The Power of Awe

The Power of Awe

From November 9 to 16, 2024

Awakening our sacred relationship with nature and ourselves.

More than ever, we need to reconnect to the most powerful of all human emotions: the emotion of Awe. This is because Awe is a prosocial emotion, in which we feel more connected, open-hearted, and caring toward others and all life on earth. Awe is in you and surrounds you all the time, but most of us don’t know how to access it. Awe experts, Dr. Michael Amster and Aylana Zanville, invite you to discover the beauty and awe of Mexico for this weeklong transformative retreat with rejuvenating yoga/movement, mindfulness, self-discovery, and plenty of free time for adventures and rest.

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About the teachers

The Power of Awe

Michael Amster MD

Mindfulness teacher, Qi gong, Yoga and Awe expert, Medical Doctor

Michael Amster, MD, is the co-author of The Power of Awe, a physician, and a researcher at the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. With twenty years as a pain management specialist, he is currently the founding director of the pain management department at Santa Cruz Community Health. A meditation practitioner for over thirty years, he is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher. He splits his time between clinical work, writing and research on mindfulness, and leading awe-inspiring retreats.

The Power of Awe

Aylana Zanville

Yoga and Capoeria teacher, Surf instructor, Awe expert

Aylana Zanville, is a lifelong seeker of awe as a professional surfer and teacher of capoeira. In 2003, she created Ola Chica and pioneered the movement to create flattering, functional women’s surfwear. Aylana splits her time between competing and coaching upcoming female surfers, teaching capoeira, and co-leading surf and awe retreats with Michael.


About the experience

The Power of Awe
The Power of Awe
The Power of Awe
The Power of Awe
The Power of Awe
The Power of Awe


All included


  • Selected accommodation
  • 3 deliciously healthful meals served daily
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and granola
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Airport transfers and Boat ride to retreat center
  • All taxes
  • Early-bird Discount
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Surf lesson
  • Meditation Classes
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Salsa Class
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Welcome to Xinalani, how can I help you?
Our office hours are from 9am to 6pm (GMT-5).
Bienvenido a Xinalani, ¿En qué puedo ayudarle?
Nuestro horario de atención es de 9am a 6pm.