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7 Days Women of Color Yoga Retreat Jamaica

  • Emerson Paradise Villas, Dairy Road, Lot 29H, Discovery Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Middlesex, Jamaica


Healing Jamaica Yoga Retreat

Explore, remember and celebrate your ancestral threads in a sweet caldron of loving compassion! This retreat is dedicated for women of color to release trauma through drumming, dancing, yoga, writing, song, ritual and togetherness. This healing journey is open to those who identify as women or were assigned women at birth, cis-gender women, transgender folks, and gender non-conforming are welcome!


  • Daily yoga classes
  • African diasporic drum sessions
  • Song, dance, and writing sessions
  • Rituals, heart circles, and ancestral healing
  • Field trips to local attractions
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights’ accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay for 6 nights at the beautiful Emerson Paradise Villas, a luxurious inclusive tropical escape. This seaside oasis combines all comforts of home. With an eclectic mix of warm contemporary furnishings and exotic dark woods, you can immerse yourself in the comfortable, private and magnificent ocean vistas of this luxurious haven.

Each villa, nestled atop the cliffs in Discovery Bay, offers its own unique intimate setting and provides the ultimate vacation experience for all guests. Complete privacy, luxurious accommodations, and the most attentive and impeccable service are the highlights of this unique sanctuary.

There are also a pool, hydro-therapy Jacuzzi, bar, and grill. You can also enjoy refreshing cocktail drinks prepared by expertly trained bartenders, or play a game of volleyball or soccer on the sand court.

On this yoga retreat, you will have daily African diasporic drum, song, dance, writing, and yoga sessions. You will also enjoy other fun activities such as rituals, heart circles, and ancestral healing.

This retreat is for women of color only. With the recent attacks of people of color, particularly black women and men, it is essential to host healing journeys in sacred spaces as womb spaces where you are allowed for purification, wailing, decompression, and as much soulful release from post-traumatic slave, stress, and societal syndromes.

You will explore and remember our ancestral threads from this land celebrating ourselves in a sweet caldron of loving compassion. We are offering partial scholarships for women of color.

On this yoga retreat, you will have field trips to Stush in the Bush, Dunn’s River Falls, and local attractions in Jamaica.

This retreat will take place in Discovery Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Hair dryer
  • Wireless internet

Daily local organic breakfast and dinner will be provided for you during this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Massage
  • Water aerobics
  • Private readings and coaching
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily African diasporic drum, song, dance, and writing sessions
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Field trips
  • Rituals, heart circles, ancestral healing
  • *Airfare
  • *Passport
  • Review by Alice Walker
    9 out of 10

    "As a woman of African descent who carries the African drum as a tool for liberation, Afia’s chosen path of leadership is uncommon, complex, and controversial. Afia is at the forefront as a visionary and activist who will lead us in the movement of freeing people’s minds and hearts from the shackles of enslavement and oppression using the drum vibrations as a healing, activating, and liberating force. She brings strong medicine of release, inspiration and creativity to those of us who long to rest in the nurturance of rhythm, song, drum, and movement that is easeful, stress-free, fun, and loving."

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  • Review by Jules Stept
    9 out of 10

    "Afia walks out onto the stage with a drum strapped to her body. Her hands are moving faster than I can calculate, creating syncopated beats and rhythms that pulsate within places unknown to me before that moment. The earth is vibrating underneath us as she moves to the edge of the stage and closer to more than 2,000 audiences at the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Screams, stomps and applause almost drown out her drumming. She quickly engages us with her famous affirming song of “I am Alive, I am Beautiful, I Can Do Anything I Put My Love and Heart Into” while she rhythmically massages this DNA memory of primal vibrations into every bone in our bodies through her drum playing. Everyone in the audience rises with her graceful, confident hand gesture and her call is quickly responded to. Everyone in the room is awakened and becomes more connected to life. Watching Afia in action is powerfully inspirational. One is immediately led to personally experience a sense of freedom, love and joy from her essence, her voice, her affirmative songs, and her fierce passionate drumming."

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  • Review by Lonny Shavelson
    9 out of 10

    "Afia Walking Tree has dedicated her life and work to the spiritual liberation of African Americans and other oppressed groups in a society intensely divided by ethnicity, color and class. Under Afia Walking Tree’s guidance, the sounds and stories of the continued need for liberation radiate to schools, civic organizations, businesses, parades and community events. Afia Walking Tree spreads her message to each individual. Together, people of all races and backgrounds still have to address many issues to achieve social justice and freedom."

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Afia Walking Tree offers healing journeys through drumming, movement, song, yoga, and meditation.

from US$1,699

7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Monday December 26, 2016
Departure: Sunday January 1, 2017

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