Breathing Space is back!

by eringoodman on November 23, 2016

in announcements, breathing space

I sent this via email earlier this week, but wanted to share here as well. If you are not subscribed to my email list and would like to be, you can do that at the bottom of this post! Much love, Erin

Rev. Erin Goodman | Photo by Carlos De La Rosa

Photo: Carlos De La Rosa

Dear Friends,

I’m pretty sure it has been well over a year since I last wrote a Breathing Space letter to you. For those who are new to this list and my work, welcome. And for those who have been subscribing for years, welcome back to Breathing Space.

There have been a number of significant changes and challenges in my personal life over the past few years; and especially this past year as I was working my way through my final year of seminary, I really needed to pull my energy in and step back from everything non-essential.

This week, as we move into the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I am grateful to be in a place where I finally have a bit more breathing space in my own life, and am very happy to be easing back into writing and teaching, and expanding my ministry offerings.

I’ve started blogging (just a little) again and it is my intention to send a short email update like this each month … to say hello, to offer some words of inspiration, and to let you know about my upcoming events.

This month, I am focusing on the Holiday Season and how we can make it a little less stressful, and a lot more meaningful and enjoyable. And I have two offerings to share with you.

The first is a pay-what-you-can, online retreat called Slow Holidays 2016.

Slow Holidays 2016

And the second is a new video series I recently launched called ‘Real Life with Rev. Erin,’ which this month features an interview with my friend and ministry mentor, Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, on “Grief, Loss and Getting Through the Holidays.

Real Life with Rev. Erin
These are very challenging and uncertain times, friends. Let’s  remember to slow down, nurture our hearts, and be present with each other.

Love & Blessings,

Rev. Erin





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Rev. Erin GoodmanRev. Erin Goodman is a minister, mother, and longtime student and teacher of yoga and mindfulness. As an ordained Interfaith Minister, Rev. Erin serves individuals, couples, families and communities of all faiths, multiple faiths and no faith, as well as a growing number of people who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” during times of celebration, sorrow, transition and reflection..


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Hi there.

by eringoodman on November 16, 2016

in announcements, baby steps

Oh my friends.

I have been missing this space over the past year(s).

But there was so much that needed my attention.

Finding my way through divorce. Healing my heart. Keeping up with my seminary assignments. (I graduated in June – yay!) Running my business. Marrying lovely people. Blessing babies. Helping grieving families to say goodbye to loved ones. Working a day job. Loving on my children.

And sitting down to write here, and trying to figure out where the heck to begin after such a long absence, just kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile.

But today I decided to just show up.

So here I am. Copying the image I shared on Instagram this morning.

Saying hello. And taking my first baby step back to exhale. return to center.


Did you know that we are about to enter a special time of year that is ideal for getting in touch with, naming and “planting the seeds” of all the quiet (and not-so-quiet) dreams you hold in your heart?


I have been using Vision Boards, created at this very special time of the year, to guide and inspire my life for a number of years.

And when I realized (very quickly!) just how powerful this process is, I began offering classes in my community so that I could share this life-changing experience with others.

And every time I receive an e-mail or someone stops me in the grocery store (it really happens!) to tell me their amazing dream-come-true story, I am encouraged to share this process with more people, which is why I am SO thrilled to now be offering it as an online program!

Click the image below to learn more about this program, which begins April 5.



Gentle Yoga * Guided Relaxation * Writing + Reflection * Sharing Circle

Sunday, March 15, 2015

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grace Yoga, North Kingstown, RI


Sip tea, enjoy a light meal, stretch your body, rest your mind.

Reconnect with your inner wisdom, your strength and your dreams through gentle yoga and guided journal writing.

Relax and recharge in a supportive community of kindred spirits.

You deserve this time for YOU!

What past participants are saying:

“The retreat was fabulous, even better than I had hoped for. It was an appropriate blend of yoga, meditation, and journal writing, combined with the opportunity to meet and share with kindred spirits.”

