Awaken your natural rhythms, confidence and vitality. You will be filled up & stretched out, and then let loose to be super active, or relax and ponder the meaning & purpose of your life. Discover tranquility, meet amazing people, and splash the sea!
We do Yoga and Body Soul Movement to feel alive, vital and empowered. We activate our physical body to influence the mind and emotions, which not only helps us to gain core strength, but core confidence as well. We are surrounded by the energy of the sun, wind and sea to lift our energy, boost our joy, and recover our playful spririt.
We relax to create time and space for transformation and healing. We enhance our natural beauty, care for our wellbeing, and make blissful raw chocolate truffles. When it is time to eat, we eat well! Mornings begin with the daily beautiful sunrise, followed by yoga and a delicious, wholesome breakfast. In the evening, you will boost your vitality, nourish your true potential, and get in touch with your creative nature through Body Soul Movement Therapy.
This retreat experience is located in La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico. La Ventana is a small Mexican fishing village where the mountains give way to a beautiful cactus-covered desert that melts into the blue-green waters of the Sea of Cortez. La Ventana means "the window," and it is considered one of the most perfect places to kitesurf and windsurf. You will feel the vibe, elements and energy of the place and people.
You will also enjoy a cooking class to learn how to make blissful raw chocolate truffles, healthy seasonings to enhance any cuisine, and the special healing drink that you will enjoy each morning during your stay. With the warm and welcoming teachers and staff, the effectiveness of the classes, the delicious food, and the value for your money, we will make sure this retreat and your trip to Mexico will be such an incredible experience that you will want to come back again next year - and bring along your friends.
Includes: Morning Meditation Yoga sessions Body Soul Movement classes Cooking class Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks, bicycles and snorkel equipment Temezcal Traditional sauna One Holistic Massage or Craniosacral Therapy treatment An evening meditation and walk through the desert Accommodations 3 daily gourmet vegetarian meals and drinks Cookbook Location Casa Verde, La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico Nearby Airports: San Jose - SJD (2 hours), La Paz - LAP (45 minutes)
Dates Flexible mind, flexible body...flexible dates available (see Prices): ? 22-25 November: session 1. ? 4-10 April: session 2. This session is for women only. ? 11-17 April: session 3. This session is focused on relationships. Both singles & couples are welcome. ? 18-24 April: session 4. Easter Week - Open to everyone.
customized or self-directed individual/couples retreats available. Retreat prices per person, all inclusive*, during April 4-24
4 days/3 nights: $495/shared double $685/private single $840/family
7 days/6 nights: $985/shared double $1,295/private single $1,640/family
11 days/10 nights: $1,550/shared double $2,050/private single $2,700/family
Contact Federica or Joshua to register
Call Casa Verde 612-114-0214 (Mexico)
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.bodysoulmovement.org www.bajmahal.com
Booking conditions: To reserve your place, please pay a $300 (USD) non-refundable deposit. Contact Body Soul Movement for deposit instructions. The balance amount is payable upon arrival.
Cancellation: Deposits are non-refundable, but you have a couple of options if you need to cancel. First option, find someone to fill your place, or the second option, we will apply your deposit to a future retreat if booked within 1 year of your cancellation.
Accepted payment methods: Bank wire transfer, Credit card, Debit card, Paypal (additional fees may apply)
Accepted currencies on location: United States Dollar, Euro, Mexican Peso Change policy: We reserve the right to improve the program with prior notice to participants!
Travel insurance is recommended but not included in the price.
Body Soul Movement Yoga in Mexico - The course program Each week begins with a welcome circle celebration and then the introductory Body-Soul Movement Therapy session at 5.00 p.m. on the day of arrival, followed by dinner. Mornings begin at 7.15 a.m. with a fast-breaking morning drink to nourish and strengthen your digestive system.
The first class begins around 7.30 a.m. with meditation and then a 1 - hour Arising Light Yoga class with Federica, or a Yoga class with one of our guest teachers. Session 1 guest teacher is Molly, who will be leading a Chakra-Flow yoga class.
