Our Journal

The Utopian Newsletter : Summer Issue 2018

Happy 10th Summer! 2008 – 2018   We are celebrating 10 years of retreats and travel! Welcome to the official Yoga & Adventures Worldwide Newsletter – The Utopian! If you’ve hung out with us long enough you’ll understand the significance of the name. We want to keep the amazing memories alive of our beloved spot … Continued

by: Christina Thomas

‘I Include Myself’ : Gay Havana

Words by Laurie Greene June 20, 2018 Cuba, like most other places in the world, has not always been accepting of homosexuality or queer culture. As documented by Cuban Poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas in the autobiographical film Before Night Falls (2000), life for openly gay Cubans was often met with discrimination and political retaliation … Continued

by: Laurie Greene

Why we love Santorini

words by Christina Thomas   Why have we chosen to host our yoga retreats in Santorini versus any of the other hundreds of islands in the country? Many reasons actually, but namely these! Yes, the views from pretty much anywhere you look in Santorini are EPIC. Of all the Greek islands we have chosen this … Continued

by: Christina Thomas

Summer Solstice 2018

words by Tara Jade Nicols June 21, 2018 On June 21st, the Summer Solstice begins as the sun steps into Cancer. We are drawn to our family, and connecting with our feelings. Cancer, known to be sensitive, longs for a sense of safety and security. This Solstice, in the Nothern hemisphere, marks a time of … Continued

by: Tara Jade Nicols

Namaste, and mean it

words by Willis Johnston Being gay has helped me understand the meaning of yoga. To me, at its core essence, yoga is the cultivation of a peaceful life through navigating and existing in one’s truth while also connecting to others with the deep understanding that all beings everywhere spring forth from the same spark of … Continued

by: Willis Johnston


How do we open our heart and body to adventure? Words by Wendy Martin June 9, 2018 There is something so profound about the synergy of travel and yoga retreats…when you step out into the adventure of travel your senses are heightened, crisper even. There are a freshness and clarity to the sights and sounds … Continued

by: Wendy Martin

Harness the Overwhelm

words by Sherry Sidoti June 4, 2018 Last weekend I taught a workshop entitled “Harness the Overwhelm” because let’s face it, everyday living can be a bit much: the to-do lists, the expectations, upholding importance, overstimulation, social media, all the caring. Sadly, feeling overwhelmed has become a new norm, and it’s throwing our nervous system … Continued

by: Sherry Sidoti

On Strong Hearts…

words by Andrea Manitsas May 30, 2018 This is a theme that I come back to again and again and again, because it requires constant reminding, constant cultivation, for me anyhow. We’re talking about connecting to the strength and support that we need in order to find openness and remain open. And let’s be pretty … Continued

by: Andrea Manitsas

Following my heart

Words by Christina Thomas   Every client usually asks me how I ended up leaving my life in the States and following my heart to Mexico so I thought I would share my story of how I came to live here in Tulum : One February back in 2008, when it was cold, snowy and … Continued

by: Christina Thomas