Futaleufu

Chile anyone?

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This week, we are featuring a letter from Shari of Shari Beard Yoga:

Shari Beard Yoga

Hello Adventurous Ones!

 

Anyone up for “Awakening Your Soul” in Chile with me in 2014?  I recently talked to Damara Stone-Goddard, divine mama of Bio Bio Expeditions and she says the same week as last year Jan. 6-14th is still being held for an Adventure Yoga Retreat on the Futaleufu.  I can truthfully say last year’s trip was soul awakening for myself and I think others that came felt that too!  For me it was the answer to these questions.  Can life really be this good?  Can I really design my life this way?  Am I really deserving of this?  When I get the mind out of the way my soul says “YES!”  Which has had a profound effect on my life this year and I am ready to go back and get juiced up.

 

I can now speak from experience the magic that happens at Bio Bio. First of all the staff of Bio Bio are amazing and make the trip what it is! Almost everyday there is a morning practice and an afternoon practice.  Damara and I split the group a couple times so we could offer more of a beginner’s practice and advanced practice. Sometimes the afternoon practice would be advanced or I would do a therapeutics session.  Damara and I also led a meditation float on the river, mmmm..  Everyday is full because it stays light until late! Rafting and kayaking is a big focus because the Futaleufu is one phenomenal river, but there is always the option to hike, mountain bike, and ride horses.  The food is INCREDIBLE!  There is an organic garden right on the property.  The magic for me was this community of beings connecting to their soul and feeling the love which is undefinable. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention wine tasting and salsa dancing, YUM!

 

Bio Bio has a slideshow on their site that includes some of the photos from last years trip.  https://www.bbxrafting.com/awakening-the-soul-futaleufu-yoga-retreat-photos  If I get some interest, I can have a gathering at my house to show a video.  Most of it is the rafting which is pretty darn comical.

 

Climbers!  Last year I extended the trip to check out the climbing up at the Refugio Frei.  Beautiful!  It’s all multi-pitch so you need a partner.  I am up for extending my trip again and belaying if anyone wants to be rope gun.  I would be so tickled to get a group of climbers together.

 

So here is the deal.  I need at least 8 people to sign up byNov.1 to make all this magic happen.  The trip is $3400 and well worth the experience of a lifetime.

 

Attendees from last year, please feel free to send any photos or comments on the trip that would encourage beings to sign up for “Awakening the Soul”.  Also, please pass this on to anyone that might be interested.

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Much love to you all!

 

Shari

 

P.S.  Adding some photos from the trip of myself that make me giggle and bring a smile to my face.

 

 

A little about Shari Beard:

Shari feels deep gratitude to be able to call
the Tahoe/Truckee Area of California to be her home since 1994.  The
mountains and this community have had an incredible healing effect on her for
the last 19 years and now loves to rock climb, ski, hike, run and be outside.
 Most of all, she loves bringing community together to help facilitate the
opening of hearts so we experience deeper connection and as a result live life
more fully.

She has studied with master teachers for the last 10 years with over 1,000 hours of Teacher Training.  She is passionate about teaching alignment to help students connect to their bodies, mind and heart.  Shari brings together fellow healers to teach workshops, retreats and adventure trips locally in Tahoe and as far around the world as Chile.  She has been privileged to teach yoga in the schools from little ones to high schoolers, new parents and parents with their children, teachers and large group conferences.

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ThePaddler ezine: September issue featuring Futaleufu

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We aren’t the only ones out there excited for the Futaleufu river season to begin!  This month’s issue of ThePaddler features an article written by our own Laurence Alvarez-Roos featuring the Futaleufu.  If reading this article doesn’t want you to book the next flight to Chile, the pictures certainly will!

http://www.joomag.com/magazine/thepaddler-ezine-issue-12-september-2013-lo-r/0329152001379436552

Futaleufu River Contest Winner

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Congratulations to Jake McDermott for being the winner of Bio Bio Expeditions and KTKE 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio’s Futaleufu adventure!  

Bio Bio Expeditions teamed up with KTKE Truckee Tahoe Radio for a summer long contest to send one lucky winner and a friend to Chile.  The winners will enjoy 9 days/8 nights of whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, horse-back riding, yoga, wine tasting all along the Futaleufu river!  Outside Magazine bestowed this trip the ‘Best Multisport Destination’ award for 2013 and there is no question why this trip received the award.  Activities combined with knowledgeable guides, gourmet cuisine prepared by a professional chef and unbelievable scenery make this an incredible trip for all adventure seekers.  

‘Jake has never been to South America; the farthest south that he has been is Mexico so this is going to be ‘a whole new adventure’ for him.  When asked if he is excited about all the activities, his response was ‘this is going to be better than Christmas.’  

For those of you who aren’t as lucky as Jake but would like to head out on the Futaleufu, give us a call (1-800-246-7238) or visit our website (www.bbxrafting.com) for a full description of this expedition and many others available with Bio Bio Expeditions.

   

Awakening the Soul – Futaleufu Yoga Retreat

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    Awaken your soul in the
heart of Patagonia!  A 9 day
immersion into deep yogic practice featuring 3 of the Lake Tahoe areas most beloved yoga
teachers, delicious organic cuisine, our beautiful riverside adventure camp,
incredible heart opening adventure activities, our amazing staff of guides, and the prana of Patagonia – This will
be a yoga retreat like no other!  As one of the premiere adventure travel companies in the world, we
are delighted to offer a yoga retreat at our signature destination in southern
Chile.  The Futaleufu River is the
place where we discovered and developed that magical alchemy of adventure,
rivers, culture, camaraderie, and unique touches that have come to represent
who we are at Bio Bio Expeditions. 
Blending a yoga retreat into our signature trip will truly unite
everything we stand for and will be the Yoga Adventure of a Lifetime! For more information please visit the following link –

January 9th – January 17th

https://www.bbxrafting.com/awakening-the-soul-futaleufu-yoga-retreat

Featuring the following Yoga Teachers –

Shari
Beard
– Shari grew up in St. Louis, MO and found yoga in 1995.  Yoga has been her faithful tool and “friend”
ever since!  Her first teacher
training, at the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica in 2002, confirmed that Shari
was on a spiritual quest.  Being a
passionate student, and wanting to learn as much as she could, she did
subsequent teacher trainings in Ashtanga with David Swenson, Maya Yoga with
Eddie Modestini and Nikki Doane, and a year of training at the prestigious
Iyengar Institute in San Francisco. 
After a 100 hour immersion into Anusara she found the style that most
expresses the joy and gratitude in her heart.  She has almost finished her Anusara teacher training with
Abby Tucker.  Besides yoga, Shari
is a passionate outdoorswoman with rock climbing and skiing being two of her
sports loves.  Shari is an
inspiring, graceful teacher who has committed to helping people dedicate
themselves to a daily yoga/meditation practice.  She gets so much joy watching the shift in others when they
commit to a daily practice.  Shari
is also the mother of a beautiful 4 year old daughter.  She warmly invites you to learn and
grow on this retreat and looks forward to providing you with guidance, support,
and strength in your practice.

Shaelah
Morris
– Shaelah is the founder and director of Yoga Studio Tahoe. She is known for her
transformational Bhakti style yoga classes. Her deep devotion, wisdom, and
energy are evident in all her classes and are uplifting to all.  Shaelah
has been committed to sharing the gift of yoga since 2000 when she did her
first teacher training. She has been blessed to study with some of the
world’s best teachers including Janet Stone, Baron Baptiste, Rusty Wells,
Bikram, Stephanie Snyder, and Dharma Mittra. She has over 1200 hours of
certified yoga training. Shaelah discovered her passion for yoga after
traveling the world as a professional skier. Yoga not only healed her injuries,
but took her on a journey far beyond anything she could have imagined. She
leads workshops and teacher training’s all around the world, including the
Wanderlust Festival, and bases herself in Tahoe for her love of skiing and the
lake. Shaelah’s yoga classes are designed to open your heart and transform your
life. They are vigorous, playful, full of sweat, sweet beats, and incorporate devotional
chants.  She is very excited to
bring all these elements to the Patagonia Yoga Adventure in January, 2013.  www.studiotahoe.com
 

                                                                                                                                                                               
Emily
Weer
– Emily is the owner of Summit Lotus Yoga studio in the heart of the Sierra. Emily’s heart opening classes are inspired from over 15
years of experience in bodywork, meditation, wilderness therapy/ psychology,
guiding trips on rivers and mountains all over North and Central America, as
well as study and practice in various forms of yoga lineages along the journey.
 In her teachings, Emily’s deep connection to nature shines as she invites
you to go inside and surrender more fully to your natural rhythm of breath. 
As a competitive snowboarder and Class 5 whitewater kayaker, Emily knows how to
find stillness even in the most adrenaline filled moments.  On the Patagonia Yoga Adventure Emily’s
yoga classes will help you connect even more deeply to your wild nature and the
beauty of nature around you. www.summitlotus.com