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8 Days In the Clouds Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

  • Finca Esperanza Verde Ecolodge, San Ramon, Matagalpa, Nicaragua


Matagalpa Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

  • 7 days with instruction
    • 2 daily yoga sessions
    • Guided hikes and access to hiking trails
    • Visit to a local women’s jewelry cooperative and local school
    • Roundtrip transportation to and from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)
    • A bonfire with local musicians
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • 3 vegetarian meals daily
    • Coffee tour

    Replace time spent at your computer with time spent in nature, putting your feet in the soil of the earth, breathing fresh mountain air, swimming in a spring fed waterfall pool in the middle of the jungle and meditating in stillness. Join Ambuja Yoga for their Yoga in the Clouds yoga retreat in Nicaragua’s mountainous north, the epicenter of Nicaraguan coffee country. It will be hosted by Autumn Adams, an international yoga instructor and retreat leader. You will find verdant gardens and quaint rooms surrounded by lush jungle, natural waterfalls, and a multitude of stunning views. You will be staying in a perfect place to refine your yoga practice, celebrate nature, and find balance within your life. Feel the earth all around you!


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    There are three private treehouse-type bungalows up on the hill and two spacious dormitories with the views of the mountains and the valley below. The Colibri, Tucan, and MotMot cabins also give you a breathtaking view to watch the sunset behind the mountains as the sky begins its light show.

    Finca Esperanza Verde’s cabins are charming, simple, and unfussy allowing the surrounding landscape to rule the show. You’ll quickly settle into the rhythm of life at Finca Esperanza Verde. The sounds of the forest will lull you to sleep each evening and the howler monkeys will provide your morning wake up call. Your afternoons will be spent hiking and exploring with new friends that share similar visions and goals, cultivating gratitude for the simple and small things in your life, and discovering the types of relationships, friends and energy you want to surround yourself with when you get home.

    You will also have two additional rooms in the garden cabins for the budget-minded traveler. These are located near the organic vegetable garden. All rooms have private bathrooms with cool water showers. Showers with hot water are also available in the shower house.

    Colibri cabins

    These newly added wood cabins are built on platforms that feel more like “treehouses”. Nestled in the woods, sitting prominently on a high point of the property facing west, the impossibly beautiful views can be enjoyed from your bed or from your own private porch. All rustic materials, including mosquito netting, have been used to create the perfect romantic perch. Each cabin can sleep one to two people comfortably by arranging with two single beds or one king.

    Tucan cabin

    The Tucan cabin is a dorm-style cabin built of brick with a roof made of old handmade clay tiles. It has been fully renovated to allow for more interior space, including an additional full bath. The location is high on the hill next to a stream where the sound of the water will lull you to sleep. The interior boasts a traditional “Caña de Castilla” ceiling design using a renewable resource harvested locally from a neighboring farm, similar to bamboo. The floors are of a native “coyote” wood. A set of three bunk beds with flannel sheets and warm blankets can sleep six people comfortably. A large glass sliding door opens up to a wide porch with rockers that has been added on to take advantage of the westerly views, perfect for relaxing, and enjoying the fresh mountain air and spectacular sunsets.

    Motmot cabin

    The MotMot was originally the three “Colibris”. This space has been redesigned as a large dorm-style cabin. With four bunk beds and two baths, it can sleep eight people comfortably. The interior walls are the original brick while the floors and ceilings have been replaced with “Caña de Castilla” and coyote wood for a more rustic feel. Step onto the newly added porch through the sliding glass doors and you will be treated to a private hangout with partial but stunning views of the mountains beyond and lodge gardens below.

    From the moment you are picked up at the airport in Managua, Ambuja Yoga will take care of all the details. You will be whisked off to the exclusive eco-resort in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.

    Your airport pick-up will be in Managua on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Your schedule for the arrival day will be as followed, though it is subject to change:

    • 13:00 Airport pick-up
    • 16:00 Arrival to retreat center
    • 16:30 Welcome beverage and light snack
    • 17:30 Opening circle, sun salutations, and yoga Nidra / savasana
    • 19:00 Dinner

    Throughout the week, you will receive individualized attention and see a progression in your asana practice over a relatively short amount of time. Sunrise yoga will be an energizing Hatha-Vinyasa class concluding with savasana, pranayama, and meditation. The morning class is designed to awaken the body and the senses to fully to prepare you for the day.

