Dominica

PURE NATURE RETREAT

DOMINICA RETREAT (POSTPONED)

We all need some quiet time, a moment away from our daily life, sometimes a life filled with stress and worries.
For few days we invite you to inhale and exhale In the heart of Dominica, to recharge, feel good and smile … We will practice yoga through the 5 elements, enjoy hiking in the Jungle and indulge our senses.

Join us to re-connect to your true nature and be purely happy.

FLOW OF THE DAY 1 - OPTION 1(Thursday)

6:30 – 7:00 Meditation
7:15 – 8:45 Yoga
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
13:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 Dominican plant and herb Tour
18:00 – 19:00 Yoga – may change 30 +/- minutes
19:30 Dinner

FLOW OF THE DAY 1 - OPTION 2 (a day for extreme hike) (Thursday)

6:30 – 7:00 Meditation
7:00 Breakfast
7:30 – 17:00 Boiling Lake Hike & Valley of Desolation (6 hours hiking round trip) (+ 90 US$ to pay directly to Jungle Bay)
18:00 – 19:00 Yoga – may change 30 +/- minutes
19:30 Dinner

FLOW OF THE DAY 2 (Friday)

6:30 – 7:00 Meditation
7:15 – 8:45 Yoga
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 -13:30 Galion Loop Hike (3.5 hrs hiking)
13:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:30 Carribean Cooking Class
18:00 – 19:00 Yoga – may change 30 +/- minutes
19:30 Dinner

FLOW OF THE DAY 3 (Saturday)

6:30 – 7:00 Meditation
7:15 – 8:45 Yoga
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 15 :30 Middleham Falls Hike (pique nique on site) (3 hrs hiking)
18:00 – 19:00 Yoga – may change 30 +/- minutes
19:30 Dinner

** Schedule subject to change to go with the flow of the retreat**

Our program

Our yoga program is designed for all levels, even absolute beginners. You do not have to be an experienced yogi, but would be helpful if you were to try out a couple of classes before you arrive!

We emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence – and the joie de vivre of yoga!

 

• Morning classes will be moslty Vinyasa taught by Nanda or Gwenola (influenced from various styles).
• Afternoon sessions will vary between Yin Yoga, Restorative, Pranayama.

 

Jungle Bay’s two signature yoga studios feature rustic luxury stoned walls, polished hardwood floors, large windows and a 14’ foot ceilings that overlook the Caribbean Sea. The spaces offer both a dramatic view and ideal space to practice.
Conde Nast Traveler calls Jungle Bay one of the Top 3 Yoga Retreats in the World and Outside Magazine names us your “Om away from Home”.

We will be hiking in the beautiful island of Dominica known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its lush scenery and varied flora and fauna.

 

Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world’s second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. It is mostly volcanic and has few beaches; therefore, tourism has developed more slowly than on neighboring islands. Nevertheless, Dominica’s mountains, rainforests, freshwater lakes, hot springs, waterfalls, and diving spots make it an attractive eco-tourism destination.

Investment & Logistics

Investment for yourself

4 nights

• Double occupancy in a Villa Room (400 feet2) 1350 Euros per person/stay

• Single occupancy in a Villa Room (400 feet2) 1595 Euros per person/stay

• Double occupancy in a Villa Suite (800 feet2) 1595 Euros per person/stay

• Single occupancy in a Villa Suite (800 feet2) 2065 Euros per person/stay

 

Reserve your spot with 650 Euros deposit (non refundable) before March 17th 2020. Reservations after that date will be subject to availability.

 

** if you wish to stay longer or even arrive earlier to enjoy the magic of Dominica, feel free to contact directly Jungle Bay for any extra nights at the Lodge.

What is included?

• Accommodation for 4 nights at the beautilful eco-lodge Jungle Bay
• Daily delicious vegetarian and vegan meals made from sustainably sourced and locally grown products
• Fresh juices and water
• 6 yoga classes with Nanda & Gwenola (Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Nidra)
• 4 morning meditation sessions
• 2 Off-Site Excursions (hiking, exploring, etc.)
• Different On-Site activities such as herbal presentations, nature walks, Caribbean cooking class
• One 30 minute Spa Treatment / Massage
• Unlimited access to one of the two yoga studios (2,500 square feet / 232 m2 each) including props (mats, blocks, blankets & straps)
• Airport or Port pick up & return transfers
• Government VAT (10-15%)
• Wifi
• Self connection and nourishing time on the mat and in nature

 

NOT INCLUDED

• Airfare
• Travel Insurance (Required)
• Extra massages, healing or private yoga sessions
• Gratuities

Retreat details

Start: June 17th 2020 @15:00 – Opening Circle 18:00

End: June 21st @11:00

 

Upon availability, Jungle Bay resort will do their best to have the villa ready upon your arrival, so please let us know your arrival time. Typically the villas are ready after 3.00 pm and check out is usually by 11.00 am. Jungle Bay resort will also be happy to store your luggage before check in/after check out and you can use the facility.

 

JUNGLE BAY

Jungle Bay Eco Villas is an award-winning adventure wellness boutique resort located on the nature isle of the Caribbean.
Jungle Bay features tastefully designed stone and hardwood villas overlooking the marine sanctuary of Scotts Head and Soufriere. The resort is nestled within beautiful forests of tropical trees, banana plants and flowers, and in harmony with nature.
Villas are spacious, luxurious, featuring luxury furnishings. Access the units through footpaths allowing you to explore the tropical plant life along the way to your private villa.

 

The Villa Room offers:

• Choice of 1 king bed or 2 extra long twin beds (ideal for friends, family or for solo travelers)
• Bedding hand-painted by artisans
• Bamboo and natural furnishings
• Jungle spa bathroom with raindrop shower – head
• Luxury body products (natural and biodegradable — kind to your body and the earth)
• Patio to lounge and enjoy the spectacular scenery
• Mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station

 

The Villa Suite offers:

• Your own private 800 square-foot accommodation
• King-sized bed plus 1 extra long twin bed
• Chaise lounge
• Bedding hand-painted by artisans
• Palm tree inspired lamps handmade in Dominica
• Bamboo furnishings
• Jungle spa bathroom with raindrop shower-head
• Luxury body products (natural and biodegradable — kind to your body and the earth)
• Spacious patio to lounge and enjoy the spectacular scenery
• Mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station

 

PARTICIPANTS

We welcome people from around the globe – men, women, couples, friends, solo travelers, families. The more internationally and culturally diverse we are – the more our world is opened!
On our retreat we strive to perfect the balance between personal time and group connection.

Travel & Weather

Most flights are via Douglas Charles Airport (DOM), located on the north east of the island, which is approximately one hour and 20 minutes drive from Jungle Bay.

Dominica does not require a visa or any other document from Canadian, US, UK, German, and several other nationals. Only a valid passport and a return ticket is needed to travel to Dominica.
For more details visit: http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/entry-requirements

 

Roseau, the capital of Dominica, is only 20 minutes drive from Jungle Bay.

The ecotourism island of Dominica offers hot springs, waterfalls, volcano hikes, world – class underwater snorkel or dive adventures, and the most hospitable local people you have ever met!

Primary wall outlet type: Type G (UK) / Voltage: 220-240 volts AC @ 50 Hz.
Laptops, tablets / iPads, smartphones / iPhones, e-readers, digital cameras and other small electronics that run on batteries generally have chargers that are already compatible with 100-240 volts, and therefore usually only require a simple plug adapter.

 

WEATHER

The island’s annual temperature averages at around 27-30° Celsius / 80-86° Fahrenheit.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency of Dominica is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however the US dollar is equally accepted (1 US dollars = approx. 2.6 EC dollars). Credit Cards may be accepted in major town centres such as Portsmouth and Roseau but we recommend carrying Eastern Caribbean dollars or US dollars in small bills while traveling around the island. At Jungle Bay we accept all major credit cards and US or EC cash.

Complimentary Internet access is available for guests.

 

WHAT TO BRING

We recommend packing the following items in your carry-on luggage in the event your luggage is delayed: comfortable walking shoes and a change of clothing, swimsuit, any personal medications, contact lenses/solution (3 oz. max.), as well as toiletry. Remember the 3 oz. rule for carrying liquids and gels on commercial airplanes.

