November 22-29th, 2014 (Thanksgiving week)
Enjoy 8 days and 7 nights of conscious, off-the-grid living in the peaceful and tranquil mountains of Guatemala with views of Lake Atitlán and the volcanoes beyond. In addition to yoga twice daily (think hot and sweaty in the morning, restorative in the evening) and the practice of yantra design, there will be plenty of time for exploring the area on field trips or hiking, relaxing in the natural sauna, learning hands on Permaculture techniques, and more!
What is Yantra Design?
If you find sitting in traditional meditation difficult, Yantra design could be for you. Creating these beautiful images using sacred geometry and specific color combinations mirrors the process of meditation, which will enhance your creativity and unblock other areas of your life. No artistic experience is required.
History 4000 years ago in northern India sages sat in mediation. During this deep contemplation, the universe began to reveal itself first in the form of mantra, or sound vibration, followed yantra, a visual representation and counterpart to each mantra. These wise people understood that each individual yantra, with its particular geometric shape constructions and particular color combinations, represents particular aspects of the universe. The Tantric Yantra is equivalent to the Buddhist Mandala except that a mandala represents the entire cosmos whereas the yantra is a specific deity or energy.
YAM = support/holding the essence of an object or concept TRA = liberation from bondage YANTRA = tool for freedom.
Not only will your entire stay be off-the-grid, but your flight will be carbon neutral! How is this possible? By partnering with Community Carbon Trees, a company in Costa Rica dedicated to reforestation, we donate the amount of trees it takes to offset your round-trip flight
Included in the retreat cost are 3 vegetarian meals per day made fresh daily of organically grown produce and locally sourced food. Enjoy a smoothie blended using the power of a bicycle! Shared accommodations garnering views of the lake and volcanoes, are made using natural building techniques such as adobe walls, bamboo frames, cypress, and palm roofs. Each cabana is individually furnished with Guatemalan furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles.
Retreat Price: Early Bird (before August 1st): $1,400
After August 1st: $1,600
Registration & information: yogaandyantraretreats.com
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (617) 827-5834
When Phoebe stumbled across the Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar, India during the Kumba Mela 2010, the gap was bridged between her two passions: yoga and art. While completing her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Phoebe found time to practice at the Yoga Workshop with Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman, but her love for art and yoga remained separate. It wasn’t until graduating from college in 2009 that Phoebe went and completed her first yoga teacher training at Yoga Thailand with Paul Dallaghan in the Ashtanga style and subsequently traveled to Goa, Mysore, Bali and finally to the Santosh Puri Ashram, where she found art and yoga were seamlessly incorporated in daily life through the practice of Yantra design. Phoebe has since been practicing and teaching Yantra design for four years. Phoebe lives in Humboldt County, California where she has completed a yoga teacher training in the Anusara yoga style with Robyn Smith and continues to practice and teach yoga, pranayama, meditation, and Yantra design daily. Phoebe teaches yoga and yantra retreats around the world.
Chauncey is a zealous, innovative dancer and yogini. After 10 years of dedicated yoga practice, she achieved her RYT 200 Vinyasa certification in 2012. Due to her long time love for movement, Chauncey discovered her passion for Pilates and became certified in all Pilates’ equipment, Pilates’ Mat, and BarSculpt Method through the Pilates Alliance by her mentor and teacher Leslie Hamm. Chauncey is also certified to teach children 2-7 years old thanks to fun-loving training under Jodi Kromitor. She is currently working toward her 500-hour certification in Prana Flow Yoga with her cherished teacher, Shiva Rea, with whom she has spent much time including a pilgrimage to Kerala, India. Chauncey continues to practice and teach group and private yoga, Pilates, and BarSculpt classes in New York City (November-May) and Mt Desert Island, Maine (June-August).