WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO
INTRODUCING VOICE TO YOGA
What a gorgeous day... a uniquely curated yoga and voice experience led by Lizzy Mello of Litt Wellness. After a long, dreamy, morning yoga session taught by Lizzy, I led by a sound exploration where we felt the origins of our voices within our bodies and experienced a range of vocal vibrations throughout the belly, chest, throat and head. We observed our vulnerabilities and insecurities in the arena of "our voices" as they connect to energy movement, self-expression, memory, and did so with the intention of curiosity and release. Lizzy lovingly prepared an organic, ayurvedically inspired vegetarian lunch that was DELICIOUS and led us in meditation and journaling following the morning's activities. Stunning setting and adventurous, open people. Thank you, Lizzy!
A WEEK IN COSTA RICA
Another amazing experience in Costa Rica! We had an awesome group of adventurous yogis who let down their inhibitions and tried it all... from surf to salsa to sound baths. My retreat partner, Nicole, introduced her beautiful new brand of yoga, PowerRestore, and I got to stretch my pipes and guitar fingers as I sang and played the soundtrack to our first live-music class. It's all about stepping out of your comfort zone down there... even for us. After leading our second retreat at Bodhi Tree this year, Nicole and I recognized just how ripe with groovy yoga resources the little town of Nosara is... so although Nicole is heading north to the new waters of Tahoe, be on the lookout for info soon on SSE2019. It's just too good not to keep experiencing and exploring the jungles of Nosara.
R O A M 2017
SEED-TO-TABLE ORGANIC GOODNESS
Led by Amy Cox of Omstead, an advocate for creativity, wellness in all forms, and introspection, this retreat was an ideal opportunity to get away from the rush and get back in touch with yourself, your journal, and the earth. And vegetables! The Lotus Feed Farm was STUNNING. The rustic charm was heightened by cozy yurts, showers hanging from a giant bay laurel tree, an incredible labyrinth veggie garden, and fresh, flavorful, fabulous food quite unlike anything I've ever had the luck to come across. The salad in this pic. Seriously? Amazing. Check this place out.
ONE DAY RESTORE
What a chill reunion for Nicole and me before she headed back to Costa Rica for the year. Our peaceful day was attended by some great local gals who were willing to take a day to care for themselves (airbags first, and all that). I was once again reminded how much I love this little tribe we've formed full of compassionate, intelligent, and creative women. Very cool. Such an honor to be with you all. After some gentle warm up vinyasa yoga, we practiced our quiet voices and rebooted our nervous systems with restorative yoga a la Nicole. Our digestive systems were nurtured with a clean meal of delicious fresh super foods without the usual inflammatory suspects like gluten, dairy, and meat. An arm balance workshop rounded out the day gearing us up for strength and balance amidst the back-to-school mayhem. Loved every minute.
Surf + Soul + Español 2017 and 2018
"It wasn’t just a week long getaway at the beach. It was an opportunity for profound meditation and growth. The breath work session and sound bath were amazing experiences. I love how calm and centered and supportive both Beverly Jane and Nicole are. They set a tone that encourages people to drop in and also to accept each other and themselves. The restorative yoga class that Nicole lead and Beverly Jane played/sang live music for was such a beautiful event; it will never be forgotten. There was a genuine atmosphere of connecting. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to spend a few days focusing on their health and well being. I left feeling refreshed and relaxed with a sense of peace and inner strength! In addition to the benefits of the yoga practice, we also had a blast surfing, playing in the tide pools, making dream catchers, and salsa dancing. So special!!!"
-Laura, Bay Area
"A truly unforgettable, amazing experience. First class yoga + surf instructors, incredible group of guests, beautiful accommodations. I can’t say enough great things about this trip! I hope you organize another trip soon! Thank you for putting this together – you touched the lives of each person who participated."
"I cannot say enough glorious things about this week and our hosts Nicole and Beverly Jane. By day 2, I was so decompressed, in a zone and relaxed, it felt like I had been there a week. I thought, "How could this get any better" and it did! Everyday I thought I had reached my mountain peak, physically, emotionally and spiritually, only to learn the next day I had climbed another higher summit. Looking back I am still blown away by the Love, Support, Guidance, Uplifting Energy from the whole group, all amazing ladies. I am so grateful and blessed I took this leap, to spend a week away from the family and rejuvenate my spirit and self. Nicole and Beverly Jane did an amazing job with the schedule (just the right amount of yoga, free time, amazing surf lessons, massage, and chill time), guided classes, variety in the classes and teachers, location at Bodhi Tree resort, plus they are just super fun and amazing to hang out with! This will be an unforgettable week!!! Thank you."
-Dorea, Lake Tahoe
"I don't want to talk about how absolutely fabulous this trip was because, selfishly, when they do it again, I want it all to myself! But ok - there wasn't a single thing about this that was even remotely just ok. Everything from the accommodations to the food and the program to the other women who participated was just amazing. One of my best weeks ever! Thank you Beverly Jane and Nicole!"
-Jen, Bay Area
"This retreat was SO MAGICAL!!! It was everything I hoped it would be and more...the location was paradise, the organizers were so in touch with the needs and desires of the group and really thought of everything. I was able to completely relax and not worry about a single thing. I felt so safe and taken care of! And I loved the yoga. I love yoga anyway but the variety of yoga we experienced and the incredible wisdom of all of the instructors has really deepened my practice in life changing ways. Also the surfing instructors were awesome! I thought I was going to be afraid and probably totally unable to surf but they made it so accessible and I stood right up on my first try! Such an awesome experience. We had an amazing group and it felt like everyone was supported in being their most authentic selves - whether joyful and free dancing in the full moon, quiet and reserved reading a book by the pool, or tearful and deep processing through more difficult emotions. We were all supporting and loving each other through all of it during the most healing, rejuvenating, life-enriching week. I wholeheartedly recommend experiencing this retreat if/when they do it again!"