Past Trips

Awakened Heart
Awakened Heart
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
11 Feb, 2023


This was so much more than a yoga retreat! We were at a tranquil and beautiful location with very friendly and kind people and lots of good food. Our leader, Emilia, is such a clear teacher both in voice and body, and also in intention. We had deep awakenings of our mind/body connection through yoga, pranayama, kirtan and further understanding of our nervous systems and rituals of ancient traditions such as the temezcal and the cacao ceremony. I felt so well taken care of as I allowed my heart to soften and open and my patience and fortitude were strengthened. I will definitely attend again, "goddess willing and the creeks don't rise."
By connie c for Awakened Heart on Feb 20, 2023
A beautiful blessing... with even deeper appreciation after the hiatus of the pandemic. We gathered to explore our subtle bodies in early 2020, stayed home for two years, and gathered once again to explore the great mystery of joy. It was the perfect bookend to end our isolation from one another. The retreat center was beautifully situated and maintained, with delicious food (too much food!!) and lots of outdoor spaces. The yoga room was beautiful, spacious and so nicely situated above the changing tides below that we became mesmerized by diving pelicans as we listened to Emily's soothing yet commanding voice. Every morning we shared a different class; asanas, chanting, pranayama, and three times we enjoyed dancing across the sunlit floors as the sun sank colorfully into the ocean beyond the fluttering draperies. It was magical and mystical, tasty, healthy and delicious, creating connections and deepening our sense of community, and so special to share space in this sacred way.
By connie c for The great mystery of joy: a yoga retreat on Feb 28, 2022
So, I am home, and wish I could still be with our perfectly sized group, practicing everyday. It was so good to have a daily practice and with such a lovely group and with such delicious food, and in the jungle! The temperature was never too hot and the shady jungle provided a green on green heartfelt space where we could all let go and relax. There were adventures, and activities for those who wanted them, but I chose many a day, to sit by the pool and write. The pool was small, but like an oasis in the desert, all that was really needed. The catered food was fantastic; tasty and healthy and prepared by the loving hands of four locals who gave us plenty of deliciousness and also catered flexibly to our various dietary needs. Our homes were quite a variety, and tucked away on the steep hillside, so that we could hear one another laughing or singing but not the snores or a neighbor's sleepless night. I would definitely go again, and felt so taken care of by our fearless leader who kept adapting to the situation and listening to our choices. Thank you, Emily, for creating this retreat. I hope you do so again.
By connie c for Uncovering the Subtle Body on Feb 04, 2020
Thank you for joining and being such a strong and supportive pillar in the group.
By Emily Alderaen on Feb 06, 2020