Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
October 12-19, 2024
HEALTH + ADVENTURE + HEALING + TRANSFORMATION
This SolShine retreat is in Oaxaca, Mexico at a private oceanside villa located in the beach town of Huatulco. The retreat is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madres, next to a flowing river and alongside so many beaches and bays. We have created a place of happiness where your soul can soar in the sun, surrounded by beautiful tropical trees, ocean scenery, and birds singing. This is a peaceful and serene place where you can find restoration and comfort.
Dive into the magic...Huatulco...
Treat yourself to a week-long transformative retreat full of nature's beauty, delicious food, cultural activities & excursions while nurturing your whole being with healing practices, sunny days, starry nights and full moon.
I welcome you to join my retreat experience for well-being, healing, and adventure. This retreat is for you, a health and lifestyle lover, who loves adventure, delicious nourishing food, nature, learning, yoga, and even meditation. It's not just about the destination. This is a mind, body, and spirit journey. I am going ALL out to create a once in a lifetime experience that will leave you feeling revitalized, inspired, and excited for the future.
This retreat is in the heart of Huatulco, Oaxaca at a luxury private oceanside villa with A/C rooms. Day excursions and field trips will be taken to the surrounding areas and other parts of the area during the retreat as well.
JOIN US FOR DAILY YOGA, MEDITATION, ADVENTURES, COMMUNITY, DELICIOUS FOOD, & ABUNDANCE IN EVERY DAY & EVERY WAY.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover new spaces, relax, laugh, enjoy holistic and enriching activities, make new friends, find inner peace, spend time with me (Stephanie!), eat incredibly delicious food, and create a soul-filled chapter to the story of your life.
I am sharing the best of my yoga practices, mediations, transformational practices, local chefs, healers, and local outings to help everyone decompress, reconnect, and transform along the way.
If you’re looking to surround yourself with stuff dreams are made of, THIS IS IT.
It’s going to be an EPIC retreat.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
Not only did you create an outstanding retreat agenda but, you welcomed us with open arms and was willing to give us a slice of your paradise.
This retreat, for me, was the beginning of a new chapter. I knew which direction I should be heading but I was too afraid to take the leap. Committing to the retreat was a small step further on my path. During this retreat, you women pushed me a little closer to the edge; giving me courage to move forward. We had such a unique set of people come together and like you said, share this bond as sisters, as friends, and as advocates and support for one another and I know now that I DO DESERVE IT. The SOLshine retreat was the perfect reminder of this and it allowed me to come home into my body, my soul, and to give myself a hug of reassurance that I too deserve the highest good. I'm feeling compassion for myself, for the child in me, and for me in the future.
Thank you again for what you do, for listening to the calling to heal. The world is better with people like you in it.
Two years ago, I hopped a plane to the other side of the world. I had no idea that this solo adventure was going to change my life the way it did.
The most amazing things have unfolded this week! Stephanie Whitford has combined healing practices, breath of love, and asana classes. On the side there has been humor and adventure that has added a touch of color and spice. I slowed down enough to be able to observe deep patterns within. I have been able to get a clear shot of the healing process. The magic of getting out of the mind-set of the “fix” has surfaced for me. Curing is eliminating all disease while healing is becoming whole.
This retreat won my heart. I was treated like a queen when I arrived. Stephanie Whitford is so sweet. I was stripped of all my fear, sadness and negative feels. I can feel the healing on a physical level, mixed with my spirit/emotions and it’s like someone has taken a windshield whipper to clear my eyes. I woke up this morning at ready for another day. I am going off the grid now!
Amazing women on an epic adventure! New friendships being formed and friendships deepened. I'm being blessed being surrounded by and learning from these strong heart centered women. Thank you for being part of my journey!
It was absolutely amazing. I'm glad I decided to embark upon this journey as a representation of closing the chapter of the last 50 years and to step into the next 50 + years a renewed woman, creating my life from a more conscious and awake place.
