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Who: Anyone who is curious about meditation!

What: A guided meditation practice that you can join in on from the comfort of your own home.

When: Sunday, April 2nd at 9am with Meryl Arnett; Sunday, April 16th with Rachelle Knowles

Where: Your meditation cushion, or favorite cozy corner of your house (your bed is okay too).

Our guest instructor for April is Meryl Arnett of Sacred Chill {West}. A ticket (suggested $10 donation) includes access to both calls and recordings of the meditations. Cultivate Union is a 501(c)3 organanzaiton; your donation is 100% tax-deductible. All proceeds from this meditation series directly support Cultivate Union’s programming which includes yoga service across the city of Atlanta and scholarship initiatives for local yoga instructors.

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A Month of Metta

February 10, 2017

Monday, Feb. 27
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metta Meditation Class
$ Donation Only $
All Levels Welcome

This month at SCW, we are practicing Metta all month. Metta is a formal meditation practice designed to cultivate love and compassion for all beings. Join me each week for Mon/Wed meditation classes as we learn the different elements of this compassion practice.

Our final February meditation, on Monday, Feb 27 at 6:15 p.m., is going to be a celebration of community and compassion.

We will practice a full, traditional Metta meditation. This class will be a DONATION-ONLY class! All proceeds (cash or check only, please) will benefit our amazing community neighbor – The Agape Youth & Family Center.





Agape is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers and supports underserved families within our community to discover and embrace their full potential. They do this in part by serving over 200 school-age children year round in innovative, in-school and after-school academic support programs; and 40 senior citizens providing a vibrant, social, safe community.

Did you know that “agape” is an ancient greek word meaning Love? It is the very love we talk about when practicing Metta. Want to learn more? Join me each Monday and Wednesday in February at Sacred Chill {West}.

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6 a.m. classes

November 8, 2016


Starting Thursday, Nov. 10, I’ll be offering 6 a.m. yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sacred Chill {West}! It has been about two years since I’ve taught 6 a.m. classes and I am thrilled to be getting back to my favorite time slot. There is something about the energy at 6 a.m. that you can’t duplicate at any other time of day. Join me, bring a mug – there is complimentary coffee for all early birds!



We are OPEN!

2030 Bolton Road

Atlanta, GA 30318



A Weekend of Meditation, Mantra & Yoga

with Meryl Arnett & Shonali Banerjee


Join Shonali Banerjee & Meryl Arnett for a weekend retreat designed to bring awareness to the beauty and grace of our everyday lives. Over the course of the weekend, Meryl and Shonali will skillfully layer the practices of meditation, mantra & yoga to ignite a deeper sense of awareness to the present moment. We will look at the spectrum of human experience – the joy, the pain, the ordinary – and explore how to be present through all of it, for within all moments lies the opportunity to be fully awake, alive and open of grace. Infuse your everyday life with sacred presence, embracing it all. Expect to be nurtured and awakened, to be reminded of spaciousness and possibility, and to relax and replenish.

All levels welcome.

Dates: October 21 – 23, 2016

Location: Heartwood Health, Art & Yoga Retreat Center located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Heartwood is located 1 -1/2 hrs. from the city

of Atlanta, 8 miles from the town of Blue Ridge, 2 miles from highway 515, in a secluded cabin resort community.

15 people max. Book early to secure your spot!

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Pricing: Book by August 31, 2016 and SAVE!

FIVE BEDROOM CABIN: all rooms have King beds. Shared rooms mean shared beds!



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THREE BEDROOM CABIN: all rooms have King beds. Shared rooms mean shared beds!



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Pricing includes:
2 nights lodging + 6 delicious, healthy meals + all meditation, yoga & chanting sessions with Shonali and Meryl.

Room Options


What is the Way?

Ordinary mind is the Way.

Should I turn toward it or not?

If you turn toward it you turn away from it.

How can I know the Way if I don’t turn toward it?

The Way is not about knowing or not knowing…

When you reach the Way beyond doubt, it is as vast and infinite as space.

You can’t say it’s right or wrong.

~Zen koan


“Let it be easy”
“Make space for your future”

I’ve had the two notecards from the photos above stuck on my fridge for the last two months. It was the beginning of August when I decided to take some time off to “make space for my future”. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for, what I was visioning, but I KNEW it was time for a change. A growth.

Barely two months later, I am so proud to share that I am opening a yoga studio in partnership with Annelise Lonidier and Octavia Raheem. Collectively we have over 30 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation in Atlanta and we couldn’t be more thrilled to embark upon this next step on our path- TOGETHER.

There are many things that are Sacred to us: yoga, meditation, and seva {service} being three of them.

Admittedly Octavia, Annelise, and I are all variants of Type A, and thus, deeply understand the importance of engaging in practices that invite us to chill and engage our inner Type BE.

Our studio,

Sacred Chill {West}:
Yoga. Meditation. Seva. 

honors the practices we value most.

Our new studio space formerly housed Bending Branch Yoga (BBY). Founded by Nicole Bacon, BBY was one of the first studios in Atlanta to emphasize the more yin and meditative aspects of the yoga practice.

We continue in that spirit, leading classes that focus on cultivating stillness, slow and mindful movement, and going inward. Our class offerings will include restorative, yin, slow and moderately paced flow yoga classes. Meditation and yoga nidra will be stand alone classes and included in each of the other practices.

Located on the Upper Westside of Atlanta in the Riverside community at 2030 Bolton Rd Atlanta, Georgia 30318, we are less than two minutes from I-285. Our studio is easily accessible from every direction in Atlanta.

We are the place where you have full permission to connect to what matters most to you, to what you consider SACRED. We are the place that you come to be still, to move in creative alignment, to be quiet, to rest- to CHILL.

We are Sacred Chill {West}.


Each one of us (Annelise, Octavia, and I) were given a piece of the vision that has unfolded and revealed what is now Sacred Chill {West} SCW. In creating SCW, we are taking a bold risk and departing from yoga as usual to bring this vision to life.

This has required tremendous faith, trust, strategy, sacrifice, resource, dedication, strength, and flexibility of each of us.
And we haven’t opened our doors just yet.

This is an important moment.
Life changing even.
Defining for sure.
For us.
For our yoga community and Westside Atlanta.

You are invited to support the vision of Sacred Chill {West} in a bold way. You are invited to become a founding member of our Sacred Circle.

As a member of our sacred circle you make a commitment that insures that our vision flourishes into the ever-expanding light of its fullest potential-

Sacred Seer at $1850 Includes:

  • First look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • One year unlimited yoga effective from first visit
  • 3 annual “sacred supporter” exclusive workshops that aim to restore & reinvigorate your connection to self, community & the practice of yoga
  • 10% off class purchases for lifetime of studio
  • Mat storage at studio for 1 year
  • Opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 5 people.

Vision Keeper at $1000 includes:

  • First look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • Two months unlimited yoga
  • 3 annual “sacred supporter” exclusive workshops that aim to restore & reinvigorate your connection to self, community, and the practice of yoga
  • 10% off all class purchases for life of the studio
  • Opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 5 people.

Luminary at  $500 includes:

  • first look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • one month unlimited yoga
  • opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 7 people.


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