SMALL GROUP RETREAT:
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Celebrating the Gift of a Life Well-Lived
OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4
Want to schedule your own personalized retreat? Contact Enicia with your date requests.
Spend seven delightful days soaking up the good energy of Mexico and its culture of hospitality, a place that extends a true sense of welcome to all who visit. Join us on an adventure that will open your heart and fill your senses.
You’ll relax into a daily flow of nurturing and inspiring yoga and meditation, delicious home-made meals and a chance to explore San Miguel’s world-famous foodie scene and gorgeous rooftop restaurants, guided excursions to our favorite local hot springs and local nature reserve, and a local’s highlight tour of this vibrant town.
You’ll receive experiential teachings guiding you to FIND YOUR TRUE NORTH–your own heart’s deep well of wisdom within, and the Seven Directions of your internal compass and your soul’s connection to the cosmos. Learn how to activate and follow your Heart, Body, and Soul’s INNER GPS–available anytime, anywhere, in any situation. Contemplate the question, “What does it mean to follow your heart?” And vision for yourself a life in alignment with your deepest heart’s desires.
WHY SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE?
Mexico is widely known for its warm, heart-centered culture, and warm friendly climate. For several years now San Miguel de Allende has been identified as the “World’s Best City” by Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes, and Travel & Leisure Magazine. Enicia has made San Miguel de Allende her home since 2018 and delights in sharing its “magic” and high-vibe, heart-centered energies with others on retreat.
SMA welcomes people from all over the world and all walks of life with open arms. From your first welcome hug (and tasty refreshing agua fresca), your senses and soul will come alive as you immerse yourself in the culture, tastes, and positive vibrations of this vibrant, colorful city full of music, dance, art, and world-famous cuisine.
San Miguel has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage city, admired for its eye-pleasing architecture and expansive vistas, thriving arts scene and abundant cultural festivals. It seems every day is a celebration of life, with fireworks and parades, music and dance. Besides its geographic location in the center of Mexico and high elevation, its semi-desert climate bringing ideal weather all year long, San Miguel is known for its rich mineral hot springs and a geological foundation of quartz that is said to enhance its “good energy.” SMA attracts writers, artists and healers from all over the world, and promises an experience of the greatest art of all: the art of living a heart-centered life.
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You’ll have the opportunity to step out into town with the guidance of local residents in an exclusive retreat curated for you and a small group in an intimate private retreat. You’ll also have time to wander its charming cobblestone streets on your own, exploring its hidden treasures of artisan boutiques, gourmet craft cuisine, coffee shops, mercados and galleries galore.
We will cultivate connection with special Ceremony, a heart-opening Cacao Offering and Healing Sound Journey, family style meals, and new adventures. You’ll connect to your body, mind, spirit, heart and soul through daily yoga practice. Enicia will lead Heart Alignment Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga infused with wisdom poetry, and guide you through peaceful meditation practices. A Vision Walk will connect you to your heart’s guidance and to the sacred lands at El Charco del Ingenio.
Connect with your heart and discover what heart’s desires will lead you in your next stage of life, and learn to craft intentions and affirmations that will support you in living a life aligned with your heart and soul purpose.
“One does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.” — Elizabeth Lesser
You’ll feel and experience the “magic” of Mexico through a mystical Sound Journey incorporating the sounds of nature and indigenous instruments, given by Leon and Enicia.
Discover the power of new insights and fresh perspectives to shift your thoughts and emotions and to infuse your being with the potent energies of positivity grounded in deep spiritual truth of all of our connection to Source, Mother Earth, and to all of humanity. This journey of discovery will positively impact your home life, relationships, work, community, health, and abundance.
“Seeing well transforms mere existence into the art of living.”
— Alexandra Stoddard
SAVORING LIFE THROUGH THE SENSES
Your body comes alive as you take in the feel of cobblestones under your feet, earthy ochre and stonework facades of the Historical Centro buildings, textures of handcrafted textiles, expansive blue sky and stellar sunsets, and the sunshine and fresh breezes of San Miguel’s temperate climate. You’ll savor the delicious and fresh fruits and salsas, guacamole made from peak ripe avocados, rich sauces and tantalizing fragrant spices that make Mexican cuisine a favorite of people all over the world. In case you don’t know, Mexico also boasts a plethora of artisanal chocolates. And if you need a reason, this journey through the senses revitalizes your spirit and makes for a great mindfulness practice!
“I’ve learned that the key to mastering the ‘art of living’ is learning how to pay attention. When you are mindful, you are in the moment. When you are in the moment, you are mastering the ‘art of living.'” — Marissa Boisvert
LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH AN OPEN HEART
What would it feel like to live with an open heart filled to the brim with love, peace, and joy? To feel radiant inside and out? To experience harmony, joy and laughter in your closest relationships? To live every day as a precious gift? To feel deep gratitude for all that you have?
Now it’s time to align your body, mind and spirit with your HEART in order to live a life that brings your heart’s desires to the forefront and gives you the deep knowing that you are living your best life.
"There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.” — Eckhart Tolle
WITH SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE'S VIBRANT ENERGY AS OUR SETTING AND A LOVING, EXPERIENCED TEACHER AS YOUR GUIDE, YOU WILL:
Connect with your heart and soul as your lifelong inner GPS.
See and experience new perspectives, allowing you to return to daily life recharged and motivated, with a healthy mindset.
Gain practices from a variety of spiritual traditions that are tools for the art of living and blueprints for being our best selves.
Understand that what we practice, we become.
Distinguish between moving through the world mindlessly (and possibly destructively) or being a conscious, intentionally positive presence on the planet.
Know with all your heart and mind that the central virtues valued across time and cultures are needed in this world now, perhaps more than ever: love, compassion, friendship, balance, inner peace and harmony.
Connect deeply with your own inner being so that you can return to your life, work, and relationships as the best, fullest possible version of yourself.
¡ORALE! SAY YES
The world needs our healing energy and presence right now. It’s time to come together for positive shared experiences and actively raise the energetic vibration of the entire world. We believe San Miguel attracts so many positive people, like you, because of its role as a heart center of the world and its potential to share the transformative effect of heart-centered living.
If you’ve been craving time for nurturing connection to yourself and heart, but you find it hard to set aside this time for yourself … this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Clear your calendar for an entire week of heart-warming connection and joy-filled experiences. Step outside your ordinary routine and recharge yourself with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share and live from the heart.
Maybe you’ve always believed that spiritual growth and transformation comes through challenging experiences. We acknowledge that, and we want to share with you the magical, life-changing truth that you can also heal, learn and grow through JOYFUL experience!
Schedule a call with Enicia to ask any questions you may have and to reserve your space!
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS,
OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4, 2023
Embrace life’s transitions and the opportunity to connect to nature and the seasons along with the wisdom of your own heart. One of the most beautiful cultural traditions in México focuses on the heart-expanding and comforting celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a festive celebration of life honoring ancestors and loved ones who have passed on before us. San Miguel de Allende is famous for its parades and festivities during this holiday, and our retreat will include special highlights partaking in the colorful and joyful celebration. We’ll make our own Dia de los Muertos ofrenda, or altar to the ancestors, watch (and join in) the Catrina parade and see some of the community ofrendas in the central garden plaza, and visit the local cemetery where families decorate their loved ones’ colorful graves with flowers and foods and music.
These dates also incorporate the Gaelic traditional celebration of Samhain (pronounced “SAH-win”), the final harvest festival at the midpoint between the fall equinox and winter solstice. This tradition honors ancestors and incorporates the belief that the “veils between worlds” opens during this time. We’ll incorporate a special fire ceremony as an opportunity for you to release to the Universe your heartache as well as your deepest heart’s desires.
YOUR RETREAT EXPERIENCE
Check-in with welcome refreshments; Dinner at Sanadora Sanctuary; Opening Circle with Copal Blessing; Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Heart Alignment Yoga and Meditation; Guided Excursion of Centro Highlights; Lunch out on the town; Siesta with optional wellness spa services; Dinner at Sanadora Sanctuary; Cacao Offering with Ancestral Nature Sound Journey
Excursion to local Hot Springs, Yoga in the warm waters; Siesta/wellness time; Dinner at Sanadora Sanctuary; Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Heart Alignment Yoga and Meditation; Excursion to local Botanical Gardens and Nature Reserve-–Medicine Wheel, Nature Hike and Vision Walk; Siesta/wellness time; Dinner at Sanadora Sanctuary
Heart Alignment Yoga and Meditation; Excursion to Hot Springs with Floating Sound Bath; Sunset Dinner at a signature San Miguel rooftop restaurant; Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Heart Alignment Yoga and Meditation; Your Choice of Excursions: Centro boutiques, artisan's market and Fabrica Aurora art galleries, or optional add-ons: jewelry making workshop, Temazcal, additional hot springs; Lunch in town; Siesta/wellness time; Dinner at Sanadora Sanctuary
Heart Alignment Yoga and Meditation; Brunch; Gratitude Circle and Closing Ceremony
Itinerary subject to change as need or inspiration arises
EXTENDED STAY OPTION
You’re invited to extend your stay for additional time in San Miguel de Allende, and we will support you in arranging lodging and additional experiences such as:
Add-on visit to additional hot springs resorts
Jewelry making or sculpture workshops with local artisans
Private art studio tour
Guided tour of Cañada de la Virgen Archeological Site
More time to explore and discover all that San Miguel de Allende has to offer!
