Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat
with Donna Jackson and Erin Thorkilsen
Come join Donna Jackson and Erin Thorkilsen for their Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat, a week of yoga and bliss on the jungle shore of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Nestled between a white-sand beach and the mountains, on a 10-acre property only accessible by boat, resides the eco-chic retreat center called Xinalani (pronounced “shee-nah- lah- knee”).
Treat yourself to 7 heavenly days and nights for a deeply soulful and healing retreat. You’ll enjoy two deep and challenging vinyasa yoga practices each day, plus daily meditation on the beach. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the hiking trails, surf, stand-up paddle board, kayak, and walk on the beach. Relax in your own balcony’s hammock, lay on the beach, and enjoy margaritas at the hotel bar!
Your typical day in paradise will look like…
6:30 am »Morning Meditation
7:00 am »Morning Tea/Coffee
8:00 am »Morning Practice (Vigorous, Challenging Flow)
9:30 am »Breakfast
10:30 am »Kayaking/Surfing/Beach Lounging/Lunch
4:30-5:45 pm »Evening Practice (Deep Flow with Seated Forward Folds and Hip Openers)
7:30 pm »Dinner
About the Teacher
You’ll find Donna Jackson’s classes both physically challenging and spiritually uplifting She’ll play soulful music and share some thought provoking stories, but she’ll also offer moments of silence. Donna has been practicing yoga for more than 2 decades. It keeps her sane, inspires her to appreciate quiet and, well, it makes her feel happy.
She founded Saraswati’s Yoga Joint 10 years ago and since then have taught thousands of students, from beginner to advanced alike. The diverse community that has grown out of this dream keeps me humble, smiling and in love with teaching.
She’s proud to be a teacher of teachers. At SYJ, she has co-taught over 250 yoga teachers on skillfully guiding their own vinyasa classes. Currently mentoring certified teachers on connecting more deeply to their unique and authentic attributes. With a masters degree in physical therapy from Columbia University, she applies her in-depth knowledge of the body for my yoga therapeutics clients, combining the arts of physical therapy and yoga to facilitate pain-free movement and healing.
Here’s a quick summary of Donna’s educational and professional experiences:
•MSPT, Columbia University 1998
•Freelance Film/TV Producer 1988-1996
•Yoga Studies with Todd Norian (Anusara method) 2003-2004
•Yoga & Philosophy studies with Mitchel Bleier 2005-2012
•Co-teacher of SYJ/MB Yoga Teacher Trainings 2005-2012
•Philosophy Studies with Douglas Brooks 2003-present
•Director/Owner Saraswati´s Yoga Joint 2005-present
•Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner 2005-Present
Erin Thorkilsen is someone who believes in listening to and following the soul’s calling. When she was 15, she followed her own soul’s calling and asked her mom to take her to her first yoga class in Katonah, N.Y. This was the beginning of a 17-year path of loving, practicing, and teaching yoga. Her classes are loving, thoughtful, challenging, and inspiring. She weaves her knowledge of the body and healthy alignment into sequences that are fun, healing, and sensual.
Having lived and traveled all over the world including places such as Martha’s Vineyard, Fiji, New Zealand, and Kenya, Erin invokes wisdom from a wide variety of experiences. Her greatest wisdom, as she often shares in classes, comes from the young children she teaches at school. She has been teaching fourth grade and kindergarten for the past 10 years at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT.
Her trainings and certifications with Anusara Yoga and SYJ coupled with a Masters in Education lay the groundwork for her work. Erin’s ongoing study with a list of always evolving incredible teachers, her very wise kindergarten students, and great soulful music continue to inspire her teaching.
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