You Are Everything
7 DAYS OF NATURE AND SELF CONNECTION
Rancho De Las Cruces, Baja Mexico | May 21-26, 2019
yoga | adventure | nature
Find a deeper connection with yourself + all of nature
We are the earth, water, and the air we breathe. We embody the sun, moon, stars, and the heavens. Each element of nature informs our experiences of living, and together, they are the basis for our connection with everything around us. By applying the five elements of nature to our yoga practice, we are able to connect deeper with nature and engage the meaningful characteristics of each element within ourselves.
Join Christie and VaZa in May 2019 for a profound week-long yoga and wellness retreat in Baja, Mexico. Each day will be an exploration into the five elements, honoring the connection to self and everything around us.
This experience features two yoga classes and three nutritious meals each day, along with lots of free time to explore the hiking trails, beaches and luxury spa amenities of the fabulous El Rancho de Las Cruces resort.
Nestled between vast arid desert and the stunning blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, this hidden Baja gem resort is the ideal environment to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature and ourselves.
SLEEP | 5 nights at Rancho de Las Cruces Resort
YOGA | 2 daily Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation, breath work
EAT | 3 daily healthy, organic meals
ADVENTURE | Whale Watching
Swimming with whale sharks
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Hiking and swimming on 10,000 private acres
7 Pools hike and meditation
May 21-26, 2019
La Paz, Baja
$1,825 Shared Room
$2,040 Private Room
Early Bird Special! Early Bird until January 15 - $250 off
Use discount code EMPOWEREDBEYOND at checkout to receive discounted rate.
Payment Plans Available
We are pleased to offer payment plans for interested participants. An initial deposit of $750.00 reserves your spot. Additional payments over the following months completes your registration. All payments must be submitted at least one month prior to the retreat to attend. Email Beth Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and set up your plan today.
Rancho de Las Cruces is one of the best kept secrets along the Baja coast. Hidden away near La Paz, the resort is beautifully nestled between vast arid desert and the vibrant Sea of Cortez. The area has a rich and expansive history that extends back to the conquest of New Spain, to fortunes made of pearls, and visits from Hollywood royalty in the 1950s. A well-kept secret for over 60 years, it is an ideal environment for rest, relaxation and coastal adventure.
La Paz and the surrounding area is known for its spectacular sunsets, friendly residents and a long, calm waterfront. The surrounding nature is swoon-worthy. Deserts, dotted with giant, iconic saguaro cactus, extend as far as the eye can see, and the sunsets are simply breathtaking. Many describe El Rancho as “other-worldly,” and at times feels as though you are stepping back in time, due to its unique environment, cultural history and charming architecture. It is the perfect place for connecting with nature and self.
VaZa's dynamic approach guides students through a physically and spiritually expansive journey. Her vigorous teaching style is coupled with a strong focus on proper alignment and total body awareness. The use of personalized instruction helps students of any level harness the power that comes from an understanding of the relationship between breath and movement, body and mind. VaZa infuses her Vinyasa based and multifaceted knowledge of yoga with personal passion to inspire students to truly listen to their bodies, leave their egos at the door, and - most importantly - reconnect with themselves!
VaZa and Christie will lead Vinyasa yoga classes in an uplifting series exploring the five elements of nature. Classes will be dynamic and include challenging sequences involving fun and funky transitions with a focus on bandhas, breath and drishti. These practices are all about modification, self-expression, moving towards your goals, and calming the nervous system while strengthening the body and mind. Students can expect full-spectrum classes with arm balances, inversions and backbends.
In 2006, Christie attended her first yoga practice in the small town of Yountville, California - this event forever changed her life. Unconsciously on a path toward self-discovery, Christie began to realize the time on her mat was more than just a physical challenge; she had discovered a way of uniting body and mind, breath with mindful movement, and a way of living life, making conscious, healthy decisions. Christie has studied with many teachers on her journey in yoga and she continues to meet new teachers - both on and off the mat - who nurture the spiritual and physical growth in her practice and teaching. She loves her students and is grateful to share the practice of yoga with others.
