It is still cold in Toronto. And another winter storm is on the way. More snow to join the heaps already clogging the city’s streets. A good way to escape the winter is taking a yoga holiday in the Caribbean.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced yogi, there are a variety of vacations to cover every need. Some are in remote forests, and others are on the pretty beaches. Accommodations range from bunk beds to luxury stays. Here is our list of nine yoga retreats in the islands.
Retreat Details: Does your ideal holiday include morning yoga beside a breathtaking beach, a healthy breakfast, afternoon relaxation beside the Carribean Sea followed by a lovely sunset during your afternoon yoga session? Then you will love our Yoga Vacation! Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa combines vacation with rejuvenation for mind, body & spirit. Here wellness and relaxation come together.
Dates: May 11-18, 2013, July 27-Aug. 3, 2013, Aug. 10-17, 2013, Oct. 12-19, 2013, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2013. Costs: Contact them. More: http://www.tropicalescapes.biz
Retreat Details: The theme of all Bodhayati retreats is to Awaken, Play, Connect! The mission of Bodhayati Barbados “Yoga & Island Wellness Retreats” is to be the premiere yoga, wellness and adventure destination retreat organization in the Caribbean. Providing an affordable and organized week-long opportunity for groups of people to discover and enjoy the beauty, the culture and the people of Barbados, while connecting deeply to themselves, finding a sense of awakening, restoration, and healing that filters into all areas of their lives upon their return home.
Dates: June 16–22, 2013. Costs: $1950. More: http://www.bodhayatibarbados.com
Retreat Details: Remote and refined. Four nights in on a 7,200-acre private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge. Three nights on a private island. Picture-perfect waterfalls, world-class snorkeling, wrapped up in a luxurious retreat with boutique lodging, excellent service and gourmet dining. Morning and evening outdoor yoga classes with spectacular locations. Hidden Valley Inn has built three yoga platforms throughout their reserve (one overlooks a waterfall), so that each class is a unique sensory experience.
As a special event, one morning’s yoga practice will be atop Belize’s largest Mayan ruin, Caracol. At Hatchet Caye, the breezy over-water yoga deck allows you to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset, truly magical and beautiful moments.
Dates: April 6-13, 2013, April 13-20, 2013, May 4-11, 2013. Costs: $2995-$3495 (inc. airfare). More: http://www.belizeyoga.com
4. Dominican Republic
Retreat Details: Paradise Found- Yoga & Seva Retreat. Join Yoga Ventures on this trip of a lifetime to explore the rich culture and beauty of the Dominican Republic, and volunteer on meaningful and sustainable projects with the local children. The jewel of Dominican Republic, Samana Peninsula is a remote stretch of beach nestled behind the highest peaks in the Caribbean. We will enjoy secluded beaches, protected coves, and pristine bays.
Your trip will include two daily yoga classes, delicious gourmet meals, sunset cocktails, and the opportunity to give back and support local children and their families with a special Seva service. A significant part of this trip is your individual fulfillment, as well as mutually enriching experiences for you and the locals.
Dates: August 5-11, 2013. Costs: $1090-$1550. More: http://yogaventures.org
Retreat Details: Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat, in gorgeous Grenada. Write, dream, explore. During this unique and intimate retreat at Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant, immerse yourself in writing against a spectacular backdrop: the northern coast of the small but diverse island of Grenada, the Caribbean’s famed “Spice Isle.”
Enjoy informal guided writing workshops and exercises, solitary writing time, private consults, group reading salons, and inspiring discussion with other writers. Morning yoga practices, suitable for beginners, will relax and restore your body and feed your creative spirit. A photographer will share camera tips informally with fellow writers.
Dates: April 7 to 14, 2013. Costs: Contact them. More: http://www.allysonlatta.ca
Details: Foundations Renewal Retreat in Jamaica. A spiritual experience in a cool kind of place. Led by two veteran teachers, the Foundations is a multidisciplinary yoga retreat at Jake’s that combines yoga lineages, healing traditions, teaching styles and modalities.
Dates: May 25-June 1, 2013. Costs: Contact them. More: http://www.jakeshotel.com
Retreat Details: Yoga & Spa Retreat is nestled in the West End Cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. A week of complete relaxation, yoga and meditation, sumptuously nourishing food and exquisite accommodation. Take time to reconnect with yourself, create the space for deep relaxation and total mind and body rejuvenation.
Dates: November 9-16, 2013. Costs: Contact them. More: http://bluebambooyoga.com
Retreat Details: Montpelier Yoga Retreats. Experience Nevis’ uniqueness and healing energy of the nature around you. Clear blue waters, tropical rainforests, old sugar plantations, yoga and meditation in beautiful surroundings compose the recipe for an intimate and relaxed retreat. Climb the Nevis Peak (3,232 feet) and let the unspoiled nature inspire you. Follow the monkeys in the green landscapes, visit Charlestown with the Georgian colonial houses and learn Nevis history, by visiting the museum and explore this small island. Indulge in a daily yoga class and meditation session.
Dates: March 24-31, 2013, June 2013. Costs: $1,795-$2,476. More: http://www.montpeliernevis.com
Retreat Details: Moonlight Mountain Tobago . There will be two sessions of yoga a day. Optional daily excursions will be planned, for you to choose, or you can just lie in the sun and take in the wonderful views. There will be plenty of opportunity to experience local cuisine. A well trusted jeep rental company will be on hand for those of you who want to take off and venture round the island at their leisure. We will be on hand to accompany you daily should you prefer not to go alone.
Dates: July 5-19, 2013. Costs: $1,400 (exc. flight). More: yogadayshampshire.co.uk
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© Jacqueline L. Scott is a writer in Toronto, Canada. She writes on travel, race and culture. She is the author of Heartbeats in Africa: A Memoir of Travel and Love