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7 Days Detox, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Philippines

  • Bahay Kalipay, Lot 38E Hagedorn Road Extension, San Pedro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Overview

Wellness and Yoga Holiday in the Philippines

This program shifts the focus from the intentional detox of our Signature Deep Nature Cleanse (DNC) to an overall Wellness Yoga Program (WYP) with yoga/breathwork as the key foundation. In this retreat, you will have the time and space to slow down and flow with the rhythm of our everyday routine here at Bahay Kalipay Retreat Centre - leaving you plenty of room for introspection and inner work with as-needed support for your personal process and healing. Our space offers the perfect abode to heal your mind, body and soul. This is a less regimented program as compared to our DNC detox program.

The WYP is held all year round but we suggest however for you not to arrive during Total Silence/Non-Doing day and the nature trip day, both of which usually fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.

Highlights

  • Nature trip to Nagtabon beach
  • Energy work/breath work/meditation
  • 6 morning plus 3 afternoon yoga classes
  • Workshops and other healing arts practice by visiting BK friends
  • Short raw food talk and raw food movies
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Rites and rituals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Bahay Kalipay is an intimate ashram style space where guests, teachers and facilitators make themselves at home. Some of our independent structures include Issa hut with double bedrooms and the Ma-I common space, our personal Dap-ay beach, the healing arts hut we call, Pugad ng Diwata, and Kalipay Kaf, which is also open to the general public for breakfast, lunch and dinner by reservation.

Accommodations include private couples cabin, family rooms, and individual rooms for our guests, which are almost always retreatants. We have a daily onsite staff of kitchen personnel, guest relations and retreat facilitators, and offer daily housekeeping as requested, and as-needed laundry services. Guests of Bahay Kalipay can take advantage of our gentle detox, deep cleanse program of raw food, yoga classes, workshops, spa services and more.

Liwanag, Punla, Hangin, Sinag, and Daloy rooms

All five rooms in the Main House are on the third floor with views of the evergreen Palawan horizon. We have 2 single rooms, 2 double rooms with a balcony, and a triple ideal for families. All rooms are open-air, equipped with an electric fan and mosquito netting to keep the bugs at bay while sleeping. Some rooms have a balcony and/or split level lofts for meditation or additional storage. Alternatively, guests can choose to sleep in the open air on the the landing area of Ma-I space, with simple beddings and mosquito nets.

Ma- I space

The second floor split-level room is a large inner dance space designed to provide conditions for healing, silent and insightful spiritual practice. This is where personal early morning meditations are held, as well as yoga classes, and in the afternoons and evenings, inner dance sessions, workshops and other gatherings. Ma-I and the accommodations area are closed to the public during retreat days and healing workshops and sessions.

Pugad ng Diwata healing hut

Referred to the nest in english, the space is for massage and one-on-one healing sessions. The second story landing is set up with an altar and a collection of books, ideal for contemplation, prayer or a well-deserved siesta.

Dap-ay Island

In the mornings, the functional sandy zen garden is a venue for tea and yoga. In the afternoons, the garden is used for soulwork workshops and earth healing. And in the evening, it has hosted bonfires, star and moon gazing, drum circles, tribal ceremonies, singing, fire dancing, and cozy conversation.

Kalipay Kaf

Our dining room can seat 24 comfortably, and has squeezed up to 35 guests, as diners enjoy our creatively-prepared raw, organic, mostly vegan cuisine using quality ingredients sourced from certified local producers. It is adorned with a collection of spiritual art by artists who have visited Bahay Kalipay and have left some of their work to share. The Kaf is also open to guests who are keen to experience Bahay Kalipay and meet some of the residents. However, advanced reservation required.

Other services

  • Partially-solar powered eco rooms with fan
  • Shared eco-toilet and bath
  • Library, video screening, art, and hammock reading areas
  • Common workshop area for groups
  • Labyrinth
  • Open sandy space for individual meditation and rituals
  • Wi-Fi (according to the whims of trees and wind)
  • Beach within short walking distance

Deep transformation

Your personal transformation process will be supported by workshops and rituals led by both resident and visiting facilitators. You will also experience the deep meditative quality of a one-day coconut fast as we hold space for total silence.

