11 Elements: A Body Compassion Project Fall Retreat 

september 14-16, 2018
HIMALAYAn Institute,honesdale, pa

You are invited to join me and Kanjana Hartshorne at the scenic and peaceful Himalayan Institute in the Poconos September 14 to 16 for the 11 Elements: A Body Compassion Project Retreat, where you will rebuild healthy and compassionate connections with your true self – body, heart, and soul.


The Meaning & Mission of "11 Elements"

Every human body is made up of 11 core elements that are essential for survival. This means that everyone was born from and survives on the same set of elements that are natural to this earth. How beautiful is that?

We believe being made from the same life giving materials unites us all in meaningful ways that can easily be overlooked in our fast-paced society. These 11 elements are also a vital reminder that our bodies are powerful beyond measure, no matter their size or shape.

In a world that thrives on unrealistic beauty ideals and external validation, we can lose our connection with ourselves and feel discontent with our bodies. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to teach simple yet powerful ways to: practice compassion and connection with your body; experience more peace and beauty in the unscripted chaos of life; develop mindfulness skills; and cultivate more gratitude for the 11 elements that unite us and the true self that makes you and your body unique.


This special weekend includes:

  • 5 healing and empowering sessions on creating kind relationships with our bodies
  • Yoga practices that include poses, meditation, guided visualization, mantra, and Yoga philosophy to illuminate our discussions and cultivate self-connection
  • Meaningful and supportive discussion
  • Journaling, art, and other creative activities
  • Delicious soul nourishing food
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Additional amenities offered at the Himalayan Institute
  • Plus a private guided hike for our group, a Fire Pit Pondside party, and a Chai Tea welcome party. 


Themes we will explore include but are not limited to:

  • How do I relate to my body?
  • How do I talk to my body?
  • How did my body image develop?
  • How do my emotions affect my body image?
  • How does my body language and body image affect my emotions?
  • How can we use tools from yoga therapy to help us cultivate compassion for our bodies?
  • How can we practice gratitude for what your bodies do for us?
  • How do we give ourselves permission to pursue a life beyond external validation and be freed from superficial comparisons and judgement?
  • What’s the difference between tolerance, acceptance, respect, love, and kindness?
  • How do we move forward with connection to self and others?


Who Should Come?

This retreat is appropriate for women who want to explore how to feel more confident and content in their bodies. Whether you struggle with body image because of your past, weight, race, size, ability, aging, illness, or more, we invite you to join us. No yoga experience is necessary.

Here's what people are saying about our past retreats:

"Through introspective art and journaling activities, yoga therapy, breath work, and the love and support of our group, I went back home to Florida with a renewed sense of self-love, a new understanding of how it feels to be truly connected to my body, and a goal of reprioritizing my recovery and my health, because that is the ultimate path to body kindness." ~Alicia Damiano


"The retreat gave me the opportunity to slow down and reconnect with my body. A month later I continue to meditate every day and I have the energy to take on my day. As mental health professional, that value is unspeakable. Thank you!" ~Audrey Grunst


“This retreat was an incredible opportunity to explore how my relationship with my body influences how I relate in the world. It was so healing to be able to disconnect from life and focus on me, all while connecting with other women struggling with similar issues. And I really enjoyed using yoga and creative arts to do this exploration. I hadn't touched watercolors since elementary school, and what a treat to be able to play with them as an adult!" ~Ellen L.


"I refer to retreat as ‘the weekend I didn’t realize I truly needed’. I was not sure what to expect even after registering for such a retreat, so I tried to go without any preconceived notions and keep an open mind. Within minutes of first introductions, I was put at ease as I could almost feel everyone exhale out their reservations and any anxiety. It was refreshing to be around such good-hearted individuals who had a similar goal of self-betterment.

The lovely ladies running the workshop, Kanjana and Jennifer, executed activities with much integrity as well as a quiet determination with the objective of making everyone feel comfortable in their own skin. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I was ready to challenge myself emotionally as well as spiritually so took this opportunity to do so. However, I believe I was able to do it with such ease because Kanjana and Jennifer created an open and peaceful ambiance. The only change I would have maybe requested would be to add another day!" ~Anonymous


"There was nothing that I could have expected more from this retreat! After a year where I felt like I was facing one obstacle after another, I knew I needed a vacation and thought I would take a trip to Mexico. Who knew that a weekend of getting in touch with myself, surrounded by such beautiful women in a beautiful area in the Poconos is what I truly needed. It has been a few weeks since the retreat and I am still feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, pure, and whole.  I learned to appreciate myself, my body, and the earth." ~T


Tuition: $495 (payment plan available)
Space is limited, reserve your spot!

Room & Board
Starts at $190 for a shared room and includes: vegetarian meals through the weekend, optional yoga classes and meditation/prayer groups, complimentary Wi-Fi, unlimited hot beverages in the Tea Lounge, and access to the Himalayan Institute’s picturesque 400-acre campus offers breathtaking views, scenic trails, and peaceful spaces for reflection and contemplation.

To reserve your room call 570-253-5551 ext #2 to reserve by phone or visit the Himalayan Institute website and use this booking code: BCP0918


*20% off for previous retreat attendees and group members. Get in touch to receive your discount code.

*10% Early Bird Discount Available Through June 15, 2018.

Continuing Education

*Continuing education units for Yoga Teachers registered with the Yoga Alliance. 
*16 CEUs for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors in PA and NJ. 

Cancellation Policy

*Full refund for cancellations 30 days before the event start date.

*Partial refund for cancellations less than 30 days before the event start date (you will receive back total paid minus $200)

We would love for you to join us for the 11 Elements Fall Retreat! Have questions? Feel free to get in touch. I will happily answer all your questions.

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I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who struggles with self-doubt and body image-related issues. Kanjana and Jennifer provide a safe place to explore who you are and where you want to be.
— Catherine Loveless

Tuition: $495

room & Board: starts at $190

*20% off for previous retreat attendees and group members. Get in touch to receive your discount code.

*10% Early Bird Discount Available Through June 15, 2018.

*Space is limited, reserve your spot!


About Kanjana & Jennifer

Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW, RYT500,CCFP, Reiki Master, is a licensed psychotherapist, compassion fatigue professional, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist. In her private practice at the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA and virtually, she offers an evidence-based blend of traditional Western psychotherapy and Eastern Comprehensive Yoga Therapy to address issues across the lifespan. Kanjana is the meditation and yoga therapy counselor at Temple University. She also offers clinical supervision, CEU trainings for healthcare professionals, retreats, and facilitates yoga, art, & therapy workshops across the Mainline. In her own journey to wellness, Kanjana discovered how powerful and healing the expressive arts can be. By combined her passions and knowledge, Kanjana hopes to empower each individual to build upon their existing strengths and move towards a positive path to mind, body, and spiritual wellness, whatever that is for them.  


Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, is a yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. She is an inspirational speaker on eating disorder recovery and body image and coauthor of the forthcoming book, Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship With Your Body (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018). In addition to her private yoga therapy practice, Jennifer leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and yoga workshops and retreats on eating disorder recovery and body image. Jennifer also trains yoga professionals how to nurture positive body image in students and private clients at the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA. She is the cofounder of 11 Elements: A Body Compassion Project Yoga Retreat, and a partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Jennifer's writing about her personal and professional experiences on the topics of yoga, body image, motherhood, and eating disorder recovery have appeared in Yoga Journal and other influential blogs. She has appeared on Fox29 News and has been featured in the Huffington PostReal Woman magazine, Medill Reports Chicago, Philly.com, and the ED Matters podcast. Connect with Jennifer: www.ChimeYogaTherapy.com.