Join me in welcoming spring during our next eight-day Deep Yoga Retreat in historic San Miguel. We’ll again be staying at Kate Joyce’s fanciful Casa de las Ventanas with its romantic rooftop patio and panoramic views of this gorgeous colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains of central Mexico. You’ll experience the bold colors and soft golden light that have drawn painters and photographers for decades as we greet the sun each morning with gentle Deep Yoga Flow. After a day of guided sightseeing, shopping, painting, snapping photos or writing, you’ll move at sunset into Deep Healing Yoga, a restorative practice that closes with the complete relaxation of Yoga Nidra.
Kate’s warm and welcoming casa, in the Mexiquitos neighborhood, is a 15-minute walk to La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the city’s iconic neo-Gothic church, and El Jardin, where townsfolk, ex-pats and tourists merrily mingle. It’s a five minute walk to the delights Aurora Fabrica, a converted textile mill with 66 art galleries and studios, two excellent cafes, and irresistible design shops.
Activities and Prices
The fee for eight days and seven nights includes: 14 Deep Yoga classes; a full breakfast each morning; a welcoming evening fiesta featuring chef-cooked regional food and wine for us, neighbors and local Yogis; two guided tours of the city, one for its architecture, one to explore its most creative sites and hangouts. Mid-week maid service is part of the package. Also available as an optional (and inexpensive) add-on is a day in nearby Atotonilco where story-telling folk murals cover the walls and ceilings of the village church, where ceramicist Mayer Shacter’s gallery of Mexican folk art amazes, La Gruta thermal spa relaxes and the upscale restaurant of Nirvana makes for a day of rich contrasts. I will make these arrangements for all who are interested.
The five-bedroom Casa de las Ventanas—each room with a private bath and verandah—readily sleeps seven people, but can accommodate as many as ten if/when each of three rooms with a double bed is occupied by a couple. There are two bedrooms, each with two twin beds in addition to the three with double beds. The single-occupancy fee for the week, breakfasts, the fiesta, all Yoga and activities described is $850. The double occupancy rate is $700.
(Not included are land transfers, which I will arrange, most dinners, and plane fare to Leon in the state of Guanajuato. The sooner flights are booked on Volaris, the less expensive they are, as low as $229 from Tijuana, returning to San Diego, round trip. I can provide details.)
This is my fourth trip to San Miguel and the warm embrace of its sights and amazing people. It truly deserves its reputation as a magical and seductive place. If you’re interested, you can find more photos from the first two Deep Yoga Retreats on my main Facebook page and/or my SWAY: Saraswati Writing and Yoga page. Scroll down to April, 2014 for the first retreat, and June of 2014 for the second.
Please contact me at 858.456.5205 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to reserve your spot.