New! Summer Solstice Weekend Virtual Retreat
Jun 19-21, 2020
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, symbolically the day where we move into the energy of light the summertime offers. We are moving from darker days into lighter days and this is very symbolic of the time we just spent in quarantine. It is important to embrace the lessons we are learning during this challenging growth period. If we can integrate them into the world we are about to emerge into, we can create deep healing that is much needed to help our collective evolution. What is in the micro is in the macro, so the healing starts with us. As we slowly emerge it is important to move slowly so we can integrate this darker quieter period. If we move too quickly, this new information doesn’t have time to get processed and we won’t be able to integrate all of the insights gained during this darker phase. Having a practice is essential for checking in with yourself on a daily basis and can include a yoga and meditation practice but also how we eat, how we keep a schedule and our level of connection with ourselves. This weekend is a great time for setting intentions and creating new routines. We will open up each morning with a two-hour practice including asana, meditation, and pranayama. There will be a thirty-minute break, followed by a two-hour discussion about creating a self-care program based around what we eat, how we keep a schedule, and how connected we are emotionally and spiritually. Joan will include Ayurveda and yogic philosophy into these discussions and how we can integrate these ancient practices into our daily lives to continue to help us heal and live connected to spirit and ultimately helping to raise the consciousness of this planet.
Take the whole weekend or one day or section at a time.
Rest and Recharge
Aug 7-9, 2020
It’s been a while since I’ve offered a weekend retreat in Los Angeles. My intention is to bring the community together and create healing and magical vibes all weekend long!
This weekend retreat in beautiful Topanga Canyon is an opportunity to help you hit the pause button mid-summer and relax in a peaceful remote setting. With stunning views of the Santa Monica mountains, this weekend is also an opportunity to get grounded and practice yoga with me.
Each practice will build off of the other, helping you to heal your body, mind, and soul with the transformational tools of yoga and meditation. There will be plenty of time between sessions to simply relax and connect with yourself and a like-minded community of yogis. Relax in the jacuzzi or sauna, take a swim in the lap pool or dunk in the cold plunge. There are also many places for quiet time like the sun patios or cozy up to the large living room fireplace in the 1920s Spanish Mission-style house.
If you feel like an adventure there are gorgeous hiking trails nearby and the Pacific Ocean is only 20 minutes away. We’ll have a private chef on-site creating the most delicious vegan meals.
October 3 – 10, 2020
Join Joan in this beautiful location in the south of Spain! Practice yoga in a pristine setting with an abundance of nature and miles of fine white sand and crystal clear waters. This all-inclusive retreat is a perfect combination of nourishing yoga practices with meditation and guided relaxation practices, unique beaches, nature trips, high comfort accommodation. Plus, a selection of delicious and healthy organic food.
You will experience an oasis of tranquility that gives you the space you need to improve and return to your practice and soul. The daily program will be enriched with trips to the most special natural places out of the touristic tracks, organized by Shama Retreats with care and love, to allow you to discover this calm and authentic region of Spain. We will be immersed in the Natural Park of the Strait, bathed in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. A treasure of long pristine beaches, cliffs, underwater caves, and memories of ancient civilizations surrounds the charming village of Tarifa. From the venue, we will enjoy excursions to amazing beaches and beautiful treks with views of the Northen coast of Africa.
150-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Retreat
Joan’s Yoga School
Part one of Joan’s 300-Hour Teacher Training
This transformational advance teacher training will be hosted by Joan in Goa, India, Goa is the perfect place to relax and unplug from the western world and dive deep into your yoga and meditation practice. This will be part one of Joan’s Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Teacher Training from The Yoga School and will run in two parts.
Join Joan on the vibrant beaches of Goa while immersing yourself in the spirituality and richness that India can offer.
This training course will include:
• How to advanced your asana
• Advanced pranayama and meditation
• Explore the subtle body and how to incorporate these layers into your practice and sequencing
• Understand therapeutics and how to make yoga accessible for everyone by learning how to work with injuries and chronic illness
• Restoratives yoga
• Learn how to develop a self-care program that includes daily Sadhana practice, healthy food, and how to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your life
• Learning to sequence to all levels from the advance to the beginner yogi
• Study the philosophy of yoga and how to integrate it into your teachings and practice so you can embody yoga
• How to align with your dharma and be authentic
• Learn to read bodies and explore the art of hands-on adjustments that are appropriate to the individual
• Teach with confidence! There will be practice teaching sessions led by Joan
200 Hour Teacher Training
Join Joan in Goa, India, for her two-hundred hour teacher training.
*100-hour option: Ten days of immersion yoga retreat style, Feb 8-18.*
Devarya Wellness is a beachfront property that hosts yogis from all over the world and holds activities such as sound baths, kirtans, and meditations in the evenings. Each morning there will be a two and a half-hour yoga practice learning the foundation of postures and how to sequence them together in an intelligent way.
If you are taking the whole training, we will join together in the afternoon and learn yogic philosophy, anatomy as it applies to the yoga postures, the subtle body, and so much more! If you decide to join the retreat portion, join again the later afternoon for a wind-down practice like pranayama, meditation, and restoratives.
This is the perfect combination of relaxation, diving deep into your yoga practice, and opening yourself up to the many healing benefits of yoga.
This two hundred hour teacher training is Yoga Alliance Certified and you can also do half the training with the retreat portion and make it up the rest in the future.
March 21-April 4, 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL 2021!!
This yoga retreat and trek will introduce you to Nepal’s captivating cultures and the spectacular natural beauty of the Himalayas and offer a balance of cultural exploration, physical challenge, and leisurely relaxation. We will begin our journey in bustling Kathmandu, where we visit some of the most captivating sites of cultural and spiritual significance. We will stay at comfortable accommodation with beautiful views of this stunning city while being able to retreat from the city’s intensity and liveliness. On the third day, we take a short flight to picturesque lakeside Pokhara, where we settle into a slower routine for a few days practicing yoga with Joan and immersing in singing bowls and kirtan sessions at Kamal Yoga Center. We will stay along the lake and take a visit to the Peace Pagoda overlooking Pokhara connecting to a spiritual aspect of natural beauty of our surroundings. We will then begin our five-day yoga trek up into the mountains through paddy fields and stunning forests. We will visit authentic villages and get a taste of the culture and lifestyle of the Nepalese. The destination and highest point of this trek is Poon Hill which we climb before sunrise to experience spectacular panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.
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“Joan’s extensive travel experience, great sense of humor and ability to connect with foreign cultures at a deep lever make her an ideal international yoga retreat teacher. Her retreats consistently sell out and are a testimony to these qualities. Her commitment to having fun along the way makes working with her a total joy”
– Michelle from International Yoga
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