Email:annemariewelsh@gmail.com

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A typical Indian rendering of Saraswati with all the symbols of her role as the goddess of secular and sacred wisdom, language and the arts.

Retreats

With gratitude and joy, I lead personalized, small-group Deep Yoga Retreats that offer authentic immersions in the social and cultural life of beautiful and inspiring places in the US, Mexico and abroad. During 2016, these adventures will include week-long stays in Provence, France, and Tuscany, Italy. I am also organizing a fifth return to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2017 and a Spiritual Pilgrimage to India culminating in the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh in early March, 2017.

 

The basics of these highly praised retreats are described below; email me for more information at annemariewelsh@gmail.com or by calling 858.401.3713. Scroll farther down for testimonials from participants in previous retreats in Tuscany, San Miguel, Questhaven Retreat Center, Stargazer Farm in Portland, Oregon—as well as in my home studio in La Jolla.

 

TUSCANY, ITALY, September 11-17, 2016

Join me and the villagers of Radicondoli, Italy for an intimate group adventure Yoga Cucina: A Dream Week in Tuscany, headquartered at an elegantly restored, 800-year old farmhouse, Locanda Cugnanello, where the chef owner and her staff offer unparalleled hospitality, local food and wines, and tastefully appointed rooms.

La Cugnanello, in the picturesque countryside near Radicondoli.
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During your Yoga Cucina Dream Week, you will taste the region’s fresh local food and wine, feel the rhythms of its days and the season, and meet dozens of its people, now my friends, thanks to author Marlane Agriesti who introduced me to them and the region she loves.

A medieval gateway leads from the village; braised artichoke hearts, a Tuscan treat.
gateway artichokes

I will offer gentle sun salutation Yoga to greet each morning and a restorative practice followed by the complete relaxation of Yoga Nidra each early evening. You will enjoy a tour of Count Andrea di Pannoschiecchi’s greenhouse, vineyards and solar fields, followed by a cooking class at his 13th century villa; a tour and lunch at a Duke’s gorgeously-appointed horse farm and a tasting of his cinta senese salumi made on site; a regional winetasting with expert Federico Giuliani; other cooking classes with a village treasure and a noted chef; guided excursions to the cities of Siena and San Gimignano, and walks around the enchanting village of Radicondoli.

Anne Marie

The six-night, seven-day retreat is limited to 14 people and is all-inclusive, except plane fare. Your fee includes pickup and drop off in Florence, all local ground transportation, deluxe lodging in Marion Riedmiller’s eco-sustainably refurbished Cugnanello, twice daily yoga sessions, the cooking lessons and meals afterward with engaging (and varied!) local chefs, the wine and salumi tastings, excursions to famous cities and private nearby sites, all meals including wine at “home” and out, as well as English-speaking drivers.

kitchen fun

All bedrooms at Cugnanello have flat-screen televisions, wi-fi and updated private baths with bidets. The entire facility is ours for the week, including the large yoga/meeting room, teaching kitchen, dining room with fireplace, saltwater pool, “beach” volleyball court, work-out rooms, and lovely terraces. Prices range from $2,995 per person double occupancy to $3,695 per person double occupancy for the Giacinta suite. Photo galleries and dimensions of these room choices are on the Cugnanello website. Single upgrades are $300 to $500, depending upon the room chosen. The attached brochure has more detailed information about activities, deposits, deadlines, and opportunities.

I am happy to answer any other questions about the retreat and my Yoga classes at 858-456-5205 or annemariewelsh@gmail.com . For more on my Deep Yoga classes in La Jolla, see Yoga. Here’s a Ranch & Coast story about Marlane’s Il Campo Cucina that mentions my earlier offerings in and around Radicondoli. And below are testimonials about my Italy retreats, as well as other destination retreats in France, Mexico and the U.S.

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PROVENCE, FRANCE, September 3-10, 2016

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Luc, a Belgium-born, French-speaking logistics expert and inveterate traveller, is your knowledgeable guide to the region he now calls home.

