Yoga isn’t just a job or a hobby, it is a way of life. It’s also a great starting point for self-exploration. The physical body can be an ideal gateway to our internal selves because it’s so much easier to access (at least initially) than the mind. All it takes to begin is to roll out your mat.
I teach many different styles of yoga including Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin, and Synergy (partner yoga). I teach regularly at studios in both Aspen, CO and Los Angeles, CA. Check the class schedule to find me in the studio! Haute Yogi Manhattan Beach, Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica and Soho Yoga in LA and Arjuna Yoga in Aspen, Colorado.
It is a joy for me to lead weeklong destination yoga retreats all over the world in incredible settings such as Europe, Asia, Mexico, Hawaii, Bali, and the list continues to grow. Whether you want to get deeper into your practice, find an escape from the stresses of your life or just take a healthy vacation, these retreats are designed to cater to the individual, providing options for a variety of daily yoga classes, guided meditation, massage, and meals prepared with healthy, fresh, locally-sourced foods and (most importantly) free time. We specialize the retreat so each student can have his/her own adventure and choose their level of participation. For information on upcoming retreats, click here.
I love working with people one-on-one. This way of working helps provide space to explore detailed instruction and insight to postures and personal modifications that might be missing from your group practice. Privates are also a great way to introduce someone new to yoga, or to deepen a regular practice. To request a private lesson in your location, click here.
1 Hour Private (in studio): $150
1 Hour Private (in home): $200
90 Minute Private (in studio): $225
90 Minute Private (in home): $275
If you have any questions about rates, availability, or need further information, please email me.
April 15–21, 2017
We designed this retreat to inspire the soul and to stimulate all the senses, which is why we chose the mysterious and magical land of Morocco, Africa. This retreat offers you the unique experience of witnessing Africa’s grandiose natural beauty while immersing yourself in a culture rich in design, history, and diversity. The snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the palm tree scattered desert of Marrakesh emits a serene, yet powerful energy that will help you tap into your inner wisdom. Marrakesh, a mecca for interior design and ambience, is celebrated for its incredible ability to inspire creativity and a fun expression of self. The vibrant energy along with the alluring visions, scents, and tastes will all astound you! We’ve put together an itinerary that reflects all the soulful and beautiful aspects of this area of Morocco and know you will LOVE it.
Peacock Pavilions is Marrakech’s hand built, artisanal, Give-Back boutique hotel. It’s nestled in an old olive grove with a breathtaking view of the Atlas Mountains on an 8.5 acre private estate on the outskirts of the city of Marrakesh. The property is truly gorgeous and one of a kind, decorated in Moroccan tribal chic style and featuring 3 pavilions, an outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, an outdoor cinema, rooftop terraces and much more. The property has been used for high fashion photo shoots, special celebrations, and all kinds of creative retreats. The setting is truly spectacular to have a once in a lifetime experience in Morocco. Surrounded by hundreds of rose bushes, olive trees, the serenity of the desert and with the backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, we are confident you will melt into relaxation and find yourself inspired at every turn.
The food served will mostly be Moroccan food with many choices for people with special diets. The menus at Peacock Pavilions will be featuring farm-to-table, made from scratch, authentic Moroccan cuisine with a twist. We will be served a delicious breakfast every morning outside in an arcaded terrace by the pool. The fruits of Morocco are truly delicious including their famous orange juice, figs, dates, and much more. Whether having breakfast or dinner at the hotel, all meals will be prepared with local, fresh ingredients, some from their own gardens. One evening we will be dining in an Arabian dining tent seated on cushions in traditional Moroccan style.
We will also be having lunch on our Atlas Mountain excursion at Richard Branson’s outstanding luxury hotel, Kasbah Tamadot, before heading to visit the Berber village. Additionally, we will have 2 nights out to dinner in the city, which will prove to be no less impressive. One restaurant is entirely owned by Moroccan women and considered to be one of the very best restaurants in Marrakesh. The other restaurant is a fun, more modern take on Moroccan food and feel. Both we know you will love!
The yoga classes are all-level, available to everyone. Amanda’s teaching style is extremely intuitive and each class will focus on specific alignment points, the medical benefits of the asana, and the spiritual context of yoga. The physical practice, Hatha Yoga, can be a powerful tool for gaining clarity in the mind, and alignment with Source Energy. The yoga practice will support the deeper work we will share. You will feel completely connected to your radiant health and vitality after this incredible week of Asana practice.
We’ve concocted a week of creative fun, relaxation, and adventure that offers a complete and authentic Moroccan experience!
The week starts with a day in the medina, the center of Marrakesh, where all the action takes place in the souks. We’ll have a private shopping tour of some very chic boutiques and get to feel the electricity of the city as well as the orderly flow to the chaos. An inspirational day indeed with sights, smells, and energy that will pull you in all directions. A restful and peaceful dinner at the hotel will be a nice compliment to this afternoon.
