Ecorana Environmental invites you to a 7-day all-inclusive yoga retreat at a hosting facility based in the Maya Mountains of Belize. Come deepen your Yoga practice while taking in the flavors of this tiny Central American country on the Caribbean coast. Tingle your senses with the tastes and sounds of the culture and nature that beautiful Belize has to offer.
Fly into the Belize International Airport, where we will pick you up and take you to the Center nestled in the beautiful Maya Mountains. There you will arrive to a quaint environmental center where you can relax in Hammocks or swim in tropical swimming holes overlooking the beautiful mountainous jungle landscape.
This 7-day yoga retreat, intended for beginner and intermediate yoga students, will allow you to learn and practice various styles of yoga as well as meditation in a picturesque environment while participating in activities where you may immerse yourself in Belizean cultural and environmental tradition. This all-inclusive retreat will include all accommodations and meals of Belizean fare (vegetarian and vegan friendly), including fresh juices and local and mostly organic ingredients. The retreat also includes local Kriol and Garifuna music performances, a Belizean cooking workshop, jungle hiking and cave exploration, wildlife watching, and as much relaxing as you wish along with a snorkeling trip on the Barrier Reef and two nights stay on the beach at a resort in Hopkins, a traditional Garifuna village located on miles of beautiful natural sandy beaches.
We offer very comfortable and spacious cabins (double or triple occupancy depending on the number of registrants) that overlook the beautiful Maya Mountains and jungles of Belize. Linens, blankets for those cooler nights, and pillows are all provided. The modern amenities of home in the form of flush toilets and hot showers are available in shared facilities (not in individual cabins). The price for this 7-day retreat not including the flight is $999.00 US. This includes return transportation from the airport to the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center along with meals, lodging, and all cultural and environmental activities. Alcoholic beverages are are not included but are provided at cost, as is internet and phone service for those wishing to connect with their loved ones back home. We also offer massages for tired muscles at the end of the day!
The retreat is scheduled for June 10th-16th, 2013. We ask that you please book your flight to arrive in Belize City on Sunday June 9th to take advantage of our shuttle transportation to the center. Return shuttle transportation to the airport is provided on June 17th.
Guests wishing to extend their trip at the beach, or travel elsewhere in Belize, can let us know of their travel desires and we can help you with your bookings (only shuttle transportation from and to the airport is included in your retreat cost if transportation is on the day preceding and day following the retreat).
Join us for an unforgettable learning and traveling opportunity!
To see the complete retreat schedule please and for more information about the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center please make an enquiry
About the Instructor – Cole Schlam
Cole is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor based in Denver, Colorado. Cole finds joy in sharing yoga with others by offering a warm and accepting energy to class, often with a splash of silliness, and lightness. Her compassionate teaching offers a welcoming space for new and experienced yogis alike to explore movement in their own body and mind. Yoga is for everyone no matter their physical ability, emotional state, and strength.
At this Belize retreat, Cole wants to help you explore yoga asanas, the physical practice of yoga, as a way to deepen our practice, connect more with ourselves and our bodies. Each day, Cole will offer a morning meditation followed by a sunrise flow. Each afternoon, there will be an afternoon yoga session that will range in style (power, restorative, flow, yin, etc). While the yoga sessions will focus mostly on the physical practice, there will be intention on breath and will be mindful of yoga philosophy.
We offer very comfortable and spacious cabins (double or triple occupancy depending on the number of registrants) that overlook the beautiful Maya Mountains and jungles of Belize. Linens, blankets for those cooler nights, and pillows are all provided. The modern ammenities of home in the form of flush toilets and hot and cold showers are available.
Guests sleep in single/double/triple cabins. The T.R.E.E.S. station can readily accommodate groups of up to 30 people. Communal facilities are confined to one large central building and include a presentation hall, large dining area including both indoor and outdoor patio dining, a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, a processing lab for ecology students, a lounge and games room, an office and library space, and indoor and outdoor hot and cold showers and flush toilets. Jungle composting toilets are conveniently located beside the bunkhouses. Additionally, a small fully furnished house with kitchenette and bathroom is available for longer stays. The station facilities are equipped with an LCD projector and a desktop computer with internet for guest use. Wireless internet access for personal laptops and phone access is also available, although sorry no Wifi so Wifi devices will not work at the T.R.E.E.S Center.
6:30 to 8:00 am – Short meditation session followed by sunrise yoga in the center
8:30 am - breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 am - free time to go hiking, birdwatching, swimming, relaxing in hammocks, massage, etc.
11:00 to 12:00 pm - yoga session
12:00 pm - lunch
12:30 pm - trip to Blue Hole National Park for caving, hiking, and swimming in the blue lagoon style swimming hole
5:00 to 6:00 pm - sunset yoga session
6:30 pm - dinner followed by cultural and musical presentation by Kriol Drumming Master Emmeth Young and the Talla Walla Vibrations - dancing by the bonfire!
Fly into the Belize City International Airport, where we will pick you up and take you to the T.R.E.E.S. Hosting Center nestled in the beautiful Maya Mountains. There you will arrive to a beautiful eco-friendly educational center where you can relax in Hammocks or swim in tropical swimming holes overlooking the beautiful mountainous jungle landscape while awaiting the start of your yoga instruction. You will end your retreat in the gorgeous beach town and traditional Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins. From Hopkins we will provide return transportation to the Belize City International Airport at the end of the retreat. Or if you would like to extend your trip on one end or the other, we can help organize in-country transportation for you (additional costs unless you opt for using public transportation).
The all-inclusive rate includes all meals. Meals will be a mixture of traditional Belizean fare like stewed meats and vegetables and rice and beans, tacos, and burritos as well as international cuisine such as French, North American, Italian, Thai, and Chinese. Our chef is well-versed in vegetarian and vegan-friendly cooking so all eating preferences can be accommodated. We offer fresh fruit juices and all of our food is prepared with local and mostly organic ingredients. Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge.
Pricing & Terms ( Including Cancellation )
The price for this all-inclusive retreat (not including international flight) is $999 USD. A 50% deposit is required by May 21st 2013 to confirm the reservation. The rest of the payment is due a minimum of two days prior to arrival. Payments can be made by Paypal or by sending a cheque or money order made out to Ecorana Environmental Ltd. to our North Vancouver address.
What to expect?
You will be visiting a developing country in Central America on your trip, and staying in a jungle facility. As such, you should not expect conditions to be the same as what you know of your home country, especially if you are coming from North America or Europe. Infrastructure is not quite as good (especially roads and vehicles) - so expect an adventure! Although the accommodations at the two locations where you will be staying are clean and comfortable and all fully screened, there are some creepy crawlies that will inevitably grace you with their presence! None of them can hurt you but you should be aware that you will likely see them - true archniphobes be forewarned!