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12 Days Consciousness Dominican Republic Yoga Retreat

Consciousness and Life Yoga Retreat Dominican Republic

Awareness and life is the motto of this retreat, where you will develop an awareness and mindfulness of body, mind, and soul, leading you to a completely new body feeling. You will practice exercises to strengthen your back and relax, as well as make feel the power in your belly and address the area of the neck and shoulders. You will also learn to consciously perceive your breath and adapt your movement to it. Join this retreat to achieve a higher connection to yourself!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Learn the basics of Hatha yoga
  • Intensive Saturday yoga workshop
  • Learn the elements of nutrition of Chinese medicine
  • Full-day hike through the gentle hills of Samaná
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner
  • 11 nights accomodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

11 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Samaná Ocean View Resort has 14 private bungalows. Each one is equipped with a queen-size bed, linen, towels, night table, reading lamp, table, chairs, safe, ceiling fan, and closet. The bungalows also have a bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet.

Six of the bungalows have a cozy balcony, while the rest have a fully openable picture window facing the ocean and with breathtaking views of the Samaná Peninsula. All rooms are cleaned daily. The main building includes a terrace, a sun deck with an outdoor shower, a bar, a barbecue grill, a sound system, free Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen.

The swimming pool measures more than 1200 square feet. It can be used 24 hours a day and is attractively illuminated at night. At its longest point, the pool measures 45 feet and is between 4.6 and 5.3 feet deep. There is no lifeguard on duty or any special safety devices for children, so it is recommended that only adults and children who know how to swim make use of the pool at their own risk.

The private estate, which covers more than 18000 square feet, is surrounded by tropical vegetation with plenty of space to relax. Stunning ocean views can be seen from anywhere at the eco-lodge. The resort also offers irons in the main building and the use of washing machine and dryer at an additional cost.

CaribeYoga Dominican Republic Yoga Holidays Program

During this retreat, you will experience and learn the basics of Hatha yoga, which emphasis is on gentle movements, lightweight body, and breathing exercises that train the self-perception, practicing mindfulness and making you more present in the current moment.

The motto of this retreat is awareness and life, where you will be working with Jana Erdmann. Like no other, Jana helps you develop an awareness and mindfulness of body, mind, and soul, which leads to a completely new body feeling.

You will concern yourself with different areas of your body and Learn to root yourself well to have a good level. You will also get to practice exercises that will strengthen your back and relax, make you feel the power in your belly, and address the area of the neck and shoulders.

You will learn to consciously perceive your breath and adapt your movement it, as well as connect individual exercises to a small training sequence. Your yoga practice will happen where others only dream of: right on the beach, where you can enjoy the sound of the sea and feel a heavenly calm in your body. This yoga retreat is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

Nutritional advice on the five elements

The five elements of nutrition of traditional Chinese medicine, unimpressed and unaffected by the temporal fads, hold a key for you with which you will gradually open the door to a deeper understanding. Jana will introduce them into a contemporary, holistic nutrition based on classical health and nutrition principles and those associated with meaningful modern knowledge.

Although their origins are in China, this is not about using exotic foods or strange ingredients. Rather, Jana will show you how concepts and ways of thinking of Chinese medicine can be used in local foods and products. Accordingly, all foods contain the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; the five tastes: sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, and salty; and the temperature behavior: hot, warm, neutral, refreshing, and associated with cooling.

Included excursions

Full-day hike through the gentle hills of Samaná

Explore the undiscovered treasures of the Samaná Peninsula. The plan is to go on a full-day hike, visiting Boca del Diablo, Playa Frontón, and the rural area around Las Galeras. Walk along the unspoiled coastline, discover different fruits and vegetables while hiking along the cultivable land, and get to know the village life in La Guázuma. It is a strenuous 18-kilometer hike, but experiencing the natural way of the Dominican Republic is worth all the efforts.


Jana Erdmann
3HO Foundation (Kundalini Yoga)
Jana is a certified yoga teacher in Hatha, Yin, and Kundalini yoga, with national and international teacher training. She studied Kundalini yoga in the 3HO Foundation, with Yogi Bhajan.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic. Away from the crowds of tourists and surrounded by marvelous nature, you will find the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge, a perfect retreat for dreamers, people seeking peace and quiet, yogis and meditators from all kinds, methods, and schools.

The Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge is located on top of a hill near the village of La Guázama and the idyllic fishing town Las Galeras on the Samaná Peninsula. This spot is widely recognized as the most beautiful region of the Dominican Republic, primarily due to the thousands of coconut trees and the many pristine beaches.

