Ahhhhh… Spa Day at Chico Canyon Retreat

This fall I was honored to be included as one of Chico Canyon Retreat’s Spa Day providers! This was an amazing way for event participants to experience a relaxing, multi-layered day of spa treatments and healing arts information.

A mere 30 minutes east of Chico, California, the surroundings at Chico Canyon Retreat are nothing short of spectacular. When I turned the corner to drop into the canyon, I had that thought, “Where am I?” Reminiscent of a southern Utah canyon, I had never seen a Northern California foothills location that was quite this amazing.

The buildings and property at the Retreat are stunningly beautiful: the main lodge is constructed of natural materials and built into the hillside as if it grew from the rocks; the grounds are returning back to native plants through the loving efforts of the landowner, Dulcy Schroeder; Chico Creek tinkles through the valley floor;  the sun-drenched interior is decorated with memorabilia collected from a lifetime of travels and also from the grounds. Dulcy is an amazing woman with a beautiful vision: to create a serene retreat space where healing arts practitioners can offer their skills, and recipients can sink into the natural beauty of the land and become fully relaxed and rejuvenated.

Spa Day worked like this: the participants each moved through different “stations” where practitioners offered treatments and information: massage, reflexology, astrology, facials, energy work, ayurveda, hypnotism, and meditation. At future Spa Days the offerings will vary, so one could attend several events, each time  learning bits about new therapies that may open doors to their health and well being. Kind of a “Taste Of ” event!

Speaking of taste, a delightful gourmet lunch was served in the fabulous dining room with tea and dessert bar. There was even a bit of time to chill on the patio watching hummingbirds greedily sip nectar and “listen” to the quiet sounds of nature. What an experience for all!

For more information, contact Chico Canyon Retreat at:

info@chicocanyon.com
(530) 892-8796

(Apologies to the hosts for this late post!)

Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life:: 2012!!

Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life

Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii

February 12-18, 2012

(12/5/11) At this time, there are only six lodge spaces left, so please send me a message if you are planning to attend!)

 

Once again, Prana Veda Yoga and Ayurveda is offering the 5-day Ayurvedic lifestyle immersion workshop at Kalani Oceanside Retreat! This year I have a new workshop co-leader, Kim Kinjo! Kim and I worked together at the California College of Ayurveda where she was our supervisor during internship, and a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist on staff. We’re working hard to make this year’s event a beautiful experience for all participants.

Read more to find out how this workshop pertains to you!

Have you ever…

…wished for better health: balanced digestion, sound sleep, less anxiety, or more energy?

…wondered about a simple, holistic way of being?

…wanted to “go deeper” into your yoga practice, take it off the mat and into your daily life, but just didn’t know what that meant?

If so, join Kim and Shakti for a five day lifestyle immersion into Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the ancient, healing, sister-science of Yoga. Ayurveda is living in harmony with your environment.  Ayurveda is living in balance…

Like two sides of the same coin, Yoga and Ayurveda are inseparable. While Yoga generally emphasizes postures and breathwork, Ayurveda provides specific, individualized guidelines for your daily life. Together, they promote healing, health, and the foundation for personal transformation.

In February 2012, we will spend six days at Kalani Oceanside Retreat, a fabulous yoga retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. The workshop will truly be an immersion in learning… and living Ayurveda.

We’ll wake to meditation and gentle stretching, spend the morning in creative hands-on Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition classes, and spend the afternoon learning the principles of Ayurveda and how to achieve and maintain physical well-being and emotional balance.

With three amazing fresh cooked meals and two all-level asana classes per day, free time exploring the natural diversity of this incredible island paradise, and sleeping to the gentle sounds of the rain forest, at the end of the week you will not only be rejuvenated and refreshed, you will have a personalized, practical, daily guide to a return to health and balance.

Our host-location, Kalani Oceanside Retreat was named one of the best coastal yoga retreats by Coastal Living magazine. Bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean, Kalani has been a soulful place of refuge and renewal for more than 30 years.

See additional photos of Kalani property, lodge rooms, the coastline, and nearby attractions!

For more detailed information about the workshop/retreat: click here!

Or email: shakti@ompranaveda.com

Or call Shakti: (530) 615-6115

Featured activities during the February 2011 “Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life” retreat!

Two months away ~ Time to commit!

We’ve just booked some amazing additions to the February 2011 workshop at Kalani  Oceanside Retreat! These experienced practitioners have been selected to expose participants to some alternative ways of healing, meditation, or relaxation. We’ll have kirtan, watsu, and more. (Read on, it’s ok…)

Monday evening, we’ll begin our gathering with an Opening Ceremony in the Kalani Watsu Pool with Sarah Lynn Joy, as she offers us time to unwind after long travels. (Very simply, Watsu is a blend of water based massage: origin “Water” + “shiatsu“.) We’ll meet each other in warm water surrounded by candlelight and soothed with mystical music, and leave the pool feeling connected and ready to dive in to the workshop the next day. Sarah Lynn resides at Kalani, and she will be available all week for personal Watsu sessions.

