Optimal Health, Happiness and Yoga Retreat with Nathalie Croix : Discovering Your Best Self

Umbria, Italy, 2017

Optimal Health, Happiness and Yoga Retreat with Nathalie Croix

Discovering Your Best Self

Seven days of rejuvenation, adventures, new and old friends, fantastic food, in beautiful Umbria, Italy.

When: June 28 – July 5th

In this retreat we will have daily vinyasa yoga practice, guided runs and hikes, meditation, journaling and afternoon workshops : including chakra healing practices and how to align ourselves with a higher purpose to achieve the life of our dreams with our most authentic Self.

Finding Balance, Health and Happiness 



Do Yoga

Go For A  Long Run Or Hike,

Take A Cooking Lesson

A  fantastic week in a magnificent part of our Planet in which I am thrilled to explore with you!

A message from your retreat leader, Nathalie :

” Our retreat will include going deep into the journey of the Self with the highest S, through journaling, meditation and chakras workshops I will guide you into deeper layers of awareness tapping into higher frequencies to be awaken through y by you! 
The journey and path of Self discovery and transformation leads us to 
Universal Truth : Unity and Love ♥  Join Me! “
Who Can Come?
Anyone can come! Anyone who wants to embark on a fun adventure in Italy.
Yoga knowledge is not required.
Yoga practice during this retreat is optional and not mandatory.
We will have an expensive program for all likes!

Yoga Practitioners of All Levels Are Welcome

email : shantiyoganola@gmail.com for more info and to register

* space is limited



Other activities will also be available throughout the week such as horse riding, cooking lessons , wine tasting, tours, massage, and more!

Nathalie focuses on prana flow, breath and alignment. 

Nathalie is a yoga teacher and trainer with a 200 and 300 Hours Yoga Alliance Registered training school and has led many adventure retreats around the world. Yoga teachers may use the time in the retreat as continuing education for their 200 and 300 Hours certifications with YACEP. (continuing education) – a certification for this program will be provided upon student’s requests.

For more information on Nathalie visit www.nathaliecroix.com

Listen to Nathalie’s Podcast interview at RAW talk with Sheena HERE

Package Includes:

shared room
morning vinyasa yoga classes
afternoon workshops
meditation sessions
guided runs

Package price $975 Euros per person based on a double occupancy room

single occupancy available upon request and at an additional price

Airfare is not included

About Our Retreat Center : Caimeli


Set within the gentle hills of Umbria and touched by the scented winds of the Apennines, Caimeli is composed of a large manor house dating back to the 18th century and a smaller farmhouse. Each farmhouse is a mix of modern and traditional with a high degree of elegance and comfort. The interiors were renovated faithfully to reflect the Umbrian tradition of wooden beams and terracotta floors. Both, the villa and the guesthouse have wonderful views of the olive groves and the serene rolling hills of the plantation.

Villa Caimeli

The villa has been painstakingly restored to its original splendor of the 19th century. It is furnished according to the dictates of elegant sobriety, the choice of the terracotta floors, the warmth of the wood and the neutral colors of the interior all reflect the grandeur of the villa. The villa is composed of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms which can accommodate 10 persons.

Casale Caimeli

This is an intimate and peaceful cottage on the property that has been fully restored to its original charm. The casale is composed of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can accommodate 4 persons.

Yoga Studio
Indoor 65 sq. meter studio with a wooden floor.


Fully equipped kitchens with dishwasher
LCD TV with satellite,DVD
WII in Villa only
Washing machine
Central heating
Internet connection with WiFi

Organic garden

The Pleasures of a Caimeli Retreat  

Set amidst acres of olive trees and green mountains it is no surprise that most of our guests spend a large part of their experience outdoors.
We offer you a number of ways to soak up the natural beauty of this unforgettable location within our on site facilities
On the property we have an infinity swimming pool of
17 x 4 metres, and for the children a trampoline and balance lines.

Circumventing the property, we have hiking and running trails galore for the beginner to the experienced. For the indoor person we could entice you with individual cooking, language, or even yoga classes for your enjoyment all by appointment only.

The area around Caimeli is called “The Alte Tevere” which is stepped in history and culture. Caimeli has a myriad list of unique tours and adventures, which could provide you and your family the perfect opportunities to explore.

