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Yoga Alchemy 2.0, Guatemala


Dec. 3-10

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Yoga Alchemy 2.0, Guatemala


Dec. 3-10

Join one of the Bay Area’s premier yoga instructors, Mark Morford, and one of its most gifted bodyworkers/healers, Mark Anthony Haviland, for a week of yoga, deep transformation and tropical bliss, in direct view of a volcano. Better yet, make it three.

Join us for full week at the gorgeous, unpretentious, thatched-roof Villa Sumaya eco-retreat center on world-renowned Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Villa Sumaya is a 10-minute boat ride from the town of Panajachel, which is a three-hour drive from the airport in Guatemala City, but a universe away in perspective.

Lake Atitlán, located in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountain range, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It’s famous for its stunning vistas, most notably the three breathtaking volcanoes to the south. The lake itself is essentially an enormous caldera, formed from an eruption some 84,000 years ago (give or take – thanks Wikipedia!) Full details on Villa Sumaya, right here. Register right here.

Yoga Alchemy includes:

  • From Mark Morford: About a dozen full Vinyasa classes; A daily morning dedication practice, plus an evening practice on alternating days – with meditation, Yoga Nidra, dharma talks, altar work and more
  • From Mark Haviland: Three Anatomy of Emotion workshops (on alternating days), covering psycho-emotional holdings in the body and how to develop a more intuitive corporal awareness. Plus private Transformational Bodywork sessions (additional cost, to be booked with Mark H upon arrival)
  • Three amazing vegetarian meals daily (meat available at a small extra cost)
  • One free 60-minute massage session with one of Villa Sumaya’s healers
  • Lots of time for swimming in the lake, sunbathing, visits to local villages, journaling, hammocks, reading and simply retreating from your normal modes and stressors
  • Hotel taxes included

Not included:

  • Airfare (book early for cheapest flights!)
  • Airport/water taxi transfers to/from Guatemala City (plan on about $50-100 total). We’ll arrange a couple group shuttles to get cheapest rates once all flights are booked
  • Meat/alcohol*
  • Private, world-altering bodywork sessions with Mark Haviland (booked/paid separately @ special retreat rate)
  • Additional excursions, guided tours, etc.

A note about the yoga and general physicality
Yoga Alchemy is not suited for absolute yoga beginners or those dealing with serious injury. A reasonable level of physical fitness and Vinyasa yoga experience are assumed. Also, the mountains around Villa Sumaya are a bit rugged and challenging. And you’ll want to explore! Please plan accordingly

A note about the Anatomy of Emotion
Mark Haviland’s powerful work – both his bodywork and his workshops – goes deep, and gets there quickly.

From Mark’s description: “Anatomy of Emotion includes exploration of The Chinese Five Element Theory; Meridian–Muscle–Emotion connections; Self-care techniques including Qi Gong, self massage and partner massage; Meeting the Shadow: a personal inquiry into the parts of us that have been left behind. Also: Transformational Bodywork demos, during which Mark will take volunteers (3 or 4 demos total) to assist the participants in seeing that what is trapped in the tissues and lurking beneath the “floorboards” of one’s daily consciousness.

A note about the optional awesomeness
Our 2015 retreat included (at small additional costs) authentic shamanic ceremonies and private shamanic readings, an astonishing volcano climb, and a day trip to the famous market in Chichicastanango. Many more options are available, but you might find Villa Sumaya so enchanting, you have little need to leave.

Pricing and room information
All rooms at Villa Sumaya are beautiful, cozy, unpretentious, with private baths and spectacular views.  Most have hammocks and patios. Click here to see all the room options (with photos). We’ll be using the entire facility: Maya Rose, Bamboo House, Bungalows and Lotus House. 

Rates start at around $1,500 (Early Bird, triple occupancy), not including airfare. See the registration form below for full pricing and room options.

DEPOSITS: A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot. Becomes non-refundable 90 days prior to departure (Sept 3). Remainder due 60 days prior to departure (October 3), sooner to lock down your room choice (full paying students get priority). 

Yoga Alchemy in Guatemala is to be a thoughtful, powerful, playful mix of yogic ritual and deep healing/transformative retreat. Moderation and balance are assumed. Humor, commitment and deep intention are a must. Embrace the unexpected. 

 

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Yoga Alchemy Bali 2017


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Yoga Alchemy Bali 2017


Yoga Alchemy in Bali 2017

March 16-29, 2017
Ubud, Munduk and Candi Dasa
Bali, Indonesia
NOTE: Almost full. Just a handful of spots left.

You’ve never been on a retreat quite like this.

Yoga Alchemy in Bali is where is all comes together: It’s two incredible weeks of yoga and meditation, ritual and sacred culture, celebration and personal transformation, all infused with simply stupendous amounts of enchantment and all taking place in a lush locale beyond compare.

This is one the most captivating, inspired retreats I’ve ever created, full of potent teachings and deep, devotional yoga. And with my dear friend Mark Haviland along for transformational bodywork unlike anything you’ve experienced before, it’s also one of the most potentially life-altering.

Trip of a lifetime? You might say that.

The locale
Bali is famous for its stunning physical beauty, rich spiritual life and gracious hospitality. It’s a lush, emerald gem of an island, full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields that spill gently into an azure sea. Bali’s rich cultural heritage and deep reverence for life are legendary; more than just another tropical island paradise, Bali-Hinduism (an exceptional mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism) guides every aspect of life. Ritual and reverence are everywhere you look, creating an artistic and spiritual mecca unlike anywhere else in the world.

Who this trip is for
You have strong familiarity with – and perhaps a regular practice of – Vinyasa-style yoga. You aren’t afraid of a little sweat. You aren’t afraid of some dynamic, immersive self-exploration. And you aren’t afraid to immerse in one of the most sumptuous, sacred cultures in the world, with a group of like-minded souls (20 maximum) eager to crack it all open, laugh wildly and see what emerges.

And above all, you relish a good journey.

Sound about right? Join us.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

The Basic Rundown
Most days begin with morning meditation, followed by Mark Morford’s inspired Vinyasa (flow) yoga instruction. Excursions include rice field hikes, rainforest treks, snorkeling, strolls through coffee and clove plantations and walks to roaring waterfalls.

Additionally, nearly every day you’ll get an opportunity to experience Balinese dance, music, art and sacred ceremonies, with Judy Slattum and/or Madé Surya (our Bali retreat partners) along to lend their expertise. Mark M will also lead occasional afternoon talks and yoga sessions, interspersed with Mark Haviland’s Anatomy of Emotion workshops every few days or so (three sessions total). Private, individual bodywork sessions with Mark H also take place continuously, throughout the trip.

No lazy yoga vacation, this. Days are quite full; there’s not a lot of time to loaf and drift. But you’ll also find that it all unfolds just right, and despite the energetic pace, there’s nothing you’ll want to miss. It’s just that kind of island. It’s just that kind of retreat.

A note about yoga and the physicality of the trip
While some of the excursions are optional, the yoga, meditation, festivals and Anatomy of Emotion sessions are not. These teachings and practices are essential to the alchemic objective of this adventure. Which is to say: Intention matters.

I lead a vigorous, athletic, reverential style of Vinyasa yoga, infused with spiritual teachings, appropriate for most fitness levels and body types but not really suitable for absolute beginners or those with serious injury or limited mobility.

Also, Bali is full of stairs and crazy, uneven sidewalks, and we’ll be doing a good bit of walking (scooter rental optional, for the brave). Please be of appropriate fitness, health and energy levels.

A note about the Anatomy of Emotion
Mark Haviland’s powerful work – both his bodywork and his workshops – goes deep, and gets there quickly.

From Mark’s description: “Anatomy of Emotion includes exploration of The Chinese Five Element Theory; Meridian–Muscle–Emotion connections; Self-care techniques including Qi Gong, self massage and partner massage; Meeting the Shadow: a personal inquiry into the parts of us that have been left behind. Also: Transformational Bodywork demos, during which I take volunteers (3 or 4 demos total) to assist in seeing that what is trapped in the tissues and lurking beneath the ‘floorboards’ of one’s daily consciousness.”

You are most definitely NOT in Kansas anymore

On the eve of Nyepi, in order to rid the island of dark forces accumulated over the year, villagers lure them to a feast, and then escort them away in a rowdy procession of ogoh-ogoh images made in their imagined likeness.

Turning off the lights and keeping quiet is also a way to fool the evil spirits into thinking that Bali is empty of people, as they will have little interest in returning to a place devoid of human prey, and so are tricked into leaving the island in peace.

On the day of Nyepi, peace rules the island, the air is clean of pollution, and song birds seem to attain a rare volumn and clarity, as if birds and animals have re-inherited the earth.

(Here’s an amazing Nyepi photo gallery, courtesy The Atlantic).

Yoga Alchemy in Bali includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from San Francisco or LAX
  • Airport transfers and all mini-shuttles
  • Daily yoga and meditation with Mark Morford
  • Snorkeling excursion in Munduk (excluding mask and fin rental)
  • Attendance at four traditional dance & music performances
  • Traditional massage in Ubud
  • Three Anatomy of Emotion workshops with Mark Haviland
  • Guided tours of Ashram Candi Dasa, Tenganan aboriginal village, Tirtagangga Water Palace, Goa Gadjah (“Elephant Cave”), walking tour to Ubud home/studio of a master carver of sacred masks, Ulun Danu & Mengwi Temples, fruit and flower market, Bali’s oldest Buddhist Monastery and Holy Hot Spring
  • Treks through the neighboring countryside: small villages, rice fields, coffee and clove plantations, culminating at the magical Growing Stone, Tambligan lake, and Bali’s most magical waterfall
  • Breakfast every day, lunch at Gandhi Ashram Candi Dasa, and four family-style dinners in Munduk
  • Seminars and talks on rites of passage, bargaining, history and politics, trance and sacred masks, local customs and culture, language, Hindu religion & caste system, altars and personal ritual (Judy, Surya, Mark M)
  • Undying services of Judy Slattum and Madé Surya, Bali specialists
  • Four nights in Candi Dasa
  • Four nights in Ubud cultural center
  • Four Nights in Munduk mountain village
  • Pre-trip information. On-site handouts. And more
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The Soul Whisperer Project 2.0 Cross country tour 2016


Watch Documentary teaser video here:

In the spring of 2015 Mark launched The Soul Whisperer Project a 6 week, 7 city cross country healing tour filming a documentary about the somatic based trauma therapy called Transformational Bodywork.  Go to the Blog to see the vignettes and snippets from the journey thus far.  This past January we hit the road again. This time we were out on the road for 7 months, 17 cities in North America, over 14,000 miles, 8 Anatomy of Emotion Workshops (173 participants), over 160 private bodywork sessions and 30 states.  It was a doozy of a journey and such an amazing adventure.  

We did some incredible filming up on my teacher/mentor Dr. Fred Mitouer's property and school in Mendocino, CA.  We have only just begun the manifestation and realization of this film.  Post production is the longest and most expensive part of the whole process.  We are very excited to go out and educate, uplift and work with all these different cities and studios.  Here is the list of the cities and studios that hosted us this year (2016).  So much gratitude goes out to all the hosts and participants of the 2015/2016 Soul Whisperer Tour.  We will be posting the videos as we edit and polish them. 

 

Santa Cruz, CA.,  Feb. 5-10th   @  Pleasure Point Yoga

San Diego, CA.,  Feb. 20-24 @   The House of Yogi

Venice Beach, CA.,  Feb. 25th-27th--- Private Sessions Only

Albuquerque, NM.,    Mar. 10-17   @  Sweat Yoga

Santa Fe, NM.,   Mar. 18-24   @   Uplifted Fitness

Dallas, TX.,   Mar. 30-Apr. 7   @   UpTown Yoga

Panama City, FL.,  Apr. 21st-May 5th @ BalanceHealthStudio

Washington D.C.,  May 14-16   @  Private sessions only

New Jersey,  May 21st-28th @   Complete Yoga Health

Fort Wayne, IN.,   Jun. 10-15   @  TBA

Madison, WI.,  Jun. 17-22   @  Perennial Yoga

Minneapolis, MN.,  Jun. 25-July 1   @  TBA

Denver, CO.,  July 7-14   @   Core Power Yoga

Reno, NV. Nov. 5th-6th  @  Temple Yoga Reno

 

 

 

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The Soul Whisperer Project 2.0 Cross country tour 2016


Watch Documentary teaser video here:

In the spring of 2015 Mark launched The Soul Whisperer Project a 6 week, 7 city cross country healing tour filming a documentary about the somatic based trauma therapy called Transformational Bodywork.  Go to the Blog to see the vignettes and snippets from the journey thus far.  This past January we hit the road again. This time we were out on the road for 7 months, 17 cities in North America, over 14,000 miles, 8 Anatomy of Emotion Workshops (173 participants), over 160 private bodywork sessions and 30 states.  It was a doozy of a journey and such an amazing adventure.  

We did some incredible filming up on my teacher/mentor Dr. Fred Mitouer's property and school in Mendocino, CA.  We have only just begun the manifestation and realization of this film.  Post production is the longest and most expensive part of the whole process.  We are very excited to go out and educate, uplift and work with all these different cities and studios.  Here is the list of the cities and studios that hosted us this year (2016).  So much gratitude goes out to all the hosts and participants of the 2015/2016 Soul Whisperer Tour.  We will be posting the videos as we edit and polish them. 

