Yoga Retreat Mexico – New Year 2012
ENERGETIC VINYASA FLOW™ YOGA RETREAT IMMERSION BY THE BEACH
Renewal, Empowerment and Transformation
With Isabelle Du Soleil
December 26, 2011- January 2, 2012
Join us for an authentic Yoga Flow, Nature & Cultural Immersion with Isabelle Du Soleil, Renowned European Yoga & Wellness Expert from Los Angeles: 7 days & 7 nights of Yoga, Total Renewal and Tropical Jungle Exploration on the Pacific side in Mexico near Puerto Vallarta at Jade Del Mar, well-known Nature Eco-Retreat Center, on the beach bordered by tropical forest.
Explore the 7 Chakras & Nature’s 5 Elements in Isabelle’s Signature “Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga, Breathing & Meditations” where Tantra Yoga meets Vinyasa Flow.
Mar De Jade Eco-Center is an astounding resort with traditional Mexican cottages and guest houses on the beach surrounded by exceptional beauty where the ocean meets the tropical jungle. It is located at Chacala near Puerto Vallarta (1.5 hrs by car) on Mexico Pacific side.
THE ULTIMATE YOGA AND WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE DESTINATION!
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WHY IS THIS ENERGETIC VINYASA FLOW™ YOGA VACATION RETREAT SO UNIQUE?
*A Yoga Vacation Immersion in paradise on the beach led by Isabelle Du Soleil, Renowned Yoga & Wellness Expert to deepen & expand your Yoga practice with 5.5hours of daily Yoga, breathing & meditation.
*Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga practices provide a balanced approach between the solar activating flows and the lunar rejuvenative and relaxing flows.
*An opportunity to Energize, Recharge & Relax Yourself in a playful way.
*An Experience of Anti Aging, Stress Relief, Radiant Vitality & Optimum Health Secrets for your life today.
*An Exploration of Mexico Natural Beauty, Culture & History.
THIS RETREAT IS FOR YOU if you are a Healthy Yoga Practitioner (with at least 3-6 months of regular practice) looking for:
1- A Yoga/ Meditation, Nature and Cultural Immersion
2- An Opportunity to have fun, explore Mexico & discover the Mexican culture & ancient history.
3- An amazing exotic Mexican New Year vacation to de-stress, rejuvenate and recharge yourself.
*Welcome & Celebrate the New Year
*Take your Yoga practice to the next level
*Let go of all your worries and stress
*Give yourself an Authentic Exotic New Year Vacation in Mexico.
*Have a lot of fun & Make New “Like-minded” Friends.
“My retreat with Isabelle was an important stepping stone in my Yoga journey…Isabelle goes all the way for her Yoga retreats. Her enthusiasm and depth of experience makes her a fabulous teacher. Great planning for maximum coverage of material and in depth practice. She is also expert in reading the group and being flexible with the schedules.”
– Catherine Parks from Cove, Oregon
– Immersing yourself in our daily Yoga, breathing and meditations
– Meditating under the stars
– Dancing into the night with a Yoga Dance Flow™ New Year Celebration
– Hiking in the tropical rainforest and to the waterfalls
– Snorkeling off the shore of a small island
– Horseback riding on the beach
– Swimming every day in the turquoise pristine Pacific ocean
– Humpback Whale Watching
– Discovering Mexico ancient Mayan history
– Receiving deep healing massages
– Taking long restful naps
– Sharing laughter, food and a community of new friends
– Simply being quiet and doing nothing.
Create the experience you crave… Wake up with the sound of the crashing waves.. Immerse yourself deeper into Yoga & meditation.
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“My retreat with Isabelle has been superb. The heart of it has been the Yoga and the beauty of the experience. She is a phenomenal teacher. She is so knowledgeable both about the physical nature of Yoga and also its history, meaning and background. The ambiance and esprit de corp has been terrific. Isabelle has taken extraordinary steps to make sure that everything we wanted to do has been done in a lovely and caring way. I will certainly come back on Isabelle’s Yoga retreats in the future.”
– Geri Palast from New York City
Isabelle du Soleil is a well-known Yoga and Wellness Expert based in Los Angeles with a background in Vinyasa Flow and Tantra Yoga, Dance and Medicine. She created the “Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga School. She has been teaching Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga for 20 years, currently at UCLA, Exhale Center for Sacred Movement and Yogaworks. She is the private Yoga Trainer for Los Angeles celebrities and for the UCLA professional women’s volleyball team. She tours and leads workshops & retreats immersions throughout the world. Isabelle received the UCLA Outstanding Yoga Teacher award in 2009.
She is also recognized for her life transforming national and international Yoga Flow Retreats in California, Hawaii, Santorini, Greece, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Fiji. Her amazing music playlists will rock your shakti and soothe your soul. Her mixes interweave world music with reggae, salsa, African drums, hip hop, Indian melodies and classical music.
As a wellness Expert, Isabelle developed Radiant Wellness Yoga™ programs for Stress Relief and Relaxation.
Isabelle created a unique Yoga school called: “Energetic Vinyasa Flow TM” a fluid and powerful Yoga flow cultivating mindfulness, alignment and core strength energy, linking breath to movement. It is a transformational practice where Tantra meets Vinyasa Flow Yoga. It integrates breath, energy and meditation into the Yoga Flow.
She is an Experienced Certified Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer (ERYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance. She holds a Yoga Works certification. She has extensively studied & worked with internationally renowned teachers May Kazan, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea.
8:00am- 9:00am: Delicious Yummy Breakfast
9:15am- 11:45am: Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga with Breathing (Pranayama) + Meditation & ending with a Long Savasana (Deep Relaxation)
12:00pm-1:00pm: Free time for Ocean Swimming & Relaxation
1:00pm- 2:00pm: Delicious Fresh Lunch with Vegetarian and either Fish or Chicken or Seafood Option..
Afternoon: Free time for Ocean Swimming, Relaxation, Deep Healing Massage or Hiking or Excursions
5:00pm-6:30pm: Rejuvenative Yoga Flow with Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, fun Partner Yoga, Ayurveda & Tantra Talks.
6:30pm-7:30pm: Delicious Fresh Dinner vegetarian and either Fish or Seafood or Chicken Option.
8:00pm-9:00pm: Nature’s Five elements Meditation™, Relaxation & Yoga Philosophy/ Discussion.
RETREAT ITINERARY with Arrival & Departure Days + Scheduled Group Excursions
Monday, December 26, 2011:
Arrival at Puerto Vallarta international airport(PVR) before 3pm is required for you to catch our group pre-scheduled shuttles (at 2pm & 4pm) to Mar De Jade Retreat Center (1.5hrs drive)
2pm & 4pm: Recommended Ground Transportation (1.5 hours) from airport to Mar De Jade center
6pm: Last Scheduled Shuttle Departure from Airport to Mar De Jade for Later Flights Arrivals
Checking in & Rest
8:00pm-9:00pm: Opening Ceremony + Gentle Yoga Session + Meditation + Relaxation
Wednesday, December 28, 2011:
12:30pm-4:30pm Special Group Excursion to “Las Cuevas” for Hiking, Swimming and Boat Ride- Included in your registration fee
Friday, December 30, 2011:
6:30am-8:30am: Special Group Excursion: Humpback Whale watching- Included in your registration fee
Saturday, December 31, 2011:
Afternoon:1pm- 4pm: Optional Group Excursion to “Altavista” Pre-Hispanic 2,000 year old Rock Carvings or Pietroglyphs with walk through the jungle- At your own Expenses ($30 per person with minimum of 4 people)
Evening: 9:30pm-11:30pm: New Year’s eve Celebration with Yoga Dance Flow TM into the night
12:00am: Sacred ritual entering into 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012:
8pm- 9:30pm: Closing Ceremony + Meditation.
Monday, January 2, 2012:
8am & 9am & 10am: Pre-scheduled Ground Transportation Shuttles Departure to Puerto Vallarta Airport -Check out & Departure
The intention of this retreat course is RENEWAL, EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION.
*Our Yoga sessions are suitable for ALL LEVELS FROM HEALTHY BEGINNERS (MINIMUM OF 3-6 MONTHS OF REGULAR YOGA PRACTICE) TO INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED YOGA PRACTITIONERS. A healthy Yoga beginner is someone who is in good health overall with limited Yoga experience (3-6 months minimum) yet interested in exploring Yoga.
*Nature’s 5 Elements & 7 Chakras:
You will experience and connect with nature’s five elements and the 7 chakras or energy centers in our daily Energetic Vinyasa Yoga flows and meditations. We will be celebrating life with a Yoga Dance Flow™ on the last evening.
*Solar Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga:
Classes are purifying, dynamic and balancing. They start with breathing and centering followed by spinal warm up, sun salutations and a long progression leading to a stilling cooling down sequence with a long final 20 minutes relaxation.
*Lunar Rejuvenative Flow Yoga:
Classes include restorative Yin Yoga, breathing (pranayama) practices, fun partner Yoga, Stress Relief yoga, Yoga Nidra and guided inner contemplations/ relaxations.
