Yelapa/Huichol/Women's Sacred Circle Slideshow (teentalkingcircles)
Yelapa, is a fishing village 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta by boat, and was recently named the "Numero Uno place to go before you die" by Sunset magazine.
Yelapa has long been a favorite destination for artists, musicians, hippies, backpackers, beatniks, and other counter-culture folks who were drawn by the "back to nature" reality of no electricity, no cars, no streets, no roads, and the easy-going attitude towards all things free. Now, Yelapa has electricity (most of the time!), but there is still the same free-flowing feeling and no cars, no streets, no roads, plus an indigenous Mexican culture where you can still find adobe tortilla stoves, and a natural environment with bio-diversity second only to the Amazon Rainforest.
Join us for the Women's Circle Retreat from Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm until Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 4:00 pm in Yelapa, Mexico, with Linda Wolf, founder of Women's Circles Network and Daughters Sisters Project and Kellie Shannon Elliott, 5Rhythms certified teacher.
For this retreat, we have rented all the rooms at El Jardin, so we'll have plenty of privacy and comfort in our own nest. El Jardin is located on "The Point," just off Isabel's Beach. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and dance space are one large space, open-air, right at the edge of the Bay. Just beautiful.
The Palapa called Casa Banana is a hostel style sleeping quarter, with 3 comfy, cozy beds (all have mosquito nets) downstairs and 2 upstairs. The bathroom close by has a composting toilet, shower and window looking out to sea. Everything is provided for you including towels, linens, pillows, and fresh drinking water. El Jardin are commited to taking care of the eco systems of Yelapa.
Our on-site cook, Eric, uses as many organic, local and whole foods as possible in his preparations. Vegan, vegetarian, pescaterian, flexitarian options are no problem, just let him know what you want! Our first night's dinner is a favorite - homemade black beans and rice, fresh corn tortillas (whenever possible, locally made by hand), salsa, guacamole and always fresh salads, steamed vegetables, and an array of delicious choices of natural fruits, nuts, coconuts, juices, teas, and local desserts, all made with care, love, skill, and patience. Let us know your particular dietary constraints, and we'll take care of you to the best of our ability.
Yelapa is a walking village. We've had participants from 18 - 80 years old in our circles -- even one woman with two artificial knees! If you've been wanting more exercise, you'll have a great opportunity! However, if you're feeling sore or even if you're not, you can avail yourself of one of the many talented local bodywork practicioners whose prices are far better than we're used to in most North American cities.
Yelapa also offers us tremendous opportunities outside our scheduled times -- through resting, reading, hiking, swimming, dancing, paragliding, and simply being, we revitalize. There are kayaks availble for our use and a beach right at our doorstep. At El Jardin, we have Internet and cell phones do work in most places in Yelapa! If you're someone who enjoys speaking Spanish, the locals love conversation and even make an effort to understand our worst efforts!
At night, in Yelapa, there is much to do to shake out our bodies and rattle our souls! The Saturday night and Wednesday night "Disco" means dancing your heart out! So bring flowing dancing clothes! At certain times of the year we can go for a midnight swim under the stars, in the phosphorescence. Then, sleep to the sounds of the crickets and tropical forest creatures and the music flowing across the Bay. In the morning you'll wake to the sounds of dozens of birds, the hooves of horses on the stone paths, the calls of the fishermen, and the children playing or on their way to the school. If you wish there is "upriver," where an hour hike through the back country will bring you to Christina's Vegan Restaurant --- itself quite a novelty, with a bathroom & toilet up in a funky treehouse! And further on is the waterfall in Yelapa.
The Huichol or Wixáritari (or "peyote people," as they are often called) are an indigenous ethnic group of western central Mexico, living in the Sierra Madre mountain range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. Over the past 40 years, the late Isabel Jordan, founder of Casa Isabel, befriended and supported many Huichol shamans and artists by purchasing their artwork and jewelry, as well as participating in their religious and spiritual rituals at sacred sites in the Sierra Madre Mountains. If shamans or artists are visiting Yelapa at the time of our retreat, you might be able to purchase a Healing or jewelry.
Cost to attend the Retreat is $1550 USD and includes:
• Nine Days/Eight Nights Eco Lodging at El Jardin Eco Retreat (//yelapagardenretreat.com)
• 3 Delicious, whole-foods meals prepared by our on-site chef, Eric Kuhner (vegan options available)
• Daily Sacred Circles facilitated by Linda Wolf (except adventure days)
• Daily Yin Yoga, meditation and healing movement with Susi Costello (except adventure days)
• Daily 5Rhythms Dance with Kellie Elliott (except adventure days)
• Pie from the famous pie lady!
We hope you will join us for another unforgetable experience at Circle in Yelapa. If you need to speak with a real person or two about this, don't hesitate to call us at (206) 842-3000. You can also email Genevieve, who will be glad to help you figure out the details, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and reservations, you can also visit Women's Wisdom Circle Retreat 2014.
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