“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin
Come on an adventure with Felicity, Daria and Sommer at Present Moment in Troncones, Mexico. This dynamic trio of beautiful, passionate yoga teachers, each with different backgrounds, experiences and energy. They will take you on a yoga journey of spiritual connection, physical expression and body movement. Their collective energy is complementary but connected around a shared passion and gratitude for a practice that unites them all: yoga.
Recharge, reenergize and find joy on this seven-day journey. Take this time to reconnect with yourself and others in beautiful beachfront surroundings. Wake up and begin each day with meditation and yoga on a beautiful open air platform just steps away from the blue, warm waters of the Mexican Riviera.
Nourish your body with amazing locally sourced meals, play and move freely, and soak up the magic of this little surf community and its surroundings. Troncones is a hidden gem that inspires and brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life. It’s a place to tap into your inner joy and magic while sharing the experience with others and having fun the entire time. This experience is for everyone no matter where you are on your yoga journey, even if it’s just beginning. Let’s go!
Your Adventure Includes
- Round trip airport transfer to and from the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport. (ZIH)
- Seven nights lodging in tropical luxury — private or shared beach bungalow with private bathrooms
- Seven locally sourced gourmet breakfasts
- Seven gourmet dinners (food allergy substitutes available)
- Seven days of Yoga
- Vinyasa led classes by Felicity & Sommer
- Yoga Grooves led by Daria
- Additional Present Moment yoga classes led by local instructors
- 1-2 workshops
- Candlelight yoga
- 1 Bodywork/Massage treatment – 60 minutes
- Sound bath
- Sacred Cacao ceremony
- Round trip airfare to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport (ZIH). Direct flights available from certain cities and connecting flights from others.
- Trip insurance (recommended especially when traveling internationally).
- Lunch & Drinks – The restaurant at Present Moment Retreat offers great lunch options, snacks, juices, smoothies, and a full bar.
- Additional excursions if interested such as an ATV adventure, surfing, hiking to a magnificent cave with crystal formations, horseback riding, kayaking and more can be arranged.
- Single bungalow $2,995
- Double $1,934 per person
- Triple $1800 per person
Present Moment retreats are very popular. Please lock in your spot today with a $500 deposit.
* The $500 deposit will only be refundable if there are government issued travel restrictions preventing travel to Mexico related to Covid.
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Felicity Odell, Daria Gershman & Sommer Leitz
We’re all in different stages of our lives and focus on different areas. But as a trio we’re a blend of human connection, spiritual progress and genuine joy and gratitude for yoga.
Felicity Odell is a yoga teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area.
I’m just a woman on a life-long journey to find purpose & joy. I’ve lived a life. I’m a wife, mother of three and consummate seeker. I’m drawn to new experiences, places and people. My life is filled with friends I’ve known for 40 years and 4 days. I’m driven by curiosity: What makes a person tick? Why does Troncones feel like home to me? Why can’t I find the energy to get out of bed today?
My journey with Yoga began in my twenties but was activated deeply in my 40s. I was called to teach and, in my exploration, found an endless pool of discovery bound by a practice called yoga. I’m naturally a physical person. From my childhood as a swimmer and ice skater to later in life as a marathon runner and yoga nut. Physical activity isn’t a choice for me. It’s a must.
I love the ocean. I need to be near water, which is what drew me to Kauai for 6 years and initially drew me to Troncones. In Troncones I found another home, a place with people, music, food and energy that can’t be captured in words. This is my first yoga retreat and I’m doing it with two other women who share my passion for life and love for yoga.
Depression and anxiety have plagued me for many years and I’ve learned to manage it through yoga and movement. When I discovered Vinyasa Yoga combined with a heated room I found something I couldn’t deny, like discovering water for the first time. Vinyasa gives me what I need physically but more importantly, quiets my mind, relieves my anxiety and connects me with a force and feeling outside of myself, but emanates from within.
I began my yoga teaching journey with a 200-hour training through Corepower yoga which focuses on Baron Baptiste’s method. I love to teach. I love the feeling in the room, the connectedness of the class, and the diversity of people, all sharing a common desire to learn and grow. I see clearly the benefits teaching brings to my students and to myself. It’s like sharing my heart with their heart and vice-versa and it gives me tremendous reward. In addition to my regular teaching, I’ve taken yoga sculpt training, an assist workshop, and Prison Yoga Project training, which focuses on trauma-informed, mindfulness-based yoga and brings yoga to incarcerated people around the world. I’ve done additional workshops and classes with world-renowned yogis like Seane Corn, MC Yogi, Janet Stone, Chelsey Korus, Shiva Rea, and more through the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals. Recently, I intuitively found my yoga mentor Amelia Andaleon through Just Be Yoga in Walnut Creek, California.
I am so excited to share my love for Troncones and Present Moment. I have experienced the joy of teaching yoga as a guest instructor in 2019 at this magical place. I cannot wait to share it with you.
Daria Gershman is a yoga/dance teacher and health/wellness coach from the San Francisco Bay Area.
My life changed the moment I entered my first Journey Dance class at Kripalu in 2007. There I found my two greatest passions in one practice. Yoga and Dance. I didn’t even know they could merge. In yoga, I felt grounded and at peace. In dance, I felt wild and free. Together I was brought to a place I never imagined. Moments of Pure ecstatic joy and moments of deep pent up sorrow all uninhibitedly flowed through my body. I merge ecstatic movement with principles of Yoga, sound healing, and liberating beats to give our community the ultimate stress reliever, and an opportunity to let your body release emotions you don’t need and replace them with endorphins that will last for the rest of the week. This practice takes everything to a new level, with intention and Grace that delivers a phenomenal emotional, physical and spiritual experience.
I am a yoga/dance instructor and health and wellness coach. I have several yoga certifications, including two children’s yoga teacher trainings and two somatic movement/dance trainings. I am CHC and CLC certified, Health Coach and Life Coach. I completed healing one at the Academy of intuitive medicine. My lifetime passion for spiritual development and intuitive eating shapes my daily life. My own struggle with Lyme’s disease have inspired my path to find healing through changing my lifestyle and seeing food as medicine. I underwent many years of Lyme treatment with both eastern and western protocols. Through my own regiment of diet, lifestyle, herbs, pharmaceuticals and some crazy alternative treatments, I conquered the disease and have been symptom free for years.
I am currently in private practice in Mill Valley where she is raising her two teen daughters Alexandra and Sasha.
Sommer Leitz is a yoga teacher and student from the San Francisco Bay Area.
I did not seek out the practice of yoga, it sought out me. As a 15-year-old struggling with an anxiety and eating disorder, my mom recognized I was not receiving the deeper, spiritual healing I was longing for from clinical approaches.
I began having private sessions with Misha McNair, my mentor from Just Be Yoga in Walnut Creek, California. She introduced me not only to the healing I was searching for but a new philosophy of life. Before yoga, I was focused on calculated perfection, lost in my suffering and unaware of my inner essence.
My life since yoga is full of confrontational self-study, active awareness and compassion towards even the damaged parts of myself. What brings me back to my practice on and off the mat is community, connection to something higher than myself and continuous learning.
When it came time to decide what to do after high school, I was offered a place in my studio’s 200-hour teacher training program. I answered a deeper calling by forgoing the social norm and focusing on educating myself holistically and spiritually.
I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Asian Philosophy. I plan to use yoga as a form of therapy, much as my mentor has done for me. As a teacher and student, yoga challenges me to foster the energy and presence required to lead a life aligned with my divine essence. It also gives me the opportunity to harmonize a space of authenticity, compassion and love towards myself, and others.
Our charming, chic hotel and yoga retreat is located on a quiet, serene beach in Playa Troncones, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Our beautifully designed accommodations and loving staff will please even the most discerning guests.
Present Moment Retreat is a powerfully transformative environment providing experiential training in the cultural arts. Surrounded by the magnificence of earth’s natural beauty, people from around the world come here to grow towards wholeness in their lives. We are dedicated to fostering deep awareness and appreciation of life through the compassionate treatment of all beings, and promoting wisdom and peace in celebration of the human spirit.
Your Boutique Bungalow
Present Moment is the perfect antidote to the chaos of everyday life. Authenticity was imperative in the construction of every inch of this resort. Thus, all bungalows have an indigenous palapa thatched roof, hand-crafted in the Mexican tradition, and are furnished with a pillow top queen-sized bed, luxurious 400 count cotton bedding and a canopy of white linen.
With 5 deluxe bungalows and 3 family bungalows, somewhat blurring the lines between the indoors and out, with its amazing vantage points to the sea, gardens and pool, your accommodation will be the perfect place to rest yourself after a full day of yoga and surf at Present Moment. Just a 30 second walk the beach, let the sounds of the ocean lure you to sleep each night.
With 3 air conditioned suites, for those seeking a little more similarity to the comforts of home. Centrally located, you will be just steps away from the beach, amazing yoga classes, massage, and fine dining. If you enjoy strolling the shore at sunrise, these stunning bungalows will have you on your way in no time. Hand-crafted and beautifully appointed, a true home away from home.
About Troncones & Getting Here
At the heart of charming Troncones Beach, nestled between the lush mountains of the Sierra Madre and the sparkling Mexican Riviera, Present Moment Retreat combines the ambience of nature’s grandeur with personally challenging mind-body work, set in harmony on beautifully-landscaped tropical grounds.
Troncones Beach is a small, recently-developed community situated on some 3 miles of pristine Pacific beach – a strand of white sand punctuated by occasional rock outcroppings often harboring tidepools teeming with fascinating saltwater life. The charming village is home to a small school, a public library (donated by generous local residents for education of the village’s children), a church, several dry goods outlets and a few other small provisioning services for essential items. All of these are couched within a traditional and tropical Mexican ambience.
You can fly into Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, the airport is located only 20 miles north and an easy 45-minute drive. The international airport is serviced by a number of International airlines including Alaska Airlines, Continental, American, America West, Frontier Airlines, Mexicana and Aeromexico. Troncones Beach is highly connected, yet still a world apart. Its proximity to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo affords you a full choice of shopping conveniences and recreational possibilities, all just a short distance from your world-class yoga retreat and resort. We can assist you with booking all flights and airport transportation.