How to Speak Italian

One of my favorite parts of the Italian experience is hearing and speaking the language. I would love to have you join us on our Inspired Travel Alchemy Tours Tuscany Yoga & Wine, Cycling and Cultural Adventure June 22-29, 2013 or Amalfi Adventure July 1-7, 2013! And in preparation here’s a little bit of what to practice saying. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

***WHAT TO SAY***

Fortunately, getting around in Italy with little or no exposure to the Italian language is not very difficult. The Italians are, by nature, outgoing and often appreciate even the slightest attempt at communicating in Italian. Here are some useful words and phrases to help you get started:

English Italian

Yes / No Si / No

Hello / Hi / Goodbye Ciao

Please Per Favore

Thank you Grazie

You’re welcome Prego

Excuse me Mi scuzi

I’m sorry Mi dispiace

Good morning Buongiorno

Good evening Buona sera

Good night Buona notte

Goodbye Arrivederci

To the left A la sinistra

To the right A la destra

Straight ahead Sempre dritto

Bicycle Bicicletta

Hotel Albergo

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Why a December Yoga Retreat?

December can be a time of heavy expectations and overload. This is by far the best month to enjoy a yoga retreat. Consider it the ultimate gift for YOU!

Our special discount to make it easier is: $150 OFF if you register by November 23, 2012!

Please join us for a wonderful week of yoga & meditation, relaxation, outstanding organic food, sipping the best margaritas of your life, laughing with friends, watching the star-filled sky and falling asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach. You will be staying at the eco-luxury Prana Del Mar Retreat Center in Baja, Mexico less than a half hour from Cabo San Lucas, near the Southern end of the Baja peninsula nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Sierra del Laguna mountains.

This desert oasis offers 15 luxurious guest suites with swimming pool, spa and a beautiful yoga studio. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.

Combine all of this with delicious cuisine featuring an international menu that incorporates contemporary and traditional Mexican influences and a loving staff, and you have an inviting place to deepen your yoga practice where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up!

INVESTMENT
Double Occupancy: $1,700 pp
Single Occupancy: $2,300

SAVE MONEY: REFER A FRIEND AND YOU EACH GET $50 OFF!

FOR RESERVATIONS
Sign up directly online at http://www.alchemytours.com, or email us hello@alchemytours.com.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
*6 nights of accommodations in Deluxe Rooms at Prana del Mar
*Three Organic Feasts/day + snacks
*Two yoga classes a day with Silvia Mordini: 1 solar and 1 lunar
*Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Meditation and pranayama
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Interactive Cooking Class
*Spanish language class
*Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
*Ground transportation on December 8 and 15th

NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from the trip, extra spa treatments, extra activities, gratuities for your guides.

ABOUT OUR THEME FOR THIS RETREAT
Anais Nin writes, “and then one day the risk it took to remain tightly in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.” Yoga teaches that we are always evolving in the direction of happiness – all we need to do is get out of our own way. We must stop blocking the Spanda which is always blossoming. Spanda is a Sanskrit term for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests into the dynamism of living form. Another way to think of this is from the beautifully written book Yoga Spandakarika (Song of the Sacred Tremor) by Daniel Odier in which he writes: This is the most difficult thing to attain: accepting the freedom of movement, the creativity of life, understanding that a fixed state, as marvelous as it might be, is not compatible with life.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up like what Krishna Das describes, “Grace wakes us up when we are asleep, brings light to where there is darkness and removes obstacles from our path”.

Practice living your Spanda in a way that keeps you connected to your core beliefs and desires. And come away from this week feeling radiant!

TYPICAL DAILY AGENDA (detailed agenda provided upon request)
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30am – 11am Vinyasa flow yoga – Solar Yang
11am – 12pm Yoga clinics, mini workshops
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm Daytime Fun (Beach, Spa, Hiking, & More)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Vinyasa slow flow yoga, restorative yoga and meditation – Lunar Yin
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Dharma talks

7 Quick Reasons Why To Go On A Yoga Vacation

o You’ll get a lot of sleep, the sleep you really need

o You’ll eat live, organic, healthy food 3 times per day

o You’ll exercise through yoga and other activities depending on which retreat you choose

o You’ll laugh a lot

o You’ll make new friends

o You’ll greatly reduce the amount of time you’re plugged into technology

o You’ll remember what’s important in your life

5 Stars by Eco Hotels of the World

Prana del Mar has exemplary eco credentials. The resort solar panels as its sole source of power and all waste water is treated on site and then used to irrigate the garden, itself organic. And if you purchase carbon offsets for your flight the resort will credit you that amount towards a spa treatment, surf lesson or excursion.

Prana del Mar has been awarded 5 stars by Eco Hotels of The World.

All of the above remain in harmony with the natural environment due to Prana del Mar’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Not only is all electricity solar-powered, the vegetable and herb garden is organic, the pool is solar-heated, wastewater is treated on site and reused for the xeriscaped gardens, sheets and bath towels are all organic, and more!

Join us here on retreat December 8-15, 2012!

Are you stuck? Do you want to unlearn your obstacles?

IF YOU SAID YES, THEN JOIN US ON OUR FINAL RETREAT FOR 2012: Prana Del Mar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico December 8-15, 2012. We are going to do some really rich, deep work to clear space and make room to light up our BEST lives ever in 2013!

Retreat Theme Spanda & Surrender: Seeking the light, unlearning our obstacles:

Please join us for a wonderful week of yoga & meditation, relaxation, outstanding organic food, sipping the best margaritas of your life, laughing with friends, watching the star-filled sky and falling asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach. You will be staying at the eco-luxury Prana Del Mar Retreat Center in Baja, Mexico less than a half hour from Cabo San Lucas, near the Southern end of the Baja peninsula nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Sierra del Laguna mountains.

This desert oasis offers 15 luxurious guest suites with swimming pool, spa and a beautiful yoga studio. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.

Let us not forget Prana del Mar has exemplary eco credentials. The resort solar panels as its sole source of power and all waste water is treated on site and then used to irrigate the garden, itself organic. And if you purchase carbon offsets for your flight the resort will credit you that amount towards a spa treatment, surf lesson or excursion. Prana del Mar has been awarded 5 stars by Eco Hotels of The World.

Combine all of this with delicious cuisine featuring an international menu that incorporates contemporary and traditional Mexican influences and a loving staff, and you have an inviting place to deepen your yoga practice where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up like what Krishna Das describes, “Grace wakes us up when we are asleep, brings light to where there is darkness and removes obstacles from our path”.

INVESTMENT
Double Occupancy: $1,700 pp
Single Occupancy: $2,300

SAVE MONEY: REFER A FRIEND GET $150 OFF (only 1 special offer per person please)

FOR RESERVATIONS
Sign up directly online at http://www.alchemytours.com, or email us hello@alchemytours.com.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
*6 nights of accommodations in Deluxe Rooms at Prana del Mar
*Three Organic Feasts/day + snacks
*Two yoga classes a day with Silvia Mordini: 1 solar and 1 lunar
*Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Meditation and pranayama
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Interactive Cooking Class
*Spanish language class
*Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
*Ground transportation on December 8 and 15th

NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from the trip, extra spa treatments, extra activities, gratuities for your guides.

ABOUT OUR THEME FOR THIS RETREAT
Anais Nin writes, “and then one day the risk it took to remain tightly in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.” Yoga teaches that we are always evolving in the direction of happiness – all we need to do is get out of our own way. We must stop blocking the Spanda which is always blossoming. Spanda is a Sanskrit term for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests into the dynamism of living form. Another way to think of this is from the beautifully written book Yoga Spandakarika (Song of the Sacred Tremor) by Daniel Odier in which he writes: This is the most difficult thing to attain: accepting the freedom of movement, the creativity of life, understanding that a fixed state, as marvelous as it might be, is not compatible with life.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up like what Krishna Das describes, “Grace wakes us up when we are asleep, brings light to where there is darkness and removes obstacles from our path”.

Practice living your Spanda in a way that keeps you connected to your core beliefs and desires. And come away from this week feeling radiant!

TYPICAL DAILY AGENDA (detailed agenda provided upon request)
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30am – 11am Vinyasa flow yoga – Solar Yang
11am – 12pm Yoga clinics, mini workshops
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm Daytime Fun (Beach, Spa, Hiking, & More)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Vinyasa slow flow yoga, restorative yoga and meditation – Lunar Yin
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Dharma talks

FAQ’s

How do I get there?
Our Retreat starts with Yoga followed by Dinner at Prana del Mar December 8th. Flight Arrivals should be planned anytime in the afternoon.

When does the retreat end?
Our time together will end with Brunch at 11am December 15th. Airport transfers will be scheduled at noon to have you back at the Airport by 2pm.

When should I plan my return flight?
Please arrange flight departures for late afternoon on December 15th
We recommend the following websites to book flights to San Jose ~ airport code SJD
*West Jet
*Kayak

Do I need a passport?
Yes a passport is required.

Can you tell me more about the yoga studio?
At 1850 square feet, there is plenty of space to comfortably fit 40 students or more. We’ve been told it could reasonably hold 60 to 70, but it sounds like that would have to be a rather friendly group. The floor is a warm, golden, strand-woven bamboo and the thatched palapa roof overhead is a marvel of Mexican craftsmanship. All props are provided – including Manduka black mats, both bamboo and alder blocks, blankets, bolsters

What kind of food will be provided?
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included in your package, with snacks available throughout the day. Most meals will be vegetarian, with fresh fish and seafood served occasionally throughout the week.

What do rooms look like?
Pictures do the best job of explaining how luxury the rooms are. All rooms and suites have>polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.

What airport should I fly into?
Please fly into San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD). Transfers will be arranged from the airport only. Please schedule your flights to arrive no later than 4.45pm on the first retreat day and leave no earlier than 11am on the last. Same day transfers cannot be guaranteed outside of these parameters.

How far away from the airport is Prana?
Prana del Mar is situated in it’s own private oasis, it will take approximately 45min to get to the resort from the airport.

How do I get to Prana?
This is a full service retreat! All yogis will be picked up from the airport and transported in a private van to Prana del Mar.

Can I bring my own soaps/shampoos if they are labeled eco-friendly?
Prana supplies high end soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Due to their eco-friendly water treatment process, they do ask that you use their products.

How about hair dryers?
Hair dryers can be left at home. Prana’s solar power is better used heating the pool, jacuzzi and sauna!

Does Prana have WiFi?
Absolutely. Prana has a dedicated computer room where you can either set up your own laptop or use their guest computer. The wifi does not reach the guest rooms however, so be prepared to work in the computer room, the library or by the pool.

Is there swimming at Prana?
Naturally! Prana has a gorgeous stylized pool at the ready. The beach is beautiful and full of sand for walking, exploring and getting your feet wet. However, there is a very strong current and ocean swimming is not recommended.

Is there surfing at Prana?
Yes. Expert surfers can try the break just down from Prana and beginning and intermediate surfers can enjoy a surf/swim excursion into Todos Santos. Lessons are also available.

Can I add fish or meat to my meals and can Prana comply with my dietary restrictions/needs?
Yes to all. Prana provides a delicious and healthy vegetarian cuisine, but fish or chicken can be added to meals upon request. Plus, any dietary need or restriction can be accommodated provided that you notify us at least two weeks in advance.

Do I need to book and/or pay for any optional activities before I arrive?
Nope, you can book them before you arrive or while on property.

Do I need cash at Prana?
Prana does not run tabs for services so you will need some cash. US dollars are readily accepted and the town of Todos Santos is near by if you run out (the massages are addictive).

San Jose, Costa Rica Top Traveler's Choice

For our COSTA RICA ECO-ADVENTURE SUMMER VACATION YOGA RETREAT AUG 11-18, 2012 we fly into San José, the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San José, and the nation’s largest city. Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica’s discovery by Christopher Columbus.

According to Trip Advisor it is a 2012 TOP TRAVELERS CHOICE DESTINATION.