2015 Pre-Tour: Nice, Gorge du Verdon, Provence backroads exploration

Join us for an unforgettable adventure June 19-25, 2015 followed by the Parc du Queyras Wildflower Hiking Tour!

The journey begins exploring old town Nice where we base at a comfortable, authentic pension/bed & breakfast. Early morning walks up the coline above town offer the opportunity to wander the town cemetery and take in the breathtaking views of the deep blue Mediterranean below. The Matisse Museum,  walks along the malecon and explorations of all the wonderful nuances in-between make for a fun filled three days.

Venturing north as we wind through the backroads of Provence by shuttle, we arrive for lunch at the medieval town of Entreveaux where the old citadel awaits us.

The next three nights are spent at a scenic hotel over-looking the plunging river running through Moustiers-Saint-Marie, just west of the Gorge du Verdon.  The little chapel tucked into the high rocks over-looking the village inspires awe, the shoppers will love wandering the maze of stores throughout the village and then the highlight is exploring the Gorge du Verdon, known as one of Europe’s most stunning gorges which runs 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metros deep and boasts a deep turquoise color.  Next we drive north through scenic backroads to the Parc du Queyras where our 11 day hiking & cultural adventure begins!  Cost TBA.


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A big thank you to all our Balance Yoga Retreat Attendees in beautiful Riviera Nayarit, Mexico!

From attendee:

Thank you so much for your wisdom and practice during your retreat and my what a treat!!!!!!!!!!   It was FABULOUS and an honor to be with such a yogi sage. It is indelibly planted within me.  You will see me again.  Thank you also for all the resources you’ve shared.

What a fabulous group joined together this year for a magical week on our yoga deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  We explored a wide variety of life enhancing tools including our base of support, alignment, intentions, our habit energy, stopping, mindful speaking/listening, breathing & meditation.  A big thank you to our wonderful hosts at the exotic Tailwind Jungle Lodge.  Watch for our retreat again next year in the first week of March!

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Mediterranean to the Alps ~ photo-journey in San Pancho

Mediterranean to the Alps 

a benefit for educational scholarships at EntreAmigos   

Friday February 7, 2014   

doors open at 4:30 ~ show 5-6 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the beaches of Nice, France to the hiking trails and villages of Le Queyras, Parc Regional, France……to the Giant pale mountains of the Dolomite Alps and to magnificent Chamonix Valley nestled under the Grand Dame, Le Mont Blanc!  Join us for this hour of tales and travel and support the children’s educational scholarship fund at EntreAmigos.

 

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Happy Holidays & a Prosperous New Year full of Travel!

One of the favorite quotes of a friend of mine stems from Mark Twain:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful year of exploring new horizons physically, mentally and spiritually!  

Happy Holidays & New Year
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Happy Trails,
Hilloah
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Dolomite Alps Hiking Tour ~ July 1-11, 2014

GET READY FOR JAW-DROPPING SCENERY!

July 1-11, 2014

  • stay in comfortable hotels and pensiones
  • private rooms – double occupancy
  • breakfast/dinner
  • transport during tour
  • visit a new vista daily
  • cultural sites along the way
  • Venice & Belluno extension tours available
  • can be designed to meet the difficulty needs of your group

The Dolomite Alps in Northern Italy differ from the rest of the Alps.  These limestone giants offer an array of landscapes from elegant spires to sheer walls to giant peaks.  The contrast of limestone with alpenrose, fields of wild flowers and evergreen forests makes one want to break out in a verse of “The Hills are Alive”!

Add incredible hospitality and scenic mountain hotels to the environment and it’s the best of all worlds.  Just imagine hiking all day in the midst of some of the best scenery anywhere in the world and coming back to a hot shower, view room, Italian cuisine & wines and a good nights sleep.  You’ll return home fit, rested and wanting to do it again!

 

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BALANCE YOGA Mindful Energy Balancing Day Retreats 2014

March 3-7, 2014 ~ 9-12:30 daily + optional afternoon activities

EVERY YEAR IS UNIQUE!

Looking for a getaway that provides your own quiet slice of paradise?  Join us at  Tailwind Jungle Lodge, Riviera Nayarit 

COST:  
Daily:    $35 or 440 pesos
Three to Five days pre-paid:  $25/day or 320 pesos/day
Optional activities:  price varies (see below)
 
INCLUDES:
  • morning yoga session with notes & guided discussion & activites   9-11:45 am
  • lunch 11:45-12:30 pm
  • optional daily cultural tours ~ nutrition, orchid farm hike, sea kayaking *
  • *must sign up 3 days in advance – price is set by provider  1pm
  • beautiful private jungle & beach/quiet setting
SCHEDULE:
DAY 1

Base of Support

Grounding asanas, mindful walking, bandhas, stillness in activity

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Lunch in San Pancho followed by mindful walking activity on beach – explore how your feet touch the earth! guided by Hilloah

DAY 2

Opening the energy

Asanas for Sacral balancing & opening, energy channels,

breath & mind, pranayama

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Nutrition for a conscious life with Tamara

