What a Luxury Yoga Retreat Looks Like

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

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.

Yoga Retreat Living for EVERY Budget?

One of the many things we love about our Big Island Hawaii Retreat at Kalani is that there are living accommodations for every yogi budget. Here is more about what we have to offer you.

ABOUT THE LODGING OPTIONS TO FIT EVERY BUDGET
CAMPSITE
$699

LODGE ROOMS
Triple Shared Bath $750
Double Shared Bath $999
Double Private Bath $1175
Single Shared Bath $1275
Single Private Bath $1475

BUNGALOW
Double Private Bath $1,450
Single Private Bath $1,700

TREEHOUSE AND TROPICAL COTTAGE
Tropical Double Private Bath $1,650
Treehouse Double Private Bath $1,500
Treehouse Single Private Bath $1,750

OCEAN COTTAGE
Double private bath $1,850

    Ocean Cottage

Ocean Cottages are situated in a beautiful meadow overlooking the ocean with vistas of palms, monkeypods and banyan trees. Both modern and bamboo are available.

    Tropical Cottage

Tropical Cottages have views of mixed `ohia and lau hala jungle, with plenty of open space and tropical plants. Both modern and bamboo are available.

    Tree House Rooms

Tree House Rooms are not actually in a tree, but you may well feel as if they are! The Tree House is nestled under the cool shade of a large Monkeypod Tree near the Rainbow Room. They are five spacious units, on two levels, enhanced by views of pasture and glimpses of sea through a coastal grove of native Kamani (mahogany) and coconut palms. They have screened windows, a King bed (or 2 twins), private bath, fan, mini fridge, ocean and horse pasture vistas. Approximately 500 square feet.

    Tropical Bungalows

Four double bungalows (eight rooms) are located between the Rainbow Room and the Tree House. Each has high, slanted ceilings and tall screened windows, a Queen bed, a futon, private bath, fan, mini fridge. Approximately 225 square feet.

    Lodge Rooms

The three two-level lodges or Hales (pronounced Ha’-lay, Hawaiian for “house”) house several rooms on each floor with access to common areas on both levels which are sometimes used for classes. They are on the central lawn close to the Dining Lanai.

Rooms are approximately 200 square feet with twin, queen, or king beds, shared or private bath, fan, and a garden vista. Hales 3 & 4 include access to adjoining studio with a limited kitchen (sink, refrigerator, microwave) and an upstairs meeting area. Hale 1 has no kitchen facilities but features garden lanais (verandas), hammocks, and native ohia floors.

    Campsites

For campers our beautiful four-acre campground offers 5 sites. Each site has a redwood platform and canopy with access to bathrooms with hot showers.

Need a Stress Relief Retreat?

Hawaii is Perfect for YOU.

During this weeklong adventure October 14-20, 2012 on the east side of the Big Island, we will explore the wild beauty and power of the rugged land and sea. At the same time, our exploration of our inner landscape will bring deeper self-reflection. This retreat is designed to teach you the Art of Relaxation and take you to a deeper level of self-awareness using the energetic centers in your body known as chakras. This is perfect for those who want to relieve stress and unblock all mental & physical barriers to live the best life ever!

Yoga in Paradise means we will awaken each morning and end each day with a yoga practice designed to bring awareness and balance to each of the 7 chakras. During the days, we will have organized excursions to the local beaches, thermally heated warm ponds, best snorkel spots, and local hangouts in the culturally rich “Puna” District. There will be ample time for you to explore on your own and take advantage of the many classes and therapeutic sessions at Kalani. Through our week, you will progress from your Root chakra all the way up to your Crown chakra, learning the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of each. You will learn why the rights you have to feel, to love, to see, to speak promote your ability to create the changes you want for your ife and attract the energy you want to support you.

We will be staying at the Kalani Honua Retreat, which translates to Heaven on Earth. Kalani is known for its open-spirited embrace of the pristine, natural beauty that surrounds this oceanfront resort. Nearby are thermally heated pools and the spectacular Volcanoes National Park, where the lava flows into the sea, constantly creating new earth. Sea turtles, whales, flying fish, and dolphins are regularly sighted from the overlook. Most of the incredible food served at Kalani is grown on property at their state of the art, solar-powered Aquaponics laboratory, where the cycle of life is on display for all to see (and taste!).

