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8 Days Art and New Year Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Casa de las Artistas, Boca de Tamatlan, Vallarta, Mexico


Meditation, Creativity, and Yoga Retreat Mexico

Start the New Year by connecting with the flow of yoga and art. Join a journey to awaken your creative self through art and soul. Celebrate the New Year with a positive start. Daily yoga and meditation set the stage for the fun and joyous ride as you engage with aqueous media as vehicles for entering the flow of creativity. These are perfect compliments for learning to trust in your vision, intuition, and judgement.


  • 6 workshop days of yoga and art
  • Ayurveda principles and cooking class
  • Ayurvedic health consultation with Richard Masla
  • Trip to Puerto Vallarta for arts, crafts gallery tour, shopping, and city exploration
  • Trip to botanical gardens with Lunch at The Hacienda Restaurant
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Airport transfers

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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This workshop will take place at Casa de los Artistas, artist Robert Masla and his wife Monica Levine's home and studio. Accommodations are arranged by them either in the “Casa" or their “sister apartments" in the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific Coast. The tropical village is where inspiration abounds, with tropical flora, fauna, and all the beauty the sun, surf, and sea. It is a very special and safe retreat space that has private rooms and private baths (single or double occupancy) with balconies. No additional charge for a single bedroom with private bath!

Robert Masla will lead you on a playful and fun artistic journey to uncover your creative self. Reconnect with your natural intuitive voice in a nurturing and supportive environment where exploration is encouraged and where there are no mistakes. Come and play in the fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating workshop. Acrylics, watercolor, and other aqueous media will be your vehicles for entering the flow of creativity.

They are the perfect media for learning to trust in your vision, intuition, and judgement. Using non-traditional and innovative approaches, experimentation and, art games as well as shamanistic techniques and rituals along with both new and old approaches to traditional drawing and painting techniques, you will awaken intuition, spontaneity, and creative play while exploring the depths of your souls and opening your hearts.

Richard Masla will compliment each day with calming, centering, and invigorating Hatha yoga, Vyasana flow exercises and stretches, pranayama or breathing techniques that balance and revitalize your energy, and soulful visualization, meditation, and song that opens your hearts. Together you will experience access to your calm center of meditative awareness as well as release the passion of the inner wild person to find more balance and flow in your lives.

Every morning before breakfast, you will greet the sun to begin your practice, dive into dynamic and rejuvenating Vinyasa flow, and end with Shavasana or deep relaxation, and meditation. You will emerge from these practices, clear, vibrant, and open. After a healthy, delicious breakfast you will gather again in the studio as artist Robert Masla will guide you in the experimentation of different drawing and water media, using a variety of painting and drawing processes.

The methods are designed to access your creativity, enhance stillness, and awareness along with others that will release energy and passion. You will engage in playfulness, discover the power of creativity, and have fun making art. No prior art experience is needed, but it probably won’t hinder your process either. In the afternoons, you will also take advantage of the outdoors and inspirational locals the Boca offers.

There is also plenty of downtime after lunch, during siesta for relaxing on the beach, hiking the wonderful trails, or just sitting on your balcony taking in the activities of the fishing village as you observe the beautiful tropical birds that land just feet away.

  • Boat trip to explore the coastline to see whales, dolphins, and giant mantas
  • Puerto Vallarta excursion for gallery walking tour, shopping, and city life
  • Trip to the Puerto Vallarta botanical gardens for photography and walking meditation
  • Richard Masla

    Richard is the Ayurvedic practitioner who began the Ayurveda Health Retreat in 2001. He has helped thousands of people seeking healthy living with knowledge from the Ayurveda. He began his yoga and Ayurveda studies at age 17 and traveled to India at 21 with his spiritual teacher Swami Prabhupada. He is a dedicated yoga teacher and Ayurvedic educator. He has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, and has traveled to India 34 times. In 1994, he graduated Clayton College with a degree of doctor of naturopathy.

  • Robert Masla

    Robert is an internationally exhibited artist whose work is in many discerning private and corporate collections. With over a 35-year professional exhibition history, Masla brings immense talent, technical expertise, imagination, and masterful craftsmanship in whatever he puts his hand to. Masla began his studies at the age of 11 in the studio of 20th century realist master and former president of the National Society of Mural Painters, Alton S. Tobey.

The retreat takes place 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the village of Boca de Tomatlan.