    Evening classes will be a gentle flow that incorporates both Yin and Restorative postures to nourish the body, mind, and soul, and relieve fatigue, tension, and stress. Evening classes will also include yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) or meditation. Yoga Nidra promotes deep healing and restoration, it also provides an opportunity to work with, and plant the seeds of your sankalpa. Your sankalpa is an intention in accordance with the vibration of your being, your highest self. A yoga Nidra practice plants the seeds of your sankalpa into the deepest recesses of your mind.

    On February 18, 2017 or departure day, your schedule will be as follows, but it is subject to change:

    • 05:00 Optional 1-hour yoga practice
    • 06:00 Prepare for departure
    • 06:30 Light breakfast
    • 07:00 Depart the resort for the airport

    Finca Esperanza Verde maintains miles and miles of hiking trails on the property. You will be able to enjoy these in a group. You are also welcome to explore them on your own too. There are tons of wildlife in the area. It's a hiker and nature lover's paradise.

    You will also be visiting the local women's jewelry co-op and the local school. You can create a connection with the local women. The collective provides an income for local women, providing a sense of community and a support system.

    You will also be given a tour to Finca Esperanza Verde's coffee and vegetable farm.

    • Autumn Adams

      Autumn Adams is an avid yogini, foodie, hiker and traveler. When Autumn is not practicing yoga she can be found exploring Central Oregon, playing with her two naughty pups (Sal and Jedi), whipping up amazing meals for friends and family or deepening her knowledge of yoga. Her classes blend Vinyasa and Hatha yoga into an accessible, yet challenging practice that encourages intention, grace, and courage.

    Finca Esperanza Verde is set in the cloud forest above San Ramon. The ecolodge is located outside of the communities of San Ramon and Matagalpa. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level and is classified as “semi-wet tropical” or “tropical mountain forest”. The town of San Ramon is at 750 meters (2,500 feet) above sea level, and is classified as “semi-dry tropical”, and is pleasantly warm in the rainy season and hot in March to May.

    Finca Esperanza Verde is a working coffee and vegetable farm that uses only responsible and sustainable methods of farming, 100% solar and hydro power electricity, a 100% carbon neutral thermo syphon system to heat water, vermiculture, composting, biodiverse landscaping, and fabulous farm-to-table meals.

    You will have the opportunity to enjoy Finca Esperanza’s fantastic coffee, grown and processed on site and feast on organic meals sourced from the farm’s garden and nearby neighbors.

    • Hiking
    • Hiking trail nearby
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Tour assistance

    Delicious farm-to-table organic vegetarian meals will be served with produce grown on the farm and from the local community. You will be having three meals a day. There will also be coffee grown on the farm, tea, and mountain spring water are available throughout your stay.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Birding
    • Connecting
    • Digital detox
    • Exploring
    • Forest bathing
    • Hiking
    • Journaling
    • Meditation
    • Swimming
    • 2 daily yoga sessions, including asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga Nidra
    • 3 vegetarian meals daily
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • A bonfire with local musicians
    • Coffee tour
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Goodie bag
    • Guided hikes and access to hiking trails
    • Roundtrip transportation to and from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)
    • Unlimited coffee, tea, and spring water
    • Visit to a local women’s jewelry cooperative and local school
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Gratuities
    • International airfare to Managua
    • Souvenirs

    Arrival by airplane

    You can get a plane going to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Flights to Managua in many airlines: Delta, United, TACA, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Copa, Avianca, TACA / LACSA, US Airways, Aeromexico. Depending on where you are flying from, you may have an overnight layover in Houston, Miami, or other places. Ambuja Yoga will provide transfers to and from the Managua Airport (MGA). If you arrive early, your private transportation to the eco-lodge is 120 USD each way.

    Arrival by bus

    From Mercado Mayoreo in Managua (bus terminal), take the public bus for 65 NIO or the express bus for 75 NIO to Matagalpa. Express buses are recommended as they are faster, but you will need to go to the Mayoreo Bus Terminal to catch one. The ride will be approximately 2 to 3 hours.

    From the Sandino International Airport, you can wave down one of the public buses that stop directly in front of the airport with the final destination to Matagalpa for 65 NIO.

    Public buses and express vans will stop at Coltrane Sur bus terminal in Matagalpa. Once you are in Matagalpa, you have various options to get to Finca Esperanza Verde like taking the public bus, a shared taxi or a private taxi.

    Arrival by taxi

    You can take a shared taxi (10 NIO) to Coltrane Norte bus terminal and catch a bus to the community of Yucul (20 NIO), which is 3.5 kilometers from Finca Esperanza Verde.

    You can catch a private taxi (35-40 USD) from Coltrane Sur or anywhere in Matagalpa directly to the eco-lodge.

    Note: From Yúcul (3.5 km from the eco-lodge), there is no more public transport available. You will have to hike up to the lodge. The hike is not recommended if traveling with more than one backpack. Adventurers will be rewarded, however, as the road winds upward through coffee fields and plantations offering spectacular views and a glimpse into the lives of rural Nicaraguans.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


    • Review by Holly D. Eugene from Oregon

      "I enjoyed the beautiful setting, the babbling creek, the amazing, nourishing food, the loving women who came together and most of all the yoga practice! I am very new to yoga and has some anxiety and self-consciousness going into the retreat, but Autumn and Toni and the other women made me feel so welcome. I loved the long length of the sessions. I like that nothing about this weekend felt rushed."

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    • Review by Suzanne R. from Boston, Massachusetts

      "I immediately grew as a yoga student because I felt empowered and supported to take risks in my practice and try poses I normally would not even attempt. I am also working on the “mental” piece of yoga and pieces of practice are helping me on this meditative journey. I have grown as a woman— I was reminded of my worth, my strength, and worthiness of love."

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    • Review by Dianne S. from Tacoma,WA

      "I enjoyed the retreat’s environment of safety and acceptance as a beginner to yoga- the basic breakout session was so educational and helpful- I can’t wait to continue using the techniques at home. "

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    • Review by Nanor A. from Los Angeles, CA

      "I loved this retreat! I have re-learned the ability to practice with intention and give my practice the priority it deserves in my life. Thank you Autumn & Toni!"

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    • Review by Tayra Q from Los Angeles, CA

      "I loved the yoga classes! They really challenged my yoga practice and allowed me to do poses I was having challenges with. I realized that I can do so much more than what I give myself credit for. The location couldn’t be more amazing. The food was also really wonderful."

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    • Review by Alana R. from Washington, DC

      "I enjoyed the casual “vibe.” I didn’t feel pressured to do anything outside of my comfort zone."

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    • Review by Abigail C. from Bend, Oregon

      "I enjoyed being surrounded by kind, generous, and like minded women as well as the beauty of wild life and nature. I feel as though I am more grounded with myself as well as feeling more patient with myself and others… I hope to come back next year!"

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    • Review by Karin B. from Portland, OR

      "The relaxation and restorative elements of my yoga practice needs attention and focus. This retreat gave me new tools to employ. "

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    • Review by Amy K. from Colorado

      "Enjoyed the whole retreat- amazing location, food, classes, and energy…. I was able to truly relax and reconnect with myself. "

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    • Review by Melanie G. from Bend, OR

      "Wonderful experience. Honestly, I can’t think of anything for improving. "

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    • Review by Christina D. from Bend, OR

      "All was wonderful: the community of women, location, yoga, food. I have learned to be authentic, lessened the “need to please”, learned the difference between being “nice” and kind and speaking my truth without fear. Acceptance and self love for all part of me! Love you Autumn & Toni both amazing and inspiring women. So happy to share in your journeys. Thank you."

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    • Review by Sheri D. from Colorado

      "I loved that this retreat was all about self love. Good food, wine, & yoga. No additional self help agenda. I learned that its so important to take the time for yourself and unplug. Autumn & Toni you are beautiful inside and out."

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    • Review by Melissa C. from Canada

      "I enjoyed the encouragement to listen and love your body, taking your practice at your own pace, yet allowing your body to be open enough to push to new levels as well. Very encouraging and supportive space to practice without judgement. Toni- love the way you explain and show each movement. I’ve grown as a student to allow myself to listen and trust my body and mind; in order to become more comfortable with my own journey of yoga. Autumn- you should do on tape meditation! Your voice is so calming and safe, really allowing to get into a meditative space with mind and body. THANK YOU BOTH!!!"

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    • Review by Barbie S. from Tacoma, WA

      "I’ve learned and felt the power and strength in being gentle, of using my intuition and emotions as guides to be paid attention to and acknowledged and I’ve learned that love starts with me. "

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    • Review by Carrie L. from Bend, Oregon

      "I loved the environment and how friendly everyone was. Lots of great women supporting women— so empowering. Also, the multi-generation of ladies— very fun. I learned a lot this weekend. Asanas, style, how strong I am and how much women are a key to my growth. This weekend was perfect! I could stay longer!!!"

