Belize Experience Yoga Retreat
with Erin Thomas, E-RYT 500, of Vibe Yoga Studio
Third-time returning instructor!
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 and Brad’s (Belize Yoga founders) home village and studio!
$2495 per person, double occupancy. $3095 single occupancy.
Yoga Retreat February 29-March 7, 2020 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, 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.
Erin Thomas, E-RYT 500
Born and raised in the Midwest, I am a lover of coffee, bad puns, 90’s hip-hop, and the incredible potential that lies in yoga.
It was during my first yoga class, one that I had been reluctantly dragged to, that I felt like I had come home. I found a practice that could make me feel strong and vulnerable all at the same time. I quickly recognized that the practice of yoga is much like the journey of life; its full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. Over the years, my yoga mat has become a sacred piece of real estate. Whether it is a day of flying or falling, my yoga practice has the potential to both break me open and put me back together. It is that combination that keeps me in my practice and that I strive to share as a teacher.
As a teacher, my sincerest hope is that students feel comfortable and supported to show up exactly as they are. To me, the power of yoga lies in its accessibility. My aim is to hold space for practitioners to uncover what they need, be it strength, patience, or compassion. On the mat, I want students to tap into their amazing potential, pushing past their perceived limitations and rising further than they previously thought possible. It’s most important to me that as I teach and connect with students that they feel seen, that I understand where they are, and meet them there.
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:
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 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: