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Upcoming Retreats

May Day Magic in the Land of Enchantment

with Cheryl Alexander and Traci Silverman

May 1-5, 2019

ABOUT RETREAT
Experience the Land of Enchantment and make some May Day Magic with Cheryl Alexander and Traci Silverman at Blue Sky, the historic San Geronimo Lodge in Taos, NM. May 1-5, enjoy 5 days/4 nights of daily yoga/meditation, hiking from your doorstep, in-house chef prepared meals, an evening cooking class with Chef Chris Maher at Cooking Studio Taos, a sage ceremony with Wendy Whiteman from the Wolf Walker Collection and shopping/dining at world-famous Taos Plaza. Excursions to renowned Wild Earth Llama AdventuresOjo Caliente Spa and Native American Taos Pueblo are optional.
COST

EARLY BIRD PRICING through February 14, 2019
SAVE $300
* Single Occupancy: $1450
* Double Occupancy: $1250
* Triple Occupancy: $1100

STANDARD PRICING begins February 15, 2019
* Single Occupancy: $1750
* Double Occupancy: $1550
* Triple Occupancy: $1400

Space is limited.  Register NOW

ABOUT RETREAT LEADERS

Cheryl Alexander began her yoga journey in 1999 with a video tape in her living room. As soon as she finished, she knew, “This is my path; this is my purpose.” Cheryl immediately found group classes, began to practice regularly, and then to study to teach yoga and later, fitness classes.

While teaching high school at Round Rock Independent School District in
Austin, Cheryl began a year-long research project studying the effects of yoga in the classroom. She was thrilled to report her findings to the school district: where teachers implemented aspects of yoga into their classrooms, students’ performances were enhanced.

Truly a pioneer in the field, in 2001 Cheryl was awarded a grant that enabled her to work with two special population student groups implementing yoga into the educational experience. In both cases, students responded amazingly to the yoga and their whole attitude towards school, along with their performance, improved. In addition to being one of the first teachers in the nation to introduce yoga into the public school system as a teaching method, Cheryl also wrote curriculum and had yoga accepted into the schedule as a physical education credit at RRISD.

Since then, Cheryl continues to practice consistently and has taught yoga to students at studios all over the United States, even serving on staff at the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in2012.Shehascontinuedhereducationbyreceivingavarietyofcertifications, including Devotional Flow and Hot Pilates.

Cheryl believes passionately in utilizing breath, movement and meditation to heal the body, strengthen the mind and calm the spirit. She is insightful, inspired and enthusiastic about sharing the yoga that has so beautifully enhanced her own life.

When Cheryl is not teaching or practicing yoga and hot Pilates, she works as a free-lance writer whose work has been published in magazines and other media throughout the Houston metropolitan area, as well as in national publications, books, blogs and on websites.

 

Traci’s love for mindful movement began in 80’s during the aerobic exercise craze. She found she could positively connect with people in the ways they move and how they feel about their bodies. This connection and the appreciation of mindful movement inspired her to create positive experiences for others’ by leading group exercise at Texas A&M, and The University of North Texas.

Traci holds a degree in Physical Education with an Athletic Training Specialty from The University of North Texas. She is certified as a Health Coach through the prestigious ACE (American Council on Exercise) with a specialist certificate in Orthopedic Exercise, and a Senior Fitness Specialist certificate from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), and two time RYT-200 via Yoga Alliance. Traci is a 10 time marathon runner, Yoga Instructor (Vinyasa and Bikram Method), Health Coach, Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor, and has pre/post natal training. She conducts workshops on Posture, Stretching, Foam Rolling, and Biomechanics for all types of populations. Her commitment is to promote a lifestyle of health, through sound nutritional strategies and daily movement, that fits personal lifestyles.

Today, Traci divides her time between running her private coaching business, Feeling Great Today, and leading yoga and pilates classes at several private studios in Houston, Texas.

Traci enjoys sharing her simple attainable motto: Feed it, Move it, Rest it

MEALS

Day 1: Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner cooking class at Cooking Studio Taos with James Beard celebrity Chef Chris Maher includes meal and wine pairings

*Day 3: Breakfast/Dinner

**Day 4: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 5: Breakfast

*Day 3 Lunch is on your own or with the group at the Wild Earth Llama Adventures as part of a hike into the Rio Grande Gorge ($145 – the price for this optional excursion includes lunch, tax, gratuity and trail fee).

**Day 4 Dinner is out on the town (dutch treat) and shopping in world-famous Taos Plaza; Day 4 also includes an option to visit Ojo Caliente Spa where your $38 entry fee includes access to the public mineral pools, mud pool, steam room and sauna. Spa add-ons are available, too.

FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS (TIME SENSITIVE)

* Airport transfers included in retreat price. Airfare not included. Book flights ASAP into ABQ Sunport Airport (Albuquerque, NM). Currently, direct flights on SWA are inexpensive, so don’t delay!
* Shuttles run from ABQ to Taos at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Plan your arrival accordingly. Returning home on May 5, the shuttle departs Taos at noon. Book return flights after 3:00 PM.

New Light: A Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Marie Marchand

August 17-24, 2019

ABOUT RETREAT

Join Kripalu Yoga Teacher Marie Marchand for seven days of yoga, meditation and daily adventures in the Land of Enchantment.

This retreat is designed to meet you where you are and provide the perfect balance of quiet introspection & rest with time spent exploring the amazing light, landscapes and cultures of Northern New Mexico.

The retreat will include daily morning yoga practice, some afternoon meditation workshops, as well as daily adventures throughout northern New Mexico. We’ll spend a day in Georgia O’Keeffe Country, touring her home and studio and visiting Ghost Ranch where she lived and painted some of her most iconic scenes. Other outings include a rejuvenating day at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa, a visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the stunning Rio Grande Gorge. Of course there will be plenty of opportunities for some quiet time to slow down and do whatever nourishes your soul ~ read, write, nap, swim, enjoy the hot tub, make new friends, walk the meditation path & labyrinth or just sit and watch the amazing New Mexico sky and the constantly changing light.

This retreat is perfect for solo travelers, groups of friends or couples. Ask about our non-yoga pricing for travel companions who prefer to skip the yoga & meditation.

ABOUT MARIE MARCHAND

Marie came to yoga over 20 years ago through spiritual seeking and as a support for her meditation practice. She discovered in Kripalu yoga a real sense of homecoming, with it’s meditative practice that is so welcoming and a philosophy that is steeped in compassion.

She earned her 500hr certification from the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga in Stockbridge, Ma. She has had the good fortune of studying with the likes of Stephen Cope, Richard Miller, Sally Kempton, Sean Corn, Barbara Benagh and Cyndi Lee. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2003 and offers retreats around New England, in New Mexico and Italy.

Marie is deeply inspired by the rhythms and wisdom of the natural world, music, poetry and Tibetan Buddhism. She weaves all of these into her teaching. In her classes she strives to create a welcoming environment for students and to guide them inward to connect with their own deep inner experience  ~ to help each student find their own authentic path to well-being and vitality through the philosophies and practices of yoga and meditation.

COST

COST
$2098 single occupancy
$1898 double/triple occupancy
Super Early Bird Pricing – Save $200 if you register by December 15, 2018
Save $100 if registered between Dec. 16, 2018 – April 30, 2019
$500 non-refundable deposit is due at registration to save your space. Space is limited. Register here – https://www.bijayogalove.com/new-mexico-2018

RETREAT INCLUDES

Included:
this price includes:

Pick-up and drop-off at Albuquerque Airport

7 nights accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

All meals except 3 lunches during outings

Daily Kripalu yoga and some afternoon meditation classes (Yoga classes appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

All transportation & tour fees for daily outings, including Georgia O’Keefe Home tour, Ghost Ranch tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa and Taos Pueblo – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Does not include: Airfare, lunch on 3 outings, entry fee at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, any items of a personal nature, gratuities, spa treatments etc.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

6:30 am – Morning Yoga & Pranayama
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Daily Outing/Hike or free time
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Afternoon Outing or Free Time
4:00 pm – Afternoon yoga and/or meditation workshop
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 – 10:00 pm – Free time

TRANSPORTATION
REGISTRATION DETAILS
ACCOMMODATIONS

Included:
this price includes:

Pick-up and drop-off at Albuquerque Airport

7 nights accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

All meals except 3 lunches during outings

Daily Kripalu yoga and some afternoon meditation classes (Yoga classes appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

All transportation & tour fees for daily outings, including Georgia O’Keefe Home tour, Ghost Ranch tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa and Taos Pueblo – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nourish Your Soul Yoga & Meditation Retreat

with April Mueller

September 19-22, 2019

ABOUT RETREAT

In this retreat, we will spend three days at a charming Bed & Breakfast in the quaint town of Taos, New Mexico, nourishing our bodies and souls through community, movement, stillness and breath. April Mueller will be guiding daily yoga and meditation classes which will be accompanied by live music. Delicious home cooked meals and cozy accommodations will be provided. There will be opportunities to participate in group activities while still leaving space for self reflection. Nourish your body, mind and soul in the magical land of enchantment!

ABOUT APRIL MUELLER

April is passionate about the many healing benefits that yoga offers and is appreciative every day for the privilege to share such a beautiful practice with others. She believes that through the practice of yoga, there is no limit to how much one can grow and heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. April has been practicing yoga since 2006 which has helped her to become healthier and stronger, heal from an injury and most importantly to connect with her spirituality and realize her heart’s path. Her practice is always evolving and she is always learning, which helps her to connect with her students through her own experiences, struggles and successes.

April received her 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha certification in January 2014 in Rishikesh, India. She has since continued her education, participating in a 25-hour yin intensive teacher training in August 2014, as well as Kindness Yoga’s 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training course which she completed in December 2014. Because of her classical training in India, her teaching style is alignment focused with an emphasis on flowing with breath, integrating pranayama and meditation, and turning the focus inward for deeper contemplation. She teaches Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Beginner Yoga, and is available for private lessons.

INVESTMENT

Single Occupancy Room: $750 per person
Double Occupancy Room: $650 per person
Triple Occupancy Room: $550 per person

**Students who have attended a past Sacred Prana Yoga Retreat receive 10% off!**

RETREAT INCLUDES
  • Three nights accommodations
  • All meals, freshly prepared; vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Please notify April of special dietary needs upon registration.
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes with live music
  • Additional offerings including a guided group hike
TENTATIVE DAILY ITINERARY:

Thursday September 19, 2019
3:00pm Check-In
5:00pm Opening Gathering & Introductions
6:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Yoga Nidra & Guided Meditation

Friday September 20, 2019
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
10:30am Guided Group Hike
6:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Yoga Nidra & Guided Meditation

Saturday September 21, 2019
7:30am Breakfast

9:00am Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
10:30am Free Time
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Free Time
6:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Yoga Nidra & Guided Meditation

Sunday September 22, 2019
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Gentle Vinyasa Yoga
10:30am Closing Gathering & Goodbyes
11:00am Check Out of Rooms

Itinerary subject to change. Final itinerary and menus will be sent to retreat participants 2 weeks before the retreat.

TRANSPORTATION
  • Transportation to and from Taos, NM is not provided or included in the retreat cost.
  • Click here for information about getting to Blue Sky Retreat Center.
REGISTRATION DETAILS
  • Last day to register is August 19, 2019, unless retreat fills up sooner.
  • A $50.00 deposit is required to secure your spot.** Final balance is due on August 19, 2019.
  • Accepted payment methods include personal check, ACH (with add’l 1% processing fee) and credit/debit card (with add’l 3.5% processing fee).

**Deposits are non-refundable.

REGISTER HERE

ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, double and triple occupancy rooms available.
  • If you’re interested in being paired up to share a room with other yogi(s) to reduce your room cost, please notify April upon registration and she will do her best to accommodate your request.

TAOS YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Kim, October 4-6, 2019

ABOUT RETREAT

Join Zoreh and Kim for this deeply rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico.

Let go of the burdens that prevent you from feeling fully present, alive, and joyful. Enjoy two nights at the gorgeous San Geronimo Lodge, including festive catered dinners each night, and a gourmet brunch each morning. Expand your inner horizons with meditation and both active and restorative yoga sessions with Zoreh and Kim. There will be ample rest and quiet time to book a massage or partake in nurturing activities such as journaling, stargazing, hiking, or exploring Taos. Soak in the Black Rock Hot Springs or become enchanted on the shores of the Rio Grande River. Emerge refreshed and renewed, ready to fully embrace your life.

ABOUT ZOREH AND KIM

Zoreh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Zoreh’s joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that is both nurturing and fun, and her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. Zoreh has been hosting yoga and meditation retreats in many heavenly spots around the world for more than 20 years.

Kim Schwartz has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500.

COST

$590.00 (plus tax) for Double Occupancy.

$649.00 (plus tax) for Single Occupancy

Limited option for Triple Occupancy; inquire for availability.

Nonrefundable deposit of $250 (plus tax) due upon registration.

* Ticket price includes 7.875% NM gross receipts tax and 2.9% PayPal transaction fee.

RETREAT INCLUDES

Cost includes: accommodations, Friday and Saturday dinner, breakfast, and all yoga sessions.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
TRANSPORTATION

Transportation to/from the airport is not included in the cost of the retreat.

Please email rippyalbina@gmail.com to arrange your transportation

From/To ABQ:
$60 per person one way
$110 per person round trip

From/To Santa Fe:
$50 per person one way
$90 per person round trip

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Register HERE

ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, triple and double occupancy rooms available.

