VIVA OAXACA 2019
Join us as we guide you on a journey that will activate all of the senses. An immersive retreat that unites mind, body and spirit amongst the vibrant and sacred land of Oaxaca, Mexico. A 6-night, 5-day exploration set within beautiful Oaxaca City that combines daily yoga, movement and meditation classes with incredible Oaxacan cuisine, cooking classes, market explorations, and outings to nearby sights, and exploration of the ritual of mezcal. Private, double, triple and quadruple accommodations are available in our hacienda oasis set within the city center, two blocks from Plaza Santo Domingo.
VIVA OAXACA 2019
A CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT
MARCH 17-23, 2019
Join us as we guide you on a journey that will activate all of the senses. An immersive retreat that unites mind, body and spirit amongst the vibrant and sacred land of Oaxaca, Mexico. A 6-night, 5-day exploration set within and around beautiful Oaxaca City that combines daily yoga, movement and meditation classes with incredible Oaxacan cuisine, cooking classes, market explorations, outings to nearby sights, and an exploration of the ritual of mezcal. Private, double, triple and quadruple accommodations are available in a stunning hacienda oasis set within the city center, just steps away from Plaza Santo Domingo. Oaxaca is where a huge part of my heart and soul resides, and we are so excited to share and learn even more about this breathtakingly gorgeous part of the world with you. Expect live music, some of the most incredible food you will ever have, stunning sights, laughter, space and a world of artisans, markets, warmth and vivid color to feed your soul. MOLE. YOGA. MEZCAL. TAMALE. DIVE IN.
SINGLE ROOM : $1,650
DOUBLE ROOM: $1,450
TRIPLE ROOM: $1,350 (only 3 spots available)
QUADRUPLE ROOM: $1,250 (only 4 spots available)
***A NON-REFUNDABLE $400 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT***
PRIVATE IN-COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION
2 MEALS DAILY (VEGAN OPTIONS ALWAYS!)
DAILY YOGA/MOVEMENT and MEDITATION CLASSES
JOURNEYS TO NEARBY SIGHTS, INCLUDING ANCIENT RUINS AND NATURAL MINERAL SPRINGS
PALENQUE VISIT AND MEZCAL TASTING
7AM: MORNING PRACTICE
10AM: DEPARTURE FOR DAY'S OUTING
3PM: CITY EXPLORATION
6:45PM: SUNSET PRACTICE
A GORGEOUS AND PEACEFUL COLONIAL HACIENDA IN THE CENTER OF OAXACA CITY, BUILT IN THE 1950'S AND LOCATED JUST STEPS AWAY FROM PLAZA SANTA DOMINGO. EXPECT LUSH PLANT LIFE, CORNERS FOR GETTING COZY WITH A BOOK, A SUN-DRENCHED PATIO, TWO LARGE TERRACES, BEAUTIFUL COMMUNAL SPACES, AND AN OUTDOOR SHOWER.
DOUBLE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE WITH EITHER TWO DOUBLE BEDS OR ONE KING SIZE BED
TRIPLE/QUADRUPLE ROOMS HAVE DOUBLE BEDS
ALL BEDROOMS HAVE PRIVATE BATHROOM
YOGA. MEDITATION. MOVEMENT. RITUAL.
DAILY CLASSES WILL BE LED BY BOTH MARIYAM NAYERI, RAQUEL ROSARIO AND OAXACA-BASED STEPHANIE HOBBINS. EXPECT TIME FOR MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION EACH DAY; A MOMENT TO BREATHE, MOVE, GROUND, UNWIND AND CONNECT. WE ARE YOGIS WITH A LOVE FOR MOVEMENT, PLAYFULNESS AND LIGHTNESS OF SPIRIT. RITUALS AND MOMENTS WILL ALSO BE INTERWOVEN AMONGST SELECT OUTINGS. WE ARE ALWAYS READY TO EMRACE WHAT ARISES. EXPECT OPEN-LEVEL CLASSES ROOTED IN OUR COLLECTIVE VINYASA, BHAKTI, DANCE AND RITUAL ROOTS CREATED WITH PURE LOVE. LET US GUIDE YOU TO YOUR DEPTHS AS WE BREATHE, MOVE AND PLAY WITH FREEDOM AND JOY.
LET'S TAKE A MOMENT HERE TO DIVE INTO THE HEART OF THE OAXACA STORY : AND THAT IS IT'S SOUL-STIRRING CUISINE. FOOD IN OAXACA IS INDELIBLY TIED TO THE DAYS OF THE RELIGIOUS CALENDAR, SEASON'S BOUNTY AND COMMUNAL LIFE OF THE VILLAGES. EACH BITE TELLS A STORY UNTO ITSELF, AND EACH MORSEL IS A CELEBRATION. THE DISHES CREATED ARE SERVED STRAIGHT FROM THE HEARTS OF THE CHEFS, A LOVE SONG TO THE REGION, AND THE VIBRANT CONNECTION TO ITS PRE-HISPANIC ROOTS. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, FOOD IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THIS RETREAT, FROM THE FRESHLY-MADE TORTILLAS AT MERCADO LA MERCED, TO HOMEMADE MOLE IN THE VALLE DE TLACOLULA, WE WILL LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED AS WE WEAVE THE STORIES, TRADITIONS, TECHNIQUES AND FLAVORS OF OAXACA INTO EACH DAY'S OFFERINGS. WE WILL EXPLORE MARKETS, LEARN FIRSTHAND HOW TO MAKE A MULTI-COURSE MEAL FROM SHOPPING TO TABLE, AND WE WILL GATHER EACH DAY TO SHARE IN THIS EXPLORATION AND SHARING OF FLAVOR AND RITUAL. VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OFFERINGS WILL BE OFFERED ON EACH DAY'S MENU.
