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Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize

 September  23nd thru 28th, 2019

  • Do you feel like there is something nagging inside of you that needs to be healed, that you need to listen to, that wants to come out and be lived but you just never seem to have enough time to dig deep or not enough confidence to unleash what you know you are called to do?
  • Are there certain blockages repeatedly getting in the way of your happiness and continued success?
  • Are you rocking it in your career but your love life is on the rocks?
  • Do you know with certainty that life holds more for you but you need guidance on how to unlock your full potential? 
  • Motivation is not your issue but alignment may be?

How about taking time for yourself? I offer this retreat as a 6-day-intensive transformational empowerment retreat for women in Belize. The fee for this retreat includes:

  • 6 days /5 nights accommodation in a luxury eco-lodge surrounded by 12,000 acres of jungle wildlife reserve
  • 3 organic farm-to-table meals per day grown on their own sustainably farmed land and prepared by an award-winning chef
  • daily morning yoga and breathing practice
  • daily evening guided meditation, yin yoga or yoga nidra session
  • daily one-on-one coaching and energy work customized for your situation, life, healing needs, and personal growth vision
  • detox/cleansing with plant-based food and herbs from the jungle
  • immersion in nature: hiking trails right in front of the door, bird watching, medicinal plant walks, kayaking and more
  • access to all amenities: pool, gym, yoga pavilion (mats and props provided), kayaks, bicycles
  • Mayan cocoa/chocolate ceremony
  • Domestic round-flight from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda
  • transfer from Punta Gorda Airport to the lodge and back

  • This Jungle Luxury Lodge in Belize sits on a 12,000 acres wildlife reserve and offers farm-to-table organic food, tasteful furnished cabins, massages and spa treatments and plenty of space for our work together in ritual, self-care, nature experiences, energy medicine, coaching, and spiritual guidance.
  • Take your time back in order to rebalance, heal, reconnect to your life’s purpose and prioritize what’s truly meaningful to you.
  • Retreat to the heart of nature to reconnect with your heart's frequency.
  • Let me create and hold a sacred space for you and bring my tools for your inner healing, energy work, chakra rebalancing, inviting all Divine and Mother Earth’s support into your life, and manifesting that bold vision for yourself.
  • Small-group retreats are the most powerful for emotional healing and recovery from trauma, surgery and cancer treatment but also – as a different outcome focus – for performance coaching.
  • Small-group retreats are wonderful for remembering what brings you joy and recommit to do something every day that brings you joy.
  • All of my retreats provide an opportunity for detox, transforming negative habits, experiencing and committing to clean eating, learning about herbs and supplements, and daily guided journaling.
  • This Lodge offers plenty of space for yoga and meditation: covered pavilion, open terrace overlooking the jungle as well as a deck on the riverbank.
  • There is an incredible spa on site (services can be booked for an additional fee).
  • Additional tours can be booked on site: visit the Mayan temple ruins, adventure tours, waterfalls, snorkeling.
  • There can be times when we have a vision but there are also fears and doubt holding us back. Experience how liberating it feels when you step through your fear and just do it! Combined with the right steps in your daily yoga practice, I offer guided trances and somatic experiencing that help you to reconnect to your inner wisdom and source of unique power. This type of "back to the Source"-retreat is the ultimate empowerment course – for individuals, small groups, and work teams. 

Book Your Spot Here!

Double-room occupancy $2,299

Single-room occupancy $2,799

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

November 30th thru December 7th, 2019

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat on the stunning island of Koh Samui is an uplifting and joyful experience that allows you not to find, not to learn about, not to desire, but to deeply reconnect to your natural state of bliss. The goal of all yoga practice is Self-realization. Therefore, be guided through the layers of your being in yoga, breathing and meditation classes, to get to know yourself better and better until you fully realize who you are and experience pure bliss.

This is a vinyasa flow yoga based retreat, with special classes combining ashtanga (in the morning), yin yoga, energy healing, and yoga nidra (in the evening) to both advance your practice and deeply relax and immerse in stillness.

