JOURNEY OF EMBODIED EXPRESSION
8 Days of Transformation
March 7-14, 2020
at Xinalani Retreat Center
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kundalini Yoga - Meditation - Pranayama
Vinyasa flow - Creative Arts - Nature & Dance
Join us for a transformative journey into sacred embodiment. Experience a week of ritual; journeying through the elements of nature as you explore your creativity, expression and soul.
We are calling forth a collective of women and men; creative and passionate yogis, healers, artists, entrepreneurs, change and peace makers. During this immersion you will cultivate your soul and deepen your alignment as individuals and community to support bringing your beauty, essence and creativity into the world.
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. In the depths there is a spring with all the water your heart is thirsty for.”
Kristi’s yoga retreat is unique in its diverse blend of modalities. Experience physical activation through yoga & conscious movement, clarity of mind through mantra & meditation, exploration into your subtle energy system through Kundalini Yoga and creative discovery through dance & art. This intermodal approach helps you free your creativity, tap into your intuition, release stress and move into your life with new resources and awareness.
Each morning begins with cleansing practices, meditation and breath work; followed by an invigorating practice of vinyasa flow yoga and integrated elemental dance. Sessions will end with a musical sound bath by Kristi's healing voice and original devotional music.
Our afternoons sessions will be devoted to exploring soul connection through kundalini yoga, movement, creative arts, circle work, mantra and meditation. Kundalini Yoga is a potent form of yoga accessible to everyone, it supports the body’s natural healing to awaken and you’ll find yourself expressing your souls's creativity with ease.
Each day we’ll honor the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether. We’ll hike through the lush jungle, swim in pristine waterfalls, experience a traditional temazcal sweat lodge with a local shaman and enjoy an evening of cacao as we dance under the full moon. Also, an evening of Salsa lessons and a final candlelight dinner on the beach under the stars, are just a few more highlights!
Xinalani is a magical beachfront eco-resort set amidst the wild jungle; nestled between a white sandy beach and the medicine of the mountains. Here you’ll find a place to deeply restore, as you enter a sanctuary for your soul. This remote and exquisite oasis is a 45 minute boat ride up the coast from Puerto Vallarta. Once you arrive on the shores of Xinalani, you’ll hear no cars, as only mules and locals traverse this land. This secluded resort is designed for those looking for healing and restoration.
Xinalani’s cuisine takes the folklore and tasty ingredients of the traditional Mexican recipes and integrates them with an original accent into a healthy diet specially designed for yogis. The meals are gourmet style and delicious, based on locally grown produce and freshly caught fish and seafood. All meals include gluten-free and vegan options. The staff are exceptional. You can feel their authenticity, care and support.
The retreat will begin at 7pm on Saturday March 7 and concludes by 11am on Saturday March 14. Pricing depends on your accommodation of choice; each per-person rate includes:
Two yoga sessions a day : Kundalini Yoga + Vinyasa Flow + Meditation + Dance + Ritual + Creative Arts
3 organic vegetarian meals served in an open air dining space with gorgeous views of the ocean
Transportation from airport and boat ride to Xinalani
Seven nights accommodations
Evening of salsa dance lesson
Temazcal ritual with local shaman
This retreat is open to both beginners and advanced yoga practitioners. If you are considering the journey but not yet sure, then please reach out to have a conversation with Kristi.
In this one week, Kristi lead us through some divine scheme: rooting us in heat-building morning vinyasa flow, and then tune-in & elevate in afternoon kundalini practices. Each day expanding, going deeper. Xinalani nourishes & relaxes. By day five, my life completely shifted. I'm so grateful for Kristi’s intuitive and expressive leadership on this journey.
- Mars Hall, San Francisco
This was my first yoga retreat. I was nervous and scared. I went into it not knowing what to expect. I didn't have a lot of free space in my life, as a caregiver to aging parents and working full time. I also had a hard time asking for help what I really needed. The week with Kristi at Xinalani was an experience I'll keep in my heart forever! The physical yoga was great. The mind and heart yoga even better! I was reborn! I came out breathing again, taking time for myself, understanding my needs, loving myself, and finding my voice.
- Jo Reed, San Francisco
Kristi's retreat was pure magic. From the moment we stepped on the boat, seeing dolphins on the way, to our beach landing at Xinalani... we started our immersion into nature and I already began connecting to a deeper sense of self. Practicing in the fresh air with breathtaking views of the ocean surrounded by sounds of the jungle, set the stage for the amazing Kundalini yoga and creative work that you do with Kristi. Living in open-air palapas, immersing in practice, clearing out old patterns, all while eating amazing food in community, made our time on retreat a cherished memory.
- Mike Harrosh, Mill Valley
Kristi is a San Francisco based inter-disciplinary teacher, artist and healer who explores embodiment through yoga, dance and creative expression. She supports her students find new ways of inhabiting the body, integrating practices that raise awareness for healing and transformation. Her disciplined, open-hearted and playful teaching style inspires students to awaken their intuitive body wisdom and connection to soul. Kristi has taught yoga and movement for 15 years including at the United Nations and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She holds four yoga certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and is a certified in movement-based expressive arts with Tamalpa Institute. She is currently pursuing an MA in Integral Movement & Ritual Performance.