"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until They arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." ~Anais Nin
Come on an adventure with Felicity Odell and Adriana Gonzalez at Present Moment in Troncones, Mexico. This dynamic duo are beautiful, passionate yoga teachers, each with different backgrounds, experiences and energy. They will take you on a yoga journey of spiritual connection, physical expression and body movement. Their collective energy is complementary but connected around a shared passion and gratitude for a practice that unites them all: yoga.
Recharge, reenergize and find joy on this 8-day journey. Take this time to reconnect with yourself and others in beautiful beachfront surroundings. Wake up and begin each day with meditation and yoga on a beautiful open air platform just steps away from the blue, warm waters on the Mexican Riviera. Hit the surf with us at Playa La Saladita. A perfect place for every skill level. Or, if surfing isn't your thing enjoy paddle boarding, boogie boarding or just hanging out on the beach in the warm sunshine or by the pool at Present Moment.
Nourish your body with amazing locally sourced meals suited to your individual nutritional needs, play and move freely and soak up the magic of this little surf community and its surroundings. Troncones is a hidden gem that inspires and brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life. It’s a place to tap into your inner joy and magic while sharing the experience with others and having fun the entire time. This experience is for everyone no matter where you are on your yoga journey, even if it’s just beginning. Let’s go!
I’m just a woman on a life-long journey to find purpose & joy. I’ve lived a life. I’m a wife, mother of three and consummate seeker. I’m drawn to new experiences, places and people. My life is filled with friends I’ve known for 40 years and 4 days. I’m driven by curiosity: What makes a person tick? Why does Troncones feel like home to me? Why can’t I find the energy to get out of bed on some days?
My journey with Yoga began in my twenties but was activated deeply in my 40s. I was called to teach and, in my exploration, found an endless pool of discovery bound by a practice called yoga. I’m naturally a physical person. From my childhood as a swimmer and ice skater to later in life as a marathon runner and yoga nut. Physical activity isn’t a choice for me. It’s a must.
I began my yoga teaching journey with a 200-hour training through Corepower yoga which focuses on Baron Baptiste’s method. I love to teach. In addition to my regular teaching, I’ve taken yoga sculpt training, an assist workshop and Prison Yoga Project training, which focuses on trauma-informed, mindfulness based yoga and brings yoga to incarcerated people around the world. Currently, I am working towards my 500-hour yoga teacher training through the Kula Collective. I am a yoga teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area and teach Vinyasa, Yin and meditation.
I've been told by people that I look familiar and that they are drawn to my energy. I don't consciously think about myself this way but I am grateful for it. My teaching style is grounded in service. I serve through action and engagement in every sequence of my classes. I serve through humor, vulnerability, accessibility and kindness. I don't take myself too seriously. I have fun. I want to create an experience for everyone in the class to feel welcomed, challenged and inspired to unfold the many physical, spiritual and emotional gifts this practice has to offer. I believe that everyone is singular and on a journey to find and shine their individual light. When I teach yoga I see a collection of individual shining lights, all seeking connection to themselves, to the world around them and to each other. My practice focuses on serving everyone to feel this connection and to walk away from my class feeling the power of connection.
In the past few years, I discovered Troncones and was blessed to become a yoga teacher at Present Moment & Radiant Heart. I have also led small group retreats in the area. I'm very familiar with Troncones and the surrounding area and so excited to share my love for this magical place.
Adriana is an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer, Healer, Acupuncture Detox Specialist, and Yogini. She facilitates medicine ceremonies, yoga, sound healing, and offers acupuncture and healing sessions. Her ministry is inclusive, with a focus on indigenous wisdom traditions.
Adriana birthed the concept of Radiant Heart Yoga & Ceremonial Arts in 2013, and began to work in private homes and healing/yoga centers. In 2018 she was able to build a platform and open doors as a full service studio.
Adriana is a dual citizen of Mexico and the USA. Her parents immigrated to the US and she grew up in a neighborhood of immigrants, refugees, and African American families in Houston, Texas. As a child growing up in a community struggling to accept a new wave of migrants, Adriana experienced rampant personal and institutionalized racism.
At 18 she enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, where she finally began to dissolve this false reality so prevalent in America and heal from years of internalized racism. She received degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, and was politically conscious, working in the field of social justice.
Adriana worked with some of the most marginalized people in America~ undocumented citizens, the homeless, and incarcerated youth with disabilities. A career in social justice law was redirected by an acute episode of spiritual awakening- an initiation of Spirit.
After leaving her career behind in Austin, Adriana began participating in sweat lodge and medicine ceremonies before going back to school to become a minister, yoga instructor, and healer. Years of intensive practice and calling for a vision brought in Radiant Heart Yoga & Ceremonial Arts.
As a bi-cultural woman of color in America, Adriana decided that the best way to access and remember her lineage and traditions was to return to her ancestral homeland of Mexico. There, she found a home for Radiant Heart Yoga, and developed it as a space for healing and transformative personal and collective work, set in a small and peaceful town on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico.
There are direct flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) on Saturday, April 2 on Alaska Airlines. There is a direct flight back to San Francisco on Saturday, April 9 on Alaska Airlines. Feel free to find additional flights from other locations on Kayak, Orbitz, United and American Airlines too. We are happy to help you with any planning or flight questions.
Rest at ease knowing that we are putting your safety first by taking all appropriate safety measures, such as social distancing in our public yoga classes, daily deep cleaning of all shared spaces, and hand sanitizer available to all. All of the staff members wear masks.
Present Moment Retreat is also a naturally safe space. Present Moment is a small boutique hotel & yoga retreat, and most of the shared spaces benefit from being open to the ocean breeze.
Everything is being done to ensure your travel safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. The Mexican Government put in place an aggressive vaccination program available to all of its citizens. In order to attend the retreat a copy of your vaccination card and a negative covid test will be required on day of arrival.
A negative covid test is also required within 24 hours of departure to the United States. We will set up convenient testing appointments for you at Present Moment with a local doctor. The charge is $100 USD. Credit card or cash is accepted.
Tipping is at your discretion but greatly appreciated in Mexico. The usual tip is between 15-20 percent for all service providers.
Feel free to reach out with any additional questions:
Email: RadiantHeartMexico@gmail.com (Adriana)
Below is what's included in our retreat. Our retreat is accessible to everyone. Maybe you have tons of yoga experience and maybe you don't. It does not matter. Come for the experience and the joy that will fill you up in this magical place. The surfing component is a fun addition to our retreat. Again, maybe you have surfing experience, maybe you don't. It doesn't matter. Come have fun with us. Instructors will be on hand.
We have only included one day of surfing. Feel free to add more days if you'd like. If one massage during the week is not enough we can arrange additional, as well as other types of spa treatments. There are plenty of other adventures to be had in Troncones and the surrounding area as well. We are here to accommodate the perfect week for all of our attendees. Remember...your world will expand for every step you dare to take outside your comfort zone. Please reach out with any questions.
Saturday April 2: Check-in, welcome dinner, evening meditation.
Meditation, Vinyasa & Yin
Free time off