This retreat takes place at a dedicated yoga venue. There will be other yogis at the same time - so this is right for you if you enjoy meeting new, like-minded people, taking different classes, experimenting with partner and acro yoga. If you are longing for a more quiet and contemplative experience, this retreat in Sicily may be more suitable for you:  http://yogawithmanja.com/ideas-about-happiness

Whether you are just starting yoga, or are a seasoned practitioner - this is time for you to move you out of the mind and into the blissful heart.

This retreat place offers open ocean views, meditation hide-aways, a delicious, all-organic Thai restaurant and bliss cafe, Thai spa, and a yoga shala with props for exclusive use for our group. Additionally, there are a variety of activities offered at very reasonable fees:

  • Visit of Thai temples
  • Visit to an elephant sanctuary
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Guided hike to jungle waterfalls
  • Sunset sailboat cruise
  • Jungle ziplining
  • Snorkeling

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Daily Morning Vinyasa Yoga Class + Meditation (90 minutes): Start your day with setting an intention that supports the unfolding and realization of your life purpose, breathing through a yoga flow, generating the energy for a balanced day
  • Daily Evening Yoga Class + Meditation (90 minutes): End your day with a relaxing yin yoga or yoga nidra session
  • One yoga posture workshop: improve alignment, learn new poses
  • One Reiki and life coaching session
  • Daily Brunch Buffet + Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Transport from and to Airport
  • Access to all amenities: private beach, pool, gym

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Spa Treatments
  • Tours/Activities other than listed in the itinerary
  • Additional Meals
SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Day 1

16:30 – 18:30 – Evening Practice
18:30 – 20:30 – Dinner

Day 2-6

07:00 – 09:00 – Daily Morning Practice
09:30 – 11:30 – Brunch
14:00 – 16:00 – Tour To Elephant Sanctuary (Day 2) / Workshop (Day 3) / Tour To Temples (Day 4) / Reiki Session (Day 5) - included

Standup Paddle-Boarding or Snorkeling (optional) / Hike To Jungle Waterfalls (optional)
16:30 – 18:30 – Daily Evening Practice 
18:30 – 20:30 – Dinner

Day 7

07:00 – 09:00 – Morning Practice
09:30 – 11:30 – Brunch

*Schedule is subject to variations

PRICING AND ACCOMMODATION

Payment of a deposit of $250 reserves your spot at this retreat. Pay  the remainder by March 1st to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.  The booking confirmation together with detailed information about the itinerary, food, directions how to get there, and instructions on how to complete payment for the accommodation of your choice will be sent out after the deposit is received.

Ocean Room Superior

Ocean Room Standard

Beach Bungalow Superior

Beach Bungalow Standard

  Single Occupancy

Early Bird

Single Occupancy

Full Price

Double Occupancy

Early Bird per Person

Double Occupancy

Full Price per Person

Beach Bungalow Standard

950 USD

1050 USD

750 USD

825 USD

Beach Bungalow Superior

1095 USD

1250 USD

850 USD

925 USD

Ocean Room Standard

1175 USD

1300 USD

900 USD

1000 USD

Ocean Room Superior

1400 USD

1500 USD

   

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One-Day Women Retreat: Herbs for Self-Care

How does this sound to you? Let's come together at the beginning of the new year as women and learn about herbs together. This one-day retreat will take place at Blakeley State Park. We will meet at the main gate on Hwy 225 and begin with a guided walking tour. During the walking tour, we learn about the native trees, grasses, and ferns and their healing properties. We will then get to the kitchen, have tea, and learn how to make home remedies and prepare herbal balms for skin care and lip balm. And of course, we have to try our own recipes and also enjoy a delicious, simple herbal skin treatment. While the balms cool off and settle, we will enjoy an all herb-themed lunch and learn about a selection of culinary herbs. After lunch, we will gather around the bonfire with a cup of tea and listen to herbs in ceremony and ritual and learn about the deeper meaning of plants in fairy tales.

The fee for this retreat includes:

  • small skin balm, lip balm, small tea sachet to take home
  • recipes 
  • variety of herbal teas, hot and iced, available all day
  • healthy, homemade lunch
  • park entry fee
  • all learning and good company

Date: January 5, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

One-Day Women Retreat: Herbs for Self-Care at Blakeley State Park, $75.00 

Wild Food and Fermentation

Fermented Food Preparation Class
Learn how to make kombucha, coconut yogurt, beet kvass, and sauerkraut. 

Date: October 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36604

Learn traditional methods to preserve veggies and other food, support gut health and immune strength, create new flavors based on old recipes.
Hands-on, simple, healthy, economical, smart, sustainable - and yummy. 
All supplies are included in the workshop fee of $25.

Reserve your spot here:  

 

Über Manja

"Ich liebe Yoga, Natur, und andere Menschen mehr zu einem gesunden Lebensstil zu ermutigen. Deshalb biete ich regelmaessig Workshops und Retreats an."

Manja Herlt Podratz, Ph.D., unterrichtet Vinyasa, Ashtanga, und Yin Yoga.

header1Als sechsjaehriges Maedchen hat sie von ihrem Vater die ersten Hatha Yoga Uebungen gelernt. Er war es auch, der ihr Entspannungstechniken wie autogenes Training beibrachte.  Von 1998 bis 2006 praktizierte Manja Kundalini und Schwangerschaftsyoga in Berlin verschiedenen Lehrern, und Hatha und Kundalini Yoga in der Tradition nach Swami Sivananda with Yoga Vidya in Deutschland. Im Jahr 2008 ist Manja in die Vereinigten Staaten umgezogen und absolvierte ihre 200-Stunden Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin in 2014/15 mit Tracey Narayani Glover von Shanti Warrior Living Yoga School in Mobile, Alabama.

 

mybookManja erhielt ihr Diplom in Kulturarbeit und Kunstmanagement von der Fachhochschule Potsdam, und einen Doktortitel in Architekturtheorie von der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universitaet (BTU) Cottbus. Sie lehrte fuer 11 Jahre an verschiedenen Hochschulen in Deutschland, Italien, und in den USA und publizierte mehrere akademische Buecher und Artikel auf Englisch und Deutsch waehrend dieser Zeit.

mybook1Im Jahr 1999 erhielt Manja die Diagnose Unterleibskrebs, eine schockierende Diagnose, welche dazu fuehrte, dass sie ihre Ernaehrungs- und Lebensweise komplett umgestellte. Fuer zwei Jahre folgte sie einer Rohkost-Heilnahrung und seitdem ist sie Veganerin. Heute ist sie Mutter von drei wunderbaren Kindern, die alle natuerlich zu Hause geboren wurden. Manja ist die Autorin von "Das Leben kennt den Weg" - ein Ratgeberbuch zu natuerlicher Schwangerschaft und Geburt sowie veganer Ernaehrung. 

http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-cancer

Im Jahr 2001 verursachte ein Sportunfall die Fraktur von drei Rueckenwirbeln. Nach langen Monaten der Heilung, ohne Operation, kam Manja zurueck zu einer intensiveren Yoga Praxis.  http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-spinal-injury

Heute arbeitet Manja als Yogalehrerin, als Brain Health Coach (zertifiziert durch Amen Clinics/Dr. Daniel Amen), zertifizierter Life Coach, zertifizierter Hypnotherapeut, und Reiki Meister. Manja hilft ihren Klienten, Trauma, Angstzustaende, Depressionen, Suechte und ADHS zu heilen auf koerperlicher, geistiger und emotionaler Ebene. Manja arbeitet zweisprachig auf Deutsch und Englisch, und ist ausgebildet und zertifiziert als Uebersetzerin. Regelmaessig arbeitet sie medizinische und juristische Dolmetscherin.

Manjas Lebensmotto ist:

"Wenn Dir viel gegeben wurde, ist es Deine Verantwortung viel zurueckzugeben zu Dir selbst, Deiner Familie und Deiner Gemeinde, zum besten Wohle aller."

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Retreats

PLEASE READ THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BOOKING. Do not hesitate to contact me (manjapodratz@gmail.com) should you have any questions.

