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Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships
November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Don't miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Spaces are limited. Register now.
 
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Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

“Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.”

― Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism

Together and over many years, Karena, Phoeun, and Kevin facilitated restorative justice circles, rooted in healing and accountability, inside of San Quentin State prison. In 2022, Phoeun, a Cambodian genocide survivor and refugee, was deported from the U.S. to Cambodia. This devastating decision forced them to relinquish the long-awaited homecoming Phoeun, his family, and community had longed for, and instead reckon with the meanings of community and belonging across separation, space, and time. For Karena, Phoeun, and Kevin, these practices were their way in, their way with, and their way through, even when they could no longer sit together in person. 

Join Karena, Phoeun, and Kevin on an expansive and stirring journey to Cambodia. Siem Reap will anchor our practice as we reimagine, revitalize, and weave the webs of connection that support our well-being - particularly during times of tumult, conflict, and separation. More than ever, we need spaces where we can remember and strengthen our capacity to turn towards each other in ways that are accessible, meaningful, and restorative –  the ones that will fortify and sustain us for the long haul.

Together we will explore:

  • Creating & sustaining co-accountable communities of care & belonging.
  • How connection creates community safety.
  • What is ours to do personally & what is ours to do collectively.
  • What keeps us well.

We are excited to offer tiered pricing as an intentional practice to create equity and expand access to system-impacted and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people or color) travelers on this retreat. If you'd like to be considered for one of these scholarship spots, please submit an application via the link HERE

Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat is one of the world’s most important ancient monuments and a sight not to be missed in this lifetime. Built in the 1100s, this gorgeous and inspiring Hindu temple complex is the national symbol of Cambodia and holds great pride for the Khmer culture. The grandeur and beauty of the structures are only matched by the skilled artistry of the thousands of intricately carved bas-reliefs. The ancient kings of Cambodia competed to outdo each other in the size, scale, and symmetry of their building efforts, culminating in the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat.

Our days have been skillfully designed to get the most out of our time here, with an eye for avoiding the crowds. We will see all of the more well-known highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a few off-the-beaten-track treasures, where we will likely be the only visitors there. Our accommodations are in a lovely 4-star hotel with a warm and welcoming staff. Each day will include an optional yoga practice. 

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Pricing

Double Occupancy

$ ($4695)Show Details

Single Occupancy

$ ($5995)Show Details

Partial & Full Scholarship Options (Double Occupancy Only)

$ ($0 - $3295)Show Details
*Offer valid through July 1, 2024.
 
Included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3-day Angkor Archeological Park entry pass
  • all breakfasts plus welcome and farewell dinner
  • all transportation in a private vehicle with AC
  • expert local guide
  • govt. tax & service charges
  • 24/7 support from our local team
  • private airport transfers
  • donation to a local school
  • transformative justice programming
  • yoga practices
  • international airfare
  • travel insurance
  • meals aside from those specifically included
  • additional touring required besides the listed sights
  • tips, drinks, personal expenses
 
Payment and Cancellation Policy:

A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip. The final balance payment is due by July 25, 2024. ... If you cancel before the final balance deadline we will refund any payments you have made, minus the non-refundable deposit. If you do not complete the payment on your own by July 25, 2024, the card on file will be automatically charged your remaining balance on that date, unless we have advised you otherwise. If you register for the trip after July 25, 2024, the full payment amount is due at sign-up.  All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after July 25, 2024. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred before the commencement of the retreat.

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Karena Montag
Karena is a lover and a fighter. She believes that well-being is integral to achieving community safety and collective liberation.  Karena developed an early-in-her-bones-understanding of what it is to be with the relational complexities that restorative justice asks us to hold; sitting in prison-based restorative justice circles she found the praxis. She is the Co-Founding Director of STRONGHOLD, an organization that works at the intersection of restorative and racial justice to create co-accountable communities of belonging. Karena is also a co-founding member of the Transformative Prison Workgroup (TPW), a CA coalition that breaks isolation & builds political power as an integral step toward abolition. She has worked at the intersection of mental health, justice, and healing for over t... Read More

