Yoga in the Great Bear Rainforest
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
June 8-11, 2017
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone seeking an immersive experience in the mystical woods of Northern British Columbia: gorgeous alpine terrain and hiking, petroglyphs, ancient cedars, exquisite food, timber frame cabins – an ideal environment for learning and immersing in the movement and science of yoga. The history of Bella Coola and the mystique of the Great Bear Rainforest is perfect environment for those seeking solace, nature and healthy rejuvenation from busy life. Every morning and evening we will drop into an all-levels challenging yoga practice – transformative breath work, injury healing and strength building techniques are my specialty. However, this retreat is welcome to all levels of practitioners as it equally about immersing in nature as it is about practicing yoga. Tweedsmuir Lodge operates most of the year as a prestigious resort with massive amounts of access to terrain and we are the first retreat of its kind to visit during their quiet time.
The Yoga and what to Expect: The style of yoga will be a daily sweaty vinyasa practice. At night it will be the opposite, we will do a restorative/yin practice (ball rolling, hamstring/lower back,hip openers). Our practice will also include pranayama (breath work) and meditation (for all levels). It will be all-inclusive, nobody will feel left behind and it will be progressive. This is NOT a teacher training.
Example Day, you can participate in all or none of the below. I like to respect that this is your retreat and so there is never any pressure:
06:00am – Wake up
6:15am – Fruit smoothies, tea/coffee
06:30am – Morning yoga session (2hr)
08:45am – Breakfast
10:00am – You can chill out on your own or join a hike
Lunch – Lunch on the hike
Late Afternoon (3:30ish?) – Free time
4:30pm – 6:30pm – Yoga session
7:00pm – 3 course, organic dinner
LOCATION: We will be staying at the gorgeous Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Bella Coola is a 70-minute flight north of Vancouver. The staff will pick you up and drop you off. Check out the website and photo gallery at
FOR REGISTRATION, TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION INFO: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For YOGA QUESTIONS, please email: email@example.com
Package Includes: All ground transportation, including pickup/drop off service to/from the Bella Coola Airport, accommodation at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (based on double occupancy) *winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Traveller’s Choice award, all meals: (Vegan/Vegetarian options available) a variety of guided tours each day (petroglyph walks, mystical rainforest hikes, gorgeous ancient cedars) All tours are private: small groups are best and finally, two yoga sessions per day (2hrs each) with Julia McCabe (transformative asana (core based, vinyasa style), breath work and meditation) Fee as includes entrance fees to parks and use of all sporting equipment, gym, hot tub and mountain bikes that you may use to do some exploring on your own!
LOS CARDONES, Nicaragua
Surf, Yoga and Technology Detox
FEB 9-16, 2018
Who is this for?
This is for anybody who wants to: unplug in for a week, eat amazing healthy food, sleep under thatched roofs, eat over candlelight and hang out with wonderful people. Families welcome! There is no electricity and every bungalow has cold, natural showers. The weather is hot and sunny most days. Be prepared for wild storms as we arrive during rainy season. Typically it rans for an hour really hard followed up by hot sunshine. Expect wild nature, outdoor showers and sand crabs in your shoes! Surf as much as you want. Don’t surf if you don’t want to. Nap. Good conversations. Healthy alone time….a retreat should feel like a treat!
We will be off the grid. The accommodation is rustic, shared beach bungalows (singles available upon request, although limited and may cost more pending on numbers). This is not a swanky spa but it is heaven to me. There is no air conditioning. No room service. No nonsense. Bug netted beds. Sometimes a bat will fly over your head at night or a frog might be in your shower and you will have to be okay with this! This is a great place to detox from modern addictions to laptops, cellphones, social media and to keep it real. It’s a fairly easy but bumpy 90 minute trip to Los Cardones from Managua airport. We will arrange pick-up and drop-off for you in advance. Car rental isn’t recommended.
Who is this NOT for?
If you are looking for a five-star spa experience and admit to being high maintenance and afraid of thunderstorms… you may want to reconsider!
Because we all need it.
The style of yoga will be a daily sweaty vinyasa practice, structured around the surf. At night we will do a restorative/yin practice. Our practice will also include pranayama (breath work) and meditation (for all levels). It will be all inclusive, nobody will feel left behind and it will be progressive. This is NOT a teacher training.
Los Cardones is one of my happy places where I have held yoga teacher training programs and retreats for six years. This is an eco-surf lodge, well-loved by the local villagers. Izic and Laure are surf bums at heart who built their dream from the ground-up and live in Nicaragua with their three children. I love this place with all my heart. You will too.
Los Cardones website: www.loscardones.com
$1100 USD per person – this includes everything except your flight and airport pick-up/drop-off. The check in is the morning of Feb 9, check out on the morning of Feb 16th. If you want to book extra nights before or after these dates, please arrange separately with Los Cardones. Guests typically fly in the evening before into Managua airport and either arrange an extra night at Los Cardones (late evening pick up can be arranged) OR spend the night at Managua Best Western and get the morning shuttle. Let us know!
To Register: Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to keep this as affordable as possible so it’s accessible for all. This price includes tax, seven nights of shared accommodation (single accommodation is limited and I will have to charge extra for this request) all food (three meals sooo yummy), non-alcoholic drinks, two yoga sessions daily (3-4 hours daily). Vegetarian, vegan etc. available upon request.
Additional Costs and Info:
Airport transfer (1 way $60 for 2p, $80 for 3-5p, $130 for 6-13p, $170 for 14-25p)
Massages $20(1hr full body),
Horseback riding $12 (1.5hr),
Surfboard rentals $25/day or $150 per week
Surf lessons $15/hr or $30/hr with board included.
Spanish lesson ($7)
Guided nature tour $10 per group of 1-4 (1hr),
Sea turtle nursery : observe sea turtle nesting and hatching (free)
Community outreach and Volunteering (cost of transportation)
Beer, rum, wines are available for purchase.
Also available for free: volleyball, basket ball, soccer, pingpong, horseshoe, boardgames, slackline…