Why Myrna van Kemenade, owner of Yogadreams in Zaandam (NL), likes To Teach at Revealing Vajra Retreats
I have enjoyed every minute of my annual retreat with Revealing Vajra. The combination of unique locations, great healthy food and Rachel’s meditation and yoga classes are just perfect for me. The three days of silence really helped me to turn down the volume in my head. I go home rebalanced and rejuvenated. Thank you Rachel!
Morocco, November, 2016
This was my very first retreat and it was definitely worth doing it. Everyone who is insecure if this is something you want to do, I can only recommend to do so. Take this step out of your comfort zone, it is so worth it. And you will not regret it!
Morocco, November, 2016
As someone new to yoga retreats, this was the perfect holiday for me. Rachel had thought of everything and I didn’t have to do anything except relax and enjoy it. After a week, I feel more knowledgeable about different yoga styles and much healthier both physically and mentally. I would definitely recommend Revealing Vajra Yoga Holidays.
Ibiza, September, 2016
The energy of Morocco is amazing.
Rachel had every detail covered. The meals, the yoga, visiting the market, off site lunch, massages. Really everything was perfectly timed, despite ‘Moroccan time’.
Also, Rachel’s personal travels and her retreat hosting experience positively influence her retreats.
Morocco, July, 2016
This is my third retreat with Rachel. As usual, she delivered!!!
Better each time and providing each participant with the best retreat experience.
Distance for someone travelling from another continent becomes irrelevant. Thanks Rachel!
Morocco, April 2016 (previously Costa Rica and Ibiza)
This Revealing Vajra yoga retreat was more than I expected. Peace, companionship, good food, but most important, an overall sense of reaching a new plateau in re-starting a flexible yoga practise (as we learned different yoga styles) and time to quiet the chatter in the mind. I will return!
Morocco, June 2016
Quaryati is an excellent place for a yoga retreat. Once you step inside this beautiful oasis with all kinds of animals, you start relaxing right away. Rachel is the perfect host for a yoga holiday. She found the right balance between animation (yoga, day trips) and relaxation (silence day, included massages, own free time). During the yoga sessions, Rachel knew exactly what the group needed and focused on improving and strengthening these points in a fun and always in a different way. This way my first yoga retreat with Rachel but definitely not my last!
Morocco, June 2016
As soon as you arrive in Italy, your 7 days of Me Time start.
Rachel promises the entire package and she delivers, she over delivers even. The location is lush with the wonderful garden, and so many neat little spots to discover. The platform is amazing and the food delicious. Rachel creates a place to truly connect with yourself, and others. Thank you Rachel for your caring attention. “It’s all good”, I loved that! I have enjoyed it and I felt that I have really rejuvenated. To be repeated!
Italy, June 2016
I came to the Revealing Vajra retreat with an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety. As the days unfolded and Rachel guided us through the meditations and yoga classes, it all shifted. The retreat gave me such inspiration to make some necessary changes in my life. It was also fun and completely relaxed. I can’t recommend this retreat enough! Thank you Rachel for an incredible journey. I will be back 🙂
Morocco, November 2016
Everything you could want in a yoga retreat. A beautiful location, mixed with an incredible view and amazing food,and on top of that, top class yoga! You will not want to leave. But when you do, you will feel rested, calm and at peace with your mind and body. Rachel is a great teacher so it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, she will adapt the class to everyone. I will definitely go again!
Morocco, December 2016
Rachel took care of us in all senses and I admire her genuine humbleness.
I loved the yoga classes, ALL of them, but also the rest of the program. I came back for a third time on a Revealing Vajra Yoga Retreat so that should say enough!
Everyone takes care of you and that is a wonderful feeling to have!
Italy 2012 and 2014 and Morocco, December 2016
Beautiful locations, breathtaking views, healthy and delicious food, relaxing massages, nice people around, all included on a Revealing Vajra yoga retreat 🙂 I have done two now, so I know!
