Jul
21
to Jul 28

PLAY: A Revitalizing Retreat with Dana Skoglund & Gale Claire on the Island of Vis, Croatia

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Join yoga teachers Dana Skoglund and Gale Claire for a rejuvenating immersion into a world of play. Explore historical Vis Island, surrounded by its beautiful stone architecture and Mediterranean beaches. Together we will journey into the rich world of creative play through yoga, acro yoga and dance to infuse your practice with connection and joy. Then we will venture through the stone streets and water filled caves - an eastern European escape.

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Each day will be themed around yoga and a play-based movement practice - Partner Yoga, Acro Yoga, Acro Fit, Dance and Thai Massage. We'll delve into these powerful practices to connect with our inner joy and foster a deeper connection with ourselves and each other. Join us for this adventure into interconnectedness through play and become inspired to infuse your fitness and relationships with more fun!

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From two daily yoga practices, to nourishing meals and historical sight-seeing, this Play retreat will leave you feeling reinvigorated, revitalized and INTOUCH to the deep source of joy within you. We’ve included two tours around the Island and in-house wine tasting.

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This is a unique opportunity to escape the daily grind and connect with yourself, quiet country life of island living and with other like-minded individuals. We all need time set away to put extra focus on our health and well being, to recharge and reconnect with intentions that need space to be recognized and expressed. When we do this, we come back to our day-to-day lives with a fresh, inspired and renewed perspective.

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Included in your retreat:

  • Transfer from/to the port of Vis to/from the Villa
  • 7 nights in the island villa
  • 2 meals per day: breakfast and dinner
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Morning meditation
  • Tours around the island (two tours - Vis town tour and Komiza village or Stiniva beach tour)
  • In-house wine tasting
  • Stand-up paddle boards available for use
  • *Please note that airfare to Split (SPU), lunch and gratuities are not included
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Yoga:  

Each morning Dana will lead a strong, creative vinyasa flow.  The evening classes will be led by Gale and include (but not limited to) dance, Acro Yoga, and Thai massage.  Each class will include guided meditation, inquiry practices and explorations themed around play to inspire you to infuse your life with more fun, joy and connection. We are able to accommodate everyone, including those with severe injuries and/or no yoga practice whatsoever.  Classes will on average be 1.5-2 hours in length.

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Food:

Included in your retreat is a rich, buffet breakfast every day, midday snacks and healthy, delicious sit-down dinners with a few vegetarian options. The meals include a wonderful array of healthy raw, vegan, and vegetarian cuisine. Unlimited coffee and tea available at all times.

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Sample of a retreat day:

  • 7:30-9 am Flow Yoga
  • 9-10 am Healthy Breakfast
  • 10-11 am countryside hike
  • 11-12 pm Swim in the Mediterranean sea
  • 12-1 pm Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 1-4 Stiniva Beach
  • 4:30-6pm Acro Fit yoga practice
  • 6-8 pm Dinner 
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Accomodation:

  • 4 x twin rooms (2 separate beds in each room) 
  • 2 x double rooms (1 double bed in each room) 
  • nearby apartment suitable for 3 guests

***Only 13 spots available - reserve your spot now!

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Investment per person: $2300 USD

(A Non-Refundable Deposit of $500 USD holds your space!contact me to register

This can be paid via cash or cheque to either Gale Edison or Dana Skoglund (address available upon request), email transfer to danaskoglund@gmail.com or via Paypal. Once we receive all of your flight itineraries we will help you organize the shuttles from the airport. 

Retreat Package:  Retreat includes 7 nights villa accommodation, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner), midday snack, 2 classes a day with Gale Edison and Dana Skoglund, in-house wine tasting, SUP boards and wet shirts, a historic tour if Vis town, Stiniva beach excursion, and island transfers to and from the port of Vis on the day the retreat begins and ends. Space is limited!

