Eco-Adventure Yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling® Retreat
with Melora Gregory, E-RYT 500, Certified Level ll Yamuna Body Rolling®
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.
*$2395 per person, double occupancy when registered by September 15, 2017
*$2495 per person, double occupancy for registrations after September 15, 2017
+$500 surcharge for single occupancy
Belize Yoga retreat March 10-17, 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, Yamuna Body Rolling, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast, full day cave tour, dinner.
Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, Yamuna Body Rolling, dinner.
Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground and sea transfer to island, lunch, Yamuna Body Rolling, dinner.
Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour with beach bbq, free time, Yamuna Body Rolling, dinner.
Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, Yamuna Body Rolling, dinner.
Day 8: Departure, sea and air transfer to international airport.
*Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
with Melora Gregory, E-RYT 500, Certified Level ll Yamuna Body Rolling®
Passionately studying and teaching yoga since 1993, I strive to be an attentive, patient and compassionate teacher. My main influences are BKS Iyengar Master Teacher Patricia Walden of Boston, Gabriel Halpern of Chicago, and Doug Keller of Maryland. Registered as an instructor with the Yoga Alliance, (E-RYT 500), I continue to learn anatomy, therapeutics and yoga philosophy, which I joyfully incorporate into my alignment based classes. Currently, I teach weekly classes in both Yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling® at Bridge Studio in South Portland, Maine, and at UNE, and lead monthly workshops at a few local yoga studio’s.
Certified in Yamuna Body Rolling® Level ll in 2009, in Foot Fitness in 2011, and in Advanced Balls in 2012, I am delighted at how healing and beneficial this form of body work is. We use balls of different sizes and densities, to stimulate bones, create space in joints, lengthen and heal muscles, release fascia and improve circulation. Following body logical routines, every day I witness people, gaining range of motion and dramatic therapeutic results with this work.
It has been my pleasure to instruct yoga at many week long retreats to Italy, Mohegan Island Maine, Costa Rica, and Belize. I have always loved culture and travel, having served in Tanzania, East Africa, in the Peace Corps (1983-1986), and lived in New Zealand for a couple of years after that. Now, I live on the coast of Maine with my soulmate, Dan, who will join us in Belize.
I look forward to sharing my love of Yoga every morning, and Yamuna Body Rolling® every afternoon, with you in beautiful Belize, the combination is magical!
Please see my website www.MeloraYoga.com for more about me!
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 yoga/body rolling 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: