Weaving Heaven & Earth - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Retreat
Jul
1
Jul 8

Weaving Heaven & Earth - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Retreat

Weaving Heaven and Earth Retreat
With Adriane Wolf & Jyl Kutsche

July 1-8th, 2017
Villa Sumaya - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

"Within my body are all the sacred places of the world,
and the most profound pilgrimage that I can ever make is within my own body."
-Saraha, Buddhist saint

This is an invitation to those who are ready to break through to a new experience of
living in the soul and the heart. This experience involves the integration of the Earth, Heart and the Heavens within our physical bodies. This truly is an initiation into the Mystical Heart. Weaving Heaven and Earth is an opportunity to release old programs, epigenetic blueprints and trauma held in the body; and deeply rest and restore.

Using practices rooted in Yoga and Shamanism, and held by the sacred energies of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan, this journey will be an expansive exploration of our own multidimensionality and the ever changing realities that are shifting around us. It is an opportunity to discover the most sacred landscapes and doorways within our bodies. It is an invitation to fully awaken our kundalini and embody the mystical energy of the heart.

Both yogis and shamans view the world as a physical world. The practices we will be exploring in this retreat are aimed to bring a direct awareness to the energy moving through our bodies, known as prana in the yogic system; and also to strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system. From this awareness we will experience a deeper visceral understanding of the potential of each asana...awakening to the sacred geometry within each pose...and the mandala which is each and everyone one of us.

Kundalini Yoga – Prajna Yoga – Somatic Movement – Merkaba Activation
Pranayama – Shamanic Journeying – Guided & Silent Meditation

Mantra and Sound Healing - Self Care - Deep Connection With Gaia - Ceremony & Ritual

The Flow:

Earth
1st & 2nd chakras
Journeying into Secrets and Shadows of the Subconscious
Owning and Reclaiming both Dark and Light aspects

Heart
3rd & 4th chakras
Physical Existence, Life Purpose, Self Worth and Identity
Surrendering into the Power of the Heart

Heaven
5th, 6th & 7th chakras
Celestial and Starry Connection, Angelic Realms, the Higher Self
Unification of the Soul Body into the Physical Body

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Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Villa Sumaya is an Eco-Chic Wellness Center surrounded by three volcanoes and the splendid beauty of twelve Mayan villages. An oasis for yoga, healing, rest and contemplation, you will feel yourself transported into a slower rhythm of life as the stressors of our modern lives melt away.

Single Occupancy $2450
Double $1850

(all prices are per person)

What's included:
-Seven nights’ lodging at beautiful Villa Sumaya, all with patio & stunning views
-Three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals per day
-Daily yoga & practices with Adriane & Jyl
-Cacao Ceremony
-Traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
-Chichimecca Sweat Lodge
-Solar-heated Hot Tub
-Lush gardens, hammocks, and cozy shaded or full sun sitting areas
-Unlimited tea, coffee and purified water service at 24/7 beverage bar
-All Guatemalan taxes
-Staff tips
-Plenty of time to retreat, reclaim and reimagine…

What’s Not Included:
-Airfare to Guatemala (GUA)
-Transportation from airport to Villa Sumaya
($35-$100 depending on whether you ride alone or with a group.
We will help to coordinate this)
-Alcohol (available)
-Fish/chicken at meal times (available)
-Special Dietary Restrictions (Gluten-free, Vegan, etc available)
-Day trips (hiking, shopping, sightseeing)
-Spa treatments
-Incidentals


Earlybird Registration: $100 discount if you sign up by April 10th, 2017
$500 non-refundable deposit required to hold space
Refunds/Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($500.00) before JUNE 1st.
No refunds after June 1, 2017. You may transfer your reservation to another person
as long as you notify Jyl or Adriane in advance. In case of cancellation of the retreat you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy.

Contact/Questions:
Jyl: jylmarie@gmail.com
Adriane: sirikirin@gmail.com

 REGISTER NOW

 

Friday Night Unwind
Jul
14
7:00 pm19:00

Friday Night Unwind

  • Sun Yoga Center

This class is an opportunity to gather inward at the end of the week, to empty the body and mind of stress and to nourish the flame of our spirit. Stress and tension create a contracting effect on our bodies and our energy. This class will focus on supine micro-vinyasa movements that aim to unwind and release the tension in our tissues and in our minds. As we gently coax new space and prana into our bodies, we'll move from a contractive (yang) state to a more open spacious (yin) state of being, leading us into a sublime awareness of the stillness that resides within.

Parameters for participation include: the ability to get up and down off the floor without assistance, freedom from medical devices, and no acute spinal disc or nerve compression.

All Levels

sunyogacenter.com

Creating SPACE: Opening the Side Seams of Our Body
Jul
16
2:00 pm14:00

Creating SPACE: Opening the Side Seams of Our Body

  • Sun Yoga Center

Opening up our side (lateral) body can allow for more freedom of movement. Tightness in the sides of our body will show up the most in twisting and side bending, but because of the way some of our muscles “overlap” at the side seam of the body, tightness in the sides can also have an impact on both forward and backward bending.

