Spirit of the Sea 

Yoga Meets Bliss in Belize 

Hopkins Beach Belize 

COMING March 12-18, 2020

Ahhhh BELIZE! A quaint country nestled in between Mexico and Guatemala. This tropical paradise is the only English-speaking Central American country and vibes a perfect blend of ancient Mayan culture with that of the more modern Rastafarian. The people are kind, gentle and loving. The food is succulent and flavorful. The turquoise waters allow you to float in pure healing bliss and yoga and meditation practices are enriched by the sounds of the ocean, the warmth of the sun, the sensation of the salty air and the crystal-clear reflections of the Caribbean Sea! On this incredible trip, you will find the perfect combination of activities to relax, reset and reconnect, along with a healthy dose of eco-tourism to heighten the inspiration!

Make yourself at home in our luxury, waterfront accommodations at Villa Varano in Hopkins Beach, which has been voted the “friendliest village in Belize!” Wake up to the magnificent view of the sun rising over the sea. Sip freshly made coffee while wiggling your toes in pristine white sand. Enjoy delicious, healthy meals made by our own personal chef. Begin and end each day with beachfront yoga and meditation, including energizing Vinyasa Flow classes, deep Yin practices, Gentle stretches and tranquil Restorative yoga.

Soak up the sun on private boats reserved just for our group and stroll along the white sand beaches of a secluded island cay. Snorkel in the pristine, turquoise waters that surround Belize’s unspoiled Barrier Reef, which is the second-largest coral reef system in the entire world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! This area boasts so many important natural habitats and such extensive biodiversity that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and, as such, is the subject of significant conservation efforts to preserve its natural treasures. Travel to the town of Placencia, an old fishing village in the Stann Creek region of southern Belize, by private boat for a day of exploring authentic Belizean culture. Savor the flavors of traditional Belizean cuisine and check out beautiful handmade crafts as you browse the boutique shops on Main Street in this community, which is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest Main Street in the world for comprising only a 4’ wide sidewalk!

Spend an evening under the stars on a private, nighttime boat ride through the mangroves to one of the world’s few bioluminescent bays, Anderson Lagoon. March is the best time of the year to take in marvelous views of the water’s phosphorescent glow, as it surrounds fish and other wildlife AND our own bodies as we go for a swim in this spectacular place!Hike through the protected rainforest/jungle environment of Mayflower Bocawina National Park to observe the diverse local flora and fauna (maybe catching a glimpse of Belize’s national bird, the Keel-Billed Toucan!), then cool off in the refreshing, emerald pools beside the awe-inspiring Bocawina Waterfalls.

Lose yourself to the beat of the drums as we are treated to a private performance by the local Garifuna tribe in Hopkins Beach, to truly get a taste of Belizean history. The Garifuna tribe came to be in a unique way and beautifully blends the authentic music, food, dance, language and art of African slaves that came to the area in 1802 with the rich heritage of indigenous people already present in the region at that time. The result is a population steeped in powerful traditions.

Included in  your  retreat:  

Options & Prices:   

This year we are staying at the magnificent Boutique Hotel Villa Verano. This stunning beachfront hotel features a 5-star beachfront destination worthy of its stunning Belizean surroundings! Villa Verano features 10 spacious rooms, a beachfront pool, a private yoga studio with ocean views, a gourmet kitchen for our private chef service, and a rooftop hot tub and stargazing set-up for night time chilling and meditations under the stars! Also included are outstanding amenities for our exclusive use – full concierge services to make arrangements for spa treatments and any other needs; along with bikes, double kayaks, paddle boards and a catamaran for downtime play! 

Investment

20% deposit required at the time of registration with monthly autopay of the balance. 

(Airfare to Belize City International Airport is not included).  

*Note: If an alternate payment plan is required, please email Katie at yogabohemia@gmail.com to make personalized arrangements.  

REGISTER BY November 5th & SAVE $150! 