A delicious and nourishing breakfast buffet is served after the class and includes your choice of a fresh, raw juice or smoothie. After breakfast, you are free to try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), take some kitesurf or windsurf lessons (not included), go on a bike ride, relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment, or explore the village and region. Your stay includes free use of the bikes, SUPs, kayaks, and snorkel equipment.
Lunch is usually around 1.00 p.m.
The evening Body Soul Movement Therapy class usually begins at 5pm, followed by a delicious buffet dinner.
The last day of the retreat begins with the morning class and ends following a late breakfast/brunch.
No previous experience in yoga or any movement activity is required for participation in the course, and will not affect your enjoyment of the retreat. All classes are taught in English. Optional languages include: Italian, French and Spanish.
Morning Classes Mornings begin with either the 50-minute Chakra-Flow Yoga class, or the 1-hour+ Arising Light Yoga class. On some days both classes will be offered. On those days you may take either class, or both classes back-to-back for a longer practice.
The Chakra-Flow Yoga class includes the 7 chakras, with options to choose from seven 8 to 14-minute Chakra-specific flows. Each Chakra section has brief explanations and theory, a warm-up and a short flow. It is a holistic and systematic approach to Asana (the physical postures and movements) intended to enhance physical and mental emotions. This flow promotes happiness and ease without dullness, and strength and steadiness without tension.
The Arising Light Yoga class begins with silence and stillness, which helps us to enter into another state of consciousness and body presence. This state of being arises from the breath, and will guide us in a flow of experience that we can call yoga.
The class will include: ? breathwork ? massage ? aerobic movement ? walking and doing activity or exercise in nature (for example yoga on the beach) ? asanas (postures) and yoga nidra (deep relaxation)
This morning class helps the body and mind to smoothly transition from a state of sleep and dreams to being awake and active. It is a beneficial practice you can add to your morning to help you stay centered and focused during the busy day. We will learn different ways to celebrate life!
Evening classes: 2-hour Body-Soul Movement Therapy Through authentic, free movement, we will release the deep tension and limitations that block our freedom and vitality. We will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.
Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching we will feed the parts of our body and soul that we have buried, forgotten and ignored. In short, we will reveal and awaken their natural states of being.
Through self expression, we will reach a new form of dialogue and union with ourselves. We will play with ourselves. We will challenge our ego and our comfort zone, light up our "story" and feel lighter. In this journey there is no teacher and no technique to memorize. We are not here to learn any new theories. We have collected so many theories that our minds seem to have lost their ability to be alert, silent and open to pure creation.
This physical - emotional - mental journey to find your true self is your own pure creation. Federica will be your guide and hold an open space for you. In her words: “I’m here to remind you of your power. I’m here to offer you tools to get through mental and emotional traps.
Together, we will find your inner Light and Clarity”.
These classes include elements from: ? African dance ? contact improvisation ? bioenergetics exercises ? voice work ? breathing work ? massage ? physical theater ? meditation ? self expression
Culinary Awakening Cooking Class
In this class, you will learn how to make raw chocolate truffles, various seasonings to enhance any food, and healing drinks to remedy imbalances and digestive issues.
Casa Verde - el Paraiso de La Ventana. Located on the beach and in the center of La Ventana, these beachfront accommodations are very comfortable and peaceful. We can relax in the inner courtyard, which faces the sea. The quiet atmosphere and sea breezes give us space and inspiration, and allow us to attune to ourselves and natures rhythms. We also have an excellent view from the second-story Yoga Palapa!
Casa Verde is just 45 minutes southeast of La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur.
Food and Drink
Meals are a set menu and include all breakfasts, lunches, and buffet dinners. Delicious vegetarian cuisine will be served on a daily basis.
Each day includes a beautiful buffet breakfast, a light lunch, and delicious buffet dinner. We will have both cooked and fresh options, and we will accommodate dietary requirements. The food will include a wide variety of vegetarian cuisines and styles, depending on available ingredients. Many of the fresh ingredients come from local farms.
