OWN YOUR VOICE. TELL YOUR STORY.
Calling all yoga teachers, entrepreneurs, and soul-searching yogis: Let’s retreat to figure out what it is that turns you on, lights you up, and makes you unique.
In today’s world of social media, running a business can be especially challenging—and frustrating. You’ve probably asked yourself, What should I do so I’m not lost in the crowd of voices and staged Instagram photos? How can I authentically stand out from the competition? Is it possible to create a thriving business without selling out?
Here’s a little secret: All of the answers to these questions and more will start to come once you cultivate a clear vision of who you are, why you’re here, and what you have to offer. In the business world, this is at the heart of branding. In the yoga world, we get to look at the central question the practice we love so much is designed to answer—Who am I?—and apply the subtle layers of the answers to our lives and livelihoods.
There’s no better teacher than Annie Carpenter, founder of SmartFlow Yoga and a true yoga legend and entrepreneur, to help you nurture that vision of who you are so you can strengthen your brand from a grounded, authentic place. And there’s no better writer, editor, and storyteller—Meghan Rabbitt, former editor at Yoga Journal—to help you translate what you uncover and put it into action. Annie will lead daily asana classes that’ll prompt you to hold the inquiries necessary for true breakthroughs.Then, Meghan will help you demystify the art of telling your story and creating a unique brand that people will be drawn to follow. Even better, all of this self-inquiry, storytelling, and brand-building will happen in a setting that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
In addition to the on-site workshops and coaching, you’ll have the opportunity to receive a 1-hour post-retreat business coaching session with Erika Craciun, CEO + Founder of Blissed Yoga Retreats. All guests receive a coaching session for FREE with Erika. Erika has her MBA from USC and has worked on some of the top brands in the country, including Fiji Water, Wonderful Pistachios, Manduka and Nestle. During the call, we will discuss how to turn “Your Story” into an ACTION PLAN to GROW YOUR FOLLOWING and TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER!
This retreat is an investment in your yoga career—as well as an opportunity to relax and feel authentically connected to your yoga practice and other teachers in the community. If you have ever felt frustrated with the “business” side of your career, this retreat will help you find more confidence and ease. We will help you create a customized action plan, differentiate your story, create engaging content, increase your following, get more publicity, grow your business, and get the support and motivation required to continue to do the work on your personal journey. Come as you are! Whether you are a new teacher or entrepreneur in the wellness space or a yoga veteran wanting to take your business to new heights, we will all benefit from this time to clarify our intentions around what we want to create in this world!
Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
– Michelle Obama
Your Retreat Leaders • Annie Carpenter + Meghan Rabbitt
Your Retreat Business Coach/Retreat Producer (offsite) + Your Retreat Hospitality Host (onsite)
Retreat + Training Benefits
What we are Hearing from Yoga Teachers:
Standing Out from the Crowd and Authentically Promoting Yourself (aka telling your story) is Challenging!
I am working on finding my voice and knowing what kind of teacher I am.
I get frustrated with Instagram and that you now need a “brand” in order to be seen. Education and lineage doesn’t seem to matter as much as it used to.
I am not sure how to market myself. It can be vulnerable to put yourself out there and more importantly how to do it authentically!
I believe I am a good teacher with potential to be even better as I learn BUT who am I compared to them. What makes me special and stand out?! There are so. many. yoga teachers. and retreats. Why should people follow ME?!
How can I gain a following in a way that is true to me and doesn’t intimidate me or my followers?
Self promotion can be draining. How do I staying enthusiastic?
Yoga seems to have become so generic. How do I stand out?
I want more time to focus on the yoga, but self promotion is taking up so much of my time and energy.
When Your Own Your Story, The Flood Gates Open!
- DISCOVER your STORY, STAND OUT from the crowd, and OWN your authentic voice
- Create a plan to STAND OUT from the crowd – tap into your own authentic voice
- There is only one YOU – tap into your inner power!
- MASTER the ART of Creating MEANINGFUL and AUTHENTIC Content
- Through our story telling workshops you will learn how to create content that is true to YOU (and only you!)
- We also promise that you will create 1-month’s worth of content on the retreat – you can also use this as a blueprint to help you all year long!
- Go beyond posting just a yoga pose or a quote – by tapping into your higher purpose you will be more inspired to add value to your client’s lives!
- Learn how to FIND YOUR PEOPLE and create a COMMUNITY that is LOYAL to you
- Knowing yourself and telling your story is the first part of building a long-term successful business
- You also need to understand the needs of your community and find your people that will be loyal to YOU
- Being a successful yoga teacher doesn’t mean having hundreds of thousands of followers, it means having a dedicated group of people that LOVE what you are offering them and want to be PART OF YOUR STORY!
- Turn your STORY into an ACTION PLAN to GROW your yoga business
- On the retreat we will dig deep and do the work to better understand our inner truth! After the retreat, you will put it into ACTION!
- Work with Erika Craciun, MBA from USC, your personal yoga business coach, to develop a PLAN for promoting yourself – it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming – it just needs to be STRATEGIC to MAXIMIZE your UNIQUE OFFERINGS!
Your Retreat, Your Transformation!
Only from the heart can you touch the sky. – Rumi
Sayulita is a Yogi’s Dream – Boho Chic Surf, Art + Wellness Town
Sayulita is a Boho Chic surfing, art and wellness town on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Our friends at Lonely Planet give a great overview of this amazing place – read below for more inspiration!
Included: Daily Yoga with Annie Carpenter • 5 Nights/6 days Accommodations • Daily Breakfast + Dinner • Daily OWN YOUR VOICE Workshops with Meghan Rabbitt (Former Editor at Yoga Journal) • Zip lining Excursion • 1-Month’s Content Creation (developed on the retreat with professional guidance) • Time with a Professional Photographer for a Few Key Images for Your Yoga Business • Sayulita Exploring • BALLER YACHT CELEBRATION DINNER CRUISE • Dedicated On-site Host working to Ensuring the Retreat is Well-Run and Executed Beautifully
BONUS FOR EARLY BIRD BOOKINGS (Book by August 7, 2021):
Save $300 off Regular Rates
Not Included: Airport Shuttles, Lunches, Trip Insurance, Airfare
OWN Y OUR VOICE Workshops with
Meghan Rabbitt, Yoga Journal Editor (former)
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #1: BE YOU
How To Identify Your Story—and Communicate the Message
Not sure where to start when it comes to figuring out whose attention you want to grab, what your authentic style is, and what stories you should tell to express all of that to a growing audience? This workshop will help you figure out what to focus on. You’ll create a game plan for naming your goals, pinpointing your unique voice, and writing your story. This session will be loaded with pro tips that’ll make the process feel fun, and you’ll learn insider secrets that’ll help you get into the flow—no staring at a blank page for hours.
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #2: BE BRAVE
Why Being Vulnerable Is Everything—and How to Do It Well
Ever wonder if your message is something others will find interesting and compelling? What if we told you the secret lies in how you tell your story? When you’re authentic, honest, and vulnerable—and express this in a way that sounds polished and professional, not like you’re unloading on your therapist —you’ll pull at people’s heartstrings and engage them in an entirely new way. This session will give you important pointers to keep in mind as you continue to develop your brand and start writing from your soul.
What makes this session unique is that we will be doing after a ziplining adventure! Being brave means trusting others, overcoming your fears, and doing things out of your comfort zone!
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #3: BE SOCIAL
From Clicky Headlines to Catchy Instagram Posts: The Art of Social Media
Let’s be honest: If you want people to absorb (and share!) what you’re putting out into the world, you need an eager and engaged audience. Book publishers look for big followings on social media before agreeing to work with you. Editors are way more likely to accept your pitches if they include headlines their readers will click on. Learning how to write well for social media is actually a craft that’ll serve you well when it comes to all of what you write. We’ll go over the key points that’ll help you on Instagram and beyond. You don’t have to have a huge production budget to be successful on social media! We will also talk about DIY vs. professional content, and when to invest vs. when to stick to your budget.
** BONUS ** EVERYONE gets time with a professional photographer!
Images can speak louder than words. To help inspire you as you grow your content library, we are giving every retreat guest ~10 minutes with a professional photographer to capture a few key images for your website and/or social media account. Through styling, proper lighting, and professional execution we will talk about the importance of investing in beautiful imagery to propel your business to the next level.
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #4: BE OPEN
How to Edit Yourself (a.k.a. How to Not Fall In Love With Your Own Ideas)
How can you tell if something you put out there is pure genius—or still needs some work? How do branding experts come up with ideas and then fix what’s not working, without ditching the whole thing? It can be really difficult to stay open to what others have to say about your brand and what you create—whether it’s writing, vlogs, or social media posts—especially if you’ve really put yourself out there. In fact, it can be even more difficult to get to a place where you’re able to assess your own brand and critique (and edit) yourself. But it is possible. We’ll show you how.
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #5: BE SUCCESSFUL
Hatching a Plan to Be Heard
Once you’ve landed on a clear vision of who you are and what you can uniquely offer your audience, it’s time to start figuring out how you’ll find your people. On this retreat, you’ve got access to a professional writer and editor who will give you individualized advice on how to go about attracting more visitors to your website, eyes on your social media pages, viewers of your videos, and readers of your blog. Whether your goal is to pitch an article to Elephant Journal, send a book chapter to an agent, or launch a blog or e-newsletter, we’ll help you craft a plan for publication. And, if you have no interest in publishing your work, we’ll talk about how to make writing a bigger part of your daily spiritual practice.
