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Upcoming Retreats

SILENT MEDITATION & MANIFESTATION RETREAT (VIPASSANA)

with Albina Rippy

Dates: January 26-30, 2022
Meditate with Roger and Albina
ABOUT RETREAT

Join Albina Rippy for this three-day/four-night, electronics-free silent retreat. Detach from electronic devices and a constant state of being busy, on and doing.

In silence, stillness and meditation, you will find the space to access a greater sense of self-awareness, focus and inner peace.

The meditation practices plant the seeds for expanded consciousness and easing suffering.

For those who have not been on silent retreat, this is a great introduction to the practice.

For those who have been, this is an opportunity to regain the power of the experience.

You will experience the following:
🙏each day has seated and moving meditation opportunities (indoors on a yoga mat or outdoor walking meditation)
🙏Understanding and practice of HO’OPONOPONO: a beautiful Hawaiian prayer of love, forgiveness, gratitude and manifestation.
🙏Walking meditation and Yoga
🙏dharma talk with Albina and Q+A time
🙏silent and blissfully electronic device-free environment
🙏Delicious food lovingly prepared by Albina’s mother, Marina
🙏Seva – daily selfless service work
🙏Hopefully, a Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Space is limited.  This retreat will fill up quickly.  Register now.  Link in bio
INVESTMENT

Early Bird By Dec 1:

Single Occupancy $1,199

Double Occupancy $999

Triple Occupancy $899

Payment plans are available.  Space is limited to 15 spots.  Register NOW

FAQ

What is Blue Sky Retreat Address?

1101 Witt Rd, Taos, NM 87571.  Visit Blue Sky web site for more info

How do I get to Taos?

Most people drive to Taos (we live in Austin, TX/Houston prior to that and we drive back and forth all the time.  Southwest Airlines often has really great deals on flying to ABQ.  You can rent a car or arrange a shuttle to take you to Blue Sky.  Albina’s brother, Russell, can also drive a group of 4 people if flights are arriving and leaving at the same time or close.

The closest airports are Santa Fe and ABQ.  If you fly in, you can rent a car or schedule a shuttle service that will drop you off at Blue Sky front door.  You can car pull with your fellow retreatants.

What are your Covid-19 practices?

You will be asked to wear a mask indoors.

How do I decide my lodging option?

We recommend single occupancy room in case you are attending alone.  If you are attending with a close friend or a family member, you can choose double of triple occupancy. Please note that the price is per person.

Other information:

Please note that housekeeping will not be offered during your silent retreat.  Smoking is prohibited on the property.  Well-behaved, house-trained dogs are welcome at $20 additional charge. Not all rooms have a fireplace.  These rooms will go on the first come, first serve basis.  Please let Albina know you want a room with a fireplace asap.

DATES: Jan 26-30, 2022 (we will start at 5PM on Jan 26 and you can depart right after breakfast on Jan 30)

 

WHAT TO BRING: layers of clothes.  January in Taos can be very snowy.  Pack a warm jacket, a hat, gloves, a scarf, snow boots if you have them (they are nice to have if you want to do a walking meditation).  Pack a journal, a pen, lip balm, and refillable water bottle.

 

TRANSPORTATION: If you decide to drive to Taos, download awesome podcasts and great audio books.  Pack snacks and make sure you fill up your gas tank every time you see a gas station.  We recommend driving a four-wheel or all-wheel car in case it snows.  If you fly to Santa Fe or ABQ, rent a four-wheel or all-wheel car, or get a shuttle service to drop you off at Blue Sky.  We like Taos Ski Valley shuttles

and Mountain View Taos.  Albina’s brother, Russell can also drive up to 4 people if flights arrive/depart at the same time.  Contact Albina to coordinate 713-443-6466

ABOUT THE LEADERS

Albina and Roger Rippy are yoga teachers, success coachers, authors, conscious community leaders and former yoga studio owners with over 40 years of collective yoga practice and over 26 years of collective teaching experience. They formerly owned YogaOne Studios, a community of 7 yoga studios in Houston, Texas and currently own and manage the Blue Sky Retreat Center, a historic mountain retreat center in Taos, New Mexico. They currently split their time between Austin, Texas and Taos, New Mexico and have recently returned from traveling the world for a year with their three children and a fluffy dog named, Dante. Their purpose is to help people live happy, healthy and inspired lives through yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, heathy eating and conscious living.

Roger and Albina have been leading RYT-200 hour beginner, RYT-300 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings and yoga retreats all over the world since 2008. Roger and Albina co-founded and co-produced the Texas Yoga Conference from 2010-2013 in Houston, TX with peak attendance of 2000 yogis and currently co-curate the Taos Mountain Yoga Festival at Taos Ski Valley.

Roger and Albina have had the privilege to teach yoga at the US White House under Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and Yoga Journal Conference Moscow.

Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco

Dates: April 10-16, 2022

ABOUT RETREAT

As the world opens up to us again, we have the opportunity to rebuild connection with our people, our environment and ourselves. Ana & José have chosen a very special place overlooking the Taos mountain in New Mexico, to facilitate a unique Forrest Yoga experience of community, Ceremony and healing.

During this 5-day retreat, Ana & José will guide you through invigorating and cleansing yoga practices each day inside a beautiful Yoga Yurt. You will experience a traditional Native American Sweat Lodge with volcanic rocks, cold dips and fire Ceremonies, as well as singing circles and hiking through the scenic surroundings of Taos Ski Valley.

The Blue Sky Center Retreat at the historic San Geronimo Lodge is a joyful and family-owned place, built in the delightful New Mexico style adobe and located in a 1,000-year old Indian village still inhabited by Native Americans. It is a place of peace where each room has a distinctive and cozy flavor, where the home cooked food is truly cooked home-cooked by the owner’s mom, and where each and every detail, from the handmade signposts around the property to the chilly-shaped pool have been designed with the intention to delight your senses, while supporting a meaningful and joyful connection to yourself and others.

INVESTMENT
REGISTER NOW!
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 6 nights of lodging
  • vegan meals
  • yoga, meditation, ceremony
  • fire ceremony
  • sweat lodge
What’s Not Included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home (closest airports are Santa Fe and ABQ)
  • Transportation to and from airport (you can rent a car, schedule a shuttle, or have Albina’s brother pick you up in his car – text 713-443-6466
Lodging Options:

Blue Sky Retreat Center at the historic San Geronimo Lodge is a historic 100-year old property.  Every room is unique in its configuration and decor.  You can see all room pictures and videos HERE.

These are the available lodging options:

  1. single occupancy – you get your own room and bathroom
  2. double occupancy – 2 people per room, private bathroom.  These rooms have 2 full/queen beds or a king and a twin bed)
  3. triple occupancy – 3 people per room with a private bathroom, usually 2 queens and a twin bed.

Space is limited.  The rooms will be assigned on the first come first serve basis.  This retreat will fill up very fast.

TAOS RETREAT

with Coach D and Soni

Dates: April 20-24, 2022
ABOUT RETREAT

Breathe in the clean air and experience the mythical light of the sun disappearing behind the Rocky Mountains…

…it’s the end of an incredible day spent soaking up rich spiritual traditions, fine art, distinctive cuisine, a little adventure, and of course, the raw natural beauty of the landscape…

Taos, the land of enchantment, New Mexico’s Soul of the Southwest, is a place with a different pace faraway from the everyday.

A place to nourish your soul.

You’ll laugh with new friends as you stargaze under the brilliant, limitless blue sky, feeling serene and knowing that a mix of adventure, solo time, girl time and time to reflect & reconnect is exactly what you needed…

Ah, …the endless delights of Taos!

INVESTMENT

Your Investment

$1800 Triple Occupancy
$1900 Double Occupancy
$2100 Single Occupancy

This retreat is limited to 25 women max and we require a minimum of 15 women to offer the retreat.

Not sure if this trip is for you?

Reach out to Soni or Coach D. to chat!
Soni sonyamasur@gmail.com
Coach D. coachd@fiercebychoice.com
 

COVID Information

Due to COVID, we recommend selecting a single occupancy room if you aren’t comfortable sharing space with another person unless of course, you’re coming with a friend and you’re ok rooming together. We are not requiring proof of vaccination to request a roommate at this time. We will respect and follow any rules and laws that Taos & Santa Fe, NM, have in place to keep their cities and state safe.

Thank you for understanding.

Space is limited.  Register NOW.

FAQ

What are YOU going
to walk away with?

So, what can you expect when you spend 4 incredible days and nights connecting with stellar women and experiencing an eclectic, soul-filled adventure in Taos, NM?