*Morning Pranayamas and Meditations:
This daily guided breathing & meditation session’s goal is to build a new capacity and ritual of daily meditation practice in your life with ease and delight. Our meditation practices will allow you to focus your mind on an object, or a color or a sound. Cultivating mindfulness and relaxed concentration on the breath.
*Nature‘s Five Elements Meditations™:
They are simple yet powerful outdoors meditations and visualizations held in nature to connect directly to the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) for healing, balance and bliss.
An amazing guided meditation lying down on your back. 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 3 hours of deep sleep.
*Levels of Practice:
Each level of practice will be addressed with level 1, 2 and 3 variations instructed for all postures. You are always welcome to take a break and relax in child’s pose.Isabelle will provide individualized hands on adjustments.
*This Retreat Course:
Constitutes an intelligent body of Yoga flows, breathing, visualizations and meditations. You will also learn about Ayurveda, India’s science of life & medicine, Tantra Yoga teachings, Anti-Aging, Relaxation and Radiant Wellness Yoga.
YOGA STUDIO & SPACES
Our Yoga studio is the large Yoga hall (860 square feet) with hardwood floor and beautiful ocean view, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (with mosquito screens) that can be opened for a full ocean breeze. We also have an outdoor Yoga pavilion with a polished cement floor and a red tile roof to provide shade.
Mar De Jade provides the following Yoga props: Yoga mats, blankets, blocks, straps, meditation cushions (flat square ones and round ones), and meditation benches. You do not need to bring your own Yoga mat unless you prefer it.
Name: Isabelle Du Soleil Team
In 4 simple steps:
1- Register online at www.isabelledusoleil.com for the Yoga Workshop Package
2- Book your Accommodations DIRECTLY with Mar De Jade Retreat Center at www.mardejade.com either online (your best option) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 1-800-257-0532
3- Book your flights ASAP For best airfare deals & Plan on arriving on December 26, 2011 at Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) before 3pm and returning on January 2, 2012 after 2pm for your full participation in the Yoga retreat from beginning to end.
4- Purchase a Travel Insurance
Travelex travel insurance: http://www.travelexinsurance.com/
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YOGA WORKSHOP FEES
PAY DIRECTLY online with your registration at www.isabelledusoleil.com
Regular Rate: $1190 per person
Early Bird Rate: $1090 per person if paid by October 15, 2011
Those prices INCLUDE per person:
* 3 Yoga classes per day (5.5 HOURS DAILY) including Energetic Vinyasa Flow™, breathing & meditations, Rejuvenative Yoga Flow™,Yoga philosophy & Ayurveda, Anti Aging & Radiant Vitality Practices, Tantra Yoga, Yin Yoga, Outdoors Meditations and Yoga Nidra.
*New Year Celebration with a Yoga Dance Flow™ Party
* 2 Group Excursions : Whale Watching one early morning and “Las Cuevas” hiking & swimming with a boat ride another afternoon.
* Hikes in rainforest and trek to waterfalls
* Round Trip Group Ground Transportation from/to Puerto Vallarta to Mar De Jade Retreat Center on 12/26/11 ONLY at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm and on 1/2/12 ONLY at 8am, 9am & 10am ONLY.
WE OFFER A NON YOGA PRACTITIONER REGISTRATION RATE with limited availabilities:
Regular Rate : $740 per person
Early Bird Rate : $690 per person if paid by September 26, 2011
Email us at email@example.com if you are interested.
PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Total Payment includes a $500 Non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit.
-Early rate: $100 discount off Yoga workshop cost, $50 off Non Yoga workshop cost, applies if full payment is received by October 15, 2011.
-Full payment is due upon registration
Reservation of your space includes $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit ( see further policy)
In the event of cancellation:
-61 days or more prior to the retreat: Your Yoga retreat payment will be refunded , less $500 deposit plus a $250 administration fee
-60 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are NOT refundable.There is NO cancellation NOR refund for ANY reason including but not limited to bad weather, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, flight delays or cancellations, illness, health conditions, medical or personal or family or work emergencies, change of mind.
ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS FEES
PAY SEPARATELY & DIRECTLY to Mar De Jade Retreat Center:
at www.mardejade.com either online (your best option)
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call them at 1-800-257-0532
CLICK HERE for Mar De Jade ONLINE booking form.
Participants should speak with the reservation staff at Mar De Jade in order to choose the best accommodation option for them. Mar de Jade offers either garden, jungle or ocean view accommodations
Those prices per person INCLUDE:
*7 days/7 nights accommodations in traditional garden suites, guest rooms & lofts.
