Reconnection Retreat to Apoyo Lodge || Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya, Nicaragua, January 12-17, 2018, www.apoyolodge.com
Overview of the location: “Apoyo Lodge offers students and teachers the perfect environment; a unique secluded and natural setting ideal to pursue a mindful, health-conscious lifestyle in peace and solitude. The lodge specialises in plant-based global cuisine and sources seasonal, local, organic produce when available.
Some guests describe the lodge as "the perfect place to unplug from the outside world" to further remove themselves from daily distractions in order to connect with their highest selves in the natural world. Lake Apoyo is an ideal location to escape the daily distractions of city life and reacquire a connection with your true self in the stillness and tranquility that the nature reserve offers. The water of the lagoon is believed to have special healing properties and is coined as “the jewel of Nicaragua.”
Twice daily yoga will fine tune your body, mind, and spirit. Registration will close at 16 maximum participants (maybe sooner, depending on room choices) ensuring that the group size is intimate. We grow and learn in relationship, and the group will learn just as much from each other as they will from the teacher and the topics explored. Room types are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Retreating can be the space needed for introspection, reflection, and reconnection in order to come back to our daily lives with more attention and intention. da Vinci would step away from his canvas in order to see it with fresh eyes and new perspective. This retreat will be a deep dive into living the practice of yoga, for returning to our lives with more mindfulness, openness, and freedom. Through the lens of yogic philosophy, Buddhist meditation, and somatic psychology, this retreat will encourage participants to hone the tool of standing strongly in themselves in order to come back to the helm of their own lives. In yoga, we won’t mess around-- the 2- hour morning practice will be the usual LA signature intended to deepen your practice, both physical and spiritual, and invite homecoming to and uniting of body and spirit. The practice is adaptive and can accommodate all abilities. The evening 75- minute practice, depending on the night, will include meditation, restorative, chanting, and continuing education topics in the realm of yogic philosophy that will be intentionally woven together and built upon each other from night to night and from day to night that will reinforce our learnings together. We will unwind the nervous system to glimpse the benefits of repatterning and releasing habitual ways of being so we can approach life with more intention and choice.
We will eat three meals on each full day of the trip (dinner will be provided on the first day and breakfast will be served on the last), the resort is known for their absolutely mouth watering plant based meals that respect the planet and animals and are mostly grown locally. While not in practice, relax on-site, explore the surrounding area, a spa treatment, or enjoy an excursion to some of the wonders nearby.
Excursions: are optional but so enriching to the trip: A half-day trip to Granada City and the 365 islands allows you to enjoy a tour of the colorful colonial city of Granada and a boat trip through Las Isletas in Lake Cocibolca, the great lake of Nicaragua, situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano. A half day tour of the Masaya Artisan Market and Volcano National Park includes a visit to the town of Masaya, the Nicaraguan capital of folklore and handicrafts, and a trip to the Masaya Volcano National Park where you can admire the majestic and imposing crater of Santiago, the most heavily venting volcano in Nicaragua. The Mombacho Volcano and Zipline Tour trip includes a ride in an army truck from the base of the volcano to the top, stopping along the way to visit a coffee plantation and the lush cloud forest with incredible panoramic views of Granada and Lake Nicaragua. This hike is 4hrs long and includes an expert guide with an optional zipline through the treetops. The San Juan Del Sur trip and tour takes you to the once sleepy fishing village of San Juan del Sur, known these days as the surf capital of Nicaragua. Enjoy a surf lesson in one of the famous beaches in the area, or just relax by the mighty Pacific Ocean. Service and outreach: Apoyo Lodge is also heavily involved in Seva (the Sankrit word for selfless service). If you should choose to on your trip, you are welcome to inquire about contributing your time in service to one of the organizations they support in your free time during the day between practices.
Included: Twice daily yoga. 3 communal plant-based meals per full retreat day (including dinner on retreat day of arrival and breakfast on day of retreat departure). Roundtrip transportation. Unlimited coconut water, morning herbal tea, drinking water, bananas, and limes. Daily maid service (all linens and beach towels provided). Unlimited wifi. Hot water and all natural locally handmade shower products provided. Unlimited beach access. Not included: Airfare. Not included, but available: extra snacks and beverages, spa treatments, tours, and excursions.
$1089 investment. $500 deposit secures your spot. Deposits are non-refundable. All payments are non-refundable. Registration below.
Cultivate and Flourish: A Mentorship for Yoga Teachers at Coolidge Corner Yoga
with Laura Ahrens and Tatyana Souza Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. November 17th, December 15th, January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 13th, May 18th
Teacher training really starts when it ends, and truly learning how to teach happens through teaching. In training, we learn and refine a skill set and develop a toolbox for teaching, but that can be quite different than the application of those skills and tools with real students and real classes. Although being out in the field is where so much learning can occur, it can be difficult to navigate the path of becoming a true teacher without continued guidance and refinement of the skills learned in training.
To register, click here to be redirected to Coolidge Corner Yoga's registration system (opens in new window).
Mentorship will include:
Advanced vinyasa sequencing
Universal alignment principles and how to refine your understanding of posture in theory and practice
Yoga Philosophy, including limbs of yoga (yamas, niyamas) and how to live the practice and weave the philosophy into your teaching, your practice and your life
Chakra centers and how to sequence for specific chakra balance
Seeing bodies, advanced assists, and modifications for all bodies including advanced prop usage and modifications for common injuries
Effective cueing, refining your voice as a teacher, voice as a vehicle
Monthly business checks-ins and support from your community to continue to grow your career. You'll be given homework and challenges between sessions.
A unique aspect of our mentorship program will be a professional practicum. Unlike the practicum you passed to graduate, you will have logged some hours teaching under your belt and the feedback will land differently now that you’ve flexed your teaching muscles. Afterwards, you will receive challenging yet encouraging feedback and suggestions for applying the feedback for growth in your teaching.
Attendance in 2 of Laura’s and 2 of Tatyana’s classes before commencement of the program; 2 more of Laura’s and 2 more of Tatyana’s over the duration of the mentorship..
Have been teaching at least 6 months or have taught at least 5 group classes.
200 hour YTT completion
35 Hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (CEU) credits
Personalized homework for growth as a practitioner and teacher
Feedback to apply to your teaching moving forward