DAY 3

Moving from a calm, strong center

Asanas for Core strength & balance, reacting/responding,

mindful interaction, bare attention

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Sayulita exploration day – lunch, shopping, walk out to special beach in the afternoon – guided by Hilloah

DAY 4

Opening the Spine

Asanas for spinal twists, integrating the pelvic region with the

neck/shoulder/head region

Intention & living one’s practice

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Jungle walk, orchid farm tour, beach & mud baths – guided by Hilloah

DAY 5

Shoulder/throat/head integration

Asanas for balancing & opening the shoulders, throat & head

Right speech, calming the mind, sound mantra

Quieting the mind through meditation

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Stand up paddle board with Tamara – bring your lunch and we will share around the pool!

DAY 6

Kayak Tour with Jungle Judy – meet 8am at Entre Amigos ready for a great morning of kayaking out of Los Ayalas followed by lunch on the beach

  • Daily yoga sessions in our spacious, fully equipped yoga palapa.
  • Re-balance chronically shortened areas, strengthen weakened areas.
  • Understand how to safely address and utilize yogic techniques.
  • Learn asana, pranayama + meditation.
  • Gain understanding of yoga as a life long practice.
  • Know how to grow in your individual yoga practice.
  • Safe for 50+

LODGING:

Tailwind Jungle Lodge:  http://www.tailwindoutdoor.com

In San Pancho:  http://www.sanpanchorentals.com

Hotel Cielo Rojo:  http://www.hotelcielorojo.com

Roberto’s Bungalows:  http://www.robertosbungalows.com

AIRPORT PICK UP AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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BALANCE YOGA CLASSES BEGINNING IN BEND, OREGON

Classes begin MAY 21

Tue & Thurs 9-10:30 am

Class limit is 5 ~ Please call to reserve your space

$10 per class
Classes are taught by Hilloah Rohr M.S. Exercise Physiology.  Hilloah has been involved in teaching fitness and wellness since 1970.  Yoga has been and continues to be a mainstay in her practice.   With Balance Yoga she incorporates the best of many yoga styles in ever-changing,  flowing  sequences,  with special emphasis on rebalancing shortened and weakened areas with isolated stretches and specific strengthening.  Her careful style with attention to detail brings a safe and efficient form of yoga infused with music and a mindful flow of movement and breath.
Open your being to the increased energy and clarity that balance can bring.
Come join us and enjoy a deepened practice that can create a lasting change in your life!

PRIVATE YOGA INSTRUCTION

Enjoy specific, guided awareness to creating your own personalized practice as well as creating a safe practice in group settings.

Small group classes offered:

“BASIC BALANCE”

great for beginners and those who wish for a slower paced class

“Mixed Level Flow Class”

a kinesthetic flow of asana designed to open, balance and energize

How are we different?

  • small groups
  • great for bodies over 50
  • safe & efficient
  • designed to re-balance
  • personalized instruction
  • joyful flow to music
  • strengthen & open
  • breathe, calm, reflect
  • open your potential

Enjoy the meditative practice of a small group of supportive practitioners in a beautiful, quiet surrounding.  Be present in your own practice with careful, individualized guidance.

“Do your work without attachment and being balanced in success or failure.  Balance is called Yoga.”      Bhagavad-Gita

 

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Magical Italy 2012: Bend, Oregon May 19, 2013

Join us for a magical photo-journey hour exploring Venice, the Dolomite Alps, Belluno & Slovenia! 

Sunday May 19, 2013

doors open at 3:30 ~ show is from 4-5 pm

Magical Italy 2012
all new photo-journey of Venice, Dolomite Alps, Belluno & Slovenia ~
  Presented by Hilloah Rohr, European Cultural & Hiking Guide and Photographer.  
Doors open at 3:30, photo-journey is from 4:00-5:00pm.  
Free to the public!  
For more information:  www.hilloah.com or email hilloah@hilloah.com
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LOVE

What’s in your heart?
The Practice Love.
[Reprinted from Just One Thing BY RICK HANSEN, Ph.D., New Harbinger, 2011]

Why? 

We all want to receive love. But maybe it comes in a form you don’t want – perhaps someone offers romantic love but that’s not what you’re looking for-or it doesn’t come at all. Then there is heartache and helpless¬ness; you can’t make others love you if they won’t.

Definitely, do what you can to get the love you need. But the practice here is about expressing love, distinct from receiving it. When you focus on the love you give rather than the love you get, then you’re at cause rather than at effect; you’re the cue ball, not the eight ball – which supports your sense of efficacy and confidence, as well as your mood. And it’s enlightened self-interest: the best way to get love is to give it; even if it’s still not returned, your love will likely improve the relationship, and help calm any troubled waters.

Sometimes people worry that being loving will make them vulnerable or drained. But actually, you can see in your own experience that love itself doesn’t do this: it pro¬tects and nurtures you when you give it. While you’re loving, don’t you feel uplifted and stronger?

That’s because love is deep in human nature, literally woven into our DNA. As our ancestors evolved, the seeds of love in primates and hominids – such as mother-child attachment, pair bonding, communication skills, and teamwork – aided survival, so the genes that promoted these characteristics were passed on. A positive cycle developed: As “the village it takes to raise a child” evolved and grew stronger, the period of vulnerable childhood could become longer, so the brain evolved to become larger in order to make use of that longer childhood – and thereby developed more capacities for love. The brain has roughly tripled in size since hominids began making stone tools about 2.5 million years ago, and much of this new neural real estate is devoted to love and related capabilities.

We need to give love to be healthy and whole. If you bottle up your love, you bottle up your whole being. Love is like water: it needs to flow; otherwise, it backs up on itself and gets stagnant and smelly. Look at the faces of some people who are very loving: they’re beautiful, aren’t they? Being loving heals old wounds inside and opens untapped reservoirs of energy and talent. It’s also a profound path of awakening, playing a central role in all of the world’s major religious traditions.

 

The world needs your love. Those you live with and work with need it, plus your family and friends, people near and far, and this whole battered planet. Never underestimate the ripples spreading out from just one lov¬ing word, thought, or deed!

How?

Love is as natural as breathing, yet like the breath, it can get constricted. Sometimes you may need to release it, strengthen it, and help it flow more freely with methods like these:

  • Bring to mind the sense of being with people who care about you, and then open to feeling cared about. Let this feeling fill you, warming your heart, softening your face. Sink into this experience. It’s okay if opposite thoughts arise (e.g., rejection); observe them for a moment, and then return to feeling cared about – which will warm up the neural circuits of being loving yourself.
  • Sense into the area around your heart, and think of things that evoke heartfelt feelings, such as gratitude, compassion, or kindness. To bring harmony to the tiny changes in the interval between heartbeats, breathe so that your inhalations and exhalations are about the same length, since inhaling speeds up the heart rate and exhaling slows it down. The heart has more than a metaphorical link to love; the cardiovascular and nervous systems lace together in your body like lovers’ fingers, and practices like these will nurture wholehearted well-being in you and greater warmth for others.
  • Strengthen these loving feelings with soft thoughts toward others, such as I wish you well. May you not be in pain. May you be at peace. May you live with ease. If you feel upset with someone, you can include these reactions in your awareness while also extending loving thoughts like I’m angry with you and won’t let you hurt me again – and I still hope you find true happiness, and I still wish you well.

There is a notion that being intentional about love makes it false or at least second-rate. But actually, loving at will is doubly loving: the love you find is authentic, and the effort to call it forth is deeply caring.

To love is to have courage, whose root meaning comes from the word “heart.” I’ve been in a lot of hairy situations in the mountains, yet I was a lot more scared just before I told my first real girlfriend that I loved her. It takes courage to give love that may not be returned, to love while knowing you’ll inevitably be separated one day from everything you love, to go all in with love and hold nothing back.

 

Sometimes I ask myself, Am I brave enough to love? Each day gives me, and gives you, many chances to love.

If you choose just one thing from this book of practices, let it be love.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!  MAY YOU FIND LOVE AND MAY LOVE FIND YOU……

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Traveling within Europe and seeing more

Just in from Air France.  This is a fun way to see more and spend less time getting around. Watch out for the baggage fees and no changes or refunds. Add it onto an open-jaw flight and maximize your travel time!  Bon Voyage!

Are you traveling within Europe?

MiNi fares starting at only $65

Are you planning a long trip to France and want to see somewhere new? Or perhaps you´re currently living in Europe and want to do a bit of tourism? Our new MiNi fares are here to help.  Fares are valid for departures anytime after February 6, including summer (availability restrictions may apply).

Our lowest MiNi fares below are for one-ways; round-trip pricing is also available.

From Paris-Orly to

one-way incld taxes & carrier surcharges

Nice $65*  Book
Marseille $65*  Book
Bordeaux $65*  Book
Lyon $65*  Book
Toulouse $65*  Book
Pau $65*  Book
Nantes $65*  Book
Brest $65*  Book
Clermont Ferrand $65*  Book
Strasbourg $65*  Book

Other samples

one-way incld taxes & carrier surcharges

Marseille – Paris $63*  Book
Lyon – Nice $64*  Book
Nice – Paris $65*  Book
Bordeaux – Paris $65*  Book
Toulouse – Malta** $65*  Book
Toulouse – Paris $66*  Book
Marseille – Prague $87*  Book
Nice – Athens** $106*  Book
Marseille – Moscow** $185*  Book

* Fares are one-way and include taxes, carrier surcharge and applicable service fees. The fare level does not allow for free baggage; checking in baggage is at a fee. Fares are valid for departures on or after February 6, 2013. Fares are non-refundable. Changes are not permitted. Additional conditions may apply. Fares are subject to class of service availability and may be changed or withdrawn without notice.** Availability at this price for this destination is limited to certain days only.

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