Whale Shark Pilgrimage
Hosted by Nomad Creative and Mary Veal Yoga Retreats
Isla Holbox, Mexico
July 27th – August 2nd, 2019
$2,195.00 double room/per person
$2,495.00 single room/per person
Includes accommodations, land transportation, 2 whale shark excursions, 2 meals per day and daily yoga.
Does not include airfare, beverages, optional activities or gratuities.
Whale sharks, the world’s gentle giants, are the largest fish on the planet. Their majesty and mystery have always intrigued humans. They gracefully glide through the water living peacefully in the oceans, and many who have swam with one in the wild have described the moment as a religious experience.
Sami Kattan of Nomad Creative created his first environmental documentary, The Global Connection: Little Island, Big Fish in 2016. Since then, he has been working to increase awareness to keep these beautiful animals protected, in addition to educating the public about the effects tourism has on local communities.
Our Whale Shark Pilgrimage will take us to Isla Holbox, Mexico, an island at the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula. We will explore the community, interact with locals, and experience the exceptional beauty this part of the world has to offer - described as a fully intact ecosystem. This will be a real, authentic local experience and eco conscious experience. We’ll stay in locally owned hotels, use local tour operators and eat in family owned restaurants. Local venues will be our path over corporate outlets on this trip!
Mary Veal will lead daily yoga classes, karma yoga activities and as always, bring the fun! Sami Kattan will bring his knowledge of Holbox, expert photo and video skills, and inspiring passion for safeguarding the environment. The group is limited to 8 travelers, in addition to Sami and Mary. Deposit of $500 is due to reserve your space, second payment of $500 due January 15th and remaining balance by April 15th. Checks to Green Tara Yoga LLC or Venmo @Mary-Veal.
Day 1: Arrive Cancun, travel to Isla Holbox
Day 2: Explore Isla Holbox, Local Experience
Day 3: Whale Shark Excursion
Day 4: Whale Shark Excursion, Bioluminescence Tour
Day 5: Free day or Optional tours (Whale Shark or Cenote)
Day 6: Flamingo Kayak Tour
Day 7: Depart Mexico
**subject to change
Iceland in Winter: Icebergs, Glaciers & Geysers
A Mary Veal Yoga Retreat
November 9th - 17th, 2019
Price: $4,495 per person
Includes airfare from West Palm Beach (PBI), all lodging and most meals.
View the full itinerary: www.oattravel.com/icw19
How to sign up:
1) Call Overseas Adventure Travel (800-955-1925)
2) Mention Group Code: G9-26667
3) Mention that you want to reserve for Iceland in Winter: Icebergs, Glaciers & Geysers in 2019 with the Mary Veal Yoga Retreat Group
4) Deposit is $350 per person
Travel to a wonderland of icy waterfalls, crystalline tunnels, and black-sand beaches dusted with diamantine icebergs. This is Iceland in the winter, a fantasy landscape that never gets too cold thanks to its Gulf Stream position. Short sunlight hours are made beautiful as the low-hanging sun bathes the country in golden light during the winter days, and darkness brings glimpses of the NORTHERN LIGHTS dancing across the night sky during the long nights. Witness Iceland’s iconic natural scenes with a dusting of pure snow, float in warm thermal pools beneath the stars, and explore a glacier from within its pure blue ice tunnels. But get to know the heart of Iceland when you meet the resilient people who call this home, even during the long winter months: the greenhouse farmers and fishermen who sustainably maintain the food supply, the farmers who raise majestic Icelandic horses, and a local family who invites you in for a meal. Our small group will afford us the opportunity to delve deeper into the culture through conversations with these local residents. Iceland is special year-round—but magical in the winter.
This trip is hosted by Mary Veal and will include yoga daily. Please register and pay your deposit of $350 to hold your spot. Balance due 90 days prior to travel. This tour is limited to 16 people. All rooms are double occupancy, no single rooms. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled return to the U.S. Contact Mary Veal at email@example.com or 561-385-8003 with any questions.
Day 1: Depart U.S.
Day 2: Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland, Orientation Walk, Meet Trip Leader
Day 3: Ocean Cluster House, Old Harbor area, Reykjavik
Day 4: Golden Circle, UNESCO World Heritage Site Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and the surrounding hot springs, and Gullfoss waterfall, Transfer to Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Day 5: Skaftafell • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon • Home-Hosted Dinner
Day 6: Vik, Optional Super Truck tour, Icelandic horse farm, Fludir, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Day 7: Greenhouse visit, Secret Lagoon
Day 8: Langjokull Glacier Tunnels, Hraunfossar lava waterfall, Reykjavik
Day 9: Viking Museum, Return to U.S.
**Itinerary subject to change
Previous International Yoga Retreats Hosted By Mary Veal
Serengeti Safari and Tanzania Africa Yoga Retreat
Machu Picchu and Magical Peru Yoga Retreat
Machu Picchu and Magical Peru Yoga Retreat
Glorious Galapagos Islands Yoga Retreat
Whale Shark Pilgrimage Mexico
Heart of India Yoga Retreat
Glow & Flow Yoga with Mary Veal
TBA ~ 7:30pm
Offered by donation (limited to first 50 people)
The infamous "Glow & Flow" Yoga with Mary Veal! Yoga asana mixed with blacklights, glow products, glow in the dark body paint and house music! It's as trippy and fun as it sounds! Tell your friends! This class is PG-13 please. Offered by donation and limited to the first 50 people.
Savasana Listening Party hosted by Mary Veal
"Stairway to Heaven" edition
Friday, September 14th - 8pm
Ever wish Savasana would last forever? Or at least more than 10 minutes? You're not alone! Come to the coolest, special event in Jupiter, The Savasana Listening Party at Green Tara Yoga! It's Yoga Nidra for music lovers! You choose either Restorative yoga poses or a supported Savasana while inspirational, healing music swirls around you and you float into Bliss!
New Year's Day 108 Sun Salutations hosted by Mary Veal
Monday, January 1st ~ 10am
Celebrate the New Year with the traditional and sacred practice of 108 Sun Salutations. Join Mary Veal and several Kula teachers on the Deck starting at 10am. We'll have charts of the poses, an easy way to count and a "go at your own pace" practice. The Kula teachers will be there to cheer you on, offer modifications and practice right along your side. And remember, it's about the practice, not the number. You may do any number of Sun Salutations of your choice, ie 54, 36, 27, 18, or 9.
In many cultures, light has long been a symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. Our primary source of light is, of course, the sun. When we look at our closest star, we may see nothing more than a big yellow ball. But for thousands of years, the Hindus have revered the sun, which they call Surya, as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself. For the Hindus, the sun is the “eye of the world”, seeing and uniting all selves in itself, an image of and a pathway to the divine. One of the means of honoring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (better known as Sun Salutation). The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.
A mala is an eastern rosary with 108 beads. The mala is used both in Hinduism and Buddhism for counting mantras, chants or prayers. 108 has been a sacred number for a long time, and this number is explained in many different ways. A few being;
SUN AND EARTH: The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
SANSKRIT ALPHABET: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108
PLANETS AND HOUSES: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
ANAHATA (HEART) CHAKRA: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra.
Refresh Weekend Retreat
hosted by Mary Veal and (TBA)
Friday - Sunday, January 10th - 12th, 2020
at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Fl.
Join Green Tara Yoga teachers (TBA) and Mary Veal for a relaxing weekend of yoga at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida, January 10th – 12th, 2019. Need a weekend away? Want to spend some down time after the holidays with your yoga friends? This is the perfect opportunity to decompress, recharge and lift your spirit. Enjoy yoga classes, yoga nidra, art projects, group activities, meditation, kirtan, satsang or none of the above! It’s your time, so practice or just relax, whatever you need most. We’ll have daily activities as well as lots of free time. Weekend accommodations are per person and include all meals:
Single/Private Bath: $449
Deluxe Double/Private Bath: $439
Double/Private Bath: $409
Triple/Private Bath: $409
Single Room: $399
Dorm Room: $359
African Safari Yoga Retreat with Mary Veal
July 15th – 28th, 2020
$7,845 all inclusive (includes airfare from PBI)
Deposit of $350 due to reserve your space
Call 800-955-1925 to register
www.oattravel.com/UNX2020 (tour itinerary)
Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari
Arusha • Tarangire • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater
The legendary plains of the Serengeti teem with one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, and elephant vie for survival here amidst grand backdrops, such as magnificent Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, a twelve-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep caldera.
Travel to Tanzania and explore it all, as our expert Trip Leaders and driver-guides help you seek out the most elusive African game. And we immerse ourselves in the local culture through rewarding visits to schools and villages. At night, we retire to unique and varied lodgings, including Tanzanian lodges and a four-night stay at a private tented safari camp in the Serengeti, where delicious cuisine and first-rate service close out each day of discovery.
The trip is hosted by Mary Veal and will include yoga daily. Please register and pay your deposit of $350 by April 1st, 2019 so this tour will be held exclusively for our group. The tour is limited to the first 16 people that register. Contact Mary Veal at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
1. International airfare from PBI, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements.
2. All land transportation.
3. Accommodations for 12 nights.
4. 33 meals — daily breakfast, 11 lunches, and 11 dinners
5. 15 small group activities, including up to 8 game-viewing drives.
6. Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader and driver-guides.
7. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, lodge and camp staff, driver-guides, and luggage porters.
8. Complimentary O.A.T. safari duffel bag that we will send you approximately one month before departure.
Day 1: Depart US
Day 2: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Day 3: Arusha
Day 4: Tarangire National Park
Day 5: Tarangire National Park
Day 6: Maasai Village, Ngorongoro Highlands
Day 7: Travel to Serengeti camp
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Day 9: Serengeti (optional hot air balloon ride)
Day 10: Serengeti
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater
Day 12: Ngorongoro Highlands, Karatu school visit
Day 13: Arusha, return to US
View the full, detailed itinierary at www.oattravel.com/unx2020
This workshop is designed for certified yoga teachers that are interested in learning how to teach various Pranayama techniques to Seniors. You will learn what forms of Pranayama are safe for Seniors or students with health concerns. What are the considerations or physical issues to know if it is safe for a particular student. We will review effective methods to describe and teach these breathing techniques. What are the benefits and effects of each Pranayama? What Pranayama should you avoid when teaching this population and why? When and how during a class to use Pranayama. This will be a very experiential workshop as we practice each Pranayama, discuss how to teach it and have plenty of time for Q & A. 3 CEUs provided.
Teaching Chair Yoga: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers
Mary Veal, E-RYT 500
Sunday, May 20th ~ 2pm – 5pm
This workshop is designed for certified yoga teachers that are interested in learning how to teach Chair Yoga. Included in this workshop: What are the benefits of Chair Yoga?, Who takes a Chair Yoga class?, Are there special considerations for this population?, What types of poses work and how do you use the chair in class? Two (2) free Chair Yoga classes taught by Mary Veal at Green Tara Yoga are included in the registration price of this workshop. Come see a real class in action. 3 CEUs provided. Mary Veal is the only certified "Yoga for Arthritis" teacher in Florida and she believes that EVERYONE can do yoga. As teachers, we just need to figure out what THEIR yoga is!