→ Well, what if you were able to completely relaxand let go so you could return home feeling refreshed & energized?

→ What if you finally got your “me” time and had the chance to turn off the noise, connect within, & remember what’s important to you?

→ What if you had the chance to satisfy your craving for adventure, excitement, and “girl time” all in one outstanding trip?

→ And what if you had access to a group of like-minded women who have your back and are willing to generously share space and time and laughter with YOU?

→ And what if you felt like you had full permission to focus just on you for a change?

Would THAT be worth
coming to Taos for?

Yes, without a doubt!

By the end of our 4 days, you’ll be overflowing with peace and energy and all the feel-good vibes we get from time away.

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been, reconnect to your inner wisdom, and to reimagine what’s possible for you in the future… all within a completely safe and empowering community of like-minded and fierce women.

We’re in this together. It’s all about coming from a place of generosity and helping each other as we connect, explore, and soak it all up. There’s a reason they say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

It’s your turn to be at the top of your “to-do” list.  Are you ready to be a part of it?

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 incredible nights at Blue Sky Retreat Center
  • 4 ½ extraordinary days together with morning movement practices, daily excursions, coaching sessions, nature hike, and more detailed above and below
  • Pre-trip preparation Zoom – what to expect & what to pack
  • 4 early am tea/coffee buffets with local breakfast treats
  • 4 hearty brunches full of healthy food for all eating styles
  • 3 authentic dinners at Blue Sky
    • Our Friday night dinner will be at a restaurant in downtown Taos which will be separate so you can choose your own entrees/flavors
  • Transportation to and from airport if you land within designated pick-up times from our group shuttle
    • Specific times will be shared as we get close to departure
  • Transportation to and from all day trips & adventures
  • Entrance fees to all sites we visit together
  • Day Pass to Ojo Sante Fe
  • All lodging taxes
  • All gratuity for staff, meals, and amenities at Blue Sky Retreat
  • Please see Registration page for more details
What’s Not Included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Transportation to and from airport if you land outside of pick-up times from our group shuttle
    • Specific times will be shared as we get close to departure
  • Other non-included items would include all souvenir shopping, food purchased while on solo time, personal phone calls, additional spa services at Ojo Caliente, taxis, and laundry.
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
  • Please see registration page for more details
FLIGHTS

Arrive into Albuquerque (ABQ) on April 20, 2022, before 1pm if possible. This will allow us to pick you up with our group shuttle and get you settled before dinner. If you arrive after 1pm, you will need to arrange for transportation to the Blue Sky Retreat Center. We recommend you depart on Sunday, April 24, 2022, after breakfast.

TAOS SELF-CARE AND RELAXATION WEEKEND RETREAT

with Mary, Kia, Julia, and Casey

Dates: May 20-22, 2022
ABOUT RETREAT

We live in challenging times – times that have tested our patience, our flexibility, and our reserve. As a result, we are all looking for ways to cope with stress in nurturing, intuitive, thoughtful, sustainable ways. In this yoga and meditation retreat, we will: discuss ways to reduce stress in our daily lives; learn radical self-care methods to build up our emotional reserves; talk about the importance of setting healthy boundaries; and hold space for one another.

 

Cost ranges from $455 to $655, depending on room type.

INVESTMENT

ODGING + PRICING OPTIONS

Accommodations in these cozy, quiet rooms are single or double occupancy. All rooms offer their own private bath.

 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

$555 – Early Bird Registration (register before April 22, 2021)

$655 – Registration (register on or after April 22, 2021)

 

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$455 – Early Bird Registration (register before April 22, 2021)

$555 – Registration (register on or after April 22, 2021)

 

TO REGISTER

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Register now. For questions, email gatherandgrowglobal@gmail.com

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE (everything is optional – the main point is to relax and unwind!)

