Four nights in pristine jungle. Three nights on a charming bohemian island. Amazing adventures. Open-air yoga with great views. This special yoga retreat combines both the quiet serenity of the jungle with the charm and vibrancy of a Caribbean village–where you can get to know Jessie’s home village and studio!
$2595 per person, double occupancy. $3195 single occupancy.
Yoga Retreat March 28-April 4, 2020 includes:
- All transfers in Belize
- All meals (except 1 lunch and 1 dinner while on Caye Caulker)
- 4 nights jungle lodging in the Maya Mountains
- 3 nights island lodging on the island of Caye Caulker
- Yoga & Meditation sessions
- Mayan ruin tour
- Caving tour
- Snorkeling tour
Retreat does NOT include:
- International airfare
- Alcohol or other beverages not included with meals
- Additional tours, spa treatments, etc., not listed in tour package
Day 1: Arrival, ground transfer to lodge, dinner, orientation.
Day 2: Morning yoga, breakfast, Mayan ruin tour, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast, full day cave tour, dinner.
Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground and sea transfer to island, lunch, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, sunset, dinner.
Day 8: Departure, air transfer to international airport.
*Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
May you be well, happy, and peaceful.
When Bhante Sujatha was 10 years old, he told his parents he would throw himself off the bridge into the river below his childhood home in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, if they did not let him become a monk. Since that time, he’s remained just as certain and determined to live a life dedicated to adding more love to the world and helping people heal their wounded minds.
Bhante has always known he was born to serve humanity and he wakes up everyday committed to this noble cause, teaching meditation and helping people access the deeper parts of themselves so they can feel radiant joy and peaceful happiness. With a single robe and some leftover food, Bhante left his home country and eventually found his way to America, where he learned a new language and culture and discovered the aching desire people have for a more meaningful life.
In a old leaky church basement, Bhante was given a small room to teach meditation. The first night, two people showed up. A decade later, The Blue Lotus Temple is a world-renowned Buddhist temple and meditation center that serves thousands of people locally and even more all over the world, under Bhante’s leadership as abbot and spiritual director.
Bhante weighs in at 85 pounds, and fifth graders often tower of him, but make no mistake: This man is a powerhouse of focus, energy, and determination. Bhante leads more than 380 meditations a year, for which he travels hundreds of thousands of miles, often walking off a plane and onto a podium within minutes. He speaks to colleges and universities across the world, leads small group retreats, and consults with corporate giants, teaching them all that love is the way and peace is a constant practice.
Bhante’s humanitarian work spans the globe and most recently oversaw the re-fitting of five hospitals with significant need. In 2013, Bhante Sujatha was awarded the highest honor within his lineage, as a recognition for the incredible impact he’s made to spreading Buddhism across America, being named the Chief Sanhga Nayaka of North America.
Yoga has been in Nancy May’s life for over 19 years. She began practicing in 1999, learning about yoga by following Cyndi Lee’s OM yoga in a box CD faithfully 6 days a week for two years. She was hooked and moved to California to expand her knowledge and learned from many inspirational teachers. Her favorite yoga instructor is Seane Corn and she has attended Seane’s workshops whenever she can.
Nancy moved back to the Chicago area in 2003 and founded her studio, Yoga From The Heart. She attended yoga teacher training and became certified with the Yoga Alliance in 2005. Nancy has 300+ hours of training. She specialitzes in Hatha Yoga and balancing you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Nancy begins each class by having you set a personal intention, breathing, and meditation. She teaches from the heart and believes yoga is a personal experience for every student. Her wish is that each of you finds a moment of peace during their yoga practice, which is sometimes elusive off the mat with everyone’s hectic lives.
Nancy’s style of teaching is very heart-felt and is primarily gentle to all-levels flow. Her students can expect to laugh and relax as they share time on the mat. All students are welcome from beginners to advanced. Nancy is known for her yogalicious savasana! This is the last five minutes of class, in which students lay on their mats and relax to soothing music and her guided mediation. Students leave the class feeling calmer, stronger, physically and mentally. Nancy loves to share her yoga practice in various locations, including yoga studios, homes, schools, corporations, and adult living communities. Her passion for yoga has no bounds. She loves teaching retreats and has hosted 20 in various locations (Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Michigan, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Belize).
Nancy believes yoga is available for everyone and meant to be accessible to everyone at every stage of your life!
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 vibrant Caribbean island.
Caye Caulker’s motto is “Go Slow” and you most certainly will. With a village size of approximately 2000 people, sand streets and no reason to hurry, you’ll soon become entranced by the island’s laid-back and friendly vibe. The only vehicles are delivery trucks, so the islanders get around via bike or golf cart. Enjoy strolling the streets popping into brightly-colored shops, or just relax on a hammock. No matter where you are, you are never more than a few steps from the sea. You will stay at Iguana Reef Inn, a beachfront boutique hotel with swimming pool, outdoor lounge/bar and spacious rooms.
Most meals are included (1 lunch and 1 dinner are on your own), 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 Caye Caulker are eclectic, varied, but decidedly Belizean. Breakfast might be fresh tropical fruits, baked goods, and natural yogurt. Lunch options include watermelon-mint salad or the traditional chicken with rice and beans. Dinner might be lobster bisque, shrimp kabobs, or pan-seared grouper.
Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages may be purchased.
Included in your Belize Experience retreat:
- Xunantunich Mayan ruin tour
- Caving tour to a Mayan ritual cave–choice of ATM cave or Barton Creek Cave (with ziplining)
- Snorkeling tour to the barrier reef
- Twice-daily yoga classes (except on cave tour day)
Complementary free-time activies:
- Jungle hiking
- River float
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.
Xunantunich Mayan ruins
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.
ATM Cave entrance
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!
Barton Creek Cave canoeing
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.
Snorkeling the world’s second-largest barrier reef
Morning and evening outdoor yoga classes with gorgeous views. The locations we have selected for our Belize Experience 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.
While on Caye Caulker, classes are held in an open-air, third floor yoga studio, right in the heart of the village. With a sea view on three sides, you will get a panoramic view of the island, while enjoying nice breeze.
Activities available for an additional charge:
- Guided birding, hiking or night-hiking
- Horseback riding
- Scuba diving