8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Curacao

  • Yoga Centrum Curaçao, Kaminda Johan M. Statius van Eps, Soto

8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Curacao

  • Yoga Centrum Curaçao, Kaminda Johan M. Statius van Eps, Soto

Yoga and Meditation Retreat Curacao

The qualified yoga teacher, Yvonne Martin, gives regular yoga, individual attention and guidance to pupils based on the yoga philosophy. This is done by means of yoga, meditation and breath therapy.

Through the asana’s after exercises a deep relaxation arises in the body, in the long term, due to that there is increased body awareness. Yoga is also a spiritual path that gives human kind the space to discover own talents and possibilities. Hatha-yoga is a popular yoga to slow down or reduce stress. In addition to the techniques also attributed a beneficial effect on the nervous system, the glands and other important organs and a relaxation of the body. The goal of hatha-yoga is therefore above all to promote the health and well being.

Highlights

  • Meditation session
  • Beach yoga session
  • A hiking tour in nature
  • Two daily yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers from the airport
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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There is a maximum for four persons to stay at the yoga center. You can share a room with bathroom or make a reservation for a single room.

There are fixed programs of 8 days. You decide for yourself when you come and how long you stay. There is no group retreat but a peaceful serene Center with individual attention. You learn methods to find compassion with yourself.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Morning yoga-meditation session
  • 10:30 Activity
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.30 Siesta
  • 15.00 Activity
  • 17.00 Evening yoga-meditation session
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 20.30 Feedback and closing of the day

Activities are, hiking tours and beach yoga, and meditation-silent walks with attention to the feet. The walking meditation can give direction to the troubled mind. The awareness of the feet making contact with the earth works very soothing, so you learn to let go of negative thoughts and emotions better.

Classes

Yoga classes suitable for all levels.

Meditation

Seeing things as they really are is using trough meditation our respiration and senses. Our senses are constantly stimulated by the environment, by meditation on our senses: smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing, together they form the basic thinking (cittam, manas, Buddhi). By distinguishing these senses first, you profound the focus, concentration perceive better: the coolness of the air in your nostrils, the sound in the area, the pain which feels in any part of the body, so you increase your consciousness. Each sense has its own effect on the thinking also seeing pictures, movies, TV programs. By taking the sense as object of the meditation you better understand aversions and what it has for impact on the mind.

Understanding the suffering from stress, burnout or depression this meditation technique is very beneficial. Meditation is paying attention “just” on your breath and your mind. Perceiving the attention by observing the abdominal wall, the rise and fall of the abdomen. To keep this focus we increase the concentration. Every thought or emotion, each mental impurity that comes at the mind is reflected in the breath by the sensations of that moment. By observing breath and sensation, we notice very quickly that the impurities solve. If we persevere, we end up and all impurities disappear and rest. We are better of trough meditation but also better for others.

Breath therapy

The breath is central during the yoga class, the breath helps us to relax. A day not breathing well is a day not lived well, we say sometimes. It is important to reflect on your breath if you feel it can be done better. Or if there is hyperventilation. In those cases it can be a good help to follow some lessons breathing therapy. Under guidance you observe and discover your breath to learn better techniques to breathe.

Christoffel park and plantations

At the urgent request of the National Parks of the Netherlands Antilles Foundation, the island government purchased the former Savonet, Zorgvliet, Knip and Zevenbergen plantations in the late 1960s. These four plantations were merged, now forming Christoffel Park, with adjoining Knip hills. Nature lovers won’t believe their eyes. You can drive through Christoffel Park, up to the foot of Mt. Christoffel. For those who like to walk they can start the hiking to the top of the Christoffel, it is a nice work out.

A hiking tour in nature with a yoga session on the beach is included.

Curacao is the ideal holiday island for a good rest, not only by the sea, there are many areas with no one in sight. Stay for a while at the Yoga Centrum Curacao to relax and enyoy the tropical climate.

Curacao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles and is one of the most important Caribean islands. The island is 61 kilometers long between its two furthest points and between five and 14 kilometers wide.

White beaches

Curacao has a large number of small beaches. Most beaches have free admission. Only a few ask for a contribution for maintenance. Beaches can be found at nearly all the hotels and various private beaches are also open for tourists.

Paradise for diving

Curacao was created from volcanic limestone on which coral has grown for centuries. It can easily be seen during a first dive. You immediately encounter the magnificent coral reefs along the coastline. No wonder that scuba diving is now one of the most popular sports on Curacao.

The retreat offers daily vegetarian meals, tea, coffee, and juices.

  • Diving
  • Explore the white beaches
  • Get a massage
  • Swimming

Optional tours

Christoffel Park and the plantations

Nature lovers wont believe their eyes. You can drive through Christoffel Park, up to the foot of Mt. Christoffel. For those whose cars are not in great shape, no need to worry. If the car cant make it up the hill, there's a jeep available daily to haul your car out of the park.

Landhouses

The many landhouses comprise one of the important, if not the most important, architectural heritage of the island. Curacaos landhouses played an important role in the islands history and are unique. Most of the landhouses can be toured; an appointment may be required.

