A skateboarding + yoga retreat for women who want to overcome their fears so that they feel strong and comfortable in their bodies.

All experience levels and abilities!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 29
9:30am-12:30pm
BAY AREA DERBY PARK

2635 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94607

FUN > FEAR

When you saw "skateboarding"…

Was your first reaction…
"I can't do THAT!!!" ?

Well, YOU totally can, because I CAN and I DID.

And if that WAS your first thought, that is exactly WHY you should join me for this retreat.

It’s part group-lesson, part yoga retreat, and mostly just designed to get you out of your comfort zone, bust through your fears, and explore something new that you are ABSOLUTELY capable of.

Uploaded by Maya Henry on 2019-02-26.

You are capable of so much more than you think you are.

Photo by Cristin Goss.

Photo by Cristin Goss.

I’m Maya. A former city planner turned health coach who is on a mission to help women feel radiant from the inside out by easily making healthy choices every day.

When my son started skateboarding I was so jealous. I was just standing around watching him and I realized how fun it would be to skate WITH him, and also show him that AS A MOM I am capable of ANYTHING.

I spent so much of my life feeling awkward and out of place in my body, yet throughout my life I’ve had experiences that have shown me I am so much stronger than I think, and, at 40, I finally believe it.

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Skateboarding is a great way to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone, build confidence, and strengthen your mind-body connection.

You don’t need a bunch of tricks to have fun. Truth: I’ve only been doing it about a year and it’s such a blast just to have enough knowledge and skill to push around on my board.

Just imagine when you wake up and think “I know I can do anything today, because yesterday I went SKATEBOARDING, and I never thought I would do THAT.”

I want you to feel that confidence in yourself. I want you to give your body the experience of busting through your fears and MOST IMPORTANTLY, I want you to HAVE FUN.

Shred Your Fears, November 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Cristin Goss.

Shred Your Fears, November 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Cristin Goss.

Don’t take my word for it! #skateboardingisfun:

- Michelle, 38; Pittsburgh, PA

- Sarah, 40; Pittsburgh, PA

- Caroline, 35; Pittsburgh, PA

EVENT DETAILS

The event will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. where you will sign in and meet other attendees. Then we will have with a gentle yoga session with Kari Jacobsen to anchor into our bodies and stretch them in preparation for skateboarding.

Photo by Cristin Goss.

Photo by Cristin Goss.

Following the yoga session, we’ll take a break for tasty vegan lunch (with gluten-free options) and refreshing drinks. We’ll talk about overcoming and getting comfortable with our fear, all to prepare you to get suited up and ready for your group skateboarding lesson.

This is a small, intimate event where you will get plenty of personalized attention.

  • 75-min group skateboarding lesson with instructors from Skate Like a Girl Bay Area

  • Access to safety equipment and skateboard should you need to borrow them

  • 30-min yoga class led by Bay Area resident, yoga teacher, mechanical engineer and skater Kari Jacobsen

  • Raffle prizes

  • Lunch plus other snacks and beverages


ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Photo by Cristin Goss.

Photo by Cristin Goss.

Who is Maya?

Maya is your skeptical best friend who decided she’d had enough of working 9-to-5 and said goodbye to her job in city government to start her own business. Maya helps you make everyday decisions: little choices with big impact on your life and the planet.

Maya is a certified health coach, culinary nutrition expert and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE).

Maya currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA but was born in Berkeley and returns to the area each year in the summer time with her sons.

Image courtesy Skate Like a Girl

Image courtesy Skate Like a Girl

Skate Like a Girl Bay Area

Skate Like a Girl is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals, especially young womxn, to become strong, confident leaders who promote and implement equity through the vehicle of skateboarding. We believe that skateboarding is a tool to build confidence, resilience, and foster inclusive community.

Skate Like a Girl will be providing instructors for the event.


The Location

Established in 2004, Bay Area Derby (BAD) is a full contact, women’s flat track roller derby league located in Oakland, CA consisting of four home teams, two competitive travel teams, a recreational program, skating and non-skating officials, and many dedicated volunteers. BAD’s community involvement has included participating in the San Francisco PRIDE Parade, skating in the Piedmont Fourth of July Parade, and supporting various fundraisers for other non-profits around The Bay.

BAD recently partnered with Skate Like a Girl Bay Area to build out a skatepark in West Oakland where Shred Your Fears will be held.

Image courtesy Bay Area Derby

Image courtesy Bay Area Derby

TICKETS

$75

  • 75-min group skateboarding lesson with instructors from Skate Like a Girl Bay Area

  • Access to safety equipment and skateboard should you need to borrow them

  • 30-min yoga class led by Bay Area resident, yoga teacher, mechanical engineer and skater Kari Jacobsen

  • Raffle prizes

  • Lunch plus other snacks and beverages


What it’s like to work with me


REFUND POLICY

Because of the advance planning necessary to hold this event, there are no refunds, however tickets can be exchanged (i.e. a friend can attend instead of you). Please contact Maya ASAP if you are unable to attend.

FAQs

+ Isn't skateboarding DANGEROUS?

This is the number one fear that I hear when I tell people I decided to learn to skateboard at 40. Here's the deal. Learning skateboarding fundamentals like we are going to do is no more dangerous than many other activities such as running on a treadmill. Srsly.

That being said, we want you to have a positive experience and only you can determine if it is right for you to try. If you currently run, do yoga, or other exercise this is probably a good match. Reach out to Maya if you want to discuss further.

I wish I could tell you we are going to take you from ZERO to OLLIE in an hour, but that's just not realistic.

But by the time we are done you definitey will feel comfortable having learned the basics of pushing on your board and even going down gentle ramps.

+ Do I need to know how to skateboard?

Nope. This event is geared towards beginners, but we'll have lots of personalized attention from Skate Like a Girl's instructors, and if you already have skateboarding experience you can totally work with an instructor on building up your skills.

+ What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes that you can wear knee and elbow pads over. Yoga pants and a long-sleeved shirt would work well. Bring a layer as it can be cool in the skatepark. If you opt to wear a helmet (highly recommended) you may want to wear your hair lower on your head, but we've got lots of size options available.

Shoes are probably the most important. Athletic sneakers are fine, but thin soled shoes are going to work a bit better for skating. So if you have thin-soled sneakers like Keds wear them so that you can really connect with your board.

+ Can I bring my own ...?

You can TOTALLY bring your own skateboard, helmet and/or pads if you have them. HOWEVER, we will have safety gear and boards available for everyone. We ARE asking that you bring your own yoga mat if you have it.

PLEASE contact Maya in advance if you need to arrange for any extra accomodations for your comfort or safety! (maya@mayahenry.com)

+ What is provided?

You're going to receive a full group skateboarding lesson that includes all safety equipment and access to a skateboard as well as an instructor-led yoga session and a group coaching session with Maya. Plus a delicious vegan lunch with gluten-free options.

+ Who is this retreat for?

This event is inclusive of women, womxn, femme, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people. If you want to know if that includes you, email me at maya@mayahenry.com.

+ What are the physical limitations (injuries, etc.) that might prevent me from participating?

Skateboarding is inclusive, as is this event. While we might not have the tech to do something adaptive for this event specifically, I am open to working with you! Reach out to me at maya@mayahenry.com with any specific questions and I will do my best to answer you.

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I’m so flipping excited!

P.S. I created this event for YOU. I can’t wait to see you there.