Please find a detailed packing list as follows:

• Comfortable hiking shorts or skorts (combination skirt/shorts)
• T-shirts
• Bathing suit
• Long sleeve UV protection shirt
• Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip (running shoes or trail hikers) & walking sandals or “amphibian” water shoes
• Light waterproof windbreaker / rain jacket may be useful if you tend to get cold easily
• Flip Flops, sandals or other comfortable shoes to walk on the property
• For the yoga classes we recommend comfortable form fitting clothing with a bit of stretch to it.
• Sun protection; sweatproof / waterproof sunscreen, cap & sunglasses
• Small travel backpack (can be used as your carry-on)
• Camera/phone (including charger and waterproof bag if you have one)
• Toiletries (remember that liquids are limited on planes/in carry-on baggage; check with your airline for the latest restrictions about this)
•Your personal medications, which might not be available on the island

 

We recommend sneakers or hiking shoes with good grips. Please note that a lot of hikes involve river crossings, therefore it is best to bring 2 pair of sneakers/hiking shoes (so that one pair can get wet) or to bring adventure hiking sandals or water shoes. Heavy duty leather hiking boots may be too hot and difficult to dry after frequent river crossings.

 

THE BOILING LAKE TOUR: IS IT FOR ME?

The Boiling Lake hike is indeed extremely challenging but also very rewarding. The drive to the trailhead is 50 minutes each way. The hike involves a difficult 3 to 3.5 hour trek over Dominica’s challenging mountain terrain to the 2nd largest boiling lake in the world, located within the eastern Caribbean’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a 3 to 3.5 hour hike back. Along the way, you will encounter mountains, rainforests, streams, hot springs and the moon-like Valley of Desolation with bubbling therapeutic mud. Including the drive your Boiling Lake excursion will take approximately 10 hours. We recommend this tour for people in good to excellent physical condition with prior hiking experience

Booking & Cancellation

DEPOSIT

Reserve your spot with a 650 Euros deposit. The deposit is non-refundable.

 

BOOKING

Full payment due 60 days in advance to the start date of the retreat.

 

• You may pay in full at time of booking or alternatively by deposit.
• Until we have received your payment or the deposit we cannot confirm your booking.
• Your booking is not secured until you have received written confirmation from us confirming receipt of payment.
• When only a deposit is made at the time of booking, full payment of the balance due must be made 90 days before the retreat commences upon receipt of an invoice.

 

Body+Soul St. Barth reserves the right to cancel your booking if full payment has not been received in full 90 days prior to arrival.

 

*In the event that you need to cancel your retreat, please read the cancellation charges as set out below. Bookings 90 days or less prior to the retreat must be paid in full at time of booking.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Once you have booked your Body+Soul St. Barth retreat your deposit is non-refundable. In the event that you need to cancel your retreat, the following refund policy applies.

 

If you cancel your retreat

In the event you have to cancel, regardless of the circumstances, the following refund fees, minus the deposit, apply:

 

• Cancellation more than 90 days + before the retreat: full refund minus the deposit.
• Cancellation between 60 – 89 days before the retreat: 50% refund minus the deposit.
• Cancellation less than 60 days before the retreat: 0% refund.

 

*To officially cancel, an email is required to Body+Soul St. Barth.

 

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy above will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc…), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat center. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change.

 

If we cancel the retreat

• If Body+Soul St. Barth must cancel a retreat for any reason except force majeure circumstances, you will receive a full refund for all deposits and payments that have been made. We cannot, however, compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred.

• In the unlikely event that Body+Soul St. Barth must cancel a retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue we work with.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As a condition of booking with Body+Soul St. Barth you are required to take out your own travel insurance. The travel insurance should include lost luggage, medical costs and cancellation.

 

Travel Insurance is the best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstances. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:
• You cancel your participation in the yoga retreat.
• The retreat is canceled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip.
• Lost luggage.
• Medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured.

 

Example of insurance :www.worldnomads.com

 

For more information about the venue :
www.junglebaydominica.com

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