Group Retreats


  The 2017 Mexico group retreat is cancelled as I've sustained a rib injury.

Mexico Holiday Retreat Feb.10-19, 2017


Imagine....

joyful wellness practices overlooking this beautiful, long sandy bay...


and dipping into blue waters at the loveliest,   gentlest beach I've ever known..

 
La Manzanilla is a tranquil jewel on

La Costa Allegre (The Happy Coast) of the Pacific Ocean of western Mexico. 

This is the area where I have lived 13 winters teaching bilingual movement and meditation classes, so I will be able to comfortably introduce you to
the corazon (heart) of Mexico. The Happy Planet Index 2016 ranks 
Mexico as the 2nd happiest place on earth!

 
Meditation will start the day on the terrace of Casa Azul,
followed by alternating mornings of Yoga and Nia at Casa Luz,



and Hawaiian hula taught at sunset: 


as well as joining in the weekly 'gratitude' hula with the local community:

 


 Other adventures in La Manzanilla include walking the long beach around the bay, boogie boarding,



biking along the coastal mangrove path to see the huge iguanas at Boca de Iguana, visiting the crocodile sanctuary, or taking sunset bird tours on the lagoon by boat. 

 A guided hike through the jungle hills for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear pools of a waterfall:

 
 
Spanish classes at the language school, bartering with beach vendors, a traveling artisan market on Fridays. Trips to nearby Barra de Navidad and Melaque for varied shopping or nightlife experiences:

 

A boat excursion to an exquisite snorkeling reef, humpback whales breaching along the way: 




Dancing the night away to local bands, or simply spending the day with a cerveza, 
ceviche and good book, lounging under the shade of an umbrella and squishing your toes in the warm sand at one of the diverse beach-front restaurants, while sampling their fare of fresh seafood (caught by local fishermen) hand-made tortillas and salsas, or
 international cuisine.

The retreat spans 9 nights to give you time to melt into the relaxed tempo 
of this sunny little seaside village and the extraordinary positive spirit that lives in this special place!


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Accommodation:
 

Hotel Puesta del Sol (Sunset Hotel) is at the quiet end of town, yet only a block from the town square and beach, and half a block from Casa Azul and classes. It is under new management with clean, private and shared rooms. Guests also have use of the communal kitchen, lounge, wifi, and roof top ocean-view terrace.



SCHEDULE (joining in where you wish):

Friday Day 1 - arrival and check-in
                     - orientation and Mexican feast welcome dinner
Sat. Day 2 to Sat. Day 9 
                  - each day will start with guided meditation on the roof-top terrace
                  - followed by alternating mornings of Nia or Yoga on the terrace (bring your yoga mat please)
                  - some afternoons offer excursions; others are yours to flavour with beach time, writing, art, Spanish                                lessons (don't forget siestas!)
                  - evening sunset hula at the ocean's edge
Sun. Day 10 - farewell brunch
                   - check-out and departure


10 DAY RETREAT COSTS:
Retreat only, if you arrange your own accommodation: @ $700CAD per person
Retreat plus accommodation: $885-$950CAD for private room; $825CAD for shared room

RESERVE EARLY FOR BEST CHOICE!  GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 8 PEOPLE!
To reserve email a 50% deposit by Interac email money transfer as soon as possible.
(the earlier the better to ensure that I can get your preferred accommodations reserved).

NOT INCLUDED:
Flight to Manzanillo or Puerto Vallarta
Taxi or bus from airport to La Manzanilla (most participants fly Friday afternoon to Manzanillo on Alaska Airlines or West Jet, and share the $60 taxi ride to La Manzanilla, 40 minutes away)
Meals other than the welcome dinner and farewell brunch (budget $15 - $30/day; much less if you prepare your own food at the hotel)

FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS:

"La Manzanilla is such a gentle, easy place to be, with friendly people. I loved seeing the fishermen making their nets and fishing."

"La Manzanilla was a perfect location, the whole village life, happy smiling people, the hotel and the yoga space we used."

"A wonderful experience... lots of learning and loving from your fine blend of teachings."

"A very enriching, satisfying week. We're still enjoying our Ta Da!! moments which sends us off into torrents of joy and laughter."

"My body and spirit felt strong, centered and calm... such a great way to be able to focus on developing new healthy practices."

"Traveling with a group was a really comfortable and safe experience, permeated with love and support. The sense of community was a highlight."






 
CASA AZUL - INNER MOVES HEADQUARTERS IN MEXICO

Each of the years that I brought retreat groups to this exquisite village, it became harder and harder for me to leave... so I stopped resisting and rented a house for the winter! 

CASA AZUL is a lovely spacious house with a rooftop palapa terrace and ocean-view. It has been the Inner Moves Mexico headquarters for 4 years. In 2016-17 I will be in La Manzanilla from Dec. 1st to Feb. 28th, doing bodywork, teaching local classes, hosting Mexico Personal Retreatsand during the Mexico Group Retreat, this will be our location for Meditation and Yoga. 




HAMMOCK ON THE PALAPA TERRACE OF CASA AZUL



BREATHING JOY




 
AMAZING SUNSETS OVER THE OCEAN EVERY NIGHT


 A gozar la vida!  (Enjoy life!)