Riffs Music, OB Surf & Skate team up to put on one-of-a-kind Baja retreat
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 05/15/13 - 03:09 PM | 6282 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yoga instructors at Riffs Acoustic Music practice on the outdoor yoga studio amid the tune of live music.                                                                                                     Courtesy photo
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Riffs Acoustic Music in Bird Rock and Ocean Beach Surf and Skate are combining their talents to host an all-inclusive Baja surf and yoga camp retreat on Memorial Day weekend. The one-of-a-kind retreat will bring together music lessons, yoga, meditation classes and surf sessions at a private resort on the Mexican coast for an experience of the mind, body and soul.

“You can play in the sand, surf, do yoga, learn an instrument and relax at an inclusive, safe resort right in front of a real shipwrecked boat less than 100 feet out from the beach we are staying on,” said Riffs’ yoga director Shawna Schenk.

From its inception, Riffs Acoustic Music owner Steve Hart infused the power of yoga with the energy of live music to create a music and yoga studio under one roof. Riffs offers a unique combination of services, ranging from instrument sales, music lessons and repairs to daily outdoor yoga lessons and workshops conducted to live music.

“There’s something so powerful behind the sound energy created when instruments are played and bodies are moving, all in the celebration of health and wellness,” said Schenk. “Along with these unique and powerful, all-level classes, students can practice in and outdoors.”

With Riffs’ prime location just a block from the beach, Hart created a serene outdoor setting for his studio, which includes a large redwood deck surrounded by banana trees and a holistic garden to house yogis and musicians alike.

“As you flow with yoga, you can hear the ocean and live music and be surrounded by nature,” said Schenk.

Schenk and her team of yoga instructors will take this tranquil beachside setting a step further by taking their lessons four hours south of the border from May 25-29.

For $500 per adult or $250 for children ages 5-16, yogis will have the opportunity to connect with Mother Nature, experiment with their bodies’ abilities and learn something new or improve on talents they know.

“Throughout the days, music lessons, yoga and meditation classes, and surf lessons will be offered, all of this plus the balance of relaxation in another country at a ridiculously cheap price,” said Schenk. “Riffs believes health and positivity shouldn’t cost much, so we’re making it as cheap as we possibly can.”

With Ocean Beach Surf and Skate hosting the space and providing the surf lessons and Riffs bringing its music and yoga expertise, the retreat will make for the perfect combination of fun, relaxation and rejuvenation.

The price is all-inclusive, including transportation from San Diego, healthy meals, lodging and equipment. For more information, visit www.oceanexperience.net, call (619) 225-0674, or email obsurfshop@yahoo.com.
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