 

Santa Cruz, CA.,  Feb. 5-10th   @  Pleasure Point Yoga

San Diego, CA.,  Feb. 20-24 @   The House of Yogi

Venice Beach, CA.,  Feb. 25th-27th--- Private Sessions Only

Albuquerque, NM.,    Mar. 10-17   @  Sweat Yoga

Santa Fe, NM.,   Mar. 18-24   @   Uplifted Fitness

Dallas, TX.,   Mar. 30-Apr. 7   @   UpTown Yoga

Panama City, FL.,  Apr. 21st-May 5th @ BalanceHealthStudio

Washington D.C.,  May 14-16   @  Private sessions only

New Jersey,  May 21st-28th @   Complete Yoga Health

Fort Wayne, IN.,   Jun. 10-15   @  TBA

Madison, WI.,  Jun. 17-22   @  Perennial Yoga

Minneapolis, MN.,  Jun. 25-July 1   @  TBA

Denver, CO.,  July 7-14   @   Core Power Yoga

Reno, NV. Nov. 5th-6th  @  Temple Yoga Reno

 

 

 

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Mark Anthony Haviland, C.M.T., Transformational agent


First and foremost this is not your regular day spa massage. This is Transformational Bodywork, which is a dynamic collaborative somatic excavation. Sculpting awareness through the body.  Through examination of ones story, perception and emotional history, this precise deep tissue bodywork is profoundly transforming and activating.  Mark's work specializes in neutralizing traumatic holdings in the body, forging emotional buoyancy and accompanying anyone through major transitions in life.  Soul embodiment is a natural byproduct of doing this work. Mark says, "being able and choosing to do this Work...is the nectar one has been seeking all along."    Book a session now.

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Mark Anthony Haviland, C.M.T., Transformational agent


First and foremost this is not your regular day spa massage. This is Transformational Bodywork, which is a dynamic collaborative somatic excavation. Sculpting awareness through the body.  Through examination of ones story, perception and emotional history, this precise deep tissue bodywork is profoundly transforming and activating.  Mark's work specializes in neutralizing traumatic holdings in the body, forging emotional buoyancy and accompanying anyone through major transitions in life.  Soul embodiment is a natural byproduct of doing this work. Mark says, "being able and choosing to do this Work...is the nectar one has been seeking all along."    Book a session now.

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Sonic Vibrational Therapy with crsytal bowls


Vibration is at the heart of all existence. This ancient technique aims to clear away that which does not serve to make room for that which is yet to manifest. Learn more here.

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Sonic Vibrational Therapy with crsytal bowls


Vibration is at the heart of all existence. This ancient technique aims to clear away that which does not serve to make room for that which is yet to manifest. Learn more here.

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Soulmatic Alchemy


Feelings buried alive never die.  There are archetypal patterns in the emotional/psychological holdings in the body for every person.  Mark says, "I assist people in identifying, feeling and consciously experiencing their pain." Most people spend most of their energy avoiding pain and discomfort  causing a contractive state which actually perpetuates and intensifies the pain. Pain is a language and must be decoded, translated and understood, another thing Mark says is, "sometimes the only way through pain...is through pain." Feeling the pain and honoring it creates the heat that transmutes the unconscious dross into energy that can be used to manifest a more meaningful, purposeful and soulful life.

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Soulmatic Alchemy


Feelings buried alive never die.  There are archetypal patterns in the emotional/psychological holdings in the body for every person.  Mark says, "I assist people in identifying, feeling and consciously experiencing their pain." Most people spend most of their energy avoiding pain and discomfort  causing a contractive state which actually perpetuates and intensifies the pain. Pain is a language and must be decoded, translated and understood, another thing Mark says is, "sometimes the only way through pain...is through pain." Feeling the pain and honoring it creates the heat that transmutes the unconscious dross into energy that can be used to manifest a more meaningful, purposeful and soulful life.

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Far Infrared Biomat


Central to every session, this technology amplifies the energetic nature of Mark's approach. It increases circulation, facilitates relaxation, and harmonizes the cellular functions of the body. Learn more here.

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Far Infrared Biomat


Central to every session, this technology amplifies the energetic nature of Mark's approach. It increases circulation, facilitates relaxation, and harmonizes the cellular functions of the body. Learn more here.

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Body Balance


Nutrition is a major factor in ones vitality and longevity.  Body Balance, a liquid whole food supplement, has been a cornerstone of my health and wellness ritual for over five years now.  With SeaNine a phytonutrient-rich blend of Aloe Vera & nine sea vegetables. Learn more here.

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Body Balance


Nutrition is a major factor in ones vitality and longevity.  Body Balance, a liquid whole food supplement, has been a cornerstone of my health and wellness ritual for over five years now.  With SeaNine a phytonutrient-rich blend of Aloe Vera & nine sea vegetables. Learn more here.