Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat Presidents Day Weekend
ScheduleMornings are spent for self care practices advised by our ayurvedic practitioners followed by theory, meditation, pranayama and movement practices individualized to meet the goals of each guest. All programs are uniquely designed with ayurvedic healing and yogic philosophy.
About This Event
Through daily consultations, therapies and individual workshops we share and support your inner development and transformation during your time here with us, offering you sustainable healing practices to carry with you as you venture home. Our program includes daily meals, comfortable private accomodations and a staff ready to support your needs during this journey.
Our programs offer a comprehensive in-depth study of Yoga and Ayurvedic theory for aspiring students and seasoned teachers looking to gain proficient and tangible knowledge in the foundational subtleties of practice through an advanced exploration of asana, pranayamaand meditation techniques. The foundation of this program will be rooted in understanding and developing approaches to a safe and sustainable self-practice that once mastered will be naturally and easefully shared with future students as the practitioner blossoms beyond the personal stages of self-transformation into knowledgeable guides who hold space for others to realize their own inner evolutionary potential. This approach leads to confidence and accountability in self-development for the aspiring or seasoned yogin, maintaining the bedrock of the yogic approach to life, as well as nurturing the profound love and appreciation for the pursuit of self-knowledge through selfless service and unconditional love, from one’s interior terrain branching outward into our relationships with the world and interaction with the Nature of others and Life itself.
Maha Vidya will be joined by guest teachers and dear friends Darshania and Kemit Sweeney. Visiting our group from the island of St Croix they will bring with them a depth of elemental understanding and tangible practices working with nature itself. Private and group offerings will be available with the two as well as a beautiful collaboration with Zaplin and Carlisle to express the heart of the Yoga teachings.
This unique program is seeped in deep physical, emotional and energetic healing with detoxification or rejuvenation therapies all formulated just for you. Located on the northern seaside along the beautiful island of Puerto Rico in the quaint surf town of Isabela, we create a special program to support health, peace and gentle healing on all levels of existence.
Group sessions will include explorations in the local area to sacred spots. Bring your walking shoes!
This program is ideal for individuals or couples looking for both private time to rest and unwind as well as time together to explore our own nature in the beauty of Puerto Rico.
Vegan meals and drinking water will be delivered daily to your private suite. This allows time to relish in private space as well as time for connecting with the group to learn and grow together.
Flights are recommended to Aguadilla Airport, a short drive from the Jobos Beach accommodations. If you are flying into San Juan International feel free to contact us for more information on transport to the retreat setting.
Puerto Rico is known for its beautiful beaches and lush rainforests. Our Isabela location offers a unique experience walking distance from the ocean alongside a 4 mile bike path (bike rentals available). The ocean area is perfect for both beginner and experienced surfers, snorkeling enthusiasts as well as those looking for a safe space to swim and relax by the seaside.
All accommodation are private with kitchenettes, private bath, free parking and air conditioning located a short walk to Jobos Beach. Meals will be delivered to you daily around retreat learning and sharing sessions to be enjoyed in the comfort of your private space. Linens and towels provided as well as basic beach needs.
What to bring?
Sarong or Beach Blanket
Pen or Pencil
Vegan Meals will be provided utilizing fresh produce from the island. We love to share local plants as well introducing herbs, spices and flowers that are unique to the Caribbean. Please inform us of any food sensitivities or eversions upon registration. Coffee and Tea are provided in your room for enjoyment daily.
Our staff specializes in individualized movement, meditation and Ayurvedic healing programs through their Pancha Karma cleansing offerings in Puerto Rico, St Croix and Maine. Feel free to contact us for more information if you would like to create a deeper healing program designed for you during our time together. All programs in Puerto Rico are limited to small groups creating a supported experience to grow within oneself while creating sustainable practices to take home.
“My admiration for Carlisle Amlak and Zaplin Vermie runs deep. With their every workshop/ training my experience with reality expands, while my illusion of separation crumbles a bit more. If they are offering a training in your area, sign up without hesitation. It will only change your life for the better!” – Caitlin VT USA “I have experienced the most transformation from these teachings. They (Zaplin and Carlisle) share their energy and knowledge in a way that resonates at the core of my being, allowing me to recognize my true nature. Rather in asana class or in lecture, there is so much to learn. Thank you for the wisdom and sincere dedication to the soul growth of others.” – Jennifer FL USA
Venue HighlightsPrivate accommodations walking distance to Jobos Beach. Beautiful bike trails, surf board rentals and easeful afternoons after lecture and practice by the ocean.
AccommodationsPrivate apartment accommodations walking distance to Jobos Beach. Kitchen and private bath. Linens and towels provided. Meals delivered on sight.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Bicycles For Rent
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineFresh organic produce will be shared alongside morning breakfast bowls of warm and cold cereals with coffee and tea, salads and fresh island offerings for lunch, cooked whole grains and vegetables for dinner. All meals are vegan with gluten free options available.
DirectionsRecommended flights to Aguadilla Airport in Puerto Rico.
If you are flying to San Juan there is an additional transfer fee. Feel free to contact us with more details and support.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Jules Burrill August 07, 2019
Carlie and Zaplin are incredible teachers. They have helped me heal in body and mind through yoga and ayurveda. I came into a teacher training wanting to get better at yoga, and left a completely different person. Through all the teaching and training, I gained a way to care and treat myself. Their program truly changed my life and I can’t recommend them enough. The teacher training was more than I could have expected and was so special to be taught by Carlie and Zaplin specifically. They compliment each other so well and are truly there to support you. Their philosophy and way of teaching is so tender and has allowed me to progress physically in my yoga practice by bounds, mentally in my life, and emotionally to be a more whole, happy, complete person.
Shera Elvins April 23, 2019
Carlisle and Zaplin are passionate about everything they touch. I have worked with/been a student of Carlisle and have enjoyed watching her growth and empowerment over the years. Zaplin seems a perfect compliment to her. This is The Team that greets you on the mat, wherever you are, without judgement, with compassion and enduring love. I completed the 200hr & taken part in several successive Yoga Trainings, each time deepening my awareness, knowledge and ability to share. This past Spring I was blessed to have a guided panche karma with them. Through their vast wisdom, insightful and attentive care I was guided through a complete purge of old samscaras and emotions that were continuing to hold me back. I have experienced a surge of creativity, boost in my yoga business and a drive to help others, all whilst feeling balanced, keeping my heart and mind free, open to possibilities. They individualize your experience and inspire you to be sensitive to your own daily changes/needs. I look forward to each time our paths cross and the continued knowledge and love they impart.
Ashley Domers April 19, 2019
I've worked with Carlisle and Zaplin across various retreats for Yoga/Ayurveda as well as for Panchakarma. The style in which they share their cumulative knowledge has been inspiring and transformative for me on so many levels. I have always had an interest in Yoga (asana) and Meditation but it took studying with them for me to truly understand the purpose of practicing. Something was missing for me when it came to Yoga, until I met them. Because of their teachings, I understand Yoga as a way of life, and in my experience, there are no two better guides in the process. They have studied for years and years and continue to. They live and breathe their practice. Their extensive knowledge and understanding allows them to help students find balance and health through Ayurveda, which is much needed in truly practicing Yoga. They are able to meet each student where they're at to help them prepare to practice Yoga from the ground up. They help students find their own practice and work with them so that it's sustainable, personal and safe. Carlisle and Zaplin deeply honor the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda and it comes through in everything they do. Their teachings are authentic, traditional and effective. Whether studying Yoga and Ayurveda or undergoing Panchakarma, working with them requires discipline, dedication and hard work. And for me, it's been life changing.
Emily King April 17, 2019
I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Maha Vidya two years ago and my experience was 100% positive. The course material was presented clearly and the training gave me the confidence and experience needed to deepen my personal practice and lead asana classes. Carlisle and Zaplin are passionate and devoted teachers of Yoga and Ayurveda and are highly attuned to individual and group needs. They effectively create a safe and nurturing container for deep self study. I greatly look forward to the opportunity to study with Maha Vidya again.
Vicky Sparks April 17, 2019
Just went for a long weekend to complete Pancha Karma. It was amazing. Both of my hosts were very attentive and catered the program to my unique needs. It was a wholesome and incredible experience. They were knowledgeable and took the time to discuss any concerns and questions!
Michael Fensom April 11, 2019
I've done three Pancha Karma processes with Carlie and Zaplin over the past year and have found each to be uniquely transformative. Collectively, the experience of each Pancha Karma has helped to dramatically shape me as a person. I have cultivated deepened awareness, positivity and a new sense of being through the Pancha Karma processes that has illuminated my life. And have let go of elements in my life that were no longer serving me. Personal growth has accelerated as a result. While each Pancha Karma experience is different, a consistent is the careful guidance of Carlie and Zaplin. They are attentive, deeply knowledgable and insightful throughout the process, and care about my experience and wellbeing conscientiously. They strike the ideal balance of making sure I am secure in the details of the process while also allowing my experience to unfold individually. I can say confidently that my personal experiences during these Pancha Karma processes are enhanced significantly by Carlie and Zaplin's devotion throughout. My appreciation for Pancha Karma — and my yoga practice as a whole — is tied to my appreciation of Carlie and Zaplin's mindful instruction.
Fran Weinstein April 11, 2019
I have been a student/client of Carlisle and Zaplin for more than 5 years. With expert guidance, gentle nurturing and highly skilled treatments, they have steered me toward a practical and individualized path to health and wellness. I have been inspired by them to rekindle a long-lost light of daily meditation. It’s been a major game-changer for me. One of their most powerful strengths is an uncanny ability to accurately pinpoint areas of my mind and body that might require attention. I can honestly say I’ve experienced deep transformational healing every single time! Nutritious meals, nature-bathing, daily meditation and movement practices are among the many experiences served up with so much warmth, love and authenticity on their glorious farm in Maine!
Kimberly Towsley November 19, 2018
I couldn't have asked for more thoughtful, kind, and respectful teachers who were willing to share all their information with me. All I had to do was pay attention and ask. I absolutely love these two, and will be back to train with them many times over. Thank you both for all your kind words and your thoughtful lessons. I can't wait to see what the future holds in my practice.
Elisa Camille Santana Rios November 16, 2018
My Experience on this retreat was life changing. Every resource, knowledgeable information, assessments in practices and more provided by the Teachers was profound, beautiful and most importantly precious to apply in my life. I am very grateful to have invested time of my life in this retreat, I now feel that my life has multiplied and my interest in Yoga and well being is pure. Thanks So Much!