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Oct
25
to Oct 31

Divine Inspiration - A Legendary Retreat with Dana Skoglund & Laura Martini

Divine Inspiration: A Legendary Retreat with Dana Skoglund & Laura Martini at Naya Ubud, BALI, Indonesia

October 25 - 31, 2017

Join yoga teachers Dana Skoglund and Laura Martini for an unforgettable immersion into the land of mythical deities. Escape to the otherworldly land of Bali and surround yourself with its natural beauty. Together we will delve deep into the colorful tales of the famous gods and goddesses and bring the stories to life in our yoga practice. Then we will explore Ubud and the surrounding areas together for a blissful getaway not to be missed.

7 DAYS AND 6 NIGHTS OF PURE BLISS IN THE SPIRITUAL OASIS THAT IS BALI...

Join Dana and Laura as they share the stories and teachings of the Hindu gods Ganesh, Hanuman, Saraswati, Kali and Krishna. Each day will be themed around a different god. They will guide you through a week of self-discovery and exploration. From twice daily juicy yoga practices and healing meditations, to nourishing meals and cultural sight-seeing, the Divine Inspiration retreat will leave you feeling tranquil, content, and AWAKENED to the innate bliss within you. We've included two massages, a sunrise tour of Kintamani Volcano, and a Agnihotra ceremony experience. We're rockstar tour guides (we've each been to Bali many times) and we promise we've done everything in our power to facilitate your ability to be PRESENT. Let us share with you the magic of The Island Of The Gods. 

This is a unique opportunity to escape the daily grind and connect with yourself, with nature and with other like-minded individuals. We all need time away from our everyday lives to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect with our deepest desires and highest intentions. When we do, we come away inspired to re-align our lives with what matters most. If you need a reset or simply a getaway filled with delicious yoga, mindfulness and the sacred stories of yoga, this retreat is for you. Stepping outside our familiar environment and away from our regular lives can be a great catalyst for radical change. 

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 Our last family trip to Bali - just like the locals do it

Our last family trip to Bali - just like the locals do it

Through strategically curated activities, guided conversations, story-telling, meditative experiences, and cultural excursions, we'll help you develop healthy habits (like a consistent morning yoga practice), cleanse your body (coconut water every day), open your mind (cultural immersion), and transform your yoga practice (3 hours of asana and pranayama daily). 

Included in your retreat:

  • 6 nights' boutique villa accommodation
  • Daily vibrant breakfast
  • Daily organic lunch and dinner (on the final evening we'll go into town for dinner)
  • Two 60 min Balinese massages
  • 3 hours of daily yoga instruction
  • Agnihotra ceremony
  • A sunrise tour of Kintamani Volcano
  • Transportation to and from the Bali Denpasar airport

Optional add-ons include additional on-site spa treatments local village ceremonial dance performance,and a day-trip to the secret black sand beach.

Please note that airfare, lunches, and gratuities are not included.

I am so grateful to have found Dana Skoglund as a teacher. She is brilliant. Her attention to alignment is unparalleled and my yoga practice has advanced significantly since I began studying with her nearly 2 years ago. Dana is an exceptionally skilled teacher and as a teacher myself, I have often looked to her for guidance and mentorship. Her calm manner and deep knowledge are a continued source of inspiration.
— Shauna Nyrose
I’ve tried yoga before and I’ve liked it, but you have made me love it! Your guidance has meant the world to me. I have become more open-minded both on the mat and off of it because of you.I feel stronger physically and mentally and more willing to try new and different things in my life. You are inspirational, compassionate and kind.”
— Faye
Dana has transformed my idea of yoga and certainly transformed my body. She is a highly skilled teacher with a special gift for communicating safe and proper alignment. She is also incredibly creative and I love the element of variety that she brings into her classes. Dana has a lovely disposition, is very encouraging and compassionate, and a true joy to practice with. I feel grateful and honored to call her my teacher.
— Barb

Sample of a retreat day:

  • 7:30-9 am Flow Yoga 
  • 9-10 am Breakfast and coconut poolside in the Joglo 
  • 10-11 am Balinese Massage 
  • 11-12 pm Rice field walking meditation 
  • 12-1 pm Lunch at a local warung in the village of Ubud 
  • 1-4 pm Shopping and tour of the Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • 4:30-6 pm Easy Yoga and Pranayama practice
  • 6-8 pm Dinner and guided conversation on meditation

Food:  Included in your retreat is a breakfast every day, as well as 24 hour coffee and tea service, filtered fresh water, fresh fruit, and healthy sit-down dinners.  An a la carte menu is available until 9 pm.  Naya Kafe's in-house chef, Wayan, together with Naya's kitchen staff, pride themselves on sourcing garden-fresh local organic produce daily to create meals that will support our needs:)  The meals include a wonderful array of healthy Balinese, Japanese, international, raw, vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine.  We'll give the kitchen a break on our final evening together and go into town for our dinner- please note that this last dinner is not included in the retreat package price. 

Accommodation: Naya Ubud is a boutique style retreat centre surrounded by lush gardens and tropical rice fields.  Each peaceful room offers jungle views and simple but luxurious furnishings.  The grounds are only a 7 minutes drive from the renowned cultural town of Ubud whilst being far enough from the crowds and traffic to enjoy the magic and essence of rural Bali.  The exquisitely designed buildings feature Indonesian architecture, modern amenities and luxurious comfort.  

There are two tiers of accommodation to choose from:

  1. The main building at Naya consists of 3 luxurious bedrooms (Shanti, Prem, and Amrita) each with air conditioning & fans, mosquito nets, mineral water, balcony, rainfall shower, and in-room safe.  Each room is integrated with the beautiful landscape, embracing guests with a welcoming, therapeutic and peaceful energy.
  2. Nestled within a sea of rice paddies just a 2 minute walk from Naya, are Naya's Rainbow Villas.  These are 7 villas with a total of 10 Chakra inspired bedrooms, each with its own porch and private garden.  Most bedrooms have the option for single or double occupancy.  Each room comes with ensuite or shared bathrooms (first come, first served with ensuites!), fans, mosquito nets, portable air conditioning, in-room safe, mineral water, rice paddy and sunset views, and access to Naya's luxurious amenities.

RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES USE OF AN OZONE POOL AND LOUNGE CHAIRS, AN OPEN AIR YOGA SHALA WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF THE RIVER AND PAPAYA TREES, FREE WIFI, AN A LA CARTE CAFE, AND OPTIONAL IN-HOUSE GARDEN SPA TREATMENTS.  

THERE IS ALSO ACCESS TO A DRIVER UPON REQUEST AND THERE IS A SHUTTLE TO UBUD.  

Yoga:  Each day Dana and Laura will each lead an all levels yoga classes.  The morning class will be more powerful in nature and will likely be a vinyasa flow style class.  The evening classes will be more gentle and restorative.  We will also tell the sacred stories of the Hindu gods and lead conversations on yogic philosophy, history, and ethics throughout the retreat. We are able to accommodate everyone, including those with severe injuries and/or no yoga practice whatsoever.  Classes will on average be 1.5 hours in length.

AFTER YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, ENJOY A REFRESHING DIP IN THE SWIMMING POOL AND PICK FRESH FRUIT FROM AN ABUNDANCE OF MANGO, JACKFRUIT, BANANA, MANGOSTEEN, RAMBUTAN, PAPAYA AND COCONUT TREES.

Use this retreat opportunity to reset, recharge and refresh your perspective, and return home feeling genuinely inspired! Get to know yourself a little better, meet other like-minded adventurers, and collect moments, not things. The jungle is calling...