*3 delicious fresh meals per day with vegetarian, fish and chicken options
*Free Use of ALL retreat facilities: 1 large swimming pool, a small pool with jets and a wading pool for kids as well as a large jacuzzi & a cold plunge as well as a steam room in the spa, Mar De Jade Private beach, beautiful Yoga Studios indoor & outdoor.
YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY ADDITIONAL MANDATORY MEXICAN TAXES (19%) ON YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS FEES
|Fees Per Person||Garden Suite w/ Private Bath||Guest Room Loft w/ Private Bath||Guest Room w/ Private Bath|
Cost does NOT include:
*Flights to Puerto Vallarta international airport (PVR) in Mexico
*INDIVIDUAL Ground Transportation Taxi from/to Puerto Vallarta to/from Jade Del Mar Retreat Center (At your own expenses $100 each way per person) IF YOU DO NOT CATCH THE 3 SCHEDULED SHUTTLES ON December, 26, 2011 & January, 2, 2012.
*Deep healing massages ($75(1hr) to $145 (2hrs))
*Additional Eco-Tours & Adventures ($35- $55 per person)
*Rock Carvings or Pietroglyphs” Optional Excursion
*Horse Back Riding on the Beach
*Private Yoga, Meditation, Stress Relief and Vitality Sessions with Isabelle Du Soleil($130 per hour)
*Meals away from the retreat center
*Tips to Retreat Center staff
*Mexican Taxes on the Accommodations Costs
TRAVEL & GROUND TRANSPORTATION
HOW DO I GET THERE
*Fly to Puerto Vallarta International airport (PVR)
*Plan on arriving on Monday, December 26, 2011 at Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) before 3pm and returning on Monday, January 2, 2012 after 2pm for your full participation in the Yoga retreat from beginning to end.
*Ground Transportation Shuttles to/from the airport are included in your Yoga workshop registration cost at the following dates & times ONLY:
On Monday, December 26, 2011 at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm
On Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8am, 9am & 10am.
Anyone arriving or departing on a different date or arriving later on 12/26/11 or arriving earlier on 12/26/12 that is not willing to wait, must pay their own transportation which costs $100 USD EACH WAY for one or two people.
The shuttle ground transportation from the Puerto Vallarta airport to Mar De Jade Retreat Center lasts 1.5-2 hours by car, given the 1 hour time change between Puerto Vallarta & Mar De Jade Center in Chacala, it adds one more hour on your return trip to the airport plus 2 more hours for checking in at Puerto Vallarta International airport.
The total travel & flight check in time is 5 hours between Mar De Jade center & airport on January 2, 2012.
Meeting point & further travel details will be emailed to you in your welcome package 2-3 weeks before the retreat.
Pesos are Mexico currency.
You will need to pay your additional excursions or non included ground transportation in $ in cash or Mexican Pesos.
Currency Converter Website : http://www.xe.com/
When and where should I exchange money?
Exchange enough money at the airport upon arrival at Puerto Vallarta for transportation costs (if necessary) and spending money. You can pay Mar De Jade with a credit card, but will need cash for excursions and the stores in Chacala and Las Varas.
Will I need extra spending money in cash?
Please bring enough cash to pay for transportation from/to the airport if needed, excursions (horseback riding, etc.), gifts and souvenirs.
Are gratuities additional?
Rates do not include any gratuities, please consider leaving a gratuity for the Mar de Jade staff to show your appreciation. We suggest leaving approximately $7-$10 USD per person per night in the general tip box, which gets distributed amongst all staff members (kitchen, maintenance, housekeeping, etc). Tips are preferred in cash.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
For any emergency problems prior to or upon arrival such as a delayed flight, or other travel plan changes that may affect your reservation or transportation, please contact Mar De Jade directly at 1-800-257-0532 from the United States
or  219 4000 from Mexico
or + 52  219 4000 from any other countries.
WHAT IS WEATHER LIKE?
Usually the weather is nice during that time of year, warm and sunny during the day and cool at night. The average temperatures in Fahrenheit are 80s in the day and 65-70 at night. At night a sweater and pants are recommended, as well as warm pajamas. The water temperate is usually around 79-82. The tides are usually calm at this time of year. Occasionally some currents may be stronger. It is usually safe and easy to swim in the ocean.
WI FI & CELL PHONE RECEPTION
Mar De Jade offers free Wi Fi in the main dinning terrace, bar and reception. There is no internet in the rooms. There is cell phone coverage with Mexico’s largest provider, Telcel. We recommend you call their cell phone companies to see what the coverage in Mar De Jade area is, if your company has an agreement with Telcel then you will likely have reception. Usually At&t and Sprint have coverage but not Verizon. Mar de Jade has a guest phone that participants can use and charge the calls to their rooms.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK
Bathing suit, Sunblock and hat +Journal Notebook & Pen
There are not many insects at that time of year, but mosquito repellent just in case.
