SPRING YOGA RETREAT • USA YOGA RETREATS 2017
IN SANTE FE!
People have been traveling to Santa Fe for centuries to heal and revitalize body, mind and spirit. Whether you are looking to simply refresh and recharge—or to immerse yourself in a deeply transformative yoga experience, we invite you to a beautiful resort in the countryside of Sante Fe to experience the revitalizing power of re-commiting to your health and connecting with like-minded people. Skip into spring feeling your best!!
Enter spring with a renewed commitment
to living in optimal balance and health!
FLOW OF A DAY
MORNINGS begin with a light farm fresh breakfast (7–9 am) with time to read, write in your journal, take a serenity walk and enjoy quiet contemplative time. At 10:00 am we meet in the yoga studio for a guided meditation and an hour and half yoga session focused on yoga poses for spring cleansing and renewal. Your yoga instructor, Sheryl McGourty, certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and owner of Yoga Durango, teaches Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes that address the diverse needs and challenges of each student present—emphasizing safety, awareness, body intelligence and the joie di vivre of yoga! All levels of yoga experience are welcome and accommodated!
AFTERNOONS are free to rest, receive healing spa treatments, take a healthy cooking class, meet with a personal trainer, or participate in any one of the ten daily activities offered by the resort, including art classes, hikes and even puppy petting! You may also visit downtown Sante Fe (25 min taxi) to wander galleries and boutiques. A delicious lunch is served at the resort between 12–2 pm with plenty of time for a siesta before our 5:00 pm afternoon yoga workshop.
EVENINGS start off with a glass of wine (or tea) in the wine bar overlooking the pond… or a relaxing soak in an outdoor Ojito soaking pool or Mineral infused soaking tub. Dinner is served at 7 pm in the Blue Heron restaurant — a light, fresh and seasonal offering of fish or vegetarian plates.
OUR HOTEL SPA & RESORT
Set among towering cottonwoods, lovely gardens and spring-fed ponds, our retreat is held at a beautiful 70-acre spa resort located in the desert countryside outside Santa Fe. Enjoy the full service spa, open-air soaking tubs, steam showers, yoga and fitness studios, cafe/wine bar, a gourmet restaurant with farm fresh vegetables and acres of walking paths and beautiful gardens. There are 32 resort-style guest rooms and 20 upgrade casitas—with every amenity you could dream including calming herbal teas and blackout curtains for optimal rest and sleep! There are single and shared rooms available. Come solo, with a friend…or room with a new friend!
INCLUDED IN OUR SANTE FE YOGA RETREAT
- Sante Fe airport pick-up and drop off
- 3-nights accommodation and all meals
- Vegetarian, vegan or seafood options
- En-suite rooms with daily maid service, hair dryer, bathrobes and full amenities
- Twice daily yoga sessions / program
- Guided meditations
- Hot tub, steam rooms and gym facilities
AVAILABLE FOR ADD-ON SERVICES
- Full service spa (bodywork therapeutic massage, skin care, energy healing)
- Outdoor soak tubs under open sky
- Transport to and from Sante Fe plaza
- Upgrade to Casita suites available
- Alcoholic beverages
- Food purchased outside our meal plan
- Spa services and hotel activities
- Tax & service charges on all add-on food, spa services and activities
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