Series & Workshops

“Life Lessons” Off The Mat Course Series

Transformative Practices to lead a more meaningful and inspired life.

With Leslie Pearlman

Life Lessons Off The Mat grew out of my 20 plus years as a yoga teacher, studio owner and educator. I have had the great privilege of watching countless people transform their body, mind and Spirit in both small and enormous ways. And what has struck me after all these years is that the biggest gifts are not necessarily the physical ones that come from doing yoga poses but the gifts that come from taking the principals of yoga (compassion, authenticity, integrity, to name a few) off the yoga mat and into one’s daily life.

It is for this reason that I have designed a unique and comprehensive program to bring the practice of yoga out of the studio and into your daily life.

How it works?

Sign up for one of our Month Long Courses (see below for our course offerings). Each course is built around a theme (such as Compassion, Courage, Creativity). Over the course of the 4 weeks we will explore IN DEPTH ways to bring this particular theme into practice and into your life. You will be given concrete tools, useful tips and guidance to ensure success.

Each Course includes the following:

4 Weekly Dharma Calls with Leslie
These calls begin with a teaching story about the particular course theme. We discuss the lessons in the teaching story and craft a “take away” to practice at home. We will discuss potential roadblocks and challenges and might come up and create clear action plans for success. These calls will be held live and there will be an opportunity for Q & A.

4 Audio Yoga Classes
Each audio yoga class is designed around the particular course theme so you have an opportunity to practice the lesson of the week on your yoga mat. These classes are appropriate for all levels.

Recordings of all of the Weekly Dharma Calls
Not everyone can make the live calls. This way you can listen to the call at your convenience. Since the information on these calls is extensive, having a recording to listen to again and again will help you to truly understand the material.

Private Facebook Group
It is helpful to have a outlet for community and support. This private Facebook group will give you an opportunity to talk about your epiphanies, challenges, questions or anything that seems relevant to share.



Registration & Logistics

To register go to MindBody click on the Workshop & Speciality Classes page.
Chose the Off The Mat Course you are interested in to purchase.
Once you register you will receive a welcome email with the call in information for the weekly Dharma calls, information about how to access the recorded calls and a link to the private Facebook page. The weekly Dharma calls will be held on Tuesday Evenings from 8-8:45pm.
Following the weekly Dharma call you will be sent an Audio Yoga Class for that week that you can download and listen to as often as you like.

Course Offerings:

(dates to be announced)

Are you ready to make a change in your life?

Then this course is for you.

We will explore the Forrest Yoga Formula for Change.  The Forrest Yoga Formula for Change helps you discover what needs to change in your life, and how to bring that change to fruition. You will be given clear and effective tools for embracing healthy and effective shifts in your life such as working through the end of a relationship, or contemplating a new job.

The formula is simple:

  • Notice when you are repeating unwanted behavior
  • Pause and stop negative behavior
  • Give yourself positive reinforcement for catching the behavior
  • Move forward with different actions

Join me. I look forward to meeting you both on and off the mat.


With Jessica Bellofatto

Sunday November 4
2:00-4:00pm ($35)

Jessica Bellofatto has been studying, practicing and teaching the art and science of Yoga ever since her college days at New York University close to 25 years ago.  Originally certified in the Jivamukti method, she has also studied extensively the systems of Iyengar, Ashaya, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and others.  Coming from a dancer’s background, she has always been most interested inthe ways in which movement can heal us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Jessica is also an avid surfer, triathlete, paddleboard instructor, pioneer of SUP Yoga (Yoga on the paddleboard), doula, and mom of three kids.  More recently, she completed an aromatherapy certification and has been weaving essential oils into her teaching and other offerings.  She teaches Yoga and SUP Yoga locally around the Hamptons, and teaches retreats and trainings around the globe.




With Leslie Pearlman

Tuesday January 1 (10:00-11:45) $35

The New Year is a ideal time to take stock of the unhealthy influences and patterns we allow into our lives and learn to let them go– inviting change to take its place. Learn to assess what serves you well and what doesn’t and then be given the tools to change. In this workshop you will be given the tools to release negative thoughts, bad habits, grudges, destructive relationships or other anchors to the past that dim your Spirit to make room for the things that brighten your Spirit. This workshop will include Ceremony, Meditation and Asana. Suitable for all levels.



