ART, YOGA and MUSIC TOUR
March 28-April 2, 2018
Join Baxter and Melina Meza in Marfa, an art oasis in West Texas located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Put on the map back in the 1970s when artist Donald Judd moved there in search of “space” to explore his minimalist art, it has been drawing bohemians and the creative type ever since. This tiny town full of scrub cactus, tumbleweeds, vacant roads surrounded by sky and cotton candy clouds is the perfect backdrop for our adventure.
After dropping into Marfa for a few days we’ll hit the road and travel to the Live Music Capital of the World- Austin, Texas. We’ll immerse you into the local music and food scene, keep you healthy with yoga, swimming at Barton Springs, and lots of tasty refreshing juices! This spring retreat is perfect for art enthusiasts, yogis and Americana/Folk/Country/Blues music lovers.
With more than 20 years’ experience leading yoga retreats, Melina and Baxter are excited to share this Texas adventure with you, one that includes: art, yoga, quality time in nature, and music and tasty Tex-Mex food.
Only a few spots left!
More info and registration here!
YOGA FOR HEALTHY AGING INTENSIVE
April 15-22, 2018
Kripalu Center – Stockbridge, Mass.
Join Baxter and Melina Meza, author of the Art of Sequencing book series, for an enlightening and informative program that focuses on practical strategies for a lifetime of vitality and well-being. This intensive includes expert medical information and therapeutic yoga postures for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional wellness throughout life. Practitioners learn to set themselves up for a lifetime of healthy living. 200-hour yoga teachers have the opportunity to receive Yoga for Healthy Aging certification.
- Daily practices to support the circulatory system and heart health
- Yoga for managing stress, optimizing brain health, and experiencing equanimity
- The scientific background that explains how and why yoga supports healthy aging
- Essential yoga poses, sequences, and other health-promoting practices
- Movement sequences for strength flexibility, balance, and agility
- How to cultivate long-term balance
Yoga teachers can enhance their teaching toolkit, and yoga students at all levels of experience can benefit from tools to create a personalized yoga program that meets their particular needs and concerns.
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA
May 6-11, 2018
Scotts Valley, CA (near Santa Cruz)
Practical Yoga Therapeutics, Ayurveda, and Nutrition
The wisdom of the ancient yogis tells us it is never too late, or too early, to sequence our life today for a healthier tomorrow. The power of the three key ingredients —a sustainable yoga practice, a wholesome diet, and a healthy lifestyle— to help us look and feel our best is profound.
Join physician, yoga teacher, and acupuncturist Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, and yoga teacher Melina Meza, E-RYT 500, as they share their vast repertoire of wisdom and knowledge to incorporate into your life.
During this relaxed yet highly informative workshop, you will experience:
- Morning meditations
- Asana classes
- Experiential talks on practical yoga therapeutics, diet, nutrition, and Ayurveda
- Gentle therapeutic practices woven together with talks on relevant health topics
- An introductory Ayurvedic cooking class, during which you will learn to prepare kitchari.
Baxter’s expertise in yoga therapeutics, complemented and spiced by Melina’s mastery of holistic nutrition and Ayurveda, will empower you to create the whole enchilada.
YOGA and AYURVEDA in MONTANA
Playing Between the Opposites: Independence and Interdependence
June 30-July 7, 2018
Yoga practices and philosophy blended with the Ayurvedic system offer a valuable lens through which to play between seemingly disparate ideas: yin and yang, form and no-form, success and failure, goals and no-goals, tamas and rajas, hot and cold, and on and on! Join Melina Meza and Baxter Bell, MD, for this July 4th-week yoga retreat to celebrate our independence and interdependence as we explore the interplay of opposites.
Baxter will guide you through a series of portable practices — specifically designed for taking home! — so you can implement them with ease. Melina, a senior yoga teacher, Ayurvedic educator and nutritionist, artfully weaves in healthy living tips throughout the week to help you balance your life with simple daily rituals inspired by the ancient science of Ayurveda. The week offers ample time each day to tune in and make choices to be in sync with life —whether you opt to hike, swim, receive bodywork, or just simply be.
This retreat promises to leave you equipped to make grounded and informed choices in your everyday life so you can move in greater harmony with all of life. Your day begins with a morning meditation followed by breakfast and an asana class with Baxter or Melina. You’ll cap off your morning with an experiential talk on yoga and healthy aging (Baxter) or diet, nutrition, and Ayurveda (Melina). Late afternoon sessions will weave gentle therapeutic practices together with relevant topics for everyone.
You’ll learn through the framework of yoga and Ayurvedic teachings how to balance opposites and adapt diet, exercise, yoga practice and daily rituals to better synchronize with the changing seasons and stages of life to promote quality of life, longer “healthspan”, and physical well-being.
YOGA in PORTUGAL
and Seville, Spain
Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2018
This 12 day tour through Portugal includes a full day in Seville, Spain. Beginning in Porto, we will travel up the coast, go inland to the Duoro Region then head south to the stunning Algarve and end our trip in Lisbon. Each day is an adventure as we immerse ourselves in the culture, art, food and sites of Portugal and Seville. Baxter and Melina will lead us in gentle yoga sessions and there will be opportunities to take varied and interesting walks along the Camino, the Way of Saint James.
- 11 nights in double (2 person) rooms in deluxe accommodations (4 and 5 star, TBA)
- Most meals (TBA)
- All yoga classes with Baxter and Melina Meza
- Transportation in Portugal and Spain in a luxury bus
- Experienced Portuguese guide
To register, simply submit the $700 deposit. This will sell out so reserve your spot now!
Join us for an unforgettable and deeply nourishing yoga retreat at our favorite Northern California retreat center. This retreat, led by two experienced instructors, will be a wonderful way to pause and immerse yourself in the practice of yoga and mindfulness during the busy holiday season. Melina will share winter Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga classes, introduce Ayurvedic practices for self-care, and teach Yin Yoga to prepare your body and mind for meditation.Baxter will be offering tools to help you turn inward and replenish your energy during this slow, quite time of the year.
Our yoga getaway will be perfect way to deepen your practice while simultaneously keeping your inner fire (agni) bright during this dark season. And there is no better place to do this than the stunning Ratna Ling Retreat Center, located just 90 miles north of San Francisco in the redwood forests of Sonoma County (roughly 30 minutes from the town of Jenner). Easily accessible from the San Francisco area, this is a great getaway for Bay Area folks as well as those coming from farther afield!
At Ratna Ling, enjoy your own bedroom in a gorgeous cottage, wholesome vegetarian meals, soaring, timber-frame retreat facilities, and an environment that fosters an appreciation for the boundless potential within each of us.
Morning practices will be invigorating (yang) while afternoon classes will be restorative (yin).
A DEEPER VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
Yelapa Yoga Retreat
January 19-26, 2019
I am very excited to announce our 2019 Mexico retreat- “A Deeper Village Experience!”- as we will be interacting more deeply with the local village of Yelapa than in years past. After arriving in Yelapa, each day will include a morning and late afternoon yoga class designed to be accessible to students of all levels, including those very new to yoga. We will play with how the yoga practice is valuable as a tool for healthy aging, how it fosters community, and how it connects to the world we live in. And we will have a great deal of fun along the way…