Whether its shopping, visiting hill top villages, or hiking through Monti Sibilini you are sure to find one of our many activities satisfying to your thirst for adventure, culture or even relaxation.


We will direct you to the prestigious luxury brands in our area; Prada in Montevarchi, Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo, Unoaerre in Arezzo and Vestri in Arezzo. If it is antiques , then we can suggest a trip to the antique market in Arezzo (1st week of the month; Saturday and Sunday).

Cooking and Cheese making Classes

Why not spice up your holiday in Umbria by taking the opportunity to prepare some authentic, seasonal Italian dishes. We offer cooking and cheese making classes.

Wine Tour and Tasting

We can offer you a wine tour to the famous cellars of Montefalco; Paolo Bea, Tabarrini, and Scacciadiavoli or Montalcino; Avignonesi or Caparzo or even Montepulciano; Poliziano, or Salcheto.


There are many different walking paths and they all culminate back at Caimeli by the warmth of a lit fireplace and a bold glass of Montefalco red. Maps available


Mountain and Road Racing Bikes on request/availability.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding Center is located 20 minutes away for both English and Western style. They also organize excursions, trekking from 1 to 3 days, a riding school with certification and pony games.


Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are located in Umbertide. Lessons are also available by appointment.

By appointment only.

Cultural Tours

Whether you prefer the churches, museums or even Etruscan excavations we have all of it in Umbria. We can arrange tours based on your interest or we can suggest and create specific tours for you with a private driver.


Check Out Our Retreat Page HERE

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Groovy Kids Yoga TT Shanti Yoga

groovy kids yoga

Where; Shanti Yoga Shala, New Orleans.
When; Saturday and sunday December 3rd & 4th 2016
Cost; $300 before 11/15, $350 after. Local schoolteachers get 10% off.

More info and sign up details here


In this exciting and supremely practical 10 hour certified GroovyKids™ Yoga Teacher Training you’ll learn the GroovyKids™ Yoga Flow, and you’ll actually do it too. It’s a 45-60minute complete range of motion yoga class perfect for kids of all ages and abilities including music, movement, breath awareness and meditation.

We’ll watch a live GroovyKids™ Yoga class on film and present to you the GroovyKids™ Manifesto, or the 7 Keys to a successful GroovyKids™ Yoga class. We’ll break it down and see what works best.
We’ll add some fun games that get you to reveal your own patterns of thought. Be prepared to laugh! You’ll explore your own experiences and find your own strengths.

We then study the class sequence and learn why, when and how to modify the sequence for almost infinite classes. You’ll see why the GroovyKids™ vision works for all kids of all abilities and cultures, from the ages of 3-12 and sometimes even a little younger.

We put it all into practice with a free GroovyKids™ Yoga demonstration class and afterwards we’ll hold up our class against our 7 Keys, and see how we did. Then we’ll know why we teach GroovyKids™ Yoga instead of just Kids yoga.

This course is ideal for anyone who loves kids, movement, yoga, learning new things or just life in general. We teach communication, philosophy and play.

Especially ideal for school teachers or educators who would like to incorporate yoga into their class time.

The course counts as 10 hours of Continuing Education Credits per Yoga Alliance standards.
All participants receive a 10hour certificate of completion and The GroovyKids™ Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

Call Greville direct for more info at 310 266 3040

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Kirtan: Vijay Krsna Of The Kirtaniyas & Srikala + Yoga

Kirtan: Vijay Krsna Of The Kirtaniyas & Srikala + Yoga

You are invited for this special event at Shanti Yoga Shala

Come join us for a night of Bhakti Yoga – Kirtan with Vijay of the Kirtaniyas and Srikala of Srikalogy for a great cause Save the Cows Fundraiserwww.savethecowkirtan.org

Prior to the Kirtan Join our Vinyasa Yoga Class taught by Nathalie Croix from 6:30-7:30PM All Levels Welcome

This will be a fun evening for a great cause in community!

We had tons of fun last year!

Invite your friends!

* Reserve Online To Save Your Spot*

For more info email shantiyoganola@gmail.com


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Yoga and Horseback Riding Day Retreat


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Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat 2016

Puerto Rico Retreat

with Nathalie Croix and Karina Pivik in Utuado, Puerto Rico

4 nights in Utuado, Puerto Rico
Fri Nov 11 – Tue Nov 15, 2016

Register here : https://triptribe.com/trips/vinyasa-yoga-retreat-with-nathalie-and-karina

Join your top-tier yoga instructor for an incredible week of relaxation and rejuvination at La Calma. With expert instruction, fresh, locally sourced cuisine, daily beach visits, cenotes (underwater caves) to explore, and loads of other activies, this trip is the perfect way to relax and re-energize.

