9 Days Trekking and Yoga Retreat in the Philippines

  • Manila - Sagada - Banaue - Batad

Cordillera Trekking and Yoga Retreat Philippines

Not for the weak and faint-hearted, Samyama Yoga offers a unique yoga and trekking adventure to see a UNESCO World Heritage site, the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. With stunning views and backdrops, the astounding rice terraces will take your breath away and leave you feeling mesmerized by these man-made creations! Traveling through Sagada, Banaue and Batad, you will immerse yourself in the Ifugao culture and traditions.

Highlights

  • Morning Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Sunset Restorative or Yin yoga classes
  • Tours to various famous destinations in the Philippines
  • Air-conditioned private van transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Welcome dinner
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Tagalog, English
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You will be staying in various accommodations, in a single room in a Manila hotel, and a shared room in Sagada and Banaue hotels. Yoga sessions will take place where there is space.

With stunning views and backdrops, the astounding rice terraces will take your breath away, and leave you feeling mesmerized by these man-made creations! Traveling through Sagada, Banaue, and Batad, you will immerse yourself in the Ifugao culture and traditions. A certain level of fitness is required to walk through Batad, as it is only accessible by foot. Option to stay in Banaue if unable to walk down to Batad is available.

Nearby is Sagada in Mountain Province. Famous for its hanging coffins and limestone caves, this town is a must destination for backpackers. Spelunking, caving and rock climbing are among the many activities to do.

As a side trip, you will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Vigan, one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Manila. You will make your way to the hotel in Ortiga's business district for check-in. You will have your own room so you can relax and have more personal space in preparation for your exciting journey. The rest of the day is at your leisure. A group dinner awaits to welcome you to Manila.

Day 2

You will have an early start after breakfast as you board the van to make your way to Banaue. Estimated travel is ten hours with breaks in between. No yoga session planed. Check-in to your hotel, a unique mountain lodge overlooking Banaue’s World Heritage Rice Terraces.

Day 3

Engage in a session of rise and shine yoga before breakfast. Afterwards, you will drive to Banaue Viewpoint for picture taking and souvenir hunting, then go on a breathtaking trek to the Banaue Rice Terraces, the eighth wonder of the world. Like the rest of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, these are still in use today. If the terraces were laid end to end, they would stretch half way around the world. Optional visits to the Museum of Cordillera Sculpture and Banaue Museum are also available.

Day 4

A visit to the most breathtaking among the rice terraces is Batad, carved along the steep side of a mountain looking more like a giant amphitheatre. The trek is a one and a half hour jeepney ride up to Saddle Point, where you will start going down to the village, which takes another hour and a half. The village is amazing and well-preserved for many years.

Another half an hour brings you to Tappiyah Waterfalls, where you could go for a swim. A general level of fitness is required for today's trek that has a duration of eight to ten hours. No yoga session are planned.

Day 5

You will have a yoga session in the morning to slowly stretch out your aching muscles and limbs from the trek the day before. After breakfast, you have a chance to explore the surrounding area or simply sit and relax. The rest of the morning is at your leisure.

Afterwards, you will drive under six hours to Sagada, a remote mountain town. Check-in to your coffee-themed hotel, a training and learning coffee house open to all who wish to enjoy great coffee. Your experience will be amplified through your immersion in unique activities that center around how Philippine coffee is grown naturally.

Lonely Planet describes Sagada as "Sitting among mist-shrouded mountains, it is the closest thing the Philippines has to a Southeast Asian backpacker mecca, yet it's possible to find tranquility along its many hiking trails and adrenalin-pumping adventure in the depths of its caves. There's a mystical element to this former refuge of dictatorship-fleeing intelligensia: the centuries-old coffins high up along limestone cliffs, since traditionally the spirits of the dead liked to be close to the sky."

Day 6

This is a day to sleep in. A cultural tour is planned to visit the Ganduyan museum, St. Mary's Church, Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, and Sagada Weaving before lunch. There will be a yoga session in the early evening. Optional spelunking adventure in Sumaguing Cave is available after the tour for the thrill seekers.

Day 7

It will be a very early start as you head to Kiltepan Viewpoint, a spot famed for the amazing view of sunrise in Sagada, as it rises behind the mountains of Cordillera and over the horizon of a sea of clouds. This is a great opportunity to experience the spirituality of the place as you sit in silence for meditation and a yoga practice. You will then come back to the hotel for breakfast. An optional two-hour trek to Bomod-ok Falls is available if you still have energy left. Rest of the day is free.

Day 8

It is time to say goodbye to the Rice Terraces after an early check-out as you head back to Manila in your private air-conditioned van. Estimated travel is ten hours with breaks in between. Check-in to hotel in Ortiga's business district. You get your own room so you can relax and have more personal space after an action-packed trip. This is the official end of the tour.

Day 9

Today you will depart from Manila. Extension is possible at your own expense.

Yoga

Please note that the yoga sessions will take place where there is space, and they are completely optional: You do not have to do any yoga at all if you so wish. Various styles of yoga will be offered throughout, either a flowing Vinyasa sequence to wake up before breakfast, or a Restorative or Yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. There will be guided pranayama and meditation to complement the practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.

There will be tours included in the price, however, entrance fees are at your own expense. Please send an inquiry to Samyama Yoga for further details.

This retreat will take place in Manila, Sagada, Banaue, and Batad, in the Philippines.

