La Manzanilla Healing, Arts & Spanish Retreat 2014



An 8-Day Retreat in Paradise!!!

March 9th – March 16th, 2014

Yogi on beach in La Manzanilla

One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield. -The Buddha

Join us for a 8-day Healing, Arts & Spanish Retreat in our beautiful coastal village of La Manzanilla, Mexico. Our town is the perfect get-a-way destination for soul-searchers, Yoga buffs, Spanish students, lovers of the arts and those seeking a multicultural experience.

You will spend this unforgettable week in our tropical paradise, nurturing yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.  The retreat program offers a perfect blend of classes focused on personal health and well-being, self-growth and artistic expression.

Casa Luz--our retreat headquarters

The Healing, Arts & Spanish Retreat is designed so you can be the creator of your own experience!  The schedule offers a diverse array of activities throughout the day, so you can select the perfect combination of activities to support your unique needs and retreat intentions.

Everyday, energizing classes are offered in yoga, pilates or Zumba.  After breakfast, a choice of painting, collage or Spanish classes are available.  In the afternoons, a variety of healing arts activities is offered, including dance, meditation, chanting and more!  Calming activities take place in the evenings, such asTai Chi, a drumming circle,  and a movie night.  All of the classes will be led by our cream of the crop local teachers.


Three delicious, healthy meals a day will be provided, and of course we are happy to cater to vegetarians or vegans and can accommodate other dietary needs.

Sweat lodge for purification

Special activities also included in your retreat include a one-hour relaxing massage and the unique opportunity to participate in a purifying sweat lodge.  In addition, you can choose to attend one of two excursions over the weekend, including a snorkeling trip or an outing to Barra de Navidad, a local tourist attraction and picturesque beach and fishing town.

Everyday you can take time for yourself to lounge and swim in our beautiful pristine bay and enjoy the charm that the village has to offer.


Yoga Practice

Brenda, our Yoga teacher

In our daily 60-minute yoga classes, students will deepen their yoga practice with our experienced teacher,  Brenda Dempsey.  Brenda’s classes offer an eclectic mix of hatha yoga with flow and restorative work, using sound and Qi Kung energy work to enliven the classes.  Brenda’s classes accommodate beginning to advanced students.

Brenda has been studying yoga and alternative medicine practices since 1989. She has a full-time practice on Quadra Island, Canada and has been offering yoga and meditation retreats since 1990. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition, and she has been influenced by many gifted teachers.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting                  —Buddha


Zumba class with June

Zumba & Pilates Classes

Karen, our Pilates teacher

Take a daily morning Zumba class with certified instructor, June.  This class is easy to follow and will help you strengthen your muscles and burn calories.  This hour class passes quickly as you dance the hour away to lively Latin-based music.

Alternatively, you can attend the Pilates class with Karen.  In this class, you will discover both your strength and creativity from the inside out. For those who want to work of both toning their muscles while developing flexiblity, this class is perfect for you!





Arts & Spanish Classes

In this unique retreat, you will have the chance to not only relax through yoga and other healing arts activities, but you will also have opportunities to develop your inner artist abilities or learn or improve your Spanish. Choose between one of 3 workshops in the mid-morning period:  1) Painting class; 2) Collage class; or 3) Spanish language class.

Banana Flower painting by painting teacher Carol




Painting Class

In this 10-hour painting workshop with Carol Lopez, you will be able to express your creativity through painting (oil, acyrlics, or watercolor).  Carol will teach beginning artists the basics or help more experienced painters to refine their techniques.  Carol has many year teaching art and exhibits her work around Mexico and Canada. All materials provided.




Collage class teacher, Ani Mac


Collage Class

This 6-hour collage workshop with Ani Mac will let you express your creativity in ways you never imagined.  No experience is necessary, except for an open mind.  Our teacher AniMac has worked with and taught painting and collage for many years, in addition to working as a yoga instructor in Mexico and Canada.  All materials provided.




Group Spanish Class

Two of our friendly Spanish teachers


Spanish Classes

For those wanting to learn Spanish or brush up on their conversation skills, we are offering this 10-hour Spanish immersion course.  All classes are taught by native, well-trained Spanish speaking teachers.  Students will be placed in small groups according to their Spanish level. Courses are offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Enjoy our “natural methodology” where you won’t have to fret about learning grammar. Workbook and Spanish Cd provided.



All that  spirits desire, spirits attain.  —Kahlil  Gibran

Leisure Excursions

Bay Cruise & Tenacatita Snorkel Trip

Snorkel in our beautiful bay

Experience the ocean at your fingertips while cruising across the beautiful Tenacatita Bay. Spot sea turtles and dolphins along the way. Snorkel in a coral reef reserve and discover the underwater world in the crystal clear waters of the Mexican Pacific. (Snorkeling gear provided.)

Barra de Navidad Day Trip

Travel with a guide to the beautiful nearby resort town of Barra de Navidad.  Walk the cobblestone streets, shop for traditional Mexican arts & craft items, take a boat tour of the bay and enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch.

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.  –Kahill Gibran



Lodging and Meals

A variety of housing options are available for retreat participants.  We offer both private and shared luxury housing as well as economy accommodations, to suit your budget needs.  Those who would  like to find their own, independent accomodations may also do so and will receive a housing discount from their retreat package price.

Luxury Accomodations:

Our list of luxury accommodations offers comfortable, modern facilities in great, central locations.  All have private bathrooms and kitchens or kitchenettes and are within a 5-minute walk to the beach and to our retreat headquarters.

Choose from the following luxury accommodations:

Casa Linda Apartments

Casa Luz Studio

Brisa del Mar Condos

Casa Maria Apartments

Casa Linda-2 luxury apartments with small pool; 1 double bed for 1 or 2 persons; ocean view

Casa Luz-modern, artsy apartment; double bed for 1 or 2 persons, conveniently located right at retreat headquarters!

Brisa del Mar-very spacious vacation condos; 1-bedroom condos with 1 double bed or 2-bedroom condos with 1 double bed and 2 twin beds; sleeps 1 to 4 persons; ocean view

Casa Maria – artsy, more secluded, spacious;  1 bedroom apartments with 1 double bed; 1 double bed & 2 single beds; sleeps 1 to 4 persons



A healthy, fresh and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily.

Breakfast includes choices such as fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, granola, muffins, hot cereals, freshly squeezed juices, tea, coffee, egg dishes and more. For lunches and dinners, we will offer a changing menu, featuring healthy gourmet cooking.

Special dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.  –B.K.S Iyengar

Sample Retreat Schedule (schedule subject to modifications)

La Manzanilla Healing, Arts & Spanish Retreat  

March 9 – 16 2014

Sun. Mar 9 Mon. Mar. 10 Tues. Mar. 11 Wed. Mar. 12 Thurs. Mar. 13 Fri. Mar. 14 Sat. Mar. 15 Sun. Mar. 16
7:30am-8:30am Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga
Zumba Pilates Zumba Pilates Zumba Pilates Zumba
9:00-10:00am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
11am-1pm Collage Workshop Collage Workshop Collage Workshop 11-3pm 

Boating & snorkeling  Excursion





Barra de Navidad Day Tour

(both tours incld lunch)


Spiritual discussion group

Painting Course Painting Course Painting Course Painting Course Painting Coursee 12pm-1pm 

Retreat Closing Circle



Spanish Course Spanish Course Spanish Course Spanish Course Spanish Course
1:15pm-2:15pm Arrivals to LM-check into accommodations after 2pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:15pm-4pm Siesta/Free Time Siesta/Free Time Siesta/Free Time Siesta/Free Time Siesta/Free Time

(Beach time or enjoy specified activities)

Retreat Opening 4-6:15pm 

Beach walk to Boca de Iguana


Free movement Dance class


“Las Joyas” Nature Hike




Sufi Dancing



6:15-7:15pm Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner Sunset Dinner
7:30-9:00pm 7:30-9:30pm 

Movie Night






Tai Chi


Drumming-Guided Meditation


Tai Chi


Video Satsang featuring Spiritual teacher Mooji


Tai Chi


Temazcal (sweatlodge ceremony) with 2nd half of group

8pm-10pm Temazcal (sweatlodge ceremony) with 1st half of group



































Retreat Costs

8-Day Retreat Package Cost per Participant:

$1890US – Beautiful Private studio apartment or one bedroom guest house (Casa Linda, Casa Luz, Brisa del Mar or Casa Maria)

$1390US – Spouse/Partner Special  (If you are coming to the retreat with your spouse or partner and will share a double bed in a 1-bedroom apartment at one of the above apartments or guest houses)


Discounted Retreat Rates:

$1540US –Private bedroom in economy hotel or shared house

$1390US – Shared bedroom in economy hotel or shared house (2 beds)

$1190US – Retreat activities fee (housing excluded)

$950US – Retreat activities fee (housing and meals excluded)


Retreat Package Cost Includes the following*:

  • Private or shared comfortable accommodations in your choice of beautiful apartment,  guest house or local hotel
  • 3 healthful meals a day (vegetarian and other dietary needs can be accommodated)
  • Daily 1-hour morning Yoga, Pilates or Zumba classes
  • 10-hour painting or Spanish class or 6-hour collage class w/ materials provided
  • Daily afternoon activities (beach walk, dance classes, nature hike & meditation)
  • Daily evening activities (drumming circle, Tai Chi classes, movie night & meditation)
  • Saturday Excursion (boating & snorkeling excursion OR Barra de Navidad day tour)
  • Sweat Lodge ceremony
  • 1-hour full-body relaxing massage

*Cost does not include airfare

Also available for your retreat (additional cost):

  • Transportation from/to Manzanillo (ZLO) airport ($50US each eay)
  • Additional massage & spa treatments
  • Private yoga sessions
  • Additional nights at your guest house or accomodations

How to Register

Treat yourself with tranquility

To register, contact La Catalina Natural Language School at:
Telephone: 011-52-315-351-5362 or 011-52-315-351-5540 (from the U.S.)

Space limited to 30 participants so REGISTER NOW!!!

Reduced Trip Costs

Register by December 15th, 2013 and receive $50 off the retreat cost

Refer a friend to this retreat and receive an additional $50 discount!  (does not apply when you are already receive the spouse/partner discount indicated above)

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection–Buddha

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