IF FOOD IS OAXACA'S HEART, THEN MEZCAL IS ITS SOUL. THIS SPIRIT, CREATED THROUGH PROCESSES AND TRADITIONS HANDED DOWN OVER GENERATIONS, IS A RITUAL UNTO ITSELF. THE NUANCES OF EACH SIP AN HOMAGE TO ITS TERROIR AND VARIETAL. SUN, WIND, EARTH AND SMOKE UNITE IN ITS CREATION, AND WE COULD NOT VISIT OAXACA WITHOUT A TRIP TO A PALENQUE. WE WILL JOURNEY TO MEET ITS CREATORS, VISIT THE LAND WHERE IT'S GROWN, AND LEARN ABOUT THE PRODUCTION PROCESS FIRSTHAND FROM THE PRODUCERS WHO USHER EACH PLANT INTO MATURITY AMONGST THE HILLS OF OAXACA.
OUR JOURNEYS IN OAXACA WILL TAKE US TO THE PREHISTORIC ZAPOTEC RUINS OF MONTE ALBAN, AND THE NATURALLY OCCURRING SALT-WATER POOL AND WATERFALL FORMATIONS OF HIERVE EL AGUA. HIERVE EL AGUA IS PERCHED UPON CLIFFS OVERLOOKING THE SURROUNDING VALLEY, OFFERING A STUNNING BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. THE WATERS OF HIERVE EL AGUA ARE SAID TO HAVE HEALING PROPERTIES AND ARE PERFECT FOR A DIP AND MOMENT OF RESTORATION. MONTE ALBAN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE OF THE VALLEY OF OAXACA, AND IT IS HERE THAT WE WILL EXPLORE THE REMAINS OF ANCIENT TEMPLES, BALL-COURTS AND TOMBS. THE SURROUNDING HILLS ARE A MAJESTIC VISTA OF CALM AND TRANSCENDENT BEAUTY.
For as long as I can recall, movement has been my magic balm. Whether in a dance class or on a yoga mat, there's nothing that I find more powerful, transformative and healing. It is where my soul resides.
Yoga came into my life when I was searching for a bit of calm in the eye of the storm that is New York. I sought refuge from the stresses of the city in Senegalese dance classes, painting still-lifes of overripe avocados, running over bridges and baking endless piles of chocolate chip cookies. It wasn't until I took my first Bikram yoga class that I realized I had stumbled upon the solace I had been in search of. My head was clear, my heart was light and the small things didn't matter as much as they used to. I realized quickly that I wanted to teach and share what I had discovered, but it wasn't until I was halfway through my first vinyasa flow class that I knew what my medium of ministry would be. I fell in love with the flow and rhythm of vinyasa; the peaks and valleys, the platform ceded for intertwining my passions for music and movement, sweating through it all with joy.
As a teacher, I endeavor to share this passion wholeheartedly. Expect a class that gently leads you to your edge with an alchemy of precise physical guidance, intuitive sequencing, with space to breathe, grow and find your rhythm.
Raquel Rosario is a Senior Teacher and Sadhaka of the ISHTA Yoga lineage. With a decade of teaching experience, Raquel works with students to learn about what is needed to help bring them into physical and energetic alignment. In group settings, Raquel begins classes with asking students to scan their bodies and breath. By noticing these sensations they can then become aware of their innate physical wisdom. Through connecting with these sensations and further exploring them in movement and stillness, and intimacy with self is developed and nurtured. It is this intimacy that leads to the awareness of what is needed to facilitate balance, healing and wellness.
Working in small groups or one-on-one heightens this intimacy. Raquel intuitively creates a session incorporating poses, breath work and meditation techniques which culminate into a sense of expansiveness and ease for participants.
Stephanie is a Oaxaca based yoga teacher (RYT-200) and Acroyoga teacher (Certified through Acroyoga International). She began her yogic path in 2012 while living in Costa Rica. She now teaches in English and Spanish and focuses on alignment and based movement. Her specialties are in Vinyasa Flow, Acroyoga, Hatha, and Yin yoga. Apart from yoga, she loves cooking vegetarian food with the exception of the Oaxacan specialty: chapulines!
AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
OAXACA IS CULTURAL MECCA THAT SURPASSES THE MIND WITH ITS BEAUTY, CULTURE, ART AND COLOR. GET LOST AMONGST COBBLESTONE STREETS AS YOU EXPLORE GALLERIES, MARKETS, COFFEE SHOPS, BOUTIQUES AND MEZCALERIAS. THERE IS A PALPABLE VIBRANCY HERE, A TROVE OF INSPIRATION, LIGHT AND HISTORY. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR WHAT IS SURE TO BE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS, OR INQUIRE ABOUT PLEASE SEND US A MESSAGE, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.