Food is not included in the price, except for the welcome dinner.

  • Caving
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation in Manila, Sagada, Banaue
  • Airconditioned private van transfers
  • All yoga sessions, depending on the space available
  • Domestic flights and van / jeepney transfers
  • Shared room in Sagada and Banaue hotels
  • Single room in the Manila hotel
  • Tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Welcome dinner
  • Airfare
  • Entrance and environmental fees
  • Meals - all at your own expense
  • Optional tours
  • Tips and fees for guides
  • Visas
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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    Perfect weekend retreat for healing and renewal

    CONS Cons: Nothing not to like!!

    PROS Pros: Patricia led the weekend sensitively and skilfully. I enjoyed her gentle presence and light touches of humour aswell as clarity in instructions. The weekend was full of variety and catered for all levels of experience. Felt very nourishing and the food was wonderful and wholesome.

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    Review by Dana Stroh from United States

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    CONS Cons: Wished for one more day in Cayo Santa Maria....heaven on earth!

    PROS Pros: The cultural retreat provided a wonderful overview of the country, and I chance to really experience the culture, due to staying at the Casa Particulars. The yoga practice was perfect. I am a beginner's beginner, and the level was perfect. Patricia Olabre was an absolutely awesome instructor.

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    "The Samyama Yoga tour of Burma (Myanmar) was quite simply, extraordinary."

    "Patricia Olabre, our lovely, gentle leader, ensured we were well cared for and also ran regular yoga sessions of different styles. I can’t speak highly enough of Patricia – she was always 100% organised, always there to offer support and ran classes to suit every age and ability."

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  • Review by Sue from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and meditation were excellent. Pitched at the right level."

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  • Review by Judith from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was as usual very good, demanding but with the option to take an easier option. I found the meditation was not too long except when I was sitting on the chair. I liked the structure of the weekend and generally the ethos of quiet, ease and silence."

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    "That was my best yoga practice ever, great experience, love your calming voice. "

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  • Review by Alex from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga was brilliant, tailored to our individual level. Patricia is so accommodating and always happy to help achieve your aims. It was a perfect balance of meditation, yoga and free time. Would recommend a silent retreat to anyone."

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  • Review by Irene from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Two weeks of yoga holiday with Patricia in Philippines was one of my best yoga holidays so far. The three days of island hopping was full of fun with lots of swimming and kayaking in the clear blue South China Sea. We were on the go all the time watching sunset one evening and having dinner on the beach front. Never a dull moment .Patricia is a wonderful and a very caring yoga teacher and a tour organizer. Patricia always made sure we have plenty of food and she had brought us to some fantastic restaurants. This is a holiday whereby yoga is not the main focus compared to a yoga retreat. Thanks Patricia for inviting me to your beautiful country with such beautiful people that serve us with an open heart and smile."

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    "Overall, I found Philippines to be an absolutely an amazing and wonderful experience. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I believe it was a well balanced trip. Very action packed! Island hopping was so much fun. Exquisite beaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. You worked so hard to make it a successful and memorable trip. I will always be in gratitude to you and carry forward fond memories of this trip."

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    "From my general tourist perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained a lot from it. I am very grateful to you for the experience in adding the Philippines to my collection of countries visited that I would probably not have done otherwise."

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    "Cuba for me was an amazing experience. An eye opener to a dignified, hospitable and generous people despite the lack of resources they/ we at times had to manage without like soap, light bulbs, toilet seats. It is not a real problem for us to manage with less services than you might expect; its part of an authentic introduction to a country that is so locked into its socio - economic /political reality. Yoga with Pat I always find to be a special experience, translated onto the rooftop of Havana, the surreal beauty of the beach at Cayo Levisa, I'm speechless. The wonderful fresh food and yoga provided the grounding for what was at times a pressing travel schedule. The outstanding highlights were the visit to Che Memorial and Buena Vista Social Club, not to mention the rickshaw ride there - i will remember that as long as I live. The salsa classes were brilliant fun/ learning, a new passion in the making. I cannot thank you enough Pat for your guidance and commitment into this beautiful eclectic world of yoga and travel."

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  • Review by Wendy from United Kingdom

    "I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It was well organised. There was no hiccup. The guides are good and well informed. The warm and balmy night at the Hotel Nacional was not to be missed. The last night at Buena Vista was a good wrap up altogether with the classic Cuban salsa music. Oh the salsa classes were enjoyable. It was lovely. Patricia is a very good teacher and she corrects our pose when it is incorrect and she has the patience to teach. I really loved the yoga session by the beach at Cayo Levisa when the sun was about to set. Of places of interest, they were all nice and memorable, each has it own charm. Vinales has beautiful views of mountains and fields, Cayo Levisa has beautiful and warm waters and clean beaches and Trinidad has lovely live music everywhere and not forgetting Havana, the beautiful old vintage American cars. On the whole, I would really love to go back again."

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  • Review by Irene from United Kingdom

    "Another great holiday with Patricia and Cuba is one of the best with live music in every corner. Thanks a million for organizing this Cuban trip."

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    "I love coming to Patricia's class. She always gives you opportunities to grow within a posture by setting different levels and to grow within a class by building up to challenging positions."

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  • Review by Alison Goldie from United Kingdom

    "Patricia is an excellent yoga teacher who strikes the right balance between exercise and spirituality. She gauges the needs of her class very well, and is a warm, sympathetic, and highly skilled facilitator."

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