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Join Raíces Yoga and Culture Retreat in the heart of Old San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico for the unforgettable yoga adventure experience. You will have your daily yoga and meditation classes and participate in cultural activities that will expose you to the history, art, traditions, agriculture, and cuisine of this enchanted Caribbean island. This is the best moment for you to finally immerse and just simply relax and enjoy Puerto Rico.
The maximum participants in the group is 20.
The guests will be staying at a beautifully renovated home in the trendy Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan. This gorgeous home is steps away from the beach, where you will begin your mornings with a yoga and meditation practice. This house is also only a few blocks away from the popular Parquecito del Indio, a charming park that connects to Ocean Park beach. The house has A/C, wifi access and a gym room. There is a 24/7 grocery and convenience store walking distance from the house.
The program will conclude with a vegetarian or vegan meal prepared by local chefs and a different cultural workshop every night where you will learn everything from the history of Bomba to the delicious intricacies of Puerto Rican cuisine.You will also be spending time in the rainforest experiencing some of the best nature the island has to offer.
Bomba is a traditional music and dance created by African slaves in Puerto Rico. Bomba spread throughout the island and different styles developed. As part of the retreat, you will be offered an interactive workshop, taught by Taller Tambuyé, where you can learn about the history of Bomba and get to dance to the music of live drums. Taller Tambuyé will provide you with the skirts to wear while learning to dance Bomba.
In addition to your morning yoga and meditation classes, you will get to spend the afternoons either exploring Old San Juan or be relaxed at any of the beautiful beaches the city has to offer. You will be provided with a daily shuttle to visit Ocean Park Beach and Condado Beach. Calle Loíza, a vibrant neighborhood with local restaurants, shops, food trucks, galleries, and street art, is walking distance away from these beaches.
As part of the program, you will experience one daytrip to visit El Yunque National Rainforest and Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo, the best nature spots the island has to offer. El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States national forest system. Located in Northeastern Puerto Rico, El Yunque which encompasses 29,000 acres is considered as one of the most biologically diverse national forests in the United States.
At El Yunque, you will hike La Mina Trail, which follows the course of La Mina River through lush tropical trees, shrubs, and flowers. This short hike ends at La Mina Falls, a gorgeous 35-feet high waterfall with a pool where you can swim or simply enjoy the view. You will be served a lovely lunch there provided by Que Viva Foods.
Seven Seas Beach is a pristine beach not far from El Yunque. You will spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, or simply relax. Your day will end with a visit to the Kioskos de Luquillo, an area by the beach with food stands serving seafood, Puerto Rican food, and piña coladas, where you will eat dinner while watching the sunset.
Día de Los Reyes, known as the Three King’s Day, is a traditional holiday of Spanish origins celebrated in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries on the sixth of January. In the Puerto Rican tradition of Día de Los Reyes, during the evening of the fifth, children fill a shoebox with grass. This shoebox is placed by the children's’ bedside so that the camels traveling with the three wise men can be fed. The three wise men then leave gifts for the children by their beds.
Día de Los Reyes is celebrated in the island as much or possibly even more than Christmas. Since the retreat is the week of this holiday, Old San Juan will still be decorated and there will be many events celebrating this wonderful tradition.
Learn about the history of Puerto Rican art with a visit to the museum of art of Puerto Rico. A museum docent will take you on a tour of the museum and highlight some of Puerto Rico’s most important works of art and artists. This museum is located in the neighborhood of Santurce, an upcoming neighborhood known for its hip restaurants, music venues, street art, bars, and La Plaza del Mercado.
Also known as La Placita, La Plaza del Mercado is a fruit and vegetable market on the inside during the day which is not only known for its produce but also for its refreshing papaya smoothies. At night, the bars and restaurants around the market open and you can eat, drink, and dance with locals. Santurce is known for its street art painted by both local and international artists. You will visit some of these famous murals
Jendar Marie Morales was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has studied various styles of yoga including Bikram, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha. She is now a Yoga Alliance Registered master teacher focusing on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative styles of yoga. In addition to her yoga studies, Jendar holds an MA in museum studies from New York University. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she helps run the University of Utah Yoga Teacher Training and teaches yoga all around the city.
Sara has been teaching yoga since 2008 in New York City, Texas, London, and most recently, California. After earning her 200-hour certification, she began a serious and devoted practice in Mysore Ashtanga which led her to study for three extended trips at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, with Sharath Jois. Sara additionally holds an MA in movement studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and taught movement and physical theatre to performers in New York and London.
The retreat will take place in Old San Juan, a national historic landmark and a fortified colonial city built by the Spanish in the 16th century. Known in Spanish as El Viejo San Juan, this charming city is known for its blue cobblestone streets, colorful centuries old buildings, and impressive fortifications. Old San Juan is considered as the cultural capital of the island because of its museums, historic sites, restaurants, plazas, and unique architecture.
Raíces Yoga and Culture Retreat will be partnering with Que Viva Foods to provide you with two daily wonderful vegetarian or vegan meals. Que Viva Foods is a Puerto Rican team of culinary professionals with a passion for preserving the nutritional integrity food. Melissa Montañez, the chef for Que Viva Foods, will be preparing the meals on site using only locally grown and organic ingredients of the highest quality. Melissa will also be teaching an interactive Puerto Rican cooking class.
Please book your flight to arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Raíces Yoga and Culture Retreat will pick you up from the airport.