CALIFORNIA WINE, DINE & YOGA RETREAT • SUMMER 2017
SONOMA & NAPA
WINE, DINE & YOGA
Indulge in a little Healthy Hedonism in the hills of Sonoma and Napa — tasting premium boutique wines and delicious California cuisine, along with a few special vintner experiences that you won’t find on the commercial wine trails. An intimate event for six couples, duos and friends to share the simple things in life – good food, good wine and great company!
On Exotic Yoga Retreats we invite you to explore the art of Heatlhy Hedonism:
savoring food and wine with mindfulness, delight and gratitude!
YOUR HOST ON THIS HOLIDAY
Gayle Olson, founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats, is our host on this Wine, Dine & Yoga Retreat. She delights in sharing her well-honed skills in the art of Mindful Enjoyment and Healthy Hedonism. After 20 years in an ascetic yogic lifestyle, Gayle moved to Italy and France and discovered that these Mediterranean cultures had something to teach her about health and balance! Believing you can enjoy a healthy dose of indulgence, while being mindful and moderate using the tools yoga and meditation, Gayle now curates yoga and wine holidays around the world with current offerings in Tuscany, Umbria, Provence and Croatia.
YOGIS & NON-YOGIS WELCOME!
This 3-day holiday is for anyone who enjoys wine and cuisine—whether you do yoga or not! In fact we call this retreat yoga light, as the yoga piece is totally optional. Instead of having a set yoga program that requires people to wake early (after a night of mindful indulgence), we give you a pass to the Yoga and Pilates studio next door you choose the class time and level that suits you! If you skip the yoga and choose a walk instead, that’s perfect — any activity that adds the healthy to the hedonism!
OUR HOTEL ON THE SONOMA PLAZA
Conde Naste Traveler writes about the Ledson Hotel: “Remarkably, this hotel in California’s wine country feels as historic as its nineteenth-century neighbors—the landmark Sonoma Plaza, which it fronts, and the Sonoma Mission, one block away. From the inlaid-walnut floors to the ornate dentil molding, every painstaking detail recalls the era of Edith Wharton. Hotel owner Steve Ledson, known locally for the lavish 16,000-square-foot Gothic castle he designed and built for his winery’s headquarters, cut no corners in this six-room inn. The brick-thick beveled-glass doors to your private balcony hermetically seal out street noise, and pulling back the weighty silk drapery and duvets actually takes some muscle. Touches of modernity include in-room whirlpool tubs and chandeliers on dimmers and the Harmony Lounge, a restaurant and wine bar that serves tapas-sized entrées for thoroughly contemporary tastes.”
All six bedrooms are en-suite, equipped with full amenities and private terraces. Throughout the house and gardens you’ll find romantic spots to share a bottle of wine with a friend, lounge in the sun, or fall into a luxurious siesta in the garden!
OUR CALIFORNIA WINE & YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:
- Three nights at the lovely Ledson Hotel on Sonoma Plaza!
- Three curated wine-paired dinners
- Tips on Mindful Enjoyment and Meditative Wine Tasting
- Two special private vintner events at premium boutique wineries in Napa & Sonoma
- Yoga, Pilates and TRX passes at Energy Studio, located next door to the Ledson Hotel
- Complimentary Wine Passport for Sonoma wineries
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A new kind of vacation balancing good health and good living —perfectly!
“Hedonism” comes from the Greek word for pleasure. On Exotic Yoga Retreats we guide and invite you to explore the art of Healthy Hedonism: savoring food, wine and beauty with mindfulness and gratitude! Using the tools of yoga and meditation we believe you can enjoy a healthy dose of indulgence, while respecting your body’s balance and your mind’s presence.
July 18—21, 2017
Sonoma & Napa
OUR GUESTS SAY:
Sonoma is the perfect weekend getaway...Incredible mix of experiences from yoga, wine tastings and delectable meals! This was the first trip I've really learned to savor wine, especially with meals. Thank you Gayle for teaching us how to be mindful while enjoying ourselves.—McKenzie Zieser, USA
We had a great time on the Sonoma weekend and it will be unforgetable for my life. Thank you!—Tim and Olga, USA
My wife is the Yogi in the family...I joined her on the Sonoma Wine & Yoga Weekend with a bit of trepidation. Much to my delight I had an absolute blast! Meeting new and refreshing like minded people, wine makers and chefs was only an added bonus to the healthful and restorative yoga we practiced each morning with the lovely and talented Ms. Gayle… Will return again next year!—Howard & Carolyn Ferguson, USA
The Yoga & Wine Weekend was truly magical. A perfect blend of fantastic food, wine, yoga and adventure, all in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. Gayles commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle is mirrored in her hands-on approach to teaching yoga. Strength, serenity and smiles…a perfect balance.—Cindy McKay, Canada
"Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful retreat and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.—Joanna Joseph, Australia
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel