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Wellness Retreat at the Balenbouche Estate
Island: St. Lucia
Date: January 4-11, 2009
Accommodations: Balenbouche Estate
This retreat offers a balanced and wholesome experience centered around personal well being and physical wellness. The owners of Balenbouche, Uta Lawaetz and her two daughters, are eager to share with you their home and the many inspirational and invigorating aspects of life and work on the estate; a family home, organic farm, guesthouse and historic site. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the island's many attractions, enjoy daily yoga, healthy exercise and natural body treatments, as well as participate in various workshops tailored to your specific interests.

7:30-9:00am Invigerating Yoga Practice
9:00-10:00am Morning Walk and/or Swim
10:30-11:30am Brunch
11:30am-5:00pm Afternoon Activities
Meditation and Restorative Yoga
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Evening Activities

Patricia Perkins, Tropical Escapes founder and director, began practicing yoga 15 years ago. With a background in Kundalini, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar, classes will be tailored to fit the group's needs and desires. Morning classes will be typically begin with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) - a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Sun Salutations build strength and increase flexibility while generating heat in the body and preparing us for deeping stretching and strengthening. Evening classes that will typically be more meditative and restorative will be available for those interested.
The natural beauty, architecture, artifacts and artwork at Balenbouche provide a truly inspirational environment. Take advantage of this retreat week to spend time with yourself. Bring a paintbrush, journal or sketch pad and find yourself - surrounded by ancient trees, exotic gardens, fascinating ruins and secluded beaches.


Scheduled afternoon activities will include sightseeing trips, hiking, bird watching, snorkeling, a massages, a body treatment, workshops on natural jewelry making, tropical flower arrangements, landscaping, food and nutrition and organic farming. Optional evening activities such as inspirational films, readings and discussions provide further food for thought in a fun and relaxed social setting.
The proposed activities will be finalized once retreat participants provide us with their personal interests and suggestions.
Price: $1125/person shared occ., $1395/person single occ.
Includes airport transfers from the international airport (code UVF*) on the retreat start and end dates, 7 nights’ accommodations, meals, and the activities listed above.

*Note: There are two airports on the island. Transfers from the smaller airport in the north, code SLU, are not included. You can expect to pay about $90 for the 1 ½ hour taxi ride to Balenbouche.

Alcoholic beverages, discretionary tips and an island departure tax of about $25 not included


Rooms may be available for those interested in early arrival or late departure. Call Trish at 212.731.2478 for details.

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.

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