Why We Chose To Host A Yoga Retreat In Greece

Wow! All of the sudden we are hosting our 4th international retreat. Life is but a dream when you follow yours. :)

We are so excited to bring together Roaming Yogis from all over the world to experience the magic of the Greek islands. 


June 2-9 we will island hop from Mykonos to Santorini to Crete, offering luxurious villa accommodation, daily yoga classes and healthy meals, and of course partaking in the most adventurous and picturesque offerings on each of these beautiful islands.

First things first. When people tell you they are going to the Greek Islands, you should ask definitely them, which ones?

There are over 200 inhabited islands in the Greek archipelago. They are most easily divided into 6 main groups, each with many distinguishing features. Mykonos and Santorini are both in the Aegean archipelago, and Crete, the largest Greek island, is a class of its own (literally).

One could spend a lifetime getting to know this part of the world, but we selected these 3 islands as they are the most popular, a great entry point into discovering all that Greece has to offer, and of course they are at the top of many people’s bucket list! 


Why We Chose To Host A Yoga Retreat In Greece

1. Epic Greek Beaches


If you look at a picture of a beach in Greece and don’t immediately wish you were there, you’re lying. You can almost feel the comfort of the day beds, the warmth of the island sun and the breeze on your skin. 

Some Cycladic beaches offer crazy day parties, others give off a laid back sleepy vibe, and still others feature serene volcanic black sand. The commonality? They are all charming, majestic and just down right sexy. 


2. Greek Architecture


For a lot of people, the Cyclades immediately conjures up images of pristine white and blue buildings (the colors of the Greek flag), beautiful intricate doorways, and cliffs overlooking the sea. Other signature aesthetics of Cycladic architecture are cobblestone streets, windmills and large domes. Whether you’re a history buff or into photography- the striking features of Greek architecture is even more impressive in person, and transforms people to a whimsical state of mind. 

3. Food & Drink

I’m not even exaggerating when I say the best meals of my life have been on the Greek islands. The culture is known for amazing food and drink. Every meal is a chance to live fully, partake in a social gathering, and to express gratitude for the abundance that nature provides us. 


Think loads of fresh vegetables (at one meal I had on Mykonos they even cut olives from an olive tree to get oil!), fruits, legumes, fish, yogurt and feta cheese. The red wine and creativity in cocktails and mocktails will not disappoint!

4. Greek Culture


The culture of Greece has always intrigued me. I remember learning about Greek philosophy in school and loving the sense of wonder behind it. At the same time Lao Tzu was creating Daoism in China and Buddhism was happening in India; Aristotle, Socrates and Plato were making sense of the universe through music, mathematics and astronomy.

Aside from a deep philosophical tradition, Greece was also known for sport, with the first Olympics in Athens as a central meeting point between the Eastern & Western worlds. 

5. Proximity for more travel

Greece is centrally located in Eastern Europe, giving easy access to both the west and the east for those wishing to continue their travels. Some of the most common spots people gravitate toward before or after a trip to the Greek Islands include Athens, Hungary, Turkey, Croatia and Italy.


If you’re an island loving yogi who has always dreamed of visiting Greece, this trip has your name all over it. Check out the event page on our website for photos of our villa accommodation and details on our itinerary and how you can reserve your spot!

*Please note that due to villa sizes, this trip is limited to the first ten guests to sign up!

Yoga Off The Mat: Compassion - Why It's Important And How To Find It Quicker

“In compassion lies the world’s true strength.” - Buddha

“In compassion lies the world’s true strength.” - Buddha

Who else can relate to being their most impatient and harsh self with the ones they love the most sometimes? 

I recently spent 3 full weeks with my mom. Which is a lot of time to spend with any one person, and no matter how much you love your parents and get along with them (my mom is truly my best friend), I think most of us have a low level of tolerance for habits and behavior in our loved ones that in other people would bother us much less.

Or maybe you relate more to anonymous situations - like getting road rage driving or being pushy in big crowds. We all have an environment that makes us reactionary rather than our normal, peaceful selves.

Anyway, all this time with my mom got me thinking about compassion- why it's so important and how to actually identify + break my patterns and grow in this area.

What is compassion?

Compassion is our heart connection to ourselves, others and all living beings. Our heart space is where the lower chakras meet the upper chakras. Where our personal perception meets what is actually happening. 

Our natural state of being is that of joy, openness and understanding. Then life starts unfolding and before we know it we have developed our very own set of triggers that trick us into disturbing the peace with others.

Compassion is choosing to be kind to all no matter the situation. And it is an incredibly liberating practice.

