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Exploring Wholeness through Yoga and Image-Making

Join Linda Meacci, E-RYT 500, and Dreama Phoenix, MA, ATR-BC, for a week of creativity, exploration and transformation through yoga and image-making. Experience the revelatory and healing power of creating personal mandalas, using your own unique visual language to explore the mandala as a symbol of an integrated view of the world. No prior art experience is necessary. All expressions will be honored in a supportive, nonjudgmental, process-oriented atmosphere. Stimulating and inspiring yoga practices will channel your creative energy, as your yoga and your image-making inform and influence each other.

Daily themes will guide and connect our yoga practices, personal image-making, individual contemplation and group discussions:

  • Saturday (arrival) – Gratitude

  • Sunday – Wholeness: What makes me feel complete?

  • Monday – Recognition: Acknowledging all aspects of myself without judging or censoring

  • Tuesday – Balancing: Inflow and outflow; giving and receiving

  • Wednesday – Letting Go: Releasing fear and failure

  • Thursday – Transformation: The creative moments of life

  • Friday – Unification: Individual and collective

  • Saturday (departure) – Gratitude Renewed

You’ll also enjoy deliciously fresh meals, warm ocean breezes and some adventure, too, as you relax and renew in the charming seaside town of Troncones, nestled between the stunning Pacific coastline and the foothills of the Sierra Madre.

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Linda Meacci, E-RYT 500

Linda is an experienced and knowledgeable yoga instructor who creates a supportive and empowering atmosphere that welcomes student participation and self-exploration. She honors the great potential within each individual, encouraging students to contemplate the forces at work in their lives, open up to possibility, and strive to reconnect with the power, love, and wisdom within. Linda draws upon her background as performing artist, athlete and yogi and synthesizes principles of yoga, various movement disciplines and intelligent bodywork to craft an instructional approach that best serves and inspires her students. Off the mat, Linda thrives on her love of nature, travel, and her spiritual path, Surat Shabda Yoga.

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Dreama Phoenix, MA, ATR-BC

Dreama finds great joy in creating cutout images with handmade paper from Nepal and is fascinated with the healing power of making images. She is a credentialed art therapist (MA, ATR-BC) with 33 years in private practice focused on helping people cope with the effects of post-traumatic stress, grief, and chronic illness. Dreama is proud to be a Work That Reconnects facilitator, offering her community Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects in IntuitEarth Deep Ecology Workshops. Her Whitebear Studio is the home of IntuitArt process painting workshops, ElderArt Home-based Art Therapy, and Whitebear Creativity Coaching. Dreama walks daily in the woods above the Little Buffalo River in Jasper, Arkansas, and practices Surat Shabda Yoga.

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The Transformative Power of Image-Making

Mandala means circle in Sanskrit.  But it’s more than just a shape.  Carl Jung called it “a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness.”  Using our own unique, individual visual language, we’ll explore the mandala as a symbol of an integrated view of the world—the inner world and the outer, the microcosm and the macrocosm, and how they relate to each other.

You will create personal mandalas to:

  • Discover the relaxation and satisfaction inherent in art-making as a process vs. making art for the sake of the product

  • Discover unique individual meanings of connection and completion

  • Develop personal symbols of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wholeness

  • Use personal symbols to explore themes of wholeness, balance, letting go, transformation and unification.

  • Express yourself in new ways as you honor your true Self.

No prior art experience is necessary.  You don’t have to be an artist!  It’s the process of image-making that matters here—not the product.  All expressions will be honored in a supportive, nonjudgmental, process-oriented atmosphere.


Each day we will move through yoga practices that channel our own creative energy as women and human beings. Our physical movement informs our how we create our mandalas—individually and as a collective whole. Practices include alignment-based vinyasa flow, restorative sessions, and therapeutic sessions. We benefit immensely through daily yoga practice; it serves as a grounding force, fine-tunes our nervous system, nourishes our feminine spirit, and helps empower or unleash our creative force.

Throughout the week there will be opportunities for:

  • Sunrise beach contemplation

  • Free-spirited vinyasa flow

  • Restorative yoga

  • Therapeutic sessions

  • Yoga on the beach

  • Discussion/satsang and reflection

  • Journaling; solitude in nature; walking meditation



THE VILLASLas Villas on Troncones Beach is a gorgeous oceanfront retreat 30 minutes north of Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Each villa has multiple single- or double-occupancy bedrooms with private or shared baths, a shared kitchen and common space with an open floor plan ideal for enjoying the ocean breezes. Take in breathtaking sunsets to the west and the Sierra Madre mountains to the east; take a dip and relax by the saltwater infinity pool; bask in the sun; lounge under the shade of the palapa; or walk, run and explore the beach, just steps away.

MEALS: Fresh and delicious brunch and dinner are provided daily, mostly on site at the Villas, with both vegetarian and fish or meat options. Meals feature authentic Mexican and other cuisine prepared by Villas Troncones' gourmet cooks, who do their best to meet special dietary needs. We will enjoy two group dinners at local restaurants (at no additional cost).

ACTIVITIES: Besides our yoga and image-making, there are other activities available, including:

  • Walking, running and exploring the 3-mile stretch of golden Troncones Beach

  • Visiting the local sea turtle sanctuary at Roberto's Bistro, where you can watch and help release baby turtles into the ocean---an experience not to be missed!

  • Massages and local hot springs

  • Surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons

  • Kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and more

THE TOWN: Just a short walk down the beach from the Villas is charming Troncones, a tiny community with a few tiendas (shops), beachfront restaurants, small hotels, B&Bs, cafes, and a variety of yoga and surfing retreats (some of the best surfing in Mexico is in this area). 

      relax, reflect and renew on your own terms

There will be yoga sessions, image-making and other activities scheduled daily. A sample day's schedule is shown here (times and activities may vary).

Please do not feel pressure to do it all. You may participate in as many or as few sessions as you wish. This is your retreat, so make it what it needs to be for you, no one else. It's important that you allow yourself time and space to relax and renew in body, mind and spirit. 

Go at your own pace. Honor your inner nudges and whispers and let them guide you toward an appropriate level of activity, striking a healthy balance between community time and your own personal time.

Take time for yourself, and take advantage of all this place has to offer, a veritable feast for the senses. Feel the sand between your toes, the freshening breeze upon your face. Quiet yourself and sway gently to the rhythm of the waves. Breathe deep the salty sea air. Gaze upon the transcendent beauty of an ocean sunset or the mountain's majesty. Be still, and let earth, sea and sky nourish the soul!


     Room check-in opens at 4 PM.
     Retreat activities begin at 5 PM.

     Room checkout is at 10 AM, but you can stay on site longer to use the pool, enjoy the beach, etc., if you have a later flight departure.


  • Retreat Venue: The Villas on Troncones Beach; Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico.

  • Nearest Airport: Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International (ZIH)

  • Map: Click here to see Troncones and ZIH Airport on Google Maps.

  • Airport Transport: Troncones is about 30 minutes north of Zihuatanejo via shuttle. The cost for a shuttle is $25-30 per person each way.


In our experience from past years, airfares for flights to and from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International airport (ZIH) have not fluctuated much over time, particularly for flights originating in Pittsburgh. If this trend holds, the timing of your purchase may not impact your price as much as the itinerary you select (day and time, flight duration, originating airport, etc.).

Alternate Airports for DepartureIn checking flight options, we have at times found lower fares and shorter itineraries into ZIH (including some direct flights) from locations other than our home airport of Pittsburgh International (PIT). Airports to consider include: Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and San Francisco (SAN).

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RETREAT FEES (per person):
— DOUBLE Occupancy Early Bird rate* : $1,795 (until Nov 8, 2019)
— DOUBLE Occupancy Standard rate* : $1,995 (after Nov 8, 2019)
— SINGLE Occupancy
Early Bird rate* : $2,395 (until Nov 8, 2019)
— SINGLE Occupancy Standard rate* : $2,595 (after Nov 8, 2019)

* NOTE: Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
          -- Some rooms have private baths
          -- Some rooms share a bathroom with another room
          -- Rooms have one King, one Queen or two Single beds

          -- Limited number of oceanfront rooms available

     If registering before November 8, 2019:  
          — A $500 Nonrefundable Deposit must be submitted with your completed registration form (with the balance due November 8, 2019). 
     If registering on or after November 8, 2019:
         — Full payment must be submitted with your completed registration form.

     — Credit card via PayPal (3% processing fee applies)

     — Cancellation Fee of $500 applies to ALL cancellations.
All cancellation requests must be made via EMAIL to
     On or before November 8, 2019: Your payment(s) will be refunded, less the $500 Cancellation Fee (which can be covered by your $500 Nonrefundable Deposit, if applicable).
     — After November 8, 2019: Your payment(s) will be refunded ONLY IF your spot can be filled from a wait list.  In any case, the $500 Cancellation Fee will apply (which can be covered by your $500 Nonrefundable Deposit, if applicable).

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