THE SEAT OF THE SOUL YOGA RETREAT:
AN ELEMENTAL PRACTICE OF PRESENCE
with Asiana Harper And Christine Miller
Mar de Jade Wellness Center, Chacala, Mexico
Saturday, April 14 – Saturday, April 21, 2018
Early Bird Discount! Sign up by February 1st to get $200 off
Awaken your senses through this experiential retreat, The Seat of the Soul: An elemental practice of presence. Over seven days, our journey will access the gateways of presence using yoga, breathwork, meditation and intrinsic movement. Allow the elements of this beautiful location in Chacala, Mexico, to stir the earth, water, fire, air and ether both within our bodies and all around us. This retreat is a fine blend of spiritual and somatic discovery that can reveal a place which is often called the seat of the soul, that point where our inner and outer experience meet. Each day will begin with the ritual of movement and stillness, to anchor us in the tone of presence. Other activities such as hiking, swimming, dancing and fire ceremony will delve us deeper into synchronization with the biorhythms of nature. What might we find in the stirring of our watery hearts? Is our path determined by the flame of desire or the tread of connection from sole to earth? Together, we’ll explore these questions and so many more.
The Seat of the Soul is available to all levels of practitioners. This retreat will meet you exactly where you are as a supportive foundation to break through limiting beliefs, to intimately experience the mind-body connection and to provide tools to harness the most powerful portal in all experience: the power of the present moment.
- Introduction and practice of Neurosculpting® Yoga, the whole-brain approach to rewriting old stories, ones which block us from activating our highest potential.
- Experience Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep, a deep, guided meditation dipping through the layers of consciousness. Nidra is designed to release tension and activate greater presence.
- Enjoy a blindfold yoga asana practice to re-inform proprioceptive awareness of the body and soul.
- Learn journaling techniques to discern and articulate the qualities of sensation and experience.
- Gain tools to integrate a deeper sense of presence in daily life.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Saturday, April 14, 2018|
|RETURN TIME||Saturday, April 21, 2018|
|WEAR||Casual and comfortable beach and retreat attire.|
|INCLUDED IN RETREAT COST|
|RETREAT PRICING (see ROOMS tab at top of page for more information)|
Saturday, April 14
- Arrive and settle by 4pm
- Opening Circle
Sunday, April 15 – Friday, April 20 (daily)
- 7:00am Movement and stillness ritual
- 8:30am Silent breakfast
- 10:00am Morning Elemental playshop (daily Opening Circle, lecture, discussion, intention, and journalling)
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Silent digestion walk
- 2:30 pm Personal time (great time for pool, massages, beach, etc…)
- 6:00pm Dinner
- 8:00pm Evening activities (special sessions, workshops, Nidra, dance, or free time…)
Saturday, April 21
- Pack & depart by 10am
Mar De Jade
A Yoga, Wellness & Vacation Retreat Center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México.
This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village. Mar de Jade was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, of gratitude for the natural environment, and of the cultivation of genuine friendships. Overlooking Mexico’s Pacific Ocean and Chacala’s sandy golden beach, the main house with its graceful contours and Mediterranean style serves as a gathering place for a variety of events and happenings. It houses the Yoga and Meditation studios, dining rooms, bar, guest lounge and reception. The spacious layout of Mar de Jade offers each area a sense of privacy as it blends with the natural surroundings; discover mango and papaya trees, lay in a hammock under the shade of a palapa, walk through a small organic herbs garden.
Asiana (Kirstin Harper) has always felt a strong connection to the natural elements and how they interact in the body, on earth. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, with wilderness as her backyard, Asiana had constant access to exploring her environment. She recalls climbing trees, sitting in caves, adventuring with the animals and in the forest. All of this engaged her curiosity and encouraged quietude, as well as agility of her mind and body. It simply made sense that these experiences would bring Asiana into the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda, practices which facilitate a ‘deepening’ into the present moment. After studying at the Ayurvedic Institute, as well as the School of Natural Therapeutics, both in Albuquerque, NM, Asiana received certifications as an Ayurvedic Lifestyles Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor. Additional training in India and Thailand encompassed Thai Massage and further studies into the technology of Meditation. Asiana is also licensed in Neurosculpting®, a ‘whole-brain’ approach to re-writing old stories … ones which block us from activating our highest potential.
Asiana is honored to be on the planet at this time, journeying in this body, mind and spirit template. She offers support to others in establishing more ease, harmony, and balance in their lives, thus revealing greater/greatest access to our infinite reservoir of life force energy.
After managing wellness programs in the corporate healthcare industry, Christine transitioned to teach yoga full time so she could study, practice and promote the most vital relationship of our life… mind and body. Christine is an avid student of all things movement, including yoga, writing, and breath. Her classes combine safe alignment, informed by Anusara and SriDaiva studies, creative sequencing and reflective thought. Christine is known for her poetic approach of inviting universal truths into the movement and breath of the collective. She’s created a series of yoga and writing workshops to offer deeper access to the relationship between contemplative practice and creative engagement. Her many great loves include dancing, hanging with her puppy Crosby-girl, writing: pen to paper the old fashioned way, travel to foreign lands and anything that loses her in nature.
Ocean Rooms ~ A/C | 1 King bed or 2 Double beds
Are bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony with an Ocean view. Comfortable and well appointed, each room has a sitting area with a futon that can accommodate up to two children; some have the futon in a space separated by a door for added privacy. All have bathtubs and some have a separate shower as well. Most are on third and fourth floors and require steps to climb.
Garden Rooms ~ A/C |1 King bed or 2 Double beds
Are comfortable and tastefully decorated, some crafted in a Mexican style, with natural rock, hand painted mosaics and tropical mahogany wood finishes; while others have an airy Mediterranean feel with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light and fresh breeze. Each room has a terrace with a view of our lush tropical gardens; a spacious bathroom with bathtub and some have a separate shower. Located on the ground floor, these rooms are easy to access either with a few steps or with a ramp.
Guest Room Loft ~ Fan | 1 King bed + 2 Single beds or 4 Single beds
An area more basic yet spacious option for families or 3 to 4 roommates. The bottom level has a king bed (or two twins) and a bathroom; the loft is accessed by a spiral staircase and has two twin beds (or a king). They all have garden or jungle views. The loft is not recommended for children under 6 yrs old or people with mobility issues. Minimum occupancy is 3 people.
Guest Room ~ Fan | 1 King bed or 2 Double beds
Our simple yet comfortable rooms for one or two people, with garden or jungle views.