Through mindful movement, in harmony with sand, sun, and surf, experience the freeing sensation of letting go and opening yourself to your natural flow of abundant energy, joy, playfulness, peace, renewal, and healing!
Join Janice and Amy for a week-long retreat near Ixtapa, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, March 2-9, 2019.
You will awaken your senses to what it means and how it feels to release and refresh through being present and mindful, as you embrace the sounds and beauty of nature, inside and out.
Each day, we will lead you in a Hatha yoga practice, meditation, and a Nia movement experience that combines yoga, dance, and martial arts.
After 34 years of friendship, and all that life has thrown at them, Janice and Amy know how to have fun and not take themselves too seriously.
This retreat is for women of all ages and all levels of fitness and experience. Whether you are new to a yoga or movement practice, or just curious – everyone is warmly welcomed!
We look forward to sinking our toes in the sand and sharing this unique experience with you!
With peace and loving kindness,
Janice and Amy
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Spend your week in deluxe beachfront Villas in the heart of Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico. This waterfront property empowers you to truly take in the beautiful and serene surrounding. Each villa has stunning ocean views. Yoga will be on the waterfront shaded platform, where you can enjoy ocean breezes during your practice. Their gourmet chef can provide all meals onsite and ensure that all dietary needs are met. Enjoy the infinity salt water pool, views of the ocean and long beach walks, the beautiful gardens or relax under a shady palapa while watching the surfers.
Ever since she was a young child, Janice has loved movement and full expression, Janice whether in dance or theater. When she moved to Austin in 1979 she discovered the practice of Yoga and fell in love with it!
This began her journey to the heart and a path of healing that continues to grow daily. Practicing for over thirty years, Janice shares her love and the gift of Yoga on and off the mat. In the spirit of love she combines the energy of healing with playfulness to guide her students.
“I believe that Yoga opens us up to the possibilities of discovering the true self”.
Janice received her 200 hour Hatha teacher training for the Yoga Institute of Houston and 100 hour from Dharma Yoga Austin. Janice also teaches Kundalini Yoga with her 300 hour teacher training as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has studied Gong therapy with Mehtab Benton and Siri Bahadur Singh. Janice has also studied Sat Nam Rasayan with Guru Dev Singh. She has studied under Sheila Singh for Yoga Nidra. She also leads workshops that include Kundalini and Healing Addictions, Kundalini and Pranayama, and Kundalini and the Yoga of Sound. She leads Energy Bath workshops where Hatha, Kundalini and the effects of Sound therapy are woven together to create deep relaxation. Additionally, through her love of music and sound, her students enjoy the healing benefits of Tibetan bowls and Gong therapy.
Her background with children started when her son was four years old. Becoming certified in the Radiant Child Program levels I & II, she has been teaching children in and out of the Yoga studio for the last 17 years. Her love for children is evident in every child she meets.
Janice lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their two pets. Janice’s 21-year-old son lives in Austin as well. Janice’s passions besides Yoga include gardening and the beach and she finds inspiration from these two places.
For more information about Janice please go to EssenceYoga.info
Amy discovered how expressive and empowering movement can be at a young age and has found joy, inspiration, healing, peace, health, and well-being through various forms of movement over the years.
With a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from The University of Texas at Austin, she has used knowledge, combined with passion, to help others embrace wellness for over 25 years. Some examples include teaching old-school aerobics in the 80’s (can you say leotard?!), personal training, cardiac rehab, weight management and nutrition counseling, empowerment coaching, and the movement technique of Nia.
Amy currently holds a white belt certification in Nia and loves to share this unique, effective, and FUN combination of dance, yoga, mindfulness, and martial arts. Nia tones your body while transforming your mind! Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. It is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each practice brings mindfulness to your movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
As a graduate and fan of MBSR mindfulness training, Amy is thrilled to have discovered a movement technique that combines all her favorite practices and is also fun and playful and a wonderful way to let go and flow!!
Amy lives in Austin with her husband Frank and has 2 sons, who also live in Austin, and twin stepdaughters, one in San Marcos and one in Denton. She’s a native Texan, born and raised in Houston, and has loved living in Austin for over 30 years. She loves spending time outdoors, especially if it’s by the lake – but her favorite happy place is the beach!
She is beyond excited to be part of this amazing retreat with her long-time fabulous friend Janice, sharing the glorious flow of mindful movement on the beautiful beach in Tronconés, Mexico!
During your retreat, you will have plenty of free time to enjoy the endless beauty of Mexico. You can use this time to rest and restore, or enjoy some of the incredible tours and activities available at your retreat center! Options include:
- Surfing lessons
- Stand-up paddleboard
- Horseback riding
- Kayak on the local river
- Hike to nearby waterfalls
- Karma Yoga Service Project with local turtle conservancy
- Visit the local hot springs
*Optional tours and activities are not included in the tuition.
Please be sure to review Our Policies.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will be booking your flights for the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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