Drink options include: juices, smoothies, green or black tea, herbal teas- iced or hot, Starbuck's coffee/espresso, or Teeccino coffee alternative.
There's a guest kitchen available to prepare your own food if you desire. The village restaurants, only a short walk away, offer a wide range of local dishes, including fresh fish and meat.
Hosts & Teachers
Federica Clemente: Body Soul Movement Therapy, Arising Light Yoga, Massage and Craniosacral Therapist
Joshua Gefroh: Retreat Chef, Cooking Classes, SUP & Kayak Instructor
Molly Kissinger (session 1): Chakra Flow Yoga
Federica Clemente is the leading massage and craniosacral therapist at Spa Verde and the Healing Room, which is hosted by Casa Verde. During the summer, she works as a therapist and leads her highly regarded Body Soul Movement retreats at Yoga on Crete in Greece. Federica's style of massage therapy and her Body Soul Movement therapy have gained attention from communities in several cities around the world, including London, New York, Paris, Helsinki, and Prague.
Federica grew up in Torino, Italy. She studied dance from a young age and lived up to her Leo nature, organizing impromptu "home productions" for her family. She also remembers organizing a charity at her school after learning about the poor living conditions of African children. Her loving and nurturing nature are alive in her role as a mother and wife, while her desire to lead and help others is now expressed in her work as a therapist and teacher.
Federica's own healing and awakening journey began while she was on a somewhat different path as a professional dancer. When she was 24 years old, Federica had an unfortunate accident while dancing in Africa. With the care of a local shaman, she began to heal from both physical and emotional pain. It was a life changing experience and became the foundation of her healing work.
Federica was inspired to stay in Africa and learn the ways of shamanic healing. During that time of healing and learning, her dance practice slowly turned away from putting on a glamorous show in the name of entertainment. Instead, it turned inward to a self-healing, therapeutic movement. After 3 years in Africa, she returned to Europe and searched for a recognized healing technique that reflected what she had learned from the shamans.
That search first brought her to yoga. Through the physical flow of asanas, she found the more subtle healing aspect of movement. And, from the yoga philosophy, she encountered something deeper that would later lead her to meditation.
While developing her yoga practice, she also completed a massage course. Massage was an important aspect of the shamanic healing she had learned about, and it gave her certification in a recognized therapy. Over the years of doing massage, particularly for yoga practitioners, and with her knowledge of shamanic healing, dance and yoga kinetics, she has enhanced and improved her technique to a point that her healing therapy is much more than a massage.
With encouragement from her clients, Federica began to hold weekend workshops to train others in her method of massage. However, from the first workshop she found that the participants needed to be in a more free and aware state (in other words, they needed to release tension and pre-occupied mental states) before they could access their own healing abilities. So, she intuitively began to use several different techniques to help them get there. That was an important step to her work as a healer because the participants gained so much from it - even more than from her massage work because it was initiated from within each person's own nature.
Amazed at how much true and meaningful healing could happen, she continued holding "massage" workshops and refining her approach to get the participants ready to massage. Slowly, the instruction in massage technique gave way to the more important aspect of helping others to find an improved state of wellbeing - a process which she now calls Body Soul Movement.
While developing Body Soul Movement, and searching for more subtle but powerful techniques to help others, Federica began to study biodynamic craniosacral therapy. She has since completed her two-year training and offers regular treatments.
Joshua Gefroh is the lead chef and cooking instructor at Yoga on Crete, Greece.
Joshua grew up in Oregon, surrounded by a big family of excellent home cooks who influenced his early enjoyment of food. His grandfather cultivated a large, vibrant garden and his grandmother prepared good, hearty meals from scratch - a combination influenced by the Alsatian cuisine of her homeland and the great depression that she had to cook her way through.
