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I have been fortunate enough to attend Elana's retreat four years in a row.  I keep coming back because it is such an amazing experience.  Elana is a wonderful person and yoga instructor and does a spectacular job organizing the retreat.  Every detail is taken care of including transportation, lodging, food, surfing and yoga and all you have to do is pack, arrive and be ready to enjoy yourself.  The yoga and surfing are perfect for any level of experience.  Each year I get to meet a new group of women and we all learn and grow and laugh together. I can't wait for next year!  - BR, Breckenridge, CO



In 2019, I will have two yoga getaways in Sayulita, Mexico!

**Take Advantage of Early Bird Discounts til                November 15th, 2018

Jan. 20-26: Surf & Yoga Adventure for Women
(7 days/6 nights)

Jan. 27–Feb. 1: Beach-lovers’ Getaway
(6 days/5 nights)
Scroll farther down the page for details on this retreat
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 Jan. 20-26 -  Yoga Surf Adventure for Women (and anyone who identifies as a woman)

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FROM YOGA/SURF 2018:

https://youtu.be/JIVtFxbi3aQ



'Elana's Surfing/Yoga/Gourmet Cuisine Retreat is the most amazing retreat ever!  It's for beginners to advanced in both surfing and yoga...it's perfect for all levels.  We stay at a beautiful hotel in the best part of Sayulita. We eat the most delicious meals prepared by a private chef. We have two daily yoga classes...one to get us ready to surf and a mellow one in the afternoon that's perfect for getting us in the best frame of mind and body to have an epic evening/night.  We get two hours of surf lessons in the most sublime waves... Elana is an amazing musician and often ends her class with a song or serenades us after dinner. She orchestrates it all perfectly...we are scheduled just the right amount and have just the right amount of free time to explore. I've gone twice and I hope to never miss it...believe me, it's that amazing!'  
-Karin Conn, San Rafael, CA


PRICE FOR THE YOGA AND SURFING ADVENTURE 2019 TO BE DETERMINED IN SPRING OF 2019. 




SURFING — The ultimate experience of mindfulness and being in the “now,” while feeling totally connected to body, breathing, and the wondrous healing nature of the Ocean. I have always wanted to integrate my deep love for surfing and the ocean with my chosen profession of teaching yoga. This is what the Yoga and Surf Adventure for Women is all about!  

We will create a safe learning environment for women to explore the magic of surfing — whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced intermediate. We will have professional instructors from a highly acclaimed Sayulita surf school teaching us in small groups (not more than 4:1 students-to-instructor ratio) for four days (two days, then a rest day, then two more days).
 The yoga that I will be teaching will be focused on strengthening the muscles needed for effective paddling (and stretching them at the end of the day after our surf outings), cultivating better balance, and learning good physical positioning and technique for the most efficient and rewarding surf experiences. This will be a sensational adventure!! 

Learning Stand-up paddle surfing instead of traditional surfing is an option; you can choose which you prefer.

The retreat package includes:
* Nine yoga classes with an active vinyasa-alignment class in the morning and a gentle/yin class in the afternoon• 
* Seven days/six nights of lodging
* 4 surf lessons (two hours each) with small group instruction 
*  A welcoming reception upon arrival with beverages and snacks 
*  A daily breakfast Day 2-7 
* Four delicious 'farm-to-table' catered dinners at the hotel
* Transportation to and from the airport (unless arriving/departing other than on retreat dates)**

This year, there are two main tiers of accommodation:  $1695 is the price per person for a Premium room; $1895 is the price per person for a new suite.  These rooms are really spacious, over twice the footprint of the premium rooms as well as having their own private veranda 

SAVE $150 OFF THESE PRICES WHEN SIGNED UP BY 11/15/2018!!

The suites are the newest rooms in the hotel and they are very spacious and include 2 Queen beds and a private veranda.
There are also a couple of other upgrade options:  A slightly larger Premium room with additional windows, a Superior Plus room with a living room and kitchen, a two-room Villa which has a living room and kitchen and can accommodate 3-4 people.  Please contact me by email for pricing or any other questions:  elanamermaid@yahoo.com

**Please note: Price of retreat does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, or tips.  Direct flights and good flight times can be found on many airlines, including United, Alaska Air, and Virgin.  There will be an earlier and later shuttle on arrival day and you will be grouped in the one closest to your arrival so there may be a little waiting involved depending on your flight times.  Please send me your flight info as soon as you have booked.

**All Prices based on double-occupancy;  single supplement will cost $300 in a Premium room; $600 in a suite

** There is a $45 payment-processing fee added to online payments; you may avoid that fee if you pay by check made out to Elana Vollen, provided in person or by mail to P.O. Box 1073, Fairfax, CA 94978.





Sample Daily Schedule (Subject to change):

8:15 a.m. - Optional meditation
8:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Morning yoga practice
10:00 a.m. - Breakfast 
10:45 a.m. - Meet in hotel lobby to go to surf school 
11:00-3:00 p.m - Surf lessons in Punta Mita
4:30-5:45 p.m. - Evening yoga practice

7:30 p.m. - Dinner at Hotel


†On the first day, we will come together at around 5 p.m. (though you are welcome to check in at the hotel starting 2 p.m.) for a welcome reception, have dinner together at 7:30 p.m., and meet briefly in the yoga shala at 9 p.m. for an orientation and short meditation.
          

 Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel prior to Nov. 15, 2018 you will receive your balance back minus $200. If you cancel Nov. 16–Dec. 15th 2018 receive your balance minus $500. If you cancel after Dec. 15, 2018, I am unable to offer you any refund.


**Returning students will get complimentary action photos on their last day of surf lessons



                First Surfing lesson in La Lancha

La Lancha group shot 2018
      

               

Jan. 28-Feb. 3 -  Beach Lovers' Yoga Getaway




This has been such a sweet retreat every year and this year will be the fifth consecutive Yoga Getaway!


Come enjoy a fantastic retreat at the beautiful Hotelito Los Sueños (info below).  Wake up with an invigorating alignment-based practice and have the whole day to relax on the beach, shop in the lovely village of Sayulita with its many galleries, boutiques and gift shops, join me for a group hike to a nearby beach, or create your own adventure from the many activities to choose among in the area, such as whale-watching, snorkeling, horseback-riding, or visiting the nearby village of San Pancho (these are not included in the price of retreat but can be arranged for you).
 We will come together in the afternoon for a relaxing practice in the open-air studio, feeling the ocean breezes and hearing the sound of waves lapping on the shore, finishing just in time to enjoy sunset on the beach and, if we are lucky, maybe even getting to participate in a baby-turtle release from our neighboring turtle rescue sanctuary!

The retreat package includes:
• Nine yoga classes with an active vinyasa-alignment class in the morning and a gentle/yin class in the afternoon• Six days/five nights of lodging 
• A welcoming reception upon arrival with beverages and snacks
 
• A daily breakfast  
• Three delicious dinners catered at the hotel
• Transportation to and from the airport (unless arriving/departing other than on retreat dates)*
* A cooking class from our gourmet in-house Chef



*Please note: Price of retreat does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, or tips. Direct flights and good flight times can be found on many airlines, including United, Alaska Air, and Virgin.  There will be an earlier and later shuttle on arrival day and you will be grouped in the one closest to your arrival so there may be a little waiting involved depending on your flight times.  If you reach out to me, I can possibly help you coordinate your flights with others on the retreat. Please send me your flight info as soon as you have booked.


                   RETREAT PRICING TO BE DETERMINED LATE SPRING 2019


                             Deposit of $500 holds your spot

There are two main tiers of accommodation:  $1360 is the price per person for a Premium room; $1560 is the price per person for a new suite.  These are the newest rooms in the hotel and they are very spacious and include 2 Queen beds and a private veranda.

There are also a couple of other upgrade options:  A slightly larger Premium room with additional windows, and a two-room Villa which has a living room and kitchen and can accommodate 3-4 people.  Please contact me by email for pricing or any other questions at:  elanamermaid@yahoo.com

**All Prices based on double-occupancy;  single supplement will cost $300 in a Premium room; $500 in a suite

* Please note:  Check or cash is my preferred form of payment. 
Please make check out  to Elana Vollen, provided in person or by mail to: 

Elana Vollen
512 Old La Honda Rd.
Woodside, CA
94062
         
There is a $45 payment-processing fee added to online payments; avoid that fee if you pay by check made out to Elana Vollen, provided in person or by mail to P.O. Box 1073, Fairfax, CA 94978.

** Returning Retreatants will receive a complementary 60 minute massage during retreat!


           Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel prior to Nov, 2018  you will receive                your balance back minus $200. If you cancel Nov. 16–Dec. 14, receive your balance minus $500. If you cancel after Dec. 15, 2018, I am unable to offer you any refund.


Group Shot from 2018:












Group Shot from 2017:













Group Shot from 2016:




Group Shot from 2015:


About Sayulita: Sayulita is a very charming beach village about 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport — located in the beautiful Bay of Banderas, also known as “The Mexican Riviera.” It has lovely artisanal boutiques, gourmet food, a beautiful white sandy beach with a great surf-break, beautiful nature hikes, and a host of other activities, such as: 

• surfing and surf lessons 
• horseback riding
• deep-sea fishing
• whale-watching charters
• cooking lessons
• massage & spa treatments


About Hotelito Los Sueños:  This picturesque boutique hotel has its own fully-equipped open-air yoga studio, a dipping pool, open-air dining area, and elegant accommodations. It is just two blocks from a white sandy beach and a 10-minute walk from the main part of Sayulita town, which makes it much more tranquil, yet within easy distance to all the action. The Hotelito staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and provides us with a nourishing, delicious breakfast every day of our stay. Hotel Web site: hotelitolossuenos.com

RETREAT PRICING (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY):   $1250**
OR JUST $1180** IF SIGNED UP BY NOV. 15, 2018


This will be a fantastic getaway!  Limited to 18 people, so sign up soon!
















Daily Schedule (Subject to change):
7:45 a.m. — coffee and tea available
8:15–9:45 a.m. — morning vinyasa practice
10-11 a.m. — breakfast at hotel
11 a.m.–5 p.m. — free time (some guided hikes and activities will be available on some of the days)
5:00–6:15 p.m.† — evening Yin practice
6:15–7:15 p.m.† — Sunset Enjoyment
7:30 p.m. — dinner (on nights 1, 3, and 5)

†On the first day, we will come together at around 5 p.m. (though you are welcome to check in at the hotel starting 2 p.m.) for a welcome reception, have dinner together at 7:30 p.m., and meet briefly in the yoga shala at 9 p.m. for an orientation and short meditation.


                          








                  Sweet Little Sayulita Town