Traverse Journeys

Traverse Journeys provides organized travel opportunities powered by social enterprises, community partners, and impact-minded venture's.

Instructors 2

Ashley Blake

Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant, and yoga enthusiast with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship, and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 35 plus countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China, and Canada. Ashley is passionate about connection, communication, and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.

Gigi Mao

Gigi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for more than a decade and teaches alignment-based flow. Her classes are strong and focused while supportive and introspective. Gigi has led yoga retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua and has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Gigi believes that both yoga and travel are a means of connection and is passionate about creating spaces for adventure and growth. Gigi was Traverse Journeys instructor for the November 2017 Nicaragua Yoga and Surf retreat and teaches weekly public classes at Practice Yoga Austin.

Testimonials 4

Jim Keen

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I've gone to Ireland and Costa Rica on Traverse trips, and they are, without a doubt, the best trips I've ever taken. You're a different person when you get back, and once you've expanded your awareness and perspective with travel you can never shrink back to your former limitations.

Elizabeth Mack

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People, Planet, Purpose...need I say more?! love love love the intentions in their uniquely designed small-group destinations, designed with impact in mind. And what better reason to prep and perfect languages?! Can't wait to travel with y'all!!

Sharon Schweitzer

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Ashley is the best and her depth of knowledge is phenomenal. I highly endorse her!

Jessica Micklus

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This past year I set a goal to take a wellness retreat / trip by myself. This month I took my first "solo journey" to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua and am so thankful to have found & traveled through Traverse Journeys, who made the experience great!

From the moment I sent in my interest form, Ashley was prompt in answering all my questions and provided me with detailed information about our travel. In San Juan Del Sur, we enjoyed amazing meals prepared by a local resident chef, practiced yoga twice daily with the talented Gigi Mao, took surf lessons from a local surf shop (Alex's - they make surfboards there too!), took an excursion to see baby sea turtles, and had a wonderful afternoon volunteering with Barrio Planta Project - an after school program for kids. Ashley thoughtfully planned every detail but also offered flexibility throughout the itinerary. Every aspect of this trip exceeded my expectations.

The experience of traveling with a group of people I had never met gave me the opportunity for self reflection / inquiry, and also connected me with like-minded individuals whom I hope to keep in touch with for years to come! I look forward to another travel opportunity with Traverse Journeys!!

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