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International Retreats

Dominica
 February 4-11,  2023
                                    February 3-10, 2024                       
             
November 9-16, 2024

 

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Caribbean Adventure in Dominica

A country that is known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its lush scenery and its varied flora and fauna

Get ready for one of the most fun adventures of your life!

Join us as we travel to the beautiful island of Dominica where you will have the opportunity to hike through the rainforest, swim in unique waterfalls and mountain pools, sea kayak in turquoise waters, and snorkel through unique underwater volcanic bubbles while you explore the diverse sea-life at Dominica’s premier marine reserve. Sea horses, turtles, and a variety of tropical fish are often sighted. Healthy meal fare, fresh fruit juices, daily yoga, and a spa treatment all included during your stay at the Jungle Bay Resort. 

Award-winning Jungle Bay Resort is operated in alignment with international Geotourism and Ecotourism guidelines. As an alternative to traditional Caribbean tourism, the focus is on enjoyable nature-based activities and the wellness of guests, along with quality service.

Jungle Bay features tastefully designed stone and hardwood villas overlooking the marine sanctuary of Scotts Head and Soufriere. The hotel resort is nestled within beautiful forests of tropical trees, banana plants, and native flowers, and the villas are spacious, featuring luxury furnishings. Guests access the units through footpaths, allowing you to explore the tropical plant life along the way to your private villa.

Jungle Bay offers an exciting launching pad to explore the almost unending natural attractions of Dominica. Daily hikes, activities, and excursions are available for all fitness and endurance levels.

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Dominica is an island nation located in the Lesser Antilles area, south of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Nature lovers and adventurers will enjoy this island of 365 rivers and streams by going off the beaten path along remote trails that take you to the many unique waterfalls, mountain pools, and mineral springs that make Dominica the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”.  

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) Transportation will be provided from the airport to your deluxe lodgings perched atop a jungle-clad hill with expansive views over Dominica’s southwest coast.  Enjoy the scenic drive as you travel across untouched jungle peaks. 

Check-in at Jungle Bay then relax and reset in your lush surroundings complete with a stunning infinity pool, gardens galore, and beautiful views in every direction.

6:00 pm    Welcome Dinner full of the island’s fresh, organic ingredients and Caribbean flavors. 

Day 2

7:00-10:00 am Breakfast at Jungle Bay

8:00-11:30am  Galion Loop Hike ~ this hike starts at Jungle Bay, goes down to the village of Soufriere, and then connects to part of the Waitukubuli Trail (Segment 1). From Soufriere, there is a scenic small track through the bush and local farmlands to a paved road. This road connects the Village of Soufriere and Galion; the mountain village which is home to the talented stonemasons who helped to develop both Jungle Bay as well as the stone walls you will see along the roadside. Keep your eyes open for star fruit, wild cashews, mango, and more. From this scenic village Galion a steeper downhill hike meanders back towards the village of Soufriere. We will be discovering its tucked away natural hot springs in the back of the village of Soufriere. In pre- Columbian times, “sulphuric springs” were a place of mythic geography for the Amerindians and Soufriere was an important meeting place for the Kalinagos from the Caribbean islands. MODERATE

For EASY walk, a van can drive you to the top of Galion to walk downhill from there. 

12:30 pm Lunch at Jungle Bay  Afternoon free for spa treatment, enjoying the pool, exploring the complex and more!

3:30-4:30 pm Jungle Bay Story   The “Jungle Bay Story” is told by Developer/Owner Sam Raphael, when on the island. The discussion includes the history and philosophy of Jungle Bay along with the many challenges and triumphs from inception in 1997 to the present.


5:00-6:00 pm  Gentle Yoga Class


6:15 pm  Dinner

Day 3

8:00-10:00 am  Breakfast at Jungle Bay


9 am-12 pm  Kayak & Snorkeling Tour Start with a short lesson in kayaking, before heading into the Caribbean Sea to enjoy paddling and snorkeling in the warm waters of the Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve. You will be surrounded by a scenic coastline of mountains and coconut trees. EASY – 5 minute drive each way.

3:30-4:30 pm  Dominican Medicinal Herbs and Tea Experience Learn about the ancient herbal remedies of the island’s traditional peoples.
It is no wonder Dominica has such a high number of centenarians when you realize they live off the organic plants grown in the island’s nutrient rich soil. The fragrant herbs you will encounter during this presentation are grown right in Jungle Bay’s garden. Make your own tea blends during this interactive ‘wellness experience for the senses’ where you get to see, touch, smell, and taste!


5:00-6:00 pm  Gentle Yoga


6:15 pm  Dinner at Jungle Bay

Day 4

8:00-10:00 am Breakfast at Jungle Bay

9am-2:30pm Morne Bruce, Botanical Gardens, Trafalgar Falls and Titou Gorge Drive to Morne Bruce, Roseau (offering a panoramic view of the entire city), continue through the Botanical Gardens to Trafalgar Falls. The famous Trafalgar twin waterfalls are easily accessible. It is a short 10-15 minute walk along a well-mantained foot path from the visitor center to the viewpoint of Trafalgar Falls. Another 15 minute drive taxes you to Laudat to visit the spectacular Titou Gorge (located at the start of the hike to Boiling Lake) It’s a short walk to the Gorge and a short swim though a series of natural “rooms and ponds” formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees leading to a hidden waterfall. Part of the second “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie was filmed here, when captain Jack and his crew were trying to escape from the tribe and fell into this gorge. Trafalgar Falls and Titou Gorge are both located in the Trois Piton National Park. Pack lunch is provided. EASY – 45 minute driving each way/ 40 minutes walking in total.

Lunch then afternoon free

5:00-6:00 pm Gentle Yoga


6:15 pm Dinner at Jungle Bay

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Day 5

7:00-10:00 am      Breakfast

 

7:30-8:30 a.m.    Slow Flow Yoga 

9:30am-11:30 pm  Snorkel at Famous Champagne Beach Champagne Beach is part of the protected Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve.  Underground volcanic activity seeps through the ocean floor, then is cooled by sea waves and rises in a line of bubbles creating a memorable snorkeling experience.  Fan coral, turtles and a variety of tropical fish are often sighted. EASY – 15 minute drive each way

12:30 pm  Lunch at Jungle Bay Enjoy the afternoon getting a massage, swimming at two of the resorts pools, or just relax on your terrace                   

5:00-6:00 pm  Gentle Yoga

6:15 pm  Dinner at Jungle Bay

Day 6

7:00-10:00 am   Breakfast 

 

7:30-8:30 a.m. Slow Flow Yoga

 

9:30 am-2:30 pm  Middleham Falls Middleham Falls Hike ~ Explore the misty mountain trail to Middleham Falls taking in the lush rainforest vegetation along the way. Jaco parrots are occasionally heard or spotted along this trail. The end of the hike becomes a little steeper as you scramble your way down to the waterfall pool for a refreshing splash. Did you know that swimming in waterfalls exposes you to negative ions which are a purification to help counteract stress and strengthen your immune system? Packed lunch is provided.

MODERATE – 50 minute drive to the start/3 hours of hiking total, or for EASY walk OR for easy walk do Scott's Head walk from hotel. 

 

7:30am-5:00 pm Boiling Lake Hike & Valley of Desolation

Those who love a challenging hike will be thrilled to explore Dominica’s famous "World Wonder" and UNESCO World Heritage Site — the mysterious Boiling Lake & Valley of Desolation. Along the way you can soak in hot water pools and even have a sulphur mud facial. The athletic hike is approximately 3 hours each way, up & down fairly steep hills (proceed with caution if afraid of heights). A packed lunch is provided.  VERY EXTREME  50 min. driving each way / 6 hours hiking round trip.  $120 optional excursion

 

5:00-6:00 pm   Gentle Yoga

6:15 pm    Dinner at Jungle Bay

Day 7

8:00-10:00 am  Breakfast followed by a leisurely day or choose one of the optional excursions.  

The day is free to explore on your own.  For those who prefer ocean-based activities, options abound! Divers will love exploring the beautiful coral and tropical fish found in Scotts Head Marine Reserve, as described below. Alternatively, you can explore the waters from above on a whale-watching boat trip. Dominica is the only country in the world where nearly 200 resident sperm whales live year-round, making your chances of seeing them in all their glory incredibly high.  

8:45-11:15 a.m.Whale Watching (optional excursion)

                            Dominica is one of the whale watching hot spots in the world and they have year-round resident sperm whale sightings. Price is $80 USD per person inclusive VAT and transfers.

 

8:45-11:15 a.m.   Optional Whale Watching Excursion. Dominica is the only country in the world where nearly 200 resident sperm whales live year-round,making your chances of seeing them in all their glory incredibly high. 