Why compassion is important

It's pretty self explanatory that being kind and spreading love rather than negative energy is important for making our world go round. Our words and actions have much more of an impact on other people than we think. In addition to not messing people's hearts up, it is incredibly liberating to notice when you stray from your natural state of compassion and consciously bring yourself back to it.

How to immediately drop into compassion 

  • Notice that you’ve been taken out of your flow. Remember this has everything to do with you and not the other person. 
  • Allow yourself to truly see the person or situation that is challenging you. Practice flipping your perspective to that of the other coin. Say it out loud, if applicable with the person you are struggling to practice kindness with. Tell the full story from how you think the other person sees it. Allow them to do the same and just listen.
  • Before speaking or reacting to frustrating situations take the time to ask yourself 3 questions about what you’re about to say- Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? 
    • Sometimes you will say yes to all of these questions and it’s okay to be human and express something less than positive but at least do yourself and others the solid of thinking before reacting.
  • Make a game with yourself. How quickly can you notice yourself getting frustrated? What physical sensations arise? How quickly can you calm yourself down and choose non-reaction?
  • Practice compassion with yourself. You are human too and you are doing the best you can. Learn from yourself everyday.
  • Practice a metta meditation. Begin by sending love to yourself, then send it out to your loved ones, then to people who challenge you, then to the whole world.... all beings.

We'd love more tips you have on maintaining the peace and spreading loving kindness. Share them below! 

Peace and love to all, 


A Roaming Yogi's Guide To Tulum & Quintana Roo

I spent the first week of 2018 exploring Tulum & Quintana Roo, and I was not disappointed by my first time in this part of Mexico! Tropical climates are definitely my favorite and where I feel most inspired and creative. I love the lush life flourishing everywhere- green jungle, warm(ish) salty Caribbean sea, fresh fruits and veggies; humidity & sweat beads forming while just sitting there in January... bikinis & sarongs & sandals the only real necessity on the packing list. 


Tulum definitely wins the yogi's choice awards on this part of Mexico. My heart started fluttering as we drove down Highway 15 into the foliage lined streets. Familiarity washed over me. It was my first time there, but the people, the local vibe, the shops, the yoga shalas and the cafes all felt like home. 


Yoga + Accommodation in Tulum

If it seems like there's a million yoga retreats in Tulum, it's because there are! This town was created for conscious people to get away, feel off the grid and reconnect to source and self. And have a damn good time doing it.


The peaceful beach town is carved out of the space where the jungle meets the sea and there's an abundance of boutique hotels that offer daily yoga, a health cafe & spa on site.

Check out these four beautiful choices for places to stay in Tulum that offer yoga + accommodation + healthy food all in one! 

Sanará Tulum

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort

Ahau Tulum

The Beach Tulum

Healthy Eats in Tulum

If you follow a plant based, gluten free or otherwise restrictive diet, you know it can be hard to maintain while traveling. I am instantly a big fan of places where this is easily accessible and Tulum offers just that. 

I don't know about you but the beach makes me super hungry. If you've ever thought vegan food isn't indulgent, please prove yourself wrong all over Tulum.

Start your day at Matcha Mama Tulum or Raw Love for all vegan smoothies, bowls & juices. You can also hit them back up later in the day for entrees or dessert! 

For lunch you'll want to check out Charly's vegan tacos for the most bomb.com vegan take on authentic Mexican tacos around. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. 

After lunch I'd recommend renting a bike and popping in all the shops for chic beach outfits, beautiful gems, and traditional Mayan souvenirs. Feel free to cruise with just your bikini, a sarong, & sandals and no one will look twice.

Enjoy a mid day snack like guacamole, plantain chips or vegan ice cream at I Scream Bar or head to Taqueria La Eufemia to lounge on a day bed and watch the waves come in as you enjoy a pina colada or fresh coconut and a siesta. 

For dinner, consider Casa Jaguar for an awesomely jungle themed vibe or Burrito Amor for exactly what it sounds like- loving (vegan) burritos. 

You won't have a hard time stumbling upon your own favorite places to eat. Just wander and don't worry about time at all here. 

Plan in your adventure days, and relax, beach, shop it, and eat when you stay in Tulum.


Adventure in Quintana Roo & Yucatan

Per usual, I'd recommend renting a car to get around. We got a car from Avis at the Cancun airport (make sure you request local Quintana Roo tags) and explored all the way from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum to Chichen Itza in just 5 days time. We also had plenty of time for lounging and recalibrating mind, body and spirit.


My can't miss adventures for staying anywhere in the Quintana Roo & Yucatan area are exploring Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes & an island day trip. 

Chichen Itza is the main attraction for ancient Mayan ruins and the #1 tourist destination in Mexico.