Rachel builds up her yoga lessons, ideal for experienced yogis and people with less experience on the mat. You get to taste different yoga styles and some of those can be pretty far out of the comfort zone…
Rachel ‘listens’ to her groups and she knows exactly what everyone needs.
She openly shares her knowledge on the yoga philosophy, meditation and healthy food. And I simply love listening and learning from her. Incredibly inspiring!
In the bubble of the retreat, you can forget all your worries and simply relax and enjoy the peace and me time, just because you can and because it’s all good. Wonderful!
Italy, June 2016 (previously Costa Rica)
I had the best time ever! Met wonderful people, got into my yoga practise and laughed a lot. A thouroughly holistic trip. Certainly go on a yoga retreat with Rachel, she is kind, considerate and made us all feel special. I am already planning my next retreat with her!
Morocco, May 2015
Second time on a retreat with Rachel and for sure, it will not be the last time! I thought I knew what was coming but no, it was different and still the same. No pressure, just a friendly invitation to join. No contact, just being present in the ‘now’. No questions, no expectations, just being myself. Morocco, May 2015
In Sabina is the perfect place to get away from it all in very good company.
I’m leaving feeling nourished, in every possible sense of the word.
So much more than a holiday…
If what you desire is a pause to contemplate the quality of your life, then revealing vajra provides the sanctuary to do just that. Rachel’s natural and curious temperament provides a harmonious balance of physical tenacity and developing strength of mind, revealing the yogi in each of us.
I found this retreat by chance. I was looking for a place where I could simply relax and forget about existing problems. It seems that I found the perfect place to do just that. The location, the food andfriendly people all around, made this experience unexpectedly amazing. Thank you, Rachel!
Rachel promises a lot on her website and … it is ALL true! Even better!
Morocco, April 2016
One of the best yoga retreats I ever participated in- and I have done quite a few! From the arrival to the daily activities, it all went so smooth and without any pressure whatsoever. There is plenty of time for self reflection, to unwind and to just simply BE. I truly come out feeling rested and I really enjoyed the yoga programme. It inspired me to look into different styles of yoga. Namaste!
Morocco, May 2015
Very grateful to have stumbled on this yoga retreat. It’s the third time that I have been on a yoga holiday but without a doubt, this was the best experience.
Rachel was so welcoming from day 1. It’s relaxing and Zen to just be around her.
She was able to allow me to relax, despite experiencing two traumatic events during the retreat.
I got so much out of the experience and I felt at home. It was, for me, life changing I would say, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do more of Rachel’s retreats!
Ibiza, June 2015
I booked this retreat to carve some time and space out for myself and to relax fully. I am leaving fully rejuvenated, both emotionally and physically. The silence days were a new experience to me, and unexpectedly, I learned a lot about myself in those days. Rachel was a great teacher, coach and support to go through this little journey on building up my connection with my body, mind and spirit. This retreat is the best present you can give to yourself!
Morocco, November 2016
This second yoga retreat with Rachel was even better than the first time. First of all, I did not have the slight anxiety that I felt as novice. I sort of knew what to expect. Although it was exactly the same location, this week was different. I have met people that I had never seen before, but still, after just a couple of days, I shared some of my most intimate stories with them. And it was all just fine and felt good. For me, Rachel’s retreat is like a soft power medecine, a chemical that will release it’s curative benefits in you over months to come.
Morocco, March 2017
This retreat was exactly what I needed and it was the perfect fit to my needs. Rachel very professionally builds up her classes. From fairly ‘easy’ to moderate and challenging. She has a good eye for what the group can handle and needs. There is never any kind of stress to perform. Hayley is like a 3 star Michelin Holistic Food Chef. The food that she serves is extremely original in taste and a perfect blend of ingredients. Quaryati as such is perfect as a retreat location! Breathtaking views, wonderful rooms, it’s like a little paradise.
