Wow, since last April it has been a crazy awesOMe year full of many blessings, new yogi friends, spiritual growth, and incredible yoga trips and adventures around the world. All of this goodness has kept me blissfully busy, so much so that I have been remiss in providing post-yoga retreat recaps here on the DDD for my 2015 yoga retreats.

Photo credit for the awesome Sedona picture to the left goes to Lisa Dobrin who took this picture after we were both inspired by Robert Sturman at a workshop we attended with him at the Sedona Yoga Festival.

Before I can start sharing the pictures from paradise (and more stories and pictures are coming soon, I promise), I have to announce one more yoga retreat coming this year!

The Loving Kindness Retreat (Yogathon) is coming to the Mayan Riviera!

Casa Om – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – November 6–12, 2016

Check out this video with highlights from Casa OM and the incredible adventures that are included in the retreat, and then head over to the retreat page for all the details and registration info. It is going to be an incredible week full of beach yoga, snorkeling with sea turtles, eating delicious fresh food, enjoying laughter and adventure, nurturing loving kindness, and nourishing the soul with sunshine.

Oh yeah, it is going to be an incredible week full of beach yoga, snorkeling with sea turtles, eating delicious fresh food, enjoying laughter and adventure, nurturing loving kindness, and nourishing the soul with sunshine.

So, without further delay, here is a pictorial recap of the past few retreats. I have so many great photos and memories, it was really tough to narrow it down to these few.

Aruba I Am Love Yoga Retreat – April 2015

Beach yoga, SUP Yoga, Meditative Walks through the Labyrinth, Sharing the Yoga of Bob Marley, Snorkeling Adventures



Top Thrill Yoga at Cedar Point – August 2015

Beach yoga, Making new Friends, Banana Boats, Storytelling & Laughter by the Fire, Full Moonasana, the Coasters!

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Santorini, Greece I Am Love Yoga Retreat – September 2015

OMazing sunsets, Forming Friendships that will last Forever, Incredible Greek Food, Sunset Dinners by the Sea, Hiking to Oia, Sailing, Goddesses Uniting, and a Truly Breathtaking Beach Yoga Studio!

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Punta Cana – January 2016

Zumba + Beach Yoga + Punta Cana = Bliss, thank you Jeananne Siegferth for this OMazing opportunity!


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Love & Nurture Yourself in Hocking Hills, Ohio – February 2016

Yoga, Hiking in Hocking Hills, Hot-tubbing, Yumalicious food, New friends!

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Sedona Yoga Retreat & Festival – March 2016

Presenting workshops at the Sedona Yoga Festival, Practicing with Saul David Raye, Yoga in the Red Rocks, Hiking, and Hanging out with Goddesses!!

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Wowza, it was an incredible year, and this coming year is already packed with lots of new adventures.

New Moon Rain Forest Renewal – Costa Rica – October 29 – November 4, 2016 – SOLD OUT!




Hope you can join me for an upcoming yoga retreat in Paradise!

Want to know what it’s like to go on a yoga retreat with Maria? Here are a few testimonials:

“Aruba with Maria is a chance to:

Infuse every cell with fresh sea air,

Work out your tight spots with daily yoga,

Release the peripheral distractions of life, and focus on the center with meditation,

Forge beautiful friendships with strong women from around the world,

Jump into adventures, &

Experience the feeling of being invincible!

Best vacation ever!” – R. Esther Lutes, MD


“Maria is a crazy awesome yoga leader. Her Aruba beach yoga retreat was recommended to me by a friend in 2013 as one of the best, most relaxing vacations, and she wasn’t kidding! This was my first yoga retreat and will not be my last. The resort was perfect, and my fellow yogini goddesses were beautiful. There was a great balance of yoga, group outings, and personal time – so much fun. It was wonderful to totally unplug. I returned from vacation completely relaxed, at peace, and with a new commitment to my yoga. If you ever get the opportunity to practice yoga with Maria, whether in a class or on a retreat, I would highly recommend it. Maria is fun, energetic, compassionate, and exemplifies her manta: I Am Love.” – Debbie Cotts