I went on a Tuesday in the middle of the day in January and it was warm but not hot; busy but not crowded. It's a 2 hour drive from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen, but well worth it in my opinion. You could also visit the less popular + closer Coba which looked cool as well.

Swimming in cenotes are a must when visiting this part of Mexico. Cenotes are sinkholes in limestone that expose freshwater down below the ground and they are super refreshing to jump in after a long day of adventure or for a post yoga morning swim! 


I went to the Gran Cenote just outside Tulum and Cenote Sagrado right by Chichen Itza. There's tons along the entire coast so check out one you can get to easily or venture off the beaten path, just have about 500 pesos cash just in case for entry fee, towel & locker rental. 

Day trips to either Cozumel or Isla Mujeres are a great way to get away for a day and break up your trip if you are staying for awhile. You can easily get a ferry to Cozumel from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen, or to Isla Mujeres from Cancun. You could also head to Akumal to swim with turtles for the day! 

I must say we are inspired to potentially host a little something in Tulum at some point. Is this a place you'd love to travel with us? Let us know with a like on this and leave a comment if it was helpful to you! 

With love,


(Side note): For the drive to Chichen Itza from Playa Del Carmen, you will want to have cash for 2 different toll roads. Pesos are better (have up to 500 pesos cash for this day trip). Also, do not be alarmed that there are check points where police officers have machine guns. In my experience, they will wave you right through. 

20 Travel Quotes To Inspire Your Wanderlust

There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this! The wonders and mysteries of our planet are begging to be discovered by YOU. 

Ignite your wanderlust with (in our opinion) the 20 best travel quotes of all times. Revisit this list of quotes whenever you need the reminder that the whole universe lives inside of you, and parts of you are scattered all over the world waiting to be found. We promise there's some you've never heard! 

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1. “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

2. “It only seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.” - Thornton Wilder

3. "I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." - Mary Anne Radmacher

4. "Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

5. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” - Anatole France

6. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”- Martin Buber

7. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

8. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” - Anthony Bourdain

9. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

10. "Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." - Anita Desai

11. “How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.” - Sarah Reijonen

12. "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

13. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky..." - Cesar Pavese

14. "I'm in love with places I've never been and people I've never met." - Melody Truong

15. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost

16. “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times." - Unknown

17. “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry." - Jack Kerouac

18. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

19. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

20. "You weren't born to just pay bills and die."

Feeling like you need a getaway? Join us on one of our 2018 yoga & adventure retreats.

Sri Lanka February 23 - March 2

Greece June 2 - 9

France October 6 - 13

And while you're at it, check out 10 reasons why Roaming Yogi Adventures are THE way to travel in 2018

Set Your Intention For 2018

We are so excited for the opportunity to host a Vision Board + Intention Setting workshop for our community on Saturday January 13th!

Let’s gather to inspire fresh energy in each other and get serious about what we want to bring about in 2018. 

Purchase your tickets here!

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If you’ve ever created a vision board, you’re probably well aware of how great of a tool it is to manifest your desires into reality. We both created one for 2017 and it is amazing to reflect on the intentions we set for starting a business and personal growth, as we’ve witnessed so much of it all unfold in the past 12 months.

What Is A Vision Board?

A vision board is a visual representation used to clarify a focus in your life. They’re often used for events, branding purposes, or in our case- to spell out to the universe exactly what we want in 2018 to evolve our souls. 

The Law Of Attraction

Maybe you’ve heard this buzzy phrase but don’t feel sure of the meaning. The law of attraction at its most basic level states that what we think about or focus our energy on, we attract more of. It can either work for us or against us, but it is present in our lives at all times.

Notice in the next day or so anytime you find yourself dwelling in a negative thought pattern. Do you see how your thoughts correspond to your experiences?

My favorite example is the time I was trying to enjoy a yoga class but had this nagging feeling about being over the limit on my parking meter. Sure enough I walked out after class to a ticket being written. I’m sure you have a similar experience? If we can manifest tickets, arguments, not being able to sleep, etc with just our thoughts... Imagine the power of focusing energy instead on the amazing things you do want to recognize more of in your life.

Manifest Your Reality

During our 2 1/2 hour workshop, we will guide you through a meditation to awaken to your soul’s innermost desires. Following meditation, you will get a chance to work with journal prompts to get more clear on  the areas of your life you will focus on in 2018.

Then we get to cut up health, wellness, travel & yoga magazines to create our vision boards

All supplies included- extra magazines are welcome if you’d like to bring any.

Purchase your tickets here.

Join the Facebook event here! 

We hope to see you there! 