Learn to love and take care of yourself so as to give from an overflowing cup!
Absolutely INCREDIBLE experience to watch the sunrise here. This trip has been healing on more levels than I could have imagined or hoped for!
This is an inclusive retreat starting at $2,500.
All expenses mentioned below other than your plane ticket will be covered.
My intention is for you receive the BEST Huatulco has to offer during this trip, do all the coordinating for you so you can come and enjoy and FULLY RECEIVE this retreat experience with EASE.
From the moment you land, we will be taking care of you to make sure that you have the BEST experience possible.
This is about providing a supportive experience.
BONUS: 30 HOURS CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
For yoga teachers registered through Yoga Alliance seeking to get their
30 hours CE credits, this retreat qualifies!
This is a super deal all around!
Note: This retreat is not intended just for yoga teachers, but rather
this is the icing on the cake for those who are!
Transportation for all Included Excursions
Group Adventure Trips to the Ocean, Waterfalls, Beaches & Town
Women's Full Moon Circle
7 Night Villa Stay*
*Not included in off-site stay option
Daily Morning Yoga/Stretch
Wellness Workshops & Cooking Class
Daily Mindful Movements
Group Meditation Sessions
Daily educational talks, practices, and demos
YOU MUST JOIN THIS RETREAT:
I have NEVER been so excited to host a retreat like this, and I am VERY excited to get close and personal with the group of individuals who come.
It's in Huatulco, on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, a lovely beach town paradise.
I have lived in Huatulco for more than 3 years. It became my second home and I love it here. I am excited to share with you all of my favorite spots and special places.
You will be nourished with delicious Oaxacan food at EVERY meal!
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available for every person if that is more comfortable to you. Please let us know in advance of the retreat of any special dietary preferences.
You will have a one-on-one coaching session with me. So get your questions ready!
I will have my favorite therapists available, who master in the best forms of healing touch, massage and reiki.
The villa we are staying at was featured in Architectural Digest for the design's incorporation of the region's spectacular ecosystem, respecting flora and fauna while delivering unparalleled views of Huatulco's coastline, Bocana beach and the Copalita Ecological Reserve. This retreat space is so serene and the rooms have A/C. It's next to the ocean with the Sierra Madres in the backdrop, surrounded by lush foliage and even several salt-water pools. I am so grateful to host the Solshine retreat here because it is such an INSPIRING place to stay while in Huatulco. I didn't want to leave. Literally.
Daily yoga and exercise, or choose to rest, AND eat health-full cuisine, which means that this is a vacation that you don't have to worry about going off track...you will come back looking great and feeling better than ever! Are you ready to get that sol-shine, sun-kissed glow?
I will be leading daily wellness workshops. You will be getting lots of personal attention to achieve the results you desire and to make sure ALL of your questions are being answered.
I will be leading women's circles, full moon ceremony and, traditional Temazcal ceremony (sweat lodge) during the retreat for those who desire deeper emotional and spiritual healing.
Breath awakening practices to help release and heal unresolved trauma and RESTORATIVE sound healing sessions. This is extremely powerful!
A day out on luxury boat, snorkeling, a trip to the waterfalls and a Oaxacan cooking class will connect you with Huatulco's adventurous land and rich culture.
We will have a well-structured itinerary and I have also given you plenty of FREE TIME EVERY DAY! There will be a rest period during the morning and open time in the afternoons, because there is so much FUN to have. During your free time, you have the option to swim, sunbathe, reflect on the lessons, meditate, or play around town.
Gratitude circles and meditations will be a part of our morning and evening routine.
There will be a FULL MOON ceremony under the stars!!
Plus, more SUPRISES OFFERINGS will continue to come together as we get closer!
You will get to meet some WONDERFUL people on this trip, many of which will have common interests with you. Some of these individuals may even be your friends for life.
You will leave this retreat healthier and happier than EVER. NOW is your chance! Why wait?!
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
Only 8-10 spaces available.
Once you arrive, you’ll be given a daily schedule.
The villa has all amenities, including wi-fi and laundry service. There will be staff with the villa who will be helping us, so you will be well taken care of if you need anything at all.
Villa has Air-Conditioned Rooms!
For more questions, please contact us at
6:30am: Coffee/tea/juice - Sunrise
7:30-8:15am: Breath Exercises & Meditation
8:30-9:20am: Yoga & Embodied Movement
9:30am: Breakfast + Free Time
11:00-12:15pm: Transformative Practices & Informative Talks
12:30pm: Lunch + Free Time
5:00-6:15pm: Creative Practices & Talks
6:30pm: Sunset Dinner
8pm: Integrative Practices & Meditation
GETTING TO HUATULCO
Flights. Airports & Transportation
You will likely have a stop at the Mexico City airport before taking a short 1-hour flight to Huatulco (HUX-Bahias de Huatulco International Airport). Upon arrival in Mexico City, you will clear customs and head to your gate to Huatulco. If your luggage is checked all the way through to Huatulco, you will collect it there, otherwise you will collect it at the Mexico City airport and re-check it in before heading to Huatulco. The retreat location is a short 20-minute drive from the airport. Cabs are very reasonable and a ride to the retreat should not cost you more than $300 pesos. You can find cabs right out the doors of the airport, but they are a little less expensive if you take 3 minutes to walk up to the street. Renting a car is not really necessary.
Taxis are the primary mode of transportation in this community, myself included (I don't own a car). The prices are geared toward the local population and are more than reasonable, cheap in fact. Three or four dollars can take you across town.
ADDITIONAL Q&A FOR YOUR PLANNING
Can I swim in the ocean? Yes! The local beaches and coves are perfect for swimming and other water sport activities.
What travel documents do I need? You will need a valid passport, and for those coming from the US and Canada, no visa is required. It's always a good idea to bring extra color copies of your passport, and passports can be left in room safes.
What time should I arrive and depart? If possible, aim to arrive on Saturday before 4pm. The retreat will begin with an opening circle at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. For departures, plan to leave Saturday afternoon or anytime thereafter at your leisure. The retreat concludes with breakfast at 10am on Saturday, with pranayama/meditation and yoga practice prior. Due to the intimate nature of the retreat container, I do not allow arrivals after Sunday of the retreat start date.
Should I get travel insurance? For international retreats and travel, it's always recommended to have travel insurance.
What type of currency should I bring? Cash, in pesos and credit cards. There are ATMs in the area so it's easy to get extra cash for anything you might want to enjoy on retreat. Taxi's and many services are cash only.
What type of electric outlets are used? Should I bring a hairdryer? If you are coming from the US or Canada, your electronics will work without an adapter (all of North America uses the same standard plug for 110V connections). Please note that the AirBnb's usually have hair dryers, but if you NEED one, please bring your own. It is also quite warm in Huatulco and you may find no desire for a hair dryer.
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center and around town? Taxi or car rental. For taxi the least expensive rides are located just outside of the airport grounds near the main road. Simply exit the airport and a short walk down the street will find you numerous taxis. Taxis at the airport charge about 50 pesos more than outside the airport.
What Covid-precautions and safety measures can I expect? While there is a risk of exposure anywhere, Huatulco and the retreat location has safety protocols in place to support the health, well-being, and comfort of retreat guests. In addition to actions noted below, this retreat is limited in capacity to ensure ample space between guests group session. At the beginning of the retreat, we will discuss some additional group efforts to ensure every guest is supported and empowered to speak their desires around spacing, etc. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the property. Cleaning staff will follow best practices including extra sanitizing for high touch items. Some meals may be served plated. In some cases, meals may be served buffet-style, Social distance encouraged and sliding glass doors will be open to increase ventilation. Saniteyoga mats and props after each use. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer will be freely available for our guests to clean their equipment and hands.
Any remaining questions? Please contact Stephanie to inquire!