Meet Your Three Wise and Wonderful Hosts for The Art & Science in Wellness Retreat

VUYL7855What a special opportunity to travel, learn and play with these two talented and diverse yogi, holistic healers.  Holistic Journeys is thrilled to team up with Lura Shopteau and Valerie Dearing for our Feb. 4-11, 2017  Eco-wellness Adventure; The Art and Science in Wellness, Costa Rican style!   Oh Yeah…

Well you all know (me) Rebecca and please keep reviewing the web, facebook and Instagram for fun updates about wanders and happenings with Hopewood Holistic Health, but now, allow me to introduce you to two other wise women who you’ll share this special week with as we wander through wellness, art and Costa Rica!

Lura Shopteau M.A., LPC, E-RYT-500, IAYT is the director of  Bienestar Yoga Shala  in Uvita Costa Rica.  Some of you may not know, but E-RYT-500 is one of the the highest designations for a certified yogIMG_0495a teacher. Lura is certified to train other teachers at all levels and as a trained professional counselor (LPC), yoga therapist (IAYT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, she is especially trained to bring her unique and deep skills to her clients and workshops in psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation.   Lura brings her compassion and knowledge as an integrative medical professional to help clients with an array of medical problems. She has taught in a medical school, hospitals, yoga centers, and trained other yoga teachers while maintaining a private practice in holistic counseling.  Another wonderful skill Lura brings to the table is her knowledge in herbs, herbal products and natural cosmetics and skin care.  She will be a perfect complement to our exploration of tropical hydosols and flower essences.

Lura’s goal is to assist others in finding a way to live their lives with peace, courage and grace. She is happy to call Uvita home, being in tune with the natural world, surrounded by it’s beauty and the ever changing dynamic of nature.  Get to know Lura at…
Lura Shopteau    lurashopteau@gmail.com    Bienestar Yoga Shala www.bienestarlife.com

Valerie Dearing was born into a family of artists, including her grandmother and mother, both painters. Svaleriedearingnastehe studied art at The Rochester Institute of Technology School of Crafts, The Cranbrook Academy of Art, and The University of Michigan. Valerie has taught at several university art departments as well as public and private elementary and middle schools in Maryland. She has also taught art to children in Mexico and India. Currently she is teaching spiritual art classes at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York during the summer of 2016 such as “Painting the Chakras”,”Making Mandalas”, “Sumi Ink Painting” and “Nature as Art.”

Valerie is an ERYT-200 hr yogi and has valeringmandala trained in therapeutic Qi Gong and Tai Chi for healing post traumatic stress, cancer, depression, knee and back pain, heart problems, arthritis, and MS. She is certified in the Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga styles. Her classes nourish physical, mental, and spiritual wellness using gentle stretches, twists, core strengthening, and balance practices. These simple movements and meditations can help enhance the immune system and restore and renew your energy.  Along with yoga sharing yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Val is going to lead us in amazing Creative Art Explorations of Charaka understanding, Sumi Ink drawing, Mandalas, Solarized Botanical Prints and who knows what else she has up her sleeve… or should I say in her paint box…..For more info on Val contact her by phone or email   Telephone 330.397.1250  email  at valeriedearing@gmail.com  

There is always more, but for now I will leave you wondering about how to sign up!  Rest assured we are looking forward to spending the week with you.  

Early Bird Price of   $1,475.00-1,575.00   based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save $100!  $100.00 sir charge applies after Nov. 1st Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included. We encourage you to have you own international travel & health coverage. 

For more Info or to Register Contact  Rebecca Wood, Hopewood Holistic Health

www.hopewoodholistichealth.org  740-590-3954

Lura Shopteau, Bienstar Yoga Shala

www.bienestarlife.com    506-8505-1369

Valerie Dearing, Yoga & Art

www.valeriedearingart.com    330-397-1250

                                                                         

Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood
Yoga classes in Belize by Rebecca Wood and Valerie Dearing 2016

 What are you waiting for,   It’s Time to Take Time

New International Eco-Journeys for 2017, It’s Time to Take Time

Rebecca teaching yoga at Cotton Tree Lodge in Belize
Rebecca teaching yoga at Cotton Tree Lodge in Belize

Eco-wellness wanders with Rebecca!  Wow it’s time to start planning for two amazing Holistic Journeys  this upcoming winter.  Hopewood Holistic Health is teaming up with two Wise  and Wild Women this winter to offer, The Art and Science in Wellness Feb. 4-11, 2017.  Join me, Lura Shopteau, Yogi and Integrative Medicine Practitioner and director of Bienstar Yoga Shala in Uvita Costa Rica along with Valerie Dearing, Yogi and Omega Inst. Artist in Resident, founder of Valerie Dearing Yoga, for a truly special 8 day/7 night  eco-wellness adventure.  The tropical paradise of Costa Rica will set the stage for this exploration of wellness, nature and art , all designed to nurture your heart, your mind your soul.  