Sea of Cortez
The diverse marine life has created a thriving ecosystem; smaller microorganisms attract a myriad of small fish, which then attract larger gamefish. The Sea of Cortez, and its hundreds of islands, along with nearby Magdalena Bay lagoon, are home to birthing and nesting sites for a large number of marine mammals, birds and fish, some of which you can only find here. Blue whales, humpback whales, California gray whales, orcas, manta ray, and leatherback sea turtles migrate annually to the area, and it’s not unlikely to spot a vaquita porpoise speeding alongside your boat or kayak.
Naturalists from around the world are attracted to the area’s sheer diversity. Desert flora and fauna, mangrove estuaries, and the coastal shorelines make up the captivating terrain. The area provides nesting sites and migratory habitat for about 210 bird species (both terrestrial and marine) and a number of endemic species, including the world's largest cactus, black-tailed jackrabbit, ground squirrel and a variety of reptiles.
Valleys covered in thousands of desert plant varieties lead to ravines and stream beds, the site of primitive cave and gorge paintings and carvings. The alluvial plains, dramatic cliffs, and waterside wonders make Azul de Cortez and the Baja peninsula a flourishing tropical ecosystem. Rancho Las Cruses alone has 10,000 acres of private, pristine coastline, breathtaking trails, and mountain pools to explore.
Whale Shark Tour
This area of the Pacific Ocean is home to some of the world’s most incredible gentle giants. Our tour is a truly humbling experience as we get to see these incredible creatures up close and in person. It includes the boat excursion, transportation from El Rancho, and an awesome picnic lunch on a secret beach ($100/pp).
Kayaking and SUP
Rancho de Las Cruses provides a fleet of sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards that guests can take exploring. These water toys are a great way to get up close and personal with the diverse and exciting sea life.
Historic Rancho de las Cruces is an all inclusive Baja beach resort on a 10,000 acre nature sanctuary with seven miles of private pristine coastline. This is an ideal setting to get away from it all, unwind and recharge. The secluded ranch along the Sea of Cortez has beautiful luxury accommodations and 24-hour staff to attend to every detail.
Each room is decorated in the colonial Mexican tradition with hand-carved furnishings and king, queen or double beds. All guest rooms feature bathrooms adorned with hand-painted Mexican talavera tile. In the evenings, a romantic wood-burning fireplace can be lit upon request. The rooms are surrounded by terraces with soothing afternoon breezes, ocean vistas, and views of the desert and tropical gardens. Bask in tranquility as you sunbathe in a comfy chaise lounge or relax in the poolside gazebo.
Amenities abound at Rancho de Las Cruces. There are three tennis courts, one paddle tennis court, a golf driving range with simulated play, a putting green, a par course with scientifically-balanced exercise stations, croquet courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, skeet shooting, sporting clays, a volleyball court, table tennis, badminton, and swimming pools.
Delicious Farm to Table Cuisine
Rancho de Las Cruces chefs create delicious, healthy and customized meals. The menu changes daily for a variety of Baja’s freshest fare. Most of the ingredients are procured right here on the property’s huerta, where vegetables and fruits are cultivated and picked day-of for your enjoyment. Whatever your request may be, the kitchen staff will be happy to help satisfy the craving.
Our retreat to Baja begins and ends at Rancho Del Las Crusas. Fly into La Paz (LAP) for the shortest ground transfer, a quick 45 minutes away. Flights to La Paz are few and far between for those flying from anywhere other than the southwestern United States or other parts of Mexico.
Life Force suggests flying into Los Cabos (SJD). Currently, United Airlines is offering nonstop roundtrip flight options from San Francisco (SFO) to SJD (including the return) for an incredible price of $473.
The drive from the Los Cabos airport to Las Cruces is 3 hours and we will organize a shuttle to the retreat location for $75 round trip per person. If flying into Las Cruces we request guests to schedule their flight to arrive between 10am-2pm on May 19, and to depart around 2pm on May 26.
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A valid passport is required for all foreign visitors to Mexico. In preparation for your trip, please read our Travel Planning Guide for important tips and information. Life Force recommends purchasing "Cancel For Any Reason" travel insurance in the unlikely event of a trip cancellation due to low enrollment.