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locked in your body + holding you back

By August 16, 2014April 28th, 2023retreat



#freeyourbody: unleash your leadership potential

a retreat of exploration + change

this is a retreat for anyone, working in any field, who is passionate about social justice. if you have a socio-political lens with which you view + navigate the world, then this retreat is a must for you. Organizers, activists, yoga teachers + practitioners, coaches, dharma community members, advocates alike require this space to deepen self-knowledge + leap into the next strata of personal leadership.

if you are free of unwanted baggage, then this retreat is not for you.

when we think about our leadership in the context of the socio, political, economical, + environmental landscapes, we inevitably come up against the deeply embedded ways in which systems of oppression continually shape who + how we are in the world. oppression is locked in the body. you cannot think oppression out of your body. this retreat aims to explore, with a somatic lens, the many ways in which oppression limits our ability to acutely align our leadership with the values + principles that drive our work. By exploring the impact of social, economic, + political conditions, the oppressive nature of how these spheres function in our society, we can ultimately reveal the depths in which these oppressive societal conditions live in our beings + how it can limit the impact of our individual + collective leadership.

soma (so-mah): the body in its living wholeness

why a somatic lens?
somatics is a sophisticated methodology combining the biological + social sciences to provide a framework for analysis + action. the core ideology of somatics posits the undeniable interconnection + indispensable balance of mind, body, + mood. 

the use of somatics in leadership, begins by examining unconscious practiced behaviors, established by our interactions with family, community, + society throughout our lives, that blocks us from taking empowered action on our own behalf + ultimately aligning our behavior with our values + principles. it continues by establishing physical, emotional, + mental practices that shake up + shed these binds. 

September 26-28th 2014

Garrison Institute

design + facilitation by

rusia n. mohiuddin with angel Kyodo williams 


many ways to support yourself + others

we want to make giving to + attending this retreat possible for everyone who has a yearning for social justice + self-cultivation. here are some ways in which you can get involved!

retreat fees a hinderance to attending? don’t sweat it! 
email us at + we will add you to our razoo team so you can raise your individual fees with some DIY crowdfunding… DOPE!

can’t attend but love it so much you wanna support?

kick us a donation at any of the following links:


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“transforming the truth to love requires knowing the truth about our own leadership.”  -Rusia Mohiuddin, Principle @ Universal Partnership

tuition + room fees

registration is a 2-step process: register HERE for the retreat + pay the modest tuition fee then visit the garrison institute to register for room + board

fees for room, food (2 nights) range from $100-$130 per night (not included in the fees listed below)

the remaining tuition fees are as follows + can be paid through the retreat registration process or at our eventbrite page:

individual = EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $300.00. REG. PRICE $389.00 (if you would like to participant, sans any affiliation with an organization)

organization = $240.00 – $640 (if you would like to participate through your organization + with organizational resources. sliding scale based on organizational budget)

  • $150,000 or less organizational budget: tuition fee is $300/person + room & board
  • $250,000 or less organizational budget: tuition fee is $350/person + room & board
  • $500,000 or less organizational budget: tuition fee is $400/person + room & board
  • $750,000 or less organizational budget: tuition fee is $500/person + room & board
  • $1,000,000 or more organizational budget: tuition fee is $650/person + room & board

be an event sponsor = $100.00 (individuals + organizations can become event sponsors by making a donation of $100 or more)

sponsor a friend = EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $300.00. REG. PRICE $389.00 (can’t make it to the retreat yourself? know someone who can really benefit? sponsor a someone to attend the retreat)

make a donation = $20.00+ (every little bit we raise makes it that much more accessible for folks to attend the retreat)



Rusia N. Mohiuddin, the Principle of Universal Partnership, is a leadership trainer & certified somatic coach, who pioneered the integration of somatics into an organizing framework. Read more…
Called “the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher and master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. Read more…
casey johanna, Retreat Coordinator, is a human being, born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. A child of the African & Asian diasporas, via family lineage in Guyana, they believed health & well-being are necessary components of liberation. Read more…










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Rusia Mohiuddin

Author Rusia Mohiuddin

Rusia is the Principal of Universal Partnership. She has been doing work in our movements, in various capacities, for nearly 30 years. At the heart of Rusia's work is the core belief that "changing you IS changing the world."

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