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Andrea Russell
26 reviews

About Me

I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to to get my full story!



Trip Styles


My next trips

COSTA RICA RETREAT January 5-12th, 2019
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 5-12th, 2019
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 05, 2019
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 12-19th, 2019
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 12-19th, 2019
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 12, 2019

My past trips

The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Rd, Willard, WI 54493
Mar. 24, 2017
MINDFUL STRENGTH Weekend Immersion with Kathryn Bruni-Young
MINDFUL STRENGTH Weekend Immersion with Kathryn Bruni-Young
Quarry Arts Building, 715 Hill Street, suite 150, Madison, Wisconsin
Nov. 11, 2017
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 6-13th, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 6-13th, 2018
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 06, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018
COSTA RICA RETREAT January 13-20th, 2018
Ahki Sanctuary, Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Jan. 13, 2018
Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Willard, WI, United States
May. 04, 2018
BALI Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat
BALI Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Jun. 16, 2018


I really couldn’t have asked for a better week. The setting was beautiful, the rooms we comfortable, the food was excellent and Andrea’s program was thoughtful, fulfilling and inspiring. This was my second retreat with Andrea and I can’t wait for the next one, highly recommend!
My time in Bali was truly an experience that I will always treasure. The accommodations at the Shala Bali were very comfortable. Mind the daily removal of frogs and the water on the bathroom floor after a rain, these could be put aside as the meals, the pool, and the staff were superior. I liked too that the Shala was set away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, nestled in the rice paddies. When describing the yoga teachings and meditation; professional and knowledgeable about the practice of yoga and its sister Ayurveda. In addition, daily meditation brought a sense of calm to my personal well-being.
I had a wonderful experience. Andrea is very knowledgeable and she cares about her clients. I loved the fact we were able to expand our knowelege on self care and a new culture..
The retreat weekend was lovely from start to finish. So grateful for the learning, yoga, and opportunities for stillness. Andrea brings the superb mix of quiet gentleness, fun, knowledge and wisdom - I thrive on her presence. Christine Center is an integral ingredient to the beauty and nourishment of this retreat. As always, feeling grateful.
Amazing experience, special place with incredible instructor!
When I decided that I wanted to do a yoga retreat, I considered several options in different countries. What drew me to Andrea's retreat was how it was structured - a mix of meditation, yoga, local excursions and great food seemed like a nice, balanced way to rest and recharge my batteries. Not only was my instinct right, but the retreat went far beyond my expectations! Whether you are a total yoga and meditation newbie like myself, or an experienced practitioner like a number of the other retreat participants, everyone can find so much to enjoy and learn on this retreat. Andrea's positive energy, combined with the stunning setting (and food!) of the Ahki sanctuary and nearby Nosara, made this retreat a unique and memorable experience as well as a perfect way to start the new year.
You couldn't ask for a better combination of remote, stunning Costa Rican surroundings and Andrea's top notch teachings. AHKI Retreat Sanctuary Staff are so kind, and the organic food is delicious. A highlight: the Howler monkeys climbing through the trees to view class and learn a few new yoga poses. :)
This trip was absolutely transformational! The retreat center was beautiful and the food was amazing - I truly enjoyed the focus on vegetarian, fresh food. I was never hungry and it helped me start my year on a good note. Andrea was the best retreat leader, you can tell she pours her heart and soul into teaching us about yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. I would go back in a heartbeat. We got to see monkeys - feet away from me! I felt very calm, safe and supported here.
The transportation and availability was wonderful. Enjoyed daily opportunity to go out to beach or on other excursion. Housing was amazing and housekeeping was fabulous. Grounds and physical plant very well maintained. Inviting and relaxing. Would have been helpful to have more information about food offered. Was very low carb. Expected more 'typical' Costa Rican food. Seemed like a lot of pureed, and finely minced or chopped foods with nearly all mixed together and hard to identify what was being offered. Onions, and garlic, in nearly every dish. Surely there are other herbs and seasoning available to provide balanced and varied tastes. Had expected less spices and larger pieces of food that could be more easily picked around. Would suggest that the type of food being offered be better explained so those with specific food sensitivities (especially newcomers) are aware of challenges. Schedule of retreat itself was good. Wouldn't have minded starting meditation at 6 or 6:30 am.
Another great retreat. We enjoyed the yoga/meditation practice, the people, and the activities. The new cooking class was a great addition.
Loved the space! Food was so amazing, as being vegan and gluten free- I loved not having to worry about bringing food each. Facility was beautiful
Wonderful instruction, food, and accommodation. Would highly recommend!
Andrea is a wonderful teacher of Ayurvedic principles, yoga and meditation. Beautiful setting in the wooded countryside to reflect and nourish with the fabulous meals provided.
Thank you for the great experience! I love what I learned and am looking forward to signing on for more. There was so much great stuff to take in And take home. Thanks again!
The weekend sessions were cery informative and Katheryn was a very engaging instructor. I would attend another session with her. I have one suggestion. Since this was my first experience with you, and I came from out of town, I read many of Kathryn’s reviews. The reviews made the weekend sound like an overnight retreat with food provided. Luckily I decided to verify that with you a few days ahead of time and found out that I had to make overnight arrangements. It Should have been very clear about the distinction between the reviews and the Madison arrangement. Kim Jacobs
I had to travel 2.5 hours and well worth it. I learned so many new nd beneficial things from Kathryn.
I felt transformed by the experience. it took me to a place of stillness and I received new tools to take care of myself better!
A 10! Such a wonderful, restorative weekend. Yoga, meditation and Aryuveda in a beautiful, natural setting with delicious vegetarian food at mealtimes. After only two days, I felt more grounded and recharged. Andrea Russell is a gem!
This was a weekend to completely unplug from your daily life and focus on self-care and mindfulness, while creating community with like-minded people. Andrea is one of the best yoga instructors I've had in 12 years of yoga practice and is an excellent leader.
This was a wonderful experience. I knew it would be great with Andrea, but it exceeded my expectations! I loved every part of the retreat. The center was great, and the sisters were lovely,,,,wouldn't change a thing! Thanks so much :)
Loved it! Such a beautiful space. Everything about it was great; the people, food, trails, library, and all the space the Christine Center had to offer. Andrea is full of such great wisdom! I love learning with her
I learned so much over the weekend and was shocked at how quickly my mind settled and my body woke up! Thankful for the teaching by Michael Stone.
Extremely worthwhile and well organized event. A remote comfortable setting with a variety of delicious and nicely presented food.
The weekend was great! The organization was impeccable, the center is exactly what is needed and the food is wonderful. I definitely plan to attend this/similar retreats in the future and would recommend it to others.
Well organized, beautiful setting, easy registration, FABULOUS FOOD, variety of housing options.( I even got to take along my dog!) The program was well organized and beautifully paced between movement, knowledge, question and answer times. ShaBash! (Hindi for Congratulations on a Job Well Done!)
Wonderful food. Would have like more time to meet others. I wasn't aware that so much of the time would be in silence. I didn'the sleep well. My room was too hot the first night. I figured out how to control it but still worried and heard a lot of sounds that were discomforting. Michael was a joy and so was Andrea. I will return.