Yoga in Belize with Jeanne Heileman and Jodie Rufty
Lighten Up! - A week of detox, fun and yoga directly on the Caribbean Sea
April 12 - 19, 2014
Join Jeanne and Jodie for a week-long adventure with a focus on opening the Heart Chakra and lightening your load, no matter where you are in life! Our retreat will take place at a resort located on the Abergis Caye on Belize’s Northwestern Coast. This also happens to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, mostly due to the clear water. The morning mediations will bring a clarity and inner strength to welcome all issues in your life. You will be surrounded by the ocean and water on three sides of a deck where we will practice yoga. In the afternoon you will be free to lounge, explore the island, or embark on one of the many water excursions offered.
The breezes will stroke your skin and help clear the accumulation from winter. The sand will slip in-between your toes as you walk barefoot throughout the week. Receive continued warmth from the sun as it burns away toxins leaving you glowing, inside and out. Slip into the water at any moment that moves you. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in some of the most beautiful regions of the world, seeing colorful and rare salt-water fish. Swim with sharks – really. Practice yoga on a deck 300 feet out onto the ocean with views of the water on three sides of the deck. Dine on Ayurvedic meals that will bring your health back into balance. Meditate with the waves of the ocean coaxing the mind to soften. Laugh a lot with new friends as you let go of heaviness in the body, mind and heart. This is going to be one fun-filled week that will renew you for the rest of the year!
All levels and attitudes are welcome as we learn to accept ourselves and open our hearts to the Present Moment. Jeanne and Jodie have a lot of wonderful things planned to make this retreat not only extremely fun but also truly meaningful!
CABANAS (Double Occupancy)
Limited “Island chic” individual cabanas, texturized throughout with woven thatched ceilings, soothing river rock flooring and mosaic countertops. In the traditional “old school” style, windows are plantation shuttered and accordion front doors open to the sea leading out to your private bush-stick front porch. Carved mahogany sinks with conch shell faucets keep you in the present island moment. Bathe privately under the sun or stars in your private bamboo shower area. Queen beds feature warrior wood headboards with mosquito netting and storage underneath. A loft can accommodate additional guests upon request. Limited ocean view Cabanas are available for a $200 per person upgrade fee. Singles are also available. Contact us for details.
VILLAGE ROOMS (Single Occupancy)
This more budget-friendly option is located in a three-story structure positioned on the lagoon looking out to the calm backside of the island. Huge windows in each room frame the wildlife and vegetation of the lagoon, a serene setting with mangrove, extraordinary sunsets, bird watching, crocodiles and peaceful quiet nights. These rooms are simple, well ventilated, and naturally lit with a shared bath & shower area. Rooms are hand crafted with wooden floors and an inspired captain’s bed-wooden stage that holds one or two twin beds. Doubles are also available. Contact us for details.
Jeanne Heileman, M.A., E-RYT 500, is a Level II Certified ParaYoga Teacher studying with the founder, Rod Stryker since 1999. She was initiated into the Tantric Lineage of Sri Vidya under the guidance of Swami Rama, she has studied closely with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, in India and at the Himalayan Institute in PA. She has also studied in India with Shiva Rea. Jeanne was a devoted Ashtanga student who later came to appreciate the wisdom of Iyengar, Anusara and Vini yoga. Living in Los Angeles, she is an esteemed Senior Instructor, teaching regular classes and teacher trainings for YogaWorks and leads Teacher Trainings and workshops all around the globe. www.jeanneheileman.com
Jodie Rufty has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 1995, throughout New York and California, as well as internationally. She has studied with many teachers including Rodney Yee, Desikachar, Ana Forrest, Lisa Walford, Eric Schifmann and Shiva Rea. In 2001 and 2002 Jodie led part of the Teacher Training program for Yoga People in Brooklyn, NY and more currently leads the 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training programs for YogaWorks throughout the US and abroad. Jodie co-founded Amrita Yoga Center in September of 2002 and helped launch Nava Yoga Center in Zagreb Croatia in June 2004. Awakening to the truth of Yoga
- 7 nights minimum accommodations + housekeeping + taxes
- Light breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets
- Welcome Belizean Beach BBQ Dinner
- Hearty breakfast morning of departure
- Drinking water, juice, specialty retreat tea
- Two yoga classes per day & props
- Use of resort grounds, pool and pier
- International / domestic airfare
- Airport transfers
Payment plans are available. Please
Cabana (shared room) $2395 ($2695*)
Village (private room) $1695 ($1995*)
Upgrade: Ocean View Cabana $200 per person (limited quantity )
*Price increase after February 15, 2014
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by February 15, 2014 in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and is non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before February 15, 2014. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and STA are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.
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“I have done retreats with Michelle and her team at International Yoga and I have had nothing but the best experiences. International Yoga is professional, supportive and creative in their planning of the retreats. Michelle’s extensive travel experience is a plus for her knowing the areas we are going to first hand. I highly recommend letting Internaional Yoga plan your next retreat. You will be thrilled!” –Erika Trice