Five Pillars Yoga

Where Violence Ends and Hope Begins

Right Intention: The Retreat, Domestic Violence Services in East Hampton, NY

Five Pillars is honored to spotlight the incredible work being done by The Retreat in East Hampton, a domestic violence services organization whose mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.

Abuse is something that can take many forms, some more overt than others, and is something that can happen to women (about 1 in 4) and men (about 1 in 7) alike, yet most domestic violence goes unreported.

The Retreat is working to change this, providing a 24-hour emergency hotline, a residential shelter, counseling, legal advocacy plus critical violence prevention education programs and safety initiatives.


shelter kids in the herb garden

Shelter Kids in the herb garden

Their many educational, proactive and preventative programs include self-sufficiency support to help clients with personal development, job placement and financial management; programs for developing healthy teen relationships; initiatives working towards campus safety and more.


It’s no small roster of services, all of which is free and confidential.

In 2014 alone over 3,000 people utilized the hotline, the advocacy program provided over 20,000 advocacy services for over 500 clients, educated over 1,000 students in in-school violence prevention, and provided safe haven to 56 adults and 55 children over the course of the year. These services have been being provided for the past 28 years.

Thinking about the cumulative effects of this work over all these years is truly moving.

We at Five Pillars are impressed and inspired. We’re always looking for ways to give back, and this summer net proceeds from our Summer Wellness Retreat will be donated to The Retreat to help support the crucial work they do.

In yoga practice there is a concept known as Seva. It’s a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. It is clear that the work done at The Retreat is contributing greatly to the improvement of their community, and it is our intention to practice seva in our support of them.

This is a beautiful cycle that anyone and everyone can become involved in.

While we’d love to see you at our Summer Wellness Retreat, we encourage you to explore the many ways to take action, volunteer or donate to The Retreat.