5 Reasons to Retreat in the Valle de Guadelupe

Namaste

The new year is a great time to get clear on our intentions and desires, and to let go of things that no longer serve us. However, January can also be an extremely busy time of catching up after the holidays and keeping up with our new routines. That is why I decided to organize a weekend getaway for the end of January as a way to pause, reflect and reset.  The Love Life Yoga  Retreat (January 30-February 1) will be held in the lovely Valle de Guadelupe, the heart of Mexican wine country located just 90 minutes from San Diego. This is a magical region of beautiful rustic countryside, culinary sophistication, and extraordinary wine. Here are 5 reasons to retreat to this premier food and wine destination. 

1. The Food-  According to chef Diego Hernandez of renowned restaurant Corazon de Tierra, "Here in Baja, we have a palette of flavors like a painter."  And USA Today calls the region the "Napa of Mexico." The Valle offers a deep connection to the land,  biodynamic farming, exquisite culinary taste, and the art of heart and soul in their cooking.  Check out the Sunset Magazine article for more info on the food, wine, and magic of this region. 

2. The Wine- There is a long history of winemaking in this region. Many of the vineyards here were planted in the 18th century by Jesuit priests. Today the Valle is home to over 50 wineries. The Wine Enthusiast voted the Valle de Guadelupe as #3 of the Top 10 Wine Destinations of 2014

3. Slower Pace - The Valle is a beautiful open countryside that presents an invitation to slow down.  Away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the Valle offers quiet, open space, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. And at hotel La Villa del Valle, there is minimal wifi and cell service- a great place to take a break from technology and reconnect with ourselves and nature. 

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4. Love Life Yoga Retreat - This January I will be hosting a weekend retreat at the beautiful boutique hotel, La Villa del Valle. This is also the home of Corazon de Tierra, Vena Cava Winery, and the amazing Troika food truck. In addition to practicing yoga and mindfulness, we will be savoring the flavors of fine dining, wine tasting and enjoying life. This will be my last retreat before my 11 month retreat hiatus.  More Info 

5. Why Not? My husband's Tony's name spelled backwards is Y-Not. So this is his motto for doing the things he wants to do. I've adopted this motto, and it seems to work well for reminding me to follow my heart and and embracing the fullness of life. 

Below is a short great video on exploring the hidden gems of the Valle de Guadelupe 

Relaxed, Recharged and Ready for the New Year!

Namaste
I just returned from the Om for the Holidays Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Five days of living in nature- beautiful thatched huts, free from electricity and technology (yes, we lit our rooms with kerosene lamps and candles!), nourished by healthy delicious meals, daily active and restorative yoga, lots of hiking, gorgeous ocean views, and most importantly surrounded by an amazing group of conscious, caring, and fun-loving folks. My heart is full, mind more settled, and spirit recharged. I'm ready for the new year! 


How are you preparing for the new year? In addition to parties and celebrations, it's important to take time to be quiet, reflect, and get clear about our intentions. I'm not one for making new year's resolutions (which can often set us up for disappointment.) But I do like to look back at the year's journey- all the learning, growing, twists and turns. When we get so caught up in moving forward we tend to forget to honor and appreciate how far we've come. This reflection is key for practicing contentment along our the journey. And in preparing for future, instead focusing on how we "should" change and what we "should" quit doing, we can instead focus on getting clear.  Getting  clear about our visions and values, what makes us feel alive, and what direction we'd like to move towards, allows us to be less attached to how things to turn out and more open to possibility.  Writing, meditating, and taking a walk are wonderful ways to take this time and space for reflection.  Do you have any new year's rituals? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Om for the Holidays 2014 Memories. Much gratitude to Sarah Pham and Melanie Delgado for capturing these beautiful moments. 

Many blessings for a happy, healthy, new year!

Love & light

Renee