The following day, after a perfect morning of yoga, a scrumptious breakfast and a powerful workshop, we head out to the Atlas mountains where we will spend the afternoon exploring a village of the original Moroccan mountain people, the Berbers. We will have lunch at Richard Branson’s luxury resort in the mountains as well with breathtaking views of the mountains and desert below. Upon returning to Peacock Pavilions, we have a restful and delightful evening planned of dinner followed by watching a movie in the outdoor cinema with a bonfire, popcorn and hot chocolate.
Another day we have a luxurious and nurturing day planned at the famous La Mamounia spa where we will have an afternoon of experiencing the traditional Moroccan spa. Whether you choose hammam or massage, you will leave feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. We’ll lounge around the gorgeous indoor and outdoor pools and have lunch there as well.
After the spa we head back to Peacock Pavilions for a cocktail and henna party by the pool followed by a wonderful dinner.
You will also have 2 free days to spend as you wish, either lounging by the gorgeous pool and relaxing or going into the medina once again for more shopping, sightseeing, and museums.
Your Co-Host & Workshop Co-Facilitator
I am very honored and excited to co-create this week with Michelle Lee. Michelle has led a successful 13 year career in the corporate world as a sales manager before transitioning her career into a life & personal coach, retreat organizer & leader and internationally certified yoga instructor. She holds an MBA in Finance from USC, an MA in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica, and became a certified yoga instructor in Florence, Italy. She lives part of the year in Florence, part in Los Angeles, and part wherever her heart takes her.
May 6–13, 2017
Haramara, Sayulita, Mexico
What to expect at Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico.
Haramara retreat is a magical place created around the lush natural environment of the beaches and jungles of coastal Sayulita, Mexico. It is a short ride away from Puerto Vallarta International Airport where you would fly into and have a private driver waiting for your arrival.
Each guest will be given a secluded casita and private bathroom with exceptional views of the ocean or jungle. There are two large palapas on the land where we practice a variety of yoga each day; Bikram method, Vinyasa Flow, Partner Stretching/Synergy, and Yin yoga. You are welcome to participate in as many classes as desired. The chef’s at Haramara nourish our bodies with all local and organic food, creating memorable meals. Their restaurant has stunning views of the golden sun as it sets behind the water. A full bar is available for those who want to imbibe! It is your vacation; treat yourself to whatever makes you happy!
As retreats hosts, our main goal is to make sure you are content and comfortable! We will accommodate your needs, so please don’t hesitate to share your request. If you wish to explore the area of Sayulita, we can help you find what you are looking for, from fishing, horseback riding, to surfing. Half day and full day excursions are offered. We are also available for private yoga classes or Thai massage during the week.
Year after year, the staff at Haramara has gone above and beyond expectation to offer genuine care to our guests. The property is well maintained, safe, and comfortable. You could easily spend the entire week on the 12 acres of land and feel rejuvenated, rested, and healthy.
Starting at $1800. Includes:
An advance deposit of $500 is due when you register for the retreat. Final payment is due one month before travel. Prices include all Yoga classes, 3 meals a day, 7 nights at the beautiful Haramara Retreat. Not included is excursions, bar tab, and airfare.
June 24–July 1, 2017
You’ll discover the islands’ rich culture and the reason why Ithaca has such a special place in the hearts of those who live here and those who have visited its shores. Ithaca remains unspoiled by the modern world and clear blue seas and lush green valleys and mountains are home to one of the most friendly communities.
In Greece. Ithacans make you feel at home. Ithaca has something for everyone. Great beaches, hikes, boating trips, scuba diving, festivals and views, traditional food, entertainment, busy bars or quiet solitude. Let the local fisherman teach you how to fish for Calamari or walk the trails with a goat herder, dance the night away in Kioni, Frikes or Vathy or walk to Exoghi to discover the mountain top with the best view over Northern Ithaca and the mainland. The rich culture of this ancient land, daily yoga classes, and nourishing food, will support you in creating your unique experience so you receive exactly what you need. You get to choose how to spend your time, this trip is for you!
Worldwide famous as the home of Odysseus, Ithaca symbolizes the return to the haven, the discovery and the fulfillment. Peaceful and undiscovered from “tourists”, thus an ideal location for Yoga Retreats.
Itha108 is a Grecian island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice.
Ithaca, home of Itha108, is one of the smallest in the Ionian island constellation that is radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores play host to a long Homeric and mythical history whose many mysteries are sensed amongst animated panorama and secretive coves. Itha108 overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks that provide the elements around which it is built, allowing its natural beauty to speak for itself. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below.
