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6 Days Balancing Yoga Retreat in the Philippines

  • Camiguin island, Philippines

Overview

Balancing Yoga Retreat in the Philippines

Do you shy away from big groups and value your private space? Then Reconnect Discover's retreat packages are perfect for you! In the retreats, you will enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own starting date, and guaranteed small, flexible groups. You will enjoy your yoga either with private teaching or with just a few other yogis. During this relaxing yoga beach retreat, you will be spoiled with multiple daily yoga classes and exciting island excursions in the midst of lush, tropical nature! If you enjoy yoga outdoors, nature, quiet beach living and relaxing in a local atmosphere, this retreat is perfect for you!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • One welcome massage upon arrival
  • A unique trip to the White Island sand bar
  • Island tour and excursion to the hidden cold springs
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and lunch
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 6.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English
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The accommodation will be either in beach cottages with fan, beach bungalows with fan or in a traveler room with fan, all depending on your choice. The resort is situated on a beachfront and all accommodations are just few steps from the sandy beach.

The beach cottages are spacious with private bathroom with hot and cold shower, and a large terrace. The beach bungalows are semi-detached sharing the terrace, but have their own private bathroom with hot and cold shower.

Traveler rooms share a separate toilet and shower. The traveler rooms are situated on the second floor of the main building, close to the open-air yoga floor. These are private rooms that share the toilet and a separate shower. All in all, there are 3 traveler rooms.

During this yoga retreat, you will practice daily outdoors yoga, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Yoga during this retreat is aimed at maximizing your well-being and it aims for you to find your own path in life. You will balance your days between active and restorative yoga, and enjoy the beautiful sunsets with sunset yoga on the beach. You will also get to see some of the most beautiful spots on the island, such as the many waterfalls, hot and cold springs, snorkeling spots and white sand beaches. The island will charm you with its authenticity and pure, quiet nature. The retreat schedule allows time for yoga, island excursions and private relaxation. Come exactly as you are, no previous yoga experience is required as long as you have an open heart and mind. This yoga retreat is accessible all year round, so come when you want.

Retreat Schedule

Day 1

Arrival day. Setting in and enjoy a one-hour welcome massage. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a restorative yoga class to stretch away the travels.

Day 2

You will start the morning with yoga, followed by breakfast. You will have plenty of time for unwinding during the day and in the evening you will enjoy a relaxing candlelight yoga class.

Day 3

The morning will start with yoga, followed by breakfast. Explore the island or relax, and in the evening you will enjoy a sunset yoga on the beach.

Day 4

The morning includes yoga and breakfast, and in the late afternoon we will take a trip to the nearby White Island sand bar for a beautiful sunset yoga session

Day 5

After breakfast, you will take off to see the island. This island tour will include waterfalls, hot and cold springs, snorkeling spots and some hidden white beaches In the evening, enjoy a relaxing Yin yoga class

Day 6

Departure

  • Kaisa Kapanen

    The co-founder of Reconnect Discover, Kaisa Kapanen, is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT 200) herself, trained in Hatha and Yin yoga. She is additionally a life coach and NLP practitioner.

The location of the retreat is carefully selected to provide you with tranquility, authentic nature and peace of mind. The retreat is shy away from the touristy areas, and Reconnect Discover goes out of their way to find you small, quiet places off the beaten track. With them, you will not find yourself in a hotel chain, but rather in a locally made beach bungalow with passionate people running the show.

The location of the retreat is the beautiful Camiguin Island in the Philippines. The resort is situated on a quiet beach overlooking the Bohol sea. Camiguin offers the perfect environment for diving, rustic and quiet beach living, yoga, self-discovery and adventure. This small island has 80,000 inhabitants, over 15 official dive sites, volcanic ground (the most volcanoes per square meter in the world), providing the perfect playground for both active and reflective activities.

Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort is the number one place to be in Camiguin Island! This small and cozy place on the beach is chosen as a leading resort in its category on TripAdvisor, and as travelers choice for many years in a row!