Investment per person: 

  • $2095 USD incl. taxes for triple occupancy in the Rainbow Villas 
  • $2305 USD incl. taxes for double occupancy in the Rainbow Villas 
  • $2485 USD incl. taxes for single occupancy in the Rainbow Villas
  • $2425-$2605 USD incl. taxes for double occupancy in a Naya Luxury Room 
  • $2665-$3265 USD incl. taxes for single occupancy in a Naya Luxury Room

This can be paid via cash or cheque to either Laura Martini or Dana Skoglund (address available upon request), email transfer to danaskoglund@gmail.com or via Paypal.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A 5% FEE FOR USING PAYPAL.  The closest airport is Denpasar (about 2 hours away) and once we receive all of your flight itineraries we will organize the shuttles from the airport.

Retreat Package:  Retreat includes 6 nights' accommodation, 2 meals a day (except for our last evening), 3 hours of yoga instruction a day with Laura Martini, two 60 min Balinese massages,  and shuttle transportation to and from the Denpasar airport on the day the retreat begins and ends.  Space is limited and rooms are first come, first served.

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Mar
12
to Mar 19

Animal Farm + SXSW Yoga and Music Retreat: Tune In and Turn It Up!

Indulge your senses in 7 luxurious days of yoga and music. Deepen your practice and take some time away to reconnect with your self, community and nature. Immerse yourself in the peaceful and nurturing environment of Animal Farm and take advantage of this amazing and unique opportunity… Dive deep into your yoga practice on a secluded, self-sustainable organic permaculture farm in South Central Texas.

We will explore the art of listening as a means to deepen our relationships - to ourselves as well as with each other. We'll investigate practices to strengthen our intuition, tune us in to our inner guide and examine how we listen and receive the world around us. We'll exercise ways of increasing sensitivity in order to be more receptive to the gifts and teachings that are being offered in every moment. Expect strong practices that will take you deep- mentally, physically and spiritually. We'll also go beyond asana into Ayurveda and yoga lifestyle practices, meditation, pranayama, kriyas,chanting and more...

“Your knowledge and passion is evident. Thank you for creating this opportunity. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Peace abounds here.”  — 2007 retreat attendant
“The facilities were extremely conducive to yoga practice and the accommodations wonderful. ”  — 2010 retreat attendant

Nestled in a wild forest, Animal Farm creates the perfect setting for a yoga retreat. Yoga classes are conducted in a beautiful thatched roof center, hand-made with all natural materials.

Nourish yourself with freshly harvested farm-to-table organic vegetarian feasts. Gita’s gourmet cooking is always a highlight at Animal Farm retreats.

“The food was incredible, much better that I could have imagined/expected.” — 2006 retreat attendant

During your free time at Animal Farm, you can hike amidst 70 wooded acres, explore the flower and vegetable gardens, reflect in the Buddhist sculpture garden, or relax by the Gaudi-esque pool.

See more photos HERE and HERE.

Then, after 4 days, we’ll pack our bags and retreat to Austin for 4 days for the largest and world famous music festival in the world; SXSW. We’ll stay at Travaasa, the newest experiential resort and spa in Texas. Surrounded by the ancient live oaks and undulating hills of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, this resort embraces nature and is described as a Zen-like preserve for the soul. After a morning yoga class, explore Austin and the SXSW festival or stay on premises for spa pampering or a wide array of adventure or cultural activities.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to embark on this unique yoga and music adventure!

Investment

7 nights, 7 days full package: $1450

Includes airport pick-up and drop-off, all yoga classes and accommodations, all meals at Animal Farm and breakfast in Austin. You will be responsible for concert tickets and activities (Austin is filled with free music everywhere during the festival), lunch and dinner while in Austin. *Hotel taxes and service charge not included (approximately $80-$100) due last day of retreat. 

Animal Farm only: $700
4 nights all inclusive

Austin only: $750
3 nights accommodation at Travaasa, 3 buffet breakfasts, 3 2-hour morning yoga classes with Dana. Learn More about Austin Here and Here.

*All deposits and payments are non-refundable

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