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Root to Rise Training

Root to Rise Training

20 HR Teacher Training:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues


20 hour training in mindfulness techniques for those with substance abuse and mental health issues. For yoga teachers, school teachers and counselors, social workers, justice system staff, substance abuse rehab staff, caregivers and parents. Yoga Teachers will receive a 20 hr CEU Yoga Alliance.

Dates: May 4-6, 2018
Times: Friday 6-9, Saturday and Sunday 11:30-6:30


You will learn:

  • Diversity and cultural competency around issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability

  • Trauma awareness education

  • Mindful language, posture and placement

  • Exercises for stress reduction and ability to be present for both the teacher and student

  • How to recognize trauma and create an experience of safety and trust

  • The components of substance abuse

  • Healing modalities to empower yourself and others to make healthy choices and respond rather than react


  • $450 early bird by Feb.28

  • $500 after Feb.28

  • $250 non refundable deposit to hold your spot

About the teachers:

Summer Quashie started working in juvenile detention centers in 1995. She has worked with art therapy and yoga to bring mindfulness to youth in underprivileged situations in NYC through organizations like Lineage Project and Artworks for Youth. With over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and training teachers, in addition to using these techniques to work through her own trauma, Summer brings a loving and clear approach to trauma sensitive work.

Amy Budinich Emley is the President and founder of Root to Rise. She began teaching in treatment in 2014, this was the creation of Root to Rise outreach and wellness programs. She works with meditation, mindfulness and yoga in adolescent and adult substance abuse/ dual diagnosis inpatient and outpatient facilitates and juvenile detention centers. Amy began teaching yoga in 2010 and used these practices in addition to traditional therapeutic care to begin her journey of recovery. First hand knowledge brought to this training will provide for well rounded educational experience.

Featured Teacher: Amy Ashworth is a licensed clinical therapist in New Jersey and has been in practice the past 7 years. She started her work during her undergraduate degree with domestic violence survivors. During her graduate work she experienced dual diagnosis clients in treatment for addiction as well as mental health. Amy also worked toward her SAC (Substance Awareness Coordinator) certification giving her the chance to work directly with children and their families. Throughout Amy’s clinical and personal experiences she came to believe in the importance of a connected mind, body and spirit. To this end she also became a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. In 2017 she opened a private therapy practice where she utilizes a holistic mind, body and spirit approach with her clients seeing this as a valuable way of healing. Amy specializes in trauma work and has found mindfulness/yoga to be especially healing. Amy is able to bridge the gap between the clinical and the experiential piece of trauma work in a down to earth way.