Category Archives: Retreats

Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize

December 2nd thru 7th, 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?
  • 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? 

How about taking time for yourself? I offer this retreat as a one-week 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 and 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, biking and more
  • access to all amenities: pool, gym, yoga pavilion (mats and props provided), kayaks, bicycles, hiking trails
  • Mayan cocoa/chocolate ceremony
  • Domestic flight from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda
  • 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, and spiritual guidance.
  • Take your time back in order to recalibrate, 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, deck on the riverbank ... and it offers an incredible spa (services can be booked for an additional fee).
  • 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 upgrading your communication skills, guided trances and somatic experiencing that helps 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. 

Pay a deposit of $350 to hold your spot. Pay in full by August 30, 2019.

Single-occupancy room pay in full $2,350

Double-occupancy room pay in full, per Person $1,950

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

 September  22nd thru 28th, 2019

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat on the stunning island of Koh Samui is an inspiring and life-changing 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 yin yoga, energy healing, and yoga nidra to deeply relax and immerse in stillness.

Whether you are just starting yoga, or are a seasoned practitioner - this is time for you to move you 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. Additional, 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 in full by March 1st to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. 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.

Reserve my spot:

Ocean Room Superior

Ocean Room Standard

Beach Bungalow Superior

 

Single Room

Early Bird

Single Room

Full Price

Double Room

Early Bird per Person

Double Room

Full Price per Person

Yoga Cave

850 USD

950 USD

   

Zen Bungalow

950 USD

1050 USD

   

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

   

Beach Bungalow Standard

Zen Bungalow

Yoga Cave

 

 

Ideas About Happiness – Yoga Retreat in Sicily

Besides loving yoga I really love traveling and I love teaching about a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, I love hosting retreats and inviting you to escape your daily list of chores every once in a while to go visit new places, get to meet new people, learn about foreign cultures, and most of all, really dedicate time to a committed yoga practice.

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 this early summer from June 16th thru 22nd, 2019.

We will be staying at a beautiful, clifftop villa 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.

Blue Moon Transformational Health And Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

From January 28th to February 3rd, 20187-day / 6-night retreat in the gorgeous Cañafistula Valley in Costa Rica, called

Blue Moon Transformation Health And Yoga Retreat

January 2018 started the new year with two full moons in one month, therefore the second moon is called a blue moon. As if that wouldn't make the timing special enough yet, there happened simultaneously a full lunar eclipse. For me, reason enough to make this time all about looking inwards and bringing awareness to the shadow aspects of our mental and emotional life. The larger cosmic cycles are a great reminder that our lives go through cycles as well - after work comes rest, after excitement a quiet moment, and back to pushing forward and then resting again. Can you see where I'm going with this? 

Why would you want to go on a yoga retreat? And what is all this talk about transformation and health about?

There sure are plenty absolutely amazing resorts, beautiful beaches, and other destinations out there in the world that just wait for people to come and spend a relaxing vacation with them. If that's all you long for - some time out from work, sunshine on your belly, and hanging out in a beautiful place - go for it! No hard feelings. Just know that what I'm inviting you for is so much more.

I'm committed to offering you:

  • a body cleanse with locally sourced, fresh, plant-based food
  • hold space for you to feel safe to do your inner work
  • guide you through meditations, breath work, and yoga practice to help you to realign with your true purpose
  • help you make shifts to heal old wounds, limiting beliefs, and negative self-talk
  • guide you to a positive outlook on your life, so that you can bring compassion and love to your family, work environment, community, and yourself
  • teach you about herbs, trance work, and energy healing - to help you stay balanced and centered, and make lasting changes towards a mindful lifestyle.

And that's not all! While being still and listening inwards is important for healing and soul-purpose-alignment, it is almost equally important to create excitement and joy and lots of motivation to say fully YES to life.  So, I invite you to go with me on daring tours, expanding your comfort zone and reviving your ability to get excited and feel the feelings and burst open into laughter and awe. 

This is personal - the people who decide to join a retreat with me are ready, internally, for a deeply spiritual experience. It's not just about "hanging out". The people who take time for this trip are like you - seekers, students, open-minded, and heart-centered - that don't just practice yoga to maintain a sexy butt but as a practice for healing, personal growth, and mindfulness.

The Inner Space Meets The Open Sky

Vegan Yoga Retreat, September 2 thru 5, 2016, in Destin, Florida

Time to reset, to breathe salty air, detox the body while learning how to prepare healthy meals, daily yoga and guided meditation to allow all of you become spacious and feel connected with the Divine source of our all being and with the amazing possibilities available for your life.

Review by Linda C.: 

"I wanted to thank you Manja for a wonderful weekend in Destin at her yoga retreat. I am on the go with so many responsibilities and I rarely take the time to relax. (I realize now) At Manja’s retreat, I was able to use her theme of inner space meets the open sky to help me refresh and come back with a new outlook. In this intimate setting we felt supported; mind body and spirit. Nutritionally with excellent meals, teas and snacks, with all the amenities for the body (including Reiki session) breathe practices, asana practice, and nourishment for my soul in meditation and yoga Nidra. Plus plenty of free time to read, relax in the hot tub, at the beach, and engage in enlightening conversation. I feel more equipped now to face my busy schedule with greater knowledge on how to handle stress. Much gratitude"