  • Daily yoga with top-tier instructor in a stunning studio overlooking the Mayan Jungle
  • Accommodations at eco-lodge and professionaly designed La Calma
  • Fresh, delicious BIO cuisine from locally sourced ingredients
  • Beach, hikes, jungle fun, adventure tours and more.


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Yoga and Horseback Retreat in Italy 2015

Yoga and Horseback in Italy

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Summer Solstice Yoga & Juicing Detox Cleanse Because We Need It!

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Yoga Retreat in Paradise : Tulum – Mexico – May 2014

Tulum Yoga Retreat 
* * * * * * * *   May * 21-25 * 2014    * * * * * * * *
Dear Yoga Community Friends

I am very excited about this upcoming retreat in Mexico, Tulum.

Just this past year I was in Tulum twice and I fell completely in love with it.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 
Join me in May, 2014,  for a fantastic trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Caribbean Sea, discover the Mayan Ruins and Temples. 
Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. 
Come cleanse, renew the Spirit, rejuvenate the body and soul
Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, enjoy the sunset 
and /or 
Explore the Pueble (town), cenotes, jungles and archaeological sites.
Daily vinyasa yoga practice in the mornings, our own personal chef, property on the beach.
Less than 2 hours flight from New Orleans. 
When :  May 21-25, 2014
Where: Tulum, Mexico
What: Yoga Retreat
With Who: Nathalie Croix
Spaces are very limited for this trip 
double occupancy studio garden view $750 (per person)
single occupancy studio garden view $950 
double occupancy bungalow ocean view $850 (per person)
single occupancy bungalow ocean view $1300 
Price includes
daily yoga, breakfast, dinner, lodging 
Price does not include
transportation to and from airport
If you are interested in this Yoga Retreat 
please email 
Check Out Our Retreat Center in Tulum Beach
About Nathalie Croix

Nathalie is 500Hours E-RYT Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher.

She is certified in SmartFLOW by her mentor and teacher Annie Carpenter. Has an undergrad in Dance Kinesiology, having danced and toured for many years in Europe, the US and South America.

Nathalie began her yoga training over 10 years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, her first teacher, who she studied from in India on several long trips as well as during Jois world tours.

While in India Nathalie studied transcendental meditation (TM) with professor Narasimha, who is a direct disciple of Maharishi Mahesh.

Nathalie teaches weekly yoga classes at

For more info on Nathalie please visit

” Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do ” 


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2013 THANK YOU & All YOU in It! Many Miracles. A Letter to Friends, Yoga Community, Shanti Yoga Shala and Myself

In 2013 there were many miracles and some daily small deaths.

I saw an abandoned malnourished horse who went from a slaughter house to finding a home (after much abuse in between) gain weight, re-discover his self esteem through pure love and compassion from people around him. I saw a little dog who was on death row find and bring so much joy to a new family and go from a chained broken spirit to a confident brave mini lion spreading happiness and love everywhere he goes. As a result:  I get to be lucky and see them almost every day. There is the family you are born into, the family you choose and the ones you find to join you along the way ;)
I poured my heart and soul into my work to see planted seeds blossom throughout the entire year affecting many people and uplifting a community, which brought tears to my eyes and fired my heart. There were times I felt overwhelmed this year, but I had the yoga and my animal to keep me grounded, as well as a team of wonderful individuals who helped me the entire year. They each played an important role, they continue to help me – you know who you are – and I mean our studio’s staff and students equally. We had and have some incredible people come through this year. Please know that I never take anyone or anything for granted and I truly love our Shanti Yoga Shala Team and Community. I know sometimes I don’t praise enough but know that in my heart I see each and every one of you and I am grateful. You are all special and there wasn’t one day this year which I was not grateful for your individual talents and how much I know deep down that without each and everyone of you the studio, the Shala, wouldn’t be the same. My life wouldn’t be the same. A while ago, shortly after Shanti was born, I understood perhaps through a series of realizations, that Shanti doesn’t belong to me. It never did. I belongs to our community, it belongs to the people in it. It belongs to each and everyone of you. Each day I enter the studio, I leave feeling better than when I arrived. Your Spirit is what makes Shanti  the warm special place it is today. I am inspired by you.  I am one of the many navigators helping the ship run it’s course and follow it’s destiny wherever that may take us and for however much long. But even a slight amount of time can be an eternity. It will grow and keep growing until there is a wish, a desire, and a need. We are peace warriors.
However, there is nothing more powerful and fulfilling than seeing your dreams come true and a vision manifest, for this I am grateful at each moment. Yet, I don’t feel I achieved anything, because in our world, the minute you “achieve” you know you lost it already, so I never want and never will be complacent, because it doesn’t exist. There is always more. I do not know where the journey takes us, nor if there will ever be an end, but I do know there is a journey being taken and I am thrilled to part take in it together with you.

