About Summit to Sea
Summit to Sea embodies total wellbeing through the connection of yoga with nature – from the mountains to the ocean.
Summit to Sea (S2S) organizes unique yogic retreat experiences, programs, and adventures for recreational, spiritual, and sustainable growth. S2S’s culture is all about living the practice of yoga beyond the mat, through a balance of connected-ness to nature, mindfulness in movement, wholesome foods, self-care practices, essential oils, breath and meditation, healthy relationships, community, and sustainability.
Each S2S adventure integrates a focus on asana practice, meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy, movement, and the opportunity for making a deep connection with the natural world. You will not only be challenged physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, encouraging the total practice of living your yoga. S2S experiences are perfect for individuals who wish to deepen their yoga practice, study in beautiful places, try something new, and immerse themselves within a supportive positive community.
Retreats are intimate (smaller groups) so each individual receives ample time and attention from our host of exceptional instructors. Our instructors are specialists in their field, seasoned yoga practitioners, and outdoor enthusiasts. We personalize our instruction to your experience level, so all students are welcome!
What sets S2S apart is the deep integration of the natural world within our yoga practice. We don’t just do yoga in beautiful outdoor locations. We practice yoga within today’s world and harmonize the flow of the mountain range or the ocean waves into our daily lives. In this way, nature is so much more than a backdrop for our journey; it becomes a living part of our practice.
We welcome you to join us at Summit to Sea and start living your yoga!
About the Leaders
Meg Tuazon Shemai
Creator & Retreat Leader
From the oceans to the mountains, Meg was raised with a close connection to nature and movement. The journey of yoga as a dynamic adventure has always been appealing to Meg’s migratory nature and energetic being. With the co-evolution of mental and physical awareness obtained through yoga, Meg began to reap the benefits and applications of yoga in adventurous hobbies such as surfing, rock climbing, and snowboarding; reaching new heights of awareness, which were once just a dream. Through the connection with nature and her keen ability to tie mindfulness within movement, the appreciation of what yoga means to Meg, presented itself clearly. She has uncovered mental clarity and connectedness in own her personal growth, all of which are sustained through the practice of ‘yogic elements.’ Meg considers herself an avid adventurer – discovering yogic ways through experiences in nature, breath, movement, community, and sustainability. This yogic connection has propelled her toward creative projects such as The Nest Life yoga studio (once located in Solana Beach, CA) and currently, Summit to Sea Yoga & Retreats (unique yogic retreat experiences and adventures for recreational, spiritual, and sustainable journeys).
In 2007, Meg received her Registered Yoga Teacher certification and has continued her education. Weaving in Yoga Therapy, Essential Oils, Reiki, Yinki®, as well as other healing modalities to her classes, Meg teaches from a diverse blend of principles which include: yin/yang, anatomical, adjustment, and alignment-based grace; while remaining loving and light-hearted. She is an encouraging and supportive leader whether on the yoga mat, the rocks, or in the water.
Creating and guiding conscious workshops and adventurous yoga retreats in nature, has become Meg’s latest passion. Her focus of sharing all of the yogic experiential elements is immersed in every Summit to Sea Yoga and Retreats adventure. Meg looks forward to weaving her individuality, education, and worldly experience with as many people as she can-from the summit to the sea.
Rock Climbing Guide & retreat Chef
Barak works as a wildlife biologist and has 18 years of rock climbing and mountaineering experience. From Big Walls in Yosemite, to sport climbing in Greece, to glaciated mountains of the Northwest, he is experienced in all types of climbing. Barak has guided many new climbers up mountains and walls assisting in lifetime accomplishments. Barak’s guidance is very loving and supportive, allowing people to test new limits, while feeling safe and secure. Barak also weaves in his love for healthy food and culinary skills in the kitchen and is the head chef for most retreats.
Beth Pool & Richard Sedlock
Sustainable Teachers & Mentors
Beth Pool (Meg’s mom) was born in Santa Clara Valley, where she raised her two daughters. She is a retired teacher of middle and high school, where she chiefly taught Home Economics courses in Foods and Nutrition.
Richard Sedlock is a retired geology professor (SJSU). Late in his career, he developed the course The End of the World as We Knew It and taught this analysis of climate change, energy resources, economics, and demographics until he retired in 2012. Beth and Richard now live on 4 acres outside a small Oregon town where they grow and raise a significant amount of their own food; impose a much smaller footprint on our over-extended planet; practice sustainability and permaculture to their greatest possible extent; and are very active in increasing their town’s food security and overall sense of community and interdependence.
Bowspring Teacher and Retreat Co-Leader
Sarah is the first certified Bowspring teacher in California, and has studied directly with Desi Springer and John Friend since 2012 to heal her body from over-use injuries caused by years of traditional yoga, while also to enabling her to be able to teach this powerful method to her community. Sarah is a part of the growing Global Bowspring community, and works daily not only on her own Bowspring practice but also on connecting with the growing global network of teachers and students. Sarah is proud to have opened the first Bowspring Yoga Studio in California, Yoga Bow. A life long athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Sarah has completed over 1000 hours of study with a wide variety of yoga teachers, emphasizing Anusara Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Ashtanga Inspired, Global Bowspring/Sridaiva Yoga and Yoga Therapeutic trainings.
When not doing yoga, Sarah loves rock climbing, beach lounging and spending time with family and friends.