We will celebrate our work and our successful mindset by taking a Sunset Dinner Yacht Cruise!
OWN YOUR VOICE Workshop #6: BE BLISS
Get In The Flow
Here’s the honest truth: All of this—figuring out who you are, finding your voice, and putting yourself out there—takes effort. It’s hard work, and it doesn’t always feel fun. (Until the end, when you’ve got a killer website and Instagram page or see your byline in Yoga Journal and say, “Hey, that’s pretty damn good!” That’s fun.) But there are tactics to help you deal with the highs and lows, and get into a groove that feels inspired, creative, and even enjoyable. These are the tips you can turn to again and again to help you get un-stuck and find your flow.
AM Yoga with Annie Carpenter
Lunch (on own – not included)
Free Time or Excursion (Hiking, Town Exploring, Zip lining, Optional Surfing, Optional Massage)
PM Story Telling Workshops with Meghan Rabbitt
1st and Final Evenings include Opening & Closing Circles
*Schedule subject to change
Learn More about Hotelito Los Suenos
Sayulita’s premiere yoga retreat hotel. Join us in paradise!
Boho Chic Accommodations
Premium Rooms (exact decor may vary) – These rooms are cute and comfortable. They are in the original building of the hotel. If you like to have brand new bathrooms, etc. and a larger space, we suggest upgrading to a Suite South room.
Suite South Rooms (exact decor may vary) – These rooms are in the “new side” of the hotel and are designed with all-new features. We recommend this option if you want a more “upgraded” experience!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Book by Aug. 7, 2021: Save $300 off Regular Rates
Early Bird Retreat Rates – Book By Aug. 7, 2021
- Triple – Villa Room (2 bedroom, 1 bath Villa shared with 3 people total): $1999 pp/tpl occupancy
- Premium Room (cozy room, in the original building) – Double: $2,199 pp/dbl occupancy
- Premium Room (cozy room, in the original building) – Single: $2,599 pp
- Suite South Room (NEW rooms) – Double: $2,299 pp/dbl occupancy
- Suite South Room (NEW room) – Single: $2,699 pp
Regular Retreat Rates – Book After Aug. 7, 2021
- Triple – Villa Room (2 bedroom, 1 bath Villa shared with 3 people total): $2,299 pp/tpl occupancy
- Premium Room (cozy room, in the original building) – Double: $2,499 pp/dbl occupancy
- Premium Room (cozy room, in the original building) – Single: $2,899 pp
- Suite South Room (NEW upgraded rooms, really nice) – Double: $2,599 per person/dbl occupancy
- Suite South Room (NEW upgraded room, really nice) – Single: $2,999 per person
Coming alone? Great! We can work to find you a roommate* if you want a shared room. About half of our travelers come alone – it’s a great way to travel. Check out our blog post on why traveling alone is a great option!
*Please note that we do our best to match you with your desired room type and price point. In the event we can’t find you a roommate, a single room is required. If you book early enough, we often times can find you a roommate – but do want you to be aware of our policy before booking.
Terms + Conditions
By reserving your space with a deposit, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.
Strict Cancellation Policy
If you wish to cancel your retreat you must notify BYR in writing by contacting [email protected]. Your cancellation fee will be determined according to the terms outlined in the chart in our agreement. Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for ANY reason, including weather, terrorism, civil unrest, Zika virus, health changes, personal emergencies, or otherwise. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.
You may transfer your reservation from one BYR Retreat to another up to three (3) months before the original listed Retreat Start Date without penalty, after which time our cancellation policy applies.
All prices are per person and are set well in advance of the retreat start date. Prices vary depending on a variety of cost factors, with peak travel times being the most expensive. You can always find pricing on the website. Prices include retreat costs only; they do not include airfare to and from the retreat and ground transportation (unless noted on the website). BYR believes in fair pricing for all retreat attendees – all prices are set and non-negotiable.
Deposit & Payment Terms (per person)
Reserve your spot with a non-refundable $500 deposit per person plus an online booking fee. Please note the booking fee does not count toward your final balance. At three (3) months final balances will be charged to the credit card on file. If you book within three (3) months of the Retreat Start Date, you will be billed in full within 24 hours after putting down the initial deposit.
Mandatory Trip Insurance
Each retreat attendee is required to purchase individual trip insurance. Blissed Yoga Retreats is not financially liable for any cancellations or circumstances out of our control (e.g. changes to your schedule, acts of God, pregnancy, etc.). We want to protect you -our guest- and require trip insurance to help protect your investment.