$2595, includes lodging, meals & adventures

Eco-Adventure Yoga Retreat
with Tom Larkin, E-RYT 500
Returning instructor! Last retreat was sold out!

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.

$2595 per person, double occupancy.

$500 surcharge for single occupancy.

Belize Yoga retreat January 6-13, 2018 includes:

  • All meals
  • 4 nights jungle lodging in the Maya Mountains
  • 3 nights island lodging on a private Caribbean island
  • Mayan ruin tour
  • Caving tour
  • Snorkeling tour to the world’s second-largest barrier reef
  • All transfers in Belize*

Retreat does NOT include:

  • International Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol or other beverages not included with meals
  • Additional tours, spa treatments, etc., not listed in tour package

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival, ground transfer to lodge, dinner, orientation. Meet, greet and be happy!

Day 2: Morning yoga, breakfast, Mayan ruin tour, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 2: Muladhara, Earth Sadhana
    Connecting with the earth is a vital and practical essential for the urban yogi and yogini. In this session we will explore this connection through the havana (feelings) of grounding and stabilizing the body.  We will relate to our inherent connection to the earth through standing poses, forward bends, and hip openers which emphasize stillness, stability, and the “grounding force” of apana vayu.

Day 3: Breakfast, full day cave tour, dinner, optional yoga discussion on Hanuman.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 3: Vogāphicātion – Spontaneous Authentic Posing
    At spontaneous points in the day, we may find moments, as Madonna said, “to strike a pose.” It may be as a group, it may be solo for a socially cool yoga picture, it may be dancing in the river, or simply doing nadi shodhana.  Regardless, it is a day of having adventure and letting your inner nature meld with the outer nature of the jungle and embracing your inner monkey.While in transit to our Caving or Canoeing adventure, we will have story time about the most dynamic and mischievous character of the Ramayana, Hanuman.  The stories shared will help infuse a sense of adventure, enthusiasm and a childlike curiosity for the world around us.  Jai Hanuman!

Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 4: Svadhisthana, Water Sadhana
    Water is the core element of every individual. It flows through every cell, vessel and space within our bodies.  Connecting this understanding with our practice of yoga allows us to dive deeper by utilizing the underlying, undulating wave motion of water.  Through fluid vinyasa sequences and the grounding force of apana vayu, we will explore our own strength and fluid nature.

Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground and sea transfer to island, lunch, sunset yoga, dinner.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 5: Manipura, Fire Sadhana
    Tapas, the energy of Transformation, is the guiding force of this practice. Embracing the essence of agni (fire) ignites the flames within.  Through kriyas, powerful standing poses, and arm balances, we will build and inspire the radiant energy in our lives.  By connecting with manipura chakra, you will come into your own power center and access the seat of personal change.

Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour with beach bbq, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 6: Anahata, Heart Sadhana
    Stand in the seed of the heart, hridaya – our greatest teacher. In this practice we will cultivated wave motion to open the heart and prepare the body for deeper back bends and twists.

Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 7: Vissuddha / Anja / Sahasrara, Inner Voice Sadhana
    Hear the truth, speak the truth, and tell the ego to ‘shut up and enjoy the ride’ while we grow our budding inter-relationship with ourselves. Through shoulder stand, head stand, and chanting, we will nurture and enliven our true voice.

Day 8: Departure, sea and air transfer to international airport.

  • YOGA Practice for Day 8: If you can, get up extra early and make an offering to Mother Earth, by walking in the ocean and offer Pranams, prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving, for all the bounty in your life.

*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.

 

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Tom Larkin, E-RYT 500, yogi, artist, poet, AWC

The purpose of yoga is to enact a change…be that in the way we think, act, or live. A teacher is here to be a guide and help you navigate these changes. To walk with you down your own path to a greater Self.

Tom came to yoga after many years in the business world creating visual art, playing sports, performing music, studying philosophy, and earning an Art degree from Belmont University. Through the encouragement of one of his first teachers, John Charping, Tom enrolled in the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors’ 1000-hour teacher training program and received his certification at the end of the 13 month long program. In addition, Tom has studied with and assisted globally his teacher Shiva Rea for over 12 years and gives pranams to her for guiding him to new levels of personal change.

Tom also continues to work with and learn from Martin Kirk, Nicki Doane, and his “flow brother” Simon Park.  He has also had the pleasure to experience the rajasic  jnana (passionate knowledge) of Ramanand Patel, David Swenson, Brock and Krista Cahill, and Maty Ezraty, among many other wonderful teachers. In addition, Tom is certified through his Ayurveda teacher and dear friend, James Bailey, as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and enjoys helping his clients find a greater level of well-being.

In 2004, he co-founded Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit in Nashville, Tennessee with his former wife, Daphne Larkin, to further expand the creative vision they were developing.  Over the last 11 years, Sanctuary has expanded to be one of the leading studios in Nashville and sought after for the level and quality of its teaching in classes, workshops, and teacher training programs.

When not at the studio or on a yoga mat, Tom enjoys spending rejuvenating time cooking, working around the yard, swimming, snow skiing or learning more about yoga’s deep roots.  In addition, you can find him spending quality family time with his wife Beth and their three kids, Torston, Bennett, and Arden.

All of these experiences have brought Tom a greater sense of Self – mentally, physically, and spiritually – which he strives to help others achieve both on the mat and in life.

Jai Shambo : Dwell in Joy

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.
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…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.

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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.

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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:

  • 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
  • Sea kayaks, hobie cats and paddle boards

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.

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Snorkeling the world’s second-largest barrier reef

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.

Black Rock Yoga Palapa (left) and Hatchet Caye Yoga Deck (right)

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:

  • Guided birding, hiking or night-hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Scuba diving

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