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INTERNATIONAL YOGA RETREATS

“The Sayulita Retreat far surpassed any expectations I initially had. Carla did a superb job in mastering the logistics! Her attention to detail was fantastic and I felt I was in very good hands all week. I will consider this an annual vacation or at least every few years. I felt energized and am ready to take on all that life brings. Thanks Carla!”
~ Kelly McMahon

“Carla’s retreat was extraordinary. The two daily yoga sessions nicely framed the day while allowing us time in between to do our own thing. Carla is an excellent teacher who really knows her stuff but is also fun and compassionate. I loved the extras too – cooking lesson, gong bath, salsa dance lesson, massage etc. My practice has already shifted and even thought I am “back in my life” I feel I will be able to retain the focus I left Mexico with. Thank you!”
~ Alexandra Ewashen

“Carla’s Yoga & Spirit Retreat in Sayulita far exceeded my expectations. She went above and beyond to make this more than a ‘retreat’; it was a unique, unforgettable life experience that I hope everyone gets a chance to experience.”
~ Shauna Korogonas

“I loved how my confidence grew during the week. The power I felt as my confidence grew was amazing and I am so grateful. I am blessed to have had this time to participate in your yoga retreat.”
~ Ann O’Shea

“The March 2015 Sayulita, Mexico retreat offered by Carla Wainwright was a wonderful experience. There was an excellent mix of physical, breathing, introspective and meditative practices in the yoga program and Carla offered us all her grace and wisdom. The setting for the retreat was beautiful and we all loved our free time participating in all the wonderful beach activities. Carla attracts a beautiful group of people and we all enjoyed our time together.”
~ Jane Allen

“Carla’s retreat proved to be everything I expected and more. My original intenetion came to pass easily ,I imagine that being saturated in love and peace within a like minded group setting made it possible. Carla’s leadership and kindness made it very easy to embrace each and every moment both in practise and away from the mat.”
~ Rob Richards

“Coming into this retreat I am recovering from a “brush” with cancer. I have meditated and practiced yoga for many years, but this retreat has reafirmed my devotion to my practice and has taken my healing body and mind to a new level. Carla is a caring, devoted teacher who embodies her beliefs to yoga.”
~ Pattie Kehler

“Carla Wainwright is an amazing angel that offers great expertise and knowledge with her practice. The atmosphere and setting made it feel like home! The theme was fantastic and brought a lot of healing for me and my loved ones. A great connection and experience with others!”
~ Crystal Musfelt

“Carla is brilliant planning retreats. The pace and themes of the week worked well. This definitely won’t be my last retreat with Carla.”
~ Chuckie Maidens

“Amazing….life changing:) left with a sense of purpose and clarity for my day to day life and am making conscious choices to sustain the sense of peace, contentment and connection that I felt there.”
~ Jasmine Lakusta

“This was a trip of a lifetime. I had never met Carla before this trip. After speaking with her I decided to take a chance on this retreat and it was spectacular!! Her knowledge and light shine through the minute you meet her. Everything was perfect and I am so greatful that I had this opportunity ❤️”
~ Sharon Bridson

“Greeting each day with a morning class at the open studio space in Sayulita was a delightful and uplifting experience. I looked forward to every day. Carla is a thoughtful instructor with great attention to detail.”
~ CB, Mexico Yoga Retreat

“I had never attended a yoga retreat before and had no idea what to expect (gong bath?? really, what was I getting myself into??). The week in Sayulita with Carla and the rest of the group turned out to be a great balance of yoga practice and fun in the sun. Lots of laughs! I am so glad I took a leap of faith and attended this retreat. It was exactly what my body and soul needed.”
~ AL, Mexico Yoga Retreat

“This experience was my first yoga retreat and I was worried that I would possibly get bored of the yoga, or worse, not be able to keep up. Both of these worries were completely unfounded and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The yoga was really wonderful, and the off time was a lot of fun as well. I would absolutely do another yoga retreat with Carla – all the details were taken care of, it was easy to relax and just enjoy.”
~ Susan, Mexico Yoga Retreat

“I went on this retreat for multiple reasons, but the two primary ones were to improve my yoga practice and to work through some personal/emotional issues that needed space, time and attention. This retreat gave me everything I needed and more than I could have expected. I would definitely do it again and would recommend it to anyone!”
~ Anonymous, Mexico Yoga Retreat

“The Sayulita Retreat far surpassed any expectations I initially had. Carla did a superb job in mastering the logistics! Her attention to detail was fantastic and I felt I was in very good hands all week. I will consider this an annual vacation or at least every few years. I felt energized and am ready to take on all that life brings. Thanks Carla!”
~ Anonymous, Mexico Yoga Retreat

“Carla’s retreat was extraordinary. The two daily yoga sessions nicely framed the day while allowing us time in between to do our own thing. Carla is an excellent teacher who really knows her stuff but is also fun and compassionate. I loved the extras too – cooking lesson, gong bath, salsa dance lesson, massage etc. My practice has already shifted and even thought I am “back in my life” I feel I will be able to retain the focus I left Mexico with. Thank you!The retreat with Carla was a wonderful experience. I came home well rested, refreshed, and inspired to continue on with a more regular yoga practice.”
~ Anonymous, Mexico Yoga Retreat

WOMEN'S YOGA RETREATS

“To be in the presence of an exceptional woman and teacher is a gift in itself, to have her knowledge, wisdom and creativity shared with us, is a treasure. Carla used her talents to bring us deeper into our bodies and this truly was magical. To be in the presence of 19 other exceptional women each teachers in their own way and from their own life experiences was an honor and an experience I will hold dearly in my heart for some time. If you are searching for a deeper practice, deeper self love or beginning to discover who you truly are, spend time at a yoga retreat and allow the unfolding to happen, you’ll be amazed at what you discover !”
~ Denise Marshall

“Attending the women’s retreat was an amazing experience. Thinking you are going for your own personal reasons is quickly dissolved when you discover that you not only learn about others but in doing so…you discover more about yourself while trying to help others. The retreat does everything you are hoping for and much more. It has helped me to begin my journey to a healthier, more fit emotionally, mentally as well as physically and much stronger and happier lifestyle.”
~ Beth Burechailo

“Carla is an amazing yogi and a gift to women. Her teachings are accessible to all and bring about growth and self discovery.”
~ Cindy Szekely

“Yes, yes, YES!!!” ~ Bonnie Duscherer

“Inspiring! Loving! Full of fellowship and deep spiritual connection to the divine feminine within.”
~ Robin Abra

“Embracing Shakti (Fall 2014) was my first yoga retreat, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The experience turned out to be exactly what I needed. Carla expertly led us through breathing, meditation and yoga practices that gently and progressively built energy, dissolved blockages, and encouraged layers to fall away. Camp Friendship offered the kind of quiet beauty that is solace to the soul. The food was nourishing, delicious and prepared with love, and the other participants were kind, open-hearted women who all contributed to making it a safe space to take refuge, rest, and just be. I arrived feeling tired and blocked, and left feeling reconnected, rejuvenated, and overflowing with a powerful sense of deeply knowing, accepting and loving my essential, feminine self for the first time in decades. Maybe ever! It was a profound shift that has (thankfully) persisted, and I continue to reap the benefits of the retreat and feel the its positive impact reverberating throughout my life. Thanks so much! For the wonderful retreat, the always outstanding classes, the yoga festival, and now the Women’s Temple. You make available so many amazing opportunities for people to grow, and I’m just very grateful!”
~ J. Place

“Carla’s retreats are phenomenal. Carla thinks of absolutely every detail to make your experience stress free and relaxing. She graciously shares her wisdom and propels everyone closer to bliss.”
~ Shauna Korogonas

“Meditation, breath, motion, sun, sand, food, sharing all this with beautiful women is a gift I give myself. Carla helps unwrap this gift to me.”
~ Ann O’Shea

