Past Trips

The Alchemy of Renewal
The Alchemy of Renewal
Guanacaste Province, Nosara, Costa Rica
12 Nov, 19


I desperately needed to get away from the daily grind. I was so grateful when a friend reached out and invited me to a yoga retreat at Mt. Shasta. Words cannot express how amazing the yoga retreat was from beginning to end. Everyone was so welcoming I felt relaxed the moment I arrived. Hayley is an excellent yoga instructor and what makes her unique beyond her knowledge of yoga is her passion and the holistic approach she takes towards teaching, incorporating the earth elements with the mind, body and spirit. She has an innate ability to simultaneously connect with a group and individuals, tailoring her instruction to fit the various skill level of each unique person. The food was beyond amazing! Kelli and her team of chefs did a phenomenal job, the food harmonized nicely with the retreat and the natural beauty of Mt. Shasta. It was the most delicious food I’ve eaten in my entire life. I’m 100% serious! No joke! I’m am truly grateful for the experience and look forward to a future retreat with Hayley.
I am not a "retreat" person and really only barely a yoga person. So, I approached this long weekend with some trepidation. Hayley didn't merely make this experience enjoyable, she made it extraordinary. Every single detail - from the exquisite farm fresh meals to the varieties of movement (yoga, body work, qi gong, etc.) - was thoroughly considered to curate three and half days of rejuvenation. Participants ranged from professional yoga instructors to total novices and everyone was able to fully participate and enjoy. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Words can not express how wonderful this retreat was. It was clearly planned with love and attention at evey level - from the yoga, to the food, to the opportunities for personal connection, free time, massage, adventure, and overall covid consciousness. The experience was much needed medicine of mind, body and spirit. I especally loved how Hayley varied the yoga she led us through twice a day to bring something new to every experience. I was blown away by the quality and taste of the food that Kelli and Ashley brought to every meal. I wish I could eat it all again. Finally, the cacao ceremony on the last night brought deep connection and awareness to our group, and to a delicious drink. I recommend a retreat with Hayley and Kelli to everyone!
What an amazing experience!!!! It was so nice to unplug from technology and a busy schedule. Hayley is an amazingly talented yoga teacher, and seamlessly integrates yoga with meditation and a connectedness to nature. The rest of the group was so kind, and the food was really awesome. I can't wait for the next one:)
This trip was incredible. Between the fantastic yoga, beautiful location, incredible food, and rich community this was exactly the trip I needed. Hayley and Kelli are great planners and hosts, it was a real treat.
Hayley is an intuitive, compassionate, energetic, and invigorating being. She not only created the platform to draw people from (mostly) the Bay Area out into the jungle of Costa Rica, many of whom went alone and on a stretched dollar, but when we arrived, we were taken care of from start to finish. She gave us plenty of preparation and guidance before the trip and upon arrival, gave everyone actual gifts (#hippiepartyfavors) to use and incorporate with or without direction to deepen our engagement with our environment. She led 2 yoga classes daily that were accessible to all levels yet challenging and empowering. She facilitated a handful of sharing circles and took the time to talk to every participant during downtime. Why am I focusing this review so much on the organizer? When you go on a retreat far from home, there is a heavy burden of responsibility and expectation that is placed upon the trip leader. We couldn't have had a better guide, guru, poet, and teacher on this trip. With her teammates, Kelli and Alyssa tirelessly cooking our meals, we had nothing to worry about. Kelli orchestrated day trips, so we also got a full taste of a variety of calm and thrilling excursions in the area. When one of the daytrip guides acted out of line, Kelli quickly gave him the boot and found someone more suitable. I was unfortunately sick for a large part of the trip, but felt very cared for/about. I would love to attend a retreat with Hayley in my full health so fully take advantage of all of the opportunities she brings to this kind of gathering. I've noticed that since returning from this retreat, I tap into my breathing and even some meditation as an instinctive response to a stressful event. I definitely gained that skill from her trip.