Court Yard Room 1 (1stFloor) – 1 Queen Bed & 2 Bunks with Private Bath en Suite (5or 6-person occupancy)- $2200 per person

Court Yard Room 2 (1stFloor) – 1 Queen & 1 Twin Day Bed with Private Bath en Suite (1 – 3 person occupancy) – $2500 per person as a Triple Occupancy, UPGRADE to a double occupancy for $2800 per person, or UPGRADE to a Single Occupancy for $3200

Almond View Room (1stFloor Beachfront) 1 King Bed with 1 Twin Day Bed with Bath en suite (1 – 3 person occupancy) – $3000 per person as a Triple Occupancy, UPGRADE to a double occupancy for $3200 per person, or UPGRADE to a Single Occupancy for $3400

Sea View Room (1st Floor Beachfront) – 1 King Bed with 1 Twin Day Bed with Bath en suite (1 – 3 person occupancy) – $3000 per person as a Triple Occupancy, UPGRADE to a double occupancy for $3200 per person, or UPGRADE to a Single Occupancy for $3400

Palm View Room (1st Floor Beachfront) – 1 King Bed with 1 Twin Day Bed with Bath en suite (1 – 3 person occupancy) – $3000 per person as a Triple Occupancy, UPGRADE to a double occupancy for $3200 per person, or UPGRADE to a Single Occupancy for $3400

Reef Fish Room (2ndFloor) – 1 King Bed with 2 Bunk Beds with Bath en suite (5 – 6 person occupancy) – $2200 per person

Monkey Room (2ndFloor) – 1 King Bed with 1 Full Bed (Pull Out) with Bath en suite (1 – 3 person occupancy) – $3000 per person as a Triple Occupancy, UPGRADE to a double occupancy for $3200 per person, or UPGRADE to a Single Occupancy for $3400.

Turtle Room (2ndFloor Beachfront) – 1 King Bed Suite with Private Master Bath en suite (1-2 person occupancy) – $3400 as a double occupancy or UPGRADE to a single occupancy for $3600 –SOLD OUT! 

Penthouse (3rdFloor) – 1 King Bed Suite with Private Master bath with indoor and outdoor showers en suite. (1-2 person occupancy) – $3400 as a double occupancy or UPGRADE to a single occupancy for $3600

*Note: If an alternate payment plan is required, please email Katie at yogabohemia@gmail.com to make personalized arrangements.

All accommodations are on a first come, first serve basis.

 Call 609-389-9306 or email yogabohemia@gmail.com for more information.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

Katie Ribsam – As a practicing yogi of 27 years and founder of Yoga Bohemia and Bohemia Retreats, Katie has spent her life honing her craft as both a student and teacher of yoga. Off the mat, Katie is a rock climbing,snowboarding,puppy dog snuggling, ocean loving junky wholovesspendingas much time outdoors as humanly possible! Through yoga, Katie has not only been able to deepen her own sense of self-awarenessand spiritual connection but has also been able to maintain the focus, discipline, flexibility and agility necessary to enjoy the outdoors through the activities she loves. As a yoga instructor, Katie is quite diverse specializing in everything from advanced Vinyasa Flow to the softer sides of yoga with Yin and Restorative technique. But don’t be fooled. The physical practice is just the tip of the iceberg and what lies beneath is the spiritual and emotional depth that sets this practice apart. With her main love being mama earth and with over a decade of environmental education experience under her belt, Katie has developed an expertise in the up-and-coming Eco-Yoga field. Beach Yoga, SUP Yoga, Yoga Hikes, Yoga Retreats- you name it- connecting students to the environment through yoga is Katie’s specialty. Over many years, Katie has led over 2 Dozen Transformational Yoga Retreats for hundreds of Yogis throughout the world and looks forward to meeting you in Belize! 

 Dana Bowling – After practicing law for almost 14 years, Dana was tired, burned out and needed something more.  Something deeply fulfilling that fostered personal growth.  Something that encouraged exposure to new people, experiences and ideas while promoting acceptance and inhibiting judgment.Yoga was the answer!  After developing her personal practice, she took the next step and became a certified yoga teacher in order to share the gift of yoga with others while opening her own studio Yoga Mandala in Tabernacle NJ. This journey has been more fulfilling than Dana could have ever imagined!  From increasing her self-awareness and making more purposeful choices in her every day life to traveling around the world with new friends to experience new cultures, yoga has been life-changing! Yoga truly has been a gift of life for Dana and she is excited to be able to share this gift with others in Belize!

CANCELLATION POLICY 

Yoga Bohemia recommends purchasing travel insurance for your trip that covers both medical emergencies and trip cancellation. Purchasing insurance protects you from losing money should you need to cancel your trip. We recommend squaremouth.com to search and compare travel insurance options. World Nomad Travel Insurance (worldnomads.com) is also a great and trusted option! Travelers insurance if typically less than $100 for your trip and worth the investment for both medical and cancellation coverage. 

If you must cancel your retreat Yoga Bohemia provides the following reimbursement: