Taking time out for a retreat for ourselves is not selfish. It is crucial to take breaks and spend time without our children, however hard that might feel, so that we can recharge and give back to our families with more authenticity, kindness, and patience. Treat yourself and your family by joining us on this retreat to help you change the way that you show up for yourself and as a parent.
Everyone in the family deserves to get their needs met, to feel supported, and to feel connected and loved. Even children who behave badly should be treated with love, kindness, and patience, but this can be hard to do if we were not treated in that way when we were children. Parents also deserve to feel competent and worthy. We too deserve to have our needs met and to take time out to recharge and reconnect with ourselves. This retreat will enable us to meet everyone in the family’s needs more effectively.
Who is This Retreat For?
This retreat is for each and every parent, but especially if you feel any of the following:
Throughout this retreat, we will practice yoga – including movement, meditation and breathwork. Yoga philosophy will guide us through this journey. All levels of yoga experience are welcome, including complete beginners.
The content of this retreat applies to raising children of any age. Come on your own or with a partner.
Saturday – Understanding our Children
8am Yoga and Pranayama (yoga breathing): Finding a new perspectives with an open heart and mind
10am Viewing our Children Through New Lenses Workshop: What does their bad behavior actually mean? What are their needs? How do conventional responses to “bad” behavior affect our children?
1pm River Exploration: Finding joy in the details of life
4pm Tools for Parenting with More Ease Workshop: Conscious listening, nonviolent communication, boundary setting, empowering our children, and repair
7pm Emotional Intelligence Workshop: How can we support ourselves and our children when we are having big feelings?
8.30pm Holotropic Breathwork: A powerful way to move stuck emotions
Sunday – Becoming the Parent You Want to be
8am Yoga, Mantra Chanting, and Meditation: Nourish ourselves in ways that support our nervous systems to feel safe
10am Workshop to Practice Becoming a Metta Parent: Grow into a parent who is both full of loving kindness and a reliable leader, even in moments where we are triggered, and/or where our children are having a hard time
12.00 Hike and Silent Meditation: Find connection with ourselves and nature as well as peace within
3pm Closing Ceremony: Reflect on the learnings of the weekend and how to take action when we return to our families, followed by a final meditation
Casitas are built on stilts and are surrounded by lush vegetation, fruit trees, and the sounds of nature. Each room comes with an en suite bathroom as well as a private porch and hammock. Rooms are tastefully decorated and boast comfortable beds with hypo-allergenic, organic bedding. Both single and double occupancy rooms are available.
The retreat includes all meals from dinner on Friday night to lunch on Sunday. All meals are plant-based with much of the ingredients sourced from local farms. Our communal meals will be enjoyed in a covered outdoor space, overlooking the pool area and the mountains. Tea, coffee, infusions, and snacks are also included. Please note that alcohol will not be served during the retreat.
Post-Retreat Online Meet-Up
Following the retreat, there will be an on-line meet-up with all retreat participants. We will reflect on how things have changed in your families since the retreat as well as any specific questions or challenges that have since arisen. This follow-up get-together is included in the cost of the retreat.
Daniella understands what it is like to struggle as a parent. She felt ashamed and incompetent when her son tantrumed and raged. She yelled, judged, criticized, controlled and felt like a horrible mother. Facing parenting challenges, she combined yoga philosophy and psychology to create a transformative course, positively impacting both herself and her son. With 4 years of experience leading life-changing Parenting with Yoga workshops, she offers guidance for parenting with love and kindness.
Currently writing a book on the topic, she is also the owner and lead instructor at Santosa Yoga and Health in Puerto Rico, where yoga principles enrich her classes, workshops, and retreats.
Daniella holds a MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, is RYT 200, Y12SR (addiction recovery), and breathwork certified. She has also attended multiple trainings, including trauma, resilience, self regulation, inner child work, parenting, social justice, meditation, and mindfulness.
Early Bird Pricing Until September 30 (after which pricing will be an additional $50 per person):
Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable (you can find someone to replace you). Payment plans and part scholarships are available.