NEW 2013 Retreat Dates: July 13-21, 2013. Prices start at only $1978pp
Reflecting Through the Journey: Yoga, Writing, & Adventure in Ecuador!
Experience adventure travel in a whole new way! Join Blythe & Maeve for a playful, exhilarating yoga adventure in Ecuador this summer, where we will explore breathtaking vistas and immerse ourselves in Ecuador’s fascinating, unique culture. Enjoy a daily yoga practice, search your inner landscapes through meditation, and reflect on your experiences with creative journaling. Our daily practice will compliment our itinerary perfectly, allowing us to experience a deeply relaxing Hatha & Yin yoga class after an exciting day of adventure or start the day off with a soul soothing, uplifting yoga practice that will open up our mind, heart and senses for a day of exploring. We will also have the opportunity to take in our surroundings and share our experiences through daily quiet time to write in our journals, draw from what is around us, and collect memories. Each one of our journals will be a unique reflection of our travels, observations, yoga practice, and how it all affects our state of being on the journey. It is ours to create!
While connecting with the deeply personal aspects of this retreat, you will also have plenty of time to enjoy your small community of travelers and experience together the natural and cultural highlights of this breathtaking region. Find peace and rejuvenation in a sparkling mineral pool surrounded by a tropical cloud forest paradise. The very next day, immerse yourself in the serenity of the windswept highland plains and end the day next to a cozy, crackling fire. Travel at a relaxed pace from the world’s highest active volcano to the welcoming arms of a remote community overlooking a spectacular canyon. Take advantage of this truly unique leadership team as Maeve and Blythe bring a beautiful balance of creativity, neuroscience, journaling, meditation, vinyasa flow, yin yoga and fun! Join us for the trip of a lifetime on the equator. *Experience with yoga, meditation or writing are not necessary to attend this trip and have an amazing experience!
2013 Price Per Person: $2125
NEW: Reduce your price by choosing the Budget Option to adjust your accommodations and payment type
9 Day Budget Option: $1978pp
Minimum Group Size=8 people
Maximum Group Size=16 people
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7 Days of Yoga, Meditation, & Journaling workshops
We begin each Amazon-Andes-Sky tour in the historic city of Quito, especially ideal as a starting point for immersing yourself in Ecuador’s culture and natural beauty. During our time in this bustling city, you will learn to quiet your mind in metropolitan parks and tap into the energy of Volcano Pichincha as we glide by gondola above the city to 13,500ft. Spend your afternoons learning about Quito’s history in the colonial center where churches, museums and architecture can keep you busy for hours then feel the rush of securing a great deal at the Artesenal Market where you can pick up the perfect handcrafted souvenir. Let your yoga practice keep you grounded and rejuvenated as the city rushes around you.
Heading out of the city, the landscape quickly changes around us as we reach Mindo, a small, quiet and friendly town nestled in the tropical cloud forest. Breathe in the moist, fresh air and reinvigorate your spirit as hummingbirds fly above you. Wake up to the sound of the exotic bird life and join a guided hike to meet these magnificent creatures up close. Enliven your taste buds during a chocolate-tasting tour, feel pure exhilaration as you soar through the forest on a canopy tour, or simply breathe deep and relax into a pool filled with the healing power of fresh spring water. The serene and magical environment of the cloud forest also affords plenty of opportunities for group yoga practice, meditation, relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit.
Next, we resume our travels and head south. First we reach Mitad del Mundo, a town on the equatorial line where we will visit the Intiñan demonstrative museum. Challenge your brain and marvel at the equatorial oddities as you watch water drain in different directions in opposite hemispheres, balance an egg on the head of a nail, step inside examples of traditional Ecuadorian homes from the Andes and Amazon, and enjoy many other wacky and informative demonstrations. After standing in both hemispheres at once, we travel to a cozy hacienda in the foothills of Volcano Cotopaxi where we will enjoy the day’s yoga practice to stretch our bodies then relax for an opportunity to journal by a warm, crackling fire. After a sound sleep enveloped in the silence and peace of the paramo (highlands) and a hearty, fresh breakfast we head to Cotopaxi National park. Feel the energy of the world’s highest active volcano flowing beneath us as we take advantage of yet another spectacular setting for yoga practice. Challenge your limits as you hike up to the climber’s refuge and relish the reward of incredible vistas before we head back to the lodge for another restful evening and meditation under a vibrant star-lit sky.
After our time along the Andes, we return to Quito refreshed and rejuvenated for a farewell dinner together celebrating new friends, memories, growth and the country that so graciously hosted our journey.Book Now