CJ Ananda is a co-founder of Present Moment Retreat, Pura Vidya, and Kula Collective. CJ Ananda is ERYT 500 certified and she is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance, and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness coach and healing practitioner to create many international retreats and training. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, Shamanic cleanses and retreats, giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates an ecstatic, healing, and magical experience.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
While in New York, in 2001, Michelle studied massage and was quickly guided to a Masters in Chinese medicine. In 2008, she moved to San Marcos to study esoteric metaphysics. Her studies included hermetic kabbala, tarot, numerology, lucid dreaming and astral traveling, astrology, yoga, fasting, and periods of silent meditation. Michelle was invited to Present Moment Retreat in 2010 and now offers shamanic acupuncture, acupuncture, flow and relaxation massage, chakra balance with crystals and sound healing, cranial sacral, and Cacao ceremonies.
Brianne obtained a doctorate in chiropractic from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and a bio-medical neuro-functional electro-acupuncture certification from McMaster University in Hamilton in 2014. During that same year, she took the 200-hour yoga teacher training and reiki levels 1 to 3 at Present Moment Retreat. She then joined the wellness team as a healer, providing chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and reiki. She also teaches Gentle and Vinyasa yoga.
Katie began practicing for the physical benefits of having a regular practice only to discover the depth of spiritual evolution that was taking place as her practice evolved. Katie received her Master of Science in yoga therapy shorty after and has been practicing bodywork and yoga therapy since. She has worked with plant medicine and developed her work as a shamanic energy practitioner and bodyworker. She offers shamanic energy healing, yoga therapy, private yoga class, shamanic energy healing with massage, and wellness coaching and counselling.
Natalie is a yoga teacher and massage therapist who has been spreading the light for Present Moment Retreat since 2007, specializing in Thai Massage. Originally trained in India, she has studied classical Raja and Hatha yoga at her ashram in Nasik, Maharashtra. She has spent about one year total in India seeking the ancient wisdom. She has led retreats and adventure wellness vacations in Mexico, India, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is also one of the local surf guides and can help you find a practice on the mat as well in the ocean.
Joy De Lisser
from United States, August 2017
"Great Yoga Retreat!"
Great location, beautiful beach, wonderful food, good instructors for mediation and yoga, good massages, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding. Great people / employees at the resort!
Hillary W. Oregon
I have been to Present Moment with my husband several times, I have brought girlfriends and I even convinced my very discerning old boss to do his first solo vacation there. And he just texted me a few weeks ago to tell me he was on route for another trip. Here is what I tell people: It's not the cheapest escape you will ever have. But you are guaranteed not to regret it. The grounds are immaculate. The staff, from kitchen to therapists to instructors are genuinely lovely. The food is 5 star. The yoga varied and personal. For the yogi and the non yogi alike. The beach and the town are safe and authentic. Rest and Refresh (or something like that) is the best deal. I have also done Be-Light. Which - is good for re-setting your engines, avoiding margaritas and having a good laugh (do it with friends if possible). I never left the resort for my first 4 trips (why leave paradise?) and then was convinced to do an eco-tour on my last trip which left me with a broader understanding and appreciation for the community. My only 'tip' is that there is a room called Solitude that faces the street. I stayed in it twice. The first time it was magical and the second time, just noisy. And I heard these complaints from guests on later trips. Also - most rooms are open air. Which I love - the lovely sounds of the ocean - but air-conditioned rooms are available. But - that's it. Treat yourself! You will go back!
a traveler United States
I came to Present Moment retreat for a week long Yoga retreat at the end of January. I was a bit nervous initially as I was traveling alone, did not know anyone and wasn't sure what to expect. I am happy to say I had a wonderful experience. The staff at Present Moment was welcoming from the start and very attentive without being intrusive (they learned our names within the first day). The accommodations were well maintained and clean and I thoroughly enjoyed being lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean. You can be as active or non-active at Present Moment as you choose. The spa staff was excellent and I highly recommend taking advantage of the various offerings (I had a shamanic massage session with Michelle and tried the Cacao Ceremony as well). Although I was here as part of a Yoga retreat, I did take advantage of a Yoga class offered by the staff and found it to be professional and beneficial, with personalized attention and readjustment to positions as required. The food was fantastic and definitely supportive of the "farm to table" initiative. I was able to try several different foods I had not had before, and I really enjoyed the way the local culture was interwoven into some of the meals. Overall, this was a very positive experience and I would highly recomment Present Moment retreat. I look forward to returning soon!
a traveler United Kingdom
Present Moment retreat is truly one of the most healing, heart opening and blissful places one can visit. The staff are incredibly sweet and like a family welcoming you into their sanctuary, every class is of the highest calibre from meditation to dance to yoga. Every few days there is a beautiful cultural performance in their restaurant with space to dance. The food is exquisite and always beautifully presented. Perfectly located on a beautiful beach with a refreshing pool to swim in, not to mention the most comfortable luxury Palapa bungalow accommodation... Present Moment attracts incredible people from all corners of the globe- like a nest for similar minded people to come together to heal, relax and regenerate. In my experience at Present Moment everyone I spoke to never wanted to leave- we all found a peace in our hearts and minds at this retreat Centre. I certainly plan to go back as soon as I'm able.
a traveler Sweden
I had an absolute wonderful stay at present moment! I never wanted to leave and kept extending my stay. I ended up staying for six weeks and I'm already planning to come back. I did the be light package with only raw food for the first two weeks, the most incredible raw food I've ever had. It's absolutely no challenge sticking to the diet with that sort of menu. The last month I had food from the normal menu as well and it was absolutely delicious. I never had a meal I didn't like. All food is fresh, healthy and absolutely amazing. I also did yoga everyday. You can choose to be a part of either relaxing or more active yoga. The teachers are incredible and help you in whatever state you're in. It's perfect for both beginners and more advanced yogis. In the evenings they often have music and fun entertainments. The location is fantastic, right by the beach. I spent all days just swimming in the ocean or in the pool, having fantastic food, doing yoga and most of all just spending time with the wonderful staff and guests there. All the staff -everyone in the restaurant, the kitchen, cleaning ladies, in the office and in the wellness team are absolutely amazing. So warm, welcoming and helpful. The most wonderful set of people. I can't wait to go back and meet them again! I am always very honest and make sure to bring absolutely everything worth mentioning up. I have no bad reviews to share though, the place is simply heaven on earth. Troncones is also a wonderful little city, with lots of beautiful nature and fun places to explore. I would recommend everyone and anyone to go there if possible! You'll not regret it.
John and Andrea Netherlands
Present Moment Retreat website
We had a wonderful week in our bungalow named 'Wisdom'. We have met so many beautiful, special, and amazing people here. It is all love... all around us. This retreat opened up my heart again and I will return home bringing with me a rare and authentic gift. My words on this page cannot possibly express my true feelings. Thanks to the entire staff at Present Moment for creating this magical place.