 

Friday, October 22, 2021

3:00 pm – Check in

5:00 pm – Introductions & Opening Ceremony

6:30 pm – Dinner at Blue Sky

7:30 pm – Chillaxing time: restorative yoga, hang out in the hot tub or pool, whatever you want

 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

6:30 am – Morning Yoga and meditation

8:00 am – Breakfast at Blue Sky

10:00 am – Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga

12:30 pm – Lunch at Blue Sky (from Manzanita Market)

1:30 pm – Craft, hike, labyrinth, or free time

4:00 pm – Guided meditation workshop

6:30 pm – Dinner at Blue Sky

7:30 pm – Restorative Yoga

 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:30 am – Morning Yoga

8:00 am – Breakfast at Blue Sky

9:00 am – Closing Ceremony

11:00 am – Checkout

DETAILS

WHAT’S INCLUDED

2 nights’ accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

Daily yoga classes (appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

Meditation workshop

Options for crafting or hiking

Plant-based, healthy, delicious meals

Coffee, tea

Support and personal attention from the facilitators

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Intuitive Healing

Labyrinth walking meditation

Crafting

Hiking

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Flights / transportation to New Mexico

Transportation from airport to and from Taos

Car Rental or Shuttle Fee

Travel insurance

Medical care

Gratuity

Fancy coffees / alcohol not included (BYOB)

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

(a)   Due to the nature of this event and because we have obligations  to pay the resort to secure your room, there is a $100 non-refundable  deposit on all purchases.

(b)  You (or any member of your party) may cancel your booking at any  time, providing that the cancellation is made by the person submitting  the booking form and we are notified in writing. Cancellation will take  effect the day such notification is received by us. Should you choose to  cancel your participation in the Retreat prior to 30 days before  the start of the Retreat, you will receive a refund of the total amount  paid to Company minus the non-refundable deposit of $100. If such  cancellation is made within less than 30 days before the start of the  retreat, we will retain the full amount paid. However, if another person  can be found to take your place, then we may offer you a refund at our  discretion.

(c)   Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat. There are no  refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Insurance Policy, you  may be able to make a claim on your insurance.

Enchanted Taos New Mexico Yoga Retreat with Meditation and Nature

with Sally Mitchell

Dates: July 7-10, 2022
Williams Lake
ABOUT RETREAT

Retreat to magical Taos, New Mexico, for our summer yoga, meditation and nature renewal retreat. We’ll be staying at the charming, comfortable and colorful Blue Sky Retreat at the San Geronimo Lodge, located in Taos in the high desert of northern New Mexico. An old Adobe style historic architecture, the property has 18 bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a labyrinth and a mindful meditation path, a Native American sweat lodge, and is situated on 3 beautiful acres of nature just 2 miles from Taos town square, and surrounded by mountain views and peaceful desert landscapes.

The enchanted beauty of Taos, surrounded by nature, mountains and colorful sky that stretch for miles, and with its rich history, makes it the perfect location to connect more deeply with yourself, through yoga, meditation, mindful walks in nature, journaling, reflection and contemplation practices. Take time for yourself, renew and nourish your mind, body and soul. Taos is a 1,000 year old ancient indian village. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, with geothermal healing hot springs, is just 30 mins from the retreat center.

The morning yoga classes will be mostly vinyasa flow yoga for all levels, linking movement with the breath for an energizing yet relaxing flow. With creative and balanced sequences, strengthening and lengthening, detoxing and pranayama, you will experience a strong, safe and supportive practice. Modifications and options will be provided for different abilities. You’ll have the opportunity to play with some backbends, arm balances, and inversions if you choose, and cool down with some deep stretches to restore the body and mind. The evening classes will be yin yoga, with longer held seated and supine postures, stretching, lengthening, releasing tension and creating more space in deeper layers of connective tissues in the body. Yin yoga is also a perfect opportunity to journey inwards and practice meditation, inner reflection and contemplation.

INVESTMENT

All prices are per person.

All participants must be 21 or over.

A $250 deposit is required to secure your spot or you may pay in full. The balance is due 70 days prior to the retreat. Your balance will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card on the balance due date. You will be notified by email a few days prior. If the retreat is less than 70 days from the date of registration, the full amount is required.

If you are signing up with a friend or partner, please mention your friend’s name on the registration form. If you are traveling alone, you may still sign up for a shared double occupancy room if you wish and we will match you up with other traveler roommate(s) of the same sex. Please comply with social distancing in shared rooms. Shared rooms are female only unless you are signing up with a friend or as a couple and booking the whole room, or signing up for single occupancy.

Shared rooms are for family members or friends that live in the same household or fully vaccinated guests only. Rooms where bed sharing is required are only for friends or family members signing up together and filling the room.

COVID-19 Policies – By registering for this retreat, all participants must agree to comply with the state and local rules at the time of the retreat regarding wearing face masks and social distacing.

