Y12SR Annual Summit

Educate, Empower, and Celebrate!

Nikki Myers and Rolf Gates

Boone, North Carolina

Sept 6 – 8
September 8, 2019 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Self DiscoverySelf Discovery
Yoga & Teacher TrainingsYoga & Teacher Trainings
Retreat Goals
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development


Welcome to the Annual Y12SR Summit!


The mission of the Y12SR Summit is to further educate, empower, inspire, and celebrate the movement for relapse prevention and sustainable addiction recovery using yoga and its practices.


We welcome all current Y12SR leaders and those interested in knowing more about Y12SR global movement for an exciting weekend summit.


The Y12SR Summit includes:

  • A Keynote address by Rolf Gates, Yoga Teacher and Author
  • Review of the Y12SR Framework and how it addresses the addiction pandemic
  • Deepening the conversation between yoga and the 12 Steps
  • Best practices from Y12SR leaders in the field
  • Expansion of the Urban Outreach Project
  • A fresh look for establishing, and sustaining Y12SR classes
  • Daily Y12SR meetings and yoga practices
  • Y12SR dance party with DJ Mysh
  • And…more

Program will be of interest to yoga teachers, MFT’s, addiction professionals, yoga and Ayurvedic practitioners.


CEU credits are available for Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers.



Nikki Myers

Nikki Myers is an accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner. She has achieved an MBA and is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art and science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, and CBSnews.com. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014. More

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Rolf Gates

Rolf Gates is one of the leading voices of modern yoga and author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Rolf conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last twenty years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings. Born in Manhattan, Rolf grew up in the Boston area as an avid marathon runner, long distance cyclist and champion wrestler. As the descendant of six generations of ministers, he gained an understanding of service and dedication at a very early age.

Rolf and his work have now been featured in numerous magazines to include Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine and as one of Travel and Leisures’ Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World. A frequent conference presenter, he was the Keynote Speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference, IL. Rolf is also honored to be a contributor in the newly released Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood being featured nationally on television and in print to include Ron Reagan’s Air America, Fox and Friends, EXTRA and The Tyra Banks Show and more. (All proceeds from this project go to support groups working with men and boys at risk).

Rolf is the co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference at Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA, and brought Yoga and Functional Stretching to the US Department of Defenses’ Tri- County Summit on Sustainability. He is pleased to be working with the US Military on sustainable care for the troops and their families. Rolf also works weekly one on one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program.

Rolf now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Empowered Kids Yoga Teacher and Director, Mariam Gates, and two children, Jasmine and Dylan. He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and as a husband and father. More

Find out more: www.anatomytrains.com

Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)

Private Hotel Room


$245/Night/Per Person

The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)


$179/Night/Per Person

The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.


Private Retreat Room


$200/Night/Per Person

The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$150/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you. 


Shared Retreat Room (3 People)


$132/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.



Friday, September 6th

3:00p Check-in

5:30-7:00p Dinner

7:05 – 7:20p Art of Living Orientation (Meeting Space)

7:30 – 9:00p Opening Circle 


Saturday, September 7th

7:00 – 8:30a Y12SR Meeting/Practice 

8:30 – 10:00a Breakfast Break

10:00 – 11:30a: Presentation with Nikki Myers

11:30a – 12:30p Presentation with Guest

12:30 – 2:30p Lunch Break

2:30 – 5:00p Presentation with Guest

5:00 – 7:00p Dinner Break

7:30p Special Event:  Y12SR Dance Party


Sunday, September 8 th

7:00 – 8:30a Y12SR Meeting/Practice 

8:30 – 10:00a Breakfast Break

10:00 – 11:00a Presentation with Guest

11:00a Check-out (Luggage can be held at main reception until departure)

11:00a – 12:30p Panel Discussion

12:30 Closing Circle


**This schedule is tentative and is subject to change


639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS…It will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Use directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

2 Hours by car without traffic


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