*Please inquire with Enicia about arranging an extended stay and additional experiences (at an additional cost).
Seven days / six nights accommodations at our beautiful, comfortable and spacious guest casita in our private “Sanadora Sanctuary” residence
Daily Heart Alignment Yoga and meditation led by highly-experienced yoga teacher, Enicia Fisher
Opening Ceremony, Cacao Offering and Sound Journey, Gratitude Mandala Closing Ceremony
Guided excursions through highlights of San Miguel, a Vision Walk and Nature Hike at our local botanical gardens, and two excursions to our favorite local hot springs
Experiences curated and guided by local resident and experienced retreat host Enicia Fisher with authentic community connections
Six healthy superfoods smoothie bowl breakfasts, and six fresh and delightful included meals (lunch OR dinner each day); one meal per day is left open for you to enjoy and experience the multitude of delicious restaurants (additional cost)
Transportation and entrance fees for guided group excursions
Airport transfer (shared van shuttle service) from Guanajuato (BJX) or Queretaro (QRO) airport
Treat yourself to a healing holistic massage, facial, clay body mask, flower and herb ritual bath, hot stones and herbs massage, or other earth-based healing treatment from the Sanadora Spa menu (additional cost). All spa offerings are given on-site.
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US?
Schedule your Connection Call with Enicia.
Make your nonrefundable $500 deposit or pay in full.
Let us know if you have a roommate preference or if you want a private room upgrade.
Travel insurance is not included in the retreat price but is strongly recommended. We recommend Allianz or World Nomads but you can purchase from your preferred provider. Please send Enicia a copy of your confirmation once purchased.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT AND CARBON OFFSET
We believe true wellness is inextricably connected to the wellness of others and the planet.
In our daily lives and for all aspects of the retreat, we commit to buy local, give fair wages, contribute to the local community in genuine ways, and live with ecological mindfulness.
As part of our commitment to minimize our contribution to climate change, we pledge to offset the carbon footprint of your flight by donating to a company that invests in an environmental project that has been verified to function as a carbon sink (ie., tree planting, forest conservation, soil restoration).
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
California native Enicia Fisher loves sharing inspiring and transformational experiences with people through yoga, meditation, sacred ceremony, and time in nature. A lifelong educator, Enicia has a Master’s in Education and is a highly experienced certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance). She has practiced yoga since the year 2000 and has taught yoga since 2006 and founded Sanadora Yoga International Teacher Training School in 2018.
Enicia began leading retreats in California in 2012 and expanded to international retreats in Mexico beginning in 2015. She began living part-time in Mexico in 2016 and has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2018, where she founded Sanadora Yoga International Teacher Training Program. Enicia leads Heart Alignment Yoga and "heartfulness" meditation with an emphasis on spiritual heart qualities and life-affirming yoga philosophy that inspires people to live with a deeper connection to their own heart and spirit. Enicia is a writer currently preparing her first book for publication.
LEON XOCHITL COATL
Ceremony Facilitator Leon Xochitl Coatl is from Chiapas, Mexico, and loves to share the culture and heritage of his Mayan homeland and Toltec Wisdom teachings. He has toured throughout Mexico and Guatemala sharing the region’s rich heritage of folk dance and music. An internationally certified Temazcalero in the Anahuaca traditions, Leon facilitates sacred ceremonies for our retreat, offers magical sound journeys with a variety of musical instruments, and shares his love of his homeland and culture.
Together, Enicia and Leon have hosted twelve retreats since 2015. Their vision is to establish an eco-village and wellness center in the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende.