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Yoga Adventure Retreat

Traveling gently along the Avenue of Volcanoes in Ecuador, you experience a lovely balance of yoga and adventure. From the cobblestone streets of the historic capital, we head out into the heart of the Andes, hike to the glacier's edge on the world's highest active volcano, and relax into an historic hacienda. Finally, we travel down into a tropical cloud forest paradise surrounded by hummingbirds and pounding waterfalls. Daily yoga practice will balance your adventure here on the equator!

Where

Hacienda El Porvenir146174
North Entrance, Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Cotopaxi, EC

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles

Levels

When

Jun 13 to
Jun 21
2015
20:00 pmto08:00 am

Saturday, June 13 is set aside completely for arrivals. You can arrive at any time this day without missing a thing. The same goes for Sunday, June 21 and departures. You can depart at the time most convenient for you. Some folks even depart late at night on Saturday the 20th.

Price

$2,200

Based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available upon request with an additional charge. Reserve your space with a $500 deposit.

Full Description

This retreat is for anyone who desires to experience ADVENTURE and YOGA in equal doses. This is not an immersive retreat but instead is for active yogis interested in exploring both their inner landscapes and this big wide world of ours simultaneously. Your daily yoga practice is designed to complement the day's adventure. For restorative class following a particularly active day of hiking or a "get up and go" session before hitting the road to our next destination. Equal parts relaxation and exhilaration await!

Retreat Theme Statement:

Dare to go where you have never been. Dream. Explore. Roam Free. Live every moment to your fullest potential. Step outside of your comfort zone and journey into the realms deep within to find your purpose, your joy; the life you truly want to lead. The only day to love, believe, and live is TODAY. Join Amy in freeing the mind and body from holding onto whatever it is that no longer serves you. No more living in yesterday or tomorrow, but living in every moment of today. You are limitless, bountiful, and beautiful. Inside and out. Together, we will open our minds to the positive, explore fun and freedom through mindful meditation throughout our trip. We will find adventure and experience new depths of being.

Bring a journal to explore your thoughts and feelings as well as to record your adventures and your journey into new realms. We will practice yoga daily with mindfulness to what our bodies crave and need. Be ready to laugh, be playful, and have fun while living the life you were meant to live!

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Transport from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre (UIO) airport to your hotel.

Meet and great dinner with fellow travelers, yoga instructor and hosts.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Quito, City Park/Old Town (historical center of Quito)

Yoga in the tranquility of our boutique hotel

Afternoon tour of Quito’s colonial historic district for which the city has been named a UNESCO world heritage site

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Quito, Teleferiqo cable car/Artesenal handcrafted goods market

This morning, we will take a ride in Quito’s Teleferiqo up the flanks of volcano Pichincha to 13,300ft

Enjoy an empowering practice on the slopes of Pichincha with volcanic energy flowing below our feet

Embark upon an afternoon shopping and bargaining excursion to the Artesenal Market

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Hacienda & Horse Back Ride

Off we go into the heart of the Avenue of Volcanoes! Arrive at a cozy historic hacienda just in time for a hearty, traditional lunch before using your time in the afternoon to choose your adventure. Opt to take a 3 hour horseback ride across windswept plains, relax by the fire, or enjoy a self-guided hike.

After the day’s activities, enjoy another traditional meal and yoga under the stars before drifting off into a peaceful sleep.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cotopaxi National Park

Today we visit Cotopaxi and enjoy an exhilarating practice on the shores of a volcanic lake. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to hike up Cotopaxi’s slopes to the refuge at 15,900ft.

After such an active day, we return once more to the comfort of our mountain lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mitad del Mundo-Mindo

transport to the small town of Mindo situated in the Andean cloud forest (Aprox. 4 hours)

Along the way, we will stop at the equator & tour the Intiñan Museum, a fun and informative collection of exhibits and demonstrations on the GPS marked equator

Arrive in Mindo and explore the town including a tour through a local chocolate making facility (with tasting!)

Settle into the eco-lodge and take advantage of the cloud forest’s serenity with an afternoon yoga session

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Mindo

This morning, you can choose to wake up early and join a guide to meet some of the native bird life or sleep in

Participate in an invigorating morning yoga session before heading out on one of several optional activities including:

Travel in a cable car across a canyon thick with vegetation and explore numerous waterfalls on the other side

Soar through the cloud forest by zip line

Stay put, enjoy several hikes around the property and take advantage of the pool and sauna

Rejoin the group for an evening meditation and slip into a peaceful night’s sleep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mindo to Quito

After breakfast and one last opportunity to utilize the yoga cabaña, we return to Quito (approx. 2 hours)

Tonight, we have the opportunity to recount the week’s adventures and say goodbye to new friends at a farewell dinner before preparing for departure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departure

Transport to Airport for departure or explore more of what Ecuador has to offer with one of our optional extensions!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Instructor
“I am an athlete at heart and want to share my of love of yoga with fellow athletes and non-athletes alike. I want to teach others that yoga can provide a non-competitive workout that improves everything from flexibility, endurance, balance and posture to mental focus and breath awareness. These aspects can be important in any athletic training as well as our daily lives.”
- Amy, RYT 200 and 500

With more than 22 years of experience teaching fitness classes as well as being an accomplished runner, cyclist and triathlete, Amy is passionate about educating and training individuals and groups in methods and strategies to live healthier lives.

Amy discovered yoga over a decade ago while researching non-invasive methods for relieving chronic back pain. She found that yoga not only improved her flexibility and relieved her pain it also improved her athletic performance, taught her how to breathe more efficiently, and improved her balance. She found that yoga, at its essence, opened a whole new world of possibilities. She found a path towards peace. Eager to share this knowledge with others, Amy studied yoga under Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga School in Asheville, North Carolina, and later opened her business, YogaFix, based in Albany, Georgia. YogaFix allows Amy to fulfill her passion of teaching individuals techniques to bring holistic wellness into their lives.

In 2013, Amy expanded her yoga training in the world of Therapeutic yoga and obtained her 500-hour RYT status through AYC. Therapeutic yoga involves an inherently holistic approach incorporating mind, body and spirit. It allows the body to naturally move toward health while reducing the effects of illness or injury. It is designed for a wide range of people with physical limitations such as back and/or hip issues, arthritis, cancer, anxiety & depression, and much more.

Amy incorporates many yoga styles into her practice and teachings and especially enjoys power yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin Yoga. During your active retreat with Amy, you will explore a daily mix of these yoga teachings with an emphasis on Therapeutic Yoga and relaxation techniques including daily meditation.

Beyond yoga, Amy is also a two-time Ironman finisher. She is a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer, Endurance and Kids Coach at World Camp Crossfit in Albany. She enjoys utilizing her yoga training to assist members in their athletic endeavors. Amy loves reading, hiking, trail running, camping…pretty much anything in the outdoors with her family.