With Jessica Bellofatto

Sunday January 6

2:00-4:00pm ($35)

As we celebrate the New Year, the old adage ‘out with the old and in with the new’ can serve us well in our yoga practice and in our lives. In this workshop taught by veteran teacher Jessica Bellofatto of JBYoga in East Hampton, we will explore this concept of letting go, releasing, and making space in our bodies, in our minds, and in our hearts, so that we may invite that which we most need and desire in the year 2019. Whether it be releasing old patterns, holding space for healing from chronic injury, or freeing ourselves mentally from what is holding us back- through breath, mantra, movement, and essential oils – we will release the old and welcome in the NEW! Open to all levels, come prepared to MOVE and maybe sweat just a little bit 🙂

Essential Oils 101
After the Yoga workshop, please stay and learn about the healing capacity of essential oils. What they are, where they come from, how they work, how not all oils are created equal, how to use them, and more. Learn about 10 specific oils to help 85% of what ails you, safety measures when using essential oils, and also be given the opportunity to purchase the world’s highest quality essential oils at wholesale prices.
This class is FREE!



With Leslie Pearlman

March 2-9,2019

Sea, Sand, Sun in the Caribbean

Negril Jamaica… if you have never been, you are in for a treat. Negril, which lies at the far western tip of the island is made of two parts: 7 Mile Beach— five miles of supreme sunset-facing sand that shelves gently into a calm, jade-colored and reef-protected sea and “the cliffs” of the West End, a farther five miles of coastline, made up of meandering limestone inlets and outcrops, promontories (ideal as sunning platforms), flying buttresses and caves. We will be staying at Jackies on the Reef, a small guesthouse and spa built among the limestone directly on the water. It is away from all the activity of the beach and the ideal location for one of the Caribbean’s essential pursuits – the quiet contemplation of the sea and the horizon. This will be our backyard for a week of yoga, meditation, relaxation, and restoration.

Jackies on the Reef is an intimate low-key guesthouse and spa set on the “cliff’s” in Negril’s West End. Jackie’s was created as a small temple of no particular faith. Jackie’s is an eco-friendly, locavore environment amidst organic gardens and overlooking 180 degrees of the majestic Caribbean Sea and Mother Earth. Jackie’s serene, supportive, and loving environment was designed to foster healing and wellness. Jackie’s is a short short 10-minute drive to one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world— 7 Mile Beach.

Each day will begin with meditation and a 2 hour yoga practice. Our yoga room is an open air covered porch directly facing the Sea. Followed by breakfast and fresh juices. Then you choose how to spend your afternoon…. Relaxing in the fresh saltwater plunge pool fed by the Sea, napping in a shady hammock on the open air porch, indulging on one of Jackies signature massages or treatments in one of the open air treatment rooms to the sound of the crashing sea. For those of you seeking a little more action you can spend the day at 7 Mile Beach eating traditional Jamaican food, snorkeling, parasailing, shopping, sunbathing and just taking in the lively energy. Each day will end with a gentle yoga session to help us unwind. Dinner is back at Jackies, under the stars with every attention to detail. Simple, local and healthy food made with love by Jackies staff.

To learn more about Jackies on the Reef check out their website

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Twice-daily yoga taught by Leslie Pearlman
Morning pranayama, ceremony and meditation
All breakfasts and dinners, starting with dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure. Please note because there are so many things to do during the day and amazing restaurants to explore in Negril, lunch is not included in the price. You can purchase lunch at Jackies for an additional fee.
7 nights accommodation in a gorgeous beachfront location

Airport transfer to and from Jackies
Massage and other spa treatments (PLEASE NOTE Jackies requires each guest to schedule a minimum of 2 spa treatments. This is to help their guests fully immerse themselves in a true wellness retreat. Spa treatments range in price from $70-$150 per treatment).

A SAMPLE DAY (times may change)

7:30 Chanting & Meditation
8:00-10:00am Yoga Class
10:30am Breakfast
11:30-5:00pm Free time: read, relax, spa treatments, optional excursions, beach, nap
5:00-6:30pm Yoga
7:30pm Dinner

Fly to Montego Bay and plan to arrive on Saturday March 2, 2019. Once you have booked your flight, please email Leslie your flight itinerary and transport will be arranged. Airport transfers can be arranged and costs from $70 per person each way.

Please note that this retreat is limited to 10 people.

There are two types of accommodations at Jackie’s:

The Big House
You can stay in one of four spacious bedrooms in the magnificent stone house, with private bathrooms and furnished with two handmade dogwood tree beds. Each room has two beds to accommodate two people.

Shared: $1995 per person

The Dome
The Dome is a private stone geodesic dome right on the sea. The design was created by Buckminster Fuller and is based on nature and sacred geometry. This room has one king bed and can by shared by two people or booked for one person as a single.

Shared: $1995 per person
Single: $2650

A non-refundable $750 deposit per person is required to secure your space on this retreat, with the balance due by January 1, 2019. After this date, payment in full is required when registering.

The $750 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations prior to 8 weeks will receive a refund of monies paid, less the $750 deposit. Cancellations within 8 weeks of retreat date are non-refundable, with any outstanding balance fully payable. Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, or deaths in the family unfortunately do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance.