EAT, PLAY, YOGA: SONOMA RETREAT
Friday, March 13, 2015 – March 15, 2015
$455-575 depending on accommodation
Join us in a private home equipped with it’s own yoga studio, gourmet kitchen and majestic views. Surrounded by acres of hiking trails, secret hideaways and wineries. This will be a weekend of releasing the old and calling in the new. Come as you are, leave it all behind for three full days! Arrive Friday anytime and stay through 3pm Sunday afternoon.
Join Oms from that Mat author, Reiki Master, Priestess, intuitive healer and yoga instructor, Dana Damara for a blissful weekend of tapping into your true essence. Two yoga sessions per day, organic food prepared just for you and optional energy and/or bodywork sessions can be scheduled. She will be joined by Angie Cherry, yoga instructor, Reiki Master and studio owner from Vancouver, Wa.
Start your morning with an invigorating yoga practice in the midst of the Sonoma Hills. Nourish the body with a healthy, organic meal and then you decide what the day holds.
Saturday we will plan an afternoon wine tasting at a local winery where we can really see the sites and experience the nature of this majestic land.
There are numerous hiking trails, nearby wineries, local shopping … all things you can do on your own!
Schedule a balloon ride with a local company! Or rest and rejuvenate and pamper yourself with a massage, bodywork and/or an intuitive reading.
Single occupancy: you have your own room: $575 SOLD OUT
Double occupancy: shared with one other: $500 SOLD OUT
Shared occupancy: you share a room with others: $475
“Under the stars”: you camp/sleep outside; we have futons, poolside accommodations or you can bring your own tent: $375
2 weeks to choose from .. or…
July 17-25, 2015
Through April 15th, Early Bird $2,500
Full Price $2,750
July 26-August 2, 2015
(Also includes Cortona MIX Festival)
Live music and theater nightly
Through April 15th, Early Bird $2,750
Full Price $3,000
Perched at 2,000 feet above valleys flowing with poppies, sunflowers and terraces lined with grape vines and olive trees. Cortona is the main cultural and artistic center of the Valdichiana. Sweeping views along the medieval walls and tree lined parks afford lingering sunsets over Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding countryside.
Treasures dating back to Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance times can be found in the towns’ palaces, sanctuaries and museums, including important paintings by Fra Angelico, Luca Signorelli, Pietro Berrettini and others.
Famous sites: 13th century monastery frequented by St. Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint, an archaeological park complete with ancient tombs and bike trails and La Bramasole, the part-time residence of author of Under the Tuscan Sun.
Your accommodation: a 4-star property in a circular piazza with panoramic views. Located on the main street for shopping and tasting the best local cuisine and wines as well as the town park leading to clay tennis courts and hiking trails. Double occupancy rooms with two single or one double bed boast stunning balconies.
A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning on indoor and outdoor terraces. The property offers free wifi, treadmills and elliptical trainers along a windowed terrace, laundry and taxi service as well as a full bar and restaurant.
1) 8 days, 7 nights accommodation (based on double occupancy)
2) Roundtrip transportation from Florence or Rome
3) Daily yoga practice and meditation
4) Sunrise hike to Le Celle, 13th Century working monastery, home to St Francis of Assisi
5) Opportunities for additional gentle movement or more vigorous workouts
6) Walking tour of Cortona
7) Welcome aperitivo, snack and reception dinner
8) Farewell party and dinner
9) Meet the local artists: Art walk and local Syrah wine tasting in Cortona to include ceramics, watercolor, portrait, print, leather and modern art
10) Oliveto tour and tasting of locally made olive oil & balsamic vinegars
11) Private grotto tasting of Brunello di Montalcino and local dessert wines
12) Afternoon piazza wine tasting, surprise guest
13) Artisan jewelry making tour with prosecco; scotch tasting library for the gents
14) 25 minute coaching consultation onsite - *Follow-up skype consultations also available
16) Seminars: Introduction to appreciative inquiry and peak performance; Awakening your Shakti energy for optimal health and sensuality.
17) Crash course Italian for tourists and an experts 2 cents on living abroad
Pricing is based on double occupancy
Transferable but not refundable
When you sign up we will give you flight options and easy guidelines on how to get there easily, what documentation you will need, a list of what to bring, elective
options like massage, bike tours and massage sessions, and a tentative schedule of daily activities.
This will be a once in a lifetime experience.
“I signed up for Dana’s retreat on a whim without knowing a soul. I am so glad I did because I made amazing connections and had an incredible, blissful weekend! Being a Holistic Health Coach, I understand firsthand the importance of slowing down, self-care, eating light and healthy and just having fun. Dana isn’t just a yoga instructor, she empowers people to go deep within and inspires people to live a life from the inside out. Her energy is contagious and I can’t wait to go on another retreat with her again.”
Jill Shapiro – certified wellness coach, www.wellnessbyjill.com
“I just want to say how blessed I feel to have experienced such a sacred space with you all. It truly was magical from the start. Dana, you have such a way of bringing us to the mat with power,purpose and a true sense of oneself. You are an inspiration on the mat as well as in life. I am headed into my life with the feelings I took home from the blissful, amazing retreat and will hold them dear to my heart, summoning them when needed! Can’t wait until the next one!”
Pauline Osborn – Estethician Complexions Skin Care
“Dana’s way of teaching yoga has been very transformative for me. She has a passion that is rare, even in yoga teachers. She takes what for many, is strictly exercise and shares the belief that yoga is a state of being and that when integrated into your life can have dramatic, positive effects physically, mentally and spiritually.”
“Just a quick note to tell you all how wonderful Dana’s retreat was for me. It was an incredible humbling and transforming experience to be around so many kind, wise, beautiful and grounded people. Watching all of you do the necessary work it takes to feel better in this life…was rather inspirational for me. You all have incredible practices and I felt honored to be with all of you. Thank you Dana for creating such a supportive space for everyone to grow…learn and feel loved.”
Philip Steir, DJ and Music Producer