the retreat for each willing participant). Lunch will be followed by a facilitated group experience where you may be asked to engage in a small group or partner with another participant. Following our group time there will be personal time to engage with others, walk the beach & rest. Prior to dinner, there will be a facilitated experience of Yoga and or meditation. After dinner there will be time for tea and sharing as well as our evening programs.   Our Chef Haley and ellen are planning for balanced healthy, vegetarian meals.  Please inform us, upon registration, if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.  Haley is nutrition savvy and holds a degree in nutritional science and will fulfill reasonable requests.

These times are approximate and will be adjusted as necessary to meet the needs of the group

7:30-9:00     Morning Yoga Practice

9:00-10:00   Breakfast

10:00-12:30  Time for nature, personal reflection, journaling (individual and group)

12:30-1:30    Lunch

1:30-3:30     Facilitated Group Experience

3:30-5:00     Personal time

5:00-6:00     Facilitated Meditation/restorative/yin

6:00-7:00     Dinner

7:00-9:00     Group time – Tea/sharing – Evening Events- Sitar & Tabla concert & Dances of Universal Peace

Participants will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of the program to insure group cohesiveness and inspire personal evolution.

June 6 – 9, 2019

Ferry departs for Cuttyhunk from New Bedford at 9 am on June 6  ( ) and departs from the Island at 3pm on June 9th. Consider carpooling as there is a daily charge of $15 for parking.  Ellen will help organize carpooling closer to the time. Ellen will not be traveling to Cuttyhunk with the group as she will already be on island preparing.

Retreat fee:    

  • $630 base fee for triple accommodations (limited number available)
  • Add $40 for a double room (room mate requests will be honored)
  • Limited single rooms MAY be available for an up-charge depending on registration. Please check with Ellen
  • Add $56 for round trip ferry fee (ellen will book for the group – they did not offer a group rate)

Fee includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast, gourmet healthy lunch and dinner, coffee, tea, fruit, all activities and programs.

Fee does not include: Ferry ($56),$2 luggage fee per bag up to 45 pounds, $4 up to 75 pounds – paid at ferry. Parking fee is also not included.

Note, added 1/1/2019: It was brought to my attention that there was confusion around the ferry fee. The ferry fee is an additional fee that needs to be included with your final payment as Ellen will book the ferry for the group.

Register with a $250 deposit by March 1, 2019. Full payment due by April 21.

 Cancelation policy:
  • If OYC cancels all will receive full refund
  • Cancelations until April 21 will be refunded with a 10% administrative fee.
  • Cancelations after April 21 will be refunded with a 20% administrative fee.
  • 50% refund after April 21

Space is limited, up to 16 participants.

Program may be canceled if it does not fill by March 1 – please register early.

Please note: I encourage you to visit to get a feel for the inn. It has a charming old world feel that my not be for everyone. Look through the gallery to see the bedrooms and the common spaces.  Note that we are renting the whole Inn, there will not be other guests. Read through the links under “your stay” to understand the nuances of this very unique place.  Some rooms have private baths and some do not.  Some baths have showers, some only clawfoot tubs.  There is a newly updated bathroom on the first floor with a large shower that all are welcome to use. I can not guarantee what room you will have. In shared rooms, a twin bed may need to be added to rooms with one bed.  Please let me know if you are willing to share a queen or king size bed with someone you are traveling with. We will be on island at the very start of the Cuttyhunk season. This means that the limited number of restaurants (a pizza place and a clam shack) and the single gift shop will likely be closed. It also means that the Island will be even quieter then usual and we can truly UNHOOK and retreat. Namaste.

For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Workshop Series, Deepen your Practice

Are you looking to go deeper with your yoga practice?  

Join Jennifer Spaziano for a special six-part, monthly workshop series.  Each session will incorporate various yogic techniques including: meditation, chanting, breath work, strength training and somatic movement.  While the final workshop will draw on all others, culminating in a home practice plan; any workshop can be taken on it’s own. Most levels can attend any session.

  • Fri Feb 8th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

A path with heart: Our heart resides at the center of our being: the midpoint between the absolute and the relative.   Discover how to act more consciously from your center. Poses will focus on hands, arms, shoulders, and chest (Anahata chakra).

  • Fri March 8th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm  $25

Reach new heights: Our ability to communicate the truth rests on our shoulders (literally and figuratively).  Experience the expansiveness and stillness offered by the air element. We will explore chanting and dyad work in addition to poses that will focus on the neck, throat (Vishuddha chakra), jaw, mouth and inner ear.

  • Fri April 5th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

Bring it home: To achieve and maintain a sense of harmony in one’s life, we must work to align our feelings, thoughts and actions.  Bring to light inner dissonance and learn skills to find resiliency and peace. Students will be asked to reflect on their personal “dissonance” and create a home practice plan (Ajna & Sahasrara chakra).


Note 9/2018

Namaste Beautiful Hearts,
I am enjoying the break in the humidity and the refreshing nip of autumn. It offers another reminder to yield to the patterns of transition that create rhythms in my life. Looking closely at these rhythms I see the teachings of yoga everywhere. Nature’s cycle of birth, growth, death and decay holds, for me, the greatest truth.
To truly embrace and accept this cycle as it unfolds within myself, my relationships, my work, even my beliefs, creates a level of awareness that allows me to ride the waves of what is. I don’t mean to imply that this is easy or that I am always successful. For me it is THE PRACTICE. It’s the practice of yoga off the mat. With concerted effort, day-by-day and momen-by-moment, I work to unhook from my conditioned, habitual ways of being. With ahimsa (non-violence), karuna (compassion) and satya (truthfulness) I remove my masks and veils of illusion to reveal the many ways I delude myself and dance in my own puddles.
2018 has been a year of unexpected challenges that have demanded my attention. My practice has been tested and my faith affirmed. I know deep in my soul that this work is the essential work. I admit that this ongoing unveiling of my conditioned personality can be quite painful and difficult to behold but I remember the teachings and acknowledge with compassion that these aspects of my character once served as a skin that helped me negotiate my sense of the world. As I bring discarded pieces of myself into consciousness with love, healing begins and yoga (wholeness) unfolds.
As I molt this skin that that has become too tight I feel space for the seeds within my heart to blossom. So again I yield to the cycle of nature arising within me. New birth and growth, death and decay.
May you find many blessings in the teachings of yoga and may they always be a guiding light. Thank you for the gift of knowing you.
Love and Namaste, ellen

Advice from a Tree – a poem to share

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

Ilan Shamir

Himalayan Trek – 11/3/18

Trek & Seek – The Trip is full. Place your name on our waiting list soon and we will contact you if slots open.

A Journey of Discovery in the Himalayas

Join Ellen for a sojourn into the heart of the Himalaya. On this 10 day journey you will bask in the beauty of a country barely touched by the passage of time.

November 3-12, 2018


  • Trek from village to village feeling the pulse of Nepal.

Take time to reflect through meditation, yoga &/or time in nature.

Cross suspension bridges, explore hazelnut forests, meander through villages, bathe in the healing waters of hot springs, behold medieval architectural wonders and more!

For details on pricing and our full itienary .

Take a look at our flyer by clicking on:  Himalaya flyer


For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Monthly Meditation Circle


Meditation Circles are an opportunity to experience the energy of meditating with others. These are undirected “sits”, without instruction.

Meditation will be held from 10:45am t0 11:15am (can increase duration by group consensus) on the following Saturdays:

  • February 23, 2019 – open memorial sit for community member, Jedd
  • March  2, 2019
  • April – no sit in April
  • May 4, 2019





For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Meditation 101 – 3/23 & 4/20

Research shows that regular meditation practice changes the brain. The changes include an increase in gray matter which is webresbwDSC_0121essential for processing information. Meditation slows down the “monkey mind” and its quieting effect generates an increased sense of wellbeing or happiness. Meditation has also been shown to be a great tool for managing anxiety, stress and depression. And, it has also been shown to improve concentration and attention.

Ready to get started?

Join Ellen for this two part workshop where you will:

  • Explore different meditation techniques
  • Learn Mudras (hand positions) to support meditation
  • Practice in a supportive group setting
  • Discover what meditation is not, the myths about meditation
  • Have your questions answered
  • Receive guidance on how to begin & maintain a regular practice

Please note the dates below have been updated do to a scheduling issues

Session 1 – April 20, 11:00-1:00

Session 2 – May 18, 2019 11:00-1:00

$60 or $50 – early bird by March 1 2019

For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Celebrating the Change of Seasons

Autumn 2014

Celebrating the Change of Seasons

As the evenings cool and the smell of wild grapes delight my senses, I experience a low hum of resistence and a feeling of exhilaration emerging at once.

I love the long full days of summer. Sunny walks on the beach, paddles on the water, veggies on the grill. But a part of me is hungry for the slowing down and the nurturing warmth of the hearth.

I welcome the balance that the change of seasons binds me too. It is a reminder of the inevitability of change. An opportunity to demonstrate flexibility and resilience as I embrace each day exactly as it is.

Each day I practice welcoming challenges as opportunities for growth and see life’s gifts as opportunities to deepen into my gratitude for this life. Good and bad, happy and sad, birth and death, summer and winter, resistance and exhilaration…dualities that can draw me into suffering or guide me on a path to greater awareness, wholeness and freedom.

Blessings, ellen

Welcoming Spring-“Embracing Change” a day long retreat 3/31/19

A day of quiet yoga and reflective silence

This is your time. A break just for you.

Join ellen for this day long retreat where you are offered time to settle in and explore the significance of change and your response to it.

Taking time to slow down and practice in silence offers you the opportunity to tap into aspects of yourself that are untouched by conditioning, habit and the demands of life.

Silence offers you an opportunity to recognize “habits of mind” that draw you into experiences of dissatisfaction, frustration and feelings of separation, especially in times of change. Learning to recognize, embrace and release the need to identify with or resist change is one key to a sense of inner freedom. Recognizing habitual patterns is a foundational skill for “working”  with thoughts and beliefs that are not serving you.

Utilizing a variety of Yogic tools, including moderate flow, restorative and yin Yoga, we will gather together to explore the nature of change and move into the season with a renewed perspective and greater ease.

Early registration by March 1 $60  after $70 – 10 students minimum 20 max -please invite your friends!

March 31, 2019  11:00 – 4:30p.m.

This is being held at One Yoga Center in Foster, RI. Please bring a light lunch.  Lunch break will be around 1:00.

To register, email

For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).