PAYMENT

In order to reserve your spot for this retreat, you may either pay in full or pay a deposit and then pay the remainder before or by August 15, 2018. Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you a confirmation of your deposit/payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. I wish I could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but I have costs already going into play when reserving retreat centers. I have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL THE RETREAT

  • If you cancel more than 75 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 50 – 75 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 49 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 50% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

HOWEVER

You may TRANSFER your reservation to another person subject to the procedures in this paragraph. Such transfer must be made no later than September 10th, 2018. In order to make the transfer, the owner of the reservation must contact me and provide contact information for the person who receives the transfer. The transfer between transferor and recipient may be as a gift or as a sale between the two parties, which will be considered completely independent of Manja Podratz and Yoga With Manja. Transfers made without communicating it to me will not be manifested to the final attendee list and there will be no refund of the ticket price. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: manjapodratz@gmail.com

IF I CANCEL THE RETREAT

I have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if I do cancel a trip due to personal circumstances such as illness or death in the family, I will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that I must cancel a retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, I cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator I work with.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

To join the retreat you must have travel insurance. The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:

•  you cancel your participation in the retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
•  lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

Ideas About Happiness – Yoga Retreat in Sicily

IDEAS ABOUT HAPPINESS

Did you know that the best preserved ancient Greek temples cannot be found in Greece but on the Italian island of Sicily and that numerous Greek philosophers lived on Sicily? To this day, this island is still a truly mind-opening place - you can't help but think and experience more deeply.

Join me for a yoga retreat in Sicily, Italy from June 16th thru 22nd, 2019.

We will be staying at a beautiful, clifftop villa just south of Taormina, with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna.

Arrive just in time to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a special guided meditation.

Explore the Ancient philosophical writings by Aristotle and Plato (who spent most of his life on Sicily). Study the Philosophy of Happiness and compare it to the teachings of the Baghavad Gita. These Greek and Indian teachings are about the same old and are remarkably similar in their approach to happiness.

This is a retreat that combines yoga, healthy living, positive affirmation of life, cultural studies, and spending time in nature. Besides visiting archaeological sites in Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina, you will also visit a fifth-generation winery and enjoy a fabulous Sicilian dinner!

Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and access to the balcony. This venue allows the quietness and space for a yoga retreat. And it comes private access to swimming in salt water or to seek a silent meditation spot.

The fee for this retreat includes (click to see the Itinerary):

  • Accommodation in a deluxe single or double room for 7 nights: rooms can be furnished with two separate twin-size beds or one queen size bed - to your preference.
  • Daily maid-service, mid-week linen change.
  • Guided yoga practice twice daily. 
  • Guided meditations and posture clinics to deepen your personal practice.
  • Three meals per day, Sicilian/Italian plant-based cuisine.
  • Transportation from and to Catania Airport.
  • Transportation to daily tours.
  • Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - one of the best-preserved sites of Greek Ancient temples in the world!
  • Visit of the Greek Theater and Isola Bella in Taormina.
  • Visit of the Neapolis and baroque center of Siracusa.
  • Visit of Roman archaeological sites in Piazza Armerina and Morgantina.
  • Talks about the ancient philosophy of creation, healthy living, honoring body and soul, and IDEAS OF HAPPINESS.

The fee does NOT include:

  • flights
  • travel insurance (REQUIRED!)
  • massage and Reiki services (can be booked at the venue)
  • spending money for tips, souvenirs

"The Secret Of Change Is To Focus All Of Your Energy Not On Fighting The Old But On Building The New." - Socrates

Go with us on this trip - book here:

Pay Deposit to Reserve Your Spot $250.00 Pay in full by May 1st, 2019

Pay in full: Double-Occupancy-Room $1,950.00/per person

 

 

Pay in full: Single-Occupancy-Room $2,150.00

 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the itinerary, yoga practice at the retreat, travel preparation, registration process and forms of payment accepted. manjapodratz@gmail.com

You can find my cancellation and refund policy here.

Yoga 101

Seated Poses, Yin Yoga Poses, Mudras

Standing Poses, Standing Balances

Inversions

Heart Openers

Twists and Binds

Arm Balances

Core Strength