8 Days New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Dominican Republic

New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat

A new year is the perfect time for new thinking. As you welcome 2019, you will welcome the power of positive thinking through dynamic asana, pranayama and meditation practices and progressions. The potential of the human mind will expand honoring your life dreams and deepest values. This New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat will challenge more than the physical body throughout the week with the flying trapeze, surfing, SUPYO and other Caribbean adventures. Additionally, your meditation practices will inspire the mental and emotional body with themes positivity, discipline, and creating healthy thought patterns. As yogis in the modern world, you will explore sustainability. You will strive to balance on a personal and spiritual level by exploring how nature balances itself. By eating farm-to-table meals, touring the aquaponic farm, and enjoying this beautiful paradise in an eco-friendly facility, this is truly a retreat you can feel good about. Support yourself, support the planet, and enjoy your time in Cabarete!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily guided meditation
  • Twice daily yoga practices with ocean view
  • Surf lesson, Thai yoga massage lesson, inversion class
  • All breakfasts and dinners at the beachfront farm to table restaurant
  • Daily activity, equipment included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

The eXtreme Hotel Cabarete is one of the leading ecologically sustainable small hotels in the Caribbean. Extreme is more than just an adventure sports and fitness hotel, it is a place where the values of sustainable and ecological tourism are forefront, the community is thriving, and the key words are evolution and fun. Voted number two on Trip Advisor in Cabarete, the eXtreme Hotel is the perfect place to meet amazing people and have an incredible holiday in tropical paradise.

Yoga loft

Perched on the second floor overlooking the ocean is the magnificent and tranquil yoga loft. Services and amenities include various classes, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and other useful equipment. It’s a quiet and peaceful place with a beautiful canna roof where you can find your inner chi.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, our friendly and helpful instructors will give you a yoga workout that is both fun, enjoyable, and relaxing, with the gentle lapping waves in the background. Combine a yoga class with a cross fit class, personal training session, kite boarding session, or surfing and you’ll have a well-rounded day followed by a deep sleep.

The Yoga Loft New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat Program

Let go of the past, detox and rebalance your energy in a New Year meditation and yoga retreat in the Caribbean. Each day is dedicated to a different intention to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome the New Year.

While on the New Year meditation and yoga retreat, you will start the day with a peaceful meditation followed by a yoga practice in the beachfront yoga loft while listening to the ocean. After a group breakfast in the beachfront, farm to table restaurant you will have some time for self care, journaling or connecting with fellow retreat guests. There will also be a daily activity planned for you matching the intention of the day.

  • Flying trapeze class
  • Tour of our organic farm with river float and farm fresh meal
  • Thai yoga massage lesson
  • SUP excursion and yoga class
  • Inversion class
  • Surfing

You will close the day with a restorative evening yoga practice and a group dinner followed by some down time or exploring the night life of Cabarete. Finish the year in the best way possible, make memories and friends for life and leave renurtured, revitalized, and ready to take on 2019!

Included excursions

Tour of Taino organic farm

This half day experience will teach you about aquaponics and sustainable agriculture, as well as get you into the local culture of rural Dominican Republic. The Taino organic farm grows a variety of fruit, vegetables, and super foods which you’ll be able to taste fresh off the trees during your tour.

River tubing at Yasica River

After the farm tour, be ready to head down to the beautiful Yasica River. The cooling fresh waters will be your guide as you float peacefully downstream from 1 to 2 hours. Adventurists are invited to scramble up a jungle side cliff and jump from an overhanging tree into the crystal waters below. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a lunch prepared from fresh organic produce.

Instructors

Chrissy Lefavour
International Yoga Teachers Association (Ashtanga Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Chrissy Lefavour began teaching yoga in 2012 and continued to teach Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Kids yoga. She completed her RYT 500-hour certification in early 2014. In addition to teaching classes around Central Vermont, Chrissy became involved with yoga with horses, SUP yoga, and leading yoga retreats internationally. A born traveler, Chrissy brought her first group of yogis to the Dominican Republic in 2016 and was immediately in love with the combination of yoga, Caribbean lifestyle, fresh food, and the amazing activities offered at The Yoga Loft, Cabarete.

Retreat location

Due to the active, modern community who frequents Cabarete, the town is full of healthy eating options, ecological businesses, and sustainable tourism. Cabarete is home to a lively international community that supports local development through private business operations and NGO’s.

The center of Cabarete is full of international restaurants, bars, live music venues, and much more. The surrounding areas are full of amazing nature, outdoor adventures, and natural beauty to be discovered.

Nearby places

  • Grande and Preciosa beach - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • La Boca de Yasica river - 20 minutes
  • Sosua beach - 15 minute
  • The Blue lagoon - 1 hour 50 minutes

Food

The Yoga Loft believes that how you feed your body is as much of a part of a yogic life as breathing. The food served during this retreat is made from organic, natural, farm fresh, and unaltered ingredients. The Yoga Loft are very lucky to be supplied by their own Taino organic farm.

The menus have been carefully planned to provide fuel and energy to keep you exploring - all under the guide of Ayurvedic Principles. every bit of food is prepared with love and is to be enjoyed with just as much zealous pleasure as that with which it was created.

Please let The Yoga Loft know if you have any dietary restrictions. They can cater to vegetarians and those on gluten and lactose restricted diets, however they unfortunately don’t have the ability to cater to vegans or raw foodies at this time.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a flying trapeze lesson
  • Experience a Circus Class
  • Fancy yourself with a stand up paddle trip
  • Push through your barriers with a fitness session
  • Scuba dive in the clear turquoise waters
  • Sight the coral reef in a kiteboarding adventure

Spa treatments

Relax and enjoy a professional massage. You can choose from Thai, Swiss, and deep tissue massage. The massage room is right next to the yoga loft to help heal your body from the aches and pains. Multiple types of massages available.

What's included

  • 7 nights Accommodations at eXtreme Hotel
  • All Breakfasts & Dinners at our Farm to Table Beachfront Restaurant
  • Daily Activity, including equipment rental
  • Daily Guided Meditation
  • Twice Daily Yoga Practices with Ocean Views

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Daytime activities not included in your retreat package
  • Massages or treatments
  • Private training or private yoga

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The Yoga Loft has four airports that you could fly into. Each one has its own pluses and minuses, so they like to leave guests to decide what works best to balance their budget and travel style.

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is about 30 minutes away, and a 35 USD taxi ride (taxi seats four). It is a local airport but it is as close as you could possibly get to Extreme Hotel, so if you want to fly into here you’ll have to book your international flight into Santo Dominigo or Punta Cana and get a small connecting plane to Puerto Plata.

Cibao International Airport (STI) is one and a half hours away, and about 100 USD by taxi. It is an international airport, however flights are frequently more expensive into Santiago than into Santo Domingo or Punta Cana.

Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) is four hours away, and is about a 200 USD taxi from Extreme. There are a lot of international flights to Santo Domingo, and coming from Santo Domingo you also have the option of taking the local bus (about 20 USD) instead of a taxi. This is a good option for budget travelers.

Punta Cana International Airport is seven hours away and is a 400 USD taxi ride. The downside of Punta Cana is both the distance and the expense, but the upside is that it is one of the nicest airports in the Caribbean due to the large number of private flights that arrive there, so if you are nervous about flying, Punta Cana might be a good option for you. Also Punta Cana is a resort city, so there are frequently flight deals to there that might offset the taxi ride if you’re sharing the fare.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Thursday December 27, 2018
Departure: Thursday January 3, 2019

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