• $1,047.00 – For one guest for 3 nights with exclusive use of a private 2 bedroom cottage.
  • $748.00 – For one guest for 3 nights in a private bedroom in a shared 2 bedroom cottage. We choose your roommate.
  • $674.00 – Per person or $1348 for two guests (double-occupancy) for 3 nights in a private 2 bedroom cottage.

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Ayurveda and Yoga for a Long and Healthy Life

With Gloria Baraquio, Melina Meza, Shari Sunshine and Rosalyn White

September 10 - 13, 2018

Ayurveda is the ancient healing science of India that considers all aspects of a person, in order to cultivate optimal health throughout all stages of life. Yoga and meditation are two of the most effective practices prescribed to balance one’s physical, emotional and spiritual energies. This retreat will allow you to determine your natural constitution, or “dosha”, and offer helpful tools to develop greater strength, flexibility, brain health and nutrition. These techniques will bring more vitality and greater happiness at any age.




You can expect unique workshops and practices that blend Hatha Yoga to build strength, balance and agility. Yin Yoga classes will help you increase your flexibility, enhance your circulation in the body and quiet your mind with longer held accessible postures to prepare for meditation.

Principles of Ayurveda

With Melina’s mastery of yoga, holistic nutrition, and Ayurveda, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to create a practice for healthy aging. This unique class will help you to learn more about Ayurveda and seasonal yoga insights that connect you to the rhythms of nature and seasons of life.


Ayurvedic Nutrition 

Melina’s background as a nutritionist blends with her study of Ayurvedic principles to allow her to offer unique insights on how to eat in a way that keeps us healthy through all stages in life. She will offer suggestions for all three main constitutions and body types (doshas) and for those who are a combination.


What is your Dosha?

Your dosha reflects the intrinsic nature of your body and mind. Vata types tend to be tall, slender and airy. Pittas are generally of medium build, athletic and fiery. Kaphas are more full-figured and earthy. Understanding what your predominant characteristic is helps to identify techniques and practices you can utilize to bring balance into your life.  You will also learn how to take your pulse to determine your current state of health.


Colors for the Doshas

In the Ayurveda tradition, colors are used as a way of balancing our natures and our mental states of mind. We will learn which colors balance each dosha or body type and experiment with coloring images to enhance the nature of our doshas.


Guided Meditation Practice
Designed for students of all levels, this meditation class focuses specifically on your health and quieting your mind. The emphasis will be on technique and sitting practice to experience the benefits of meditation.



Monday, September 10
3:00-5:00         Arrival and settling in
5:30-6:15         Dinner
7:00-8:30         Yoga & Opening Circle-Gloria, Shari and Rosalyn


Tuesday, September 11
8:00-8:45         Breakfast
9:00-10:30       What is your Dosha?-Shari
10:45-11:45     Yoga-Gloria
12:15-1:00       Lunch
1:00-3:30         Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment
4:00-5:30         Principles of Ayurveda-Melina
5:30-6:15         Dinner


Wednesday, September 12
8:00-8:45         Breakfast
9:00-10:30       Ayurveda/Din Acarya/Nutrition-Melina
10:45-11:45     Colors for your Dosha-Rosalyn
12:15-1:00       Lunch
1:00-4:00         Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment
4:00-5:30         Yin Yoga-Melina
5:30-6:15         Dinner


Thursday, September 13
8:00-8:45         Breakfast
9:00-10:00       Meditation & Closing Circle-Gloria, Shari and Rosalyn
11:00                Check out


Gloria Baraquio
Born and raised in Hawaii, Gloria has been teaching vinyasa since 2006, studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2004, and singing devotional music since she was a young child.  She earned her 200-hour certificate from Yoga Hawaii and her 300-hour certificate with Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami in India.  Her aim is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings so that they can live more fully, with love, peace,  gratitude and well-being. Gloria is our…
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Melina Meza
Melina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, and is a certified as an Ayurvedic Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda and is a Certified Yoga for Aging Teacher, 500-ERYT. Melina has been teaching for over 21 years and has pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Melina facilitates year-round…
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Shari Sunshine
Shari Sunshine is the Director of our Mandala Wellness Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.
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Rosalyn White
Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her…
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