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BAJA 2019

November 16-23, 2019 | Yoga, Meditation, & Breathwork

NOVEMBER 16-23rd, 2019 @ PRANA DEL MAR, MEXICO

 

- The Retreat -

 

"Everybody needs to take time, in some way, to quiet themselves and really listen to their heart." –Jack Kornfield

 

I am thrilled to be returning to one of my favorite retreat centers – Prana del Mar – for a rich week of resting in the heart of presence.

The Zen beauty of Baja offers the ideal environment for a Fall retreat and opportunity to pause, reflect, and renew. This week-long immersion will support body, mind, and soul, weaving yoga asana (Vinyasa, Yin, & Restorative), breathwork journeying, meditation, and dharma talks & discussion (drawing from Classical Yoga, Tantra, and Buddhist philosophy).

You will begin each day with seated meditation, followed by mindful, alignment-based yoga asana to unwind tension, awaken vital energy flow, and bring awareness into the body…and into the present. Enjoy a nourishing breakfast, followed by free time to enjoy as you please – bathing in the sun, walking on the beach, napping on your chaise lounge, or connecting with others. The afternoon program will include deepening practices, including breathwork journeying (similar to Rebirthing & Holotropic breathwork), yin & restorative yoga, and dharma talks to support personal inquiry and self-reflection. After a gourmet dinner, we will close each day with silent meditation.

This retreat is intended for mature practitioners seeking the time, structure and support to be in an intentional space of mindfulness, growth, and ultimately, release of the past so one can be more fully available to the blossoming of the present. In stepping out of your daily life and routine, you will have the opportunity to reconnect with the deepest aspects of your Being and gain clarity and perspective, supporting you to recalibrate, refocus, and re-engage your life with conscious awareness, intention, and sovereignty.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS: It is recommended that you have a solid foundation in yoga asana to support more advanced inquiry and subtlety. This does not infer advanced shapes and poses, but rather a capacity for presence and active listening (and response) in the practice. We will be sitting for approximately 1-1.5 hours of meditation per day, so participants should also have prior experience with Vipassana/Insight-based meditation. While breathwork does not require prior experience, it can be physically and emotionally demanding, and is best suited for those who have a baseline of therapeutic/spiritual/mindfulness experience that supports relational context for what might arise in the journeys.

If you have any questions about the nature of the program and whether this retreat aligns for your desired intentions, please contact me and I’d be happy to schedule a time to connect by phone.

This will be an incredibly rich and rewarding week, and I look forward to diving into the magic of the retreat space with you!  


SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:

7:30am: Coffee/tea/fruit

8:00-8:30am: Meditation

8:30-10:00am: Yoga Asana (Mindful Vinyasa)

10:00am: Breakfast

2:00pm: Lunch

4:00pm-6:15pm: Afternoon Program (Breathwork Journeying; Yin & Restorative Yoga; Dharma Talks & Discussion)

7:00pm: Dinner

8:30-9:00pm: Evening Meditation

*As a group, we will take one optional excursion to a non-profit conservatory to aid in the birth & release of baby sea turtles. Additional excursions will be available to book based on individual/group interest.


LOCATION & GETTING THERE:

PRANA DEL MAR | BAJA MEXICO

Prana del Mar is located near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, just north of Cabo San Lucas. Located at the beach on five acres, the tranquil, desert setting provides the perfect environment for deep inner work. The resort features just 16 rooms and suites for an intimate experience, with two yoga studios (Sun & Moon), pool and hot tub, rooftop deck, sauna, spa services, gourmet meals, and a gracious and attentive staff. During free time, support you integration with a long walk on the beach, or journaling from your chaise lounge or the rooftop deck. 

Flights should be booked to San Jose Cabo International airport - sometimes called Los Cabos (SJD) - and a private shuttle will take you to the resort (approximately a 45-minute drive).


Lodging & PRICING:

Prana del Mar offers luxurious and spacious accommodations, with amazingly comfortable beds (organic linens & pillow-top mattresses) and private terraces with your own chaise lounge. 

DOWNSTAIRS - KING BED

Ideal for the single guest desiring privacy or a couple, these rooms feature one king bed, with additional seating area and en suite bath (dual sinks & separate shower and bathtub). 

UPSTAIRS - TWO QUEEN BEDS

The upstairs suites have two queen beds, combination living room/dining room, kitchen, and en suite bath (single sink and shower over bathtub). These are the most spacious shared rooms I've encountered at a retreat center, so plenty of breathing space for you and your roommate.  

