We are pleased to highlight Arcana as a Featured Studio Partner!
Arcana’s gorgeous downtown Portland healing arts center and yoga studio offers yoga classes, teacher trainings, Reiki, Ayurveda, massage, crystals, botanical, local crafts and more. Yoga instructors at Arcana dedicate themselves to creating safer spaces for transformation by using trauma-informed principles such as inclusive and invitational language, emphasizing the principles of yoga (and not just posture), encouraging the use of props, and remaining dedicated to their own ongoing evolution. Arcana is a cozy urban haven, offering the chance to breathe, ground, and experience radical wellness amongst the busyness of life.
Arcana has been a strong founding supporter of Sea Change Yoga, and is a big supporter of the recovery community. They offer yoga alliance certified yoga teacher trainings focused on serving people in recovery from substance use disorder for CEU credits. Arcana also holds 200 hour yoga teacher certification courses and offers scholarships for the recovery community each year. They are dedicated to making yoga accessible to all through their sliding scale payment options, $9 drop in prices for folks in recovery, students and veterans, and charitable contributions to many local non-profits.
For the months of January & February, Arcana will be donating all proceeds of its’ Thursday evening donation class (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.) to our mission. These recovery donation classes are gentle, all levels yoga, no-touch flow classes. A suggested donation of $5-15 dollars is requested to participate, payable by cash, debit/credit or check. Swing by Arcana's shop any weekend in January or February and purchase some crystals, yoga props, books or botanical for a good cause - 5% of January & February shop sales will also be donated Sea Change Yoga.
Jennie Joan Ferrare, founder and owner of Arcana, has been a committed supporter of Sea Change Yoga since our founding days. Here is her story:
Jennie is a Sea Change Yoga teacher in long term recovery from addiction. She has a fierce dedication to the principles and practice of yoga because yoga saved and transformed her life as she knew it. Jennie’s yoga practice began over 17 years ago and today she still utilizes yoga as means to ground in the present, radically love herself and others, and soothe her fiery soul. In her spare time, Jennie is studying to become a certified drug & alcohol counselor, and when she gets the chance, you can catch her hiking, dancing, cooking, singing, and working with others in the recovery community.
You can find Jennie at the Portland Recovery Community Center every Tuesday for Sea Change Yoga-sponsored, free of cost, trauma-informed recovery yoga.
It’s an honor to share this sad, yet beautiful story of how Arcana was founded:
"Two years ago when we opened our doors, I was unsure how we could afford to build a yoga studio but I knew it was part of my dream and needed to happen. I was teaching yoga at the Portland Recovery Center for Sea Change and had a student who came and supported the class from the beginning every week. He struggled for many years with substance use disorder. His name was John, and John was all heart. Right away he donated a speaker of his own so we could have music in class, and when I told him about my vision with Arcana, he volunteered to build the yoga studio for free. I insisted on trading him body work, yoga classes, paying him what I could, but he refused every offer. He said he wanted to help me help others. He built the studio with one other volunteer with the power in his heart and strength in his hands. A few months later, John, passed away of a drug overdose. When I think about this story my heart swells and my eyes water. Our studio will forever be a memorial to the love and service that John gave to his community, he will never be forgotten at Arcana." - Jennie Joan, Arcana Owner & Sea Change Yoga teacher