 

Join me and Luc Declerck for a blissful, bountiful week of Deep Yoga, vineyard touring, wine tasting, a spa day, olive oil tasting and daily excursions to area markets, beautiful villages, towns and natural sights of the Upper Vaucluse area of Provence.

From your home base at the luxurious Villa Théophile, set amidst the vineyards and stunning Les Dentelles de Montmirail, you will enjoy twice daily Yoga and, when not out touring, you may relax by the villa's pool or its terraces and gardens, with gorgeous views of the surrounding vineyards.

I will be leading you in gentle sun salutation Yoga to greet each morning poolside or in the chateau’s magnificent ballroom, and we will gather again after the day’s adventures for restorative Yoga and the complete relaxation of Yoga Nidra before dinner.

During the day, Luc will take you to the best local markets and on adventures to discover the area's rich geographical, natural, oenological, and cultural sites.

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Your Retreat package includes a fresh, local, organic breakfast every morning; an authentic Provençal welcome dinner prepared by local chefs; a wine tasting (including supper) hosted by certified wine expert Wendy Gedney; and a next-day Wendy-led tour and tasting of the most famous vineyards and vintages of the region; and a day of pampering at a thermal spa. Luc will guide these daily excursions, first to Dentelles de Montmirail, with stops to explore the most beautiful nearby villages—Seguret, Sablet, Crestet, and Gidondas— all of which are within a 15 km radius of Villa Théophile. This excursion will give you a good feel for the area and help you decide which villages you would like to visit again, perhaps for lunch or dinner.

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We will also visit Vaison-la-Romaine’s vast Provençal market, followed by lunch in one of the town’s many bistros and an afternoon touring  the Vaison’s Gallo-Roman archaeological sites and the old town.

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Rates for the week include ground transfers from Avignon, all first-class accommodations, all excursions, breakfasts, the welcome dinner, wine-tasting and Yoga classes. Costs for the Saturday through Saturday retreat range from $2400 per person for the largest King Size Master to $1850 per person for a sweet single. A complete 7-page brochure with photos of the villa, its beautifully kept grounds, the rooms and a full list of excursions is here. I will also be updating my The Inward Eye blog from time to time with news of room availability and itineraries.

If you have questions, call 858.401.3713 or write annemariewelsh@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer them.

annemarie

 

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO: 2017 Dates to Be Decided

During our next eight-day Deep Yoga Retreat in historic San Miguel, our group of six to nine will again be staying at Kate Joyce’s fanciful Casa de las Ventanas with its romantic rooftop patio and panoramic views of this gorgeous colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains of central Mexico.

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The iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

You’ll experience the bold colors and soft golden light that have drawn painters and photographers for decades as we greet the sun each morning with gentle Deep Yoga Flow. After a day of guided sightseeing, shopping, painting, snapping photos or writing, you’ll move at sunset into Deep Healing Yoga, a restorative practice that closes with the complete relaxation of Yoga Nidra.

Kate Joyce’s Casa de las Ventanas, our headquarters.
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Kate’s warm and welcoming casa, in the Mexiquito neighborhood, is a 15-minute walk to La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the city’s iconic neo-Gothic church, and El Jardin, where townsfolk, ex-pats and tourists merrily mingle. It’s a five minute walk to the delights Aurora Fabrica, a converted textile mill with 66 art galleries and studios, three excellent cafes, and irresistible design shops. 

Restorative Yoga on the rooftop patio
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The fee for eight days and seven nights includes: 14 Deep Yoga classes; a full breakfast each morning; a welcoming fiesta featuring chef-cooked regional food and wine for us, neighbors and local Yogis; guided tours of the city, one for its architecture, one to explore its most creative sites and hangouts.  Mid-week maid service is part of the package. Also available as an optional (and inexpensive) add-on is a day in nearby Atotonilco where story-telling folk murals cover the walls and ceilings of the village church (the Sistine Chapel of Mexico), where ceramicist Mayer Shacter’s gallery of Mexican folk art amazes, La Gruta thermal spa relaxes and the upscale restaurant of Nirvana makes for a day of rich contrasts. I will make these arrangements for all who are interested.

Happy Yogis on Day One — I’ve led four more retreats in San Miguel since!
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Single rooms with bath and verandah are $900 for the week’s accommodations and activities; double rooms, also with private baths and a verandah, are $750 per person.  Two “single” rooms have double beds and are appropriate for a couple at a rate of $1250 per couple.

(Not included are land transfers, which I will arrange, most dinners, and plane fare to Leon in the state of Guanajuato. The sooner flights are booked on Volaris, the less expensive they are, as low as $229 from Tijuana, round trip. I can provide details.)

I am happy to answer any other questions about the San Miguel adventure and my Deep Yoga classes at annemariewelsh@gmail.com or 858.401.3713.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO SPIRITUAL INDIA, PONDICHERRY, NEW DELHI RISHIKESH, Spring, 2017

The Ganges River, also known as Ma Ganga,
flows past Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the motherland of Yoga.
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A new group is also forming for a 2017 three-week pilgrimage to Spiritual India, including a 10-day stay at Parmarth Niketan Ashram where we will attend the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh. The trip will include stops in Delhi, Chennai (formerly Madras), excursions to the intact temple sites of southern India on the way to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the former French-colony, Pondicherry. This once-in-a-lifetime journey will conclude in Rishikesh by the Ganges, the spiritual home of Yoga. From there, we will visit Himalayan mountains and caves made sacred by saints and sages and will attend your choice of the morning-to-night offerings (including lectures and performances as well as Yoga classes) at the annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth. I will post more information on my Inward Eye Blog and Facebook pages as it becomes available, or call me at 858.401.3713.

 

WEEKEND RETREATS IN CALIFORNIA

I also offer weekend Yoga retreats and Yoga for Writers Retreats on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. Call 858.401.3713 or write annemariewelsh@gmail.com for specifics.

TESTIMONIALS:

San Miguel de Allende

Thanks to the detailed planning and expert guidance of Anne Marie Welsh, my recent Deep Yoga Retreat in San Miguel de Allende proved an amazing experience. Five friends and I began every day with Anne Marie’s invigorating yet relaxing Yoga class on the rooftop patio of Kate Joyce’s wonderful Casa de las Ventanas where we all stayed. After a plentiful breakfast, we explored the beautiful and historic colonial city. With Anne Marie as our guide, we shopped, ate excellent Mexican food, visited parks and art galleries, met many friendly neighbors, took an architectural tour and spent a fascinating day visiting the nearby village of Atotonilco. She took great care to offer an array of interesting opportunities all geared toward our personal interests.

Anne Marie is a lovely person and a delight to spend time with. She has a warm and open heart, and a vibrant spirit that shines through in everything she does. She and Kate together were wonderful hosts. With an informal, yet generous touch, they attended to all our needs, giving us a truly immersive and festive experience of San Miguel and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Meridith Lafrenz,
La Jolla, CA


 

If there's such a thing as a sublime contradiction, a week spent cocooned with Anne Marie Welsh and Kate Joyce in San Miguel de Allende is it. Relaxing and energizing. Serene and spirited. Soulful and whimsical. Grounding and liberating. Brimming with opportunities for daydreaming (napping?) and conscious creativity. Truly, this weeklong Deep Yoga idyll in that magical place, with its rich contemporary and historical dimensions—and with that nonpareil pair as gentle, inspiring guides and caretakers—may be as close to heaven on Earth as many of us will ever get. Truly, this accessible, vibrant getaway provides nourishment for body, mind, and soul.

Robin Cruise,
Writer and Editor
Seattle, WA


 

Like the proverbial horse and carriage, San Miguel de Allende and Deep Yoga are the perfect combination. This colonial town of sloping cobbled streets, lush tropical flora and lively Native culture provided the backdrop for Sunrise and Sunset yoga; our daily practice took place on the sun kissed rooftop of Kate Joyce’s Casa de Las Ventanas, a lovely traditional home located just a 15-minute walk from the main plaza downtown. As the peaceful yet energizing yoga soothed and filled our spirit, it prepared us for a day filled with beautiful art, wonderful food, world class shopping, music and culture. The sunlit streets lined with colorful houses took us past cloistered patios filled with galleries, restaurants, shops and historical museums.

Whether we chose to sit quietly and reflect amid the books of a centuries old library or witness the cacophony of color in a Fiesta at El Jardin, San Miguel was a like a gift to be opened and savored. The beauty of the location and the clarity of the sunlight created an inspirational setting in which to experience exceptional Yoga and extraordinary Mexico. I will treat myself to this retreat again and again.

Jeri Philbin,
Yoga Practitioner and Writer
San Diego, CA


 

This was an epic trip with you…strong minded and talented women. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to return. All of my purchases fit well in my house, so I even had success in the shopping area, too! I love, love, love my painting by Susan Santiago as it lets me re-live San Miguel and the beautiful shadows, buildings, light and color! Thank you again, Kate and Anne Marie, for going out of your way for us.

Karen Jacquet,
Cardiff by the Sea, CA

 

Tuscany

A million thanks to Anne Marie for informing me about the "Yoga Cucina Dream Week in Tuscany with the fabulous Yoga and cooking classes. Another million thanks to Marlane for creating Il Campo Cucina (yum-yum) and the entire Radicondoli experience with all the very special people connected with it.

Yes, it was an extraordinary week under the Tuscan sun. I loved every minute of it!!!

Eileen P. Beuhler,
Dancer
La Jolla, California


 

I had a fabulous time in Italy on a yoga and cooking retreat in Tuscany (Yoga Cucina Dream Week) with Anne Marie Welsh and other guests. It was First Class from Day One. Wonderful country, food, wine, Deep Yoga classes, and travel companions. I can't think of a vacation I have ever enjoyed as much as this one. I'm already planning on next year. Marlane Miriello’s hospitality and the Il Bel Canto venue were incomparable. I love, love, loved it all!

Diane Rooney,
Medical Professional
Sebastapol, California


 

I had such a wonderful time with you, Anne Marie, with Marlane, our group and the villagers in Radicondoli. Tell me when you are doing another Yoga Cucina. I will come again, for certain, and round up a friend or two to bring with me. Love from. . .

Maryanne Koussas,
Couples Counselor
Sydney, Australia


 

My best memories of our time in Tuscany are Anne Marie’s sunset yoga classes by the pool and the red fox who watched us from a cautious distance.

Terry Karras,
In Ranch&Coast,
Solana Beach, California


 

I enjoyed my Transformational Yoga for Writers Retreat in Radicondoli tremendously. It was a superb week, during which the beautiful landscape and the unique workshops inspired me to write prolifically. Anne Marie created a sense of safety for the participants to explore their deeper voices, and the Yogic tools she shared—meditation, mantra and the physical practice—made me feel centered, peaceful, and energized. Comfortable accommodations and delicious, local Tuscan food were other highlights of a retreat I highly recommend.

Oliva Espin, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, San Diego State University
Author, My Native Land is Memory: Stories of My Cuban Childhood;
Latina Realities: Essays on Healing, Migration, and Sexuality; many other works.


 

This was a very nice, if surprising, combination for me. I found the Yoga a great way to get myself in a good physical and mental state to open up for writing. Anne Marie has a warm calming ability to make you feel completely comfortable. I enjoyed the experience very much and for my writing, it was very productive.
Thanks, Anne Marie!

Peter Woerner, Architect
Guilford, Connecticut
Author, Peter Kurt Woerner: Architect & Builder; Buildings & Projects

 

Provence

My husband and I spent the most glorious week with Anne Marie Welsh and Luc Declerck in September, 2015 on a Deep Yoga retreat in Provence! This week was as much about the food & wine of this particular Vaucluse region in Provence, as it was about the yoga. We could not have had better hosts as everything was done for us and we had the benefit of Luc's knowledge of the region, and Anne Marie's wonderful yoga teachings! My husband & I are real foodies and we were so impressed by the quality of the food and restaurants that were chosen for us, as well as all the sights, tours, and the beautiful Villa Theophile where we stayed! Luc took us to villages, wineries, abbeys and sights we would not have found on our own. We had traveled to Provence twice in the past, but never had such an in depth and wonderful experience in a congenial atmosphere in such beautiful surroundings. It was hard to say au revoir at the end of the week.

Ardy Homa and Irwin Kwatek,
La Jolla, California


 

When a friend approached me with the brochure on the “Deep Yoga Retreat: An Enchanting Week in Provence" I was reluctant to get involved. After all, as an international flight attendant, I had traveled the world and was convinced nothing could top the trips I had taken for the last 40 years. In spite of my reservations, I decided to take the trip. As it turned out, this trip was by far the most interesting and fun I had ever taken! The chateau was more magnificent that I could ever imagine!! Every morning we were greeted with fresh coffee, fruit and croissants brought that morning from the local bakery. Luc Declerck was our guide, chauffeur, translator, and friend! Apparently he had spent several months researching the restaurants and towns we would visit on our trip and did an extraordinary job. Anne Marie Welsh offered us yoga every morning and evening in an elegant ball room. She worked behind the scenes to make sure we were all well and enjoying the trip. She is a remarkable yoga instructor and a wonderful person. Our small group was flexible, as were Luc and Anne Marie, which made the trip perfect!

Nancy Hood Nolan,
La Jolla, California


 

Our experience and stay at Villa Theophile in Gigondas for a Deep Yoga retreat was amazing. Luc, Lucia and Anne Marie meticulously attended to all the details for the week. They were very well organized and sensitive to individual needs. The invigorating yoga class in the morning led by Anne Marie set the tone for the day. We felt energized and excited to explore historical sites, enjoy regional food in superb restaurants, and sample wines of the region with Luc, Lucia and the others in our group. The week was filled with magical moments thanks to our expert tour guides and Deep Yoga teacher.

Dan and Sandie Linn,
La Jolla, California


 

Provence . . . Villa Theophile . . . yoga . . . vineyards . . . local cuisine . . . wineries . . . Roman ruins . . . museums . . . opera . . . Spa Ventoux…market day…wine tasting…perched cities…it doesn’t get any better than this!

Cindy Trowbridge,
La Jolla, California

 

Workshops

After working with Anne Marie as an editor and coach as I wrote six books, I decided to join her ongoing Writers Workshop. Over 16 weeks, I bonded with the other students and learned so much about the techniques and tools of personal narrative that my memoir is at last becoming a reality. I cannot recommend this skilled and caring teacher highly enough.

Antoinette Spurrier, Counselor and Author
The Deliberate Happiness series
La Jolla, California


 

Anne Marie brings a supportive, positive energy to her workshops. Her knowledge of Yoga, her understanding of writers and the writing process, and her love of sharing her skills are all evident. Attendees report being enriched by her writing exercises. And for me, it's been a joy to hear what they've written after a short time with this fine instructor.

Jessica Padilla Bowen,
Community Relations Manager
Carlsbad City Library, sponsor of two Yoga for Writers Workshops


 

What a wonderful, and auspicious workshop! I loved it all. The physical postures were truly heart-opening. And Anne Marie orchestrated the day so well, a perfect combination of words, the actual Yoga, and then the writing with prompts. Loved the handouts connecting Yogic tools to the writing process. Even the music was so well-chosen.

The members of my writing group, and the male friend I invited all loved the workshop too. I hope Anne Marie will be doing this many places.

Karen Kenyon, poet and writing teacher
UC-San Diego and MiraCosta College
Author of Sunshower, a memoir


 

I was so happy to get a chance to take Anne Marie's workshop. She is a really great teacher, who knows so much about Yoga, has a soothing voice, and is so supportive of everyone's efforts. The Yoga practice opened me up for the writing exercises that allowed me to do some hard thinking and journaling. Amazing!!!

Pam Kragen, Journalist and Theater Critic
Vista, California
Arts and Features Editor, North County Times