Monday, September 15, 2014

Want to Extend that Summer Feeling? Book Yourself a Tropical Fall Yoga Retreat!

It’s nearing the end of summer. The days are getting shorter and there’s a crispness to the early mornings that reminds us Fall is just around the corner. As much as I love autumn with its intense colours and opportunities for peaceful walks in the ever-changing forest, I know that by November I’m yearning for the warm sun again.

November is the perfect month for a yoga getaway, and even better if it’s a retreat where the sun’s rays will re-energize your soul, and the beauty of the natural surroundings will help you ease into a week of calm, focused, fun practice.

We are very excited this year to be offering bookings for 2 yoga retreats in November: “Bali Bliss Retreat withMichele Labelle” is a Transformational Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Magical Bali on November 9 - 18, 2014, and “Practice, Breathe and Surf CostaRica with Chris Duggan & Natalie Rousseau” is a seven-day adventure and yoga retreat in idyllic Mal Pais, Costa Rica, taking place November 22 - 29, 2014.

What will these Fall retreats offer you?
Bali Bliss Retreat with Michele Labelle

This 10-day yoga and meditation retreat offers you an opportunity to indulge in daily hatha yoga and meditation practices led by the highly experienced and empowering Michele Labelle. Michele is also available for Private Sessions: a Heart Integration of any issue you would like to address and transform and be left with Ease in your heart and Peace of mind. You will also explore the beautiful island of Bali from the beaches in the south and the bustling Ubud to the quiet northern part of the island.

Highlights of the retreat include:
  •     A bike ride through the magical rice paddy fields of Ubud
  •      Seeing a wonderful Jegog Musical Performance
  •      A cultural immersion visit to the local village of Pacut to experience and learn more about daily life in Bali
  •      A walk through an abundant forest of rambutans and visit to the 30-metre-high Les Waterfall
  •      A visit to the Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
  •      An exciting Snorkelling Excursion to Menjangan Island, which offers some of Bali’s best snorkelling sites
  •     A visit to Ulun Danu Temple, an important Hindu and Buddhist water temple
  •      Travel with like-minded friends and knowledgeable and compassionate Retreat Leaders

For more information about this rejuvenating, culturally-rich retreat visit our website.

Practice, Breathe and Surf Costa Rica with Chris Duggan & Natalie Rousseau

Chris Duggan and Natalie Rousseau describe this 7-day retreat as “playful and fun while creating space for everyone to unwind from the daily grind and celebrate the beauty of nature through sunshine, surf, and joyful yoga classes.” We think this sums the retreat up perfectly! There will be opportunities for relaxation, daily vinyasa yoga practices, adventure – surfing, zip lining, horseback riding – wildlife watching, spa treatments, and much more.

Highlights of the retreat include:
  •      Accommodation at the exquisite Star Mountain Jungle Eco Lodge, set within 90 hectares of private reserve land that’s positively teaming with wildlife
  •      A choice of 3 adventure activities: surf/SUP lesson and board rental, zip lining canopy tour, 4WD tour or horseback riding
  •      Optional activities including Eco Spa and Naturopath doctor, massage therapy, beauty treatments for hair, skin and nails, wood fired sauna, nature hikes, helicopter tour, fishing and/or snorkelling boat tour, Butterfly Sanctuary and much more
  •      Delicious meals made with local fresh ingredients and much love

For more information about this fun, restorative retreat visit our website.

~ Kim Bridgett & Sacred Earth Journeys


Thursday, August 28, 2014

De-stress & Find Adventure on a Yoga Retreat to Costa Rica

Interview with Chris Duggan & Natalie Rousseau

Do you dream of practicing yoga on a covered deck with nothing but the sounds of the birds and ocean waves to accompany your own pure breath? Do you see yourself immersed in fun activities with new-found friends as you explore surfing, horse back riding, hiking or just strolling along miles of sandy beach? Do you crave a week of delicious healthy food, where you can focus on reconnecting with yourself in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings on our planet, far removed from the stresses and distractions of modern daily life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Sacred Earth Journeys is happy to announce that we’re now taking bookings for: “Practice, Breathe and Surf Costa Rica with Chris Duggan& Natalie Rousseau: A seven-day adventure and yoga retreat in idyllic Mal Pais, Costa Rica, November 22 - 29, 2014.

To learn more about this action-packed, rejuvenating retreat I caught up with the Retreat Leaders, Chris Duggan and Natalie Rousseau…

KB: Why did you choose Costa Rica for this retreat?

Chris: I've been there before and felt a magical call to return. The warm water surf, the lush vegetation, and practicing in that environment will be incredible!!

Nat: Costa Rica is an incredibly eco-diverse country, and 25% of its lands are protected. We both have an appreciation for the ocean as well as the jungle and are excited that this retreat will offer opportunities to explore both. As well, the Costa Rican idea of Pura Vida or the “pure life” is one that we both align with and can’t wait to share with others. 

KB: What aspect of the retreat are you most excited about?

Chris: Meeting the people, and sharing the experience with them.

Nat: Getting time away from daily life to relax, explore new landscapes, surf!, and put some dedicated time into our yoga practices. 

KB: Do participants need any past experience of yoga – or surfing?

Chris: Absolutely not. This will be an incredible way to immerse yourself in both of them and grow with the group. Feel the amazing force of healing Mother Ocean and the power of your own breath!

Nat: This retreat is open to anyone who has an adventurous spirit and a curiosity about the practice of yoga. Experts and beginners alike are welcome!

KB: What do you expect participants to take away with them from this retreat?

Chris: Take care of yourself and spread the love of the beautiful practice of yoga. Also spending quality time with like-minded people in a gorgeous setting is so therapeutic.

Nat: A renewed commitment to practice, to the value of slowing down, and an appreciation for nature and the power of good company. 

KB: What can participants expect from the yoga classes and your particular style of teaching?

Chris: The participants will be introduced to a full spectrum of yoga (pranayama, restorative, power, flow, yin, partner and some philosophy). Natalie and I will keep it fun, challenging, and creative.

Nat: We are both vinyasa yoga teachers which means our class sequences are fluid in nature and highly creative. Chris is masterful at teaching inversions and approaches powerful yoga poses in a playful way that releases fear and intimidation. And his playlists rock! I’m masterful at sequencing so that complex postures become accessible, and your body always feels well balanced. I also love to tell stories so you can expect to learn lots in my classes!

KB: Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers about this retreat?  

Chris: This is our first week-long event together, and we can't wait to share this incredible journey with the crew!! We have both done a lot of weekend retreats and absolutely love the connection that happens with the patrons! It really warm's the soul...

Nat: This is our first retreat to Costa Rica and we can’t wait to explore it with a fun loving group of yogis. Hope you can make it!

To book or read more about this fun and rejuvenating yoga retreat to Costa Rica visit our website!

~ Kim Bridgett