with Sarah Gourley in Punta Cana , Dominican Republic
5 nights in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Fri Mar 18 - Wed Mar 23, 2016
|6 days 5 nights at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana|
|Three daily gourmet meals with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections|
|Twice Daily Guided Meditations Daily Morning Energetic Flow Yoga Practice Daily Early Evening Slow Flow Yoga Practice Special Beginners Class held the first 2 afternoons of retreat for those new to yoga|
|Roundtrip ground transfers to/from airport|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
Half-day shopping tour, 45-minute horseback riding on the beach, Saona Island tour boat trip, Hispaniola Explorer: Afternoon visit to Higuey and La Romana, Daily tea time featuring live plants for infusions
Not included: flights to/from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.
On paper, I'm a certified yoga teacher, pilates instructor, spiritual life coach, and entrepreneur. In my heart, I'm a sun-worshipping, heart-rock collecting, free-spirited, laughter junkie. But above all else, I am a student that has been called to teach.
Yoga and A Course in Miracles have rocked my world. And when I say rocked, I mean changed my life in ways I never thought imaginable. Life has become more fluid, enjoyable, loving, and motivating. I feel connected, serene, strong, and capable.
Yes, I still have my down days and things can still throw me off center - but the difference now? I have an entire tool shed to turn to that helps me quickly regain my balance, my smile, and my perspective.
A Course in Miracles states “To teach is to learn” and it has been my pleasure to learn and grow alongside you as I translate these sometimes super-heady spiritual principles and practices into modern, easy to use pieces that we can all benefit from. And that lands us to my present day purpose: to help YOU not only feel better in your body, but to feel blissfully illuminated on all levels - from the inside out!
My Teaching Style:
I bring over 13 years of practice and study to each of my classes, but I truly believe all my students are my greatest teachers. Every class I teach begins with a general outline, yet I strive to let go of all expectations and allow my students needs be the playbook for the day.
I am trained in Vinyasa, which translates to linking breath with movement. I teach with this principle as my foundation, creating classes that flow with intention, purpose, beauty, and grace. This way, the practice becomes a moving meditation, deepening your connection to self.
I believe in the power of music. I like it loud. I like to feel as if the practice is a dance, intertwined with the power of music. I believe alignment is important, and I have a keen eye, but it is not the end all be all. I believe it is better to just be in the perfect pose than to be perfect in the pose. And let’s not forget I am also a Pilates instructor - so expect some core work!
Certifications & Such:
*200hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
*Pilates Mat & Apparatus Certified Instructor
*Registered Life Coach
*Spirit Junkie Masterclass Certification
Pamper yourself with uncompromised luxury when you retreat to your lavish Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana suite. French doors lead to your private terrace with views of lush tropical gardens or the magnificent azure sea.
Feel your tension melt away as you enjoy a chilled beverage from your mini-bar. Whether you opt for one, two or three bedrooms, you’ll enjoy elegant Bvlgari bath amenities, a large soaking tub, fine quality linens, and 24-hour in-suite dining.
Danielle was so kind to ask me to join her for a yoga retreat. Little did I know it would be one of the best adventures of my life. We went to Punta Cana and stayed at the Zoetry. I had no idea what to expect and had never been on an all woman retreat. Well, it was unbelievable; the yoga in the morning by the pool with the ocean breeze, the creative yoga in the evening. The resort was amazingly beautiful, the food was wonderful, the spa was amazing, and the staff treated us like gold. Everyday they pampered us with coconut water, watermelon water, champagne, fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, and more! Thank you so much to Willyn jimenez and Naroby for making it so special. Nearby surprised us with a complement chocolate scrub in the spa and Willy was there for any of our needs.
I cannot recommend Zoetry Agua more. I was scared shitless arriving the day before my guests because I had never set foot on the property, but to my amazement it was even more luxurious than the pictures & reviews! The service was top notch, kind, and prompt. It was a blissful trip from beginning to end. The only deterrent is that the beach palapa only holds 7 people comfortably and the gazebo would probably hold about 10. I will definitely be booking this destination for future retreats!
Everything about Sarah's yoga retreat to Punta Cana was absolutely tops. Every day was fulfilling yet relaxing and the Zoetry Resort was spectacular. The staff could not have been nicer and it felt like there were more employees than guests. Yoga practice with meditation twice a day set us on the right path to unwind and take in all that the resort had to offer. Sarah is an exceptional yoga and meditation teacher on and off the mat and I can't wait for her next retreat. Well done Sarah and I wish your Illuminated Living continued success.
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