Yoga Retreats with JESSICA LUSE
Taking time for yourself can boost your creativity, improve your emotional & mental health, and create time for reflection. We’re honored to be given the opportunity to hold that space for you.
Our weekly retreats run all year long, so when you book your stay with us the FIRST STEP is to choose the week that works best with your schedule. Every week we have different guest yoga teachers from around the world that come to teach at Anamaya bringing their unique talents and energy. Our retreats run from Saturday to Saturday.
The price of your retreat starts with your BASE RATE (which includes your accommodations and meals). Excursions, workshops, and other add-ons you choose to customize your week will be added to your final bill at Anamaya.
Simply fill out the inquiry form to get more information on available accommodations, pricing, and options specific to your needs.
Aug 19-26, 2023
GUEST TEACHER BIO
Jess offers a warm presence and infectious enthusiasm that makes people feel right at home. She fell in love with the practice of yoga over a decade ago and loves nothing more than to share this love with anyone curious enough to try it.
She’s spent 3 years living and working within creative communities abroad where she had the opportunity to live in alignment with nature’s rhythms and found her own creative potential awakening. She began to sing, dance and create via different modalities and quickly realized that creativity, similarly to yoga, is just another way to find presence, as well as a way to let go and make peace with the inevitable messy bits of life.
She’s gathered over 900 hours of formal yoga education in India, Australia, Cambodia and the United States. She received her first yoga teacher training at the heart of where yoga began, Rishikesh, India, with no intention of ever teaching, but rather wanting to deepen her own personal practice. Her time in India took her life for a spin in a new direction and she hasn’t stopped learning or teaching since. She believes the practice is helpful in developing awareness, as well as challenging ourselves to grow stronger and more flexible, both on and off the mat.
Jess has a passion for movement, especially in the form of free dance and slow flow yoga with lots of time for intuitive movement. Her love of dance started right here at Anamaya nearly a decade ago and has sent her dancing around the globe ever since.
She has led over 50 week long retreats, designed and facilitated countless workshops and taught thousands of public classes. Although she loves workshops and public classes, her favorite thing to do is to lead retreats. Retreats provide us an opportunity to nourish our spirits, refresh our hearts and come out feeling alive and present. Retreats offer a necessary break from the hecticness of life, and give space for new ideas and inspiration to arise. She loves watching strangers become family, and the vulnerability that comes with opening up and simply sharing an experience that’s been designed with so much intention and love. She has seen time and time again how coming together with intention can help to shine a brighter light onto our everyday lives, long after the retreat ends.
She believes that the body is always on our side, doing what it can to keep us functioning optimally and well. These subtle practices teach us to tune in and listen, so we can hear when our body is reaching out for care via illness, pain and those little “hunches” we may feel in our belly or our heart. She’s learned from personal experience, as well as by working with her students, that those little whispers don’t go away when we choose not to listen, they only get louder until we do. Her classes are a mix of slow flow vinyasa, hatha, restorative and yoga nidra. These practices all help to slow down to truly listen within.
In addition to the practices of yoga, Jess enjoys cooking simple and nourishing meals and tapping into her creative side in any way that feels right in the moment: dancing, singing, painting, and writing. She’s a people person, a dog lover and loves nothing more than soaking up the sun.
Her moto: Come as you are, always.
Jessica’s Teaching Philosophy
The three tenets of Jess’ teaching philosophy are intention, awareness and acceptance. Whether it be sitting down to have a meal, or taking a sixty minute yoga class, she finds these guiding principles to be helpful, no matter the context. Can we first take a moment to land, to truly arrive, in our bodies, in our space and set an intention to just “be here.” Whatever we are doing, can we actually be there?
The practices of both yoga and creativity offer us an opportunity for tuning in and developing awareness. Taking a moment to be and to just to see what comes up. Within the practice, we just see what comes. We see how our mind responds in the midst of challenges. We observe how we feel when we lie flat on our back and truly let the Earth support us. We try not to layer shame or expectation over the experience, and to let it be what it is. It’s from that awareness, that we become empowered to continue in the way we are going or to find a new way. Awareness offers us choices and it’s those choices that truly shape our life.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we practice acceptance. Acceptance of ourselves and this moment, exactly as they are. We accept what is, as it is, and remember we can only ever start from here, where we are, right now.
The word yoga is often translated into union or connection. Jess’ favorite translation of the meaning of the word yoga comes from her teacher’s teacher, Manorma, where she offers us, “yoga is the state of nothing missing.” With continued practice of these three tenets: intention, awareness and acceptance, Jess believes (and has seen) that transformation is inevitable. But to Jess, that’s not the point. Yoga isn’t a means to change ourselves but rather to make peace with ourselves and our circumstances, exactly as they are, not as we wish them to be. To arrive in a space of “nothing missing,” so we can really relish in those beautiful moments when we are truly attuned, connected and content, remembering that the only place we can ever truly begin, is right here.
Simple Nourishment in Daily Life
Within this workshop, we will be exploring ways to bring more nourishment and care into our daily lives. We will use Ayurvedic tips and tricks to help us discover more about ourselves, as well as rituals and routines that make it easy to take care of ourselves on a regular basis.
We will talk about doable practices that can help to bring energy so our life is able to flow with more ease. Jess will share ways to make cooking more enjoyable, as well as more time efficient.
This workshop comes with an E-Recipe book that is full of simple, nourishing and delicious meals.
The price for this workshop is $40 (or $90 for all).
Unleash Your Inner Creative
We are all creative beings, yet sometimes within the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget it. This workshop is designed for you if you’re ready to rekindle or strengthen your creative potential and find modalities of creating that truly inspire you.
We will discuss ways that you can bring more creativity into your daily life, as well as how to use art as a way to let go and really just let things come as they are, even, and especially, when they’re messy. We will discuss different modalities of creating and some supplies that can optimize your experience, no matter your budget.
This workshop is designed to bring JOY and FREEDOM to your creative process. We will write, share, paint and create a personal manifesto that you can bring back home with you, reminding you to keep your creativity flowing, leaving your unique and authentic mark on the world.
The price for this workshop is $40 (or $90 for all).
Forgiveness & Fire Ceremony
This forgiveness and fire ceremony will provide us an opportunity to reflect on and make peace with our past. A retreat offers us a time away from our normal everyday lives, and in turn, is a great time to begin again and return to the world with a more peaceful heart.
When most people are asked who it is they need to forgive the most, they often respond with themselves. Within our time together we will discuss topics such as shame, vulnerability and ways of coming to peace with what’s already happened so we can move forward with more space for love and acceptance.
We will be writing, reflecting, sharing, chanting and offering our past to the fire, to be burned away and transformed into something new.
The price for this workshop is $30 (or $90 for all).
Disco Dance Party
Cardio dance to some of the 80s greatest hits and feel-good classics. Break a laugh AND a sweat while moving your body to rhythmic beats!
There is no cost for this party.
We’re a smaller sized boutique resort so our retreats book up fast! Save your spot by filling out a reservation request form today. Click the link below. Pura Vida!