Xo, Kelly & Alice


The Return of Saturn- What Does It All Mean?-

Digging further into Astrology has been one of the most fun and interesting parts of my year. I have gotten totally lost-and found -in learning about the different zodiac signs, celestial bodies & planets in relation to our human experience. I’m far down the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole with this one, and have no intention of coming up!


Clearly there is so much beyond what we can see and touch here on Earth, so anything beyond the physical realm intrigues me. Life is whatever we want it to be, right?

Among many other topics, I’ve become crazy interested in the Return of Saturn, an astrological transit that happens when the planet of Saturn returns to the exact same place in the sky that it occupied at a person’s birth (occurring between the ages of 27-31). Saturn’s Return can cause us to feel like we’re learning the tough love lessons of responsibility and discipline.

With my 28th birthday happening over this past weekend, and Saturn going into its native Capricorn today, December 20th (signaling the beginning of my return), I’ve been having clear messages coming through to me that the only way up is through, and my best self is waiting for me on the other side. I just have to work through how to get out of my own way.

I’m really grateful to know my friend Jill Wintersteen of Spirit Daughter who has been studying Astrology for 20 years and I immediately thought to go to her to learn more about what I’m feeling and if it has anything to do with Saturn. I gave her a call and it was a total a-ha moment of clarity both in my life experiences and with this new hobby of Astrology.

Below are the highlights about what I learned from our conversation. I hope you are inspired to engage your curiosity about connecting what’s beyond you to what’s inside you! And if you are interested in Astrology please follow Jill on Instagram @spiritdaughter. She posts daily about what’s going on in the sky and it’s a great way to learn about all of the planets and the zodiac. She also has an amazing New Moon Workbook which I have been using each new moon to set my intentions for the next phase.

About Saturn

Each of the planets in our Solar System have unique qualities and personalities and rule a certain sign of the zodiac.


Saturn is the planet of responsibility and karmic lessons. It teaches us about self control, diligence and stability. Saturn is all about tough love and essentially disciplines us until we can learn to discipline ourselves.

Saturn takes 29 1/2 years to orbit the sun and humans tend to have major shifts around the time it returns to the sign it was in when we were born. . So between the ages of 27 and 31 you can expect to feel Saturn’s qualities more pronounced somewhere in your life.

Saturn was in the sign of Capricorn when I was born (roughly November 1988 - February 1991), and the planet is currently going into Capricorn again, signaling the start of our Saturn Return (if you were born between those dates too).

Saturn and her rings

Saturn and her rings

bout Capricorn

The signs of the zodiac are constellations recognized from ancient Vedic Astrology. Each sign, just like the planets, has their own personality and is ruled by a corresponding planet.


Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Not surprisingly, this means Capricorn inspires many similar traits as the ones I mentioned above regarding Saturn. The sign of Capricorn brings more patience, organization, ambition, practicality and resilience.

With Saturn returning home in Capricorn today- it’s actually a great thing for us all because she feels most at home there. We all have the potential now to harness the positive traits of Capricorn to lead to real change in our lives. But we must go through the thick of transition. The only way up is through.

About the Houses of Astrology

Ancient Babylonian astrologers divided life into 12 different existential arenas, or “houses” to define the myriad of activities, emotions, relationships, etc that a human journey consists of.


You can determine what houses the planets occupy in your life to discover more about yourself in intimate detail by using a birth chart tool. All you need is your birth date, time and place. Click here to check it out!  

Your rising sign (or ascendant- used interchangeably)- is your first house. The signs of the zodiac then follow into each consecutive house. So for my horoscope, my first house is Libra, my second is Scorpio, third is Sagittarius, fourth is Capricorn, etc, etc.

I knew nothing about the houses of Astrology before talking with Jill- and this was one of my most exciting takeaways from our chat. The houses totally personalize Astrology.   

With Saturn in a person’s fourth house (like it is for me), they are apt to have heavy burdens and responsibilities early in life that may cause feelings of instability and a lack of grounding or roots. With Saturn in the fourth house it is also common to prioritize individual peace and privacy of one’s home life.

The journey of the Return of Saturn in the fourth house could mean learning the value of steadiness and routine. It could mean learning intimacy and trust, both with ourselves and others. It could also mean going full circle to deal with things we ignored growing up, or putting down stakes to plan for the future. 

As another example, my friend Kaitee was born under Saturn in Capricorn, but Capricorn is her seventh house‐ the house of marriage. So her Saturn Return experience will likely be totally different than mine and have to do with setting boundaries and finding the balance of give and take in partnerships. Crazy interesting stuff, right? 

This resonates so much with me and really helps me to connect the dots in my own experience. A lot of what I’ve been experiencing is the transition to loving the roots I’ve planted here at home in San Diego and take care of the busy-ness of day to day life rather than wanting to embrace my gypsy Sagittarius side full time. 

Although I'm sure moments of challenge will arise, I think this Return of Saturn period is going to be really good for me and full of growth to balance out my inner wild child. I think it already feels a lot like coming home. I'd love to hear your experience with the Return of Saturn. Have you felt any of Saturn's influence in your own life?

A Roaming Yogi's Guide To Joshua Tree National Park

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all!” - Dr. Suess


If you are wondering why I am starting this blog off with a Dr. Seuss quote, it’s because Joshua Tree National Park will 100% remind you of a Dr. Suess book. It is pure desert magic.


Filled with massive old rock formations and Joshua trees sprinkled throughout, this busy National Park is a site to see. I love going camping and have been wanting to check out Joshua tree for awhile, so I took a quick 24-hour trip with my boyfriend, Thomas, and our pup, Coco. And even though it was a short trip, the scenery was 100% worth the drive. Plus, we learned a lot of useful info for the next time when we can go for a longer period of time.



The first big lesson we learned, is that you can’t take dogs on any of the hikes in the National Park. While this originally seemed like a bit of a bummer, we quickly learned that there are still plenty of places to frolic, explore, and experience the abundant cacti, giant rocks, and of course, Joshua trees.

Cholla Cactus Garden

We LOVED the Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail! This easy 0.3 mile trail is more like a stroll than a hike, but it is super cool nonetheless. We thought it was pretty insane, actually. All of a sudden there is just this one area that is filled with cacti, whereas in the rest of the park they are more scattered. I definitely recommend that you stop here for a look.


Ryan Mountain Trail

A hike that we were looking forward to that we didn’t end up doing since they don’t allow dogs was the Ryan Mountain Trail. I had read about this one on California Through My Lens and hopefully we can hike it next time when we go without the pup.

***I am a huge fan of AllTrails.com and I use it for every hike I go on. Check it out if you haven't already! 

Sites to See

Skull Rock

This skull-shaped rock was pretty rad. There is a 1.7 mile trail that you can hike there on or since it is right off the road,  you can just hop out and take a look. So, we opted for the latter and drove by it in in the morning after we packed up our camping gear.  It was a perfect little 10-minute stop to hop out, climb around on some rocks, and take in the fresh morning air. 


Arch Rock

This is another that you can take a trail to or look at from the road from a distance. So, we hopped out for few minutes to check it out from afar. 




Literally the entire park is a site to see. Since we only had 24 hours, we found plenty to do even though we couldn't go on any big hikes. We pulled off the main road in multiple places and just walked around exploring the wildlife and climbing the giant rock formations (which Coco was a huge fan of). This was a perfect and relaxing way to take in the desert beauty.   



Camping in Joshua Tree was also a big lesson learned. I had read before that most of the campgrounds are first come first serve, except for two that you can reserve in advance. We were hoping to get into a campground in the middle of the park so, in an adventurous spirit, we decided to chance it. We got to the park around 1:30pm and they were all full. Oops. Haha. But, we came to see some cool nature so we went into the park anyway... where we quickly lost reception. So, we decided to go with it and took a couple hours to drive around the park and explore. Later in the day we exited the park and pulled up Hipcamp.com (seriously, this site is so cool) and reserved a spot about 15 minutes outside of the park. Easy Peasy. 


The campsite was really cool and we got lucky because the super moon came out that night. It was littttt. Literally. I had been hoping to see a sky full of stars but instead we got the big beautiful moon watching over us. She lit up the sky so much that all we needed was our campfire and her to see around the campsite. Perfection. 


The next morning we were greeted with a heavenly sunrise. I didn’t realize how epic desert sunsets and sunrises are. :)


*** Camping Recommendations: Reserve online in the park ahead of time, plan on getting there in the morning, or reserve a spot on hipcamp ahead of time.




There are no restaurants in the park but there is the little town of Yucca Valley a few miles away with a good variety of restaurants. This town has a hipstery/Coachella vibe and we were very happy to find the Frontier Cafe the day we were heading back. Their menu has healthy options for vegans and meat eaters alike. Thomas and I both got vegan breakfast sandwiches (mine with GF bread) and I got a delicious almond milk matcha latte. Oh, and Coco had some eggs (still wondering if I can make her vegan, LOL).


For while we were in the park and camping, we brought a cooler full of food. We even brought stuff for vegan, gf s’mores. YAS.


This was a perfect way to get away for the weekend and reset, and we can't wait to go back. :)