“The 2015 Embracing Shakti Retreat facilitated by Carla Wainwright in Yelapa, Mexico was a glorious week of yoga, breath-work, meditation and exploration of female energy. In the company of other like-minded women, we ate wonderful meals, swam, explored the village, played with the local animals, shared our stories and dreams, laughed together and supported each other. We left Yelapa and the retreat with new friends and renewed purpose and outlook on life. Thanks Carla for sharing all your learnings, love and wisdom with us.”
~ Jane Allen

“Attending the women’s retreat was an amazing experience. Thinking you are going for your own personal reasons is quickly dissolved when you discover that you not only learn about others but in doing so…you discover more about yourself while trying to help others. The retreat does everything you are hoping for and much more. It has helped me to begin my journey to a healthier, more fit emotionally, mentally as well as physically and much stronger and happier lifestyle.”
~ Beth Workman

“To be in the presence of an exceptional woman and teacher is a gift in itself, to have her knowledge, wisdom and creativity shared with us, is a treasure. Carla used her talents to bring us deeper into our bodies and this truly was magical. To be in the presence of 19 other exceptional women each teachers in their own way and from their own life experiences was an honor and an experience I will hold dearly in my heart for some time. If you are searching for a deeper practice, deeper self love or beginning to discover who you truly are, spend time at a yoga retreat and allow the unfolding to happen, you’ll be amazed at what you discover!”
~ Denise, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“Carla, you have the gift of sharing your knowledge with love and compassion, and that is why I will continue to practice with you. Thank you!”
~ JM, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“Carla is an amazing yogi and a gift to women. Her teachings are accessible to all and bring about growth and self discovery.”
~ Cindy, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“I find that modern culture has such disdain for women who embrace their own unique source of power. I really enjoyed being able to immerse myself in Shakti power in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I feel that I have experienced what I’m sure is only the very edge of what this power can bring to my life and I look forward to continuing the journey. Thank you!”
~ CP, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“The retreat was well planned and i felt like the theme was saturated into all aspects of the weekend. I felt like i was brimming with awesome by the end. Thank you Carla!”
~ Jana, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“An experience that no one should miss, it really fed my soul.”
~ Bonnie, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“Carla’s Yoga Retreat at Camp Morice was an experience that I will never forget. There was a mixture of breathing exercises, poses, inversions, spirituality, meditation, free flowing dance, ceremonies and lots of great food. New friendships were made and old friendships rekindled. I feel stronger and more powerful than I did before attending this retreat. Thank you so much, Carla, for hosting and leading us through the many growth exercises.”
~ EML, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“Attending the women’s retreat was an amazing experience. Thinking you are going for your own personal reasons is quickly dissolved when you discover that you not only learn about others but in doing so…you discover more about yourself while trying to help others. The retreat does everything you are hoping for and much more. It has helped me to begin my journey to a healthier, more fit emotionally, mentally as well as physically and much stronger and happier lifestyle.”
~ Beth, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“The Embracing Shakti retreat was an empowering experience! There was a wide variety of yoga activities in a great setting, and with a wonderful group of people. Carla provided a fun, nurturing and enlightening weekend and I’m looking forward to the next one!”
~ Vicki, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“Having recently moved back to Prince George, I was delighted to learn there was such an amazing yoga community here. The retreat was a great way for me to get to know my fellow yoginis and to restore my spirit so that I can move into the coming winter with the light of the sacred feminine burning brightly. Thank-you thank-you thank-you.”
~ Terri, Embracing Shakti Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat

“This retreat is literally beyond words. It touches every part of you and every woman should make it a priority to take in a retreat with Carla at least once in their lifetime. Empowerment. Connection. Love.”
~ Jean Johnson, Yoga & Spirit 2017 Retreat

YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS

“I have taken many trainings, retreats and workshops…all focusing on Yoga. The program at SOYA is, by far the best training to become a certified yoga teacher. I highly recommend it to all age groups. The teachers are excellent!”
~ Tammy Hayes

“So much more than I imagined it could have been! Highly recommend for anyone, whether they have intentions of ever teaching yoga or not. I have finally discovered my spirituality & am a different person for it. Vast change in perspective guaranteed!”
~ Regan Mercure

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of my teacher training experience. It was an amazing journey with the best of teachers!! This program helps to build a wonderful community and of course expands the love for yoga immensely. I am eager to share my love with others through teaching.”
~ Jeanette Orydzuk

“The combined intensive philosophy and asana work was spectacular for me, not only was I learning to be a teacher through my mind and body but I experienced all it had to offer. It was so great in every sense!”
~ Louise Donnellan

“The Teacher Training totally exceeded my expectations. I really had no idea that the experience would be as profound in terms of personal growth through yoga. Many new layers of what yoga is were peeled back during the two weeks to reveal an amazing apparatus of life that can only serve to further enrich my life. Of course somewhere within myself I always knew that what I had exposure too during the two weeks existed and that I had the power and strength within me to tap into it and that would explain why I ended up there. The teaching was so amazing in terms of presenting what is there, allowing us as students to explore what we were comfortable with and making us feel incredibly respected throughout the process. Many blessings and appreciation to you, Thank you for creating a wonderful environment for all us to laugh, grow, chant, meditate, trip out to my third eye and chakras (wow-totally awesome!), relax, cry, be challenged, understand and learn. Muchas Gracias.”
~ Karen Walters

“I love the small group, location, outdoor space, everything! Inviting others to enjoy a Sadhana retreat was great! Wonderful teachers and the balance between them is good! It was well organized, professional; we were cared for… it’s been fantastic!”
~ Dr. Leah Deutsch

“So much more than I imagined it could have been! Highly recommend for anyone, whether they have intentions of ever teaching yoga or not. I have finally discovered my spirituality & am a different person for it. Vast change in perspective guaranteed!”
~ Student, PG 200 Hour Training 2012

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of my teacher training experience. It was an amazing journey with the best of teachers!! This program helps to build a wonderful community and of course expands the love for yoga immensely. I am eager to share my love with others through teaching.”
~ Student, PG 200 Hour Training 201

“The combined intensive philosophy and asana work was spectacular for me, not only was I learning to be a teacher through my mind and body but I experienced all it had to offer. It was so great in every sense!”
~ Student 200 Hour Training Mexico 2012

“The Teacher Training totally exceeded my expectations. I really had no idea that the experience would be as profound in terms of personal growth through yoga. Many new layers of what yoga is were peeled back during the two weeks to reveal an amazing apparatus of life that can only serve to further enrich my life. Of course somewhere within myself I always knew that what I had exposure too during the two weeks existed and that I had the power and strength within me to tap into it and that would explain why I ended up there. The teaching was so amazing in terms of presenting what is there, allowing us as students to explore what we were comfortable with and making us feel incredibly respected throughout the process. Many blessings and appreciation to you, Carla and Bob for creating a wonderful environment for all us to laugh, grow, chant, meditate, trip out to my third eye and chakras (wow-totally awesome!), relax, cry, be challenged, understand and learn. Muchas Gracias.”
~ Student 200 Hour Training Mexico 2011

“I love the small group, location, outdoor space, everything! Inviting others to enjoy a Sadhana retreat was great! Wonderful teachers and the balance between them is good! It was well organized, professional; we were cared for… it’s been fantastic!”
~ Student 200 Hour Training Mexico 2011

“I loved the pace of learning. The instructors, Carla and Mugs, you are the best and I hope to stay in touch along the rest of my journey – what an inspiration you are!”
~ Student 200 Hour Training Mexico 2011

“What an amazing 2 weeks! Truly transformative. I am so so grateful to Mugs and Bob for use of their home and hospitality, and to Carla and Mugs for the amazing instruction and support. The emotional support along the way was greatly appreciated.”
~ Student 200 Hour Training Mexico 2010

ABOUT CARLA

“I think yoga is the ultimate answer to everything. You are cultivating that in the world.  It is not just a yoga teacher that you are… it is way more than that. The workshops, the retreats the studio, the teachers you have created, the pay it forward affect. It is all you Carla, you are putting huge tools of self awareness and self care into the world.  Thanks again Carla, you are a gem in this life… a true light guiding us all to our best version of ourselves and for that I am very very grateful!!”

