It is 2020, a new year and a new decade. We each deserve to spend some of our precious time here on Earth excavating inner freedom, peace and joy - through connecting to our own souls and others.
This seven-day, six-night island retreat has bubbled up from a deep desire to seek peace - for each of us as individuals, and together. We will gather in a place of phenomenal beauty, and dive deep into LIFE! For a week we will do our best to shake free of the attachments and day-to-day stressors we all feel so we can get a little clearer on the truth of who we are - as bright as the stars, as fluid as the sea. This is the first time Yogaway has traveled to a private island, and this was chosen with intention. This retreat is our most all-inclusive offering yet (read on for the details) to support a true feeling of retreat. There will be plenty to fill up our days, but even as we adventure and explore on and around the small island, simplicity will be our beacon.
About Thatch Caye and your stay
We have chosen a supremely comfortable, stunning, eco-conscious and ethical retreat center in Belize for this journey. The twice-daily yoga classes led by Checka Antifonario will include a variety of accessible and powerful yoga and meditation modalities that she has studied and taught over the past 12 years. The sequence of practices will be designed to guide you deeper into inner peace and knowing as the week evolves. The hope and intention is that after our retreat, we will each step back into our daily lives feeling strong, refreshed, rested and ready to show up fully!
Thatch Caye is a private island off the coast of Belize; it is limited to 30 guests at a time. The company who owns this island resort, Muy'Ono, donates a portion of every reservation to local charities and is a proud member of "Pack for a Purpose", an initiative that allows travelers like us to make a lasting impact in the community at our destination. Muy'Ono is also an employer of choice in Belize, investing heavily in development and educational programs that provide opportunities for professional and personal growth. Muy’Ono is also committed to preserving the beautiful, yet fragile, natural environment that is the main attraction in Belize. They focus on eliminating any potential negative environmental impact associated with their operations. The staff at Thatch Caye care deeply about their guests and work hard to ensure positive experiences for all who travel to this beautiful place. Check out their TripAdvisor reviews to read all the glowing words from guests!
So how will we fill our days at Thatch Caye? Of course we will be spending ample time in practice, with morning and afternoon yoga classes exclusive to our group held mainly at Serenity Point (covered yoga platform over the ocean) with perhaps a class or two on the beach! We will also gather one evening under the new moon - when the stars shine the brightest - to clear out the old and set intentions for the month or even the year ahead.
We will enjoy three delicious chef prepared meals per day plus a mid-afternoon snack. Need a refreshment outside of meal times? No problem - beverages of all types are included included all day and evening long. You can choose to take advantage of the kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, fishing poles and other non-motorized island toys that will be available to you as part of your retreat package, and there are ten bikes available for cruising around the island as well. If it's stillness you're craving, take some time to relax in the hammock on your deck (yes, all accommodations have hammocks!). Or you can always hop on the WiFi in the Coco Lounge to check in with folks at home and then go back the beach or for a swim in the natural saltwater pool. With advance notice the resort can also arrange an add-on massage or body treatments on your deck - imagine receiving this healing with the ocean literally a few feet away!
And have we mentioned this island is a sanctuary for wildlife? Sitting on the edge of the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, we will coexist with our wildlife companions such as fish, rays, sharks, turtles, starfish, dolphins, manatee, Dewey the island dog, Iguanas, Pelicans, and many other friends. And in case you do decide you would like to venture out into even more adventure, the resort does provided a broad range of both land and water-based optional excursions to add on.
Without further ado, let's talk about where you will stay! The accommodations are the crown jewel of Thatch Caye, all recently renovated with reclaimed island materials. Bungalows are literally over the water, and cabanas boast gorgeous ocean views. Each accommodation is a true oasis with outdoor space, air conditioning (though they suggest leaving the windows open), and more importantly, no “real world” distractions. Rooms do include bottled water, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hair dryers. You won’t find a phone, TV, or WiFi in your room, but all are available at the Coco Lounge, if you happen to need them.
Yoga Retreat in Belize
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
6 nights lodging in an ocean front cabanas or over water bungalow
Roundtrip group airport transfer
Three chef-prepared meals plus afternoon snack each day (dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
Beverages at all times (non-alcoholic and alcoholic)
10 yoga classes exclusive to our group (daily active morning vinyasa and a gentler / more meditative offering in the afternoon)
Four Workshops led by Brit & Dom
Local flights (to and from Belize City to Dangriga Airport)
Round Trip boat transfers to and from Dangriga Airport
Marine reserve access fee
Use of kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, fishing poles, and other non-motorized island toys
Yoga mats, blocks and blankets to use for the week
*Make sure your international flight gets into BZE no later than 3:45pm.
6 Night Retreat Pricing:
Starting at $2,180
January 25 - 31, 2020
$500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot.
Meet Your Host: Yogaway Retreats
Checka is the founder of Yogaway Retreats. Twelve years ago, she left the corporate world to teach yoga full-time, and hasn't looked back since. She led her first of many retreats in 2011, and knew immediately that she had found her calling. A shared adventure, a new perspective, the gifts of nature and culture, true connections on and off the mat - this is the good stuff!
Known for her open-heartedness and easy laugh, Checka (E-RYT, RCYT) is deeply committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive space for practice and community. Yoga is for all. She is grateful for the amazing team of loving, talented Yogaway teachers, and for each yogi who takes the leap to travel with us.
With a natural and attentive approach to teaching, Checka offers mindful and safe sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists in her Vinyasa flow classes. She equally enjoys the quiet and healing element of more reflective, restorative yoga, and offers the loving-kindness of Reiki energy work to enrich these classes. She is passionate about being in nature and spending time with her pups, and considers herself equal parts home body and travel nut. With a deep connection to Hawaii, where her yoga journey began, Checka strives to bring her Aloha Soul approach to life with her wherever she goes!