Mar De Jade provides shampoo, conditioner, soap and body cream.
Yoga clothes + Yoga Mat only if you want to bring your own
All Yoga props are provided.
Light Summer clothes
Long sleeve shirt
Hat and sunglasses
Sweater or shawl
Sturdy walking/ hiking shoes
Flip flops or sandals
Day pack or fanny pack
Journal Notebook + Pen
EXCURSIONS + SPA SERVICES + MASSAGES
SPA & MASSAGES:
Mar De Jade offers massages at their spa pavilion: 60min ($75usd), 90min ($110usd) or 120min ($145usd) + several treatments such as body wraps and facials which range from $60-$140. Manicure ($20) & Pedicure ($30) are also available.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL EXCURSIONS
The Guest Relations staff at Mar de Jade is happy to coordinate excursions, provided by local businesses and co-ops, for our guests. All prices are per person, in US dollars and do not include gratuities; prices are subject to change without further notice. Please be aware that excursions must be paid directly to the providers in US dollars (cash only). Most excursions can be done in the afternoon leaving before lunch. The Mar de Jade kitchen staff is happy to pack you a lunch if you notify us at least 24hrs before your excursion
1. “Las Cuevas” Hike: An hour and a half guided hike through the tropical jungle and over an extinct volcano to the nearby beach “Las Cuevas” (The Caves), enjoy beach time and return on a 15min boat ride. , 5-6 hours total. INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE
2. “Isla Coral” Snorkeling: A 30 min. boat ride takes you to a small island, snorkel off the shore. The boat service has life jackets and some snorkel gear, you may also wish to bring your own or buy some in town, 3-4 hours total.
3. Humpback Whale Watching: An early morning boat ride to search for humpback whales that migrate annually from Alaska to Mexico for breeding season; available only from December to March, depart before breakfast, up to 2 hours total. INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE
4. Horseback Riding: A guided excursion either to “Las Cuevas” or a further beach, “El Naranjo” with time to enjoy the beach. > $60 per person, minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people, 4 hours or 7 hours.
5. “Altavista” Pre-Hispanic Petroglyphs: Visit the petroglyphs (rock carvings) of Alta Vista, thought to be around 2,000 years old. The site is still a very important spiritual and ritual place for the Huichol Indigenous communities of the region. The trip is 35 minutes each way by taxi and then a half hour walk through the jungle to the petroglyph site. Guide subject to availability, gratuity not included. $30/ person, minimum 4 people, 2-3 hours total.
6. “La Peñita” Market: A quaint Thursday morning market in the nearby town of”La Peñita.” You can find some arts & crafts, jewelry, Huichol art and souvenirs, there is also a thriving section for locals selling appliances and food, etc. Bank and ATM available at the town, we recommended you use pesos for purchases. A van will take you, wait for you and bring you back.
$15/person, minimum 4 people, 4 hours total.
7. “La Tovara” Mangrove: An hour and a half van ride takes you to the outskirts of an old port called San Blas, where “La Tovara” Mangrove awaits with many bird species, turtles, crocodiles, and other wild life. The boat tour takes approx. 1 hr and there is a place to swim and eat at the end. Mangrove boat ride not included and must be hired upon arrival at San Blas (around $10 US).
$45/person, minimum 5 people, 6-8 hours total.
8-“Sayulita” Surf Town: This is a day or half day trip to the hip surf town, “Sayulita” where you can find shops, restaurants, surf lessons and equipment rental. Expect to see a lot of tourists during high season. The van ride to/from is approx 45mins and the driver will wait for up to 4 hours. $35/person, minimum 4 people, 4-6 hours total. Surfing lessons and equipment are extra. Recommended for seasoned surfers.
9. “Puerto Vallarta” Shopping & Sightseeing: A full day excursion to Puerto Vallarta to visit the boardwalk, shops, restaurants, historic church, arts & crafts market and “Romantic Zone” with its cobble stone streets and “teja” rooftops. Van ride is an hour and a half and driver will wait up to 7 hours. $50/person, minimum 4 people, 6-8 hours total.
10. Spanish Lessons: Learn or improve your Spanish language skills with private or group classes (when available) with our enthusiastic and experiences teacher, Janet. Suitable for beginners to advanced intermediate level. > $20/hour for private classes, $15/hour with 2 people, $12/hour with 3 or more.