Yoga, Wine & Hike Ranch Retreat weekend in the Texas Hill Country
Note: This retreat and the dates are still tentative, we are aiming for March of 2021
Join Water Dog in the Hill Country of Texas at The Porches Ranch located halfway between Fredericksburg & Enchanted Rock State Park!
The retreat will include daily outdoor yoga (weather permitting). Classes will include VinOYin, Vinyasa, Yin & Meditation.
Friday: Arrive at the ranch between 4-6pm. We will hold a relaxing VinOYin yoga class and have a casual dinner then enjoy a fire on the patio.
Saturday: We will practice yoga at a winery then partake in some tastings and maybe a tour. After lunch we'll be able to shop on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg, TX. The evening will be for dining, drinking, dancing in downtown Fredericksburg or relaxing at the Ranch.
Sunday: We will head over to Enchanted Rock State Park in the morning to hike & do yoga/meditation. We'll eat a picnic lunch before heading back to Corpus Christi.
*Option for van transportation to and from Corpus Christi & Fredericksburg, TX.
**A van and driver will be provided throughout the weekend to the wineries, to/from Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock.
Nature, Adventure & Yoga Retreat in Mindo, Ecuador 2021 date TBA
***CHECK BACK FOR 2021 DATES!***
➡️ ⛰Nature: The retreat is both rustic & luxurious and offers a breathtaking cloud forest experience! It is in the small, tourist town of Mindo, Ecuador. This area has been declared an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and its one of the most bio-diverse hot spots in the world.
➡️Adventure: This retreat is for outdoor and adventure lovers. There are many activities nearby including; hiking, biking, zip-lining, birding, mountain-climbing, river tubing, horseback riding, chocolate & coffee tours, butterfly & orchid gardens and an open-air gondola and chair-lift with spectacular views.
➡️Yoga: The retreat offers an-site open-air, screened-in Yoga Shala platform with mountain views. Yoga classes will be offered twice daily; typically, invigorating vinyasa/Ashtanga-based in the morning and more relaxing Yin/Restorative in the afternoons/evenings.
➡️Haciendas: Retreat accommodations include a country house, cottage and cabin with shared bedrooms (2 beds). All have mountain or wildlife views with sustainable installations like solar powered energy & clean mountain spring water. This is a small, intimate yoga retreat and it will only house 10-12 people.
➡️Spa: There is a Finnish sauna and a chemical-free, natural spring-fed pool with copper & silver ionizers. On-site massage services are available in the gazebo with mountain views and a fresh air breeze.
➡️Meals: Three meals daily will be included. The meals are wholesome, healthy, organic & locally sourced. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.
*Flight to Quito, Ecuador (the capital city) is NOT included, however we will help to arrange overnight stays in Quito and transportation to and from the yoga retreat village of Mindo (about 2.5hours away).
**Read below for more information click HERE for a detailed itinerary with pricing (based on 2019).
What adventures and activities await us?
We believe its more rewarding to spend time and money on experiences and making connections instead of things! And this is exactly what are planning to do in Mindo, Ecuador.
▪️Here are some of the ⛰activities and adventures that wait us in the ☁️cloud forests: Horseback riding, biking, hiking, zip-lining, tubing, rappelling, taking a gondola & chairlift ride and more!
▪️There's more: Birding, frog concerts, taking nature & waterfall hikes, going to butterfly gardens or on a coffee and/or chocolate tour!
▪️If you are in the mood to relax, the retreat offers hammocks, a natural pool, and massages in the gazebo! The town of Mindo is just 1.5 miles away and perfect for taking a walk around!
Yoga, Spa &Relaxation
Take a moment and try to visualize yourself here, practicing yoga in the⛰cool mountain air...
Our Nature and Yoga Retreat has an open-air, screened-in yoga shala with mountain views. We'll be offereing two classes daily, typically Ashtanga/vinyasa yoga in the mornings and Yin/restorative yoga in the the afternoons/evenings.
YOGA TEACHERS: Contact us for a discount on this retreat and help teach some classes/workshops!
We love that this retreat is truly eco-friendly! We can't wait for this SPA experience in the natural, chemical free, spring-fed ?pool. ☀️Solar power cleanses the pool by harnessing the copper and silver ionizers. There is a Finnish sauna nearby and on-site massage available.
Healthy, nourishing food
▪️A huge part of travel and wellness food and nourishment,? including trying and enjoying new, exotic foods! We are so excited about the delicious + healthy meals we will enjoying at our retreat
▪️Three wholesome meals a day are included and they are healthy, organic and locally sourced. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available
▪️The photos show our retreat restaurant along with some of their beautiful dishes; quinoa, crepes, exotic fruit and gluten-free yucca bread.
So What's the fairy-tail like ☁️cloud forest...and other fun facts about Mindo & Ecuador:
▪️Ecuador's☁️cloud forest is moist and subtropical with low clouds and a canopy of vegetation!
▪️Mindo's elevation is about ⛰4,000 feet and its only 2.5 hours away from Ecuador's capital, Quito
▪️Ecuador translates to 'Republic of the Equator' and Quito sits on the equator line
▪️The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar
▪️The temperature in Mindo is between 60-75 degrees year round
Why is Mindo, Ecuador ideal for a Nature and Yoga retreat?:
▪️Mindo has been declared an UNESCO biosphere reserve and its one of the most bio-diverse hots-spots in the world!
▪️With over 450 bird species, its one of the top spots in the world for birding?along with abundant flora and fauna
▪️Ecuador, unlike popular destinations like Costa Rica, is still very affordable.