Careyes Retreat

The Magical Careyes Yoga Retreat

in Careyes, Mexico
Laura Christensen

February 7-13, 2015

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Discover an enchanting alchemy that will revive your soul!

February 7-13, 2015

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CAREYES is a private and magical land founded by Gian Franco Brignone, a great visionary, artist, alchemist of space, and lover of nature.  It is a slice of paradise where the majestic brilliance of nature is married with warm artistic luxuries.  The splendor of Careyes will capture your heart as soon as you arrive. The stunning and tranquil oasis sits within a lush natural reserve, delights each of the senses and allows for a deep transformational experience on the journey of yoga... the journey of life... The sublime private villas we inhabit enjoy soaring, open living palapas and ocean-view dining areas, breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, cascading infinity pools, Jacuzzis, and so much more.  Each villa is a private paradise and is architecturally dramatic and rare.  They are fully staffed with happy and lovable butlers, chefs and maids who are well known for their superb hospitality.
Beautiful new friendships always form, while old ones deepen and a real sense of community is experienced. We enjoy daily deep, dynamic and extended yoga classes in the mornings and restorative practices in the late afternoon/evenings in THE most enchanting yoga studio you may ever see.  In the exquisite outdoor, open-air yoga pavilion, you'll have beautiful bamboo floors under your feet and an impressive palapa high above. Leading down a staircase to the studio, a waterfall dips into the canal that surrounds the space and adds to the musical sound of the sweet serenading birds.

The food is DELICIOUS, abundant, light, organic, fresh, wholesome and full of love.  In addition to serving heaps of guacamole, fresh fruit and daily exquisite surprises, they make their own fresh fruit juices, yogurt, cheeses, jam, and breads.  Special requests are met with kindness.

In addition to meditation, journaling, reading, napping, and chilling with your new and old friends, there are several activities to rejoice in, including: swimming or sunbathing at one of the private beaches, pool time, taking a steam bath, receiving a massage on your terrace or going to the spa, snorkeling, scuba-diving, horseback riding, kayaking, taking a private coastal boat tour, fishing, tennis, golf, watching a polo match (seasonal), and we always seem to have some special surprise adventure!  Paddle boarding and surfing may also be an option.

This will be a very special and intimate gathering in an exquisite location. Reserve your space early to ensure your spot!

February 7-13, 2015!

Early-Registration Prices --
Must register before January 5, 2015
$1825 - $1975 per person based on double occupancy (depending on room selection).
$1700 per person for a Triple share of a very large & beautiful Suite, or share the Suite with 2 people for $2300 per person.

$900 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space. 
Balance due January 5, 2015.

Various types of rooms available in the private villa(s): double or single occupancy with private baths; incredible coastal views; infinity pool views; tropical garden views and/or outdoor patios with outdoor lounging beds; and private rooms.

Includes deluxe accommodations with private bath, all meals, yoga classes and an awesome staff at your service!  Does not include air travel, ground transportation, tips for the service staff (collected at the end of the week), massage, or day trips. 

Appropriate for mixed levels.  However please have completed a minimum of 6 public yoga classes and have no major therapeutic concerns.

For more information or to reserve your space, please write Laura at
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Words From Past Retreat Participants:

"I wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoyed the retreat and what it meant to me.  I had no idea really what I was in store for, Careyes being my first vacation of this nature. I assumed it was going to be mostly fun in the sun style with some yoga thrown in for physical benefit. In fact, during the week in Mexico, that is mostly how I felt. While I was there, I was just beginning to become aware that I was changing; my mood was improving and the way I interacted with other people was benefiting. It wasn't until after I got home that it occurred to me that six days of heart opening exercises-physical and spiritual-really changes one's outlook. For me, the whole retreat was a life-affirming, emotionally-uplifting experience, and I am still riding that wave. So, specifically, I wanted to thank you for coming into my life, having your brand of yoga be so immediately accessible, and running a retreat that was so approachable, enjoyable and clandestinely life changing."
~ Dan T.

"Laura embodies true integrity and soul, she is a true seeker and teacher who says what she means and means what she says: she walks the talk. To spend a week with such a gifted, dedicated teacher and person and with other like minded wonderful people that Laura attracts, in the idyllic and elegant setting of Careyes was just pure joy and worth every cent, and every moment.   It was a chance to deepen the connection to oneself and at the same time to open and deepen a connection to others in the Anusara community.  Everyone there experienced an opening to Grace, like lovely flowers who suddenly come into bloom, and in that place of thankfulness to be simply alive.   The bond and acknowledgment of each persons path and greatness was shining all the way home from a yoga practice fueled by intention, fun and endless supplies of superb guacamole! "
~ Nancy D.

"Laura did an amazing job planning and executing this retreat.  Some of you already know how dedicated she is to yoga, but having spent 2 weeks with her in Careyes and seeing how she prepared daily and was continually wanting to provide each of us with a meaningful and enjoyable experience both in the studio and at our villas was inspiring, - I understood that her deepest dedication is to her students.  I know I’m one among many that hold Laura in their heart and in high regard.  She has a gift for giving much attention to the science and technique of Anusara Yoga, opening her heart to all and honoring community and all the meanwhile, wishing she could do more.  In my estimation, Laura embodies the 3 A’s like nobody’s business."
~ Joyce K.

“In the presence of Laura, I can't help feel filled with love, inspiration, happiness, knowledge, and passion for life.  To have this experience in such a magical place as Careyes has been a true gift.  I love you Laura.  I love you Careyes."
~ Angela M.

"Truly a buoyant spiritual experience.  Working with Laura and her detailed instructions, supportive manner and playful nature physically transformed me.  By the end of the retreat I carried myself in a new, easeful, painfree way.   From the moment we arrived, Careyes embraced us with its warmth and style. Each day the yoga carried us to a new place in our minds and bodies.  Our group flowed really well together and leaving was probably the biggest challenge of the week.  I can't wait to come back again! Thanks Laura for such a special week."
~ Justine G.

"Whenever I have spent time with you, it has been a delight! Thank you for all of the talks, encouragement, nurturing, and all of your loving kindness. That's what brought me to Anusara and to Careyes.  How wonderful it is that we get to come here and just be together!  When my mind and body were so tired and in need of nourishment, Careyes came. Opening myself up to all the beauty of this place felt like overwhelming comfort -- deep and all sustaining.  I was put in a place where I could heal and rejuvenate.  This place makes you crave life deeper.  The yoga recomitted me to hopefulness and enthusiasm. Thank you dear friend for sharing your loving heart with us, for serving us so graciously, and for being your amazing self!"
~ Sheri G.

"What a phenomenal experience!  You have a brilliant energy and spirit that made an awesome place like Careyes even more magical.  Every detail…yoga, logistics, people, food, activities…it was all thought of and it all exceeded expectations.  THANK YOU for an experience that will hold in my life and in my marriage forever.  All my best.."
~ Jason S.

"I am so grateful to Laura for finding this magical place.  Practicing yoga in such a healing space has been a wonderful experience.  She is such a gifted individual who shines through the teachings of Anusara yoga.  We have been blessed by her support, guidance and knowledge this week.  Thank you Laura for teaching from your heart and showing us the way to shine brighter!"
~ Jen S.

"The Careyes Retreat Experience was exceptional.  Down to the breathtaking beauty, amazing service, and Laura's sri-filled teaching.  I have been fully rejuvenated and inspired.  I am so excited to take this radiant energy home and share it with the world!"
~ Lauren S.

"What a blessing to spend a week with Laura improving poses, making new friends, learning new poses, and basking in the splendor that is Careyes!  I feel inspired!  Thank you.  Thank you."
~ Lisa T.

"I got to learn what "Inner Body Bright" means, both physically and emotionally, from Laura, who is a master of infecting everyone around her with an endless supply of positive energy!  The week has been filled with a wealth of technical knowledge, philosophy and community all set in a truly magical location that is Careyes.  I want to thank Laura for all the energy she poured into making this a truly magical experience.  I hope to be back next year."
~ Todd D.

"Laura took each of us into her heart and with a special blend of challenging and nurturing, gave us all wonderful instruction and support.  She truly shines her light on eveyone around her.  I came to the retreat a bit worried about an upper back problem, and was amazed that by paying attention to Laura's instruction on alignment, I experienced a week of pain-free, intense yoga.  Now I am bringing that guidance into my yoga practice back home.  I am so grateful for that.  And Careyes, oh my how beautiful it is!"
~ Christine C.

“Life always seems to plop Anusara in my life at the most auspicious and appropriate of times.  I could not imagine spending my spring break with a more amazing group of women - let alone, in a more amazing place.  The studio, the food, the light, the staff, the teacher...  I am convinced that there simply cannot be a teacher more approachable, more passionate, more inspiring, more real, more shri(!!!) than Laura.  I am grateful to have her in my life, in general - but to spend a week with her in a place so magnificent...words could never do justice!  Literally, the most healing and restorative week I can remember.”
~Gillian S.

 “… the magic and beauty that we've shared there really stayed with me, and it gives me a sense of sweetness and strength that is all permeating and helps me 'float' even when things are less than blissful. I cherish that and am so grateful that you've opened the door for me to get there.”
~Tal R.

“Laura attracts an amazing, generous, fun community wherever she is teaching, there are smiles, excitement and love in the room, she has a gift to bring the best out in people.   The retreat was an experience to let our lights shine, uncloak the heart fully and get in there with ourselves and when that happens with 13 women there is one awesome party happening.  The combination of Careyes’ natural magical and healing energy and Laura´s unwavering devotion and support to her students you definitely feel loved and nurtured and having that for 7 days is bliss.”
~Dana S.

“Five whole days of yoga with Laura was such a dream! There was plenty of time to cover the basics and still plenty of time to push beyond. And what a gorgeous spot on the planet, for the yoga, for our yummy meals, and for everything in between. Each asana, each bite, each moment in Careyes was pure beauty.”
~Jane M.

"Oh my gosh Laura your retreat transformed me!  It was so amazing to be with you and the other women for those 5 glorious days.  I now practice every morning and meditate before even looking in the direction of my computer.   Thank you, thank you for all your help, love, talent and grace of being so authentic."
~ Jennifer G.

For more information or to reserve your space, please write
or call 415-310-9784.

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