YOGA and AYURVEDA in MONTANA
Playing Between the Opposites: Independence and Interdependence
June 30-July 7, 2018
Special discounts in effect! See below for details.
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.
Feathered Pipe Discounts!
YOGA in PORTUGAL
and Seville, Spain
Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2018
FULL! Taking names for waiting list…
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
This retreat is full but we’re still taking names for the waiting list.
More info and contact here.
Winter Retreat – Finding the Light in the Darkness
West Sonoma County, CA
December 14-16, 2018
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…