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8 Days Prana in Paradise Yoga Retreat in Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

Samana Ocean View Eco Lodge, El Flamboyan, 32000, Dominican Republic

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Dominican Republic

Beat the end of winter blues and relax and rejuvenate in the sun! CaribeYoga is inviting you on this relaxing yoga and meditation retreat in the sunny Dominican Republic. Wake up every morning in your private bungalow located in the hills with the most stunning view over the Caribbean ocean. Practice daily yoga and meditation on the stunning deck overlooking the ocean, sample local Caribbean delights, and dive into the turquoise ocean just minutes away from the resort.

Meet the instructors

Ruchama & Mary
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • A 1-hour relaxing massage
  • Hiking through the jungle and waterfall excursion
  • Enjoy whale-watching and beach day trip
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Las Américas International Airport
Airport transfer included: Samaná El Catey International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board

There are 14 private bungalows at the Samaná Ocean View Resort. Each is equipped with a queen-size bed, bed linen and towels, night table, reading lamp, table and chairs, safe, ceiling fan, and closet. Each one also has a bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. All of them have fully-openable picture window facing the ocean and with breathtaking views on the Samaná peninsula.

The room will be cleaned daily. The main building includes a large open living space and seating area, a bar, a barbecue grill, a sound system, free Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen. The swimming pool measures more than 1,200 square feet. The pool 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.

  • The private estate which covers more than 18,000 square feet, surrounded by tropical vegetation with plenty of space to relax
  • Ocean view from anywhere at the eco-lodge
  • 14 private bungalows (seven with a queen-size bed, one with a king-size bed, six with two twin beds)
  • Total capacity, 28 persons (for yoga retreats normally a maximum of 18 guests)
  • Bathroom, fan, safe, shower, toilet in each bungalow
  • The main building with terrace, barbecue, bar, pool, two bathrooms and a sun deck with an outdoor shower
  • Spacious and fully equipped kitchen with a fridge in the main building
  • Use of the washing machine and dryer for an additional fee
  • Irons are available (in the main building)
  • Hair dryers are not available
  • Personal laptops and other devices can be used with power adapter
  • Daily cleaning service of bungalows and the main building
  • 24-hour electricity, water, and Wi-Fi
  • The property manager lives on the estate and provides assistance of any kind

Program

Yoga is a practice that will adapt to you, not the other way around. This retreat is specially created to convey the fact that yoga is so much more than just a posture. Everybody is welcome regardless of skill level, even if they have never done yoga before. Anyone who would like to have a personal practice, customized to their preferences, will benefit greatly from this experience. %Even those who are already on an advanced level (that would like something more challenging than a normal yoga class) can benefit from learning how to live the philosophy of yoga in their daily life. During this retreat, you will live an experience to harmonize your body and soul.

Totally unwind, let your mind go, and relax while your body immersed in the perfect combination of restfulness and motion-free from external influences. This retreat offers daily yoga practices and interaction with the yoga instructors and like-minded fellow travelers in the incredible picture landscapes.

Yoga is rather a way of life which is about compassion, mindfulness, and truthfulness. The atmosphere on this retreat is quiet and, except for the daily yoga hours, your time is your own to read, swim, sleep, and enjoy. Much emphasis is placed on healthy, diverse, and fresh food to accompany the experience. The yoga classes will be suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced learners.

Day 1

  • Welcome to Santo Domingo
  • Transfers: airport lodge to Caribe Yoga Ocean View Eco Lodge (three hours road trip)
  • Welcome and meet and greet
  • 18:45 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation and opening circle

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 -18:30 Yin or Restorative
  • 18:45 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Day trip to the most fascinating Caribbean beach “Playa Fronton”. Start at the beach Las Galeras town by boat (30 minutes), whale watching, untouched nature, impressive panorama, lunch, and a hike through the gentle hills of Samaná.
  • 17:00 Going back to the lodge by bus
  • 18:45 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation and Restorative

Day 4

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Day at the wonderful beach Playita, natural swimming pool
  • 18:45 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation and Restorative

Day 5

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Developing a personal practice workshop
  • 18:45 Dinner

Day 6

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Trip To El Limon Waterfall, horseback riding, and swimming in the sweet water of the waterfall
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yin and Restorative
  • 18:45 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation

Day 7

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yin and Restorative
  • 18:45 Dinner

Day 8

  • Brunch and departures

Included excursions

Beach day Playita

Beautiful beach to spend a moment of tranquility and enjoy nature included in the price. Enjoy the beautiful beach to spend a moment of tranquility and enjoy nature, fresh coconut, and pineapple. One of the nicest beaches in the world. Quiet waters, very low key, this is the dream beach you are looking for. A perfect day in a clean place far from the piles of trash you see everywhere.

Hike to Waterfall El Limon

Horse riding to the waterfall El Limon and swimming in sweet water included in the price. The waterfall “Salto El Limon” 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 the tropical jungle until you reach the bottom of this roaring cascade, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the big natural pool.

Visit the Dominican Larimar Jewelry Shop

Larimar: It was discovered less than three decades ago, its fame was instant, and you can only find it in the Dominican Republic, this makes the stone something rare and enchanting. It’s associated with love, those who don’t have it will find it, and if you have it you will keep it.

Whale-watching

The bay of Samana is visited every year by the humpback whales. The bay of Samana is visited every year by the humpback whales that migrate from cold waters to warm waters for their breeding season. Go on a guided excursion by boat and watch those giants in their natural environment.

After whale-watching, the trip continues by boat to Playa Fronton, one pristine beach, where you will have time to relax and have something to eat and after that, a hike through the gentle hills of Samaná.

Instructors

Ruchama Bilenky

Retreat location

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.

Distances

  • Las Galeras - 15 minutes
  • Playa Grande - 15 minutes
  • Playita - 15 minutes
  • Playa Fronton - 30 minutes
  • Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) - 60 minutes
  • International Airport Las Americas” of Santo Domingo (SDQ) - 2.5 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning

Food

During your retreat, you will be provided with six hearty breakfast buffets, healthy lunches or brunches, and sumptuous dinners. The meals are a combination of the Caribbean and international cuisines which are prepared to enrich your body and soul; vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free upon request. Tea, coffee, and water are available free of charge throughout the duration of your stay. If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please inform CaribeYoga upon registration.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

During your free time, you may participate in the following activities:

Adventure and beach, zipline and Playa El Valle

Take your car (or a transfer) and head to El Valle, where you can go on one of the most spectacular zip lines of the country. Enjoy the scenery, have a blast, and get your adrenaline ready, the longest zip line at El Valle is more than 1,200 feet long and over 450 feet high.

Visit the 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 a large lagoon “Bahia San Lorenzo”, rivers, mangroves, jungle, and mystical stalactite caverns.

The 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. In the morning, you leave with a boat from close to Sanchez, going to explore the Los Haitises National Park.

Among approximately 120 different bird types you might catch sight of the “Palm Chat” (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.

Spa treatments

1-hour massage

You will receive one full body relaxing massage by the hands of a professional masseuse. The massage will help you relax and recharge your energy.

What's included

  • 1 1-hour full body relaxing massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, lunches or brunches, and dinners
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Workshop about creating a personal yoga practice
  • Workshop about yoga and acupressure for self-care
  • Tea, coffee, and water
  • Excursion to a waterfall, whale watching, and hiking through the jungle
  • Beach day
  • Visit to the Larimar Shop Mobile Dominican Jewellery Shop
  • Taxes and excursion fees
  • Group airport shuttle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra drinks (alcoholic beverages and sodas)
  • Individual transfer
  • Jewelry you want to buy

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) or Las Américas International Airport (SDQ). Scheduled group airport transfers are included from these airports and you will be picked up at the airport. If you arrive at a different time from the rest of the group, another schedule can be arranged for an additional cost. Please send an inquiry to CaribeYoga to find out more about the schedules for the group transfers.

Airport: Las Américas International Airport Airport transfer included: Las Américas International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Samaná El Catey International Airport Airport transfer included: Samaná El Catey International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday March 22, 2020
Departure: Sunday March 29, 2020

Retreat information

This retreat requires a minimum of 7 participants.

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