Eco-Adventure Yoga Retreat
with Sheila Palmquist, E-RYT500, RCYT, RPYT LYC, founder and director of Lincoln Yoga Center and School
Only one spot left! Male in a double room.
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.
$3095 per person, double occupancy. $3595 single occupancy.
Yoga retreat February 11-18, 2017 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, afternoon yoga, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast, full day cave tour, dinner.
Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.
Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground and sea transfer to island, lunch, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour with beach bbq, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 8: Departure, sea and air transfer to international airport.
*Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
Sheila Palmquist, founder and Director of Lincoln Yoga Center and School, E-RYT500, RCYT, RPYT LYC. Everyone can practice yoga, and benefit from the effects. My introduction to yoga began in 2000, while living in Loveland, CO. I had an injury that kept me from my workouts of weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise, so I tried yoga. I have been a student ever since. My yoga practice became a way to maintain a healthy balance of my mind, body and spirit. I started my yoga training in 2002 after my second child was born, gave up my stress filled corporate job and started teaching yoga to kids.
In 2004 my family and I returned to Lincoln. Although we loved CO, even good weather and beautiful mountains don’t compare to having your friends and family close by. My yoga journey in Lincoln has taken me too many gyms, schools, businesses, and wellness centers. I have met many wonderful people and have grown from each new experience. In 2008 I received my 200 hour certification at the Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center and my 500 hour certification at the Himalayan Institute in PA. My approach to yoga is always based on what is best for the student. I do not believe in forceful practices, if you do not enjoy something you won’t and shouldn’t continue to do it. We are all unique, no one should try to copy someone else’s posture or practice, find yours. Our bodies and minds react differently to stress, we do not perceive or process things the same way. There is a formula for a healthy balance that is unique for all of us. I love working with a student and watching them have the, “I get it”, moment as most teachers know, we live for those moments. Some students find awareness through moving the body, (postures) others though the mind, (meditation) generally it is a combination of practices. The breath is the most important component. Take three deep, slow breaths (so the abdomen moves) right now ….notice what the affect is on the mind and body.
To learn more about Sheila, visit her web site at LincolnYogaCenter.com or email: LincolnYogaCenter@gmail.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 CaribbeanSea. 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: