Women's Yoga & Ayurveda Cooking Retreat

June 9 – 11, 2017

About the Weekend

This weekend is about giving yourself the gift of yoga, nourishing food and a gentle immersion into mindfulness-based practices, including taking time to slow down a bit as we move through our day. What if instead of having a daily routine, we had a daily ritual around our own self-care, caring for family and friends and doing our work. Life doesn’t have to move at an exhausting and overwhelming pace. We have a choice in how we respond to the demands life places on us, as well as meeting our need for balance, so that we remain healthy, vibrant and are able to enjoy this life!

So much can transpire in a single weekend, and we will take time to explore health, work-life balance, self care and living a life of meaning instead of overwhelm or busyness. Give yourself this gift of a weekend away!

Refund Policy

Unfortunately, it is not possible to give a refund once you have registered for the retreat

A new component to the Women’s Weekend Retreat at the Yoga Lodge are cooking classes. Jodi and Aria, one of the Yoga Lodge chefs, met each other while Jodi was leading a weekend retreat at the center. The Yoga Lodge is a lovely, peaceful and extremely well cared for sanctuary. Such the perfect complement to this beautiful setting is Aria and her healthy, delicious and made-with-love food! Jodi was instantly drawn to Aria’s peaceful presence, and the retreat participants were so delighted with her gorgeous food. Everyone was asking for her recipes! Jodi and Aria decided the answer was to combine the practice of yoga with Ayurvedic cooking for a retreat weekend.

Our intention is to nourish you through the practice of yoga and beautiful food. The yoga practices will be dedicated to mindfulness, fluid asana and breath. For the cooking lesson, you will have one “hands-on” session where you will prepare an entire meal with Aria, and for the other meals, you will also be present in the kitchen, during the cooking class, but observing. All participants will receive printed copies of the recipes from Aria.

This retreat is held at the Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island and is limited to 12 participants. All accommodation at the Yoga Lodge is shared. Pillows and blankets are provided for each person, but please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag. For environmental/water reasons, the Yoga Lodge cannot provide linens.

Cost

 

The cost is $535

You can pay by check or by credit card using Square

If you would like to register, please send an email to jodiboone@gmail.com. Also, you can pay by check to Jodi Boone at 117 E Louisa St #351, Seattle, WA 98102

 

The Cliffs of Moher

Ireland

Sunday, July 2 to Friday, July 7, 2017

with Jodi Boone

 

 

Please Join me in Ireland!

I am so excited about this retreat. The Cliffs of Moher is a stunningly beautiful and spiritual place. Our theme is Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. A lovely week away by the vast seaside, fresh air and dramatic landscape.

About the Cliffs of Moher

This luxury retreat center is set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful countryside of County Clare, Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher is located on the west coast of Ireland along the country’s breathtaking coastline. The centre is set in pristine nature, with stunning views of the ocean and the cliffs. 

The Daily Program

This is a true opportunity to unplug from daily life, live by the sea, breathe the fresh ocean air and immerse yourself in nature, yoga and reflection. We will begin each day with a mindfulness meditation at 7:00am. From 7:30 to 8:45am we’ll move through a fluid and meditative hatha flow yoga practice. Afterwards, from 9:00 to 10:00am, we’ll enjoy a healthy, seasonal and delicious breakfast. 

From 10:30 to 11:30, there will be a walk along the cliffs. A beautiful and nourishing lunch is served at 1:00pm. You can then enjoy free-time until we meet again for afternoon yoga at 5:45 pm. Dinner is served at 7:30 pm.

 

Things to Do

Walking the Cliffs: Just outside the Cliffs of Moher gate you can walk on a variety of different loops of varying distance. There are walks with hills or without. Taking a left out the gate will bring you uphill towards the cliffs. To the right, you can do the low-lying loops around Clahane. The Cliffs of Moher Walk can be up to 14km long for those looking for a challenge. There are shorter sections that can be walked with ease, especially if you’re interested in simply taking a stroll.

Visiting Clahane: Just down the road by the water is Clahane. It is a small towns land of Liscannor with a famous little swimming hole. It is safe to swim here off the rocks. It’s a beautiful place to relax and read a book or even relax in the sun. Swimming is possible every day in the summer. There is an excellent loop walk coming straight out of the retreat which brings you along the water’s edge and then back again. It’s approximately 5km and a lovely way to get some fresh air and exercise. It’s not unusual to spot dolphins and porpoises here all year-round and it’s a great bay for snorkeling. Many Cliffs of Moher guests spend a lot of time here.

It’s possible to drive or take a taxi to Liscannor. a quaint little fishing village. It’s a wonderful place to explore and stop for a cup of tea. The pub fronts are beautiful representations of the old Irish village and Liscannor has a very old history. There is a pretty little harbour there but most people come to Liscannor to sample the fresh seafood caught out in the bay and to listen to the traditional Irish music held in some of the local pubs. It’s a wonderful way to sample rural village life. Just outside the village is Cill MacCreiche (Kilmacreehy) Church, one of the most ancient ecclesiastical ruins in County Clare. There is a beautiful beach walk right beside the church where you are likely to have the strand to yourself.

You can also walk to The Rock Shop, just five minutes away, a cafe and very unique gift shop – or take an excursion to nearby Doolin, considered the Mecca of Irish music, or to Lahinch, a seaside town with plenty of shops, pubs and cafes. Some prefer never to leave the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher retreat centre and simply relax in one of the many communal spaces during their free-time.

Accommodation at the Center

All of the rooms at the Cliffs of Moher are en-suite, apart from two rooms which share a large bathroom. All rooms are tastefully decorated with comfortable mattresses and linens. Each room has a view – whether that is sea-view or countryside view. The rooms are all twin-share with two beds that can convert into a queen-sized bed for couples. Some of these rooms are available for single use. Please note priority of sea-view rooms is given to twin share use. There is storage space, shelf space and hanging space in each room, and all rooms are equipped with towels and a hair dryers.

Comments about the Cliffs of Moher

“Heaven on earth” I have stayed for 5-day retreats on two occasions and will definitely go back.

The setting is just beautiful – nothing like an early morning meditation looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean to set you up for a great day. The retreat itself is in a perfect location, close to great beaches and breath-taking walks.

Michael and Michelle have clearly put so much thought and work into the facilites and into the content of the retreats. As you can tell from all reviews, the food is just fantastic; always tasty and nourishing and there is plenty of it! I have travelled on my own on both occasions and have found that you can have as much or as little company as you want during your stay. There is a very easy going and relaxed atmosphere. If you wish, you can just go to classes and take time out to read your book. On the other hand, if you want to try everything from classes, to surfing, to hill walking & holistic treatments then this is the place for you too.

Here you will get to stop and spend time on yourself, nestled away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You cannot but feel great & completely re-energised after a stay here.”


“”FABULOUS PLACE, FABULOUS PEOPLE, FABULOUS YOGA!!!” Absolutely wonderful break overall. Had an amazing time and will highly recommend it to anyone!!!

Michelle and Michael made me feel like home from the very first minute of my arrival. Lovely cozy warm rooms, very modern and clean. The view of the countryside and The Atlantic Ocean are just breathtaking. Incredible food from Hugo. I’m not a vegetarian, but food was absolutely delicious and every meal was just amazing – full of flavour and goodness.

On Sat during our ‘free time’ I went surfing to Lehinch, which is just down the road. Before I went Hugo was very helpful with finding the right surf spot for the day and on the return Michael was very helpful with washing out my wetsuit etc – little things, but they make all the difference 🙂

I will definitely come back again and will look forward to meeting these beautiful people again.”

Costs

Cost are from 795 for a shared room to 975 for a private room in British Pounds

Travel

Arrival at the retreat centre is from 4pm on Sunday 2 July and departure is after brunch on Friday 7 July. Shannon is the closest airport. Ryanair and Aer Lingus offer very affordable flights from most London airports.
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A taxi from Shannon airport directly to the retreat centre costs approximately €60 – €80.
From Dublin airport or city centre, Dublin Coach offer a great service from Dublin to Ennis. Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: www.dublincoach.ie

From Ennis train station, Bus Eireann run a service (Route 350) to Lahinch and Liscannor (close to the centre). Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: www.buseireann.ie

From Lahinch (7kms away) or Liscannor (3kms away) you can take a taxi to the retreat.

To Register

Since 2007, I have been working with Yoga on a Shoestring, a wonderful UK-based company. To register, please contact Wendy at admin@yogaonashoestring.com


Coastal Southern Italy Retreat

Masseria della Zingara, Puglia, Italy July 8 – 15, 2017 
with Jodi Boone & Nancy Lea

Cost from £750

About Masseria della Zingara

The chance to practice yoga in an idyllic setting with two classes a day. A truly high quality yoga holiday in beautiful Puglia, Italy.

Masseria della Zingara, the house of the gypsy, was built in 1710 and has been lovingly restored to suit all ages and tastes. The interior is stylish and comfortable and has been restored with the highest attention to detail.

Set in over 20 acres of land with olive, fig, cherry and almond trees, the views are stunning at all times of the year. The house has a swimming pool and wonderful sun terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and the calm of the countryside. You may choose to borrow the bicycles and explore the local region or just relax and unwind. Close to Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) and Monopoli, this holiday offers not only yoga but the very best in Italian food.

Situated on a ridge of hills extending the length of Puglia, Masseria della Zingara, is close to a series of scattered white-walled medieval towns and villages each boasting their own culinary specialities. Heading down through the olive plains to the sea where there are many fabulous beaches to explore. This is the perfect place to restore and rejuvenate your soul.

The daily program

Join Jodi and Nancy for 7 days of revitalising yoga at the beautiful Masseria. A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in beautiful Puglia Italy. You will enjoy two yoga classes daily which focus on movement, breath and relaxation.

The day will begin with a flowing and dynamic asana class in the light and airy yoga space. After the morning session breakfast will be served on the terrace. The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing and restorative class. There will be one yoga free day.

Things to Do

Puglia is an enchanting part of Italy with many interesting historical towns to visit, fabulous walks and bike rides to go on and up to 50 miles of beautiful coastline to explore.

The region boasts spectacular Italian cusine and some of the the most unspolit environments in Italy so you are sure to find something to enjoy during this break.

Between classes there will be plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. Relax by the pool, explore the local area by bicycle or on foot. Take a trip to the beach or local towns. Boat trips and ayurvedic massage can also be arranged for you. We guarantee you will go home feeling refreshed and re-energised.

About Jodi & Nancy

I am delighted to be teaching together with Nancy Lea at the Masseria Della Zingara this summer, a gorgeous getaway in the south of Italy. Nancy is pure joy, and she and I met while teaching together at Yogalife a few years ago. I was immediately drawn to her warmth and authenticity, as well as to her beautiful way of teaching – a very fluid and nourishing style of hatha yoga. Our teaching styles complement each other, as well as our passion for the philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga, which we both infuse into our teaching. I’m looking so forward to taking a group to the south of Italy for a week of yoga, sunshine, pristine nature and beautiful Italian food. Please join us! 

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The accommodation at Masseria della Zingaria is comfortable and of an extremely high quality – most of the rooms have ensuite facilities. Camping is also possible for those on a tighter budget. Tents are provided and facilities include a communal shower, toilet and wash basin nearby. 

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The Costs

  • Private room is £995.
  • Shared room with a double bed or two twin beds with en suite bathroom is £800 per person.
  • Shared room with a double bed or two twin beds without an en suite bathroom is £750 per person.
  • Camping, with tenting supplies provided by the Masseria is £550. Tenters use communal showers. 

This Price Includes: Airport transfers for a designated flight to Bari, your accommodation, two yoga classes per day and use of the pool and bicyles. Meals are also included. Breakfast and a light lunch each day, unlimited drinks and dinner on five evenings. Plus transport on two evenings to and from Alberobello and Polignano (where you buy your own dinner).

To Book

Email: Wendy at Yoga on a Shoestring at admin@yogaonashoestring.com

Payment Options

Please take some time to read the following details. We ask for a deposit of £100 per person to secure a booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel. There are three ways to pay: 1. Bank transfer – contact us and we will email you details of how to pay into our bank account. 2. By check made payable to ‘Yoga on a Shoestring Ltd’ – post to: YOAS, 83 Herne Hill Road, London SE24 0AY 3. PayPal – Pay by credit or debit card. All major cards are accepted. You will need to set up your own PayPal account to do this which is easy to do. Please note: ALL PAYPAL PAYMENTS WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL COST OF £25 for holidays under £400 and £30 for holidays over £400. These costs apply per person. Please add this onto the cost of your holiday. The full amount of the holiday must be paid when using PayPal. Please do not use PayPal for deposits. The additional charge through PayPal simply covers their charge to us. Please email or telephone +44 (0)20 7733 2996 before booking with PayPal to confirm holiday availability.

Travel

There are many agents dealing with flights to Italy, it is a good idea to book a flight as soon as possible to get the best deals. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways offer affordable flights to Bari and Brindisi, the closest airports.

A free airport transfer is offered for the following recommended flights with Ryanair:
Ryanair from London Stansted to Bari, arriving at 20.30 on 8 July and departing at 21.00 on 15 July.

If you take these flights or arrive at a similar time then the transfers are free. Other transfers can be arranged but at a cost.

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Flights

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Cancellation Policy

Please see our Terms & Conditions

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Summer Retreat in the Swiss Alps

Brienz, Switzerland July 23 – 28, 2017 with Jodi Boone

Join me for a Yoga Retreat at beautiful Schweibenalp. Take time for yourself to practice yoga, immerse in nature and enjoy the company of a beautiful yoga community. This week will truly be one of reconnecting with yourself, with nature and putting life and what is most important to you into perspective – a Spiritual Getaway.

The Daily Program

Our mornings will begin with an active Hatha Flow yoga practice. In a meditative way, you’ll be guided deeply inward through asana, conscious breathing, music and inspirational readings.

After our morning yoga, you will enjoy a delicious and healthy brunch, and then you’ll have time for you to relax, read, hike along the many mountain trails, explore Schweibenalp, take a ride into the quaint town of Brienz and swim in the lake, nap or meditate in the temple. In the late afternoon, a practice dedicated to nourishing yourself through gentle yoga and restorative postures, breathing and reflection will be offered. After dinner, you can join for chanting and satsang or simply relax.

The Center

Schweibenalp lies in the middle of the Bernese Oberland Alps on a high plateau, 1100m above sea level, at the border of the Giessbach Gorge. There is a breath taking view of the Rothorn mountain chain and the Brienz lakes. The steep Giessbach waterfalls, alpine meadows, forest, lakes and streams invite you to explore, stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.

The history of Schweibenalp as a sacred place goes back to the time of the Celts when Druids lived and had their rituals and celebrations. Schweibenalp is one of the pilgrimage paths to Santiago de Compostela (Road to Santiago).

The Meals

The kitchen of Scweibenalp lovingly prepares vegetarian, and as much as possible, organic cuisine. The center has its own permaculture garden, from which we will enjoy freshly picked herbs, vegetables and fruits. There are two meals per day and all meals are served buffet-style. If you wish, in addition to the buffet meals, organic snacks are always available for an additional charge.

The Accommodation

The rooms of Schweibenalp are cozy and comfortable, with names like Silence, Jungle Whisper and Sun Room. Each room has its own creative design and touches, making them all unique. Bathrooms are shared and located on the same floor as the guest rooms. There are some private rooms, some shared rooms and some dorm rooms.

The Costs

The cost for this week-long retreat is 430 Swiss francs, plus accommodation and meals:

  • 575 Swiss francs for a shared room
  • 625 Swiss francs for a double room
  • 675 Swiss francs for a private room

The retreat begins on Sunday, July 24 @ 6:30 pm and ends on Friday, July 29 @ 1:00 pm. The nearest airport is Zurich. From the airport, you’ll take a beautiful 2-hour and 45 minute train ride to Brienz.

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To Register

Contact my friend, Carmen Costa, in Switzerland at info@yoga-carmen.ch For questions, please email me: jodiboone@gmail.com

Things to Bring

  • Journal
  • Good Book
  • Layers, for cool mornings and evenings
  • Yoga mat, 2 foam block and a strap

Ithaca, Greece

July 29 to August 5, 2017 with Jodi Boone

August 5 to August 12, 2017 with Jodi Boone & Tami Hafzalla

Referred to as “Among the most beautiful yoga retreat centers in Europe,” Itha108 combines elegance with natural beauty. Itha108 is located on the Island of Ithaca, which lies between the mainland of Greece and Kefalonia. This small island charms visitors with its lush greenery, pristine beaches and uniquely peaceful energy.
 
Respectfully built into the hillside with panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, Itha108 is an idyllic place for spiritual renewal. The retreat’s stunning architecture creates seamless indoor/outdoor living for dining, bathing on sun-drenched terraces and relaxing in shady, quiet spots. This gives guests space to enjoy personal time, as well as the opportunity to connect with others and with nature.
The Daily Program
In the mornings, we will practice outdoors on the wooden yoga platform overlooking the sea. We’ll begin with meditation, and then move into an active practice, appropriate for all levels of practitioners. 

The late-afternoon session will be a combination of yin and restorative yoga, as well as an exploration of alignment and deepening postures.

In between the morning and afternoon yoga sessions, we will have daily walks to one of three beautiful beaches, all just 5-minutes away by foot. Spend your time swimming in the sea, sunbathing or taking a personal excursion to Kioni or Vathy, one of the picturesque Island villages for shopping and cafes. There is also the opportunity for a guided island hike or you can simply relax at Itha108 – read, nap, receive a massage, etc.

Retreat Costs:
Double or Twin Bedroom with private bath: £800
Private Bedroom with private bath: £1,050
Single Yurt with shared bath: £900
Double Yurt with shared bath: £700
Dorm Yurt with shared bath: £630
To reserve your space, contact Wendy @ Yoga on a Shoestring: admin@yogaonashoestring.com 
Inclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Two yoga sessions on most days; the exceptions are on our first and last days, as well as on Wednesday, where the afternoon is free for you to take an excursion and explore the island if you wish
  • Boat transfer from Kefalonia to Ithaca, and then from the boat terminal to Itha108, as well as the return on the last morning

Not Included

  • Flights to Kefalonia
  • Additional day trips to nearby villages or other excursions
  • Massage or other treatments
  • Trip Insurance
Accommodation
Itha108 offers lovely accommodation, decorated with furnishings from Rajasthan, India, as well as Greece, and there are two styles of rooms: Bedrooms and Mongolian Yurts.
 
Bedrooms are located in the main house, each room has it’s own private bath, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and sea views. Bedrooms sleep one or two people.
 
Mongolian Yurts are set on platforms, high among the rocks and trees, with sea views. The Yurts are light and airy, and each bed has a mosquito net. Guests staying in the yurts share a bathroom, which has been carved into the rocks, with a sea grass roof. Yurts can sleep one to four people.   
Meals
Food at Itha108 is fresh, delicious and made only from local produce. All vegetables are organic and sourced from the best of what the Islands of Ithaca and neighboring Kefalonia have to offer. Plentiful, home-cooked menus blend traditional Greek cuisine with a contemporary style. All meals are vegetarian.

Annual Whidbey Island Weekend Yoga Retreat

Whidbey Island September 15 – 17, 2017 with Jodi Boone & Tami Hafzalla

Join us for our annual weekend retreat at the beautiful Whidbey Institute. Just 1.25 hours north of Seattle, Whidbey Island feels like a world away. This is a special weekend where you can dedicate time to yourself and your practice, as well as share a rich experience with other yogis from the community. It’s amazing what a weekend away will do for your mind, body and spirit!

The retreat begins at 3 pm on Friday with checking into your room or cabin and settling in. Our first yoga class is at 4:30 pm, helping you to unwind and ease into retreat mode. The retreat ends on Sunday, after lunch, at about 1 pm. We make the special request that people take the day off from work on Friday, so that they can make their way to the island leisurely, avoiding the weekend lines and catching an early ferry to Whidbey, arriving to the island unhurried.
During the weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, hike, read, walk the labyrinth, nap, or meditate in the sanctuary. The pricing for this retreat depends on your choice of accommodation and ranges from $400 to $595. This weekend is all inclusive with cozy accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals, a blend of hatha flow and restorative yoga sessions and group circle time. To view the brochure, click here.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat Weekend

 March 10 – 12, 2017

with Jodi Boone & Tami Hafzalla

This spring, join us in Leavenworth at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Retreat Center. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, Sleeping Lady offers an exquisite setting for a weekend away to practice yoga. Known for it’s incredible ammenities, Sleeping Lady has a heated stone swimming pool, day spa, award-winning cuisine, walking trails and organic gardens. Sleeping Lady truly offers sustainable and mindful luxury. During the weekend, you’ll practice yoga in the fresh mountain air, sleep in a cozy cabin and have plenty of free time to enjoy the natural beauty and ammenities of Sleeping Lady. As always, our retreats are centered around nurturing you.

The retreat begins at 4 pm on Friday, and ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday, just after lunch. We recommend registering early for this retreat to ensure your space.

Costs:

Private Cabin: $795 (price for one person)

Shared Cabin with one other: $695 (price for each person sharing the cabin)

Shared Cabin with two others: $595 (price for each person sharing the cabin)

Inclusions:

  • Accomodation
  • 4 Yoga sessions
  • All meals, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday.

To Register:

Please mail your check to Jodi Boone @ 117 E. Louisa St, #351 – Seattle, WA 98102