Self-Awakening Yoga Retreat

Deepen Your Personal Yoga Practice

Health and Wellness - Yoga

Amba Stapleton, Don Stapleton

August 13-18, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$595 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Master yoga instructors Amba Stapleton and Don Stapleton, PhD, are internationally recognized for their ability to approach yogic inquiry as a way to facilitate depth contact with your own source of internal guidance—which is where your yoga practice emerges.

In this retreat immersion, you are invited to come home to yourself and experience a level of personal ownership of your yoga practice that frees you from the illusion that truth exists outside of you.

Self-Awakening Yoga practices consist of easy-to-follow movements that engage you in an exquisite combination of introspection with celebration, strength with compassion, and tradition with evolution.

This retreat is crafted to provide you with a carefully balanced schedule that will nourish and inspire you as you learn and experience:

  • The rejuvenating effects of Self-Awakening Yoga
  • The roots of yoga practice as a creative learning process and an expansion of consciousness
  • Movements based on the neuro-muscular developmental stages encoded within the body’s memory from birth
  • Entering any form of yoga practice without abandoning contact with your inner guidance.

The sequences of movement inquiries in this retreat reveal fundamental insights into developmental patterns, structural alignment, and mobility, as well as how to balance flexibility with strength, differentiate functional movements, and energize core strength.

This Self-Awakening Yoga retreat helps you gain a foundation for your personal yoga practice that taps into the wisdom always naturally flowing from your being.

Faculty Bio

Amba Stapleton

Amba Stapleton has been a yoga practitioner and yoga educator for more than 30 years. Passionate about finding the links between science and mysticism, she is an avid researcher of the latest studies in neuroscience, neurobiology, neurochemistry, and exercise physiology.

With her extensive knowledge of physical alignment, and her connection to the unseen forces at play in her own life, Amba guides her students and teachers-in-training toward a grounded connection with the body as the foundation for engaging all of the dimensions of the Self‰’s multidimensional experience.

Amba is the cofounder and codirector, with her husband Don Stapleton, of the Nosara Yoga Institute, where they lead 200-, 500-, and 1,000-hour teacher-training programs. She is the creator of the DVD Where Rhythm and Gravity Meet.

Don Stapleton

Don Stapleton has been designing and leading professional yoga trainings for more than 40 years. As a teacher and director at Kripalu Center for almost two decades, Don shaped Kripalu Yoga and the renowned Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program, teaching and inspiring thousands of practitioners and teachers.

Trained in several styles of yoga‰, including Kripalu, Iyengar, and Ashtanga‰, Don is the director of 200-, 500-, and 1,000-hour yoga teacher trainings, and cofounder and codirector of the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with his wife, Amba Stapleton.

His book Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body‰’s Own Wisdom, synthesizes Don‰’s extensive experience learning about the body from the inside out, while embracing the practice of yoga as a creative, conscious-expanding process.

Why Attend

  • Gain the confidence to start a home yoga practice—or deepen an existing one—based on your personal body inquiries and curiosity.

  • Experience yoga as an empowering practice of creative exploration that facilitates a deep connection to the wisdom of your body.

  • Develop trust in yourself and your ability to make wise decisions based on what feels right in the quiet depth of body instinct and intuition.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body’s Own Wisdom, Don Stapleton


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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