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Ridgefield Academy believes in investing in its faculty and offers opportunities to teachers to experience professional development programs outside the classroom. The process is competitive and this year Beth MacInnes was selected as the faculty recipient. Her upcoming experience promises to expand her knowledge and bring home valuable lessons to share with her students and the RA community.

Beth will spend the first week of her spring break at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. This retreat follows an authentic lineage of classical yoga that was introduced to the West by Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda and whose mission is to share peace, health, and joy through yoga. Beth explained, “This retreat will give me the opportunity to immerse myself into the learning of yoga and meditation. The experience will benefit my students in many ways; not only directly during our yoga unit, but each day with guided breathing, visualization and meditative methods. Additionally, I would like this experience to lead to the teaching of yoga to our younger students either before or after the school day.” Project objectives include activities that push one to journey beyond their comfort zone, to try something new, to learn about others, to be active and evolving, to improve oneself, to visualize, to be immersed in another culture, and to explore new things.

We look forward to hearing more about Beth’s experience upon her return after spring break!