Take some time for you. Recharge. Enjoy the quiet of Kalani’s gardens. Breathe in the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the jacuzzi and sauna. Swim laps in the incredible lap pool. Get a shiatsu massage in the world-class Watsu thermal pool. Soak in the sun at the gorgeous black sand beach. Breathe in what was rated as the cleanest air in the world–filtered by thousands of miles of the great Pacific Ocean. Get inspired by the hula dance, the hawaiian music, the cultural classes and the passion of local artists. Join us and we promise you will leave rejuvenated and more inspired about your life!

YOUR INVESTMENT:

CAMPSITE
$699

LODGE ROOMS
Triple Shared Bath $750
Double Shared Bath $999
Double Private Bath $1175
Single Shared Bath $1275
Single Private Bath $1475

BUNGALOW
Double Private Bath $1,450
Single Private Bath $1,700

TREEHOUSE AND TROPICAL COTTAGE
Tropical Double Private Bath $1,650
Treehouse Double Private Bath $1,500
Treehouse Single Private Bath $1,750

OCEAN COTTAGE
Double private bath $1,850

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

*6 nights of accommodation
*Airport transfer to and from Kalani
*3 delicious, healthy, bountiful meals per day
*12 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
*Organized excursions to local beaches, lava tubes warm ponds, and snorkeling spots
*A guided trip and hike in Volcanoes National Park with packed lunch
*Organic juices, Kona Coffee, Herbal blends, Hot & Iced teas
*Final evening Social Hour (with live, Hawaiian music)
*Detox Vinyasa Yoga Workshop
*Partner Acro Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Meditation & Pranayama
*24 hour access to pool, hot tubs and sauna
*Introductory Watsu (Water + Shiatsu Massage) session
*Hula dance and Hawaiian Language class
*Guided nature walk discussing Hawaiian flora and fauna
*Comprehensive Chakra Booklet
*Guided Journaling
*Evening Dharma talks facilitated by your Guides
*A special goodie bag with loving gifts

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to and from the trip, lodging before and/or after the trip if you are coming early or staying later, spa treatments, gratuities for your guides.

HOW TO SIGN UP?
Register today at http://www.alchemytours.com and make your trip of a lifetime come true!
Email us with questions hello@alchemytours.com
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WHERE WE STAY: KALANI RETREAT
Life is exuberant on Kalani, a 120 acre organic retreat which preserves the natural heritage of fiery lava, invigorating ocean, tropical foliage and the sweet, clean air of the Northeast Trades coming across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, considered to be the cleanest air on earth.Yogini Superstar Shiva Rea calls Kalani “one of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world.”

The Moment You're Born, You Start Dying

I remember the first time I heard this in a Yoga class: “The moment you’re born, you start dying.”

It totally caught my attention, made me listen more closely and quite frankly scared me a little too. To be honest, I didn’t come to yoga to learn about dying. I was just trying to feel better living. Well, Dan Buettner wrote this book “Blue Zone’s” (see below from wikipedia for an easy summary) where he defines the 9 things in common that people in the 5 Blue Zones share with one another. Going on a yoga retreat, like ours to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula August 11-18, 2012, truly encompasses almost all of these 9 things to do to live longer.

1. Move Naturally
*On retreat we will have twice daily yoga supplemented by pool yoga, swimming, surfing, hiking and more!

2. Know your Purpose
*Our retreats help give the time, support, and coaching to help people design their best lives ever! We will journal, discuss, and meditate on our personal intentions and powers of manifestation.

3. Down Shift
*This retreat will provide the time you need to unplug, destress and re-learn how to relax.

4. 80% Rule
*We will enjoy a wise vegetarian diet this week with no tv to distract us.

5. Plant Slant
*Our diet will be plant based gourmet vegetarian.

6. Wine at 5
*To be discussed further. Look at our various wine writings.

7. Family First
*While on retreat we become a healthy, accepting, supportive family.

8. Belong
*You will feel a sense of belonging, and fellowship from day one.

9. Right Tribe
*When on retreat we form a tribe of like-minded individuals coming together for the purpose of expanding into their individual greatness.

So if you want to find out for yourself the lessons of living longer and healthier lives from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula then join us at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers August 11-18. 2012. They are 100% solar-powered, off-grid, gourmet vegetarian, jungle/ocean destination. To register for this trip contact http://www.thetravelyogi.com

According to Wikipedia a Blue Zone is defined as:
“Blue Zone is concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.” The concept grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain[1], who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the Blue Zone. Buettner identifies longevity hotspots in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.”

Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan.
  • Loma Linda, California.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
  • Icaria, Greece.
  • Where are the 5 Blue Zones

    From August 11 through August 18, 2012 we will be living on retreat with a group of 12 other yogi guests in one of the 5 “Blue Zone’s” of the world. Where is this? Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

    We will be staying at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (http://www.thesanctuarycostarica.com) eating a plant based diet, living in community, working on intention (our purpose, dharma), moving through yoga, hiking, surfing. Of the nine common characteristics of all the world’s long-lived people identified by Dan Buettner in Blue Zone’s we will be living 6 of them. Come join us!

    Register now http://www.alchemytours.com or email me hello@alchemytours.com

    Discount $450 OFF!

      WHERE ARE THE 5 BLUE ZONES?

    Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy: One team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where men reach the age of 100 years at an amazing rate.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan: Another team examined a group that is among the longest lived on Earth.
  • Loma Linda, California: Researchers studied a group of Seventh-day Adventists who rank among America’s longevity all-stars.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: The Nicoya Peninsula was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007.
  • Icaria, Greece: The April ’09 expedition to the island of Ikaria uncovered the location with the highest percentage of 90 year-olds on the planet – nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Ikarians “have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia”.
  • *Residents of the first three places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.

    Yoga Retreat for Foodies Aug 11-18, 2012 Costa Rica

    Have you seen the incredible culinary arts experience we’ll have in Costa Rica August 11-18, 2012?

    Check out the photos on our Costa Rica page or our blog food diary and see for yourself why this yoga retreat is really perfect for the Foodie in you!

    INCREDIBLE DISCOUNT: Save $450 on this trip

    YOUR INVESTMENT: $1,375 (with discount applied)

    WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR INVESTMENT:
    • Three Delicious Gourmet Vegetarian Meals Daily
    • 6 nights Double occupancy accommodations in Tropical Zen Modern Treehouse
    • Two yoga classes per day: 1 detoxifying morning practice and 1 evening slow flow.
    • Daily meditation
    • Night Pool Yoga with underwater LED lights
    • Moonwalks led by Jacob Young
    • Dance Party
    • Fire Ceremony/Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
    • Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
    • Restorative Yoga
    • Spanish language class
    • Free Internet Access
    • Safe tap water
    • Excursions to Waterfalls and Pacific Ocean Sandy Beaches
    • Snorkel and lunch on Tortuga Island (SPECIAL INCLUDED EXCURSION)
    • Time for Exploration and Relaxation
    • Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
    • Costa Rican Taxes (13%)


    Tuscany Yoga Itinerary Balanced in Doing and Non-Doing

    There is a happy balance between enjoying a yoga retreat in Italy where you never leave the center and where you stay in 3-4 hotels in a week. We offer you the best of everything. We pick you up in Florence, we stay at our home base of a our own private Tuscan Farmhouse, each apartment with private bath and we drive you around on 9 excursions while still making a lot of time for quiet walks, sitting by the pool and just enjoying the beauty of the countryside. We believe our Tuscan adventure is perfectly balanced, just for you!

    SPECIAL TUSCAN CULTURAL PROGRAMS DURING OUR 7 DAYS:
    Day 1: Arrivals Florence, Deplane Yoga, Afternoon Hike, Welcome dinner
    Day 2: Monteriggioni, Siena afternoon
    Day 3: Radda in Chianti Wine Tasting and private walking tour, Rapolano Terme Hot Springs Spa afternoon
    Day 4: Cycling to Casole d’Elsa morning, Volterra afternoon walking tour and wine tastings
    Day 5: Cycling to San Gimignano and lunch, Loop Ride back to Tignano
    Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, Tuscan Cooking Class evening dinner party
    Day 7: Final Yoga, Breakfast and Departures