Relax, Restore & Renew:
Studio 1831's Tropical Yoga Retreat

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Island: St. Lucia
 
Date: October 3- 10, 2009
 
Accommodations: Harmony Suites
 
Retreat Details:

Join us for a fun, relaxing and transforming yoga vacation in tropical paradise! Nurture positive change in your life - you'll de-stress and nourish your mind with restorative meditation techniques...you'll nourish your body with muscle lengthening and strengthening yoga instruction (not to mention great local cuisine). You'll nourish your spirit with a community of new friends, an intoxicating setting, and plenty of time to play!

Valerie Rushmere, owner of Studio 1831, has over 25 years experience in Yoga, Dance, fitness and Pilates. Valerie's twice daily yoga classes will leave you feeling balanced, relaxed, and renewed. Through one-on-one attention to each student, Valerie emphasizes alignment, balance, focus, and breathing. She has developed her own unique style of yoga, incorporating aspects from many yoga traditions including Iyengar, Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, and Kundalini. Her extensive background in dance, fitness, and Pilates further enriches her understanding of body mechanics to help each student reach
their full potential.

Morning yoga classes incorporate traditional hatha and flowing vinyasa yoga styles to nourish and strengthen the body. Evening classes are a mix of restorative yoga, meditation, and Pranayama. (Belly dance, Latin dance and Creative Movement classes are also available if the group prefers). Classes are flexible and can be modified to suit individual needs. All levels of experience are welcome. Attendance to all classes is optional.


Coffee, tea, juice and fresh tropical fruits will be served prior to the morning yoga class and a delicious, healthful brunch buffet at Harmony Suites restaurant, The Edge, will follow the morning class. The Edge is known as one of the best fine dining restaurants on the island and the chef has created a special menu just for yoga retreat participants!

The included welcome and farewell dinners will provide a wonderful group opportunity to experience Chef Bobo’s unique Eurobbean fusion cuisine at this stunning, waterfront setting. He has earned fame in the whole of the Caribbean for his cooking style, flavors, presentation and attention to detail. The rest of the week is left open for you to choose which of the many restaurants within walking distance from the hotel you’d like to dine at.

 
Yoga Instructor: Valerie Rushmere
Valerie Rushmere has devoted her career to an understanding of movement arts that promote health and well-being. She has taught yoga, belly dance, and fitness throughout the Philadelphia area in numerous accredited institutions including Temple University and the University of the Arts.

Owner of Studio 1831 in Philadelphia, Valerie incorporates elements from a diverse yoga background. She has studied with many renowned yoga teachers including Baron Baptiste, Sean Corn, Rodney Yee, Joan White, Bikram Choudry, David Newman and David Swenson.

Valerie specializes in a "hands-on" approach to teaching, focusing on technique and alignment. A strong foundation in Iyengar yoga enables her to modify postures for all levels of participants. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for fitness and well being!
 
Adventures & Activities:
This retreat package includes two day trips to give you a taste of the what St. Lucia has to offer! On Monday a water taxi will pick us up right at Harmony Suites dock and take us to Pigeon Island. Jutting out from the northwest coast, the pirate Jambe de Bois (Wooden Leg), once hid out on this 44-acre hilltop islet -- a strategic point during the struggles for control of St. Lucia.
It is now a national landmark and a venue for concerts, festivals, and family gatherings.

There are two small beaches with calm waters for swimming and snorkeling, a restaurant, a pub and picnic areas. On the grounds are ruins of barracks, batteries, and garrisons that date from 18th-century French and English battles. In the Museum and Interpretative Centre, housed in the restored British officers' mess, a there is a multimedia presentation on the island's ecological and historical past.

On Wednesday we'll head south, down the west coast through one of the largest banana plantations in the eastern Caribbean, quaint fishing villages and the outskirts of the rainforest, abounding with tropical vegetation. You'll enjoy the scenic drive to the historical town of Soufriere where you'll see the spectacular twin peaks, "The Pitons", rising sheer out of the sea. While in Soufriere we'll visit a botanical garden, waterfall and natural hot spring where we'll soak in the healing waters!

Spend the other afternoons doing as much or as little as you choose with plenty of time to relax, enjoy and just be! Soak in some sun at nearby Reduit Beach or just relax by the hotel pool. Our retreat coordinator will also be available to arrange massage and spa services as well as a full range of additional Adventures and Activities such as scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, wind surfing, and rainforest canopy tours.  
 
Package Price:
$1395 per person Double Occupancy
$1695 per person Single Occupancy

Last Minute Special - $100 off
$1295 per person Double Occupancy
$1595 per person Single Occupancy

 
Package Inclusions: 
  • Round trip airport transfers on the retreat start and end dates
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Twice daily yoga
  • A welcome dinner a farewell dinner, daily coffee, tea, fruit and juice prior to am yoga and daily brunch following morning yoga
  • The two day trips listed above
Package Exclusions: 
  • Airfare and travel to St. Lucia
  • Dinners other then the two included
  • Gratuities including tips for taxis, tour guides, maid service etc. are at your discretion
  • Personal expenses including souvenirs, massages, incidentals, extra excursions, alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend that you verify your health insurance coverage and purchase travel insurance
Room Upgrades Available:
Premium Suite 520 sq ft, w/kitchenette - $150 total per room
Luxury Waterfront Suite 700 sq ft, private 10ft patio/balcony, indoor double Jacuzzi, superior view directly at the waters edge - $320 total per room.
To upgrade please call 212.731.2478
 

*Note: There are two airports on the island. Airport code UVF, the international airport in the south, is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Harmony Suites. The smaller airport, code SLU, is only about 15 minutes away. Although transfers from either airport are included, you may want to consider total travel time and convenience when booking your flight

 
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