All prices are per person.

  • Single Occupancy (private bathroom) – $1,295
  • Double Occupancy – 2 beds (private bathroom) – $1,095 per person
  • Double Occupancy – 1 King bed (private bathroom) – $995 per person (only for friends or family members sharing bed)
  • Triple Occupancy – 3 beds (private bathroom) – $945 per person

Space is limited.  Register NOW

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Highlights

  • 6 yoga classes with guided meditations. The yoga classes will be held outdoors on grass at the retreat center.
  • 3 nights accommodation (single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy) (linens, towels, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, lotion, hair dryer provided)
  • Fresh, homemade, healthy and delicious meals at the retreat center (gourmet breakfast, lunch, dinner all included).
  • Group hike from the property on the Devisadero Loop trail, in Carson National Forest, 10 mins walk from the retreat center.
  • Group trip to Black Rock Hot Springs, 30 mins drive from the retreat center.
  • Outdoor pool, hot tub, labyrinth and fire pit on property
  • Stunning and scenic trails and surrounding nature in high country New Mexico
  • Free time to explore the local town of Taos, relax and rejuvenate

Not Included

  • Transport to and from the retreat.
  • Travel Insurance (please purchase travel insurance with the “cancel for any reason” clause)
  • Massage and Spa Treatments will not be arranged as part of the retreat. We highly recommend Essential Massage and Spa Therapies in the town of Taos if you would like to book a massage or spa treatment during your free time.

 

ABOUT THE LEADER
Sally Mitchell, RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructor, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Sally Mitchell Yoga TeacherSally Mitchell Yoga Teacher

Sally is an inspiring teacher and healer, sharing with others the practices that have helped her to heal her own body and discover a path of transformation and greater self awareness.

Growing up in Scotland, Sally has been an athlete since childhood, always loving movement and fascinated by the human body, the power of the mind and the greater Universe. She is grateful to have the opportunity to inspire others to live a healthier and happier life and awaken to their inner desires and purpose, through the gifts of yoga, meditation, reflection, mindful movement, massage, energy healing and essential oils.

She looks forward to meeting you and being a part of your spiritual journey. Read more about Sally.

“BE HERE NOW”: MINDFULNESS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF TAOS, NM

with Jennifer Lenhart

Dates: July 10-16, 2022
ABOUT RETREAT

Join Jennifer Lenhart on a 6-day spiritual retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico. Bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and at an elevation of 6,969, Taos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Along with breathtaking natural beauty, hiking, and mineral hot springs, Taos is known for historic adobe buildings (including Taos Pueblo).  As a longtime artist colony, the town offers many galleries and museums showcasing local and regional artwork. Our retreat accommodations are a charming adobe-style lodge built-in 1925.

Taos is also home to the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram & Hanuman Temple. Baba Neem  Karoli (known to his devotees as Mahara-ji) was the beloved guru of Ram Dass.  Auspiciously, our retreat in the “Land of Enchantment” coincides with the July full moon and the holiday Guru Purnima, a traditional celebration dedicated to gurus, or enlightened spiritual masters. On this day, seekers offer gratitude and devotion to their gurus and receive their blessings. Visiting the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram will be one of the optional excursions offered to our group.

Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to reconnect with nature and ourselves, to build community with like-minded seekers, and to work on our spiritual practice in an immersive and intentional way. Our retreat will include daily breath-centered and mindful Jivamukti yoga asana practice; dharma talks and discussion focusing on the teachings of Ram Dass and Mahara-ji; seated guided and seated silent meditation; walking meditation (on the retreat center’s outdoor labyrinth);  pranayama (breathing exercises); chanting mantras accompanied by the harmonium;  singing bowls; a karma yoga service project; and nourishing home-cooked plant-based meals. There will also be plenty of free time for resting, enjoying the pool and hot tub at the retreat center, and exploring nature and the town of Taos.

INVESTMENT

Save $200 on full-price (shared only) of $1695 USD until January 1, 2022!

Shared Accommodations – $1495 USD (Full Price $1695 USD)

Single Accommodations – $1895 USD

Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2021 or 2022 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

REGISTER NOW

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

Prepare to be surrounded by mountains and colorful sky that stretch for miles as you explore the enchanted beauty of Taos, New Mexico. Stunning mountain views and peaceful desert landscapes on 3.5 acres with plenty of garden space and nature to explore. Historic architecture made in Adobe style, offering the best of both worlds  – historic charm with all of the comfort and convenience of modern day accommodations.