~ Kelly M.

“Now that I’m no longer in PG, I can come clean and tell you that you were by far my favourite instructor at Chinook: your spirit and your style shone through in a way that was so warm, lovely and helpful to the process of yoga, so maybe someday I’ll get my chance for some more Wainwright Wonder!”

~ Carla M.

“You have pay such attention to detail and at the same time you are funny and have a great sense of humor! Even with all your hard work and how busy you are, you know how to have a great time!”
~ Student

“I love that you don’t just teach an asana practice in your class. You always include so much more. Plus you are great at teaching a practice that encourages people to find their edge. You encourage people to find their edges in other parts of their lives as well.”
~ Student

“You are an amazing role model.”
~ Student

“You practice what you preach and truly embody what you teach, which is why you can teach so well. It is in the tiny cues and adjustments that you give that make it working with you so much more powerful.”
~ Student

“Carla, You are unique. You are special. One of your gifts is that you help others to see that within themselves as well. You challenge and encourage just enough. You also give space for the movements that need to happen and are really good at meeting people where they are at.”
~ Student

YOGA CLASSES

“The visualisations and imagery you use during your classes are immensely helpful for deepening a pose, feeling stronger, releasing negativity, inviting positive thoughts and letting go of emotional clutter. You are really teaching how to practice yoga in everyday life, off the mat. What I have learned from you in breathing, visualisation and inner strength has helped me a lot of times in challenging life situations, including two very challenging births and managing flight anxiety.”
~ Julia Neumann

“I so enjoy your classes. The thought you put into each class before teaching it is obvious. Having a focus for each class supported by energy work , inspiring quotes and updated play lists makes for a richer experience. The way you seamlessly integrate the other branches of yoga into a class is what sets you apart. This authentic teaching what you live is inspiring and makes me thirsty for more of the “non asana” side of yoga.”
~ Gary Fettis

“I have been taking classes with Carla for over 10 years and I consider it an absolute blessing that I have had the opportunity to take classes, workshops and retreats with Carla. No matter how I feel when I get there, I always feel rejuvenated when I leave. My days are always better for spending time with Carla.”
~ Beryl Nesbit

“I think yoga is the ultimate answer to everything. You are cultivating that in the world. It is not just a yoga teacher that you are….it is way more than that. The workshops, the retreats the studio, the teachers you have created, the pay it forward affect. It is all you Carla, you are putting huge tools of self-awareness and self-care into the world. Thanks again Carla, you are a gem in this life….a true light guiding us all to our best version of ourselves and for that I am very very grateful!!”
~ Kelly McMahon

BREATH OF BLISS

“This experience was undeniably life changing for me. I felt an amazing shift in my soul, it was extremely cathartic to the core, beautiful to my senses, a safe and wonderful way to self heal from the inside out. I was grounded to my depths and lifted to my heights, transformation just by breathing and connecting to others and ultimately to myself. Amazing ♡ Thank you !”
~ Cindy Black

“I am enough. I am loved. I am forgiven. Thank you again!”
~ Janice Wahlberg

“I want to say a big thank you for your encouragement to come. Anoretic experience totally different from the first. So glad I didn’t miss the opportunity. You are so inspiring and fill my heart with love. Thank you.”
~ Christie Campbell

“An experience I’ll not forget – healing, loving and a huge sense of compassion. Thank you Carla for being you.”
~ Peter McBride

“I asked for infinite unconditional love. I got it. I went on a multi-dimensional journey and was glad to smile back on my own life.”
~ Joel Patey

“I did not know what to think at first, but then I knew I was supposed to be where I was. Every emotional hit me in is own way: anger, sadness, envy, love and joy. Tears flooded my face as a release and a weight was lifted. Family and friends from past and present visited with their own connections. You are amazing – thank you!”
~ Sara Everall