Jake and Silvia Tell All: What are Yoga Retreat Guides Like?

We all love stories. Here’s a little bit more of our individual stories to share with you. We can’t wait to tell you more in person. Ask Jake how we met….now that’s an incredible love story.



My area of expertise is as a connector. I am an enthusiastic friend gatherer who loves to discuss breathing, yoga psychology, poetry, music, movement, books, travel and philosophy. And I am a long-time love anthropologist and student of life. I am open to all suggestions and enjoy meeting interesting people, spiritual seekers, soul surfers and most anyone who talks to me. I am especially interested in people who make me laugh and those who laugh at my silly sense of humor.

My parents, Mama and Papa, inspired my love of movement and travel, saying that I learned to ski before I learned to walk. I stayed active with tennis, swim team, cycling, hiking, running, pom poms, and dance squad. But even with all that activity, travel has been my greatest influence and my first love. My Father, Enrico, was a pure adventurer and my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers and healers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents. That I love to show others the beauty of the world through Yoga Workshops and Yoga Retreats shouldn’t be a surprise, since I was born in Ecuador and my Father is from Northern Italy, and English is my third language. So really my first yoga was travel. I learned how to connect to people and find the union between us. What we all have in common is the ability to laugh, to look for the good in any situation, and to choose love.

With over 8,800 hours of yoga teaching experience and a regular schedule of 12-18 classes per week, I make yoga approachable and inspiring for everyone. My focus is on bringing more fun to yoga with the hope that how we practice our yoga becomes how we live our life. As an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a lifelong athlete, singer, dancer, poet and adventurer, my style of yoga is Anusara inspired Vinyasa flow. I’ve been practicing yoga over the last 15 years after being run over by a car as a pedestrian and using it to recover physically and emotionally. I have owned a successful and well-loved yoga studio for 9 years and am currently teaching the 11th cycle of my nationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. I also offer popular workshops on Living Your Yoga, Chakra Vinyasa & Champagne, Hip-Hop Yoga, Yoga and Journaling, Yoga Psychology, The 3 Habits of Happiness, Restorative Yoga for Couples, Feel Good Look Good Intro to Ayurveda, Meditation and Manifestation. My partner and I lead Spiritual Adventure Yoga Retreats Nationally and Internationally through our company Alchemy Tours. And you can reach me at http://www.alchemytours.com or http://www.silviamordini.com by email at silvia@alchemytours.com

Various things you likely don’t know about me:
*I’m a life long vegetarian, who doesn’t really like vegetables
*I’ve lived on 3 continents
*I don’t watch tv
*I was born in Ecuador, South America
*I crack myself up all the time
*I played piano 13 years and clarinet too
*I was in a band for the Young Republicans when I was 17 years old (it paid well)
*My Father is Italian and that’s why I’m olive
*I don’t need much sleep due to FOMS (Fear of Missing Something)
*I sing and dance in class



At some point everybody in their life thinks about moving somewhere new. I was born in California and by the age of two had already moved across the United States to New Hampshire. While living out East I was steeped in tradition much of which I appreciate to this day. Growing up in small-town New Hampshire was not confining to me, because it was all I knew. But from the moment I learned to ride on two wheels, I was gone. I stretched my boundaries constantly, and when I moved across the country my senior year of High School, I became aware of a bigger place around me which led to a full running scholarship at Northwest University. Living in Europe the past 9 years (Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain) and guiding in those regions really expanded upon that.

For the last 10 years my desire to be active and live all over the world grew into guiding multi-sport vacations internationally. I am passionate about travel and introducing others to both the traditions and the new discoveries I’ve made in a region or place…I am blessed to do this regularly. Alchemy Tours branched from two things. 1) One of our favorite books is The Alchemist. With that as the somewhat obvious backdrop, it made sense that the alchemy of Silvia’s and my background would blend to create a sort of super trip for people unlike others out there. The yoga and active travel vacation being the alchemy that turns to gold. And without fail, people change after our retreats. Mark Twain sums it up when he says, “The enemy of prejudice is travel.” People learn more about themselves, and the yoga that Silvia teaches while on retreat is her to the max.

When not guiding you’ll find me back in Seattle enjoying a perfect day at home which includes waking up and enjoying a neighborhood run or a group ride. Coming home to relish in a relaxing brunch. Heading down to the farmer’s market to dream up an elaborate dinner, then going home to cook and enjoy quality time with those I love. And you can reach me at http://www.alchemytours.com or by email at jake@alchemytours.com

Various things you likely don’t know about me:
*I speak fluent Italian
*I’ve lived in Florence and Paris and a southern oregon town with population 499
*I don’t watch tv
*I’ve eaten marsupial and reptile
*I bleached my hair white blond once
*I don’t sing in the shower but do sing everywhere else
*I want everyone else to win. I’m not competitive.
*I am competitive in playing scrabble
*I’ve climbed Mount Rainier
*I had an iguana as a kid my siblings had newts, snails, cat, dog, hamster, and a rare mouse
*My dog was named daisy
*I’m third of four kids
*I can juggle
*I’ve jumped out of a plane

Story to be continued…

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