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RETREATS

Our Retreats:

Located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Central Coast boasts an idyllic countryside getaway with over 400 wineries. There are thousands of acres of wine and olive vineyards that rival the most picturesque landscape of Tuscany. Within a few minutes’ drive you can find yourself walking along the boardwalk of Moonstone beach in Cambria, or taking a tour of the Hearst Castle. Those who come to the area for a visit, discover a sense of tranquility almost immediately. And for those in search of a sense of inner peace, greater clarity in their life, or simply wanting to take a break from a hectic, fast paced world, these retreats are life changing. If you want heal and nourish your soul, if you find yourself at a crossroads, or if your life could benefit from hitting the reset button, then a meditation/yoga retreat is great place to start.

Yoga and meditation are paths to spiritual development which lead to insight into your true nature, purpose, and a deeper understanding of reality. Continued practice is a means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.

The programs we offer can be the start, or the deepening of living mindfully and with intention in everything you do. You will learn how to relax completely and recharge your batteries… not just while on your retreat, but most importantly when you return to your daily life.

Each retreat is suitable for all levels of students; from even the most beginner Yogis. Some of the programs are simple retreats, excellent for integrating yoga and wine tasting into a holiday or vacation. Others are more specific, covering areas of special interest and training. These present ideal opportunities for intensive study in the areas of: Mindfulness based stress reduction, biofeedback to understand where your stress comes from and how to manage it effectively for greater clarity, sleep, and happiness, or creating a life plan that has true meaning.

If you choose a retreat with life coaching as part of the program, rest assured that you are being guided by an expert in her field within a safe environment. This is a time to step away from your life with no distractions, to help you gain clarity and bring true joy back into your life.

While we have several types of retreats to choose from, you can also customize your retreat to suit the needs of your group.  Please scroll to the bottom of this page for further detail what is offered in the retreats, and the menu of options available to you.

Once here, you will find your retreat is about totally getting away, magic, nature, wellness, transformation, and rejuvenation. Our wish is to create an experience that upon returning home you have a more mindful way of living, a better sense of your true nature and purpose, and an overall sense of happiness in everything you do.

While our retreats offer unique opportunities for relaxation, rejuvenation, and self-exploration… they all have some key ingredients in common:

Your Stay:

Our retreats are small and exclusive, accommodating up to 6 guests in three uniquely decorated rooms, each with beautiful and expansive views that will make you feel like you have truly gotten away from it all. Once you have settled in, you will also find:

-An aromatherapy diffuser of lavender essential oil to help ease you into a restful state.
-Organic bamboo sheets
-Selenite crystal (the most powerful sleep crystal) under your pillow, to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
-Two spa robes and two pairs of spa slippers to complete your retreat experience.

The Rooms:

The “Paris” room can be either one or two twin beds, or one king bed, depending upon the guest’s request…

 

The “Tuscany” room has one Queen bed…

 

The “Cambria by the Sea” room comes with one full bed and can accommodate an additional twin bed upon the guest’s request.

 

The meditation room, dining room and outdoor relaxation areas all have majestic views of a two hundred year old oak tree, with views of the golden hills and valleys, as far as the eye can see.

 

For some added fun and activity, there is a sports court for pickle ball or badminton, with glorious views every way you turn, all captivating to the eye.

 

Meals:

Every meal is vegetarian and is carefully planned out with fresh, organic ingredients to ensure your retreat truly feeds your body, mind, and soul. We accommodate all food sensitivities as well, which are well planned for, ahead of your arrival.

 

Travel:

We are conveniently half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Plan on about a four hour drive from either location, provided you don’t leave at peak traffic times! We also provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the San Luis Obispo airport or Amtrak station.

The Area:

 

This is a great area to add time before or after your retreat, here are some links to local activities while you are here:

http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/

http://www.pasowine.com

http://www.hearstcastle.org

 

Menu of Options to Customize Your Retreat:

Heartmath Biofeedback –

Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.

HeartMath Institute’s long years of scientific research and clinical trials have helped improve thousands of people’s lives worldwide.  Whether you are seeking help for job stress, anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness or another stressful condition, you will find proven, easy-to-use solutions during this retreat.

One of the most important core principles you will gain, is in the understanding that heart intelligence is the flow of intuitive awareness, understanding, and inner guidance we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart. It can be activated through self-initiated practice.  The more coherent we are and the more we pay attention to this deeper intuitive inner guidance, the greater our ability to access this intelligence more frequently.  Heart intelligence underlies cellular organization, and guides and evolves organisms toward increased order, awareness and coherence of their bodies’ systems.

From a physics perspective, when we are in a coherent state, virtually no energy is wasted because our systems are performing optimally and there is synchronization between heart rhythms, the respiratory system, blood-pressure rhythms, etc.  Among the many benefits of personal coherence are increased composure, more energy, clear thinking, enhanced immune-system function and hormonal balance.

