Bedroom in the Almond Cottage, Balenbouche Estate St. Lucia Bathroom at the Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia Estate house at the Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia
Meghan Telpner
Torallie Waterfall, St. Lucia
Retreat group lunch at The Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia
Mamiku Gardens, St. Lucia
Yoga in the Caribbean
Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia
Beach in St. Lucia
The Balenbouche Beach, St. Lucia
Yoga at the Copra House, St. Lucia
Rainforest, St. Lucia
Sunset in St. Lucia

Nourish Your Soul:
A week to feed and nourish all aspects of your life with
Meghan Telpner

Island: St. Lucia

Date: January 10-17, 2010

Accommodations: Balenbouche Estate
Retreat Details:

There is no time like to the present to nourish yourself and start living to your fullest potential. True happiness can only be achieved when we feel our very best in this present moment.

There is no greater way to gain perspective, to think more clearly, to heal, to refocus, to get creative and to be true to the inherent nature of what makes us who we are, and makes us happiest than by taking some guilt-free time to just be and to live.

This week in St. Lucia will be a rejuvenating change retreat that will introduce you to new experiences, new information, new skills, and help you to evoke new visions and goals that will catalyze positive changes you never could have imagined.

The sweet, blissful and beautiful island of St. Lucia will allow you the opportunity to unwind, explore and play. The things you will learn, the adventure you will have and the people you will meet will ultimately change the way you live the rest of your life. This retreat is a blend of some of the most healthful life giving practices, as we blend together nutritional education, yoga, meditation, organic food, rainforest hiking and waterfalls, seawater and sunbathing, cooking and delightful light and enlightened discussion.

Everything about this retreat, from the organized excursions, organic farm tour, cocoa plantation visit, guest lecture from a local herbalist, daily yoga and the freshly prepared vegetarian meals are all designed to enhance personal health and well-being and educate along the way.

Nutrition and Food
Daily nutrition lectures are central to the retreat and will cover topics including the benefits of whole foods and super foods, going dairy-free and gluten-free, the benefits of plant based diets, focus on raw living foods with preparation demonstrations, cleansing practices, holistic body care and cosmetics and how to prepare for healthy living and healthy eating once back at home . Meghan is a wealth of knowledge about food and healthy meal preparation methods and her passion for nutrition is contagious. The time spent in the kitchen is an important part of the retreat. Working with Meghan, you will have the opportunity in the week to help prepare dinner, learning healthy, holistic, whole food cooking techniques and discover the absolute calm and joy that comes from preparing wholesome food from the freshest ingredients.

By the end of the week you will know:
The incredible healing properties of whole foods
What superfoods should be included in your diet
About common allergens, the impact these foods have on our health and how to avoid them
Healthier ways to prepare your favorite dishes
Basic disease prevention with whole foods and herbs
How to prepare Natural Body Care products
How to live the best life ever!

Every day of the retreat will be wound down with guided mindfulness meditation. This practice helps calm the mind, allowing space for fresh creativity to come through. On a physiological level, this practice has been proven to lower stress, increase immune function, reduce inflammation, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, improve digestion, and ultimately improve quality of life overall. You will receive handouts that pertain to each lecture/discussion/demo with articles and other readings of relevance, information on meditation and its healing benefits, a collection of Meghan's recipes and any other additional supportive materials to help you stay on track and be prepared for your return home.

With a background in Kundalini, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar, Patricia Perkins classes will be tailored to fit the group's needs and desires. Her classes typically begin with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) - a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow that builds strength and increases flexibility while generating heat in the body and preparing us for deepening stretching and strengthening.

Classes will focus on:
Gaining an understanding of how we can use our bodies to breath and feel better
Increasing our knowledge of the fundamental yoga poses and principles of alignment
Experiencing increased flexibility, strength, muscle tone, stress management, and an improved general sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being

Daily Schedule :
7:30-9:00 Yoga
10:00 Brunch
11:00-3:00 Excursions and/or Free Time
3:00 Afternoon tea
4:00-6:00 Nutrition and Lifestyle workshops and discussions
7:00 Dinner
8:30 Guided Meditation
Itinerary & Optional Recommended Excursions:
Sunday - Arrival
Monday - Settle in at Balenbouche, property tour and on-site beaches
Tuesday - Beach Trip to Piaye
Wednesday - Visit cocoa plantation, see the Pitons, town of Soufriere, Botanical Gardens, sulphur springs 
Thursday - Down time, walk to organic farm, onsite beaches etc.
Friday -  Rainforest / waterfall trip
Saturday -  Beach Trip to Sandy Beach, Vieux Fort
Sunday - Departure
The excursions above are optional, though highly recommended by both Meghan and Tropical Escapes as they relate to both the theme of the retreat and the St. Lucia experience. If you would like to plan your own instead of these, click here for a list of additional options. The above package of excursions is available at an additional $125USD for all of them.
Package Pricing: SOLD OUT!
Shared Occupancy $1395USD
Single Occupancy $1695USD
optional excursion package $125USD
Package Inclusions: 
  • Round trip airport transfers on the retreat start and end dates (from airport code UVF only)
  • 7 nights' accommodations
  • Daily coffee, tea, fruit and juice prior to am yoga, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Daily Yoga, Nutrition/Lifestyle Sessions & Guided Meditation
  • Herbal presentation from a local herbalist
  • Guided tours of the onsite organic farm, onsite beaches and estate grounds
Package Exclusions: 
  • Airfare and travel to St. Lucia
  • Gratuities including tips for taxis, tour guides, maid service etc. are at your discretion
  • Personal expenses including souvenirs, massages, incidentals, alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend that you verify your health insurance coverage and purchase travel insurance
  • Excursions as listed above: Add $125USD below
*Note: There are two airports on the island. Airport code UVF, the international airport in the south, and the smaller airport in the north, code SLU. Transfers from the smaller airport in the north, SLU, are not included. You can expect to pay about $90 for the 1 ½ hour taxi ride to Balenbouche.
Registration Instructions:
Please click the buttons below to submit a registration form and $500 deposit to reserve your place. Full payment is due 45 days prior to departure. NOTE - Only one double occupancy spots remain. If you are traveling solo we can match you with a roommate. The single occupancy rooms are sold out.

Visit our Travel Tips page to see our packing list, other recommendations about preparing for your trip and answers to frequently asked questions.
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