Morocco, December 2016 and Italy 2015
This was my very first yoga retreat! Rachel had everything so well organised and made sure everyone was comfortable being around the place and with each other. I have learned a lot over the course of 7 days and Rachel is very experienced in guiding all the different yoga lessons. After the retreat, I feel rested and the experience I gained makes me more connected to the inner self and changed the way I look at things and will deal with daily life in the future.
Morocco, December 2016
This week had all the ingredients for me to completely relax, have a peaceful mind and get some new energy flowing.
Rachel is a wonderful person and a great yoga teacher.
Her style is a combination of passion, wisdom, humor and ‘both feet on the ground’
Italy, July 2015
In Sabina is the perfect refuge and at the same time a perfect place to feel right at home.
Wonderful people: participants from all over the world, the chef, the owner of In Sabina, Rachel; they all touched my heart and I could really be myself during this week.
It was great to see, feel and experience it all. Thank you!
Italy, October 2013 and Morocco, May 2015
This retreat was fabulous! I had not practiced any yoga for decades and had many physical limitations, still, the teachers made me feel at home and guided me through their sessions. The In Sabina location is magical, the food natural and exceptional. All together, a totally worthwhile experience. I’m going home happier and healthier, with lovely memories of the past 7 days.
Great location, excellent food and nice people around. For me, it was my very first experience with yoga and this retreat was perfect to have an entrance in the world of yoga. Thank you so much for all the care, your kindness, …. for everything.
Italy, August 2015
Rachel is a very professional yoga teacher who has attention for everybody and corrects your yoga position when it needs to be corrected. I have been doing yoga for a while and the personal attention she gives to everybody is very pleasant. Rachel creates a relaxing atmosphere during the week. She knows what to do and say to make everybody at ease. Waking up early in the morning is nice experience in the way Rachel is waking up everybody. Your day starts and ends great with various kinds of yoga during the week. During yoga you have a beautiful view over the valley!
In Sabina is a beautiful and quiet location. It has plenty of spots were you can separate yourself from the group whenever you need ‘me-time’. The rooms have everything you need during your stay, a good bed and shower among other things.
The staf is very friendly and capable, willing to help out whenever you need something. At the pool they place fruit and cucumber juice and there’s even a refrigerator at the pool!
The vegetarian meals are delicious so you don’t even miss the meat! I was very surprised that I didn’t miss it!
Rachel organises several excursions, which are great, even with city guides, own transportation, etc etc and it’s nice to visit other towns during your stay although the pool was ‘calling’ many times, “lay down and enjoy the sun and the cool water”.
Overall, this yoga retreat with Rachel was a great experience where I could just be myself, think some things over and enjoy wonderful yoga classes.
Italy, July 2015 (also joined in Morocco in april 2016)
I came upon Revealing Vajra after a pretty tough year. My dad’s death sent me into an emotional freefall… I wasn’t taking care of me and I was seeing the results. I took the two weeks option and it was the best thing I could do to get myself back ‘to me’. The yoga classes were the perfect balance of energy and healing. I learned so much about myself during this retreat and I will definitely come back to another Revealing Vajra retreat. I recommend it to everyone!
Kat joined in Costa Rica for two weeks, in Italy in August 2014 and in Ibiza in September 2016
So glad that I booked this trip as a ‘personal gift’.
What I really liked was the combination of different yoga styles, the delicious food and having like minded people around, all at a great location!
If you are looking for me-time in a quiet and relaxing environment to come closer to yourself, then this is a highly recommended trip.
Ibiza, June 2015
I came to this yoga retreat with my 21 year old daughter. We only have wonderful things to say. We met fabulous people from all over the world, and some fellow Americans as well. Ages ranged from 21 to 60 and we laughed together every single day.
Coming from NYC to Ibiza is a journey worth travelling. Rachel makes sure all your needs are met above expectations. I loved the variety of the classes and the knowledge shared. The location is beyond amazing. I would not change a thing and I plan to follow Rachel to another fabulous location sometime very soon! The food was magically prepared by Beth, I wish I could take her home with us!
Ibiza, June 2015