Join ERYT 500 Marin McCallen and Soul Tree Yoga, for this very special retreat in beautiful Belize. Dive in to yoga, meditation, intention, Yoga Nidra and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Each morning we will practice an integrative & intuitive Vinyasa flow in the Ak’bol yoga dock – right over the water, followed by a day of enjoying island life and delicious nourishing food. The evening yoga class will be a combo of Yin/Restore capped off by a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra session accompanied by the gentle sounds of waves. During our week together there will be ample opportunities to join in guided meditation, intention setting, and exploration of the world-class reef at Ambergris Caye.
This retreat is perfect for those seeking laid-back adventure, the beauty of the sea, the power of intention setting, and devotion to practice, excellent company, healthy & delicious food, and island exploration. You will leave feeling utterly nourished and refreshed in body, mind and soul.
Private Thatched Cabanas: You will feel one with nature, waking up with the birds, sleeping within one of our 7 thatched cabanas – on the beach and within gardens, all with sea view and breeze. Each cabana will house 2-3 students comfortably with one queen bed + two twin beds within our lofts lined with plantain shutters. Outdoor showers, private front porches, hammocks, and 5-gallon hot and cold-water dispenser are included, along with a mini-fridge. Daily housekeeping (with no bedding changes, towels changed on the third day in order to conserve water and energy.) There are 3 Seafront, and 4 Sea/garden views available.
Village Rooms: Welcome to community living on the lagoon! This building has beautiful gardens and houses 30 single or double rooms. The two large island-chic shared bath and shower areas include; a private locker per room for toiletries, mahogany sinks and conch shelled faucets, bamboo showers, plenty of toilets and changing areas. The beds, one/two twins or one queen (limited for couples only), are on top of a wooden stage with plenty of drawers underneath and lockable storage for luggage…chairs/reading lights/fan per room…on either end of the building, first and second floor, are community lounging areas overlooking the lagoon, great for watching the sunset.
– 7 nights/accommodations at Ak’bol Retreat Center – Opening circle & Sankalpa (intention)
– Welcome dinner
– Daily morning All Levels Vinyasa classes
– Daily evening Yin/Restore/Yoga Nidra classes
– Closing Circle Ceremony
– 2 guided meditation sessions (with optional additional sessions available) – 3 delicious meals daily (serious dietary needs can be accommodated)
– 1 snorkel trip to nearby Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley
– Use of resort grounds, pool and pier
*A non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your space; the remaining balance is due February 9th, 2019.
– Paddleboard, kayak, and bike rental available
– A variety of snorkel excursions offered, sign up @ Ak’bol – World-class scuba available, inquire if interested
– Fishing & Sailing options available, sign up @ Ak’bol
– Massage treatments available
Price does not include:
– Airline tickets to Belize & Ambergis Caye – Taxi transfer to & from the hotel
– Belize exit fee
– Optional add-ons
– Service Tips (recommended $50 for the week)
The practice of Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation in Savasana, has many benefits including increased serotonin and decreased cortisol and adrenaline in the body, helping to counteract the effects of stress, anxiety, and even trauma. Facilitating the release of accumulated physical, mental and emotional tensions, this rejuvenating practice encourages deeper sleep. Yoga Nidra brings balance to every system of the body, all while simply relaxing in awareness.
*This practice is accessible for all bodies & skill levels. Our retreat attendees universally love Yoga Nidra, and agree that it brings an even deeper level of intention, relaxation and bliss to their time away.
*Please note – although it’s possible to arrange boat travel to the island we recommend taking the 15-minute flight from Belize City to Ambergris Caye. Ak’bol will reserve ALL Tropic air tickets for group directly from Belize City International Airport to San Pedro ($157.75US round-trip, per person.)
Ak’boL reserves the tickets so there is no waiting, and guests will pay for their tickets directly at check-in, before boarding the plane, with CC or cash. Whether you take boat or plane please plan your travel so that you arrive at Ak’bol for the 6pmwelcome dinner on Saturday night!
We recommend booking your flights to Belize well in advance so that you may enjoy the best travel time and routes.
Departure tax: there is an approximately $40 departure tax when leaving Belize City International airport on the way home. They would like US cash but CC accepted.
About the Teacher:
Marin McCallen is a yogini, professional photographer and world traveler. Her time spent traveling and living in other countries and cultures defines much of how she teaches and designs retreats. Central America is dear to her heart, one of her homes and the location of her first Yoga Teacher Training (in Costa Rica).
Marin approaches her teachings with reverence for the wisdom and tradition of yoga, and with light-hearted humor and enjoyment of life. She embodies the natural curiosity of a traveler and exudes a willingness of heart. Her teaching style is articulate, enthusiastic, present, grounding, empowering and inspiring.