Take a scenic hike up Devisadero trail or relax in a nearby mineral springs. Explore the rich art community of Taos, full of art galleries, museums, and ancient history. Grab a bike, take a hike, gaze at stars, watch for birds or just relax by the pool. There is something to do for everyone.

The Chef prepares every meal from scratch putting lots of love and care into each dish. The smell of fresh baked bread is sure to catch your nose as it is served warm from the oven.

ABOUT THE LEADER

JENNIFER LENHART

Jennifer Lenhart is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She stepped onto the yoga path in 1994 and began teaching in 2009  after graduating from Marni Task’s Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a  Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP); a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner; has led residential yoga & meditation retreats locally and internationally; is a  certified Y12SR: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader; and holds a Master’s Degree in  English Literature. In her classes, expect to hear eclectic music, practice some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings and philosophy of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the asanas, and experience skillful hands-on assists. And probably enjoy some laughter,  too.

Testimonials:

“I love attending Jen’s classes! She fosters a sense of community in her yoga classes that is welcoming and kind. Her adjustments are fantastic and her explanations are helpful.  For beginners or advanced yogis, Jen’s classes are a great experience.”  

“Jennifer is open and friendly and has a light-hearted feel to her classes. She is not the  ‘practice at the front of the room and everyone else should follow’ teacher–she is the  teacher who explains, very specifically, what the class is to do and demos only as needed (e.g. for newer students or complicated poses). She is all over the room doing hands-on adjustments and her savasana massages are divine. Sequencing is clearly planned for best practice, and students are often challenged (but never forced) to try new or more complicated poses. Spiritually founded classes that are not too heavy on the spiritual stuff  but remind the student that it’s there–as it should be–check her out.”  

“Jennifer helped me understand mindfulness when I started practicing yoga years ago. She is such a warm, wise, and loving woman, and she is an excellent yoga instructor. She lives a true yogi life. I completely trust and honor Jennifer.”  

“Jennifer is a wonderful teacher that guides students through a slow engaging flow.  She provides plenty of options for all levels, and her classes are welcoming to a  beginner yet provide a challenge to an experienced yogi. She teaches mindful awareness to the core and helps students to build core strength in any pose. She brings laughter to the practice and the joy of being human on our mats. I highly  recommend Jennifer to people new to the mat and long-time yogis as well.” 

AWAKEN YOUR SPIRITUAL HEART: A KUNDALINI EXPERIENCE

with Aubrey Zinaich

Dates: July 17-23, 2022
ABOUT RETREAT

What is Kundalini Yoga?  Kundalini yoga is called the yoga of awareness. The Kundalini energy is vitality, creativity, and consciousness. As we practice, this energy becomes awakened within us. Kundalini Yoga combines posture, breath, hand position, sound, and eye focus to produce a powerful experience and a shift in mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga is so much more than a set of bendy asanas. Yoga gives us a framework for self-realization, a guide to becoming more authentically us. Join me in summer 2022 in Taos, New Mexico for a journey of discovery. During each of our physical practices, we will explore what it means to truly live our yoga, to dive deep into both our hearts and our spiritual hearts. We will explore various teachings from multiple traditions including The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads & Japji Sahib to enhance our own individual personal practices.

Each day will have plenty of free time to spend relaxing, adventuring, or simply being in the presence of the mountains and the desert. Optional excursions will be available as well as optional spa services. Each day’s practice will include breathwork, chanting & mantra, asana, concentration, and meditation to awaken our individual Kundalini energy, the energy of our creativity and vitality. Optional advanced meditation practices will be available as well.

Join me and awaken your body, mind, and spirit through Kundalini yoga. In each class, participants are invited to explore the concepts of what makes Kundalini yoga a Raja form of yoga, by experiencing with an open heart the Bhakti (devotional) nature & Shakti (strength) of their own Higher Self.Kundalini Yoga is a way of living using the tri-fold approach of Bhakti Yoga (devotion), Shakti Yoga (increasing energy & vitality) & Raja Yoga (stilling the fluctuations of the mind). A special focus is paid to Patanjali’s kriya yoga system: tapaḥ (discipline), svādhyāya (spiritual study) and iśvarapraṇidāna (devotion to the Divine). Kundalini Yoga uses Pranayama / Breathwork, Meditation, Chanting / Singing, Concentration, Mudra, and more to encourage each person to connect deeply to their own True Essence, to recognize that the other person is us and to realize a blissful state of non-duality.