Thoughts and emotions can change heart-rhythm patterns, and these changing heart rhythms can affect other bodily systems as well, including the brain and its ability to process information, decision-making, problem-solving and creativity.  Heart rhythms also can directly affect how you feel, and how you feel can affect your heart rhythms.  A significant finding in this area of research is that we can intentionally experience positive feelings such as care, compassion, courage and love, to advantageously affect our heart rhythms and overall well-being.

For more information:

www.heartmath.org

 

Life Coaching-

Every successful person has a coach of some kind.  World class athletes all have personal trainers.  The best singers all have voice coaches.  The best investors have financial advisors. But why would someone work with a life coach?  There are three significant reasons.  One, is having someone who has the capacity to take in the whole of your life with consideration of decision making, rather than just one facet of your life.  The other is that you have someone who is looking out for your best interest without an agenda. Typically our friends, relatives, and co-workers all have a personal gain in the advice they give… even when they don’t realize it.  Examples of this are: They don’t want you to leave, they don’t want you to get ahead thus making them feel insignificant, or they don’t want you to take a risk- because they wouldn’t.  Lastly, you need someone in your life who is asking you different questions than what you are asking yourself.

 

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “The mind that created the problem, cannot be the same mind to solve it.”  Even if you don’t have a “problem,” a life coach is an invaluable asset to get where you want to go, in the shortest amount of time… with the least amount of compromise to your integrity or soul.

 

Yoga-

Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for happiness, a sense of accomplishment, or fulfillment.  We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want.  Yet before long we realize that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for “something more.  “Most of the time however, we find ourselves striving toward that which always seems to lie just beyond our reach.  We are caught up in doing rather than being, in action rather than awareness.

Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind has the time and space to realize our truth lies within, not from any external input.  By connecting the breath with the movement of the body, we allow a synchronicity to occur.  With practice, we come to treat ourselves in a more peaceful, understanding, and respectful way.  Coming from this place, over time we find ourselves responding to situations from a sense of patient mindfulness as we return to our breath in the midst of challenging situations, rather than reacting from a place of scattered, chaotic thoughts.

For more information and trainings:

www.yogaalliance.org

 

Meditation-

There are many things in life that are beyond our control.  However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind—and to change them for the better.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind.  A meditation practice is a technique that encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice, you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.  With regular work and patience, these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind.  Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.

From the outside, one may consider meditation as a form of prayer.  But it isn’t.  Meditation simply means awareness of the present moment.  Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. “Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation.  As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation.

Ultimately meditation is not a technique but a way of life.  Meditation means ‘a cessation of the thought process’.  It describes a state of consciousness; when the mind is free of scattered thoughts.

The word meditation is derived from two Latin words : meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal).  Its Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom.

With regular practice of a balanced series of techniques, the energy of the body and mind can be liberated and the quality of consciousness can be expanded.  This is not a subjective claim but is now being investigated by the scientists and being shown by an empirical fact.

One of the best wisdom schools for meditation:

www.oneworldacademy.com

 

Yoga Nidra-

Yoga Nidra or iRest is integrative, in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present regardless of the circumstances of life that are presented.

Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage.  It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.  This state of consciousness (Yoga Nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required.  In yoga Nidra the practitioner remains in a state where only the hearing still connects to the instructions, all other senses fall away.  Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety.  The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, chest pain, palpitations, sweating, and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used with great success to help veterans from war cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as others diagnosed with the same condition, regardless of origin.

For more information:

www.irest.us

 

Tapping (EFT)-

This is from The Tapping Solution website (and where I received my training):

“If you’re like many people, you feel trapped, caught in this cycle. You’re tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and unwell. You’re sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments.  You’re fed up with relinquishing the power over your health and happiness to psychologists and doctors.  You’d like to grow, flourish, and thrive, putting the past in the past. You want to be your best, living a life that is filled with peacefulness, joy, and fulfillment, from day to day and moment to moment.

With Tapping, you can do that. You can discover the vital secret for emotional wholeness and physical relief.  You can take your physical and emotional well-being into your own hands. It’s simple for anyone to master, and it’s free.

Tapping provides relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases.  While Tapping is newly set to revolutionize the field of health and wellness, the healing concepts that it’s based upon have been in practice in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years. Like acupuncture and acupressure, Tapping is a set of techniques which utilize the body’s energy meridian points.  You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.

Your body is more powerful than you can imagine… filled with life, energy, and a compelling ability for self-healing. With Tapping, you can take control of that power.”

For more information:

www.thetappingsolution.com

 

Far-Infrared Sauna-

Infrared therapy involves exposing the body to invisible radiant energy.  These light rays are longer than visible rays.  The big difference from other saunas you may have been in is that far-infrared saunas raise your core temperature instead of heating the air around you, causing not just your body’s ability to sweat but your body’s ability to detox.  Far infrared devices use light rays that penetrate the skin cells and heat them from within.  Some studies have shown that far infrared heat therapy helps lower blood pressure, reduces chronic pain, improves circulation, and boosts mood.  To ensure a unique and lasting retreat experience, our sauna is equipped with: a labrodite crystal known to help deepen the meditative state, aromatherapy, light therapy, and a guided meditation recording from One World Academy in India.