“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that your journey be a long one, filled with adventure, filled with discovery.”
— Constantine P. Cavafy
Destination and Transport
The nearest airport is on Kefalonia, the neighboring island and transit to the retreat is included in the price. A private bus takes you from the airport to Sami for the ferry or for a private sea taxi to Agia Efimia. The crossing takes 10-30 minutes depending on your option. You arrive at Pisaetos, Ithaca then your journey continues another 20 minutes by car to the retreat.
With 12 or more guests the transfer is complimentary if all traveling Together.
Flying to Athens and travelling on a bus to Patras, Astakos or Kilini for a public ferry can be arranged at your own expense.
Direct flights to Kefalonia start from end March to early November from the UK and April/May to October from various places in Europe. Otherwise it’s via Athens. From Athens to Kefalonia an early morning or late afternoon flight takes one hour.
Beaches and Activities
Arriving and Departure Times
Are you aware of the power you hold within yourself? Do you have a vocabulary to articulate your feelings and beliefs to be able to resolve the issues and challenges in your life?
As an advisor, life coach and counselor, my intention is to empower people and hold for the experiential awareness that we all have what we need inside.
Spiritual psychology is in its essence impossible to define because it is rooted in the individual and not in a general philosophy or approach. My style is, all clichés aside, truly holistic and wholly unique. I am open to whatever avenue is going to be most effective for the individual’s needs whether it’s talk therapy, yoga, massage, hiking, adventure, or a combination (mind + body + spirit).
I love working with children. I have experience with many teenagers and young kids of all ages doing yoga and spending time talking and listening with them. Some of our most impactful moments and learnings are revealed when we are doing yoga, skiing/snowboarding or other various activities that empower and guide younger clients. Taking therapy sessions out of the ‘office’ is something I try to do most of the time.
I’m deeply connected to bereavement therapy and coping strategies for people working through cancer, chemotherapy, chronic pain, disabilities, and other issues related to the body.
15 minute phone consultation: free
90 minute initial session: $250
60 minute session (in office): $200
60 minute session (in home): $225
Corporate/group session: prices available on request
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Seeing this amazing city from the sky was so much fun… Even tho I got a little bit sick from the flight🚁 it was well worth experiencing the beautiful land of these islands. No question Hong Kong is one massive city but surprisingly of its 1,092 km2, three-quarters of the land is countryside.
It’s amazing to see such dense population surrounded by acres and acres of green. Many of the islands are unahabited.
The Guan Yin statue overlooks the Tsz Shan Monestary. She stand 76 meters (almost 250 ft) tall. Guan Yin is the goddess of Mercy. Even from the sky the energy is so strong above this sacred space.
I love the panoramic view of Hong Kong Island, and the vast open space of hiking trails on Sai Kung.
Tomorrow we see the “Big Buddha” can’t wait!
The Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico is a favorite retreat location for so many of our guests. It is definitely one of my favorites.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to unplug, restore, and regenerate my body and mind in this incredible space. Walking barefoot and letting Mother Nature in, can be the most powerful medicine. Intact, did you know than just by walking barefoot on the dirt, we alkaline our bodies? This beautiful place allows for deep healing and rejuvenation.
‘Deep thought and consideration was given to the placement and location of every structure at Haramara, so as to remain “at-one” with the spirit of the land, the jungle and the beach, with minimal environmental impact. Haramara has been built without mechanical equipment compromising the virgin jungle and every structure has been hand-built using traditional construction methods. The planning of Haramara took into consideration the environment AND the quality of your experience.’ –Haramara Retreat
Don’t miss the next retreat! May 14th-21st 2016.
After participating in my first Synergy class, I knew this would be something I would soon be sharing with others. Right away I connected to the physical connection to another body that takes place in this practice. I know that sounds a little “touchy/feely” but that couldn’t be further from my experience. I felt like my body was being supported in a way that happened far beyond what my rational mind could understand. My experience was that my body was communicating to another body through breath and relaxation. My mind didn’t even have a chance to interpret or judge what was going on. I didn’t know it at the time, but now know this is what makes the practice of Synergy so special, and healing.
Synergy is a practice that creates a space of trust and communication. Unlike during a therapy session or anything liner where the mind is filtering being ‘vulnerable’, this practice allows us to go right to the place of feeling supported, which inspires vulnerability immediately. We don’t even have to think about it.
The health benefits that come from this unique way of communication from body to body is huge. Back bending and forward bending, (which in yoga class can feel often challenging or scary), are experienced with grace and ease. When one partner relaxes into the stretch, the other partner’s body feels that relaxation and is inspired by that, and then relaxes too. Just like in Yoga when the instructor speaks to the “body”, Synergy is a communication from “body to body”.