“Erin is a gentle teacher who honors students exactly where they are. She makes yoga accessible to everyone. Spending an afternoon in her presence is a gift to the soul.”

“The sharing circle is what touched me the most about the event.  I left the building, truly back in touch with my Center, and it has given me a mood boost all week!”

“Erin is warm and welcoming to yogis of all ages, shapes and sizes. Erin’s positive energy fills the room.”

Space is limited! Register Now!


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Who is welcome at this retreat? This retreat is open to men, women and teens (approximately age 12 and up). Babies in arms are  always welcome at my events.

What will you be serving for lunch? I’m not exactly sure yet but most likely soup(s) and salad. I am gluten-free so everything I cook is gluten-free and if I serve dairy, it will be on the side for those who need to avoid it. If you have a specific allergy / restriction, please email me after you register and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

What is a Sharing Circle? I like to end all of my events with a Sharing Circle. It’s an opportunity to gather in circle and share what’s on our minds and in our hearts and what we’ve learned or discovered during the retreat. It is perfectly appropriate to pass if you prefer not to share.

Can you help me find a place to stay in the area? Absolutely. There are some nice options nearby and I would be happy to help you choose one.  If you are on a tight budget, let me know. I might be able to find a room in a private home for you. (No promises but I’ll do my best :-)

What should I wear / bring? Dress comfortably for gentle movement and wear layers. If you have a yoga mat, please feel free to bring it. If not, the studio has plenty available. Bring a journal / notebook and favorite pen.  (I’ll have extras if you forget.) There will be time for you to explore the surrounding area if the weather is nice, so you may want to bring comfortable walking shoes.

I have no yoga experience. Can I still participate? Absolutely. I teach a gentle-style yoga with modifications and options for all ability levels.

I am an experienced yogi. Is this retreat for me? I do not consider this to be a “yoga retreat” and the emphasis is not on asanas and proper form, rather it is on releasing and letting go of stress. I do however teach with an open / adaptable style and will give space for experienced yogis to personalize their practice as desired. I consider my yoga classes to be “mixed level.”

What else is there to do in the area? The studio is just outside of the beautiful seaside village of Wickford. It is also approximately 15-20 minutes from Newport, Providence and Narragansett. There are great hiking spots, beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants and cozy New England shops. I would be happy to help you with ideas for things to do while you are in the area.

Any other questions that you have? Please leave a comment below or email me at and I will do my best to respond quickly.




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When I walked into Walmart a couple of weeks ago to get Halloween candy and passed Christmas trees and lights, I shook my head in disgust.

I remember once upon a time when the (retail) Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving.

(And I still felt I was being rushed.)

It’s not that I’m a Scrooge or am anti-Christmas, at all — it’s just that there’s so. much. pressure. during the holiday season and it seems to start earlier and earlier each year.

Last year, I launched #slowholidays, a social-media-based project to help me and others slow down and enjoy the simple moments with loved ones, to remind ourselves that racing around and being stressed is not what the holidays are about (regardless of your spiritual beliefs).

And this weekend, as Christmas carols took over yet another of my favorite radio stations, I decided that it is time to officially kick off the (slow) holiday season.

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The Slow Holidays Rules: There are none.


This project is about slowing down and enjoying the holidays in whatever way works for you.

I’ll be sharing my photos on Instagram (I’m @eringoodman) and also linking to my Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #slowholidays but you can play along any way you’d like.

The point is not to get angry and fight against the retail and Martha Stewart induced Christmas machine, but to remember that we can take a breath and turn our attention to the people we love and the experiences that can not be bought or sold. And to capture these moments as unobtrusively as possible, while we remind ourselves that we get to choose how we want to experience the holidays.

What do you think? Are you ready to kick off YOUR slow holiday season with me?

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Please help me spread the word to others who may be interested by sharing this post using the buttons below. You can also grab the #slowholiday button to the left and add it to your own blog with a link to this post if you’d like.

Thank you.