Una hand picks the teachers, instructors and retreat leaders based on their high integrity, commitment to their practice and wonderful positive outlook on life. Each retreat is hand crafted to create a unique experience based on the gifts of each teacher. No two retreats are the same.
Adam Sommer is an astrologer. He has been practicing professionally for nearly a decade, working with clients and students all over this beautiful world. By borrowing from many traditions and applying the techniques in his own life and the countless clients he has worked with, he has stumbled into what he calls, “Kosmognosis:” A direct and alive relationship with the cosmos—up there and in here—which infinitely informs the participant with the most unique strain of wisdom.
Autumn Skye has been painting since she could hold a brush, developing a deep wonder for nature and the world around her. Amidst journeys to explore the world and share inspiration with the ever blossoming community, Autumn Skye otherwise lives and paints in her home north of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. In her studio, she overlooks a sweeping expanse of ocean, islands, mountains, and sky. She considers herself among the blessed of the blessed.
Carrie Varela is a yogi, Reiki Master, mystic, lover, traveler and modern day healer. She is passionate about helping people find good energy. She has been an avid yoga practitioner for fourteen years. Carrie has over 750 hours of yoga teacher training experience, taught over 3,250 yoga classes and lead 45 transformative Reiki trainings. Her lifelong passion for travel and adventure has inspired her to offer yoga, Reiki and healing retreats in some of her favorite places, both locally and internationally.
Embarking on a class with Ellen Kaye often begins with a story, infuses the body with dance and ends in song. With an extensive background in movement, music, and theater, Ellen invites her students to courageously practice something bigger than the pose. She believes each moment we navigate on the mat is a reflection of our daily lives. Through precise alignment, an open heart and a sense of play Ellen encourage her students to fulfill their greatest potential. She approaches yoga the same way she approaches theater: learn the form, create the space, and the heart will flourish from the inside out. Lastly, a promise: she will sing you into a sweet Savasana.
Jen Hicks, ERYT-200 Power/Forrest/Vinyasa, is a full-time professional yoga teacher with thousands of hours of teaching experience. Jen has cultivated a fiercely devoted tribe due to her consistently safe, fun, high-quality, breath-centered instruction and mentorship. Before her life as a yogi, at the age of nine, Jen fell in love with horses and has been riding ever since. Jen is thrilled to combine her passions for yoga and horses in one fun-filled week in one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world.
Jeremy Wolf’s interest in mind and body began at a young age when he became a teacher of Taekwondo and Capoeira. He is a longtime meditator and has formally studied yoga since 1998. In 2006 Jeremy received his Classical Yoga teaching certification in Nasik, India. He studies with a variety of teachers, especially Rod Stryker’s school of ParaYoga. Jeremy is also a Reiki Master and a DJ for French label Ultimae Records. His classes seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga, emphasizing the form’s deeply spiritual origin.
Kelley was born and raised in Chicago, IL before calling Denver, CO home. She brings seventeen years of corporate experience and global travel. Her knowledge and skill set have allowed her to develop unique programs designed to improve the workflow process of human capital management. Kelley is a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and credits much of her success to the integration of the Neurosculpting® tools of stress management into her corporate management as well as her personal well-being and career. In addition, Kelley has over 15 years of dance experience which include, Jazz, Hiphop and Ballet. She integrates teaching movement into her lifestyle, as she maintains her certification in teaching yoga, barre and mat Pilates.
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, Neurosculpting®: A Step-by-Step Program to Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life, and Neurosculpting® for Stress Relief. Lisa runs a private practice teaching Neurosculpting® techniques to clients who suffer from stress disorders. Lisa began her meditation practice at age 12. Hit by lightning at age 15, and clinically dead on multiple occasions, Lisa uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation.
Marcia Wade, founder of Star Sister Astrology, began studying astrology with the book she bought on the way out the door after her chart reading 35 years ago. She finished it the following day and hasn’t stopped since. The masterclass in the zeitgeist that is her Aquarian rising destiny has led her on a winding and adventure-filled path – teaching Women Studies, writing about the visual, performing, literary, and folk arts for national publications, raising money for good causes, and reading astrology charts for clients around the world, while traveling to sacred sites throughout the Americas and Europe.
For 34 years Mike Ninomiya has explored martial arts as the pursuit of self awareness. Having taught martial arts and meditation internationally to people ages two to ninety-four years old! A retired four-time world martial arts champion, Mike was drawn to the energetic and therapeutic aspects of yin yoga. Born into a family of martial arts, his father is a living legend in Asia known as the modern day Miyamoto Musashi the sword saint of Japan. Mike has shared his passion with a following of over 90 schools around the world. Mike is also involved in West African drum/dance and the national chess circuit. He also enjoys surfing and creating art.
Natalie Cutsforth helps women and men on the path to inner-peace align with their soul essence, dissolving unconscious blocks and updating soul vows. She is a powerful clairvoyant who sees where healing is available through release of the charge from unresolved experiences in the soul’s memory. Natalie connects with the sixth-sensory world to free her clients to create the experiences they desire in this life. She makes mystical practices accessible, teaching energy awareness tools, ritual, and intuition skills. Natalie’s grounded approach to healing comes from equal acceptance of the raw realities of earthly life and the magic of unlimited possibilities.
Patrick Harrington is living a life that inspires him. A former serial entrepreneur, Patrick once started businesses he thought would earn him enough money to live a life full of meaning and difference making. He was always searching for the means to an end. It wasn’t until yoga teacher training in 2001 that he found a way to combine his love of business with an end in itself. 14 years later, Patrick is the founder-owner of Kindness Yoga, a donation-based collection of studios that hosts scores of teachers and tens of thousands of yoga students annually.
Asiana (Kirstin Harper) studied at the Ayurvedic Institute, as well as the School of Natural Therapeutics, both in Albuquerque, NM, Asiana received certifications as a Ayurvedic Lifestyles Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor. Additional training in India and Thailand encompassed Thai Massage and further studies into the technology of Meditation. Asiana is also licensed in Neurosculpting®, a ‘whole-brain’ approach to re-writing old stories … ones which block us from activating our highest potential.
Christian De La Huerta
For more than 20 years, Christian de la Huerta has been dedicated to facilitating personal transformation, to helping people tap into their Soulful Power—that deeper sense of purpose that lives within each and every one of us. An award-winning author, Christian is a respected teacher and sought-after speaker whose unique spiritual journeys, spiritual workshops and Self-Development Programs have been experienced in university lecture halls, non-profit organizations, houses of worship, corporate boardrooms and retreat venues around the world. Although his dedication manifests in a variety of ways for a diverse audience, all of Christian’s work shares a common result: profound personal transformation.
After managing wellness programs in the corporate healthcare industry, Christine transitioned to teach yoga full time so she could study, practice and promote the most vital relationship of our life… mind and body. Her classes combine safe alignment, informed by Anusara and SriDaiva studies, creative sequencing and reflective thought. Christine is known for her poetic approach of inviting universal truths into the movement and breath of the collective. She’s created a series of yoga and writing workshops to offer deeper access to the relationship between contemplative practice and creative engagement.
Both a restaurant owner and writer, Daniel Landes has published many short stories and even shorter poems. Daniel is the owner of Watercourse Foods and City, O’ City in Denver, Colorado, and Osa Mariposa restaurant in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Over the years, Daniel has built a tremendous and successful business with these restaurants delivering the finest in vegan and vegetarian dishes to be found in the entire United States and now in Mexico.
Jen Cameron has been practicing Yoga since her early teens, and has been teaching since 2011 upon completion of her first Yoga Teacher Training. She continued on to train in AcroYoga and become certified in that style in 2013. Jen’s approach to Yoga and Acrobatics is from a place of joy, connection and healing. She loves to encourage others to reach their personal heights and explore evolving depths through safe alignment, curiosity and playfulness. Jen has found grace, strength and healing through Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Massage and inversions. She is the founder of Flight Club: Denver AcroYoga and she can’t wait to share her playful practice with you.
Jinju Dasalla, PhD, RYT, embraces the power of dance, flow arts, and yoga as portals for somatic healing and personal transformation. As a professional life coach, performer, facilitator, and instructor with a doctorate in neuroscience, Jinju offers truly unique perspectives, pioneering new paradigms for personal growth and transformational learning that harmonize science, art, and soul. Jinju co-founded Soul Flow Arts Institute (SFAI) with her husband, Nova Dasalla, as a platform for training and educating health professionals, individuals, and organizations on the neurological and psycho-spiritual benefits of embodied play. As the visionary leader of transformational Soul Flow Retreats, trainings, and author.
Dr. Jonathan Bloch is a board certified family practitioner and Osteopathic medical doctor. He is peer rated by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” and listed as a “World Leader in Healthcare”. He is Yogi’s Choice Health Care, LLC, a full spectrum medical practice that inspires personal health through the integration of mind, body and spiritual practices. His various experiences are a wonderful resource that can provide invaluable contributions to your health, spirit, body and yoga practice, and there will be no greater place or time for Dr. Bloch to share his gifts with you.
Dr. Katy Jane
I was led to travel to India after a near-death experience when I was a teenager. At such a crucial turning point, I did what all seekers of truth do: I turned within to find it. And I wanted to go to the place where people go to turn within—the Himalayas. My own heroine’s journey led me to Nepal where I first learned yoga and Sanskrit at the home of a Brahmin family with whom I lived for six months. Daily Vedic chanting inspired my academic studies of the Vedic and Yoga traditions, as well as Sanskrit. While earning my doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, I spent five years on Fulbright and Ford Foundation grants learning Sanskrit, yoga, and meditation in India. After completing my Ph.D., I began teaching Sanskrit and yoga philosophy in yoga teacher training programs around the world. And I established a life coaching practice as a Vedic Astrologer helping my clients align with their most authentic calling and change their lives for the better.
Kiefer has studied in a wide range of yogic, meditation and body work schools. He loves them all but finds that no one is competing on their own. When we work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish, and the same is true of our yoga practice. Using elements of each school, the alchemy of Kiefer’s classes creates a cohesive bond between the physical and mental realms. We create healthier patterns in the brain, and connective tissue of the body, then build them up through movement to help sustain the longevity of our practices. Through guided visualizations and precise, yet free, movements, we create the platform for change in which we write our own belief system. Neurosculpting® Yoga is a practice that offers new ways to visualize the pathways in our mind and help condition them into healthier patterns.
Lucy Wallace, MA started teaching dance ten years at Alchemy of Movement. In 2010, Lucy bought the studio and continued to teach SoulSweat throughout the week. Her classes are cathartic, high energy and celebratory! You will feel inspired while you forget that you are exercising. In March of 2015, Lucy founded Dance 2B Free with the mission of sharing the healing power of dance with women in prison nationwide. Their program launched at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in July of 2015 and has grown into weekly classes and a teacher-training program.
Mary Beth Hickey
Mary Beth has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching for 19. She has studied with Bikram Choudhury, Erich Schiffmann and Paulie Zink. In her classes, teacher trainings and retreats she teaches mindful breath and alignment, offering students an opportunity to explore their bodies in a safe environment and encourages them to open to more joy, clarity and freedom within. With gratitude for all the teachers who have inspired her, Mary Beth finds teaching a beautiful exchange of giving and receiving.
Mary Susan Stults
Mary Susan teaches Yoga, SUP, SUP Yoga, and Meditation for Amana Yoga Studio in Boulder, The Sol Shine in Denver, Altitude Paddleboards in Denver, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, Urban Peak Shelter in Denver, and for her company’s, Float & Flow Yoga & SUP, and Adventure Yoga For Kids throughout Denver, Boulder, and beyond. Mary Susan leads adventure Yoga-SUP-Surfing retreats in Colorado, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Hawaii, and will be adding retreats in El Salvador, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Belize, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Columbia, Germany, Moab, Zion National Park, Sonoma, Telluride, and beyond over the years to come. She leads AYFK Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings several times a year through her company Adventure Yoga For Kids, and will be offering SUP & SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings through her company Float & Flow Yoga & SUP beginning in 2017. She also offers Yoga, Meditation, SUP, and SUP Yoga privates, small-group classes, corporate yoga classes, school groups, workshops, trainings, and events nationally and internationally. She wholeheartedly believes that Yoga, Meditation, and Stand Up Paddleboarding are for everybody, and is passionate about sharing these gifts, as well as her love of nature, adventure, and the outdoors with all ages.
Nova, co-founder of Soul Flow Arts, is North America’s #1 ranked acrobatic paragliding pilot who is also known for being the first American to pull off a trick called the Infinite Tumble. He is probably even more known for his film, Infinite Stumbling, that tells the story of his life-altering accident in 2009 when one of his routine maneuvers went dramatically wrong, smashing him into a mountain. Not only did he manage to learn how to walk again but he also was given the gift of embracing life, love, and gratitude on a profound level. This short film has been shown in multiple film festivals around the world and Nova has been featured in national magazines including Origin, Cross Country, and the television series, Xterra Adventures. Nova still flies and is an extraordinary, living example of what it takes to face fears, engage flow, and always aspire beyond the norm.
Paige started her Pilates journey when she founded The Pilates Room in 2001. She fell in love with dance at an early age, studying with Joffrey Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet Company. While dancing she practiced Pilates and received massages to avoid injury and maintain balance in her body. The positive impact of those therapies on her body led her to study massage and Pilates, of which she has been a practitioner for over twelve years. Over the years her work and love of adventure has given her the opportunity to travel the world teaching Pilates to high profile, celebrity clientele. She is also on the faculty of Balanced Body and represents this incredible company in Costa Rica for teacher trainings. Page is excited to offer Pilates Adventure Retreats around the world to inspire those who love movement, adventure, and giving back to the community.
Shanti Medina, CYT CPT CNSF is the founder of Energize training systems and Body Current® therapeutics. Shanti supports elite athletes and everyday warriors to resolve trauma, pain and misalignments in their body, mind and spirit through neuroplasticity and neuromuscular conditioning. She is passionate about empowering her clients and students in discovering and experiencing integration of their innate body intelligence through radical present moment awareness. Shanti teaches her Body Current® curriculum as part of the Neurosculpting Institute facilitator certification program as well as a part of a variety of 500HR Yoga Teacher Trainings and as faculty at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Shanti and her husband Scott also recently released their double-CD/download SoMAntra with over 150 minutes of ecstatic chants, sacred soundscapes and embodied meditations to ignite the innate wisdom and self-direct the nervous system.
Somah was an International Professional Figure Skater, competing and performing around the world. She then coached Figure Skating for more than 20 years. Working with mind/body was always a passion of hers. After stepping into a yoga class and feeling the benefits of the mental focus, she then hired different yoga teachers to work with her elite skaters as she continued to notice the benefits of Yoga in her own body. She left the skating world in 2007 and dove deeply into her own yoga practice. She travels through out the world as an importer of Organic & Wildcrafted oils. Somah is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher: E-200 RYT/ 500 RYT and a Master Aromatherapist. Currently, living in Castle Rock, Colorado and the creator and founder of AffirmativeYoga! and Savitur Botanicals.
An illustrious & gentle force, Tracy is a creator of magical & healing experiences. She is a massage artist, body worker, dancer, yogi, hula hooper, lover of movement arts, writer, emotion evoker and inspirer. She radiates and mirrors pure joy, light & love to all beings. Tracy has recently stepped into the role of yogi facilitator with great enthusiasm! She believes that her role in sharing any healing is that those who need and will be most impacted through her as a healing conduit will appear in synchronicity. She draws upon a wealth of information from both personal life and professional experience in the healing arts realm. She continues to serve in her private massage practice, Synchronicity Massage, and her blog Talk Story