Your trip begins with transportation from the San Jose International Airport to the sustainable bio-dynamic eco-lodge, Finca Luna Nueva near Volcano Arenal.  We will spend 6 nights here, exploring the grounds through Farm, Sacred Seed, Waterfall tours and night hikes.  While at Finca Luna, we will explore tropical plants and food as medicine through healthful, ‘localvore’ meals, workshops on Tropical Medicine, Flower Essences and Hydrosols!   You are guaranteed to have fun and deepen your understanding of Pan American and Tropical herbs, their healing possibility, scared foods (chocolate) and the history of Sacred Seeds.BodyMindSpirit.jpg

Every morning, Lura, Val or I will offer an opportunity to explore various Yoga and Qi Gong techniques. This is a chance to test the waters with something new or delve deeper into your existing practice.  We will offer Yin, Kundalini, Hatha Flow, Iyengar, Partner and MRF (Myofascial Release) selfcare classes integrated with Qi Gong breath and flow.  You can schedule  privates in yoga, Qi gong or MFR if you wish to deepen  your skill or forestmed11have personal needs and questions.   Lura, Val and I will also be sharing  afternoon or evening sessions in meditation, art exploration and Chakra  Awareness & Balancing.  All workshops and classes are open to participants and scheduled around various eco-tours to ensure you experience as much as there is to offer, but know, you can join in or just take time for yourself  as this is your chance to let go, relax and be present in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

We will transfer on the morning of our seventh day to the boutique accommodations of Hotel Bougainvillea.   This will give us a chance to reflect, rest, relax and enjoy the shear beauty of Bougainvillea’s grounds, gardens and pool.  The hotel is situated a convenient 20 minutes from the International airport so your last day shuttle will be worry free.  We will enjoy one last eco-adventure along our three hour journey to Hotel Bougainvillea so you can experience one more tropical delight that the tiny county called the Cost of Riches has to offer, but your have to be there to know what it is.   This experience is all inclusive once you IMG_1361arrive in county at the San Jose International Airport, all for the Amazing Price of   $1,475.00-1,575.00   based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save $100!, you can’t beat that.  A sir charge of $100.00 applies after Nov. 1st . Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included and we request you have your own international travel & health coverage. 

For Information or to register Contact  Rebecca Wood  at 740-590-3954 or becaherbtravel@gmail.com or www.hopewoodholistichealth.org and on facebook/hopewoodhealth!

For more specific information on teachers and programs contact Lura Shopteau at  506-8505-1369 or www.lurashopteau@gmail.com and Valerie Dearing at 330-397-1250 or www.valeriedearingyoga.com   Find and follow us on facebook and instagram for updates, pictures and specials!  Once you register a full daily itinerary will be sent to you.

Belize

For our second Central American Adventure of 2017 Rebecca and Hopewood Holistic Health is thrilled to join the incredible offerings of Arts and Cultural Travel for an UnBelizable experience Belize; Through the Lens and Beyond!  Join  me and Botanist, Herbalist, Author, Photographer Steven Foster and special guest Herbalist, Author Dr. Rostia Arvigo Feb 12-19  2017 (yes, I am a busy gal this winter, but how lucky am I.  As Rumi said “Travel brings power back into your life” ).  Steven and I will share our love of tropical plants, nature, birds, Mayan history & culture from the Rain-forests of the Cayo District to the Reefs of Southwater Caye.

The backdrop for the first five days of this Eco-Botanical & Photography Adventure  extraordinaire is the lovely DuPlooy’s Rain-forest Lodge.   Explore the surrounding grounds of The Belize Botanical gardens and hikes and tours of neighboring Eco-Resort, Chaa Creek.   Daily field sessions and adventures with Steven will sharpen your photographic skills, be it with camera or I-phone, helping you to capture the beauty of plants, nature or landscapes.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned photographer…in Steven’s words “You do not need sophisticated, expensive equipment to take great photographs. It’s more about understanding simple concepts – lighting, being in the right place at the right time, and patience. I will show you have to get great photographs with whatever camera you own.”  Steven is an old, dear friend and herbal mentor, I know your will love spending time with him as much as I do.  All workshops and  adventure outings are designed to capture the culture, botany and exquisite natural beauty of Belize and a glimpse of neighboring Guatemala.  Tours include; Barton Creek Cave canoe tour, Mayan archaeological sites in Belize and Guatemala and the inland Blue Hole.

Sunset SW Caye
Sunset SW Caye

Ahh, but, we aren’t done yet.  You will spend your last two nights on Southwater Caye, one of the most pristine cayes on Belize’s Barrier Reef.  Listen to the waves lap the shore under you cabana, tour the surrounding cayes and reefs by boat and kayak and for be sure  to just take time to sit, ponder, wonder and wander…..

Pricing for this trip is just about done, it is all dependent upon the numbers of participants minimum 6 max 15  but we are looking at $2,700-3,200. So, if Photography, Herbs, Wellness, History and or Culture are your interest, grab a friend and sigh up now!    It’s an amazing opportunity to travel, explore and learn form the talented, skilled  and fun hosts.  Let us and our local expert guides will share our love of Belize’s Botanical, Natural and Cultural secrets.  This is all inclusive adventure once you are picked up at the Belize International Airport and you’ll love the flight back from Dangriga  to the airport mid morning of your last day, making for a spectacular and EZ transition  from Belize to home.

To register or get more information  on pricing and workshops or tours please contact  http://artsandculturaltravel.com/portfolio/photography-workshopbelizefebruary-12-19-2017/  For more general questions or to get to know your hosts check out www.stevenfoster.com or hey, me Rebecca at www.hopewoodholistichealth.org.

Stay tuned for more information on any of these tours and follow us on facebook, instagram and our individual web sites. 

 

Bound For Belize

From Hollyhocks to Hibiscus; Belize Bound-Join in the Adventure!

You Betta Belize it! Holistic Journeys is offering two amazing Eco-Cultural experiences for those with a sense of adventure, love of plants, ethnic food, art, music, history and of course the beauty of tropical nature. Pick the time that’s best for you and your family, but pick the time, these 10 day inclusive adventures are filling fast. Either adventure (Dec. 10-20 The Flavors of Belize and Feb. 18-28, A Plant Lovers Journey through Time and Tradition) will immerse you in the diverse culture of Belize; the Maya, the Creole, the Garifuna and more. Prepare yourself for taste sensations, hearth fire aromas, jungle sights and sounds and healing sun, sand and time, yes time, when was the last time you took some time just for yourself and your family. You can choose to participate in the many activities Holistic Journeys has in store for you or just relax in a hammock, with palm fronds dancing in the breeze and toucans flying in the trees.

Rebecca Wood and guest hosts will ensure your expectations will be met with comfortable, culturally unique accommodations and a choice of diverse experiences to meet your level of interest. Tour healing gardens and art parks, walk with Rosita Arvigo along the Panti Jungle trail, enjoy open air family style meals of tropical fruits, coffee, curry, fresh caught sea food, hand-made tortillas and rice & beans served Belizean style. Picture yourself cave tubing, snorkeling, kayaking a jungle river, enjoying the view a top a Mayan Ruin or walking through coffee and chocolate farms while you nibble locally harvested and prepared chocolate (food of the Gods). One thing is for certain, you will see Belize from all angles, cultures, land and air and you will return with a new perspective on people, places and yourself.

As an Herbalist, Ethnobotanist and Natural Health Care Professional, Rebecca will share her joy and knowledge of pan-American and unique plants, how they are used traditionally and how you can use them in your everyday life. So find out how hollyhocks and hibiscus can be made into a tasty healing tea or how the magic of marigold or man vine might just be for you. You’ll be busy, but every Holistic Journeys trip includes daily wellness options of yoga, qi gong, nature meditation and reflection time, join in or sleep in but don’t miss this exploration of one of the natures best kept secrets; Belize! It’s time to take time, for more information contact Rebecca at becaherbtravel@gmail.org.