  • Art classes
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden

All meals and drinks are provided during the retreat. The food is local and vegetarian and is cooked with devotion by local chefs. Dinner is out at local restaurants in the Boca. Non-vegetarian options are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Hike to the waterfalls and secluded beaches
  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sun bathing on Boca Beach
  • Whale watching
  • 6 days of art and yoga workshops
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers from and to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)
  • All drinks
  • Individual Ayurvedic health consultation with Richard Masla
  • Boat trip to explore the gorgeous coastline
  • Some art materials
  • Trip to Puerto Vallarta for gallery walking tour, shopping, and city life
  • Trip to the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens for photography and walking meditation and lunch
  • Wireless internet access in the casa living room
  • Airfare
  • Extra excursions and trips
  • Gratuities to casa staff (optional)
  • Meals during Puerto Vallarta excursion

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ayurveda Health Retreat will pick you up from the airport at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

If you cannot make that pick up, you need to arrange your own transportation. Airport taxis are easy to arrange at airport taxi stands. The cost is approximately 45 USD. It is about a 45-minute ride from the airport to Boca.

There are two shuttles to the airport from Boca on Saturday, January 7, 2017. They leave at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You must be out of your room by 11:00 a.m. as another group arrives in the afternoon (breakfast is served on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and officially ends the workshop).

  • Review by Roxanne Melloway from Australia

    "A truly wonderful and positive experience on many, many levels. Richard (yoga) and Bob (artist) are everything you would want in an instructor and teacher. Highly educated and proficient in their field, excellent communicators, patient and encouraging. The kindness, friendliness, and easy-going-ness of Bob, Richard, Monica, and the entire family, the Casa staff and the Boca townspeople as well as the beautiful location, fun excursions and excellent, superb food made for an incredible workshop vacation. A 10+++. Trust me, the Casa is an all around wonderful experience!"

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  • Review by Audrey Rader

    "Magical! I loved, loved, loved the morning music and yoga with Richard and this was my first experience with a true artist in an instructional manner. I felt it was clear and given (taught) in a loving manner with lots of information to take away. A beautiful, unusual, new experience, the best host family, and awesome food. A definite must!"

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  • Review by Margaret Rose

    "Bob and Monica, thank you for a wonderful week of first class instruction in art and yoga. I was impressed from the time I arrived at Casa de los Artistas; incredible views, warm, and inviting accommodations, amazing companions, food made with love, every day was a moving experience. I had little art experience when I arrived but with Bob's teaching and expertise I grew to see and appreciate art everywhere. Every day was unique and inspiring - plain air at the botanical gardens, cultural exposure, live music, vegetarian cooking demo, I even snorkeled for the first time! You have perfected the art of the winter escapade, I returned home dreaming about my return. A most amazing adventure! It is such a pleasure to write a short review about my experience at the Casa, I tell you it was one of the most beautiful experiences I've ever had. You guys rock!"

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  • Review by J.L. from Pennsylvania, USA

    "I can't say enough about how wonderful it is to spend a week at the Casa with Bob and Monica, the consummate hosts. I am so grateful that I was able to experience such a diverse, enriching, fun, and most unforgettable vacation! I hope to return again some day in the future. If you are reading this review and trying to make up your mind about a trip to the Casa, I can assure you, the experience is well worth it! I haven't come across anything that compares to the value of this vacation. Art instruction from a talented artist, yoga and meditation, a scenic setting off the beaten tourist trap, gourmet food, a personal guide to local highlights, comfortable and relaxing accommodations, fun commeraderie, airport transfers, a taste of living like the locals, and fabulous hosts. What else could you possible need? Do it!"

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  • Review by Elizabeth S.

    "What a wonderful experience I had at the Retreat! Three days of rest, relaxation, yoga, and more. I was able to re-center myself. I met wonderful people and I cannot say enough about the staff. The food and accommodations were delightful. The treatments - Pure Bliss! Thank you to all."

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  • Review by Kelly Klein

    "A friend and I used the retreat as a way to reconnect, detox, and practice self care. What a wonderful, relaxing, informative, special weekend it was! The food was delish, the people friendly and warm, the treatments divine, and the yoga restorative. I can't wait to go back!!"