INVESTMENT

Save $300 on full-price (shared only) of $1695 USD until October 1, 2021!

Shared Accommodations – $1395 USD (Full Price $1695 USD)

Single Accommodations – $1895 USD

Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

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In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2021 or 2022 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodation

Prepare to be surrounded by mountains and colorful sky that stretch for miles as you explore the enchanted beauty of Taos, New Mexico. Stunning mountain views and peaceful desert landscapes on 3.5 acres with plenty of garden space and nature to explore. Historic architecture made in Adobe style, offering the best of both worlds  – historic charm with all of the comfort and convenience of modern day accommodations.

Take a scenic hike up Devisadero trail or relax in a nearby mineral springs. Explore the rich art community of Taos, full of art galleries, museums, and ancient history. Grab a bike, take a hike, gaze at stars, watch for birds or just relax by the pool. There is something to do for everyone.

The Chef prepares every meal from scratch putting lots of love and care into each dish. The smell of fresh baked bread is sure to catch your nose as it is served warm from the oven.

ABOUT THE LEADER

AUBREY DEA ZINAICH, ( SHE / HER / HERS )

CREDENTIALS:

ERYT-200, KRI Certified Level 1 Instructor
RYT-500, Certified Yoga Garden

TEACHING STYLE:

Aubrey is passionate about helping all people find their inner truth.  Her special interests include mantra, moon cycles, sound current, Kundalini & Buddhist meditation.  Aubrey is inspired by the works of Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak & The Bhagavad Gita.  She enjoys spending time connecting with like-minded people in her community & working toward creating a more tolerant and open environment where all people can come together to have a voice.

PERSONAL STORY/BACKGROUND:

Aubrey has a secret life as a Restaurateur, Wine Mom, Wine Importer & Cheese Lover.  She developed her love for Kundalini Yoga at a time in her life when stress and anxiety had become almost overwhelming.  She has since realized the power of daily Sadhana/spiritual practice, and she loves to share this with others.

CLASSES AUBREY TEACHES:

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – Monday + Wednesday + Friday @ 10:30am

Sunday Sadhana – Sunday @ 9:00am

WHERE TO FIND AUBREY ON-LINE:

Website: aubreyzinaich.com & globalbreath.org

Instagram: @aubrey.zinaich

Testimonials

“I am so grateful to have found Aubrey’s kundalini yoga classes! Aubrey is an amazing yoga teacher and her authentic voice and down-to-earth nature allow her to convey the complexity and depth of kundalini in an incredibly accessible way. She is extremely knowledgeable and it’s clear that she is deeply passionate about all aspects of yoga and yogic philosophy –  I always walk away with a new nugget of information each class. I also really appreciate the sense of community Aubrey creates in her classes, she truly gets to know her students and creates a variety of opportunities for the group to become closer. Since starting kundalini classes with Aubrey, I have noticed a big improvement in my health and wellbeing and I try to attend them as often as I can!”  — Kristina

“I found Aubrey’s classes in late 2019 when seeking a spiritual practice for balance and equanimity.  What a difference and positive impact Aubrey’s Sunday Sadhana (and occasional weekday classes) have made for me in facing the challenges of life.   Elements of her classes resound and become part of a daily practice for me, which she graciously has helped me develop.  Her wisdom and insights are wrapped in a light spirit, good humor, and love.  “Open Heartedness” was a theme for a time, and it radiates from Aubrey always.”  — Deborah

“Three years ago, I signed up to take my first Kundalini class. I thought it would be a challenging, one-time experience. At the time, a class featuring a gong,  chanting, and meditation was intimidating to me. Fast forward to now, I’m attending class three times a week, and would do more if my schedule permitted.  Thanks to Aubrey, I’m enjoying the practice more than I ever thought I would.  Aubrey is an inspiring and thoughtful teacher who makes every class enjoyable and rewarding. During each session, she guides the participants with a thoughtful quote and practice. Thanks to Aubrey and Kundalini yoga I am continuously learning about myself and the world around me.”  — Monika