While Joshua always enjoyed eating food, his interest in cooking and the culinary arts really expanded after becoming vegetarian in 2002. He also began to feel more connected with how food plays an important role in lifestyle. Influenced by his friends, Joshua followed his interest to learn more about the nature of cooking and healing properties of foods.
From 2005-2007, he attended the 2-year macrobiotic chef training program at the Natural Epicurean in Austin, TX. He has been working as a professional vegetarian chef since 2007, and has further developed his skills by working at vegetarian, macrobiotic, yoga, dharma and raw food restaurants, retreats and centers around the world.
Joshua wrote and self-published two cookbooks. The first contains all the original recipes he developed for the highly rated restaurant Paprika in Granada, Spain. The second includes many of the delicious recipes he prepares for guests at Yoga on Crete.
Molly Kissinger is a student of life, yoga practitioner of more than 20 years, mother, wife, avid sportswoman and kiteboarder, IKO instructor, and humble servant. She lives with her family in LaVentana, Baja California Sur, Mexico (November through April) and Hood River, OR (April through October). Molly is thoroughly grateful to share her impressions of wellness and everyday fitness with all those who join her.
Location Paradise is much closer than you think. La Ventana is a small Mexican fishing village where the mountains give way to a beautiful cactus-covered desert that melts into the blue-green waters of the Sea of Cortez. This is a special and beautiful location with incredible turquoise water, amazing sunrises and sunsets, perfect temperatures and incredible dessert, mountain, sea and island vistas.
La Ventana is excellent for kite boarding and wind surfing. This area is one of the most consistently windy places you'll find anywhere in the world during its windy season November-April). The mornings are usually calm, and the afternoon wind carries the scent of the sea to refresh us under the hot sunshine.
Optional Activities & Tours All guests have the use of our SUPs, snorkel gear, bikes and kayaks.
Bikes Our cruiser bikes are a great way to visit the farmers-artists market, and get around the village or closer to the desert.
Mt. Biking There are many great mountain biking trails in the area. Riding through the cactus forest is a really cool experience. Our cruisers won't make it out there, so you should consider bringing your Mt. bike with you. We may have some Mt. bikes for rent, and/or offer tours. Write to us and we will keep you updated.
Kayaking & Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) The SUPs and kayaks are perfect for cruising the calm morning waters of the sea of Cortez. Your easy and relaxing journey may get fun and exciting if one of the inquisitive dolphins comes by for an introduction. Also, if you take a camera along, you can get perfect close-up shots of pelicans, seagulls and other sea birds. SUP has become very popular in La Ventana Bay. Most mornings are very calm and are perfect for the paddle boarding beginner. On the days when the surf is breaking, it's even more fun.
Snorkeling Snorkel gear is provided for our guests as well. Calm days make for crystal-clear water. There is a multitude of tropical fish to be found in the bay. Famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau dubbed the Sea of Cortez "the world's aquarium."
Kite lessons Kitemasters, as well as other kite schools offer lessons in La Ventana from November to April. They have beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. So if you have no kiteboarding experience or if you just want to improve your riding skills, we will be happy to arrange lessons for you or you may contact one of these school yourself.
Spanish lessons There are a few local Spanish instructors we can connect you with. They offer affordable, convenient lessons.
Temazcal (traditional sauna) In ancient Mesoamerica Temazcal was used as part of a curative ceremony thought to purify the body after exertion such as after a battle or a ceremonial ball game. It was also used for healing the sick, improving health, and for women to give birth. It continues to be used today in Indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America that were part of the ancient Mesoamerican region for spiritual and health reasons. It is currently being recovered by all sectors of society in that part of the world and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit. Our Temazcal sweatlodge is a circular dome structure constructed from volcanic rock and cement.