Walking tours in Willemstad City or on the Tafelberg

You can enjoy the rich and varied history of Willemstad. Under leadership of an architect or historian, weekly guided tours are made by Otrabanda, a part of Willemstad. Also there is an excursion to climb the unique fosfor rich table mountain.

  • Ayurvedic massage (70 USD)
  • Breathing therapy (45 USD)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A hiking tour in nature with a yoga session on the beach
  • A meditation session
  • Daily morning and evening yoga session
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Tea, coffee, juices
  • Transfers from the Hato International Airport (CUR) to the yoga center
  • Spa treatments are not included in the price.

Driving directions from Hato International Airport (CUR)

  • Go in direction to Westpunt, sign is indicated.
  • Take the second big road to the left signed Soto.
  • Immediately after the church of Soto, go to the right in direction to Barber.
  • You are on the road Kaminda Statius van Eps,
  • After two kilometers, you see on your right the house number 14.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Muireann
    10 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend this yoga retreat in Curacao. Yvonne is a great host and teacher. I would recommend (not necessarily) having your own car though; otherwise Yvonne's time is taken up with trying to show you around. There are beaches nearby on bus routes/a good walk if you have the time. In addition, there are unofficial buses available as well as official buses (not as frequent a service) to the capital. Well worth having a look around - plenty of color, museums and history & of course restaurants/shops. "

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "My friend and me took a yoga class during our stay in Curacao. Our navigation system lead us a bit wrong, but we found the place in the end. Yvonne practiced Hatha-yoga with us and it was a nice experience to practice yoga in the middle of a caribbean island :) Thank you for this class!!!!"

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  • Review by Brody from United States
    10 out of 10

    "It is amazing that this type of individual yoga retreat exists. Yvonne has two pleasant rooms for visiting yoga students to stay, adjacent to her spacious yoga studio. I was the only student staying at Yoga Centrum, and I do not think that this is unusual. On a couple of occasions one of Yvonnes regular students attended the morning yoga session, but for most of my week it was just Yvonne and me practicing yoga together in the morning and in the afternoon.Yvonne leads one through a gentle intelligent series of asanas in each of the sessions. But the emphasis is less on the physical aspect of the asanas themselves, and more on the kind of mind/body balance that a practice integrating asanas, pranayama and meditation can manifest. This is probably not the right yoga retreat for someone looking to master the next big impressive pose.A retreat at Yoga Centrum is more suited to the student who views a yoga practice as a vehicle for shedding the ego, than someone for whom yoga is yet another ego-based pursuit. The caveat here is that, assuming you are the only student, Yvonne can probably tailor your retreat to your interests. I learned as much from the time I spent with Yvonne off the mat, going for a walk to see turtles, or having tea after dinner, or watching birds in the garden, than I did during the yoga sessions themselves. This would not be possible at a typical yoga retreat with more students.It was hard to leave after a week spent with this lovely person (and three wonderful dogs). But even in this there was an opportunity for learning and practicing yoga in experiencing a sense of utter letting go."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    9 out of 10

    "If you're looking for a chance to stray from the touristy path on your visit to Curacao, I highly recommend yoga time with Yvonne. She picked my husband and me up at the cruise terminal and whisked us off to a tranquil beach for some good stretching and swimming. Yvonne is a wonderful instructor and the location was just beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, serene excursion. We wished we could have stayed longer!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Netherlands Antilles
    9 out of 10

    "If you're looking for a chance to stray from the touristy path on your visit to Curacao, I highly recommend yoga time with Yvonne. "

    "She picked my husband and me up at the cruise terminal and whisked us off to a tranquil beach for some good stretching and swimming. Yvonne is a wonderful instructor and the location was just beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, serene excursion."

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  • Review by a traveler from Netherlands Antilles
    9 out of 10

    "Prepare yourself to discover the most amazing Yoga Centrum in Banda Abou. I'm a student of this Yoga Centrum for about four years and I'm still enjoying the way Yvonne, my yoga instructor, teaches me. She's a welcoming person, a wonderful teacher. At her Centrum you can enjoy the quietness and the peace of the nature. You'll also find some beaches not far from the Yoga Centrum where you can do some watersports as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming after finishing yoga lessons. What a great decision."

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  • Review by Joris from CuraƧao
    9 out of 10

    "I am living in Curacao part of the year. When I am there I take my yoga classes at Yvonne's Yoga studio. It is very relaxing to be there, the surroundings are very peaceful. Yvonne is a welcoming person and a great teacher, and she tailors the classes to the need of each student."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    9 out of 10

    "We moved from the US to Curacao and lived on the island for three years. I had the opportunity to begin my yoga experience at Yoga Centrum with Yvonne. She is wonderful! And she was kind enough to teach the classes in English which really helped me understand the poses. I now have a love for yoga because of Yvonne!"

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Soto, Netherlands Antilles

Yoga Centrum Curacao offers regular yoga individual attention and guidance from the yoga philosophy or yoga view by organizing retreats and classes.

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