Autumn Yoga & Qigong Retreat with Whole Foods Plant-Based Cuisine

October 10-14, 2019
ABOUT RETREAT
Join hosts Ceily Levy, April Day Epstein and Sherry Shrallow in this one of a kind retreat. Expand your inner and outer views, nourish life force energy and honor sacred Mother Earth. Ceily and April, whom together have decades of teaching experience, will lead daily guided meditation, qigong and gentle yoga practices. Special renowned chef, Del Sroufe, will lovingly prepare all of your whole foods plant-based meals. Sherry, an educator and advocate for whole foods plant-based nutrition will share her knowledge about its benefits for individual health and the health of the environment. There will plenty of free time in the afternoons to relax, have a massage, spend time outdoors in nature or explore the unique and historic town of Taos. For more details, please go to www.taosyogaretreat.com
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Sherry Shrallow, author of Staying Alive, Healing From Heart Disease – A Survivor’s Story, has recently retired from decades of practice as a clinical social worker. She now dedicates much of her time and energy to education and advocacy work on behalf of plant- based nutrition. Sherry founded Lincolnshire Vegan No Oil Cooking Club in 2014, which now numbers 345 members. She has also taught How To Heart Attack Proof Yourself with a Whole Foods No Oil Plant-Based Diet through an Adult Education program and is a frequent speaker on this subject throughout the United States. She completed her certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. Sherry and her husband, Dale, live in suburban Chicago.

April Day has had a lifelong passion for teaching movement evolving from her early years as a professional dancer in New York and Los Angeles and receiving her BA in Dance from Butler University. Her innate desire to help others move with freedom, gain self-awareness and access inner peace is the catalyst for over 25 years of teaching experience. April is certified to teach qigong from Lee Holden at the Santa Cruz Chi Center. She is a lifelong yogi and certified to teach Yin Yoga. Her meditation teachers include Sharon Salzburg, Rick Hanson and Elesa Commerse. April currently teaches qigong, yoga and meditation in both groups and privately and has recently relocated from suburban Chicago to LA with her husband, Alex. To get more information about her classes and events please go to www.aprilday.com.

Ceily Levy has practiced and studied the art, science and philosophy of yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching for 18 years. She has accumulated over 1500 hours of yoga and meditation teacher training studies and taught over 3000 classes, workshops and retreats. Her practice and style of teaching is a synthesis of hatha, yin and restorative yoga, qigong, meditation, guided relaxation and contemplation. Nature and the changing conditions of the land, seasons and celestial movements influence every aspect of her practice which she names as living practice – a way of being in which the integration of practice is fluid with the thoughts, words and actions of daily life. Ceily lives in Taos, New Mexico and teaches weekly classes at Taos Yoga Therapy. She facilitates private retreats, practice and study at her home studio and guesthouse. For more information, please see www.taosyogaretreat.com.

COST

Single Occupancy  $1,450

Double Occupancy  $2,475

Includes: 

4 nights lodging

3 Whole Foods Plant-Based Meals on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and breakfast on Monday

Daily programs consisting of Meditation, Qigong, Yoga, and Education

RETREAT INCLUDES

4 nights lodging

3 Whole Foods Plant-Based Meals on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and breakfast on Monday

Daily programs consisting of Meditation, Qigong, Yoga, and Education

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
7:00 am   Morning Guided Meditation
8:00 am   Breakfast
10:00 – 11:30am  Qigong (outside, weather permitting)
12 pm lunch
FREE TIME
4:00 – 5:30pm  Gentle and Restorative Yoga
6:30 pm Dinner
TRANSPORTATION
Transportation is not included

Albuquerque International Aiport is 2.5 hours from Taos. Full rental car choices are available 

Santa Fe Airport is 1.5 hours from Taos and has 2 rental car company choices
Taos Regional Airport now has direct flights from Dallas and Austin on Taos Air, www.flytaosair.com

Airports are serviced by ground van shuttle to Taos via Taos Ski Valley Airport Shuttle. Taos Ski Valley Airport Shuttle provides daily year-round service to Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque airports. www.skitaos.com AIRPORT SHUTTLE: 800.776.1111

If you need a car just while in Taos, there is Enterprise Car Rental Service. 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Payment and Registration:

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration Registration received without payment will not be processed

To register and get information about room availability, please contact Sherry Shrallow
email: sherry1830@aol.com or phone: 713-416-2907

Cancellation and refunds policy:

No refund due to cancellation.

In the unforseen event that you are unable to attend the retreat, we will not be able to refund your registration fee unless we have a guest on the wait list that can fill your place.

If you are concerned about having to cancel your attendance, we strongly recommend that you investigate purchasing trip cancellation insurance coverage. 

ACCOMMODATIONS
  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, triple and double occupancy rooms available.