Eco-Adventure Yoga Retreat
with Lisa Breitenwischer, E-RYT 500, HHC, Owner of BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga Center
and Barbara Cole, Stress-Relief Specialist and Gong Master/Teacher
Four nights in pristine jungle. Three nights on a private island. Amazing adventures. Open-air yoga with stunning views. A Belize Yoga eco-adventure retreat is a perfect place to cultivate a quiet mind and a healthy body. Combining introspection with activity, relaxation with adventure…we think you will be inspired.
$2495 per person, double occupancy.
$500 surcharge for single occupancy.
Belize Yoga retreat April 14-21, 2018 includes:
Retreat does NOT include:
Day 1: Arrival, ground transfer to lodge, dinner, orientation.
Day 2: Morning yoga, breakfast, Mayan ruin tour, lunch, free time, sunset yoga & gong meditation, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast, full day cave tour, dinner.
Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga & gong meditation, dinner.
Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground and sea transfer to island, lunch, sunset yoga & gong meditation, dinner.
Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour with beach bbq, free time, sunset yoga & gong meditation, dinner.
Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga & gong meditation, dinner.
Day 8: Departure, sea and air transfer to international airport.
*Shuttle from BZE departs at 4:00pm on arrival day of retreat, returns to BZE at 10am on departure day. If your flights do not coordinate with our shuttle times (or you are delayed, etc.), you will be responsible for paying for a private transfer.
Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
Lisa Breitenwischer, E-RYT 500, HHC, Owner of BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga Center
“Life is constantly changing, yet it’s the one thing humans seem to resist the most. Practicing
Vinyasa Flow yoga teaches us to be in the present moment. Syncing up breath with each
movement prepares us for any challenge with grace and equanimity. It teaches us to go with the
flow on and eventually off the mat.” -Lisa B.
Lisa’s first introduction to yoga was watching the occasional Bryan Kest Power Yoga video back
in the 90’s. It was never a consistent thing as she loved to run. She found that running gave her
peace of mind, and used it as a way to relieve stress from her job in advertising. It wasn’t until
January 2005, after attending a Power Flow yoga class at American Power Yoga in Dallas, Tx,
that Lisa realized she could achieve the same peace of mind through this style of yoga.
She started practicing a couple times a week and found that the vinyasa flow yoga actually
helped her run faster and longer; the breathing techniques kept her calm for races, and the
muscle strength she developed in her upper body created endurance to run longer. After
completing her first (and last) marathon in November 2005, she decided to run less and devote
more energy towards yoga, increasing her practice to 4-5 times per week. After several months,
she noticed her muscles became leaner, longer and stronger, and more importantly, her mind
became calmer and more focused. What began as a way of staying healthy and fit, soon
transformed into a devotion and a way of life; she became a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher in
Lisa continued to study with her teachers Rod Stryker and Bhakti Flow guru, Rusty Wells and
attained her E-RYT 500hr certification in 2011.
That same year, she also became a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for
Integrative Nutrition in NYC.
Teaching Yoga and Nutritional Coaching created a huge shift in Lisa’s life and in 2012, she left
the corporate world of advertising behind and opened BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga Center in
Dallas, TX. It was Lisa’s dream to provide a place where people could find balance through
yoga, nutritional coaching, and/or infrared sauna sessions. It’s a family run business and Lisa’s
daughter Emy, manages the studio, while husband Tim works the desk on weekends. She has
the best teachers in Dallas and they are celebrating their 5th year anniversary on May 12, 2017.
She’s looking forward to offering more annual yoga adventure retreats!
When not in the studio, Lisa enjoy’s cooking, writing, walking, learning new things and spending
time with her family and her dog Boomer.
For more information on Lisa and her studio go to www.BalancngEnergy.com
Barbara Cole is a Stress-Relief Specialist, meditation mentor, Gong Master/Teacher,
author, recording artist, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer and Reiki Master/
Teacher. Having lived in several countries, she has had the opportunity to study many
different forms of spirituality and meditation. Barbara’s real-world teaching style and
down-to-earth way of relating helps people to feel safe and comfortable when
learning new things. She has found that teaching others how to meditate and heal
themselves is her greatest passion and life’s purpose. This has led to her “Meditation
IN Education” movement which holds the vision of seeing meditation taught and
practiced in every classroom on the planet! Barbara also enjoys teaching and
mentoring within the corporate and at-risk communities. More information on her
work can be found at www.ScienceOfStressRelief.com
Begin with four nights in the jungle…
At the beginning of your trip, you will stay in riverview cabins at Black Rock Lodge. Each cabin is nestled along the mountainside and allows for beautiful views of the river below and of the surrounding jungle. The cabins are private and inviting, with spacious interiors, unique detailing, two double beds and full bathroom. Relax in the hammock on your private porch, listen to the wildlife, and admire the sweeping view.
…then spend three nights on a private island.
The last three nights of the retreat are spent at Hatchet Caye, right on the beach. Each double occupancy guestroom has a spacious porch with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea. The rooms were feature Belizean hardwoods and local detailing.
Set on its own private island, while on Hatchet Caye you will feel like a castaway–a happy, catered-to castaway.
All meals are included, beginning with dinner on arrival day. Belizean food is always deliciously homemade, and is simple and unfussy. All produce is locally grown, and while in the mountains, much is organically grown on-site at the lodge. Vegetarian and vegan options can be accommodated
Breakfasts at Black Rock Lodge will be fresh fruits, yogurt, granola, toast and jam (everything homemade!), followed by a hot item. Lunches could be veggie fajitas or chicken with rice and beans. Typical dinner menu at Black Rock Lodge is four-course and might include curried plantain soup, spinach salad with watermelon and balsamic dressing, mayan lasagna and key lime mousse.
Meals at Hatchet Caye are casual gourmet. Breakfast might be fresh tropical fruits, followed by homemade tortillas, eggs and beans. Lunch options include freshly-caught lionfish and plantain fries. Dinner might be garden salad, creamy shrimp and basil pasta, and strawberry margarita pie. Your meal package includes water served with meals and juice, coffee and tea at breakfast. Drinking water is provided to you free of charge. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages may be purchased.
Included in your Eco-Adventure retreat:
Complementary free-time activies:
Xunantunich–Guided tour of the magnificent Mayan ruin of Xunantunich. Travel across a hand-cranked ferry to visit this 6-plaza site with wonderfully preserved stellae. Climb atop El Castillo temple (the second largest structure in all of Belize) for a sweeping view of Belize and Guatemala.
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)–To experience this amazing cave is to visit a place like no other. After a 45-minute hike in a nature preserve, you arrive at the entrance of ATM and swim or wade inside. ATM was a sacred Mayan ritual site, and still contains hundreds of astonishingly well-preserved Mayan artifacts and human skeletons, many of which have been ‘cemented’ to the cave interior with sparkling calcite.
Barton Creek Cave + Ziplining–Begin this tour by gently gliding though a Mayan ritual cave in your canoe. You’ll see lovely formations while your guide explains the history and traditions of the Mayans, and how they used caves in their spiritual practices. Finish the day with an exhilarating zip though the jungles of Belize!
Snorkeling the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef–Belize’s barrier reef is like a living art gallery. Living among the many beautiful corals are a myriad of tropical fish–Blue Tang, Angelfish, Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish…there are simply too many to name. Snorkelers often see elusive beauties such as spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and the magnificent Queen Triggerfish.
Morning and evening outdoor yoga classes with gorgeous views. The locations we have selected for our eco-adventure retreat fully integrate nature into yoga: open air, sweeping views, nature’s soundtrack. We hope that these sublime locations will help you take your practice to a new level.
While at Black Rock Lodge, the 600 sq. ft. yoga deck is located above rapids in the Macal River, and you will love the sound of the rushing water during practice. The deck is shaded by a high thatched palapa, making an afternoon or evening session enjoyable even on a hot day. At Hatchet Caye, the thatched yoga palapa is built out over the water, so that the gentle lapping Caribbean Sea and tropical breeze provide a calming backdrop. Situated to provide stunning sunrise and sunset views, you will love being fully immersed in beautiful surroundings.
Activities available for an additional charge: