The Travel Yogi, specialist in international yoga retreats and yoga adventures, has announced a series of yoga retreats in the Galapagos Islands. The Travel Yogi is the only organization doing week-long retreats in what Jennifer Hoddevik, company founder, calls “one of the most spectacular places we’ve been in the world.”
The retreats are conducted on a 12-acre estate in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The location hosts a six-room lodge, an Arabica coffee plantation, tortoise pond, walking paths and a yoga studio. From guest room patios are views of Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Marine Reserve and outlying islands.
Two of the multiple retreats scheduled in 2013 still have availability: Ocean of Love with Ashley Turner from July 27 to August 3; and Great Galapagos Getaway with Jenniferlyn Chiemingo from October 19 to 26.
Included in the per person double rate are accommodation, two yoga classes daily, three meals daily, a naturalist-accompanied visit to the Charles Darwin Station, naturalist-accompanied day trips to Bartolomé, South Plazas and North Seymour Islands, snorkeling and swimming on all-day excursions, two dinners in Puerto Ayora, naturalist-accompanied Highland Tour, sunrise yoga/meditation on the beach followed by a beach breakfast, kayaking on Tortuga Bay, 12 acres of private walking paths to explore, evening fire pit and unlimited southern hemisphere star gazing and transfers to and from the airport.
Although yoga is the focus, each location offers such optional activities as surfing, cultural excursions and hiking. Guests can generally expect two yoga sessions offered per day with the possibility of additional yogic training and philosophy. Some teachers may choose to lead a pranayama, meditation, sutra or style specific workshop. These retreats stay at one specific retreat location and have specific rooms or spaces designated and designed for yoga.
While the retreats are yoga focused, other destinations offer Yoga Adventures with the opportunity to practice yoga while engaged in other adventure travel activities.
A list of international and domestic destinations for 2013 include but are not limited to Aruba, Galapagos, El Salvador, Santorini, Maui, Cabo, Tulum, Queenstown, New Zealand and Vermont. Guests interface with some of The Travel Yogi’s better known instructors: Annie Carpenter, Kathryn Budig, Giselle Mari, Jennifer Pastiloff and Ashley Turner.