Yoga Retreats with Andrea Wingelaar

Lower Deck at Anamaya Resort

Are you ready for a life changing experience that will allow you to find that much deserved Me-Time, and connect physically, emotionally and mentally?

Then allow us to provide that space for you.


DATES:  April 4 – 11, 2020

PRICES:  After you get to know our special yoga teacher for these weeks, please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our BASE RATES (which cover accommodations and meals).

PACKAGES:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone so you can customize your retreat experience, and the cost of the package you choose is added to your BASE RATE. Our packages include Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about these packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests who would like to learn how to scuba dive… And a Couples Retreat package if you’re traveling with that special someone.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP:  We’re excited to offer our guests two very special workshops this week called The Art of Paying Attention and Chakra Dive. For more information please see below.

Guest Yoga Teacher Andrea Wingelaar

As a certified instructor with over 1000 hours of training Andrea is known for a purposeful way of teaching that is both intelligent and soulful. She began her personal yoga journey over 18 years ago as a way to balance what was at the time a hectic touring and performing life.

Her studies began in Ashtanga, expanded to a balance of restorative and yin, synched up with the creativity of Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa Flow and are presently being refined by continued trainings with Tiffany Cruickshank’s Yoga Medicine as she deepens her understanding of the wisdom of the ancient traditions combined with modern body intelligence. She is currently working towards her 500 hour certification with Yoga Medicine.

Andrea’s personal practice has evolved and yet simplified over the past few years of her life as she has become a mother to two young children who at times are now her greatest teachers.
A long and varied performing career has taken her across the globe. She began as a dancer, studied opera and then kicked up her heels with some of the most beloved musicals ever written. Music is an integral part of many of her classes but she deeply knows the nourishment and healing that comes with a silent practice too.

Her classes are influenced by the rhythms of our individual lives, the seasons, nature. She has studied Ayurveda and is now beginning to deeply appreciate the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well.

Her trust in her own intuition as a guide has allowed for a teaching style that blurs the boundaries of technique and play. Her students are as varied as performers, astrophysicists, At Risk youth, mamas to be and mothers, and with a very special place in her heart, beginners of all backgrounds.

The simplest definition of yoga is Union. To join, unite. There are so many styles out there now but ultimately what matters most is that yoga is there for us all and it brings us together. Andrea is so grateful to have connected with so many through her love of yoga.

A Canadian girl at heart she currently resides in Seattle Washington with her love Ryan, their son James and daughter Caterina and the original fur baby Seamus.

Andrea’s Teaching Philosophy

We can see with our eyes that that the world is changing in ways that it never has before. Everything is faster, more immediate, and more unpredictable than ever. But what we can see with our hearts is that love still wins the day, people can still be amazing to each other, the individual is powerful and that no matter what has happened in the past or is beyond our control in the present we can choose what it is that we focus on. Are you breathing? Then you can focus on that, and therefore you can do yoga. The rest is details…how deep do you want to go?

I am reminded daily, by my intuition, by my heart and once in words by my lovely teacher Shiva Rea is this: we are not machines. We are nature. Yoga is a return to our truest nature. We all have this, we are all yoga. Pretty darn perfect already. It is the ‘practice’ of yoga helps to remind us of and rediscover this.

I love how yoga feels. The stimulation of a more heating practice where we break down all that no longer serves us, the restoration of a regenerative practice when we become quiet and still, the contentment and joy can be found in either form. I teach with a solid foundation to build self trust and healthy routine but allow freedom to play with what ever is needed in the moment. I love to talk to my students, to hear what they need, what they yearn for. And then off we go!


The Art Of Paying Attention

We are constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything.

Most of us live in an always-on, hyperconnected world. I have a question for you: how did you play as a child? You probably built things, read things, and when you did those things nobody was telling you what to do. You did these things for your own joy and pleasure. As you played you developed a capacity for attention and curiosity. You were in the moment and the moment was unfolding in a natural way. This is one of many definitions of meditation.

Join me as we find a route back to this simple appreciation of the moment. We will explore some neuroanatomy and discuss various ways to cultivate attention before diving into some playful experimentation ourselves with the natural beauty and bounty of Anamaya as our guide and partner.

This 2 hour workshop will involve some seated meditations, movement meditations as well as a food meditation..

Prepare to come home to yourself and prepare to find a new or even remembered awareness through your senses that will help you to keep the experience of being at Anamaya with you for the rest of your life. Price is $35.

Chakra Dive

We are all fuelled by a life force energy. Yogis call it prana. Asian healers call it chi. Join me for a 2 hour exploration of this profound map as we explore the 7 major energy centres of the body running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. We all notice this vital charge flowing through us when we are excited or scared-we may also notice its absence when we are depressed or exhausted. By aligning and activating key areas in your chakras you can give your body, mind and spirit a revitalizing overhaul.

Workshop will include:

  • handouts detailing these 7 centers and their properties
  • An interactive discussion
  • Ways to apply this wisdom to your yoga practice and daily life
  • Pranayama and Meditation to activate and pacify our imbalances

Price is $35

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