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Portugal October 2018


Portugal October 2018

October 6 - 14, 2018

Celebrating the Beauty within and around You

Join April for this incredible opportunity to explore and celebrate in Portugal, spending (2) nights in Lisbon and (6) nights in the Algarve. Think daily yoga and meditation, delicious meals and excursions to beautiful beaches and charming white-washed fishing villages on the Atlantic Ocean. Those who love to surf, or would like to learn, will have the opportunity to do so! This retreat is organized with optional practices, creative exercises, and meditations to slow us down and connect with our true nature, manifesting our intuitive and creative energies.

About Chirriposa Retreats at Monte Velho

April is thrilled to be working with Angus and Tania at Chirriposa Retreats, who have great experience guiding and organizing retreat groups in Costa Rica and in Europe. The retreat center known as Vicentina at Monte Velho is eco friendly, intending to live in balance and harmony with the Earth, so we can all benefit from the reconnection to nature. In the middle of nowhere, where south-western Europe sinks in the Atlantic, this center is engulfed in a region enriched by the strength of nature, where the high cliffs overlook the ocean, filling the air with a fresh breeze, spreading myths and tales of fishermen, sailors and pirates, sunken ships, and great fisheries. The dense energy that originates from the ocean storms, concentrates in the beautiful waves that break on the sweeping sandy coast. Bearer of magical aromas, various therapeutic flora and fauna, guide you through the multiple paths; some ending between dunes of fine sand, others on cliffs at sunset...

Retreat Includes

  • Daily Yoga and Meditation
    • Vigorous morning class that closes in meditation
    • Restorative evening class winding us down from the day
  • Accommodations in Lisbon for (3) days + (2) nights
  • Accommodations in the Algarve for (7) days + (6) nights
  • All meals, vegetarian, and local organic wine at the Algarve*
  • Group transfers between Lisbon and the Algarve
  • Cooking demonstration + tasting
  • Group excursions to beaches and local towns**
  • Staff gratuities
  • Time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading, journaling, enjoying the sun, and swimming

*Breakfast meals are included in Lisbon, but not lunch and dinner.

**Not Included are entrance and guide fees, nor are additional optional activities and services.

***Not included are flights, airport transfers to and from Lisbon hotel, nor travel insurance.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:45 - 8:30 | Morning yoga and meditation

9:30 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:30 - 12:30 | Group immersion event

1:00 - 2:00 | Lunch

2:00 - 4:00 | Cultural art activity

5:00 - 6:30 | Evening yoga

6:30 | Dinner and Music

Registration & Refund Policy

Double Room (Private bath) : $2495

Single Room (Private bath): $3245

A non-refundable deposit $500 alongside the registration form reserved space. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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Cuba March 2019

Cuba March 2019

March 16 - 23, 2019

Yoga, Culture, Community

Return to cuba for the 4th year in a row with beyond OM

That's right! We are going back to Cuba for the 4th year in a row! What can April say? We found such a special place and she knows there are those of you who want to go again or who want to experience it for the first time...

Every year and every group is a little different. Every time, it is amazing. "Each visit, Mhai Yoga exceeds any expectations I have, and they have become part of my yoga family for sure." Join us! Enjoy fresh organic meals, yoga twice a day, meaningful interactions with Cuban artists, entrepreneurs and yogis, and of course Havana...

What’s New? April is thrilled to tell you that this year we will be adding a side trip to TRINIDAD! Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba which is a very popular destination. Travel and accommodations to Trinidad are included with the retreat. We are so excited!

Sample Daily Schedule

7:45A - 8:30A | Morning yoga and meditation

9:30A - 10:00A | Breakfast

10:30A - 11:30A | Group cultural immersion event

11:30A - 12:30P | Yoga workshop

1:00P - 2:00P | Lunch

2:00) - 4:00P | Cultural art activity

5:00) - 6:30) | Evening yoga

6:30P | Dinner and music

Retreat Includes

  • Daily Yoga and Meditation

    • AM Practice includes asana pranayama and meditation

    • PM Practice includes candlelight restorative and yin

    • 1 - 2 classes daily with April

    • 3 - 5 classes throughout the week with Eduardo

    • Special workshops throughout the week

  • (3) organic meals per day, vegetarian option available

  • A day in Havana including transportation, guide and a meal

  • Special workshops connecting us with the community, artists and entrepreneurs in Cuba

  • A new guided trip added this year to Trinidad -  a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba which is a very popular destination

  • Unlimited filtered water, coffee, and herbal tea

  • Accommodations in beachside villa for (8) days + (7) nights

  • Spacious rooms that include air conditioning, daily housekeeping service, and en suite-bathroom.

  • Group excursions connecting with locals and exploring the Cuban culture

  • Beach and swimming pool access

  • Time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading, journaling, enjoying the sun, and swimming

  • Towels, linens, and toiletries provided and changed

  • Support of highly recommended and professional and licensed company to guide us through the latest changes in travel to Cuba. They will also...

    • Administer the retreat, thereby taking responsibility for ensuring legal compliant travel to Cuba

    • Review and approve a legally compliant framework and schedule of activities for the retreat through interpreting current and future US Treasury regulations

    • Retain records for five years on behalf of each traveler

    • Provide a travel certification for each traveler in advance of travel

    • Respond to any questions about legality

    • Keep our schedules an info on file under the licensed agency

  • Laundry access

  • Internet access

Registration & Refund Policy

Early Bird Pricing until October 1, 2018

Double Room (Can match roommates): $2650 ($2250 + $400 for trip to Trinidad) | $2850 ($2450 + $400 for trip to Trinidad) after October 1, 2018.

A non-refundable deposit $500 alongside the registration form reserved space. Full payment due January 15, 2019. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Not Included is travel insurance, Spanish language class (available at add'l cost), and drinks and food purchased at local restaurants, airfare, U.S. airport and airline taxes, Cuban visa fee, and ground transportation to and from airport (though arrangement support is available)

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France October 2019

France October 2019

October 5 - 12, 2019

Yoga and the Art of Living a Creative and Intuitive Life

Tap into the power of your creative potential and intuition in France

Join April for an extremely special and luxurious stay at the historical Chateau Bardouly. The Chateau is located in France’s best kept secret: the Dordogne Pourpre region, which is renowned for it’s gastronomy and wine. The week will include mouth-watering food prepared for us by a private chef, inspiring and cultural excursions, yoga and wine. Our yoga practices will also be complemented with special workshops and exercises designed to help you to tap into your creative and intuitive potential.

Creativity and intuition are not a choice. Both live within each of us. Yoga is all about harnessing that creative energy and trusting the inner wisdom that already exists in you. Each time we step on the mat we practice recognizing our patterns, getting out of our comfort zone, and connecting with the creative force (Shakti) within us. We have the opportunity to make space to clearly hear our own voice and to listen to our inner teacher.

When we live a creative life and tune into our intuition we allow for a more artful and curious life and move away from fear and patterns that keep us stuck on the mat as well as off the mat. Through the addition of creative, journaling and writing exercises you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into your creative and intuitive selves. You will have tools to take with you long after the retreat ends.

We are all creative beings. You do not need to be a "writer" or an "artist" to come on this retreat. Yoga will consist of Vinyasa classes, meditation, restorative and yin. All levels welcome. All yoga classes and creative/intuitive exercises are optional.

About Chateau Bardouly

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Chateau Bardouly is a beautifully restored 17th-century chateau. Every detail, from the local French soaps to the Egyptian cotton linens, is designed for comfort, luxury and relaxation. Nestled beneath the rolling hills of the scenic Dordogne Valley, the property spans 100 acres of protected forest including a rare bird sanctuary. This is truly a nature lover’s paradise! Enjoy biodynamically grown food from our top-rated chef's farm to your table. Taste wines from the world-renowned Bordeaux vineyards. Indulge in freshly-baked breads, cheeses and fresh berries at the local open air markets. 

Sample Weekly Schedule

Each day will include yoga/meditation/creative exercises. Time and length will change according to schedule. Please note that itineraries can change, but below provides you with an idea of our stay together.

Day 1 | Arrival at the Chateau, Intros and Orientation

Day 2 | Trip to Issigeac Market

Day 3 | Day trip to Marquessac Gardens, Domme, Beynac. and Château des Milandes, home of Josephine Baker

Day 4 | Wine tasting at the house with professional sommelier, Massage treatments available, Optional canoe trip (depending on number of participants)

Day 5 | Trip to the beautiful and dramatic village, Rocamadour, which climbs up a cliff side. Also, visit site of Chapelle Notre-Dame and the divine feminine site of the Black Madonna.

Day 6 | Optional trip to Caves of Lascaux and Sarlat

Day 7 | FREE DAY: Massage treatments, explore on your own

Day 8 | Departure is at 10:00A

Registration & Refund Policy

Save $200 on Early Bird by January 1

Double Room with private bath (Can match roommates) : $2495 before January 1, 2019 | $2695 after January 1

Single Room with private bath : $3295 before January 1, 2019 | $3495 after January 1

A non-refundable deposit $500 reserves your space. Second of $1500 payment due March 1, 2019. Final payment due June 1, 2019. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Not included are airfare, airport transfers (group costs will be available), trip insurance, meals out, alcohol, optional outings, massage, and some entrance fees.