Una hand picks the teachers, instructors and retreat leaders based on their high integrity, commitment to their practice and wonderful positive outlook on life. Each retreat is hand crafted to create a unique experience based on the gifts of each teacher. No two retreats are the same.
Adam Sommer is an astrologer. One who is dedicated to augmenting your experience of astrology through playful words, inspiring podcasts, and hopefully, life changing readings as well. He has been practicing professionally for nearly a decade, working with clients and students all over this beautiful world. Trained and certified by Maurice Fernandez, he has used this sturdy foundation to explore many other branches of the astrology tree—like Jyotish, Evolutionary, Archetypal, and Traditional forms—but likes to find himself sitting beneath the tree, not solely hanging from the branches. By borrowing from many traditions and applying the techniques in his own life and the countless clients he has worked with, he has stumbled into what he calls, “Kosmognosis:” A direct and alive relationship with the cosmos—up there and in here—which infinitely informs the participant with the most unique strain of wisdom.
“My purpose is to create. In that process I find stillness and rhythm, my teacher and passion. With intention, I aim to share honesty and awakening; to celebrate this fantastic adventure; to inspire and be inspired. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows, each time I am lead back to my center. May my paintings be a mirror, a reflection of your universal light, your human essence, and your timeless divinity.”
Autumn Skye has been painting since she could hold a brush, developing a deep wonder for nature and the world around her.
Amidst journeys to explore the world and share inspiration with the ever blossoming community, Autumn Skye otherwise lives and paints in her home north of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. In her studio, she overlooks a sweeping expanse of ocean, islands, mountains, and sky. She considers herself among the blessed of the blessed.
Asiana (Kirstin Harper) has always felt a strong connection to the natural elements and how they interact in 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 a 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.
Carrie Varela is a yogi, Reiki Master, mystic, lover, traveler and modern day healer. She is passionate about helping people find good energy. Good energy happens when we are in the flow, connected, inspired, filled with purpose. She has been an avid yoga practitioner for fourteen years. She completed her first 200-hour RYT in 2007 and in 2011 she traveled to India to complete a course in yoga science for wellness and yoga therapy at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. Carrie’s teaching is directly influenced by her studentship of Prana Flow Vinyasa with Shiva Rea and Blissology with Eion Finn.
Carrie has over 750 hours of yoga teacher training experience, taught over 3,250 yoga classes and lead 45 transformative Reiki trainings. Her lifelong passion for travel and adventure has inspired her to offer yoga, Reiki and healing retreats in some of her favorite places, both locally and internationally.
She is a Reiki Master in the Usui Mikao lineage and certified by the International Center of Reiki Training (ICRT). In 2014, Carrie received the Master Level of Holy Fire Reiki®, a new type of Reiki energy developed by the ICRT. She was initially led to Reiki as a tool for awakening and healing during a time of transition in her life. Recognizing the beautiful benefits she has received from nine years of healing through Reiki, it is her passion to teach Reiki to others and offer blissful Reiki treatments in the Denver metro area.
You can find out more about her teaching schedule, retreats, workshop offerings and Reiki training on her website: www.carrievarela.com.
Christian dela Huerta
For more than 20 years, Christian de la Huerta has been dedicated to facilitating personal transformation, to helping people tap into their Soulful Power—that deeper sense of purpose that lives within each and every one of us. An award-winning author, Christian is a respected teacher and sought-after speaker whose unique spiritual journeys, spiritual workshops and Self-Development Programs have been experienced in university lecture halls, non-profit organizations, houses of worship, corporate boardrooms and retreat venues around the world. His role can be described in a variety of ways: leadership consultant, group facilitator, relationship counselor, spiritual coach and beyond. Although his dedication manifests in a variety of ways for a diverse audience, all of Christian’s work shares a common result: profound personal transformation.
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.
Both a restaurant owner and writer, Daniel Landes has published many short stories and even shorter poems. Daniel is the owner of Watercourse Foods and City, O’ City in Denver, Colorado, and alsoOsa Mariposa restaurant in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Over the years, Daniel has built a tremendous and successful business with these restaurants delivering the finest in vegan and vegetarian dishes to be found in the entire United States and now in Mexico.
Embarking on a class with Ellen Kaye often begins with a story, infuses the body with dance and ends in song. With an extensive background in movement, music, and theater, Ellen invites her students to courageously practice something bigger than the pose. She believes each moment we navigate on the mat is a reflection of our daily lives. Through precise alignment, an open heart and a sense of play Ellen encourage her students to fulfill their greatest potential. She approaches yoga the same way she approaches theater: learn the form, create the space, and the heart will flourish from the inside out. Lastly, a promise: she will sing you into a sweet Savasana.
Jen Cameron has been practicing Yoga since her early teens, and has been teaching since 2011 upon completion of her first Yoga Teacher Training. She continued on to train in AcroYoga and become certified in that style as well in 2013. Jen’s approach to Yoga and Acrobatics is from a place of joy, connection and healing. She loves to encourage others to reach their personal heights and explore evolving depths through safe alignment, curiosity and playfulness. Jen has found grace, strength and healing through Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Massage and inversions. She is the founder of Flight Club: Denver AcroYoga and she can’t wait to share her playful practice with you.
Jen Hicks, ERYT-200 Power/Forrest/Vinyasa, is a full-time professional yoga teacher with thousands of hours of teaching experience. Jen has cultivated a fiercely devoted tribe due to her consistently safe, fun, high-quality, breath-centered instruction and mentorship. Before her life as a yogi, at the age of nine, Jen fell in love with horses and has been riding ever since. Jen is thrilled to combine her passions for yoga and horses in one fun-filled week in one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world.
Jeremy Wolf’s interest in mind and body began at a young age when he became a teacher of Taekwondo and Capoeira. He is a longtime meditator and has formally studied yoga since 1998. In 2006 Jeremy received his Classical Yoga teaching certification in Nasik, India. He studies with a variety of teachers, especially Rod Stryker’s school of ParaYoga. Jeremy is also a Reiki Master and a DJ for French label Ultimae Records. His classes seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga, emphasizing the form’s deeply spiritual origin.
Jinju Dasalla, PhD, RYT, embraces the power of dance, flow arts, and yoga as portals for somatic healing and personal transformation. As a professional life coach, performer, facilitator, and instructor with a doctorate in neuroscience, Jinju offers truly unique perspectives, pioneering new paradigms for personal growth and transformational learning that harmonize science, art, and soul. Jinju co-founded Soul Flow Arts Institute (SFAI) with her husband, Nova Dasalla, as a platform for training and educating health professionals, individuals, and organizations on the neurological and psycho-spiritual benefits of embodied play. As the visionary leader of transformational Soul Flow Retreats, trainings, and author.
Dr. Jonathan Bloch is a board certified family practitioner and Osteopathic medical doctor. He is peer rated by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” and listed as a “World Leader in Healthcare”. He is Yogi’s Choice Health Care, LLC, a full spectrum medical practice that inspires personal health through the integration of mind, body and spiritual practices.
Dr. Bloch began studying alternative approaches to health-care during high-school, practicing Qi Gong and martial arts, and learning mindful meditation. He continued to cultivate an awareness of complementary alternative medical philosophies alongside his western medical studies. He discovered yoga as means to satisfy his own personal physical and mental health needs and has gone on to become an RYT-certified yoga instructor, completing the necessary requirements for the styles of Blissology and Outlaw Yoga.
Jonathan received his most advanced yoga training in Bali. For him, it’s all about raising fun and connection without sacrificing the deep healing patterns that lay dormant within all our practices and bringing those patterns to the surface with an intention to find greater health.
Dr. Bloch is well respected by friends and cohorts for being humble, down-to-earth and approachable. He continues to live his life as that of a proud father, friend, doctor, yogi, and teacher. His various experiences are a wonderful resource that can provide invaluable contributions to your health, spirit, body and yoga practice, and there will be no greater place or time for Dr. Bloch to share his gifts with you.
Dr. Katy Jane
Namaste fellow pilgrim!
I’m so delighted to share with the life-long love of India. I’ve been traveling, studying and living in India for 25 years. And while I’m still discovering new things about this magnificent culture, I can give you a unique “insider’s” view of India that will help you get the most out of being in the holy land of yoga.
I was led to travel to India after a near-death experience when I was a teenager. At such a crucial turning point, I did what all seekers of truth do: I turned within to find it. And I wanted to go to the place where people go to turn within—the Himalayas.
Joseph Campbell calls this turn within, “The Hero’s Journey,” because it takes a lot of courage to look within for the answers to life’s greatest questions: Why am I born? What’s my purpose? What’s the meaning behind my struggles?
My own heroine’s journey led me to Nepal where I first learned yoga and Sanskrit at the home of a Brahmin family with whom I lived for six months. Daily Vedic chanting inspired my academic studies of the Vedic and Yoga traditions, as well as Sanskrit. While earning my doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, I spent five years on Fulbright and Ford Foundation grants learning Sanskrit, yoga, and meditation in India.
After completing my Ph.D., I began teaching Sanskrit and yoga philosophy in yoga teacher training programs around the world. And I established a life coaching practice as a Vedic Astrologer helping my clients align with their most authentic calling and change their lives for the better.
Then in 2010 and 2011, I led two pilgrimages to India. The first was to the “four sacred places” (Chardham) all seekers must visit before dying. And the second was to Dunagiri Retreat. I think of these two trips as a death and rebirth.
The Chardham marked a significant end in my life’s journey. But when my feet reached Dunagiri, I started on a new path. In fact, many people who come to Dunagiri describe their life as “pre-Dunagiri” and “post-Dunagiri.” And you will too.
Never in my 25 years of traveling through the length of India had I discovered such a tranquil and sacred place—with such a transformative power. And I can’t wait to share why Dunagiri is India’s “best-kept secret” and refuge for yogis, especially when you’re at a turning point in life.
Kiefer has studied in a wide range of yogic, meditation and body work schools. He loves them all but finds that no one is competing on their own. When we work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish, and the same is true of our yoga practice. Using elements of each school, the alchemy of Kiefer’s classes creates a cohesive bond between the physical and mental realms. We create healthier patterns in the brain, and connective tissue of the body, then build them up through movement to help sustain the longevity of our practices. Through guided visualizations and precise, yet free, movements, we create the platform for change in which we write our own belief system. Neurosculpting® Yoga is a practice that offers new ways to visualize the pathways in our mind and help condition them into healthier patterns.
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, Neurosculpting®: A Step-by-Step Program to Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life, and Neurosculpting® for Stress Relief. Lisa runs a private practice teaching Neurosculpting® techniques to clients who suffer from stress disorders. Lisa began her meditation practice at age 12. Hit by lightning at age 15, and clinically dead on multiple occasions, Lisa uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation.
Learn more about Lisa and the Neurosculpting® Institute by clicking here.
Lucy Wallace, MA started teaching dance ten years at Alchemy of Movement. In 2010, Lucy bought the studio and continued to teach SoulSweat throughout the week. Her classes are cathartic, high energy and celebratory! You will feel inspired while you forget that you are exercising!
In March of 2015, Lucy founded Dance 2B Free with the mission of sharing the healing power of dance with women in prison nationwide. Their program launched at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in July of 2015 and has grown into weekly classes and a teacher-training program. We are expanding into Pueblo, CO, York, Nebraska and Honolulu, Hawaii with our Teacher-Training program.
Mary Beth has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching for 19. She has studied with Bikram Choudhury, Erich Schiffmann and Paulie Zink. In her classes, teacher trainings and retreats she teaches mindful breath and alignment, offering students an opportunity to explore their bodies in a safe environment and encourages them to open to more joy, clarity and freedom within. With gratitude for all the teachers who have inspired her, Mary Beth finds teaching a beautiful exchange of giving and receiving.
Mary Susan Stults
Southern Utah native Mary Susan Stults has been practicing Yoga for over 19 years since she was a young teen, surfing for 17 years, and paddling for over 6 years now. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Mary Susan was raised in Cedar City, a town in southwest Utah about an hour from Zion National Park. Mary Susan, an avid nature lover, grew up exploring the many hiking trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, canyons, and the endless outdoor beauty of Utah and Colorado with her friends and family. Despite growing up landlocked Mary grew up a deep love and appreciation for the ocean and water and that passion has only grown with each passing year.
After moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2001 to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has made Colorado her home for over 15 years. You can often find this nature lover hiking or biking on a trail, paddling, surfing, practicing yoga on the water, camping in the mountains or desert, or exploring her yoga practice outdoors! Mary Susan loves to share her passion for the outdoors and adventure with those around her, which has led her to plan and lead Yoga retreats and adventure Yoga, surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and hiking retreats in Colorado and abroad.
An absolute people person, Mary has taught Yoga for adults, all-ages, family, adaptive, tweens, teens, kids, and tots for over 5 years, and is a certified 1000+HR RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher, a WPA/Paddle Into Fitness Certified Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga teacher, certified Kids Yoga teacher, certified Adaptive Yoga teacher, and is known by all for her enthusiasm and positive outlook. Many describe her energy as contagious, finding her nurturing and patient style of teaching to be welcoming and supportive. She infuses her Yoga, SUP, and SUP Yoga classes, workshops, and retreats with her grounded yet light-hearted nature. For Mary, being a student of the practice of yoga is as important as being a teacher. When she is not working and teaching herself you can often find her in a teacher training or yoga intensive somewhere around the world with her forever teacher, Maty Ezraty with whom she has completed over 600+ hours of formal training. She hopes to help others delve into what it means to live well physically, mentally, and spiritually, by exploring and developing their own yoga practice, and translating the joy, strength, confidence, mindfulness, balance, and grace that we find on the mat, into our lives off the mat!
Mary Susan teaches Yoga, SUP, SUP Yoga, and Meditation for Amana Yoga Studio in Boulder, The Sol Shine in Denver, Altitude Paddleboards in Denver, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, Urban Peak Shelter in Denver, and for her company’s, Float & Flow Yoga & SUP, and Adventure Yoga For Kids throughout Denver, Boulder, and beyond. Mary Susan leads adventure Yoga-SUP-Surfing retreats in Colorado, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Hawaii, and will be adding retreats in El Salvador, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Belize, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Columbia, Germany, Moab, Zion National Park, Sonoma, Telluride, and beyond over the years to come. She leads AYFK Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings several times a year through her company Adventure Yoga For Kids, and will be offering SUP & SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings through her company Float & Flow Yoga & SUP beginning in 2017. She also offers Yoga, Meditation, SUP, and SUP Yoga privates, small-group classes, corporate yoga classes, school groups, workshops, trainings, and events nationally and internationally.
She wholeheartedly believes that Yoga, Meditation, and Stand Up Paddleboarding are for everybody, and is passionate about sharing these gifts, as well as her love of nature, adventure, and the outdoors with all ages.
For 34 years Mike Ninomiya has explored martial arts as the pursuit of self awareness. Having taught martial arts and meditation internationally to people ages two to ninety-four years old! A retired four-time world martial arts champion, Mike was drawn to the energetic and therapeutic aspects of yin yoga. Born into a family of martial arts, his father is a living legend in Asia known as the modern day Miyamoto Musashi the sword saint of Japan. Mike has shared his passion with a following of over 90 schools around the world. Mike is also involved in West African drum/dance and the national chess circuit. He also enjoys surfing and creating art.
Nova, co-founder of Soul Flow Arts, is North America’s #1 ranked acrobatic paragliding pilot who is also known for being the first American to pull off a trick called the Infinite Tumble. He is probably even more known for his film, Infinite Stumbling, that tells the story of his life-altering accident in 2009 when one of his routine maneuvers went dramatically wrong, smashing him into a mountain. Not only did he manage to learn how to walk again but he also was given the gift of embracing life, love, and gratitude on a profound level. This short film has been shown in multiple film festivals around the world and Nova has been featured in national magazines including Origin, Cross Country, and the television series, Xterra Adventures. Nova still flies and is an extraordinary, living example of what it takes to face fears, engage flow, and always aspire beyond the norm.
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Page started her Pilates journey when she founded The Pilates Room in 2001. She fell in love with dance at an early age, studying with Joffrey Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet Company. While dancing she practiced Pilates and received massages to avoid injury and maintain balance in her body. The positive impact of those therapies on her body led her to study massage and Pilates, of which she has been a practitioner for over twelve years. Over the years her work and love of adventure has given her the opportunity to travel the world teaching Pilates to high profile, celebrity clientele.
