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Personal Retreats

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Last week we had the opportunity to offer a personal retreat to a mother/daughter as a Christmas gift from the husband/father.  It was so much fun, and an honor to create the space for their personalized retreat day.  They began their day with a Yoga on the Beach class, and then we offered them tea by the sea, as they relaxed and communed in Ft Zachary State Park.  (Want to read the view from our clients, check out their blog.)

Then it was off to a beautiful garden setting for their massages provided by Ocean Wellness Spa.  In the shade of the palm trees with the waterfall singing the song of relaxation each of them had a personal and healing session with their massage therapist.  They showered off and freshened up and then it was off to the kitchen for a little detox and dine session with Celine Peccatte.

Celine offered a hands-on kitchen session for each of them to learn more about how to explore detoxing for the body, healthy eating and food preparation with the end process being their healthy lunch.  YUM!

Next they sat outside doing a mandala coloring meditation.  Choosing their own mandala they sat in the quiet of the yard, picking their colors and delving into the healing powers of their mandala.  They loved it!

Their day ended receiving a Reiki session with Nancy Curran and Don Bartolone.   Their one hour hands on healing session offered each of the retreatants time to breathe, relax and find a deep sense of inner calm.  They gently drew themselves off the tables grinning, and in deep gratitude.  What was wonderful was how the feeling was across the board as all of the Yoga on the Beach and Ocean Wellness Spa facilitators felt the same way.


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Key West Wellness Retreat

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I am so excited to be working with Donna Shields and Katie Haley as we collaborate in a new venture, Key West Wellness Retreats.  Our first offering is coming up fast, May 12-15, 2011.

Many of you are familiar with Yoga on the Beach, and our offerings, so let me introduce you to Donna Shields and Katie Haley.  Donna Shields, MS RD LD  is an Integrative nutritionist, cookbook author and radio talk show host of Natural Living.  Katie Haley, BS LMT, is the founder of Cosmicflower, educator, and writer. Together we will be offering an adventurous journey into wellness, while exploring many of the beautiful locations in Key West.

This 3-day program focuses on integrative nutrition and healthy cooking, aromatherapy for wellness and healing, intuitive mediation using essential oils, an organic wine tasting and yoga on the beach. Guests will also blend their own botanical perfumes to take home.

We will be using some of the beautiful gardens in Key West during this retreat that are not typically available to tourists.   As an added bonus, the program is accredited for continuing education hours for Florida registered nurses and massage therapists.

Can’t make this retreat?  Our next retreat is November 10-13, 2011.  Key West Wellness Retreats can also create a retreat for your group or organization depending on your needs and interests.

Did I just hear a sigh of relief?  I hope you’ll be able to join us soon.

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Small Island – Big News

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Photo: Oscar Hildalgo for NY TIMES

When you live on an island that is 2 by 4 miles it can feel as vast as the ocean around you and as tiny as the space between you and your neighbor’s walls.  Word travels fast, and far.  We call it the coconut telegraph.

We at Yoga on the Beach are so excited that the clickity-clack of static on the coconut telegraph found the New York Times, as we are part of a feature this Sunday in the Travel section called 36 Hours in Key West.

Sarah Wildman and Shayla Harris popped in right before the holidays to explore our southern home.  They captured a part of the Key West experience that we truly love. Connecting with the locals, they followed the beat, the passion, the beauty and the spirit of living here in Key West creating a wonderful article and video experience for those who may want to join in the fun.  It was delightful to have them take yoga with us, sit and chat about our little island, and share a great breakfast at Sarabeth’s.

Shortly after the “ladies” departed we got a call from Oscar Hildalgo, a photographer with the NY Times.  He was down to do follow up photos.  A deeply spiritual man, with quite an eye for the still picture and a big heart, Oscar joined us for two classes during our cold snap.  The spirit of YOTB embraced him, as he captured some beautiful pictures in the slideshow that accompanies the article.

Thank you to Sarah, Shayla and Oscar, our experience working, playing and sharing yoga with you was a delicious experience.  Your sense of life passion expressed in your work is apparent and a pleasure to be in the presence of.

If you’d like to share your experience taking classes with us to future YOTB students, take a moment to review our classes in the accompanying YOTB page in the article.  We are so very grateful!

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Yoga on the Beach in Cape Healing Arts

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Looking for retreat ideas?  Yoga on the Beach is mentioned in the latest edition of Cape Healing Arts‘s article on Winter Retreats.  There are many great ideas in the article for retreats both away from Cape Cod and near by. 

We’d love to see you in Key West this winter.  If you are thinking of joining us in Key West, feel free to contact us at nancy@yogaonbeach.com with questions.  I can create a personalized yoga retreat for you, or help you with creating your own.

See you on the beach!

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Key West Hideaway

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Many of you have asked me about places to stay when in Key West.  Friends of ours offer a unique opportunity to come to Key West at a reasonable rate, and to enjoy staying in a private home.  Here is there information:

Royal Street Hideaway:  with Joe and Geri

We have a room with a private entrance and bath that we’ve rented B&B-style to people from all around the world for twelve years. It overlooks a pool, fountains and tropical garden, has easy parking and wireless internet and is just three blocks from Duval Street in Old Town. With Breafast $125 a night and $100 without.


Contact:  Joe and Geri at royalstreet@bellsouth.net

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