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  • Review by Akiko Ko

    "I was beyond satisfied with my experience at the Ayurveda Health Retreat! The staff were very warmhearted and knowledgeable, and I felt that I learned a lot throughout the retreat. The organic foods served were well-prepared and very delicious, and I could tell that the therapists put a lot of care and love into their treatments; I felt totally relaxed in both body and mind afterward. " website, edited

  • Review by Lorraine S.

    "I will return! The love and compassion, the wellness and "rightness"! Warms my heart just thinking about you all. Nutrition, fitness, mindfullness and spirituality. Your devtion and commitment will stay with me always. Namaste"

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  • Review by Ricki A. from Jacksonville, Florida

    "I'm a newcomer to Florida transplanted from California and did not expect that any place so wonderful and spiritual would even exist here but I was so delighted to have one of the best experiences of my life at the Retreat. Everything was amazing from the treatments to the delicious vegetarian food. Richard and the staff couldn't have been nicer. Richard even took me and another guest to these incredible springs one day. If you are looking for peace and serenity, this is the place. My only negative is that I had to share a bathroom. But other than that, it was pure perfection. Room Tip: If you don't want to share a bathroom, tell them when you book your reservation."

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  • Review by Victoria M. from New York City, U.S.A.

    " I can't review this as if it were some random b&b. This is a place to go if you're looking to heal your body and expand your soul. I've been to a lot of "health resorts," and some are fancier, but none is more inviting, caring, or effective than this one. I plan to return every year. On the more mundane level, my room was quiet and private and I love the beautiful brown bathrobe provided. I had a shared-bath room (shower -- some other rooms have a tub) and it was fine -- super clean every day. The meals were extraordinary and such fun to share with fellow travelers -- both travelers to Florida and travelers on the spiritual path. The people on staff are infinitely accommodating and the only thing that would have made this stay better would have been to double its length."

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  • Review by Nikcha from New Hampshire, USA

    "This is a gem of a place to not only detox your body, but to nourish your mind and spirit. Guests are welcome as part of an ever enlarging family. In addition to the heavenly ayurvedic treatments, there is yoga for all abilities, and vegetarian food that is beyond delicious. You will not regret your decision to give this retreat a try. You will emerge ready to face the challenges of today's world."

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  • Review by Edward from Pensacola, Florida

    "Upon awakening here I felt very cared for catered to and at home. The entire Staff worked with glad hearts and diligently to help me in my journey of discovery. Each segment of the treatment model matched my needs and exceeded in it's outcome. I found deep peace. The challenges given to me by the therapists/instructors were accompanied with real hands on tools to compliment my natural gifts and blended into success. I thank every soul who I have had the highest pleasure of meeting here. Shanti."

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  • Review by Ben from Panama city, USA

    "Enlightening experience, my expectations were surpassed by the professionalism of the treatments, the wonderful music, and the loving graciousness of the host."

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  • Review by Eric Diamond, PhD Psychologist from Gainesville, USA

    "My Panchakarma experience had a unique kind of sweetness, both enlivening and relaxing, with a heightened awareness of being, I felt cared for deeply and held in a loving space. It allowed and guided me to release layers of holding and patterning."

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  • Review by Maryellen from Portland, USA

    "The experience was blissful! I felt that my therapists personified the love and care of the divine mother. Their gentle, loving approach brought deep healing to my heart."

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  • Review by Jaclyn from Tampa, USA

    "I would recommend the Ayurveda Health Retreat to all who would like to be touched by the hands of loving, pure, beautiful souls! A true, authentic, divine experience!"

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  • Review by Lisa from London, UK

    "This is a place to be with you and learn to love yourself again. The food was sensational! Thanks Rueben!"

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  • Review by Kathleen, Registered nurse from Palm City, USA

    "I arrived feeling low and kind of pretty sorry for myself. From Dr Richard's warm greeting through every step of my treatments I could feel the veil of gloom lifting, and now 3 days later; I'm leaving feeling rejuvenated and most of all loved and honored. Thank you."

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  • Review by Harry from Palm Coast, USA

    "A health retreat that can't be beat from my head down to my feet."

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  • Review by Gary from Pittsburgh, USA

    "I am departing in much better physical, spiritual and overall mental condition then when I arrived. It felt like family. The entire experience was rewarding."

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  • Review by George from USA

    "I was amazed at the attention to detail and the positive clear intention to create such a healing experience."

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  • Review by Alice from Realtor Fullerton, USA

    "Amazing, never expected a more fulfilling experience. I wanted a serene atmosphere, secluded, with all the necessary amenities for comfort: I got just what I wanted."