As one might expect, opening the side body can also create more space for the diaphragm, ribs, lungs, and organs to expand. This opening up of our “gills” allows for more breath and prana (energy) to move though out the entire body, and positively affect the functioning of all of the systems (respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, etc).

On a psychic level, when we allow this space to expand, we give ourselves permission to take up more space in the world, allowing our brilliance to radiate and truly be seen.

In this workshop, we'll begin by using SATYA, a non-weight-bearing method of movement developed by Tias Little that allows “stuck” parts of our body to release through slow gliding, sliding, and circular movements. Afterwards, using common yoga poses, pranayama, and mudra we will then continue to explore expanding our lateral body dynamically, working with the force of gravity. The end result will be a feeling of more ease and spaciousness in both one's asana and meditation practices.

sunyogacenter.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses
Aug
10
5:30 pm17:30

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses

  • The Yoga Room

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is 'sense'.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara 'to recover our senses'.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses - that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement...and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as "chocolate" were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the "chocolate flavor".

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

Preparation: if possible, please do not eat, drink coffee (or any strong tea or kombucha) or smoke for at least 2 hours before this workshop so that your taste buds are rarin' to go!


Cacao Ceremony | The Yoga Haven | Galveston, TX
Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

Cacao Ceremony | The Yoga Haven | Galveston, TX

  • The Yoga Haven

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

*Note: Antidepressants can be contraindicated when consuming raw cacao. Please contact Jyl to find out if this could be a concern for you (jylmarie@gmail.com)

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is advised to not eat (or eat lightly) several hours before the workshop begins. Cacao is a mild diuretic, so please bring water as well as a journal or any writing materials you might want to use during the ceremony

Cacao & Kundalini: Heart Opening Extravaganza
Feb
12
4:00 pm16:00

Cacao & Kundalini: Heart Opening Extravaganza

  • Divine Sight Healing Arts

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient technology that is designed to expand awareness and tap into our infinite potential. Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and emotions.

This practice also balances the chakra system and opens the heart center allowing the practitioner to move through obstacles on many levels. Kundalini Yoga uses physical movement, breath-work, meditation and mantra to achieve an experience of our highest consciousness.

The combination of Cacao Ceremony and Kundalini Yoga is perfect for diving deep inside and unleashing our own raw energy, so we can experience the bliss of who we really are: pure love and pure consciousness!

*Note: Antidepressants can be contraindicated when consuming raw cacao. Please contact Jyl to find out if this could be a concern for you.

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is advised to not eat (or eat lightly) several hours before the workshop begins. Cacao is a mild diuretic, so please bring water as well as a journal or any writing materials you might want to use during the ceremony.

 

 

Heart Over Hands: Handstands & Headstands
Feb
11
10:30 am10:30

Heart Over Hands: Handstands & Headstands

  • Abilene Yoga House

For many people the thought of inversions can trigger a fear response! It’s not surprising, most of us haven't intentionally turned ourselves upside down since we were kids. But inversions don’t have to be panic inducing. While the picture that might come to mind is one of full headstands (sirsasana) and handstands (adho mukha vrksasana), there are lots of ways to get the benefits of inversions without being a circus artist!

And this is what we will aim to explore in this workshop.

The benefits to inverting are vast. From supporting circulatory and lymphatic flow, to balancing hormones, or energizing our nervous systems, there is much to be gained by going upside down. They are also strengthening – both physically and psychologically, as they can allow us, when done skillfully and patiently, to experience our inner and outer fires. And they allow us to compassionately experience humility, perseverance...and the confidence that can arise from moving through these complex emotions.

The aim of this workshop is NOT to walk away with the “perfect” handstand. That may or may not happen. Doing the fullest expression of the pose is never necessary in order to reap the many benefits of inverting our bodies. Instead we will focus on the elements that go into a strong, solid, stable handstand. And headstand. By dissecting these powerful poses, we will discover where our strengths lie, and the areas that we need to continue to build; and recognize that this will look different for each of us.

And we will have fun!

Prerequisites for this workshop are: a regular yoga practice for a minimum of 6 months.

Contraindications: high blood pressure, glaucoma, pregnancy (if you haven't practiced inversions previously), and any serious wrist or shoulder injuries.

(Disclaimer: the pose in this image will not be practiced in this workshop!)

Cacao Ceremony
Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

Cacao Ceremony

  • Abilene Yoga House

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

*Note: Antidepressants can be contraindicated when consuming raw cacao. Please contact Jyl to find out if this could be a concern for you (jylmarie@gmail.com)

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is advised to not eat (or eat lightly) several hours before the workshop begins. Cacao is a mild diuretic, so please bring water as well as a journal or any writing materials you might want to use during the ceremony.