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7 Days Island Safari and Yoga Retreat in Philippines

  • El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Overview

Beach Clean Up and Yoga Retreat Philippines

Are you ready to experience the real island life? Sleep under the stars while camping on our own private island? In collaboration with Layag Philippines, Samyama Yoga will take you on an adventure going deeper into the islands away from the tours and crowds. All the sumptuous meals will be prepared by their boat crew throughout the journey.

Highlights

  • Yoga practice
  • El Nido island safari for three days
  • Karma yoga and seva through a beach clean up
  • Camping under the stars
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delectable meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will camp out in less crowded places - Tapiutan Island and the nice Ipil Beach for the first two nights. The rest of your stay will be in a family-run resort on Caalan Beach, the quieter end of the El Nido, with majestic views of Cadlao Island. Rooms will be on a twin sharing basis.

Beach clean up seva

As a way of expressing gratitude to mother earth, you will perform the karma yoga and seva (selfless service) by dedicating a day of hopping from one beautiful island to another to enjoy its clear water and white sand beaches while collecting rubbish along the way. Part of the revenue from this safari will be shared with the local community who are involved in its operation and sending children to school through scholarship grants.

Daily yoga sessions

You can do as little and as much as you like. You also do not have to do any yoga at all. Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing Vinyasa sequence to wake you up before breakfast, or a Restorative or Yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation to complement your practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Yoga sessions will take place where there is space.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in El Nido
  • Day 2: Beach clean up
  • Day 3 to 5: Island safari
  • Day 6: Free day
  • Day 7: Tour end

Disclaimer

This journey is not for everyone. Before applying to take part in this safari, you must understand that what Samyama Yoga offers is not a luxurious yoga holiday. This is a journey to the remote islands in El Nido. They do not guarantee that you will have a nice relaxing time. In fact, they do not guarantee anything.

There might be bad weather and there might be rough waves. You will have limited privacy. Some of the things you will experience might include barking dogs, crowing roosters, mosquito bites, jellyfish stings, sunburn; but that is the nature of an island experience, the unexpected, the unknown, stepping outside your comfort zone.

An island safari is included in the price. The safari will be around the Bacuit Bay. You will go around the most renowned sights during the times when there will be less tourists - the lagoons, as well as hidden and secret beaches. You will camp out in less crowded places - Tapiutan Island and the nice Ipil Beach. You can also go to more remote islands depending on the schedule for the day and what the group is looking for. You will be going deeper into Bacuit Bay to avoid the crowds.

  • Patricia Olabre

    Patricia has been a full-time yoga teacher since she completed her 500-hour teacher training course with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation under Marc Beuvain in London. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She finished the perinatal yoga foundation course with Birthlight in 2010 and a year later, the mother and baby yoga integrated course with Yogacampus and Sitaram Partnership. She is qualified as a children's yoga teacher through YogaBugs and Yoga'd Up when she first started teaching in 2008. She has recently been certified to share the benefits of Yin yoga.

This retreat will take place in Palawan, Philippines.

During your first two nights of camping, all three meals will be served. For the rest of your stay in the resort, only breakfast is included.

  • 1 yoga session per day, either a morning or afternoon session
  • 2 nights camping and island safari in El Nido
  • 3 daily meals during island safari
  • 4 nights accommodation in a resort
  • Daily breakfast during you stay in the resort
  • Guided pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in itinerary
  • Transport to El Nido
  • Yoga sessions on arrival and departure day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at El Nido Airport (ENI).

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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 London, 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 London, 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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  • Review by Sue from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Judith from London, 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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  • Review by Margarita from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Alex from London, 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 London, 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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  • Review by Harpal from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Dave from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Jennie
    10 out of 10

    "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 London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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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Availability

Arrival: Sunday February 12, 2017
Departure: Saturday February 18, 2017

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