The closest beaches include Playa Grande, Playita, and Playa Rincón, a three-mile long, white sandy beach and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. From Las Galeras you can reach it within 25 minutes by car or within 15 minutes by boat.

There is also Playa Frontón, a perfect snorkeling spot. This Robinson Crusoe beach with its impressive panorama can be reached with a 30-minute hike, or by boat, or horse. It is not accessible by car. The small romantic bay with its natural beach Playa Madame is also within reach either by boat or by horse.

Las Galeras, with its small supermarkets, restaurants, and beach huts can be reached within 15 minutes by car. Here, you can drink Dominican rum together with the locals or book a boat trip with the fishermen.

The comfortable bungalow complex offers an unforgettable and relaxing stay. The tropical vegetation in and around the area, the tranquility of the site, and the stunning views will make you feel as if you were visiting paradise. This area is one of the most beautiful and originally native places that the Dominican Republic has to offer. Here, you will experience the genuine Caribbean and pure relaxation.

Nearby places

  • Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Las Galeras - 15 minutes
  • Playa Frontón - 30 minutes
  • Playa Grande - 15 minutes
  • Playita - 15 minutes
  • Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) - 1 hour



  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Zip lining nearby


  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck


  • Car rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry nearby
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby


The meals during this retreat consist of a hearty breakfast buffet and a sumptuous dinner. They will be a combination of Caribbean and international cuisine and, if preferred, vegetarian or vegan. Please inform CaribeYoga of any food allergies or special needs prior to your arrival. Tea and water are also available free of charge throughout the duration of your stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Explore National Park Los Haitises

The National Park Los Haitises can only be reached from the ocean and is considered one of the must-see attractions in the Dominican Republic. It has a surface of 826 square kilometers and offers an unbelievable number of protected animals and plants. The park features the large Bahía San Lorenzo lagoon, rivers, mangroves, jungle, and mystical stalactite caverns.

This region was already settled or often visited by early Indians called Tainos, long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Rock carvings, petroglyphs, on the walls of many caves in this area are proof of their existence.

You might catch sight of approximately 120 different bird types, including the palm chat or cigua palmera, the national bird of the Dominican Republic. With some luck, you might also see the very rare Caribbean manatees, from the family of round-tailed sea cows, in the waters or in the surrounding mangroves.

Explore Samaná Bay

For those who want to discover the beauty of the Samaná Peninsula independently, a rental car would be most suitable. But those who prefer to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge can easily get around with taxis and so-called motoconchos, motorbike taxis, procured for you by the property manager.

Go on a double beach trip to Playa Frontón and Playa Rincón

Playa Frontón and Playa Rincón are often named as two of the most beautiful beaches in the country. By boat, you can explore both of them in one day. In the morning go to Playa Frontón, a secluded, palm-lined, and remote beach, where every dream of a paradise comes true. Snorkel in the shallow water and explore the adjoining coral reef.

Later on, head to Playa Rincón for even more quality beach time. You can expect miles of white sand, as well as little shacks selling fresh coconuts and cooled cocktail. You will surely enjoy swimming in the turquoise water and the stunning scenery.

Go on an adventure of zip lining and Playa El Valle

Take your car or request a transfer to head to El Valle, where you can go on one of the most spectacular zip lines in the country. Enjoy the scenery, have a blast, and get your adrenalin ready. The longest zip line at El Valle is more than 1200 feet long and over 450 feet high. After this, you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding.

Go to Salto El Limón Waterfall

The waterfall Salto El Limón is located amidst a lush tropical landscape on the peninsula of Samaná, approximately an hour away from Las Galeras. This spectacular waterfall drops 150 feet into a natural, beautiful pool filled with fresh, crystal clear water.

You can reach the top of the waterfall on horseback, then hike downwards through tropical jungle until you reach the bottom of this roaring cascade, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the big natural pool.

Go whale watching in Samaná Bay

Every year, more than 1000 humpback whales migrate from the polar regions to Samaná Bay for mating season. From mid-December to the end of March, you can observe this great spectacle directly from the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge. There are also regular boat excursions from Las Galeras if you prefer a closer look.

Other activities

  • Go horse riding
  • Go scuba diving
  • Learn to dance the Caribbean people
  • Take a quad excursion

What's included

  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga sessions
  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 11 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Full-day hike through the hills of Samaná
  • Intensive Saturday workshop
  • Tea and water throughout your stay
  • Yoga mat

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Daytime activities
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Private yoga lessons
  • Transfer to the yoga retreat

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS), Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), or Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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