UPDATE, FEB 25th: The beach house has filled and the all-inclusive option is SOLD OUT. You may still join the retreat, but will have to provide your own off-site accommodation. The cost of this option is $499 and includes everything except accommodation at Casa Faro (meals, all yoga curriculum, airport pickup/dropoff, and excursions).

There are several nearby hotels, villas, and AirBnBs within a 5-15 minute walk or taxi ride.

 

AirBnB Home with Pool:

https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/13471835

Ishhara 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26812209

Villas Mykonos

http://www.villasmykonos.com.mx/eng/index.php

Villa Blue Bay

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16290470

Villa Calypso

https://www.villacalypso.com.mx/

Feel free to contact Joey directly for assistance booking off-site accommodation.

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Join Joey Paz (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and Om Shala Yoga for a one-of-a-kind yoga adventure on the breathtaking Tehuantepec coast of Oaxaca, Mexico during Day of the Dead week 2020! In this 7-day, all-inclusive retreat, we will divide our time evenly between deep relaxation and in-depth study of asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation, mantra, and yoga history, with a focus on the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri BNS Iyengar of Mysore, India. For more about this lineage and methodology of practice, click here.


Beginners, as well as experienced yoga practitioners, are encouraged!

The week of Día de los Muertos is the most vibrant and exciting time of the year to visit Mexico, and Oaxaca is considered to be the most traditional and colorful region of the country in its world-famous celebrations of this uniquely Mexican holy day. 

The price of this ALL-INCLUSIVE retreat includes beach house accommodation, airport pick up/drop-off, all yoga classes & curriculum, a light breakfast and 2 meals per day of Mexican vegetarian cuisine freshly prepared by our local in-house chef; as well as a Temazcal (Mexican Sweat Lodge), Cacao Ceremony, and guided nature excursions into the stunning waterfalls and wilderness of Oaxaca.

Spend ample free time relaxing on the famously mellow beaches of Zipolite, Puerto Ángel, or Mazunte, all within walking distance from the retreat center.

All-inclusive beach house retreat is limited to 8 participants only.

Retreat Itinerary

Day 1 - (Monday, Oct. 26): Arrive at Huatulco Airport. Our driver will be waiting for you with a name placard to take you to the retreat house.

  • 5:30pm - Welcoming Sunset circle, Introductions, Syllabus

  • 6pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Module 1: What is Yoga? An Introduction to Yoga in Theory
    and Practice

     

Day 2 - (Tuesday, Oct. 27)

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Free time

  • 12pm-1pm - Lunch

  • 1-5pm - Free beach time

  • 5-6pm - Mantra Yoga/Meditation

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Module 2: Forest Ascetics - The Early History of Yoga
     

Day 3 - (Wednesday, Oct. 28)

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Free time

  • 12pm-1pm - Lunch

  • 1-5pm - Temazcal (Traditional Mexican sweat lodge)

  • 5-6pm - Mantra Yoga/Meditation

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Module 3: Stilling the Body, Stilling the Mind: The Yogasūtra of
    Patañjali


Day 4 - (Thursday, Oct. 29):

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Free time

  • 12pm-1pm - Lunch

  • 1-5pm - Free beach time

  • 5-6pm - Mantra chanting

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Module 4: The Song of the Lord: The Bhagavadgītā and the Yoga of Devotion
     

Day 5 - (Friday, Oct. 30)

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Lunch

  • 12-6pm - Guided Nature excursion, Jungle hike to waterfall

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Lecture 5: The Yoga of Force: Tantra and Medieval Haṭhayoga


Day 6 - (Saturday, Oct. 31):

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Free time

  • 12pm-1pm - Lunch

  • 1-5pm - Free beach time

  • 5-6pm - Mantra chanting

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Yogic Studies Module 6: Yoga in the Modern World: The Rise of Modern
    Postural Yoga

     

Day 7 - (Sunday, Nov. 1):

  • 8am-11am Morning asana, mudra, pranayama practice

  • 11am-12pm Free time

  • 12pm-1pm - Lunch

  • 1-5pm - Nature hike or beach time

  • 5-6pm - Mantra chanting

  • 6-7pm - Dinner

  • 7-8:30pm - Documentary film: Mysore Yoga Traditions
     

Day 8 - (Monday, Nov. 2):

  • 7am - Sunrise practice, Farewell circle

  • 9:30am - Breakfast, transportation to Huatulco airport



     

About the Accommodation/Retreat Center

We will be staying and practicing in Casa Faro, a beautiful cliffside house overlooking the Pacific Ocean, built by a Humboldt native. Please note that this is a mostly open-air house that was constructed in the spirit of communal living, and as such, some of the rooms/sleeping arrangements are only semi-enclosed and thus only SEMI-PRIVATE. It is for this reason that we are able to keep the price of this retreat so low. If you wish to attend the retreat but have your own FULLY PRIVATE accommodations during the retreat, there are a number of hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs withing walking distance of the house, and you are fully welcome to arrange your own private accommodation at your own expense. In this case, we can assist with the selection and location of alternate accommodations.

If you choose the option of not staying at the house, but arranging your own separate accommodation, the cost of the retreat is $499. Feel free to contact Joey for assistance in selecting nearby accommodation.

Also note that the house only sleeps 8 people, so it will be a relatively small group staying at the house during the retreat. Although the rooms and sleeping arrangements are all the same quality and comfort level, the first person to sign up gets first dibs, and so on. Another reason to sign up well in advance! We feel this arrangement will evoke the “ashram” style of the yogic tradition and facilitate an intimate growth and learning experience. Consider it like sharing a beach house with your friends at Yoga camp! Read on for more information and photos of the house, and for even more photos and traveler reviews of the house, feel free to search “Casa Faro” in Oaxaca on Airbnb or Tripadvisor and read the many guest reviews. You won’t be disappointed!

Casa Faro:
This house's spirit is the essence of serenity. With 180-degree ocean views from every arch and doorway, with the caress of the ocean breeze and murmur of the sea below; this spectacular rustic retreat is the perfect sanctuary designed to revitalize and restore your sense of awe, wonder and tranquility. Casa Faro is a beautifully constructed 2-story (+ Loft) cliff-side dwelling, hand-crafted of tropical hard-wood & red brick over-looking the blue Pacific and close-by, off-shore rock islands. The house is adjoined by a half-acre of fruit-trees and surrounded by patios on three sides. Situated right next door to Puerto Angel’s historic light-house, amazing ocean views greet you from every angle.

Location
Our secluded, end-of-the-road dwelling is situated half-way between the towns of Puerto Angel & Zipolite. It’s an 8-minute walk to the nearest small grocery store and main thoroughfare or a 15 -minute walk to the beaches of either Puerto Angel or Zipolite. For those days when the sea is calm there’s a steep trail just 1-minute’s walk down from the house to a secluded, rocky/sandy swimming, fishing or snorkeling cove (see photos).

Garden & Orchard
On the northern section of the property, protected from ocean breezes, we've created a terraced garden & orchard that contains over 50 fruit trees including: Mango, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Plum, Guava, Guanabana, Chicozapote, Anona, and Banana. These fruits are seasonal and, when ripe, are readily available to renters.

 

Indoor Kitchen

Indoor kitchen is fully equipped with a modern, full-sized refrigerator, a 6-burner Stove with oven, a kitchen sink, a toaster, a microwave, a blender, and a coffee-maker. The kitchen includes basic cooking and eating utensils: cloth napkins, table mats, a teapot, flatware, knives, plates, cups, glasses and bowls including complimentary staples (coffee, sugar, salt, cooking oil, fruit basket, and purifed drinking water. The refrigerator will also be stocked with various fruits and snacks during the retreat.

Outdoor Kitchen
The Outdoor Kitchen is perched on a shaded/covered patio to the rear of the house directly overlooking the ocean 150 feet below. This outdoor addition consists of a large stone sink, large butcher-block countertop, a brick wood-fired grill with adjoining traditional clay “Comal” plus a wood-fired clay-oven (great for Pizzas), a picnic bench, a hammock and a bar that connects through to the interior living-room area.

Adjoining Downstairs Living/Dining Room
The downstairs living room/dining room consists of an 8-person dining room table/chairs, a lounge area with a corner L-shaped couch plus a coffee table, a 'Smart T.V.' that is internet-connected allowing for Netflix viewing.

Second Story Bedrooms, Adjoining Sleeping and Lounge Areas
The enclosed bedroom is located on the north end of the 2nd floor and contains two queen-size beds (the 2nd one directly up above the other on a window-surrounded 3rd - story loft). The third-floor loft-bedroom has wall-to-wall sliding doors that open onto its own private deck with dramatic views of the sunrise over the blue Pacific. The 2nd-floor master bedroom is surrounded by large, round, center-axis opening windows with gorgeous views of both garden, patio, and sea. The open floor plan is easily divisible into multiple sleeping areas. Two large mobile single sleeping cots are provided along with one mobile single bed allowing renters to customize their sleeping arrangements. The second floor also includes one turret-shaped section (more privately situated) which has its own double-size, suspended bed and an adjacent area equipped with two commodious hammocks. (Sheets, blankets, pillows and suspended Mosquito nets are provided for each sleeping unit.)

Upstairs Lounge Area
There are multiple hanging/hammocks/ hammock chairs, a couch, a coffee table and multiple benches in the upstairs prow-shaped living room area, again sporting spectacular views of the surrounding ocean 150 feet below.

Bathroom and Shower Facilities


The handsomely wood-crafted bathroom and (separate) shower areas are located 15 feet from the front entrance of the house along the front patio’s stone walkway. Due to Oaxaca’s arid coastal climate we decided it prudent to provide an ecological/composting toilet to conserve water. There is little resulting odor in the bathroom and none in the house. The bathroom is supplied with sawdust, soap, toilet paper, and hand towels. The shower is connected to the bathroom but has a separate entrance and is supplied with its own towels. Both the bathroom and the shower have beautiful and very private views of the ocean.

 

 

Retreat Price
$699 (All-Inclusive)

 

$499 off-site acommodation option (Includes everything except accommodation at Casa Faro- you will have to provide your own accomodation. There are several hotels and airbnbs within a short distance, Joey can assist in selecting a place.)


Monthly plans available

A $100 down payment reserves your spot, and locks in the early bird price if made by the indicated early bird dates indicated above.

Please note that the $100 down payment is NON-REFUNDABLE after 48 hours.

Email joey@omshalayoga.com or call/text 405-823-9919 with any questions or for more information, and to discuss payment plan options.


About the Instructor:

Joey Paz embarked upon his yoga journey in 2008 with Andrew Eppler and Jennifer Engleman at Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman, Oklahoma. He went into his first yoga class with Jennifer somewhat skeptical and not knowing what to expect, but by the end of the class, knew he had stumbled upon something profound and life-changing. From that day forward he has continued to pursue and deepen his studies, traveling to Mysore, India on numerous occasions for many months of extensive training and study with Sri BNS Iyengar, the world's foremost scholar, philosopher, and elder living master in the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage of yoga.

In addition to his ERYT-500 certification from a combination of many trainings with Andrew Eppler of Ashtanga Yoga Studio, Sri BNS Iyengar at the Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala in Mysore, India, and the Himalayan Yoga Association of Rishikesh, India, Joey has studied Yogasana, mudra, pranayama, and meditation in-depth with a wide array of yoga luminaries including David Williams, Danny Paradise, Baptiste Marceau, Dominic & Stephanie Corigliano, and Bryce Delbridge; as well as Yogic chanting with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Narasimhan of Ananta Research Foundation & Kanchen Mala of Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala in Mysore; Sanskrit phonology and pronunciation and the history of Yoga in-depth with Seth Powell of Yogic Studies; and Yoga Darshana with Dr. M.A. Alwar of Maharaja Sanskrit College and his father Dr. Laxmi Tatacher, founder of the Samskrti Foundation in Melukote, India. In addition to his devoted practice, training, and studies, Joey is co-producer of the film Mysore Yoga Traditions, a groundbreaking documentary that provides an in-depth look at the fabric of Yoga culture in Mysore, India, the birthplace of modern yoga. Joey is also co-host and curator of the annual Mysore Yoga Traditions Retreat and Conference in Mysore, India.

Joey is dedicated to preserving and passing on the teachings of Sri BNS Iyengar, the last surviving link to the formative years of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore-the philosophical and postural foundation of the vast majority of yoga practiced around the globe today. He believes this practice has the potential for immense global benefit and should be made accessible to all.

In addition to teaching regular classes and workshops in India, Thailand, and Oklahoma, Joey currently manages Om Shala Yoga studio in Arcata, CA, where he also teaches and leads the Ashtanga/Mysore program.