Practicing Peace on the Road
Photographs by Pam Kravetz
Led by Jason Amis, TogetherYoga's intimate retreat programs promote peace and wellness through asana and meditation practice. While providing vinyasa yoga instruction, retreats encourage practitioners to explore yoga's emotional and philosophical dimensions. To deepen each participant's practice and forge a bond with the retreat's unique location, retreats also feature a bhakti yoga project that benefits the environment or local community. This spirit of service complements the retreat's focus on spreading peace and connects the practice to everyday life.
Daily yoga practices, meditation sessions, and workshops are presented in a scheduled weeklong program that yogis may tailor to their interests and goals. All ages and abilities are welcome to join. Classes are small enough to provide personalized instruction, and the flexible schedule allows plenty of time for explanation and discussion.
Retreats are designed to offer each yogi guidance and support. Practicing together for a week allows participants to share the feeling of release and transformation. While there is a set program, yogis are encouraged to interpret the itinerary as a list of offerings and to attend the sessions that suit their objectives. There is never any pressure to join an activity, and the bhakti yoga project is optional.
TogetherYoga's retreats are currently hosted by La Tortuga Verde, an eco-resort on El Salvador's unspoiled coast. With direct flights from JFK to San Salvador, the location is removed but not remote.
Resort packages include accommodations, meals, and transfers from the international airport. Priced according to single or double occupancy, accommodations feature beachfront bungalows and poolside rooms. Yogis traveling alone are welcome to request a shared room to reduce the cost of attendance. Every effort will be made help participants coordinate sharing arrangements before arrival.
The retreat includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which are made to order at the resort's onsite restaurant. The menu highlights the region's fresh local produce and offers several vegetarian options at every meal.
In addition to providing a stunning backdrop for our sunrise and sunset meditations, La Tortuga's coastline offers snorkeling, surfing, and boat trips to neighboring islands. Yogis are invited to take nature walks in the nearby rainforests and to participate in conservation efforts at the resort's turtle sanctuary. Classes are held in the thatched, screened-in yoga temple, which shades our practice from the tropical sun.
For details and pricing on the upcoming spring retreat March 13th-19th, 2014, please visit the March Retreat page.