Activities
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Scooter rental
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

The menu at the resort restaurant has a good selection of local specialties and international cuisine. The experienced local chefs cater well for vegetarians and vegans as well. Some special items, such as yoghurt, several different types of bread and the sweet specials are all homemade, and vegans can enjoy pancakes for breakfast as well!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Besides that, there are also other extra activities offered by Reconnect Discover. These activities are according to your own interest, as they are not included in the package:

  • Private life coaching during free time (additional cost 1200 PHP / 75 to 90 minutes)
  • Yoga Nidra

60 minutes welcome massage

  • One welcome massage
  • 7 yoga classes
  • Unique Island tour
  • 5 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Trip to the White Island sand bar
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Transportation to and from the Camiguin Airport

Arrival by airplane

You can access the island with direct flights from Cebu City. Cebu Pacific Airlines is flying daily to Camiguin (currently no flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays). From Cebu there are flights to Manila, as well as, to Hong Kong, Singapore and other major Asian Hubs.

Alternatively, you can fly to Cagayan de Oro city, take a bus to Balingoan (3 hours), and from there, you can come via ferry to Camiguin Island.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Reconnect Discover an inquiry.
  • Review by Jennifer Hinam

    "My yoga/diving retreat - which I extended from five nights to ten while I was there – was everything I hoped it would be and more! The pace of each day was perfect. (Optional) early morning yoga, amazing breakfast (the food is so good!), out on the boat for a dive or two, more delicious food for lunch, a lazy afternoon in a shady hammock or on the beach (or out and about for a bit of island exploration), some more yoga (if you feel like doing the sunset session as well), then dinner in the open air restaurant just meters from the beach (I often ordered the grilled fish which they get fresh from the market for you the same day - so good!)."

    "The well-kept beach bungalows are delightful, and the mood of the place is easy and relaxed, but where Kaisa and Arno really stand out is in the exceptional care and attention given to every last detail of your stay - which combines to make it a really perfect experience. They will also happily give tips for loads of other things to do and places to go around the island."

    "Dive instructor Arno is an excellent (and patient!) teacher, and his passion for diving is absolutely infectious. And the in-house yoga teacher when I was there (they host a different traveling teacher every month or two) tailored the classes brilliantly to my/our needs, and I gained so much knowledge and inspiration from her. I feel really fortunate to have had such individual attention from two really talented and dedicated teachers. Thanks, Kaisa and Arno and all of your amazing and happy staff, for making me so welcome and for looking after me so well. I definitely hope to be back some day!"

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  • Review by Liria

    "Very nice place to stay with good food and comfortable accommodation. We stayed almost all the time in the complex area and never got bored. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the yoga classes were great. Special mention to the diving course, it was an amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Joseph and Scarlet

    "We have just returned from our wonderful stay at reconnect discover in the beautiful island of Camiguin, Philippines. I would like to sincerely thank the guys at the resort for helping us enjoy this lovely stay. The staff were really friendly and very helpful. Everything was so relaxed and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. I couldn’t recommend this place highly enough. 11 out of 10! Hopefully see you again soon. "

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  • Review by Jackie Flynn

    "I left Camiguin Island this morning feeling relaxed and alive, yet sad to be going home. My yoga and scuba retreat was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. Kaisa is a great host and it feels like you're being welcomed into her home, not just her business. The accommodation is well equipped and spotlessly clean. It is situated on the beach and there are hammocks and sun loungers scattered around for guests to relax on. The restaurant serves the best food I've eaten in the Philippines, with a wide variety, all freshly made. The yoga area is well equipped and perfectly positioned to watch the sunset and hear the waves, as you practice. Yesterday Kaisa took us (myself and five 'new friends') on a boat trip to a nearby sand bar called White Island. We had the opportunity to swim/snorkel in the crystal clear sea, before a yoga session - embracing nature... on the white sand, as the sun set before our eyes. It was magical! Kaisa's partner Arno runs the scuba diving side of the business and whilst I was there I gained my PADI Open Water certificate. Arno is a great instructor, he and his staff are very professional. I'm so grateful to Kaisa and Arno. They are very approachable with any questions you have, and respond quickly with good advice so you can tailor make your experience to get out of it what your mind & body needs. "

