CHILL'ASANA RETREAT

Yoga, Martial Arts & Movement for the Soul

June 30 - July 7, 2018

Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita, Mexico


7 Days and 7 Nights in the lush jungle of Mexico creating lifelong connections, moving your body and refueling your soul

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private, shared or dorm-style ocean view cabaña

  • 3 daily gourmet vegetarian meals from local farms (fish/tofu optional)

  • 2 daily yoga classes

  • Martial Arts & Zenza Flow* workshops

  • Infinity pool and private beach access

  • Outdoor adventures & personal development workshops

  • Closing night bonfire

  • Transportation from/to airport

Press pause on life and join the Chill'Asana Team for an amazing week of yoga, martial arts, movement, relaxation and adventure in one of Mexico’s quaintest and most beautiful coastal towns. Sayulita offers the best of the beach and the jungle with many options for outdoor adventures! The eco conscious Haramara retreat center is built on untouched land, offering a truly unique opportunity to rediscover nature.

Asana, in Sanskrit, means pose or posture. The retreat's name is representative of our vision; to bring people together to share a rejuvenating week of yoga & martial arts, outdoor adventures and significant chill time in a luxurious but eco-friendly environment.

Chill’asana in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, read in a hammock by your cabaña, go zip lining, take a surfing lesson or try the sweat lodge - make it your ideal vacation! We’ll have two yoga classes a day, martial arts workshops (that will include elements from Malaysian/Indonesian Silat, Filipino Kali, Capoeira and more), Zenza Flow* (see bottom of page) and several group excursions, leaving the rest of the time for you to make new friends, unplug and reconnect.

Our retreats aim to inspire personal growth and supportive community while focusing on movement practices that connect and challenge the body and mind. We will practice in the open air of the jungle, hike down to our own private beach, take part in interpersonal activities and develop a supportive community of friends on a truly rustic adventure that will reconnect you with yourself and with nature.

We welcome all levels of experience. You don't need to be a yogi or a martial artist, you just need to be a human being interested in learning, exploring and growing! Basic familiarity with yoga is recommended but not required.

 
 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
(extra cost):

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle board lesson
  • Surfing lesson
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture and spa services
  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle canopy zip line
 

The Chill'Asana Team

 
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Nathania Stambouli (Retreat Leader & Yoga Instructor) -  Coming from a background in fitness and circuit training, Nathania stumbled into yoga by accident in 2009 and what started as a purely physical adventure became a journey towards healing old wounds and experiencing a profound personal transformation. Through a dedicated yoga practice and a Master’s degree in Psychology, Nat unearthed a passion for helping others transform their lives, free themselves from negative behavior patterns and dare to be unapologetically real. She believes that yoga - and a healthy mind-body connection - is a gateway to self-love and understanding. Her classes are athletic and fluid, creatively sequenced and sprinkled with playful arm balances and transitions. Expect to be inspired and to learn to laugh at yourself. Expect to discover how your time on the mat is a mirror for your life and an invaluable tool to help you become your own best supporter. Nathania owns and operates GODA Yoga, a yoga studio in Culver City, California and has run multiple international retreats with the Chill'Asana Team.

 

Paul "The British Ninja” McCarthy (Martial Arts Instructor) - Paul has been studying movement and martial arts for over 20 years. He holds black belts in martial arts including Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Hapkido (4th degree) and Taekwondo (1st degree) and is an instructor of Savate, Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do. With an MS from Indiana University in Kinesiology and his experience coaching, teaching and managing various movement practices, Paul is fascinated by what makes the body ‘tick’. He is currently working with Neuroscience Professors at UCLA, University of Victoria and University of Illinois to study how martial arts movement patterns improve cognitive function. Paul’s philosophy is that movement is vital to a happy and healthy life and that training and opening your mind to multiple arts, whether combative or healing, is the true path to maximizing your potential. In May 2016 he presented his research on Filipino Kali Escrima and Cognitive Development (‘Cognitive Kali’) at TEDxUCLA and aims to create a revolution in movement research across the world. www.britishninja.com

 

Kaila June (Somatic Movement Educator) - Kaila June is passionate about movement education that promotes physical fitness, artistic creativity, and embodied expression.  With over two decades of experience devoted to helping people live healthy, joyful lives, she is determined to bridge the gap between exercise science and somatic education through integrated training design.  Kaila earned her BFA in Dance and Choreography at the University of Montana and her MS with a focus in Rehabilitative Science from California University.  She is a fitness coach and instructor and is dedicated to promoting dancer health and wellness.  Kaila believes in the transformative potential of opening, aligning, and connecting.  www.kailajune.com

 

Retreat Packages

All prices are per person.

A $350 non-refundable deposit holds your spot!
The remaining balance is due by June 5th.

Payment plans available - just get in touch!

Select Option

 

Questions? Email Nathania-[email protected]

Transportation from Puerto Vallarta airport (PVR) to Haramara will be provided on

Saturday, June 30th and is included in the retreat package. Plan to depart on July 7th.

Any questions about logistics, contact me!

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

All activities are optional, and many are repeated daily so you can attend as many or as few as you like and make the most of your week of relaxation.

OFF SITE EXCURSION DAY

7:30 am – 8:30 am – Yoga

8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 pm –Hike – Bring water, sneakers, camera, mosquito repellent.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Zenza Flow

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm - Yoga

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Evening Gathering

REGULAR DAY (No Off-Site Excursions)

7:30 am – 8:30 am – Yoga

8:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast

10:30 am – 11:30 am - Workshop

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Martial Arts or Zenza Flow

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Yoga

7:00 pm –  8:00 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Evening Gathering

Chill'Asana Testimonials

"'Excellent' does not describe this experience. The week with the Chill'Asana team in Haramara was nothing short of life-changing. It is all about bonding with incredible people, in a magical setting, while doing something healthy for your mind and soul...except better than imaginable. There is room to do everything at one's own time and pace, which is what makes this retreat truly "chill". Haramara is a place with a genuine soul, and this is exactly what I would also say about the people who run the Chill'Asana retreat. No matter how you arrive to this place, you are leaving as part of an amazing tribe. I am coming back next year." - Ksenija T.
 
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up to Chill'Asana's retreat. All I knew is that I wanted a chance to disconnect from my daily grind, do some amazing yoga in a beautiful natural setting and maybe make some new friends. Not only did I get precisely that but I also reconnected with my inner self and intuition in such a profound way that I never knew could happen in the presence of absolute strangers! Thanks to the loving guidance of our retreat leaders; whose tireless efforts were matched only by their unconditional love; I felt safe and accepted on so many levels. As a result, I could release whatever blockages were holding me back from my own spiritual path. Through the kind act of our honest, no BS sharing sessions (opening/closing ceremonies, hi’s and low’s) my fellow yogi’s and I bonded and grew closer by just relating to one another in ways that I didn’t think was possible. I came to learn so much about myself through the act of just listening, and witnessing that I realized I am not alone in my personal struggles. That together when we share and accept one another no matter what, we make ourselves stronger. That by showing each other support we build newfound strength in our own characters and forgive ourselves for our failures and frailties and say that its ok! We are ok that is just life! That’s powerful and I’m so grateful for everyone that didn’t hold back and embrace the process because it was healing old wounds - at least it was for me! So awesome!
J. Krishnamurti once said that listening without judgement is not only the highest level of human intelligence but it is also the expression of love. That's exactly what we all experienced their so thank you! Haramara is such a sacred place that words just can’t describe! Without this experience, I would still be struggling, stumbling in the dark trying to find myself. I now have a fresh outlook on life, a stronger commitment to my yoga practice, 20+ new family members that I miss dearly, and a new direction to simplify my life, follow my heart and practice living what brings me joy every single day, moment to moment! Can’t wait for Chill'Asana 2018!!!! we love you Nat, Paul and Kaila!!!!! :) Stay awesome!"
- Yokasta W.
 
"Dear Nathania, Thank you for being you, for discovering your life's passion and for letting it shine through! You are an inspiration and a true gift to this world. As for me, I am very happy I showed up for myself. You were ready and have anticipated my needs (without ever meeting me), and the needs of many if I might say so. You had a structured program, offered lots of options, Kaila and Paul are amazing human beings, dedicated to their craft, and very gifted teachers. I missed only one of Paul's martial arts because I was taking a massage, and the last Zenga Flow with Kaila because I was at martial arts. I worked to the bone, I challenged myself, my mind had to just do and not think or second-guess, it was just an unique experience. As a result, I am stronger and better, with a desire to keep going and step out of my comfort zone. It was a joy to be part of the whole experience. Have you thought about writing a book of thoughts? Highs and lows, any a-ha moments to be included in it? Thank you for being open and for finding a way to welcome each one of the participants into your heart. Much love, Daniela"

"Cannot possibly say one negative thing- this group is amazing, Haramara is amazing, I wish I was still there. This experience was life changing. Miss you all!" - Anonymous

"This experience was completely transformative to the well being on my soul. The connections that were made with 35 strangers from all over the United states and Canada were authentic and absent of ego. We became a family almost instantly! I felt comfortable and supported and encouraged to be my true self. I am forever grateful for Nathania, Paul and Monica because they had a vision and held their vision into its fruition. Thank you all for having the courage to dream big! I will travel anywhere to be apart of such a beautiful and brilliant team. Thank you."   - Anonymous Retreater


"Thank you for being so amazing. Don't change a thing about yourselves. I loved that you weren't "yoga travel experts" per se. I felt like we were ALL on a journey together figuring out how to make a magical experience. It was organic and real. Nat, you are such a force of nature. Trust your instincts; they are divine!"  -MiAngel C.
"There is simply no describing the depth of connection I felt with my 35 fellow travelers, none of whom I met before last Saturday night. For those that equate yoga to a bunch of hippies sitting around chanting OM, you have no idea how far off from the truth you could be. It simply transcends description, and can only be understood through engagement with the movement, the principles, and the beautiful community that evolves."  - Lacie C.

"This experience completely changed my life. I was physically and emotionally rejuvenated in a priceless way."   - Kim C.

"I just want to say thank you to Nathania, Monica and Paul for leading such an amazing retreat! This was my first ever yoga retreat and they have set the bar so high that I'm not sure another will ever top it! I was hoping I would enjoy the instructors when I booked this retreat and after our first class together they all instantly became my new favorites! Amazing teachers! So much love to you all!!! Thank you!"  - Melissa V.

"Best thing I've done in my life."  - Anonymous Retreater

"Overall I had a great trip. If I went again I may go by myself or just one other person. Well organized and a great location. Thank you for hosting."  - Sue V.

"Thank you for an absolutely wonderful, restorative week! I am so grateful to have had this experience and to have met so many wonderful people."  - Anonymous Retreater