Single Occupancy Rate: $2,900;  $2,500 with Early Registration Discount by November 30th, 2018

Double Occupancy Rate: $2,250


NOURISHMENT:

Prana del Mar's cuisine is phenomenal....you won't want to leave! They source organic ingredients when possible and feature a  primarily vegetarian menu, along with fresh fish. Sensitive care is take to accommodate special diets, including vegan, gluten-free, and other allergies. Needless to say, you will be nourished well and enjoy beautiful Mexican and international dishes prepared with love. Prepare yourself for the most amazing gluten-free molten chocolate cake EVER.


ACTIVITIES & SPA SERVICES:

From mid-October to early-December, a local preservation group offers the opportunity to help sea turtle hatchlings come out of their nests and into the ocean. This is a beautiful and remarkable opportunity to witness the birth of these incredible creatures, and to be present for the beginning of their journey. 

Upon arrival at Prana del Mar, you can sign-up for additional activities during your free time (some excursions do have a minimum participant requirement). Choose from horseback riding on the beach, surfing lessons, sea kayaking, trip to Todos Santos, or cooking class with Prana del Mar's chef.

There is an on-site spa for massage and bodywork treatments, as well as a sauna. 


WHAT'S INCLUDED: 

The rates listed above include accommodations for seven nights, three gourmet meals daily, full immersion retreat programming, sea turtle release & transportation, airport transfers on the arrival and departure dates, and all sales and hotel taxes.

Rate DO NOT include: Airfare, spa treatments, optional excursions and activities, airport transfers on alternate dates, and gratuities for Prana del Mar's staff.

REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $300 deposit is required to reserve your room at the retreat, with balance due August 16th, 2019.

Payment by check is preferred to avoid processing fees, otherwise, the deposit and/or full payment can be made online via PayPal. Detailed instructions will be emailed once registration is approved.

To register for this retreat, please contact me to express interest in attending. If I am not familiar with you and your practice/path, a brief phone interview will be conducted to ensure there's alignment to support a rich and rewarding experience for you, and all attending.

The balance of payment is due 90 days prior to departure - August 16th, 2018. 

 

In the event of cancellation:

More than 90 days: Full refund, less the deposit

From 90 to 60 days: 50% refund, less the deposit

Less than 60 days: No refund of payments made

As always with international travel, travel insurance is strongly recommended.


Tai’s gentle, wise words with the balance of her strengthening, powerful presence, created the space for me to heal and grow at the retreat. Her humility and genuine heart of compassion facilitated one of the most transformative weeks of my soul. Tai steered when I needed a nudge of direction (in yoga practice or in a conversation through her questions) and graciously allowed space for me to explore my own capacities, providing her supportive silent presence, when she sensed strength and wisdom in me, I had not yet discovered.
— Elizabeth K.

ADDITIONAL Q&A FOR YOUR PLANNING:

  • Can I swim in the ocean?  Generally, the waves and currents on the Pacific coast of Baja are too rough for safe swimming. You will have the opportunity to take an excursion to a swimming-friendly beach, otherwise you might mindfully wade into the breaking waves, or take a dip in the pool.
  • What travel documents do I need? You will need a valid passport, and for those coming from the US and Canada, no visa is required. It's always a good idea to bring extra color copies of your passport, and passports can be left in room safes.
  • Should I get travel insurance? For international retreats and travel, it's always recommended to have travel insurance.
  • What type of currency should I bring? Cash (US dollars) is recommended to pay for spa services, tips and gratuities, and many of the excursions (some outfitters except credit cards, but some do not). There are no ATMs in the immediate vicinity of the resort, so it's a good idea to come with extra cash for anything you might want to enjoy on retreat.
  • What type of electric outlets are used? Should I bring a hairdryer? If you are coming from the US or Canada, your electronics will work without an adapter (all of North America uses the same standard plug for 110V connections). Please note that the resort has some hair dryers, but if you NEED one, please bring your own, and consider that their electricity is entirely solar-powered, so discretion is requested.
  • How do I get from the airport to the retreat center? Shuttle transfers from San Jose del Cabo (SJD) are included in the retreat. A shuttle will be arranged to meet you at the airport, and it's a 45-minute drive to the resort. 

Any remaining questions? Please contact Tai to inquire!