Spa Verde Spa Verde in La Ventana is the first and only day spa located in the La Ventana/ El Sargento area. We provide a variety of services that aim to replenish your body's natural vitality. We offer facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing, hairstyling, and body wraps. We use only top of the line, natural, non-toxic, organic products. So step away from the rigors of your vacation and let our skilled estheticians and therapists pamper you. http://laventanaspa.com/index.html
SCUBA The Sea of Cortez offers a great variety of dive sites to enjoy a spectacular underwater adventure. There are many opportunities to see different types of whales such as Humpbacks, Blues and Grays. The best dive season is October – November, when the water warms up to tropical temperatures and visibility can rival classic dive destinations. Many divers flock to Cabo for a chance to see hammerhead sharks in the Corridor or at El Bajo (near La Paz), whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez and much more. December – March brings excellent diving. There are often humpback and grey whales, making the transition from the Sea of Cortez into the Pacific Ocean, along with sea lions and schools of mobula rays to dive with. The colder water of winter and spring also brings banded guitarfish & bullseye rays, octopuses many other critters up from the deeper waters to recreational dive depths. Throughout the year, divers and photographers can expect to see fish – large schools, tiny fish in coral heads and large fish like groupers. Sharks (ie white tip reef sharks) and turtles also come by to model for u/w photographers, while nudibranchs and blennies keep the macro photographers' eyes on the reef.
Whale Watching After spending the summer feeding in Alaska, gray whales begin their incredible migration south to winter in Baja California. They travel for 2-3 months to reach the warmer southern waters where they will mate and birth from mid-January to end of March. Large numbers of grays congregate in 3 bays along Baja's west coast; Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Laguna San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena (the southernmost bay, only 3 hours drive across peninsula from La Paz). Here, gray whales will sometimes swim near small skiffs and allow themselves to be touched. Concern has grown about the impact of boat traffic around whales, and the number of boats allowed in the breeding lagoons is restricted. Along the migration route, boats' proximity to whales is also limited.
Tour Todos Santos and Pescadero Todos Santos is a lovely little pueblo given the official designation of “Pueblo Magico”. With its traditional colonial architecture Todos Santos is located on the Pacific coast and a favorite of North American travelers seeking to experience Baja, outside of the Cabo tourist scene. Just 73 kilometers north of Cabo San Lucas, it is framed by the Pacific Ocean and its splendid beaches with a view of the open sea which has earned it the name of “Window on the Pacific”. Todos Santos is known for is thriving cultural and arts scene, and is a permanent residence for a number of artist’s galleries exhibiting local and international works. Todos Santos is also hone to the lovely old Hotel California, built in 1928, and a large number of cozy restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops.
Families and children are welcome. Childcare is available for a small charge. Free WiFi Reading Library Shops and restaurants nearby
Not Included One dinner out (on week-long sessions) Spa treatments Flights to Mexico (Nearby airports are La Paz: LAP, or Los Cabos: SJD) Transfers to the retreat location. We can help you arrange transfers Optional excursions and activities
About other dates and self-directed retreats Federica and Joshua are at Casa Verde in La Ventana through the winter, and can, theoretically, offer single or self-directed retreats similar to this program on flexible dates November - April. There are two ways we can do this. 1) We will set up a tailored program based on your preferred dates, accommodations, classes, meals, therapies, etc., as well as your budget. 2) You can book the room of your choice at Casa Verde for $110-$150 per night (based on availability), and pay for classes, meals and therapies, etc. as you go. Classes will range from $10 (for example a group yoga class) - $50 (for example a private Body Soul Movement class, or physical holistic counseling*). Meals will range from $5-$20. Therapies will range from $50-$100. Other optional activities, classes, and therapies may be available and vary in price. *For private Body Soul Movement classes: the Body Soul Movement classes will be personally tailored for you. In a one-to-one context, this could be thought of as physical holistic counseling (physical movement, expression, process, and awareness that influence the emotional and mental conditions, or states). These sessions are often very effective in healing, and an effective accompaninement to psychological counseling. Please note that choosing a custom date outside of the 3 session options in April means that you may be the only person on retreat. There will be other people doing some classes with you, but not as part of a group retreat (the other people will be locals or windsport vacationers).