On the last night of my 2013 Beach Yoga Bliss retreat, after finishing an incredible dinner that the staff at Manchebo Beach Resort had set for us at a beachside table, the group of beautiful yoginis who attended were anxious to hear where I would host my next retreat. Lots of suggestions crossed the table that night, and it warmed my heart to know that they all wanted to experience another beach yoga getaway with yours truly.
I am an adventurer at heart and had lots of thoughts in mind for the next retreat – Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos, Santorini – but my heart kept calling me back to the gorgeous white sand beaches of Aruba and the excellent yoga accommodations at Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa. You just can’t find a prettier open-air pavilion and yoga deck right on the beach to experience the sublime experience of seaside yoga.
Now I’m thrilled to announce that I will be hosting my next Beach Yoga Bliss retreat in Aruba, April 22–27 2014 at Manchebo Beach Resort. This one will be a six-day/five-night retreat, and I’m planning some new adventures like a hike up to Aruba’s highest point to greet the sun and the majesty of the sea with a sunrise yoga and meditation session on top of the mountain. I’ll also be working with Aruba’s best tour guide, Jovita, to plan an excursion to parts of the island we didn’t hit last time around. And the good stuff like snorkeling on the sunset sail and standup paddleboarding (SUPYoga) are still on the itinerary!
Snorkeling in the crystal blue Caribbean Sea was a real treat!
There is so much to explore on the island of Aruba.
Imagine starting your day with yoga overlooking crystal clear blue Caribbean waters and a pristine white sand beach, feeling the tropical winds sweep across your face and hearing the sound of waves as you drift into a peaceful meditation. Or, spend your days with nothing on your to-do list but relaxing on the beach, napping, taking a stand-up paddle board lesson, enjoying tasty tropical drinks by the pool, exploring the tropical island, getting a spa treatment, and watching a stunning sunset.
A yoga retreat is a gift of renewal you can give to yourself – a well-deserved break to decompress, recharge, and reconnect to your bliss. Come get revitalized, immerse yourself in your yoga practice, set and realize dreams, and make new friendships. Each day will start with an inspirational and joyful yoga class followed by meditation and time to journal. Your afternoons are your own to relax or fill with activities like hiking to a natural pool (by way of Boka Keto, one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen).
I had a religious experience on Boca Keta beach – it is absolutely magical.
Each evening we’ll reconvene for a gentle yoga and meditation session as the sun gets ready to set over the sea. If you love the beach and yoga, then this retreat is for you. All levels are welcome! Come along on a journey to feed your soul, to laugh, to be inspired, to be in awe of the natural beauty of the sea, and ultimately, to find your bliss as you dip your toes in the sand and experience the utter delight of practicing yoga on a beach.
Restorative Yoga right before the sunset – can you say YOGALICIOUS!
Here’s what participants from last year’s retreat had to say about Beach Yoga Bliss:
“What an amazing balance of rest, reflection, & adventure. Truly the best vacation I’ve ever taken! The joy has continued to bubble through life this week!” – Esther Lutes
“I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend time in Aruba doing exactly what we did. Maria, there could not have been a better yogini teacher to take that trip with. Your energy and zeal is infectious! I took a sense of peace back from the trip that I think of when life just gets hectic. Could not have asked for a better group of ladies. By far the best vacation I’ve ever been on! I especially enjoyed getting to do yoga daily compared to my once a weekend.” – Grace Evans
Check out more pictures and read about the 2013 Aruba retreat here: http://dailydownwarddog.com/top-10-reasons-why-beach-yoga-bliss-in-aruba-rocked/
Let these gorgeous white sand beaches call your name!
If the beach isn’t calling your name, check out my SKIASANA – yoga, meditation & ski retreat in Stowe, Vermont – January 15-19, 2014.