    April 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Bas from US

    "I signed up for the Become-a-Diver retreat, and Arno showed a lot of patience! He explains things clearly and makes you feel very comfortable. He is a good teacher and very easy to communicate with, also he has a great sense of humor and personality. When diving in open water I felt very secure to do so with Arno by my side. I have finished the retreat and now am the proud owner of a PADI Open Water diving certification."

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  • Review by Kylie & Damintha from Australia

    "We participated in a mini yoga retreat with Kaisa. Neither of us had been regularly practicing yoga, but we could easily manage the 2 yoga classes per day. Kaisa oversaw every detail of our retreat experience and pre-empted our every need and desire. It was enhanced by the wooden beach cottage accommodation, fresh fruit juices and friendly service. We returned home intent on making yoga part of our wellness routine and have been inspired to take action and make changes following our life coaching conversations."

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  • Review by Leoni from The Netherlands

    "I enrolled in the Yoga Mini Retreat for Beginners. Kaisa adjusted everything to my capabilities and after our first yoga session I already felt more relaxed and I forgot about my busy work schedule back home. Kaisa could relate where I was coming from and after some lovely chats she inspired me to change up my game a bit back home and has given me motivation to continue yoga in the future. The location was perfect for this retreat also!"

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  • Review by Maija from Finland

    "Yoga with Kaisa is an awesome unique experience. Breathtaking in the way she makes you feel. Inspiring because of the view you have towards the beach. And amazing how yoga combined with the sounds of the ocean and nature can calm you down, focusing only to yourself. Kaisa has a loving, caring and professional touch to yoga and in her classes you will learn not only how to yoga but learn something from yourself."

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  • Review by Nene

    ""I had a wonderful stay on Camiguin Island. It is a bit difficult to get to but it is worth it. I am new to yoga and was introduced to different types by Kaisa. She directs well and clearly. Once it was held on the beach, another time at a nearby cold springs. Yin yoga was a beautiful experience and my favorite in candlelit nature. She is always observant and helps our needs - being a life coach and meditation coach as well she understood why one time I couldn't help but burst into tears during a yoga session. I took life coaching and guided meditation as well with Kaisa. Nothing is ever forced so I could choose to do or not to do at any given moment. These sessions were also a life changing experience and I am grateful to Kaisa for her having guided me through so much stuff. It was almost as if she gently and lovingly held my hand while I tried to carefully step into a new phase of my life. Being so close to the calm sound of the ocean with almost nothing but the nature, I realized that this was the first time in years that I focused utterly and totally on myself, and I loved it. The new friendships made during the week will also remain special. We have shared some great conversations and laughs from all our countries.""

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  • Review by Anne Bernadette Castillo

    "I had a wonderful stay in Action Geckos Resort when I had my Yoga Retreat at Re-Connect Discover. The facilities were wonderful, the food was great, and the place was very quiet and relaxing. The hosts -- Kaisa and Arno -- were very gracious and kind, offering help in every aspect of my trip, making sure that I had the most wonderful time during my stay. Moreover, they arranged for all my transportation needs as I went around the island of Camiguin. Lastly, Camiguin is the perfect place to go on a solo yoga retreat because not only are the teachers very good and accommodating, but the island offers a whole lot of activities that one can enjoy in between classes."

    September 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

Camiguin Island, Philippines

Reconnect Discover offers relaxing and inspirational retreats combining yoga and diving in the beautiful Philippines! Enjoy our flexible starting dates and small group settings.

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

This vacation is available all year round except mid-December to the end of February.

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