Voyager Program: Costa Rica (Oct. 25 – Nov. 7, 2015)
Join Wanderlust mentor Ashleigh Sergeant and assistant Michelle Nayeli Bouvier in Costa Rica for a journey of self-discovery, diving deep into the inner workings of your breath, body and mind. This is a unique opportunity for you to:
Study with world-class scholars and work closely with a dedicated mentor
Connect with a community of inspired yogis dedicated to daily practice and continuedlearning
Benefit from Wanderlust’s depth of resources
Cap your training with meaningful change through a seva project
Tune into yourself and find your true north with the Wanderlust Voyager Program.
Registration Deadline: We request that all Voyagers register two weeks before the start date of each module. Late sign ups will incur an additional $50 late registration fee.
“I practice yoga because I have to. I simply must explore this confusing, beautiful, mysterious and magnificent experience of being human. Yoga gives me the tools to do this in a meaningful and effective way that is connected to ancient wisdom. I teach yoga for the exact same reasons. Life is constantly giving to me, constantly waking me up to my Self, constantly providing for my growth and constantly helping me heal so I can walk in this world from a place of reverence and love. I teach because I simply must pay it forward. Being given the gift of human life is so profound I don’t think I could ever fathom it completely — yoga helps. I want nothing more than to stretch the limits of this experience infinitely, to live this life with as much purpose, meaning, presence and love as I possibly can. For me, the most authentic way to do that is share. Through my teaching, I strive to pass on these tools to family, friends and students so they too can delight in a life rich with meaning and purpose and presence. ” ~Ashleigh
Ashleigh Sergeant is the co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga and Expressive Healing Arts, spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas, was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Ashleigh’s yoga videos are featured on My Yoga Online/GAIAMTV and Grokker. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival and Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Ashleigh has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal.
Ashleigh’s first teachers included Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. She received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute with a strong influence from Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga, whom with she continues to study presently. For many years Ashleigh traveled with and assisted John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, exploring the profound healing aspects of therapeutic asana. Ashleigh’s present passion is the deep exploration of the mystical and energetic side of the yoga practice and for this her primary teacher and long time inspiration is the great Sally Kempton.
A lifelong dancer-scientist-yogini-mystic, yoga found Michelle Nayeli Bouvier at age 15 and transformed her world. Already devoted to understanding the life force -on the path of ecological sciences- in 1999 Michelle was asked to teach yoga, and made a promise to the Universe that she wouldn’t pursue being a yoga teacher unless the Universe clearly chose her for the teaching path- then she would give her life completely. Today Michelle is a certified Prana VinyasaTM E-RYT 500, on her way to a Professional 1008hr Certification, as well as an Advanced Certified AcroYoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, creator of Vinyasa of the Hoop & Circle Sadhana, and a pioneer in the global Hoopdance movement.
After nearly 4000 hours of advanced studies, specializing in therapeutics, Michelle offers a variety of practices that synthesize yogic awareness, intelligent biomechanics, and the universality of dance as pathways toward the state of ‘yoga’. She believes we can reach this state of yoga in many ways, dance being possibly the most universal embodied way humans connect to something greater, whether our own essence or the shared experience of the collective. Her message is one of intimacy with life, wisdom of natural patterns, somatic sustainability, playfulness and presence within the flow.
Since 2002 Michelle Nayeli has taught full time at studios, conferences, festivals and retreats, including Wanderlust, Yoga Rocks the Butte, Divine Play AcroYoga Festival, Bhakti Fest, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, High Sierra Music Festival, Hoop Camp, Hoop Convergence, Sacred Circularities and more. Based in San Francisco, CA, Michelle maintains a private practice specializing in customized, prescriptive yoga, with a focus on supporting healthy, functional movement patterns, adaptability within the body-mind, and encouraging living in rhythm based in Ayurvedic principles. She is on the Teacher Training faculty of Balanced Action Yoga School in California, Hoop VinyasaTM, & (soon!) Samudra School of Living YogaTM. She is also the creator and producer of EmBody Retreats, immersive training retreats that expand the definition of yoga and seek to empower practitioners to tune in to their innate intelligence, the root yogic teaching of Sahaja.
Blessed with amazing teachers on her path, Michelle is particularly grateful for Tim Miller, Tias Little, John Friend, Dr. Ranjani Cobo, the global AcroYoga tribe, and masters of dance- Kim Epifano, Jean Isaacs, Tonnie Sammartano, and Patricia Rincon. She bows to the teachers who have shared the deeper and still unfurling meaning of living yoga, Christopher “Hareesh” Wallace and Christopher Tompkins, whose immersions into Tantric Philosophy have changed her life, and especially to her Maha teacher and friend, Shiva Rea, whom she apprentice-assists regularly.
Always a student of embodiment, Michelle is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and continues her somatic education in functional anatomy with Gil Hedley, the Anatomy TrainsTM system by Tom Meyers, and the brilliant and paradigm-shifting work of the Axis Syllabus Research Community. Following years of Contemporary Dance, Capoeira, performance & choreography, Michelle continues to cross-pollinate her movement vocabulary with all kinds of dance, most notably Tribal Bellydance. However, the perfection of the Universe revealed itself through her dance with the circle, the Hoop, which merged her lifetime love of math, geometry, and patterns of flow, the varied skills of her physical training, the sensitivity of awareness cultivated in yogic practice, with a playful and infinitely creative tool for ecstatic embodiment. In love at first spin in 2006, Nayeli (as she is known in the hoop community) is still in awe of the hoop’s power as a persona l practice to transform emotions, empower our authentic selves, and open up new pathways of movement expression. A pioneer of the form, Michelle is a leading teacher in the hoop community, uniquely weaving in yoga, biomechanics and philosophy into offering the hoop as a personal Sadhana.