HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR ANNUAL BRAZIL RETREAT 2016
Praia do Rosa, South Brazil
Brazil. Where YFBP began. People often ask us - “how did you start YFBP”. We didn’t begin as a traditional company. We wanted to teach a retreat in Brazil and we knew we were gonna get a little wild down south - or at least we felt safe to assume so - so we called the trip “Yoga, For Bad People”.
In all honesty, it was our first venture and we never went to research the location before we got there. I remember driving up with a few of the students who arrived early with us, in the car from the airport and thinking, “um, I really hope this place we chose looks like the photos on their website”, (imagine gritting teeth emoji). To our relief, Praia do Rosa had more treasures and magical moments in store for us then we planned for. It has since become our “model” location for a retreat. Its the perfect mix of - beach life, surf town nightlife, quiet time, expansive views, hikes, everything accessible by foot, artsy family style guest house run by an english speaking super stylish and laid back Brazilian family to ground our group into Brazilian culture, and flowers and beauty on every corner.
We have led 8 retreats to Brazil since 2012. We don’t plan an end in sight. It is one of those places that you can’t fully capture in pictures, because there is a special sense in the air that its the cleanest you have ever breathed, the water the purest, the way the plants glisten in the sunlight the brightest, and the way the water feels between your fingertips the smoothest. For having raves on new years and plenty of tourism from Argentinians, Brazilians and Uruguayans (American tourists are rare there), Praia do Rosa manages to hold it’s untouched nature.
Here are a few of the highlights from our most recent retreat in the southern hemisphere. We go every March. Come with.
Jamie Lugo with essentials - caprinha, coconut water, yoga pose, visor and yfbp tote.
The magical path to the center of the beach.
These purple flowers. Lining every path in Rosa.
A typical Saturday in Rosa Norte (the northside of the beach).
Our sweet home in the sky: Posada Casa do Ceo
During the retreat, we participated in a local protest speaking out against a building structure that was going up much too close to the beach. On the north side of the beach there are zero houses or structures, and this was the first. We were in complete support - those beaches without structures lining the shore are few and far between. We need to protect them if we can.
Class. Yoga. Saves the day always.
Chill vibes on the Posada deck
Teacher moment, Jamie Lugo and Heather Lilleston
Evening in Rosa on the Fazenda (the middle ground between the north and south sides of the beach with restaurants perfect for watching the sunset).
The beginning of a great day …
Sometimes, it gets a little weird. Day 3.
View of Rosa from the deck of the Posada.
Doing our thing, which means playing around with our favorite, UTKATASANA, in our favorite place.
Pico da Tribo. Late night. Cover bands. Long lines. Good move after Beleza Pura.