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Workshops

TOPS offers a variety of workshops at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver and in various locations throughout North America and beyond. Our workshops provide a safe, non-judgmental space that is open to everyone. No previous experience is required. In an effort to include all, many of our workshop fees are open to sliding-scale payment based on the participant's need– please contact us about the workshop you're specifically interested in. 

Classes are led by TOPS associates who are experienced working with people with back issues, particularly scoliosis. Our team of associates includes yoga, Pilates and dance instructors, life coaches, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and Tension and Trauma Release (TRE) providers.

 

Upcoming workshops:

 
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Fall 2018 Workshops with Martha Carter

Movement for Scoliosis & Fusions - Fall Workshop Series
3 Sundays: Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 9. 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Vancouver, BC

$25 drop-in (per workshop) or $60 for all three. 

Reinforce and 'hone' movement, breathing, and stretching techniques in these three excellent workshops at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver.

Martha will be in Vancouver Oct. 4-7, Nov. 2-4 and Dec. 7-9.

Book a private consult during those weekends (or at your convenience) with Martha, and get the Sunday morning workshop for half price!! (and if you've already had a private with Martha in the past, 'reconnect' at the workshop for half price!). 

Spots are limited, so don't miss out!

Questions? Email us.

 

BACK CARE ON THE BEACH
With Martha Carter
Troncones, Mexico
March 2-9, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!!

Looking for some rest, rejuvenation and inspiration?

Come and join Martha Carter for a week of relaxing bodywork and movement exploration, giving special attention to lengthening and strengthening the spine. Taught in the beautiful beach studio of Yoga del Pacifico in Troncones, Mexico, it’s a perfect winter getaway, providing just the right balance of yoga, movement, nature, and fun! 

All levels welcome. No movement experience required. This is an excellent workshop for people with back issues of all kinds, including injuries, scoliosis, and fusions.

Martha Carter’s work is grounded in her training and experience in yoga and dance. She is the director and founder of the Twisted Outreach Project (TOPS). A certified yoga teacher (hatha), and scoliosis specialist, she has studied for several years with back care experts Elise Browning Miller and Deborah Wolk, and attended medical classes at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. 
 

RETREAT INFORMATION

Retreat includes: 

  • All classes
  • 7 nights accommodation, double occupancy in ocean-front rooms.
  • 2 catered meals (brunch and dinner) per day, plus morning snacks.
  • Return transportation from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) airport.


ACCOMMODATIONS:
Participants will stay at beautiful neighbouring beachfront palapas, just a five minute walk from Yoga del Pacifico where classes will be held. The villa has direct access to ocean swimming on Troncones beach, as well as a beach-side swimming pool.

Accommodation is shared, but there is the option of having a private room for an extra charge of $360 USD for the week. It is also possible to extend your stay on either end of the trip.

In each shared room, there is a double bed and a single bed. The double beds go to the first participants registered for the retreat.

MEALS:
Beautiful, freshly-made Mexican and fusion dishes will be provided by an in-house chef. Juices are fresh pressed, and most of the ingredients are local. Light snacks, brunch, and dinner will be provided. Food preferences will be taken into consideration for all. 

COST:
$1,650 USD - Full Retreat, Double Accommodation.
Single accommodations available for an additional cost.
Participants are responsible for airfare to and from Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo airport. 

MOVEMENT SPACE - YOGA DEL PACIFICO:
Classes will be held in a beautiful, open-concept palapa with an ocean view, just a five minute walk from accommodations.

LOCATION - TRONCONES, MEXICO:
Troncones is both a rustic and luxurious beach village, overflowing with local cultural flavour, and miles of white sandy beach. It is located about 20 miles north west of Zihuatanejo on the coast of the state of Guerrero, 500 km south-west of Mexico City, on the Pacific Ocean.

GETTING THERE:
Air: Air Canada is the recommended airline to travel from Canada. Book early to get direct flights from select cities, including Vancouver. Other airlines to consider are Air Mexico, Interjet, Westjet, and Alaska Air.

Ground transportation: Troncones is located about 30 minutes from the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport. Taxis will be provided to and from the airport.


RETREAT ITINERARY

Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • Fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo (ZIH) Airport. A taxi will pick you up from the airport and brings you to the accommodations.
  • Everyone meets for dinner.


Sunday, March 3 – Friday, March 8, 2019

  • Daily Retreat Schedule (see below)


Saturday, March 9, 2019

  •  There will be a morning class, and then a taxi will take you back to the airport.

NOTE: It is possible to extend your stay at either end of the trip.

Daily Retreat Schedule (hours are subject to change)
Light refreshments will be offered in the morning before class.

  • 7:30am – 9:30am - Class with Martha at Yoga del Pacifico
  • 9:30am – 11:00am - Brunch
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm - Free Time
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm - Class with Martha at Yoga del Pacifico
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm - Dinner


Free Time Activities
Make the most of the beach (swim, boogie board, or take a surfing lesson), explore the tide pools, laze in the beautiful swimming pool, nap in a hammock, go for a bike ride, or visit the local vendors and markets on the main drag. Explore the nearby restaurants for delicious salads and smoothies.

Bicycles: Renting a bicycle is highly recommended; they are available for a nominal fee. The main Troncones road is almost entirely flat and 3 miles long from end to end. It’s fun to have the freedom to bike from the villa to town and back (taxi service and a shuttle bus are also available).

Additional offerings for a fee: 

  • Optional Kayaking through a beautiful nearby lagoon with a local, knowledgeable guide.
  • Relaxation Massage: Relaxation and/or Thai massages are available with a local masseuse in your room.
  • Manicure-Pedicure: A local technician will meet you at the villa. 
  • Sliver Jewellery shopping: a local artisan will visit the villa.


Mark your calendars! We hope you’ll join us!

Registration opens in October 2018.
Meantime, any questions? Please contact us.