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    • Review by Felecia W. from Portland, OR

      "I enjoyed the thoughtful yoga instruction in a beautiful, peaceful and serene location. The Tipi Village staff were also welcoming and wonderful. And the food! I feel like I reconnected with my body in a way I’ve been ignoring since becoming a runner/jogger. I’m re-energized and motivated to incorporate yoga into my workout routine. Thank you so much! You both are wonderful instructors. "

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    • Review by Julia B. from Vancouver, WA

      "This is the most focused vinyasa series I’ve done and it makes me consider nuances in my practice (and therefore in my life) more. I loved getting info/guidance on how to do postures safely to alleviate current pain and prevent future injury, especially down dog. "

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    • Review by Amelia W. from Coos Bay, OR

      "I enjoyed the company, the environment, the nature, the yin yoga, all the yoga! And the love and kindness that was always present. I have grown in so many ways, but physically I feel sore, but strong! Chaturanga!!! "

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    • Review by Taira S. from Portland, OR

      "I loved the tipis, food, practice, especially the yin and yoga nidra and the partner exercises. I improved my focus, awareness and meditation. Everything was basically new for me and there wasn’t a single thing I didn’t enjoy. I gained relief from my anxiety and found a new foundation within myself. I can’t thank you enough for that. I will always try to come back here in my heart and in my head when I need a reminder of where to find my inner peace… I can’t wait to return. I can’t wait to deepen my vinyasa practice. "

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    • Review by Karen Z. from Portland, OR

      "I loved the long yoga sessions, also loved the yoga nidra (even though I fell asleep, oops!). Great venue. So many great things! Partner Poses!… I feel very centered and I hope I can continue combining a bit of meditation with my yoga practice. "

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    • Review by Lindsay W. from Bend, OR

      "I enjoyed the whole thing! I loved the classes, the difficulty was perfect. I found my ability to relax and let go improve. Thank you for your amazing energy love and light. This was so fun, challenging and relaxing. I’m looking forward to next time."

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    • Review by Erin S.

      "This retreat was certainly great! Autumn you are an awesome, fun and very informative teacher. I loved your flows and your classes! (As well as the meditation/nidra). Keep up the great retreating! I’d love to go to another led by you, Autumn! "

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    • Review by Suzanne R, from Boston, Massachusetts

      "I’m continuing to grow in my practice- I feel that I have many heartfelt pieces to carry with me on my journey."

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    • Review by Kelly D. Eugene from Oregon

      "I have grown as a student and instructor by reconnecting with myself and my yoga. I loved learning new things and having the opportunity to challenge myself with longer, more fulfilling practices. I can’t wait for your online course! You are so great, keep in touch! "

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    • Review by Brandi, from Portland, OR

      "Grateful that I’m always learning new poses, techniques. I realize I’m stronger than I may think. Love everything! Please do a retreat in Bend! This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Keep doing what you do!! "

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    • Review by Whitney M, from Bend, OR

      "I enjoyed the laughter, love and kindness form this experience — the wonderful surroundings and food. I enjoyed the stillness I was allowed to have. I was able to push away the negative thoughts more easily. They may come back, but I am better able to focus on stillness and myself. Everything was wonderful! "

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    • Review by McKenzie, from Portland, OR

      "I enjoyed the time spent with a group of positive, fun, and hilarious women. Letting loose and enjoying the company of women was something my soul deeply needed. The yin/restorative nidra practice was just what my body needed to rejuvenate. The nice balance of structured and unstructured time was great. "

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    • Review by Jamie B., from Raleigh, NC

      "I loved how together it felt with this group of ladies. I loved working on my meditation practice because it really needs work. I also loved you because you are an amazing teacher. I think as a yoga student I have taken away how to be more present with my practice and let go of what I have to do next. "

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    • Review by Maryellen F. from Philadelphia, PA.

      "Autumn's yoga practice is challenging, fun, motivating and light hearted. Laughing and giggling and her smile brought me at peace. Thank you Autumn for creating a yoga practice that was challenging but lighthearted. Your smile and energy light up the yoga platform that makes the impossible, possible. Thank you for your kindness. "

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    • Review by Ruth B., from Bristol, England

      "Autumn is a breath of fresh air, unpretentious, earthy and good humored teaching. "

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    • Review by Helen A., from North Carolina

      "This was by far the best experience I've had in a yoga class. The instructor was balanced and the classes moved along at a good pace with time for instruction, corrective criticism, and questions. I received a lot of coaching which has already enhanced my practice and improved my physical wellbeing in general. The coaching was given in such a way as to not draw attention to my needs but to highlight the benefits of doing a pose the right way. After each class I felt stronger in mind and body and excited about the growth I was experiencing in my practice. I wish I lived in Bend so I could have constant access to such a great instructor. I will have to do more retreats now! "

