"We are writing to tell you what a fabulous time our women's group had at Ojo del Mar. Your welcoming ways, flexibility, and personality made our stay so enjoyable that we are still getting positive feedback from participants. We so enjoyed the wildness and beauty of the jungle while staying comfortable at Ojo del Mar. Our guests were treated to simple but elegant accomodations and beautifully presented wholesome, healthy meals. Your care for the land contributed to the experience and made us especially glad for the opportunity to support your efforts. Thank you so much for establishing one of the best retreat centers in one of the most beautiful spots on the earth!"
In 1993, I walked away from my successful construction company in Evanston, Il, gave away or sold everything I had accumulated, and traveled to Costa Rica. On my return a year and a half later, life seemed to have stood still, but now I knew there was so much more than the illusion I had been absorbed in. This began my heart-opening journey into massage, bodywork and self-rediscovery. For the past nine years, I have traveled annually to Thailand, spending 2 to 3 months, not only to get my own body worked, but to continue my study in both Thai massage and Life. I have worked with many teachers there, but I always return to Master Pichest Boonthumme.
I feel we all have a bag of “issues” that burdens us; some of us carry bigger bags than others. I am here to continually look through my own bag, and clean out what no longer serves me. Going through this process helps me feel brighter, healthier, and more capable of loving unconditionally. Receiving and giving bodywork helps me accomplish this. I am passionate about assisting people in opening up their bodies, emptying the bags that weigh them down, and making life more effortless. (It’s easier than we realize!) Providing three to five-hour sessions combined with breath work has proven to be very transformative in this regard.
I am grateful to be able to witness the incredible power of deep, ego-less, spirit-connected bodywork and breath work in transforming peoples’ realities.
"Where the mind goes, energy follows.
It’s not good, it’s not bad, it just is."
for more information you may have a look at Christopher's website: www.thaimassagebodywork.com/CR2016.html
Holly Padove & Annie Hopper
Balanced Living Ayurveda
March 02nd - 09th 2019
Open your heart and clear your head while building strength and flexibility with a reflective Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation practice. As you relax, laughter and joy will bubble to your surface, just in time to take a dip in the warm ocean water or share happy hour with new friends!
The retreat will include the following juicy practices:
- Gentle Yoga & Guided Meditation
- Qi Gong, like a cross between yoga and tai-chi, it consists of gentle yet effective movements to create a more energized body and relaxed mind
- Essential oils, which create instant shifts in your emotional state, will be offered to enhance your experience
- Daily intentions will be threaded throughout each practice so that you can tap into your inner truth
- Ayurvedic talk to understand what makes you “uniquely you.”
- Yoga Nidra (yoga of sleep) “pajama party.” Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing guided meditation...20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is said to equal 3 hours of REM sleep.
Each day as you wake up to the beautiful tropical nature that surrounds us, you’ll be inspired to unroll your mat and discover your inner paradise
; that part of you where you are happy for no reason at all, enjoying the flow of life. Through gentle Yoga and flowing Qi Gong movements you will drop into a deeply peaceful part of your being, letting go of the distractions of everyday life
About Annie Hopper, RYT-500
I fell in love with Yoga the first time I stepped onto a mat in 1993 and have been voraciously studying ever since.
Passionate about Restorative Yoga and all of its benefits, I became certified in 2009 after completing my first Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Tree in San Francisco with Judith Hanson Lasater.
One year later, I founded and operated Grass Valley Yoga Studio, and began to share my love of this beautiful practice. I successfully completed the Foundations of Svaroopa Yoga teacher training in 2012. I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through The Yoga Shack in Nipomo, CA.
My family and I relocated to California’s Central Coast in 2014 and I am grateful to have found the incredible community of Yoga Village which has welcomed me with open arms as the owner / director, since March 2016. I received my Yoga Alliance 500 hour Advanced Teaching Certification through Yoga Village’s master faculty and I look forward to sharing with you!
About Holly Padove, Certified Qi Gong Instructor, RYT-200, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
My lifelong quest for balance through life’s twists and turns led me to Yoga and an Eastern spiritual path in my mid- 20’s. Besides a short Yoga stint in high school gym class, my first Yoga classes were Kundalini when I was 24, followed by a Tai Chi course.
As I became more centered within myself, and more drawn to natural health and wellness practices, I realized that my true path was in the healing arts. With that in mind, I became a massage therapist in 1991, and a Yoga Teacher in 1999, studying with Erich Schiffman initially then receiving my RYT in 2013.
Around 2001, I developed a passion for Ayurveda as it blended my love of nature with an amazing nature-based healing tradition. With a deep desire to embrace Ayurveda and help others with its health-giving wisdom, I attended the California College of Ayurveda, receiving a degree as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist in 2004.
In 2012 a friend encouraged me to attend a weekend Qi Gong workshop. Initially I was a little hesitant since I was already a devoted yogini. That weekend the gentle, yet powerful movements of Qi Gong set in motion many positive changes in my life, infusing me with Qi (life force) in a way I had never experienced. I went on to train with Holden Qi Gong, receiving my teaching certification in 2013.
I currently teach four classes per week: two Yoga and two Qi Gong. I also offer Ayurvedic workshops including training Yoga teachers in Ayurveda, and see clients privately at my Arroyo Grande, CA studio. In addition to certifications in Yoga, Qi Gong, Massage (including Reiki 1), Ayurveda and Life Coaching, I hold a B.A. degree from the University of Hawaii.
I live in Arroyo Grande, California, on the beautiful Central Coast with my amazing husband, a dog, a cat, a horse, two goats and four chickens! We call our ranchette “Om on The Range!” I also love to travel the world, cook healthy meals with fresh picked veggies from our garden, ride my horse, and be active in the great outdoors.
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