7 Day Yoga and Culture Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Cultural Adventure Yoga Retreat Puerto Rico

Join Raíces Yoga and Culture Retreat in the heart of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, for an unforgettable yoga adventure and cultural experience. Guests will enjoy daily yoga and meditation classes with local yoga teachers. In addition, they provide cultural activities that will expose the guests to the history, art, traditions, agriculture, and cuisine of this enchanted Caribbean island. They will also be spending time in the rainforest experiencing some of the best nature the island has to offer. In Raíces Yoga & Culture Retreat look forward to meeting you.

Highlights

  • Two yoga classes a day w/ local teachers
  • 2 vegetarian/vegan meals cooked by a chef
  • Puerto Rican cooking class with chef Melissa Montañez
  • Day Trip to El Yunque National Forest, La Mina Falls, Las Cabezas de San Juan and Balneario de Luquillo Beach
  • 7 days and 6 nights at beach house in Ocean Park neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Bomba music and dance workshop with Taller Tambuyé
  • Tour of the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
  • Meal at El Departamento de la Comida
  • Transportation from/to SJU Airport
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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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 and wifi access. There is a 24/7 grocery and convenience store walking distance from the house.

The retreat includes two yoga classes a day, two vegetarian or vegan meals a day prepared by local chefs, daily cultural activities where guests can learn from the history of Bomba to Puerto Rican cuisine. Guests will also be spending time in the rainforest experiencing some of the best nature the island has to offer.

Typical daily schedule

Day 1, January 8th, 2018

  • 15:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Introductions and welcome dinner
  • 20:30 Free time

Day 2, January 9th, 2018

  • 7:00 Beach Wake-up Yoga Flow and Meditation w/ Jendar
  • 8:15 Breakfast (Included)
  • 10:30 Active Yoga Practice
  • 12:00 Lunch (Not Included)
  • 13:00 Free time/Shuttle to Old San Juan/Escambrón Beach
  • 17:00 Pickup at Old San Juan
  • 18:30 Dinner (Included)
  • 21:30 Yoga Nidra w/ Jendar

Day 3, January 10th, 2018

  • 7:00 Beach Wake-up Yoga Flow and Meditation w/ Jendar
  • 8:15 Breakfast (Included)
  • 10:30 Active Yoga Practice
  • 12:00 Lunch (Not Included)
  • 13:00 Free time/Shuttle to Old San Juan/Escambrón Beach
  • 16:30 Pickup at Old San Juan
  • 17:30 Puerto Rican cooking class w/ Melissa Montañez
  • 18:30Dinner (Included)
  • 19:30 Bomba music and dance workshop w/ Taller Tambuyé

Day 4, January 11th, 2018

  • 7:00 Beach Wake-up Yoga Flow and Meditation w/ Jendar
  • 8:15 Breakfast (Included)
  • 10:30 Active Yoga Practice
  • 12:00 Lunch (Not Included)
  • 15:30 Departure for Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
  • 16:00 Tour of Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
  • 17:30 Dinner at El Departamento de la Comida
  • 21:30 Yoga Nidra w/ Jendar

Day 5, January 12th, 2018

  • 6:30 Wake-up Yoga Flow and Meditation w/ Jendar
  • 7:30 Breakfast (Included)
  • 8:15 Departure to El Yunque National Forest
  • 9:30 Hike to La Mina Falls
  • 12:00 Lunch (Included)
  • 13:00 Departure
  • 14:00 Tour of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
  • 17:00 Balneario de Luquillo Beach for Sunset
  • 19:00 Dinner at Kioskos de Luquillo
  • 21:00 Return to San Juan

Day 6, January 13th, 2018

  • 7:00 Beach Wake-up Yoga Flow and Meditation w/ Jendar
  • 8:15 Breakfast (Included)
  • 10:30 Active Yoga Practice
  • 12:00 Lunch (Not Included)
  • 13:00 Visit to markets in Santurce neighborhood
  • 18:30 Farewell dinner
  • 21:00 Salsa dancing in Old San Juan (optional)

Day 7, January 14th, 2017

  • 08:00 Breakfast (Included)
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Cleanup and check out

Bomba workshops with Taller Tambuyé

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.

Daily beach trips

In addition to your morning yoga and meditation classes, guests can spend their afternoons relaxing at Ocean Park Beach, which is a few steps away from the house. Guests can also explore Old San Juan, a 500-year old city. A daily shuttle is provided from Ocean Park to Old San Juan.

El Yunque National Rainforest, La Mina Falls, Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and Balneario de Luquillo

As part of the retreat, guests will experience a nature. You will be visiting El Yunque National Rainforest, Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and El Balneario de Luquillo Beach. 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. After a visit to Las Cabezas de San Juan and the Balneario de Luquillo Beach, guests can visit the Kioskos de Luquillo, an area by the beach with food stands serving seafood, Puerto Rican food, and piña coladas.

  • Jendar Morales

    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.

The retreat will take place in a gorgeous home at the Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan, only a block away from the beach. 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.

Nearby places

  • Condado Beach - 5 minutes
  • Ocean Park Beach - 1 minute
  • Old San Juan - 10 minutes
  • Indian Park - 1 minute

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.

1-Hour Massage - $70

30-Minute Acupuncture - $40

1- Hour our Private Yoga Class - $50

  • 7 days and 6 nights at beach house in Ocean Park neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Bomba music and dance workshop with Taller Tambuyé
  • Day Trip to El Yunque National Forest, La Mina Falls, Las Cabezas de San Juan and Balneario de Luquillo Beach
  • Daily transportation to Old San Juan/ Escambrón Beach
  • Dinner at Puerto Rico's first farm to table restaurant El Departamento de la Comida
  • Puerto Rican cooking class with chef Melissa Montañez
  • Tour of the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
  • Transportation from/to SJU Airport
  • Two vegetarian or vegan meals a day prepared w/ locally sourced ingredients
  • Two yoga classes a day w/ local teachers
  • Visit to Santurce neighborhood
  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions and services
  • Most lunches

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). Transfer from and to the airport is included as part of the retreat.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Ciara from Bamako, Mali
    10 out of 10

    "Raices Cultural Retreat was an excellent experience and one that I would recommend to others. Starting each day with sunrise yoga on the beach really helped put the day in perspective. The mid-day Ashtanga yoga was challenging mentally and physically, but the instructor was nurturing and understanding. The meals served were of superior quality. All the additional cultural activities and nature walks were an amazing complement to the yoga classes. I would recommend this retreat to any yoga enthusiast of any level, who also enjoys combining travel with yoga."

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  • Review by Mary Ann from Salt Lake City, Utah
    10 out of 10

    "This was a fabulous yoga and cultural retreat. We could not have asked for a better way to immerse ourselves into all the wonderful aspects of life in San Juan. The food was very good and there was great accommodation to rides and extra activities. The yoga sessions were both restful and challenging. Perfect!"

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  • Review by Jeanette from Indio, California
    10 out of 10

    "What makes this retreat so amazing is the perfect balance between the fitness side of it along with all the cultural events. Even as a native to the island, who has lived outside of PR for almost 25 years, I still experienced things I have never done before. I visited places that didn’t remember existed, and enjoyed falling in love all over again with my culture! From the beautiful acommodations, to the chefs’ delightful cuisine, and the great variations of yoga practices, all the way to the in home massages, Jendar’s personal attention and unique style, this experience has quickly become one of my most extraordinary ones in my life."

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  • Review by Claudia from Miami, Florida
    10 out of 10

    "Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect from the retreat. I knew I wanted to spend a stress free week somewhere new; doing things I wouldn't normally do. Raices Yoga & Culture Retreat was that and much more. I think my favorite part were the yoga classes everyday. I was nervous because I had zero yoga experience but Jendar and the other instructors were very patient and encouraging at all times which made me really love the classes. The vegetarian/ vegan meals served everyday were delicious, hiking in El Yunque, nature tour, and the rest of the cultural activities showed me a side of Puerto Rico I didn't know and now love. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who loves yoga (any level yoga experience) and for those who love to travel."

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  • Review by Jackie from Indio, California
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I entered the Palm Springs Airport to board my flight to Puerto Rico the transformation began. I knew in that instance that this would be a spiritual and life changing experience. The most beautiful thing of all is that Jendar with her beautiful soul and graceful presence has renewed and help me recreate my love of yoga. I brought it back home and the transformation continues."

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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Raíces Yoga and Culture Retreat provides the guests with amazing natural and cultural yoga experience in the heart of Old San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday January 8, 2018
Departure: Sunday January 14, 2018

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