11 Yoga Retreats You Can Actually Afford

A vacation is great, a yoga retreat is even better. While they often seem pricey, retreats simply offer more value than traveling on your own. Not only do you get to chill in a zen location for a few days, but the retreat package price typically includes vegetarian, possibly organic meals, meditation and yoga classes, personal growth workshops and even an occasional spa treatment.

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Casey Petersen's Xinalani Playlist 2

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SONG – ARTIST

Beautiful World – Colin Hay

K-Half Noise – Mum

Killed the Lord, Left for the – This Will Destroy You

Jets – Bonobo

The Good Good – Snoop Lion

Imperials – Ratatat

House of Card – Radiohead

On the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Unfold  – The xx

Just breath – Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson

Switzerland  – Daughter

Sea of Love  – Cat Power

Casey Petersen's Xinalani Playlist

 

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SONG – ARTIST

Midnight Dreaming – Todd Boston

Husks & Shells – Volcano Choir

Sun, Arise! – Phosphorescent

Bloodstream – Stateless

Follow the Sun – Xavier Rudd

Giving Him Something – En Vogue

We Used to Wait – Arcade Fire

Harvest Moon – Poolside

Man on Fire – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

July – Weathetunes

Kanou – Rokia Traoré

Slip Slidin’ Away – Paul Simon

Redemption Song – Caribbean Sound

Meet Malia Scott, Haramara Yoga Retreat Guide

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 4.09.26 PMABOUT MALIA SCOTT (Who is co-guiding along with Silvia Mordini, Haramara Retreat)

Since an early age Malia has always been interested in deep connection — through conversation, movement, music,  art, animals, nature and sky.

The mind-body-spirit connection began in her university days while attending UT-Austin when she started to discover different methods of yoga as a way to help her balance and work with anxiety and depression. A wild, curious renegade spirit at heart, yoga brought her balance and discipline at the perfect timing and continues to do so to this day.

After years of studying with various yoga and personal development teachers, she considers life to be the greatest teacher of them all. You can read all the books in the world, take all the workshops and training programs, but life will continue to crack you open in ways that you never expect. The real magic lies in curiosity, self-inquiry and practice. 

Malia is commited to listening and trusting the teacher within and enjoys integrating yoga and personal development studies as well as archetypes, psychology, chakra theory, the elements, astrology (Yogastrology), shamanism, dance and expressive arts.

Over the past 13 years, Malia has developed a passion for yoga, mentoring, teaching, coaching and conscious business, having had the opportunity and previous experience to work in various corporate positions, including account/project management and client relations. 

A synchronistic relationship formed and she co-founded SAY OM YOGA in 2012 in Austin, Texas with her two partners. It was around this same time that Malia experienced two intense life-changing car accidents that began to shift her overall perspective and 
soul’s calling to keep expanding and living a full life.

She has been in a commited partnership for over decade and married since 2007. In addition, she is a devoted bulldog mama to Bubbles and Belle. To learn more about Malia visit http://www.yogawithmalia.com/

Did you see Malia in the June 2014 issue of Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine?

 

 

What I Love About Astrology

By Malia Scott

Astrology, like the collective unconscious, with which psychology is concerned, consists of symbolic configurations, the “planets” are the gods, symbols of the power of the unconscious.  – C.G. Jung, Letters 1951-1961

Astrology. A hobby turned passion turned passion project and now an offering.

A tool that continues to guide me along the path that I am passionate about sharing with others.

Your cosmic roadmap is authentic and unique to YOU. Just like your yoga and meditation practice. Just like your favorite food, clothing and music. Astrology is simply another sort of guidance. The practical wisdom from an astrological cosmic roadmap reading can support you along your path so you can discern when it is the right or perhaps wrong timing to move forward with a particular aspect in your life, when to step back and re-assess, when to make the move or not.

Astrology covers every aspect of your life:

• Self image / Identity in the world

• Self-worth + money

• Communication

• Family, home, roots + security

• Self-expression, creativity, pleasure + romance

• Work + health

• Partnership + marriage

• Transformation + sexuality

• Beliefs + higher learning

• Career, profession + reputation

• Aspirations + goals

• Soul growth + privacy

 

I am excited to be offering discounted 1:1 astrological cosmic roadmap readings ($108/hour) in Haramara July 12-19, 2014  as another way to support you in Embracing Your Purpose & Finding Your Bliss, whether it be your birth chart, your relationships/compatibility, your career or your personal growth.

If you would like to register for a 1:1 reading, please be sure to know your exact:

–       birth time

–       birth location

 

ABOUT MALIA SCOTT:  Since an early age Malia has always been interested in deep connection — through conversation, movement, music,  art, animals, nature and sky.

The mind-body-spirit connection began in her university days while attending UT-Austin when she started to discover different methods of yoga as a way to help her balance and work with anxiety and depression. A wild, curious renegade spirit at heart, yoga brought her balance and discipline at the perfect timing and continues to do so to this day.

After years of studying with various yoga and personal development teachers, she considers life to be the greatest teacher of them all. You can read all the books in the world, take all the workshops and training programs, but life will continue to crack you open in ways that you never expect. The real magic lies in curiosity, self-inquiry and practice. 

Malia is commited to listening and trusting the teacher within and enjoys integrating yoga and personal development studies as well as archetypes, psychology, chakra theory, the elements, astrology (Yogastrology), shamanism, dance and expressive arts.

Over the past 13 years, Malia has developed a passion for yoga, mentoring, teaching, coaching and conscious business, having had the opportunity and previous experience to work in various corporate positions, including account/project management and client relations. 

A synchronistic relationship formed and she co-founded SAY OM YOGA in 2012 in Austin, Texas with her two partners. It was around this same time that Malia experienced two intense life-changing car accidents that began to shift her overall perspective and 
soul’s calling to keep expanding and living a full life.

She has been in a commited partnership for over decade and married since 2007. In addition, she is a devoted bulldog mama to Bubbles and Belle.

Mexican Superfoods

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Separate from the taco trucks and nachos we all know and love, Mexico is blessed with some amazing, nutrient packed foods that add character to any dish. The simplicity of mexican food let the flavors of these awesome ingredients take center stage. Enjoy this small list of the components in Mexican food that have a positive impact on your health!

Cilantro. Like many herbs, this plant is especially potent, with strong antioxidant qualities. The chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs and helping the body eliminate them. Get your daily boost of this super-herb in virtually all Mexican dishes!

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Superfood salad with cilantro, onion, and avocado

Amaranth. For hundreds of years Aztecs used this amazing grain for their religious rituals and as a staple in their diets. Amaranth is an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, mineral rich superfood that can even prevent prematurely graying hair!

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Hot peppers. The spicier the pepper, the higher the antioxidant levels.  Hot peppers also have a similar effect as green tea or caffeine, boosting metabolism and curbing the appetite. Once you adapt to their zesty, explosive taste; these little plants produce happy chemicals like endorphins and were even considered by the Mayans and Aztecs to be an aphrodisiac.

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Avocado. Avocado packs an excess of 25 essential nutrients. Its delicious, creamy flavor makes it an easy way to get in your copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, potassium, and many more. Guacamole all around!

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Lime. Scientists have observed that the antioxidant limonoids found in limes cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate. So enjoy your mojito or corona with lime!

Join us in Baja at Prana Del Mar (November 29-December 6) or at our Xinalani Retreat March 28-April 4 to indulge in these fresh, authentic superfoods in the heart of Mexico!

 

Bucket List Adventures

If you’re a travel junkie like we are, your bucket list grows exponentially every time you log in to your twitter or pinterest account. Here are some additions to inspire you to take that next big trip!

Eat authentic italian food, in italy. There’s nothing like the real thing, made with recipes passed down by generations and graced by Italy’s charm. Pizza marguerita, Ischia’s traditional rabbit dish, and of course pasta!

Enjoy pasta in Ischia with us June 29- July 6 & in Tuscany 2015

Spaghetti in Italy

Take a yoga sabbatical to a beautiful place, to learn about yourself. People do teacher trainings for many reasons. To learn more about the spiritual aspects of yoga, to deepen their yoga practice, and to learn about themselves. Doing this self-exploration in a scenic, relaxing place will only allow you to see the beauty in yourself and the world around you. After all learning about yourself is as important, or more, than learning any subject!

Learn with us in Costa Rica at our RYT200 hour Alchemy of Yoga Training August 9-30 at Blue Spirit Retreat Center

Costa Rica Teacher Training

Play with monkeys! Just like dogs and cat, monkeys like to play! They are brilliant creatures (as smart as a three year old child) that are lively and curious.

Sacred Monkey Forrest, Bali

Sacred Monkey Forrest, Bali

Experience a Thai Herbal Steam bath. The people of Thailand have long known the benefits of the herbs, spices, and plants that mother earth provides us. They also understand the healing benefits of a good sweat, and have combined the two for a relaxing, detoxifying experience. You may even be lucky enough to have a view of the sunset or the ocean as you rejuvenate.

The sacred 'Samonpi' blend of herbs used in Samahita Retreat's Herbal Steam Bath.

The sacred ‘Samonpi’ blend of herbs used in Samahita Retreat’s Herbal Steam Bath

Salute the sunshine in December!
For many of us in north america, a warm, tropical day has not made an appearance in December. It’s even hard to imagine places in the world that are blessed with a sunny, blue skied christmas! Experience at least one December of your life with the sun on your face and a warm breeze in the air!

Enjoy winter sun in Mexico

Enjoy winter sun in Mexico

Check out our 2014-2015 trips to start checking things off of your bucket list!

 

Retreat Centers with Heart

There are thousands of retreat centers all over the world that offer luxurious accommodations for your vacation. The location of these retreats is often the centerpiece of their appeal- beautiful beaches, views etc. It’s important to choose a retreat center that respects and cares for the place they reside, assuring all of it’s wonders are preserved for future generations. We can each make a difference when we are green conscious and make good decisions in our homes, and because running a retreat center is much like running a giant household, the impact they can make is tenfold. Always remember, we as consumers vote with our dollars, so supporting these ecologically sound companies will in turn support efforts to tread lightly on our planet.

Some awesome ways hotels, resorts, and retreat centers reduce their environmental footprint:

  • Solar power
  • Solar heated pools, water, hot tubs
  • Floors made from renewable and/or abundant resources such as bamboo
  • Waste water is treated on-site and reused to irrigate gardens
  • Skylights included in the building’s design to increase natural lighting
  • Light fixtures and appliances chosen with energy efficiency in mind
  • Organic sheets, bath towels, and bath mats
  • Allow guests the option to reuse linens to reduce water usage
  • Cloth hand towels and napkins instead of disposable paper
  • Organic gardens
  • Compost excess food and organic materials to use as fertilizer
  • Aerated showerheads and low-flow toilets
  • Organic personal care products – shampoo, conditioner, cleaners, and lotions. Also purchasing care products in bulk reduces single-use containers
  • Green cleaning products
  • Recycling wherever possible and primarily using rechargeable batteries
  • Provide every guest a refillable bottle to reduce wasting single-use plastic bottles
  • Offering special incentives for guests who chose low-impact transportation
  • No concrete, no land modification during construction- erecting their structure without harvesting lumber
  • Utilizing well and rain water
  • Using compostable materials for any disposable items
  • Arranging carpools for guest transportation

These are only some of the amazing efforts eco-retreats make to decrease the impact on the earth. You can find these green retreat centers all over the world, some of our favorite eco-retreat centers:

Xinalani Retreat, Mexico*

Kalani, Hawaii

Prana Del Mar, Mexico*

Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Costa Rica

Blue Spirit, Costa Rica*

*Retreat centers Alchemy Tours will be traveling to in 2014, more info at Alchemytours.com

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Xinalani Mexico Recalibrate Your Life Yoga Retreat March 28-April 4, 2015

Vinyasa Yoga led by Casey Petersen

Recalibrate = assess / set / adjust

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Join our 7 night/8 day yoga retreat in paradise designed to help you reset and make time to reassess your intentions. The experience will be grounded, playful, and fortifying as we refine our intentions for the best year ever! Our journey will include two yoga classes each day led by Casey Petersen, as well as open air accommodations and vibrant local cuisine. There will be ample space for rest, reflection, adventure and community connection.

Xinalani Retreat Center is an eco-chic spa hotel, with 2 yoga studios, hidden on a pristine beach surrounded by a luxuriant jungle on the south shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

If you feel the need to refresh your spirit and recalibrate your life, then this yoga retreat is what you need.

 

Download the complete PDF of information here: Xinalani 2015! Check out a summary of all of our trips ALL TRIPS

 

INVESTMENT: *All airport/boat transfers included in price

Small Palapa (650 Sq feet, 4 single beds, 1 bathroom, terrace & hammock)
$1450pp (female shared room) SOLD OUT!

Deluxe Rooms (260 Sq Feet, 2 Single or 1 Double Bed, 1 bathroom, desk and chair)
Single: $2250 SOLD OUT!
Double: $1650 SOLD OUT!

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Petite Suites (387 Sq Feet, 1 King or 2 Double Beds)
Single: $2650  1 Room Left!
Double: $1850  1 Last Spot!

Eco-Chic Suites (650 Sq feet, either 1 King or 2-3 Double Beds. Includes morning coffee service, in-room wifi & wake up call)

Single: $3150  1 Room Left
Double: $2150  
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Prana del Mar Gratitude & Manifestation Yoga Retreat Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2016

Cabo San Lucas 5 Star Luxury Eco-Retreat
Early Birds by Sept 15, 2015 save $150!

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