Hatha yoga

Especially for beginner and intermediate practitioners, Hatha yoga provides a vehicle to strengthen the body, relax the mind, and prepare for union with God (or your highest self) through deep meditative practice. Whether you are experienced in the Ashtanga, Bikram, or Hatha styles of yoga, their roots relate to the same original teachers and bodies of knowledge. The difference is that Hatha in its current form tends to take a slower, more meditative approach, whereas Ashtanga provides a more challenging set of postures and stretches. Both, however, require focus and can be as intensive or as relaxed as the practitioner chooses.

Yoga in its purest form provides a systematic way for the practitioner to calm the mind, and prepare the body for long periods of meditation, leading to self-knowledge and inner peace. With Bahay Kalipays Hatha yoga classes, you can gradually give yourself a healthier body and mind, reduced stresses in your daily life and an overall sense of well-being.

Kundalini yoga

Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is led by Tara Joy MacKeigan. The yoga of awareness is appropriate for beginner to advanced students. Explore different postures, and movements designed to give an aerobic workout, cleanse the body and strengthen the nervous system. With the balance of the energizing Breath of Fire and the relaxing Rebirthing breath, participants feel energy flow, tension release, and have heightened body listening. Kundalini yoga reminds us to connect with our inner teacher and face the challenges of life with grace, clarity, and strength.

In addition to the wellness program, main activities within the 7 days include any or all of these:

  • Short raw food talk and green smoothie demo, preparation and raw food movies
  • Energy work/breathwork/meditation
  • Inner Dance sessions
  • Yoga discourse
  • Rites and rituals
  • Workshops and other healing arts practice by visiting BK friends
  • Serena Olsen

    Originally from New York, USA, Serena has been living in South East Asia since 2011. In the years since 2012, she underwent physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through her own self-discovery using Inner Dance, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as tools for expanding her consciousness and field of perceptual awareness. A Kundalini yoga and Inner Dance facilitator, she is a Radiant Child yoga instructor, student of Sat Nam Rasayan, certified in the HANDLE approach, and a WMA Wilderness First Responder.

  • Tza Bautista-Leube

    Tza Bautista-Leube is a certified Ayurvedic massage therapist whose own life and practice mirror her profession. She is an Ashtanga certified yoga teacher who went to India on a yoga pilgrimage and came back after receiving her certificate from the Sivananda Institute in Neyyar Dam, South India. Tza shares her passion for the healing arts by exploring other modalities compatible with an Ayurvedic philosophy. Among these are raw food, yoga, Reiki, meditation, and qi gong.

  • Sasha Iqubal

    Sasha loves nature and animals deeply. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being by the ocean. She is deeply passionate about yoga, inner dance, ego work and practicing equanimity and compassion in her everyday life. She owes deep gratitude to the universe and has complete trust in every moment of magic she is experiencing here on Earth.

Activities
  • Massage
General
  • Caf
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

Using organic ingredients and sourcing from certified local producers whenever possible, the raw food dishes are creatively and lovingly prepared. If you are new to raw, you will be surprised by the intense flavors inherent in live foods. When you have it for lunch, you will feel energized after, instead of the familiar sleepy tiredness that comes after eating a typical cooked meal. We also make our own chai, healthy after-yoga breakfasts, power live food lunches, healthy snacks, and simply satisfying vegan dinners. Our food is also always freshly prepared.

Energy bodywork, such as deep soul bodywork

BK trifecta massage

Detox massage with medicinal oils

Deep nature body scrub

Guided personal process, such as language of possibilities

Nature trips: Underground River tour, Honda Bay visit, city tour, firefly watching, dolphin watching, whale shark watching, seasonal activities, etc.

  • Single or double room with fan
  • 6 morning yoga + 3 afternoon yoga classes
  • Green smoothie/day
  • 3 scrumptious 100% live food meals/day with guilt-free snack & detoxifying/energizing drinks
  • Coconut feast for a day
  • Nature trip, usually to Nagtabon beach

Driving directions from Puerto Princesa Domestic Terminal

In the city or terminal on a trike, tell the driver to go to Wescom road and make a left on Hagedorn road extension.

You will be on this rocky road for a little less than a kilometer; follow the road as it curves to the right passing Purok 8 then left.

You will pass a sign for Clarkville beach on the right, and Bahay Kalipay will be on your left side, a few meters past the small sign.

Bahay Kalipay has a bamboo-coral fence with a gate made of bike parts.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bahay Kalipay Detox and Yoga Retreat House an inquiry.
  • Review by Chap Yu Yung from Luxembourg
    10 out of 10

    "Bahay Kalipay is a rustic resort conceived to offer not only a dietary detox, but also to give you the space and surroundings to refill spiritually and energetically. The food is truly amazing - they make it so easy to eat raw vegan during a week, it is impressive! The resort staff is very playful, respectful, helpful and genuinely nice. Kim (nutritionist) was knowledgeable and attentive to my concerns, Ren (yoga teacher) provided very enjoyable and demanding morning yoga classes, Mukti and Imana gave a very nice o'oponopono meditation session, and Kelly (reiki therapist) literally made the energies flow again. The resort is simple, nothing fancy. If you are looking for luxury, don't go there. But if you are looking for re-centering and re-energizing through good food, good yoga and good meditation, in a nice and simple environment, you will love it there."

    BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Traveler from Manila, Philippines
    10 out of 10

    "Bahay Kalipay is truly one magical place. All BK family took care of me.All are very warm and friendly. Food was amazing! Loved everything from food, yoga classes, meditation and workshops. Colonics is a must try! Keep it up wonderful people! Can't wait to be back."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Danny Le Heron from Hamilton, New Zealand
    9 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time at Bahay Kalipay. They were very welcoming and kind, the food was amazing and the workshops were enlightening. I learned some new skills to relax and to find inner peace. The yoga was challenging but so good. I'm taking home some great memories and being there has given me an opportunity to reflect. The rooms were also nice and I slept well on the beds. Watching the sunrise was also a highlight. My only grumble would be that I wasn't picked up for three hours and when I was, I realized it was pretty close to the airport so may have cost me 50 pesos to get there, instead of the 500 they charge when you book. I think that is quite steep. But all in all, great time. I would definitely go back if I get the chance."

    May 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Kerry Lydon
    10 out of 10

    "Just back from a week deep nature cleanse at Balay Kalipay. It was a marvellous week. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel like one of the family. Everyone was so friendly and helpful in answering questions. The days are well structured with yoga, meditation, workshops and everyone joins together for the meals. The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious. We all had lots of fun too. I will always remember my week there where I met some really good friends. A perfect week."

    January 2016, BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Diana Khayat
    8 out of 10

    "My experience has mixed feelings. The place itself and the staff were more than amazing, however the yoga itself was disappointing. I was looking forward to the Ashtanga yoga but only got it once since the teacher wasn't in the mood of teaching it that week. Also, the Vinyasa missed the flow that I've experienced in previous classes, although the yoga teachers were very attentive and helpful in all new moves. But overall it was exactly what I needed on my trip and for that I'm grateful. Thank you."

    February 2016, BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Niamh from Tullamore, Co.Offaly, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I experienced Bahay Kalipay for 7 days on the 6 n / 7 day detox and cleanse program in April 2014. I had an absolute amazing, beautiful, spiritual time there. On arrival you immediately feel you are part of a family and a community of warm, kind, loving, friendly people all working together in unison.I tried various classes, yoga, qigong, tai chi, reiki and much more. The food was amazing, nutritious and tasty. The massages were super! I had a craniosacral therapy session with Marte which I loved. I met so many special people who all added greatly to my experience which was 100% positive and I can't wait to be able to go back for more!"

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Dr. Nick Smith from England
    10 out of 10

    "For me, the inner dance represents the missing aspect of practical spirituality I was searching for to help elevate mass human consciousness above petty materialism, a universally accessible raising of awareness that can embrace the ecology of our planet. It is a potential and actual force to help us return to simplicity, basic goodness and our authentic individual beauty."

    August 2015. Bahay Kalipay Detox and Yoga Retreat House website, edited

  • Review by Karen Fletcher from MPH, Seattle, Washington
    10 out of 10

    "I explored, felt, loved and experienced my body moving in ways it never had in the past. A knot I have had in my middle back ever since a car accident two years ago is gone!"

    August 2015. Bahay Kalipay Detox and Yoga Retreat House website, edited

  • Review by Katrina from Philippine Daily Inquirer
    10 out of 10

    "All I could comprehend in this in-between state was that something had opened up within that allowed me to see into another dimension of myself, one that acknowledged an inner life force that had long been dormant."

    August 2015. Bahay Kalipay Detox and Yoga Retreat House website, edited

  • Review by Agnes from Philippine Daily Inquirer
    10 out of 10

    "Inner Dance is about flow, tuning in to deeper psychic, emotional and spiritual energies that exist within each of us and allowing these inner forces to move outward; it needs childlike trust, a suspension of the constant stream of mental chitchat that occupies our heads. When it happens, there is such a sense of release, of healing and coming home to ones deepest musicpersonal and unique. All the layers of conventions , coping mechanisms and survival efforts simply fall away .One can touch the Core, our Original Source."

    August 2015. Bahay Kalipay Detox and Yoga Retreat House website, edited

  • Review by Louise Thorpe from China
    10 out of 10

    "I loved this place, like really loved it.I have been recommending in since I left 6 months ago.For me it was a safe haven to get back to myself. I work in a big city and was stressed and run down. Here I got a break and exercised my body and mind. The people that volunteer at Bahay Kalipay take the time to plan uniquely deep exercises, from inner dance to heaping art classes. I had a deep lesson on Buddhism values and powerful yoga classes that were clearly organized and taking into account each students personal needs and goals. I am so thankful for the kindness and support I received at the 'happy house.' The food is great! I'm vegan already, but the food here is a real treat, from freshly made vegan cheese cake to beautifully prepared soups and salads. I felt healthy and alive, the quiet area and beautifully natural setting is great for the soul. You can see it in the faces of the people that stay there long term, they know that this place hasa special energy. I cant wait to return."

    May 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Chichi from California
    10 out of 10

    "Once the blockages are released, the initiate often proceeds into a trance-like dance that can be equivalent to the crumbling away of ones masks which allows a freedom from personal blockages."

    October 2013. Bahay Kalipay website, edited

  • Review by Karen Fletcher from Washington
    10 out of 10

    "I explored, felt, loved and experienced my body moving in ways it never had in the past. A knot I have had in my middle back ever since a car accident two years ago is gone."

    October 2013. Bahay Kalipay website, edited

  • Review by Nick Smith from England
    10 out of 10

    "For me, it represents the missing aspect of practical spirituality I was searching for to help elevate mass human consciousness above petty materialism, a universally accessible raising of awareness that can embrace the ecology of our planet, a potential and actual force to help us return to simplicity, basic goodness and our authentic individual beauty."

    August 2013. Bahay Kalipay website, edited

  • Review by Claire

    "I really enjoyed my time in BK with all the amazing teachers, volunteers and other guests there. I was able to disconnect from my everyday life... to come back to the earth. The place is beautiful, so peaceful and simple. People are amazing, open minded, positive and always ready to share knowledge and experiences, to give good advice or to simply listen. The raw vegan food is incredibly yummy and so healthy! I learned so many things about well being and awareness through workshops, yoga classes, talks, movies and my own experiences there. I connected with my inner being, felt the energy in it strongly during inner dance sessions and non-doing/coconut feast day. Now I feel so present, centered, peaceful and happy. My body feels so strong and my mind so sharp. Thank you so much BK! See you soon hopefully."

    April 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

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Availability

Available all year around in form of:

  • 3 days program
  • 5 days program
  • 7 days program

 

However, it is not advisable to arrive during Total Silence/NonDoing Day (Thursday) and the Nature trip Day (Tuesday).

 

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