On a personal level I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and there is a need to soften, to ease up but that is part of my growth process here on Earth.

On a personal level there is much work; there are many seeds I have planted throughout my life for learning and growth, such as reading more books, my relationship with animals, with horsemanship, nature, surfing the oceans, skiing the mountains, choreography, music, training the body instrument, exercising the brain, more acceptance with friendships, with family, raising more awareness foremost to my own self in matters of world poverty, interracial conflicts, the complicated and delicate understanding of peace; internal peace and world peace; daily human struggles – the struggles we all have which create separation. More compassion and empathy so that I can be more of service. Deepening my practice of meditation and yoga in general, my understanding that we are all ONE and that there is no separation. Cultivating the Spirit and manifestation of energy is various forms through our thoughts, actions, prayers, words, connections, the company we keep. I am interested in being more of service for organizations I am currently involved in such as Yoga Stops Traffick (Odanadi) ,  Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) , Audubon Nature Institute, The International House of Blues Foundation, New Orleans Ballet Association, and perhaps one day create our own non-profit / another vision ;) … The list goes on and on because is never ending.
I pray to never stop being curious and fascinated, because if I ever do stop, than I know there would be stagnation of the soul.
In my heart, I carry the teachers I have in my life and all the past ones I have had. For you I have nothing but love and immense gratitude.In my heart I carry the love I feel from and for my family.
As a teacher myself, I feel,  my only job is to help my students become a better version of themselves.
Also to be of service to a higher power.

It is a blessing to do what you love. If you are like me, never ever take it for granted, if you are reading this; much love for allowing me to share my hopes, goals, conflicts, and dreams with you and for supporting me along the way.  I Wish You and Your Loved Ones a Very Happy New Year!
May the new year be full of health, love, peace, happiness, growth, learnings and fun!May your inner child never grow old.Don’t ever stop being curious and fascinated!

Life is a miracle and you are in it!



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Hawaii Yoga Retreat with Nathalie Croix and Melanie Fawer

Hawaii Yoga Retreat with Nathalie Croix and Melanie Fawer 
August, 18-24, 2012 

Come relax on the magical and pristine island of Maui for a week of transformation and rejuvenation while deepening your yoga practice, swimming in the ocean, horseback riding through unspoiled landscape, touring volcanos and medicinal gardens, taking beautiful hikes, sitting in meditation and enjoying delicious organic foods.

Melanie and Nathalie have a long history of working and playing together, from trips to India and Brazil to extensive yoga training and practice time.

Melanie will teach traditional Ashtanga classes and Nathalie will teach Vinyasa Yoga classes.

Together they will lead the group through dharma and sutra talks and immerse the group in aspects of yoga and asana that daily life does not leave much time to explore.

The week includes accommodations, two yoga classes a day, breakfast and dinner.

The Early Bird cost is $1500 per person based on a room with double occupancy.

For a single occupancy room Early Bird cost is $2000

Early Bird if paid by July 25, 2012.

After July 25th, the cost is $1700 for a double occupancy room

$2200 for a single occupancy room.

If you choose to stay in a double occupancy room we will assist in pairing the rooms to best suit your needs.

To take a closer look at the beautiful retreat center go to:


* Reserve your spots soon! Space is limited.

For now, to learn more about Melanie and Nathalie visit our websites:

Melanie at www.ashtangayogaroom.com

Nathalie at www.nathaliecroix.com

If you’d like to reserve your spot please email


or call   310.435.6098

We hope you will join us for an unforgettable retreat to cap off your Summer!!


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