 

Price is $80 USD per person inclusive of VAT and transfers. Please sign up in advance to secure your place.  Space is limintited 

10:30 am   Optional Scuba Diving opportunity for those who are certified. Dominica is known to be one of the top diving destinations in the world. Our chosen dive site is seen right from your room at Jungle Bay. Scott's Head Pinnacle is justifiably one of the island's most famous dive sites. The dive begins on Swiss Cheese, a large rock formation home to the well-known Soldier Fish Cave. Not actually a cave, this swim-through is usually packed with soldier fish and grunts that form a curtain in front of you, briefly parting to swallow you into the school as you pass through. At a depth of only 35-50 feet, a picturesque swim-through bisects the pinnacle, bringing you to the "other side"  a steep wall on the inside of the volcanic crater that falls off to more than 120 feet. The swim-through is home to blackbar soldierfish, grunts and lobster. Tip: If you aren’t certified, you might want to call your local dive shop and get started. A lifetime certification. Price will vary versus one or two tank dive.  

Price is $92 USD inclusive of VAT, return transportation and marine park fees.  Please sign up in advance to secure your place. Space is limited.

12:30 pm  Lunch at Jungle Bay 

3:30-4:30 pm  Caribbean Cooking Class ~ Learn how to prepare local Caribbean cuisine full of organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, unique spices, eggs, fish, and more.   Ingredients sourced directly from the property will almost assuredly be included in the receipes. 

3:00-5:00 pm   PTYF founded and supports the Girls for Success Dominica program with a library at their Girlhood Lounge. The girls will be coming to the resort to have a pizza party and do enrichment activities.  Feel free to share a talent or interest with the girls, if interested. 

5:00-6:00 pm  Gentle Yoga

6:15 pm Dinner at Jungle Bay

Day 8

7-8 am      Slow Flow Vinyasa

8:00 am    Breakfast at Jungle Bay then maybe take a trip into the nearby capital, Roseau, to shop at the local market or enjoy the resort until it is time for departure to the airport.  

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$1999 p.p
double occupancy
$550 single supplement
(limited)   

A $500 deposit is due per person upon booking.  The balance is due 75 days prior to departure.  Trip Protection is highly recommended through our Travel Manager, Susie Morwick.   Cancellation fee is $250 prior to balance due and non-refundable after full payment. 

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The 8 day/7 night package includes:

  • Accommodation in Villa Rooms  

  • All healthy meals and fresh fruit juices (full board) 

  • Off-Site Excursions as described

  • On-Site activities such as herbal presentation, nature walks, Caribbean cooking class 

  • One (1) 30-minute Spa Treatment per person 

  • Nine (9) yoga classes for all levels in one of the two yoga studios including props (mats, blocks, blankets & straps)

  • Access to private trails on the lodge’s property, an incredible infinity pool, whirlpool, luscious spa treatments and more!

  • Government VAT (10-15%)

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Not included

  • Flight to Dominica (DOM) from your hometown

  • Tipping to local guides

  • Alcoholic beverages or other personal expenses

RECOMMENDATION:  Due to the changing airfares in the airline industry, we recommends booking your air to the destination once you confirm land arrangments with PTYF

Note

The itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions.

YOUR TRIP LEADERS/YOGA INSTRUCTORS

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Sally Bassett

Ph..D., E-RYT, Founder and President of Peace through Yoga.  Sally’s passion toward life, creative nature, and spiritual approach have been keys to her success.  She has led groups to over 130 countries as a result of her 40+ year career in the travel industry where she went from flight attendant to CEO.

 

In 2005, after completing her doctorate degree at Purdue University in Tourism, with an emphasis on international humanitarian work, Sally chose to totally focus on offering transformational trips that include adventure, yoga and/or service.   She  believes that Karma Yoga, selfless service, is all part of the yogic lifestyle..  The service activities included ion the PTYF's yoga retreats are often the highlight of the trip for the participants.  

 

Peace through Yoga Foundation developed and supports two Girls for Success programs, one in the rainforest of Costa Rica and one in the rural area on the island of Dominica.; a preschool in Dominica and a women's shelter in Morocco.  Sally teaches at Blooming Life Yoga in the village of Zionsville, IN and leads adventure trips around the world.  Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”     

Kristen Barfield

Kristen Barfield

Kristen Barfield, RN BSN, 200-RYT, Owner of Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School in Indiana, has been a student and teacher of the practice of Yoga since 2005. Kristen believes that Yoga not only provides mental and physical benefits, but also an opportunity to learn, contribute, and step out of our comfort zone, opening our eyes to what is around us. This ancient practice is the gateway to deeper understanding of who you are, the light and the dark, and your purpose in life. Kristen is thrilled to have BLY be a partner of Peace through Yoga Foundation, and its many programs and services for many years to come!  

Book Dominica

For more information on Dominica, check-out
DOMINICA: caribbeanislands.com

Our trips are in partnership with Peace through Yoga Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, and Blooming Life Yoga. 

To register for this trip, please call or email our Reservations Manager, Susie Morwick,

at (317) 544-8391 

or susie@peacethroughyoga.org.

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