We’ll also participate in a joyful evening of Kirtan with Robinette.  Kirtan is a devotional path of Yoga, where we sing traditional Indian mantras helping us to quiet our minds and to feel the love and peace that exists within our hearts. As well as teaching Yoga classes, Robinette has been sharing Kirtan in Hawaii and Canada for many years.

There are other evening events still in the works, so stay tuned. Seriously friends, this retreat is an amazing opportunity. If you are an experienced yogi, this workshop will literally take your practice off the mat and into your daily life to a new, deeper level. But you absolutely don’t have to have ever been to a yoga class, all you need is the desire to understand yourself and the world around you a little better…  A desire to learn how to take your physical and emotional health into your own hands… And the desire to play on the incredible island of Hawaii (!)…

All I want for Christmas…

This year when your friends and family ask what you’d like for a Holiday gift, have them donate to your Ayurvedic journey toward balance and health, by giving “gift certificates” toward the February workshop in Hawaii! (Have them email me for instructions.) Gosh, if family spends a couple hundred dollars on you each year, that can go a long way toward your trip! (Then skip maybe one Triple Caramel Cinnamon Mocha Peppermint Whipped Latte a day, and toss that 6 bucks in a jar! That’s another $300 in your trip kitty!)

“Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life” Retreat Daily Schedule

February 12-18, 2012

Kalani Oceanside Retreat

Big Island, Hawaii

6:45-7:00 meditation

7:00-7:30 yoga asana

7:30-8:30 breakfast

9:00-12:00 workshop

12:00-1:00 lunch

1:00-2:00 free time

2:00-4:30 workshop

4:30-6:00 yoga asana

6:00-7:00 dinner

7:00- free time

Workshop schedule: Monday: introductions and introduction to Ayurveda, determining your Ayurvedic constitution. Tuesday-Friday: daily cooking classes; Ayurvedic nutrition and food lists; building an Ayurvedic pantry and recipe file; philosophy; dinacharya (personal daily practices); aroma, color, and mantra therapy; Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy; individual Ayurvedic goal-setting.

One afternoon we’ll take an adventure, such as snorkeling at the Kapoho tide pools, swimming with sea turtles at the champagne ponds, lounging at Kehena black sand beach, exploring Lava Tree State Park, or luxuriating at the steam vents, depending on participants wishes.

We’ll also take a trip to the flowing lava one evening (if Pele allows!). Friday evening will be a closing ceremony at the point.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?!  Learn the basics of Ayurvedic healing while rejuvenating at a tropical retreat?

Come on… sign up!

Ayurveda: Yoga as a Way of Life

Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii

February 6-12, 2011


Have you ever…

…wished for better health: balanced digestion, sound sleep, less anxiety, or more energy?

…wondered about a simple, holistic way of being?

…wanted to “go deeper” into your yoga practice, take it off the mat and into your daily life, but just didn’t know what that meant?


The answer to all of these lies in Ayurveda. Ayurveda IS living a yogic lifestyle, IS living in harmony with your environment. Ayurveda is living in balance…

If these thoughts resonate with you, join Ayurvedic Health Practitioners Shakti Dickey and Sissy Silva for a lifestyle immersion into Ayurveda, the ancient, healing, sister-science of Yoga.


Like two sides of the same coin, Yoga and Ayurveda are inseparable. While Yoga generally emphasizes postures and breathwork, Ayurveda provides specific, individualized guidelines for your daily life. Together, they promote healing, health, and the foundation for personal transformation.

In February 2011, we will spend six days at Kalani Oceanside Retreat, a fabulous yoga retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. The workshop will truly be an immersion in learning… and living Ayurveda.

We’ll wake to meditation and gentle stretching, spend the morning in creative hands-on Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition classes, and spend the afternoon learning the principles of Ayurveda and how to achieve and maintain physical well-being and emotional balance.

With three amazing fresh cooked meals and two all-level yoga classes per day, free time exploring the natural diversity of this incredible island paradise, and sleeping to the gentle sounds of the rain forest, at the end of the week you will not only be rejuvenated and refreshed, you will have a personalized, practical, daily guide to be literally, living yoga.

Our host-location, Kalani Oceanside Retreat was recently named one of the best coastal yoga retreats by Coastal Living magazine. Bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean, Kalani has been a soulful place of refuge and renewal for more than 30 years.

For more detailed information about the workshop/retreat: click here!

Or email: shakti@ompranaveda.com

Or call Shakti: (530) 615-6115