Years Teaching

10+ years

Teaching Style

Experiential, Just, Collaborative

Inspiration

Beloved community & Radical honesty

My Profile & Retreats
Phoeun You
Phoeun You is a Cambodian genocide survivor and refugee who grew up in Long Beach, CA. Phoeun was sentenced to life at 20 years old.  During his 26-year incarceration, Phoeun participated in and facilitated numerous transformative in-prison group programs. Phoeun is a dedicated mentor to many other Southeast Asian refugees who were incarcerated at a young age and co-founded ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves) to help connect prisoners to their history and culture through education and restorative justice. Phoeun has helped hundreds of incarcerated people on their journeys of rehabilitation and transformation, facilitated dialogues between survivors and responsible parties, led survivor-centered healing circles, and trained countless volunteers to deliver in-prison programs. Phoeun has... Read More

Inspiration

Long motorcycle rides, family and community bonds

My Profile & Retreats
Kevin Skipper
Kevin Skipper is a passionate advocate for restorative justice and equity-based practices. As a facilitator for the Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) program with the Ahimsa Collective, Kevin brings his wealth of experience and dedication to creating spaces for healing and transformation. Kevin's journey in restorative justice began as a volunteer facilitator for the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) within San Quentin State Prison, where he witnessed the profound impact of restorative practices in fostering empathy and accountability. Today, he continues his mission as a professional facilitator with Stronghold, working to empower community organizations through restorative approaches. With over 30 years of experience in financial services consultation and 17 years as a real estate broker,... Read More

Inspiration

Meaningful conversations, my three kids and four grandchidlren

My Profile & Retreats
 

FAQ

What airport do I fly into?

You will book your international ticket into and out of Siem Reap International Airport (airport code: REP).
 

If you wish to arrive a day early to settle in and get acclimated we can request additional nights at our group hotel. Please contact us directly for rates. 

What vaccinations do I need?

There are no required vaccinations for travel to Cambodia. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended please, visit the CDC website for information on Cambodia and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.  

Do I need a visa for travel to Cambodia?

Entry into Cambodia requires a visa. You can get an E-Visa in advance (strongly recommended) or, obtain a visa upon arrival when you arrive in Siem Reap. The visa upon arrival will require one passport-size photograph and the fee in cash, which is currently USD $30 per person.

IMPORTANT:  your passport must have at least six months validity remaining after your date of entry into Cambodia.

Are airport transfers included ?

Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Whenever you arrive, day or night you will be met by a private driver and transported to the group hotel. Note if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.

What if I am traveling alone?

We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply. 

If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.

How many people are expected on this retreat?

Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 15 to 25 attendees is a general average.

Are gratuities included?

No, gratuities are not included in the price of your program. We suggest tipping our guides with USD $5 - 15 per person per day, while drivers usually receive USD $3 - 5 per person per day. We suggest approximately USD$5-$8 per person per day for hotel housekeeping, bellman, wait staff etc.

Are meals included?

Breakfasts are included throughout the journey. Suggestions for off-site restaurants and meal options for Siem Reap can be viewed here. You can plan for lunches & dinners to cost approximately $5 - $20/person when dining outside of the hotel.

Do I need travel insurance?

International Yoga strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance. A personal, political, environmental, health, or weather-related incident may arise that can prevent or interrupt your travels. If you do not purchase travel insurance you will be assuming 100% of any costs associated with the cancellation/ interruption of your retreat. 

While we cannot advise on specific travel insurance policies, we recommend looking at plans through the reputable travel insurance provider, Travelex. The FAQ section at the bottom of their website is quite helpful, and they have a number you can call as well. 

Note that to guarantee maximum coverage, most travel insurance providers require that you obtain a policy within 10 - 15 days of placing your initial deposit.

What is the cancellation policy for this trip?

A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip. The final balance payment is due by July 25, 2024. If you cancel before the final balance deadline we will refund any payments you have made, minus the non-refundable deposit. If you do not complete the payment on your own by that date, the card on file will be automatically charged your remaining balance. If you register for the trip after July 25, 2024. the full amount is due at sign-up.  All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after July 25, 2024. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred before the commencement of the retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions to which you agree upon registration. 

If you wish to cancel your participation in this program you must advise International Yoga in writing to: [email protected].

November 2-9, 2024

Root + Restore: Living Into Liberated Relationships

Don't miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Spaces are limited. Register now.