Page received yoga certifications for Ashtanga and Hatha yoga. Through her yoga practice she was introduced to Ayurveda (the science of life), an eastern medicine tradition based in India. Page moved to New Mexico for a year to study with one of the foremost teachers of Indian medicine, Dr.Lad. She recently finished a year of nursing school, but opportunities to create a Pilates studio in Nosara, Costa Rica, her second home, has changed her direction.
In 2011, Page moved to her home in Nosara, Costa Rica, where she opened Pilates Nosara, a fully-equipped Pilates training center which is currently located at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. She is also on the faculty of Balanced Body and represents this incredible company in Costa Rica for teacher trainings. Page is excited to offer Pilates Adventure Retreats around the world to inspire those who love movement, adventure, and giving back to the community. Join Page for Pilates in Costa Rica and around the world!
Patrick Harrington is living a life that inspires him. A former serial entrepreneur, Patrick once started businesses he thought would earn him enough money to live a life full of meaning and difference making. He was always searching for the means to an end. It wasn’t until yoga teacher training in 2001 that he found a way to combine his love of business with an end in itself.
14 years later, Patrick is the founder-owner of Kindness Yoga, a donation-based collection of studios that hosts scores of teachers and tens of thousands of yoga students annually.
Patrick is the father of two girls and a husband. His life has taken on more and more meaning through his committed explorations into his own patterns of – and addictions to – suffering. His classes reflect this intimate and vulnerable process, and allow his students and fellow teachers to relate on a level that transforms. It is through his own healing journey and movement towards living his dharma that leads his yoga teaching, parenting, relationships and business.
Patrick has taught before tens of thousands of students, lead teacher trainings and mentored teachers over many years as the owner of Kindness Yoga. “We – as yoga studios and teachers – are not in competition with each other,” he says. “Rather, we are in competition with all the unconscious activities out there.” Patrick believes that yoga will direct culture towards a more awakened strategy of life. He encourages us to wake up to what we want to contribute in this life and “quit messing around and get on with it!”
Shanti Medina, CYT CPT CNSF is the founder of Energize training systems and Body Current® therapeutics. Shanti supports elite athletes and everyday warriors to resolve trauma, pain and misalignments in their body, mind and spirit through neuroplasticity and neuromuscular conditioning. She is passionate about empowering her clients and students in discovering and experiencing integration of their innate body intelligence through radical present moment awareness. Shanti teaches her Body Current® curriculum as part of the Neurosculpting Institute facilitator certification program as well as a part of a variety of 500HR Yoga Teacher Trainings and as faculty at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Shanti and her husband Scott also recently released their double-CD/download SoMAntra with over 150 minutes of ecstatic chants, sacred soundscapes and embodied meditations to ignite the innate wisdom and self-direct the nervous system.
Somah was an International Professional Figure Skater, competing and performing around the world. She then coached Figure Skating for more than 20 years. Working with mind/body was always a passion of hers. After stepping into a yoga class and feeling the benefits of the mental focus, she then hired different yoga teachers to work with her elite skaters as she continued to notice the benefits of Yoga in her own body. She left the skating world in 2007 and dove deeply into her own yoga practice.
In 2011 she met Anand Mehrotra and went to Rishikesh, India for a month where she was given the rare opportunity to study privately, one on one with him. She continued her yogic education in the years to come by expanding into Ayurvedic medicine, “The Science of Life.” That path took her to the Himalayans months at a time, learning about rare herbs and visiting essential oil distilleries.
She continues to study with Anand and travels through out the world as an importer of Organic & Wildcrafted oils. Somah is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher: E-200 RYT/ 500 RYT and a Master Aromatherapist. Currently, living in Castle Rock, Colorado and the creator and founder of AffirmativeYoga! and Savitur Botanicals.
An illustrious & gentle force, Tracy is a creator of magical & healing experiences. She is a massage artist, body worker, dancer, yogi, hula hooper, lover of movement arts, writer, emotion evoker and inspirer. She radiates and mirrors pure joy, light & love to all beings. Tracy has recently stepped into the role of yogi facilitator with great enthusiasm! She believes that her role in sharing any healing is that those who need and will be most impacted through her as a healing conduit will appear in synchronicity. She draws upon a wealth of information from both personal life and professional experience in the healing arts realm. She continues to serve in her private massage practice, Synchronicity Massage, and her blog Talk Story