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    • Review by Meghan B., from Saskatchewan, Canada

      "You thought of every detail and every expense ahead of time so that we didn't need to be concerned at all for the week. You gave us clear direction from the beginning about what to bring and what to expect. It made me feel very comfortable and trust that you had thought of it all. The bonus was the other wonderful people I got to meet along the way. It's so awesome when like minded individuals come together for a joined experience. The positivity and energy of the group made it all the better. Yoga is all about community and judging by our thread we are still sharing, we were able to build a community in only a week. One of the reasons for this was your warm, hospitable charm and passion for retreats. I thank you for all of your hard work. "

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    • Review by Dave G. from Bend, OR

      "Two years ago, at age 60, I met Autumn. My yoga practices quickly went to a new level attending at least 5 practices per week. Autumn['s]... classes can be both subtle and rigorous."

      "My interest in yoga began because of my stiff joints & bones caused by using cholesterol lowering statins for 20 plus years. Today I have the best HDL & LDL cholesterol levels since taking these medications. I am more impressed that I no longer have the stiff joint & muscle pains. What is more incredible is last year I was scheduled to have total knee replacement surgery. After 2 injections to the knee from the doctors & Autumn guiding me through my practices the Dr. decided I did not need surgery. My legs gained strength & flexibility & last year I played the best golf of my life. I also skied 35 days this season. I know this is not coincidence."

      "I cannot imagine living without my yoga practices & know it will be a part of my life forever! Thank you Autumn for your consistent high level of commitment, attention & spirit. "

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    • Review by Brit F. from Portland, Oregon

      "From the moment I booked the trip, I knew I was in good hands. Autumn made sure that all the details were covered and insured that I was comfortable throughout my first international travel experience. Everything was arranged and seamless from the moment we stepped off the plane in Managua, Nicaragua. The retreat center was serene and no matter where I was on the property at Costa Dulce, I had a view of a gorgeous beach landscape that was free of people and so peaceful. The Yoga Studio was one of the best places to take in the view; it was impossible not to have an amazing practice with the sounds of the ocean and the smell of the breeze. "

      "The occasional monkey spotting didn’t hurt either. Autumn was great with everyone at the retreat in her classes, spending an equal amount of time focusing on her guests and making sure everyone had the best practice tailored to their individual wants and needs. Everyone always left practice with a restful smile and a belly full of anticipation for the delicious food. Surfing was effortless with the guidance of the retreat staff and accessibility to the boards whenever we wanted them. The boogie boards were nice too, when we didn’t feel like going all out. The day activities and options they had available were also undeniably unforgettable. I chose to go on a night venture to a sea turtle reserve, and it didn’t disappoint. "

      "We saw different species of sea turtles hatching and making their way to the sea - never have I felt so grounded and close to the oceans natural beauty. The day trips to San Juan Del Sur to shop and experience the restaurants were also a nice way to switch it up and really take in the Nicaraguan culture. Overall, my experience with Ambuja Yoga was made by Autumn's attention to detail and ability to seamlessly plan an unforgettable retreat. I returned home with memories that will last a lifetime and the rested body and mind that I was searching for. Thanks Autumn! I had a blast!"

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    • Review by Colleen W from Bend, Oregon

      "The day was incredible and starting the day with yoga was perfect. People keep asking me, "did it feel like a blur?" and actually, it really didn't. I felt very connected and present during the entire day and I truly believe starting the day with centering my spirit with yoga played a big part in that."

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    • Review by Lizzy Sawyer from Bend, Oregon

      "My bridesmaids and I had the opportunity to take a private yoga session with Autumn before my wedding in July. It was a perfect experience! My girls and I had such a great time and felt amazing after our session. Autumn was very sweet, accommodating, and knowledgeable. She even gifted me a bottle of champagne! I would recommend her in a heartbeat to any bride looking for a special experience with her bridesmaids before her big day! I give Autumn a two thumbs up!"

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    • Review by Carol E. from Portland, Oregon

      "Autumn is so clear when she guides you through a movement. She thought of everything from beginning to end. We had an amazing venue and it married so well with the energy of our group and teacher. We enjoyed a hike with amazing mountain views (we were rewarded with a great lunch at the top), tons of yoga class time, plus time to relax and visit with others. She provided special gift bags, which I thought was so thoughtful, and a reflection of her generous nature. It was a great weekend and I am really looking forward to next year!"

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    Bend, Oregon, United States

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