Embracing Shakti: Invoking the Goddess in Yelapa, Mexico

When: 28 Nov 2015 - 5 Dec 2015 (Sat - Sat, 7 nights)
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Sky Temple

Imagine what it will be like to live in a small coastal Mexican village reached only by boat! Yelapa is a magical community very different than other places in the world or even other places in Mexico. The local community owns all the land; they have not sold their village to individuals or developers. The Sky Temple works in partnership through interpersonal agreements made through family and relationship. This way of life is very different than the “ownership” model practiced in the U.S. and Canada and most the world.

The “Sky Temple Village Yoga Experience” is designed to impart a glimpse into living in the midst of this unique community while practicing in the extraordinary setting of the Sky Temple. The teachers bringing groups infuse their teaching with all their knowledge and the expansive broadening of understanding invited by the setting of the village. My intention is to create a feeling of unity with both nature and the native community. Groups coming to Yelapa have come to understand that this experience is about the walking, climbing, immersing in nature and the village, and doing yoga See more events in this venue
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Carla Wainwright

I started practicing yoga in 1996, the original motivation — to touch my toes! I had no idea the journey I was beginning to undertake would be so profound and transformational. Seventeen years later, I can touch my toes, and along the way I discovered that my talent and my passion has become helping others nourish their unique journey toward self discovery.


While most of my retreats and offerings are open to all, I am particularly passionate about helping women explore the divine feminine and embrace their indwelling power, the Shakti nature within. This work entails going deep, uncovering blocks, becoming embodied, balanced and strong on all levels, ultimately, becoming comfortable with feminine creativity, sexuality and personal power. As I continue the personal practice of embracing Shakti, I experience my evolution forward into myself. An increasingly empowering and liberating experience, I can’t help but feel compelled to help others experience this for themselves.


Yoga is an ancient and timeless art, science, and philosophy that emphasizes awareness, integrity, and compassion. The practice of yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity. As a yoga teacher I honour the ancient traditions while embracing our contemporary evolution forward. My desire to is enable students to find true pleasure in their practice, on and off the mat and to use the power of the practice to heal, transform and awaken to a life of freedom.


Founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, BC


Director within the Primary Faculty of the SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program


E-RYT500 Teacher with over 18 years of yoga teaching experience in a wide range of styles – from Yin Yoga to Pre-Natal, including multiple annual teacher trainings and international yoga retreats since 2008.


I have studied with: Mugs McConnell, Shirley Daventry French, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Dana Flynn, Minke de Vos and Geeta Iyengar.


Additional Education: I am a Doctor of Medical Heilkunst and Homeopathy (M.Sc, DMH) from the Hahnemann College of Heilkunst and Homeopathy in July 2009 with a College Diploma in Health Sciences. A former wildlife biologist, I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Applied Zoology and a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology.

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