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  • Review by Mark from USA

    "Through the caring and balanced attitude of the people here, I was relaxed and experienced healing on many levels."

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  • Review by Margaret from St. Petersburg, USA

    "I was so stressed from work that I chose Ayurveda Health Retreat almost as a drowning man would a life rope. I was stressed and in physical and mental pain and desperate. I am amazed at the rejuvenation the past 5 days has given me. I wouldn't have believed so many changes were possible so quickly. I feel reborn and I will definitely be back again and again."

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  • Review by Sherry S.

    "My friend and I came for three days of relaxation from the increasing demands of our daily lives and recent challenges. We were wholeheartedly welcomed and nourished with delicious food, sincere joy and caring, excellent services, and superb accommodations. This has been a profound transformational experience for both of us. In every way, our high expectations were greatly exceeded and we plan to come back. This was money well spent."

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "Coming from Canada this is not an easy place to get to. Two flights are needed but I would like to think the time and effort is worth the journey. A place to find you, meditation, vegan food, ayurveda education and treatments and a gentle atmosphere."

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  • Review by a traveler from Rosemary Beach, Florida, USA

    "I discovered this amazing place of healing at a time in my life when I could not have needed it more. I was stressed, depressed, emotionally exhausted, mentally drained and on the verge of giving up.What I received from my 8 day stay was exactly what I needed... although in a completely different way that I had imagined. I was introduced to meditation, yoga, a delicious healthier diet, treatments that were soothing and healing for body, mind and spirit, and given time to reflect in an environment that was restful, loving, inclusive, spiritually inviting and inclusive. The familial environment created by the amazing staff was totally unexpected but absolutely wonderful. The other retreat members, all there for different reasons, added to the experience with each and every one leaving with the others contact information.Richard has created something so special and my introduction to Ayurveda left me with a better understanding of self. Even thought my visit was shortly before the yearend holidays, I came home and incorporated many of the practices into my daily life. Meditation is now a daily practice returning benefits far beyond any I could have imagined. I've altered my diet dramatically, feel better, have lost weight and enjoy meals more than ever. My introduction to yoga while at the retreat and the immediate benefits I realized from it gave me reason to seek out classes at home and the confidence to start on a new path of physical improvement.Thank you Richard and all of the amazing staff, Eka & Ruben for the delicious meals, Melba and Sunflower for sharing your energy through the amazing panchakarma treatments, Jose for making my stay so comfortable and those wonderful morning meditation and yoga sessions to start the day, Richard and Katherine for your insights and suggestions, and to the rest of the Retreat family for all that you do.Melba... a very special thanks to you for your guided mediation during the Shirodhara; you are an amazing healer.In conclusion... I could not give this place a higher rating. While I'm still recovering from my personal challenges, The Ayurveda Health Retreat gave me a new set of tools to help me with that process and I'm already planning my next visit."

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  • Review by Katerryna from Tallahassee, Florida, USA

    "My friends and I found this wonderful place for a weekend getaway. Our mornings started with breathing and meditative yoga followed by a very healthy breakfast. We opted for the Rest and Relaxation package which was well worth it. The treatments which included aromatherapy, massage and warm oil poured on our foreheads have such relaxing effect. The foods offered were so nourishing for the mind and body. We felt replenished during our entire stay and promised ourselves to come back here again. Thanks to Richard and Jose for such a restful break."

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  • Review by Lisa L from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

    "The Ayurveda Health Retreat was so much more than i could have imagined. Each and every moment of this experience was wonderful, including nourishing meals, top-notch bodyworkers, a friendly community, and Ayurvedic guidance tailored to my needs. I recommend this center highly and without reservation. The staff were unilaterally welcoming, caring, and generous."

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  • Review by Trish from Cookson, Oklahoma, USA

    "I was greeted at the airport by Jose and from that point I knew it was going to be a great retreat. He came bearing gifts of food for the weary traveler. When I arrived at the retreat my suite awaited me and my name was on the door. My visit was the best and all the staff and therapist where fabulous. I would refer any of my friends to this cozy retreat and the sweet spirit that resides within this facility. Thank you again for all the love and encouragement that you have given me and I look forward to my next visit."

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  • Review by a traveler from Colombia

    "Richard and his team make you feel at home. The peaceful atmosphere and the therapies help to detox your body and mind. Great place. The yoga class have a great pace it suits any person. The food is amazing."

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  • Review by Susan Z. from McAllen, Texas, USA

    "This was my 4th visit to the Retreat Center and I will continue to come back each year. I do an annual Panchakarma detox but the center is very flexible and you can mix and match experiences to create everything from a little R&R to full cleansing and spiritual deepening. Each day you are surrounded by professional, supportive, wholehearted people who feed you scrumptious healthy food, put flowers in your room and offer tools for balance, mindfulness and good health. There are usually 3-6 other guests at the center - I always meet amazing people there and enjoy their company as well as that of the staff. I can't recommend it highly enough!! Thank you AHR!!"

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  • Review by Nisha P.

    "Visiting the Ayurveda Health Retreat was one of the best decisions I've made for my health & well-being. I am a healthy, spiritual person but have an active, busy lifestyle. I was searching to find an environment that followed Ayurvedic principles, as well as combining the entire spiritual & wellness experience.After extensive research, I discovered this Ayurvedic Retreat in Florida and the wonderful people that are a part of its community.I was so pleased with the integrated services all on-site - health consultation, daily yoga, meditation, cleansing treatments, massage, steams and the most delicious variety of vegetarian meals, and private rooms.The treatments helped to rejuvenate and refresh my body and mind. I will continue to visit this centre for the five day retreat, and have referred many friends & loved ones!Very special thank you to Richard Masla, Katherine, Jose, Ruchi, Eka, Melba, Sunflower and Vimla."

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  • Review by Dianna B. from Jacksonville, Florida, USA

    "As a holistic health professional, I value the importance of nourishment on all levels and this retreat enriched me in every way: amazing food (I swear I could taste the care imbued in it!), outstanding bodywork, restorative yoga, Ayurvedic consults to bring it all into balance, and cooking classes as a take-home gift of this little slice of heaven. Behind each one of these pieces, was the genuine warmth and care that each one of the staff brought to their personal service. My previous work with a luxury hotel for 15 years tells me that you can't train this type of service -it comes from authentic heart-centered people. This is a 5-star retreat at the most affordable price you'll find for the experience!"

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  • Review by Paola B.

    "I visited the retreat because I wanted to have a spiritual experience during the holidays. I have to say that the house where I stayed made me feel home. Cozy. Loving people that made sure that my experience was one of a kind. I felt Love above all. I highly recommend it to each and everyone that wants to go deep in their spiritual journey through yoga practice, amazing homemade meals , treatments , chanting, swimming in the nearby springs, visiting the temple. The energy in the Ayurveda. Health retreat house is very powerful, positive and healing. I will go back for sure as soon as I can!!!"

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  • Review by Carmen G.

    "Excellent service, staff and environment. I'm looking forward to another getaway next year. If thinking about it, my advice would be to just do it! You won't regret your decision, and once your retreat is over, I promise you'll be begging to go back."

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  • Review by Styfhany Reco from Vitoria, Brazil

    "I had one of the most enjoyable weeks of my life. The classes, yoga, meditations, and treatments, everything was great. I learned a lot about the Ayurveda medicine, and also about the yogini world. Katherine and Richard are great teachers. The yoga and the pranayamas were very relaxing but powerful. The Panchakarma treatment is really rejuvenating. The food is sensational but the most memorable of this place are the people, the wisdom that each one has. All staffs are very friendly, they make you feel at home. It's so much love and enlightenment, that the energy transforms you." website, edited

  • Review by Plily from Florida, USA

    "My experience at the Ayurveda Health Retreat was a peaceful and uplifting time for my body, mind and soul. The food, the lifestyle, yoga, the people and the treatments were exactly what I needed at this time. They were thought provoking and life changing. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Harry from Florida, USA

    "My tracer unit results were the best ever-perfect-in the nearly 9 years I have been tested. Thanks in great part to Pancha Karma, meditation, healthy diet, yoga etc. This time was optimum, even with the challenge of detoxing through the holiday season. Dont want to forget the benefits of Reiki healing and other massage/bodywork techniques and acupuncture with limited gentle chiropractic added. We are Source energy after all! Thanks again, Namaste."

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  • Review by Dresden from Florida, USA

    "It was the most peaceful, relaxing and unique experience and time for me. Not to mention the most needed. The most satisfying part of my visit was the peace, relaxation and learning experience of meditation, yoga and it all was special and unique in its own way."

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