Brazil Yoga Retreat & Adventure


Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 3 – 9, 2020

In this yoga retreat & adventure, experience the lush beauty of Brazil’s jungle and coastline with seasoned guides and a community of old and new friends. Practice yoga in a gorgeous studio overlooking a private beach, and commune with nature in a peaceful setting.  

All food at the Lodge will be carefully prepared to be local, healthy, fresh, tropical., and with vegetarian options.

An optional add-on tour of Rio will be offered April 30-May 2 by longtime friend and colleague Daniel Almeida. Please inquire with Alice about details.

**Please inquire about more single rooms or triplets if you don’t see what you are looking for*

What’s included

  • Transport From/To Rio: You will be accompanied by one of our trustworthy and knowledgeable guides
  • 1-2 Yoga Classes Per Day
  • 5 Excursions: Experience a Forest Forager Tour with a Famous Brazilian Chef, Explore Beaches by Boat & SUP, Hike and Explore the Old Town, Kayak Jungle Inlets, and Experience the Green Coast Beaches
  • 3 Meals Per Day: Exception is two meals out which are not included
  • 6 Nights Accomodation: Rooms are at a private beachside Lodge near Paraty

Day 1: Welcome, Orientation, and Opening Circle

After your trip from Rio, enjoy some snacks at the Lodge, and get settled in paradise!  We will have a yoga class with an opening circle and then a beautiful first dinner

Day 2: Boat Trip from Lodge

Coffee and tea

Morning Yoga


Boats pick us up at Lodge to explore the tropical islands and beautiful sandy beaches in the bay of Paraty.  For those who are interested we will also have Stand Up Paddle Boards and snorkels to use.  Option to SUP 

Lunch at Vermehla Beach

Free time at Lodge for Massages  and rest

Evening Yoga 

Dinner at Lodge

Day 3: Gold Trail with Old Town

Tea and coffee

Morning Yoga


Excursion to Gold Trail with a Tour of the Old Town of Paraty (a UNESCO nominated World Heritage Site). We will walk the paved rainforest road (and maybe stop for a swim at a waterfall) built by African slaves in the 18th Century to bring gold and precious stones out of the Brazilian interior and onto ships to Portugal.  We will also tour the Old Town of Paraty. 

Free time and Lunch in Old Town Paraty

Free time for Massages and rest at Lodge

Evening Yoga

Dinner at the Lodge

Day 4: Kayaking the Green Coast

Coffee and Tea

Morning Yoga


Kayak departure from Lodge. We will experience the beaches and islands of the Green Coast by sea kayak.  There will be plenty of island exploring and swim time too!.

Lunch at Beach

Free time for Massages and rest at Lodge

Evening Yoga

Dinner at the Lodge

Day 5: Forest Forager – Wild Food Walk

Coffee and tea

Morning Yoga 


Wild Food Walk – We will learn about the medicinal and nutritional value of local wild rainforest plants with Brazilian forager Jorge (from Netflix’s Chef’s Table).  He will then cook what we gather! 

Lunch at Lodge – lunch partly prepared specially by Jorge and partially by the Lodge. 

Free time for massages and rest

Free night in Paraty (dinner not included)

Day 6: Green Coast Beaches

Coffee and tea

Morning Yoga

Hike the secluded and most magical Green Coast Beaches and explore local culture. 

Lunch at the beach

Possible yoga at the beach

Free time for massages and rest at the lodge

Dinner at the Lodge

Day 7: Goodbyes and Farewells

Coffee and tea

Morning Yoga and Closing Circle

BIG breakfast

Departure to Rio

Arrive Rio around 5PM

One Day Yoga Retreat at Harley Farms


One Day Yoga Retreat at Harley Farms

With Alice Kennedy

September 28, 2019
Pescadero, CA

Join us for a unique and magical day at Harley Farms in Pescadero, California.  We will have two extended yoga sessions in the barn and an exquisite farm-to-table catered lunch in the Secret Garden.  As Harley Farms is a goat dairy, there will be plenty of goats to visit…..however this is not goat yoga!  

Retreat on the Farm

9-9:30 Arrival, Orientation, and Coffee/Tea

10-12:30 – Yoga in the Barn

1-2:30 – Farm-to-Table lunch in the Secret Garden with time to enjoy the surroundings

3-5 – Yoga in the Barn

Price: $200 Early bird before Sept. 1, or $225 thereafter

Register here

Awareness & Connection – Graeagle Retreat 2019


Awareness & Connection

A Weekend of Yoga w/ Alice Kennedy

July 12-14, 2019
Trails Within, Graeagle, CA

Friday, July 12th
Relax & Renew * 5-7pm

Slowly and softly feel yourself arrive more fully into your body and heart through this sweet, slow restorative workshop. Tend to the self in a deeply relaxed state to set the tone for the weekend.

Saturday, July 13th
Backbending w/ Connection to the Core * 9-11:30am

Backbending doesn’t need to hurt or stress the body. Learn key principles to help sustain your current backbending practice or to progress it by connecting to your core.

Hips & Twists * 2-4:30 pm

Hip openers and twists can help us go deep and settle ourselves from within. Strengthen while you stretch, and begin to build awareness, understanding, and compassion around the layers of tension we hold.

Sunday, July 14th
Full Spectrum * 9:00-11:30am

Come practice in a full spectrum class. By practicing a variety of poses in one class – including breathing and meditation, we will integrate our learning so that we leave feeling whole.

Space is limited ~ Please register in advance

All sessions: before 6/22 $140 or $160 after
Each session: $40 early/ $45 regular
Traveler Plan: $40 admin fee (Alice’s students)
Group dinner Saturday: $30
To register, please contact Emily at or (530) 836-1500.

Nurtured from Within


Nurtured from Within

with Alice Kennedy

Saturday, January 19th
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Breathe Together Yoga
14107-H Winchester Boulevard, Los Gatos, CA

Let yourself be fully nurtured in this healing three hour restorative workshop. By gently resting in supportive yoga postures, we can help reset the nervous system so that your body’s natural wisdom can guide the way into deep rest and relaxation.

Expect to unwind from the busy nature of the season so that you can restore yourself to health, healing, and a true sense of calm.


General $75
Members $60
Early-Bird $60 through 1/7

Register here

Living Your Yoga: 30 Day Challenge January 2019


Living Your Yoga

30 Day Yoga Challenge

with Alice Kennedy and Emily Williams

January 1-30, 2019

“The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa – steady effort in the direction you want to go” ~ Sally Kempton

Yoga offers us each an opportunity to bolster ourselves from within, to fill ourselves up so that we are then able to live our lives from a place of fullness instead of from a place of lack. Though the world around us is tumultuous and changing, the philosophy behind this ancient tradition of yoga teaches us that we can find deep peace, ease and connection within, regardless of the storms that may rage around us.  We hope that this 30 Day Yoga Challenge is a way to deepen your own understanding of the path of yoga, and for you to feel into the many benefits that a daily practice can offer to your heart, mind, body and spirit.

Dive Deeper Into the Heart of Yoga
The New Year is the perfect time to recommit to the things that make us feel good, healthy and connected. Take time to deepen your yoga practice for 30 days with the support of a program designed to help you create and maintain a consistent daily routine. In addition, expand your understanding of the philosophical ideas of the Yoga Sutras and how they apply to daily life.

All levels of practice are welcome. Commitment is 15 minutes per day or more and is done at home.

What’s included?
● The guidance and knowledge from 2 yoga instructors with over 35 years of combined experience!
● Photo sequences for a: (2) 1 hour, (2) 30 minute and (2) 15 minute yoga practices
* Bonus restorative practice
● Simple meditation and pranayama techniques
● “Living the Sutras” book with a recommended reading outline (purchase on your own)
● Daily inspiration, encouragement and book discussion through emails
● Private Facebook group for support and community, and weekly Facebook Live Q&A
● Upon completion, be entered to win a Manduka ProLite yoga mat!

Sign up by contacting Emily: or (530) 836-1500

Or pay Alice directly here

Investment: $75

Learn more about Emily Williams here

Learn more about Alice Kennedy here


Cancellation Policy for 30 Day Yoga Challenge:

Your spot is not guaranteed unless you prepay for it.

Cancellations 7 or more days prior to start of the program will receive a full refund, minus a $5 service fee.

For cancellations less than 7 days before the program, we will only be able to issue a refund if you are able to find a replacement for your reserved space.

Cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the program or if you leave the program early for any reason, no credit or refund is available.

Thank you for understanding.


“I am so happy about participating in this 30-day yoga challenge! The main impacts that I have noticed are: Physically, I feel great – stronger and less pain & Emotionally, I am not trying to have everything be perfect (which it never is) at my house/ in my life before I do yoga!

Before this challenge, I would start doing yoga and then, with my first down dog, I would see that I absolutely HAD to vacuum. And then I’d put a load of laundry in between sun salutations. And etc. I realize that my life isn’t perfect (or how I expect it to be) when I go to class, but going to class has always meant LETTING GO of the mess (that is life) for just a while and then returning to it afterwards.

So now, with the challenge, I am able/ encouraged to see that life and my house don’t have to be ‘perfect’ for me to do some yoga and – ironically – be in a better space to deal with them once I finish.” –C

“I am so grateful for your inspiring words. I look forward to you emails every day! Through the work I am doing in the 30 day challenge, I have gained new insight in to myself and how I perceive the world. I am fostering the seeds of love for myself and continually using the mantras “ I am whole, I am everything I need” and “I did the best I could”. Thank you again for your words and for giving me this opportunity to participate in this life changing experience.” — M

“Thanks to you for taking us all down this road. I can feel the mat calling to me now when its time, and I look forward to the peace and alone-time that the practice offers. The practice has improved my daily outlook in general and has helped me to loosen some of these stiff muscles that have been so tight for years. Though I have a long way to go, I am very pleased that I have incorporated more yoga into my daily life and I appreciate all of the mind and body rewards that it offers.

More than anything, the practice taught me the value of breath. Everything is so much easier if you are breathing, and it also makes it easier to let go. I also am finding that I am sleeping better, especially when I do a few gentle poses and legs up the wall just before bed. What a treat. Thanks for all the great stick-figure poses.” –D

“Just 15 minutes or more each day is incredible for my well being and my clarity in these days of change.” — V

“I have so enjoyed the daily emails, full of encouragement, realistic input and tons of inspiration!! I have been practicing yoga a long time and have never gotten a home practice going. Now my practice is a priority to fit in and I have found if the morning doesn’t go as planned I look forward to an evening practice for restful sleep! Thank you Emily for bringing my yoga home for me.” — V

“I have so enjoyed these past 30 days doing the yoga challenge. I feel even more a part of our yogi community than ever, even though I haven’t physically reached out to anyone during this journey. Rather I had a sense of knowing I wasn’t alone…like we all shared this together yet apart… There are many blessings this experience has given me; one example is that I feel like I have more to offer the yogis that come to my classes. And I strongly feel these practices are helping me know more about myself and guiding me in the direction of how I want to truly live my life. My intention is to continue approaching each day as it comes and with each day will be yoga on and off the mat.” — C

“Thanks for offering this wonderful way to deepen my practice, to explore routine and choice and to encourage acceptance throughout the process. May that follow all of us as we now step into new and different “challenges”. You write beautifully, your words a gift to my heart and are you – again and again!” — V

“What an amazing journey! I hear my mat calling me everyday about 4 so I know that it is working. I enjoy the time stepping away from the turmoil of life and focusing inward. This could be life changing.” — D

“Thanks Emily for the month of yoga! I found it so helpful to take time every day to get on the mat and connect with myself. I really resonated with the email when you said that the home practice is totally different than practicing in the studio. It let me embrace what my home practice was, with life going on around me. Your daily emails were enjoyable and inspirational. They covered a wide variety of topics and exposed me to some new concepts.” –S

Yoga For the New Year 2019


Yoga For the New Year

with Emily Williams & Alice Kennedy

January 5 & 6, 2019
Saturday 2 – 5 pm & Sunday 9 am – 12 pm

Graeagle, CA

Kickstarter for the 30 Day Challengers or for anyone looking to reinvigorate their practice. Join us for a weekend of yoga and community and full spectrum classes. All levels of students are welcome.

Register in advance: or (530) 836-1500.

$40 per session before 12/22, $45 after
$10 OFF each session for 30 Day Challengers!


Yoga With Us


Yoga With Us

Sunday, June 24
8:30-10:30am Capitola Beach

Give of your practice. Step out of the yoga studio, onto the sand, and align your yoga in support of a world safe from violence and abuse.

I’ll lead the asana practice for this event, in support of Monarch Services, an organization that has provided safe refuge in the Santa Cruz community for over 40 years.


More info and register here

Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture and Essential Oils


Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture and Essential Oils:
Center, Connect, and Shine for Summer

with Alice Kennedy & Bridget Puchalsky

Saturday, June 30, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Breather Together Yoga, Los Gatos


Join Alice and Bridget for this one-of-a-kind experience through a joint restorative and acupuncture workshop. Even if you have no experience with acupuncture or restorative yoga, this workshop is perfect for anyone feeling over-stimulated, heated, or disconnected, all very common during the summer months, especially in the mid-summer heat.

This workshop will be a combination of acupuncture and restorative postures that specifically target meridians that need attention and nourishment during the summer months (specifically the heart and fire element). We fill focus on joy, connection, and centered transformation. Alice will guide us into a restorative postures and Bridget will then apply acupuncture needles to the meridians supported during the poses. Several poses and a variety of meridians will be explored.

At the end of the workshop, you will be imbued with essential oils that also support organ health and emotional well-being. You won’t want to miss out on this unique experience. Space is limited so please register in advance.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that can easily be moved to both knees and elbows with a loose or v-neck.

Register here

General $85
Members $75
Early-Bird $75 (through 6/12)

Breather Together Yoga
14107 Winchester Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Attuning to the Heart – Graeagle Retreat 2018


Attuning to the Heart

A Weekend of Yoga with Alice Kennedy

July 13-15, 2018
Trails Within, Graeagle, CA


Friday, July 13th 5-7PM
Restorative Yoga
Slowly and softly feel yourself arrive more fully into your body and heart through this sweet, slow restorative workshop. Tend to the self in a deeply relaxed state to set the tone for the weekend.

Saturday, July 14th 9:00-11:30AM
Backbending with Core Integration
Core integration can provide  confidence and stability to help your spine gently wake up. Without overworking, overstretching or forcing….our backs can happily open from a place of strength and ease, not fear.

Saturday, July 14th 2:00-4:30PM
Hips and Twists
Hip openers and twists can help us go deep and settle ourselves from within. Strengthen while you stretch, and help let go of layers of tension and built up stress in the hips.

Sunday, July 15th, 9-11:30AM
Whole Spectrum
Come practice in a full spectrum class. By practicing a variety of poses in one class – including breathing and meditation, we will integrate our learning so that we leave feeling whole.

Optional: Sunday afternoon hike from 1-3pm $10

Optional: Group dinner Saturday night $30

Space is limited, please register in advance.

All sessions: before 6/23 $140, or after 6/23 $160

Each session: before 6/23 $40, or after 6/23 $45

Traveler Plan (For Alice’s students only) $40

To register, please contact Emily at or (530) 836-1500.


Nurture In The New Year


Nurture in the New Year

A Restorative Yoga Workshop

Sunday, Jan 21st, 2018   2-5 PM

Yoga Center Santa Cruz

428 Front Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060

If the past year or holiday season has left you feeling stressed, worn out, or uneasy….start the New Year by fully releasing the past and softly nurturing yourself in the present. By putting your body into gentle, supported stretches for a prolonged period in a safe and supportive environment, we will help to restore a deep sense of calm and ease to your nervous system so that you feel rested and clear to greet the New Year. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to letting go of the past and embracing intentions for the present.

$35 early bird before Jan 7th
$45 after Jan 7th

Register Now with Paypal
Cash or check accepted as well. Contact me to arrange.