TUSCANY YOGA HOLIDAY JULY 2017

Tuscany Photos ~ click to view!   Tuscany Group 2017! Josie Sykes – yoga teacher Cheryl Katz Jill Dunlap Laura Guider Kate Guider Jill Guider Jennifer Swanson Virginia Havlovic Meredith Milks Shannon Teel Jessica Ruth Megan Lombardi   Josie shares...

MYKONOS YOGA HOLIDAY JUNE 2017

Click here to view photos of our retreat together ~   Your new friends!   Rhubin Hercig & Gayle Olson – teachers Brooke Morrell Carlos Dupaty Dolores Tersigni Hillary Harshman Judith Steiner Lauren Withers Melissa Glynn Nancy Burner Sally Radke...

MOROCCO YOGA HOLIDAY MAY 2017

Your Morocco Group: Josie Sykes – yoga teacher Alice Read Angel Tork Anna Pazurek Jenna Pitkow Laurie Lutkenhouse Nancy Davis Tina Lo Regio Valerie Madison   Josie shares with you the following reading & listening links:   I read a lot from Jeff...

MEXICO HOLIDAY RETREAT DECEMBER 2016

As I sit to write you, I am taken back to our time together at Xinalani, still overcome by a feeling of amazement. How did such a large group, in a short period, grow a solid sense of connection, support and community? I want to bottle it, keep it and share it round...

SONOMA WINE, DINE & YOGA OCTOBER 2016

California wines, farm-to-table cuisine, reflective conversation, music, poetry, yoga and fun… this has been my dream for our exotic Wine, Dine & Yoga Weekends. Thank you to each and every one of you for bringing your unique presence to the table!  I was touched...

IRELAND CASTLE RETREAT OCTOBER 2016

We were spoiled this week with luxury castles and yoga, falconry, gorgeous meals, Kylemore Abbey, lovely walks—and of course a few pints of guinness (with porcelain dogs hovering over us?!?) Cheers to many good laughs, walks and new friendships made in lovely Ireland....

FALL CROATIA YOGA CRUISE SEPTEMBER 2016

The party boat! What a wonderful group – and what fun! With all young blood on this trip, we had a sweet playful experience. Lots of wine, lots of talks, lots of laughter and lots of new deep friendships were formed. Even with a little rain, this group never stopped...

LA BELLA VITA IN UMBRIA SEPTEMBER 2016

Dearest Borgo Yogis, I have recently finished my morning mediation… alone with my practice for the first time since our retreat. My overwhelming feeling is one of gratitude. Gratitude to Katherine and Gayle and the vision and warmth they bring to their retreats....

CROATIA YOGA CRUISE AUGUST 2016

Dear Croatia Yogi family ~ The only thing equally amazing to the clear blue waters of the Adriatic, the delicious tastes of Sylvia’s cooking, the splashing sounds of jumping off top deck and laughter at each and every corner of the boat, was this entirely PERFECT...

BHUTAN CULTURE & YOGA AUGUST 2016

Dear Yogis! I never imagined our trip together would be quite so wonderful as it was! Practicing yoga daily and climbing to the Tiger’s Nest – every last one of us – not to mention Dorji’s baboon bottom jokes pretty much show’s us all that is good in life; taking care...

VERBIER HIKE & YOGA RETREAT AUGUST 2016

Snow capped peaks, fresh mountain air, fondue and raclette bring sweet memories of our week in the Swiss Alps. We all benefited so much from Sylvia’s deep yoga practices and lovely Irish brogue, relaxing deeply and taking in our surroundings and each other. This was a...

NAPA WINE & YOGA WEEKEND JULY 2016

Invite three very “special” couples for a trial-fun Exotic wine and yoga weekend at the beautiful Boich Family Farm, and this is what you get: Serious Wall Road Napa cabernets paired with Joyce’s delicious garden-to-table cuisine!  Morning TRX and yoga with Gayle,...

OUR PROVENCE YOGA HOLIDAY JULY 2016

Our week together at this magical villa in Provence was nothing less than amazing! From our bike trip at Chataneuf-de-Pape and exquisite castle lunch, to the lavender fields in Sault, to the amazing food and accommodations from Jude and Philip, our lives were a dream...

OUR TUSCANY YOGA HOLIDAY JULY 2016

Big gratitude for a deeply relaxing week in rustic and rural Tuscany, with special thanks to Talya’s Satya instruction, Tuscan meals sprinkled with ayurvedic spices and the famous  Dadoos for dessert!  We woke each day to the sound of birds and a beautiful meditating...

EXOTIC YOGA CRUISE CROATIA JUNE 18 2016

Such magnificence ~ to be surrounded by the crystal clear Adriatic water all the time, to experience historical cities, breathe in stunning island nature, drink great local Dalmatian wines and eat absolutely delicious food on board! Captain Filip, chef Silvia and the...

EXOTIC YOGA CRUISE CROATIA JUNE 11 2016

The aquamarine sea, the wind, Walter’s guitar—blending with Erdinc’s gentle voice as he guides us into our depth. . . this beautiful internal journey was balanced so perfectly with the fun and adventure of exploring the Dalmatian coast. Paddle-boarding and swimming,...

MAGIC IN MOROCCO RETREAT MAY 2016

Dear Morocco Yogis ~ Cheers to an inspiring and adventurous group of women from around the world coming together for a cultural adventure and yoga under the Moroccan sun! Neil did an amazing job keeping the fire burning with his strong and rhythmic Bhakti flow—while...

SPRING UMBRIA YOGA RETREAT MAY 2016

Ciao Umbria Yogis ~ A rainy week in an ancient “omelette”, eating charcoaled vegetables, dried chick peas and 2-day old beef. . . Borgo. . . it’s fun to make fun of near perfection! Cheers to a fabulous group of yogis and new friends who made a beautiful week even out...

MEXICO YOGA HOLIDAY FEBRUARY 2016

Anyone else missing our simple, daily routine together: meditation, yoga, beach, yoga, food, play and more yoga? The waves, the birds, the nourishing connections, siestas, practicing yoga in a nest in the jungle. . . and the stairs, those incredible...

NEW YEARS RETREAT IN PERU JANUARY 2016

Beautiful gardens, Incan ruins, solar baths and perfectly timed thunder as we meditate at Machu Picchu. How is it possible to describe these adventures? We spent time in our community, and in solitude, finding what it was that we had come to find. Peace, healing,...

MEXICO HOLIDAY RETREAT DECEMBER 2015

Lying under the sweet Mexico sun, upon white sand, with the roar of waves—and suddenly WET—engulfed by one of those beautiful full moon high tide waves! The water element was alive within and around us, in every aspect of Xinalani living—the power of the full moon...

SONOMA YOGA, WINE & DINE OCTOBER 2015

What a great weekend we shared together! Our first all-women wine and yoga weekend—and hopefully not our last! I love how women bond and become girlfriends so quickly—sharing an energy of radiance, playfulness and unbridled audacity (wine-induced headstands in the...

LA BELLA VITA IN ITALIA! SEPTEMBER 2015

When there’s magic. . . you just know it, and you feel it. Was it in the ancient vibration and beauty of Borgo di Carpiano? Or the truly phenomenal hospitality and warmth of our dedicated hosts, Ricardo and Marilisa? Maybe our food, prepared by master chef – and...

SWITZERLAND YOGA RETREAT AUGUST 2015

When a group comes together like this… it’s pure grace. Of course, the majesty of the alps, the luxury and hip atmosphere of the W Hotel, and the most kind and charming staff, all added to our rich experience. But there was that ‘magical something’ in our group’s...

PROVENCE YOGA HOLIDAY AUGUST 2015

Closing eyes, drawing spine tall, being still, feeling breath, going inward…..can be scary but we, fearless yogis, embraced this challenge and embraced the magical Provencal countryside like Super Women! We came from far and wide, spanned the decades of experience in...

BHUTAN YOGA RETREAT AUGUST 2015

One of the great lessons I took from Bhutan was on the road between Paro and Thimpu: Be gentle with your curves! And advice I’d on to pass to future travelers: You can look, you can smell, but don’t smoke those herbs on the side of the road (unless you’re a pig!) And...

SUMMER CROATIA YOGA CRUISE! AUGUST 2015

Lots of laughter, beautiful islands, crystal clear sea, delicious Dalmatian food and a boatful of wonderful people! The sun starting and ending our days, the touch of wind and the sound of sea, yoga in nature developing body, mind and presence ~ priceless! This...

PROVENCE LAVENDER HOLIDAY JUNE 2015

Beauty in every direction, pleasure through every sense door, the body and breath exploring the nature inside and out. . . our Provence Yoga Retreat was indeed a little piece of heaven! A beautiful group of 10 people from far and wide, together discovering the beauty,...

FIRST CROATIA YOGA CRUISE! JUNE 2015

Wait, is this the yoga boat, the party boat, or the Love Boat, asked the honeymooners? In between some late nights, and well, some late mornings (honeymooners), we did manage to fit in a bit of yoga, some amazing island sight-seeing, a fair amount of paddle-boarding,...

MEXICO HAPPINESS & YOGA MAY 2015

Experiencing happiness and joy on this beautiful jungle-beachside resort is fairly inevitable. However, something special happened on this Happiness & Yoga Retreat — inside ourselves and between each other — that made this retreat particularly happy and inspiring!...

SONOMA WINE, DINE & YOGA MAY 2015

Mom’s Rock!… as did all who participated in this special Sonoma wine and yoga weekend! Gratitude to all who shared sacred wine, practiced yoga, prepared delicious food, introduced us to the magical world of cultivating grapes, hosted us in comfy beds and welcomed us...

NEW YEAR’S RETREAT IN PERU JANUARY 2015

The coco leaves read that 2015 is going to be a great year… success with new business ventures, bad boyfriends soon history, hot new romances on the horizon… and Lewis will be lucky with the girls!  Sacred circles and sacred gardens, mindful handstands and momentous...

MEXICO YOGA RETREAT OCTOBER 2014

Saludos to a fabulous group of strong yogis! Walking up that steep jungle path was certainly worth it for each beautiful meal!  So we may have been consistently sweaty for 5 days but it only helped to further open us into Annika’s strong yoga flow, feeling the ocean...

SONOMA WINE, DINE & YOGA OCTOBER 2014

Thirty-year old Big Boy – star of the weekend!  Between Dane’s exquisitely poetic education on growing grapes and wine-making, and Ross’ Halleck’s eloquence and passion about the inherent divinity in savoring wine… I believe we all had our eyes opened, mouths...

WOMEN’S RETREAT SANTE FE NOVEMBER 2014

Cheers to a group of women from all over the country — who walked in the door as strangers — and departed as sisters and friends! What a great group of diverse ladies who all came together to practice yoga, meditation and functional fitness, and ended up so much more!...

PUGLIA, ITALY YOGA RETREAT SEPTEMBER 2014

Cheer’s to a fabulous time together exploring Puglia, deepening in yoga and enjoying each other’s company! Memorable moments on our Puglia Yoga Retreat… two extraordinarily different pizza dinners come to mind: one of the best meals ever at the extravagant and never...

TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT AUGUST 2014

San Francisco meets UK and Europe… in Tuscany!  SF shares secrets of wild hair dancing and singing 80’s songs; while Luxembourg reveals the key to long-term unofficial marital bliss. Sunsets over the Tuscan hills, food by chef Lenny, and beautiful heart-opening yoga...

TUSCANY AYURVEDA & YOGA AUGUST 2014

“So, what’s your dosha?”  Belly laughs sandle-straps, the best food in the world… and the biggest cookie in the world!!  Whether you are a vata, pitta or kapha; from South Africa, New Zealand, Armenia, USA or Europe. . .  you were each a delightful element in a...

YOGA IN HEART OF PROVENCE JUNE 2014

Most of us alternated spending sun-drenched days lounging by the pool, stollling through the grounds plucking juicy cherries from the trees, and accompanying Emily on her crafted tours of towns, sights, and flavors…. “Shall we stop at the chocolate factory after our...

SONOMA WINE, DINE & YOGA APRIL 2014

Holy moly that was fun!  A perfect group of healthy hedonists to share the sights, sounds, tastes and fun of Sonoma County… plus a little partner massage (no sharing these photos publicly!) We might have to rename this weekend “Detox & Retox”… Several of you asked...

COSTA RICA YOGA RETREAT MARCH 2014

I’ll always remember you as the “handstand group!  This was a pretty perfect week together in Costa Rica — a fantastic wonderful group, amazing food, natural beauty, such a beautiful staff, adventurous excursions, deep yoga and meditation. . . and lots of loud...

HAPPINESS IN COSTA RICA MARCH 2014

You all made our first Happiness & Yoga Retreat an outstanding success! Dedicated, enthusiastic and beautifully connected—you are an special group!  Laura and I will always remember you as our “first” — with deep gratitude and love! Here are photos and music to...

SOUTH AFRICA YOGA SAFARI MARCH 2014

Elephant at ten o’clock!  Well, not this time. But we got to see lions excessively lounging… and lots of pigs!  Gratitude for starry nights, sunny beach days, the kindness of South African people, and a beautiful group of very smart, empowered and awesome women!...

TURKEY YOGA & MUSIC CRUISE OCTOBER 2013

Swimming in that deep blue, Manu playing guitar as we greeted the sun in downward dog on deck, lots of good Turkish food, adventurous and naughty excursions  (hijacked by the bus), luxurious massages by Tankut, Two Truths And A Dare under the stars… I think Jonny...

PUGLIA YOGA RETREAT SEPTEMBER 2013

“Pure magic” is the only way to describe what we experienced… Le Fabriche, Alessia’s home cooking, Trulli’s in the rain, Gallipoli by the sea, Pugliese stale bagels, local friends, romance, beauty and 7 exquisite women… oh, and “special massage”.  I sincerely hope we...

CORSICA, FRANCE YOGA RETREAT MAY 2013

Private villa above the bay of Pinarella. . . friends, music, dancing, late mediterranean dinners with candlelight and rose.  Ludovico Eunaudi. Hiking in the rain and wind. Yoga on the beach, in the water, on the tree trunk, at the top of the mountain!  Corsica… we...

WOMEN’S YOGA HEALTH RETREAT MAY 2013

Our first New Body ~ New Life program, offered in Morro Bay, California!  Great group of women—practicing yoga, fitness, hiking, learning about healthful food choices, and sharing evenings around the fire! Thank you to Katherine for your amazing food—all from...

WILD WOMEN RETREAT FRANCE OCTOBER 2012

Watch out for the Wild Women of Nice… they will open your heart, deepen your spirit, or or give you a black eye!  Thank you for being so OPEN you beautiful, amazing group of powerful, smart, courageous women! And how cool to imagine that this was the official...

TRUFFLE ~ WINE ~ YOGA WEEKEND IN PIEMONTE, ITALY

The first Truffle ~ Wine ~ Yoga Weekend in Italy!  I love this photo… inspired by Filippo!  What a memorable walk on that winter day in Piemonte — cold outside but warm in fun and spirit! Delicious truffle cuisine, cheese and wine-tasting, yoga in the stone sala, and...