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IMILOA PRESENTS

Essential Yoga with Geoffrey Roniger

Jan 8 – 12, 2020

THE EVENT

Begin the new year and new decade by reconnecting with your essential self.

This unique yoga retreat is guaranteed to replenish your energy, restore your sense of wonder, and expand your perspective of self and world. It is an invitation for renewal on every level of your being.

Imiloa is a world class luxury retreat center nestled in the Savegre Mountains of Costa Rica, and Geoffrey Roniger is a world class facilitator of balance, connection, and ease. With miles of hiking trails and easy access to a private beach, the beauty of Imiloa’s natural landscape is simply breathtaking.

Meanwhile the beauty of Geoffrey’s all-levels teaching style is that it is simply breath-giving. Weaving together alignment, subtle movement, and creative metaphors to bring ancient yogic principles into modern life, Geoffrey’s signature sequences will move you toward profound states of contentment and clarity.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

During this 5 day retreat we will journey from the soles of the feet to the crown of the head in order to re-inhabit and reorganize the body.

On the subtle level we will progress through a highly accessible breathing program that will pacify the nerves and quiet the mind. Each practice session will include ample time for meditation so that each participant can drop into the sweet solace of spaciousness.

The goal is to create the proper conditions for inner stillness to spontaneously occur so that our most authentic self can be revealed. From that place of deep knowing, each of us may re-enter our daily life with a renewed sense of what gives it meaning and what fills us with wonder.

YOUR GUIDE

Geoffrey Roniger

Geoffrey Roniger began practicing yoga in 1995 and has been a passionate explorer and innovator of the art form ever since. Well-known in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater New Orleans Area for his authenticity and creativity, Geoffrey’s enthusiasm for yoga is undeniably contagious.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in European Studies in 1998, Geoffrey moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where he helped renovate a 19th century church into Europe’s largest yoga studio. Shortly after his return to the United States, he graduated from Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, where he formally apprenticed with Richard Rosen and Rodney Yee.

From 2005 to 2010, Geoffrey was the on-site yoga teacher for Salesforce.com, Amyris Biotechnologies, Beverly Prior Architects, Juice Design, and Urban Revision in San Francisco. Through this experience he created Workplace Wellness, an effective and accessible program that uses modified yoga techniques to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day at a desk. Geoffrey’s private clientele has included several CEOs dealing with high levels of stress, professional athletes aiming to improve their overall efficiency, and health care professionals searching for a reliable method of self-care..

Geoffrey also served on the teacher training staff at The Yoga Loft in San Francisco between 2005 and 2010. During that time period he became a dedicated student of the Alexander Technique, and this shifted his personal practice and teaching style toward a more internal, less goal-oriented approach. In 2007 Geoffrey volunteered for Urban Zen at both V Day and the Special Olympics, which successfully implemented therapeutic yoga techniques for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina and athletes with disabilities, and from this experience he was appointed to Urban Zen’s faculty for the Integrative Therapy Program in New York. Geoffrey has been featured in the Awakened Athletes, Masterclass, and Basics columns for Yoga Journal as well as in the Gaiam video, Yoga Now. He created his own instructional yoga video web site, MyYogaToGo.com, so that he could share fresh observations and insights about his practice with students from around the country. He is an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and has led numerous workshops and retreats around the world.

In 2010 Geoffrey moved back to his hometown of New Orleans where he opened Freret Street Yoga. Since 2013 he has conducted six different Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Programs and has elevated the local yoga scene by intimately sharing his approach to the practice with hundreds of dedicated students. Geoffrey’s main strength lies in his keen understanding of the essential, yet invisible actions that underlie each pose, which enables him to communicate with and relate to people of all types. His deeper mission is to convey the key philosophical insights from the yoga tradition in a way that is relevant to our current culture. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, three children, and faithful dog.

TESTIMONIALS

“Geoffrey has been a student of mine for many years, and in all honesty, of all my students, I would be hard pressed to name a more sincere and dedicated practitioner of the art and science of Hatha Yoga.

As a teacher, I’ve watched him grow from a yoga baby to a yoga adult, and the transformation has been impressive. If you are looking for a teacher that can lead you through all aspects of the practice with great skill and compassion, look no further.”

~ Richard Rosen, Contributing Editor of Yoga Journal Magazine and author of The Yoga of Breath

“Geoffrey is a storehouse of deep understanding of yoga and yoga teaching. His genuine quest for self-knowledge through his practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation has enabled him to leap like Hanuman over many of the obstacles that obscure the light of the soul. He can guide you through the physical alignment that leads to ease of breath and quietness of the mind. Study with him and you will be led to the essence of yoga and yourself.”

~ Rodney Yee, Internationally acclaimed teacher and author of Moving Toward Balance

“You know how you have one, maybe two, truly great teachers in your life — in any subject — who rearranged and re-inspired the way you thought about everything? Geoffrey is one of those teachers. And he keeps getting better, like a great Burgundy.”

~ Eric Gower, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author of The Breakaway Cook

YOUR VENUE

We offer a variety of accommodations:

2 singles (King Bed , one room)
14 double (2 Single beds, sharing one room)
16 quads (4 Single beds, sharing one room)

Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort,
high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.

THE BALI HOMES

Featuring over 12,000 square feet of space over looking thousands of acres and the South Pacific coast,
our three Bali Homes are imported from Indonesia and boast hand-carved architecture.

THE JUNGLE BUNGALOWS

Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.

LUXURY TRANSPORTATION

During your retreat, ride in style. Our local drivers also double as tour guides, and our SUVs are highest quality and newest Land Cruisers around. Included in transport is roundtrip airport run and up to 100KM per day from Imiloa, making the country accessible and easy to navigate.

Guests arrive refreshed, relaxed and you don’t need to coordinate a thing!

THE GEODESIC RIVER DOMES

Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes.

Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!

THE HOUSE OF MASTERS

The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.

THE SOCIAL SPACE

A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.

 

THE PATHS

Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.

THE WATERFALL

Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.

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