St Lucia waterfall group dinner at Balenbouche yoga on the beach
St Lucia travel
See the Pitons from the sea!
Partner yoga on the beach
Piton view point
Yoga at the Balenbouche Estate
Relaxing at Villa Capri
Snorkel in St Lucia
Sailing day trip in St Lucia
Yoga at the Balenbouche Estate
Tracy and Jason at UVFtoes in the sand!
"We had a wonderful time in Aruba at Manchebo! The rooms are very nice and recently renovated. The beach was spectacular. The yoga facilities were perfect with two locations, the pavilion and the yoga deck. If you recall, we opted for the all inclusive package, and I must tell you both Ike's Bistro and the French Steakhouse were excellent. We travel to the Caribbean frequently and this has got to be some of the best food we have found.
Now the "high point" was definitely Rachel Brathen, the director of our yoga retreat. It's hard to put into words, but our week with Rachel was not like a 'yoga package' but rather like visiting a friend in Aruba that took care of us, showed us the sights, and of course above all guided, educated and challenged us with our practice. 
Rachel truly is a special person, someone who shows contentment, passion and love for her practice and to others practicing with her. Many highlights of the vacation stand out, such as the paddleboard classes, the natural pool hike and swim, and the sail and snorkel, but probably my favorite was a nighttime class on the yoga deck with live music from travelling yogis. Magical! Rachel has put together a truly amazing experience.
- Jeff,, New Jersey: January 2013
Working with Trish and Tropical Escapes has exceeded my expectations at every turn!  Trish's friendly and calm demeanor, openness to my ideas as a retreat leader, and intimate knowledge of the islands and retreat facilities were key to the success of my Salutations in the Sun retreat.  She offered a true commitment to our retreat - from the planning stages to the precious days together to the goodbye hugs at the airport - in a way that freed me up to focus on teaching, connecting, and holding space for my students.  And she did it all with a contagious smile and sense of fun!!  I am so grateful and can't wait to return to St. Lucia next year!"
- Checka Antifonario, Yoga Instructor and retreat leader (2012 & 2013) from Somerville, MA
"My sister and I stayed at the Villa Capri, which was absolutely beautiful.  Our meals were delicious and the staff were all so accommodating. Both Chris (she was in charge @ the Villa) and Trish were very tolerant and helpful with all our questions. The yoga instruction every day was awesome with Linda Winnick. The island was lush and mountainous and I will definitely return there some day"
- Deb, Michigan: March 2008
Trish - Just wanted to thank you for coming to the villa last week for our wonderful yoga session.  It was so relaxing! I felt great for the rest of the week!  You are a fabulous instructor and SO NICE!!  I am so thankful we met you and appreciated your talents and soul.
- Melody Knapp: May 2008
“You know already that I have only praise for you and the Balenbouch ladies. Your dedication, patience, creativity in meeting the various and changing needs and especially your clarity about options, scheduling were so appreciated.  Their offering of beautiful food and surroundings, their generosity in meeting all needs (dietary, first aid, laundry, story-telling, local advice, etc, etc) were outstanding.”
- Jean Erlbaum - Yoga Instructor - Greenfield MA, March 2008
"Trish did a fantastic job organizing our yoga and writing retreat.  I was amazed at the personal attention she gave us, and how thoughtful her arrangements were.  For example, we had to check out of our accommodations a few hours before our flights.  It would have been easier for her to arrange a transfer directly to the airport, but she very thoughtfully arranged to have us taken to a beach, where we had a blissful swim and quintessentially Caribbean beach-bar lunch before entering the air-travel treadmill machine.  She spent a lot of time with us, and was fun to hang out with; we benefitted from her knowledge of the island and its people.  A highlight was her buying us cold drinks out the window of our van when we were stuck in a traffic jam in front of a local establishment.  Another extra service Trish provided was uploading all of our pictures to a website and giving us a slideshow the last night of our visit.  Trish is thorough, conscientious, responsive, imaginative, and just a fun and interesting person.  I would recommend her services to anyone"
- Freda Brackley - Massachusetts: March 2008
“Trish Perkins and Tropical Escapes could not have made our retreat go any smoother.  She has a fantastic capacity for detail and bent over backwards--not only in the yoga room!- to accommodate us in every way.  Can't wait for next year.  St Lucia 2009!!!!”
- Susan "Lip" - Yoga Instructor - February 2008
“My entire process of working with Trish was perfect. I have pulled together my previous four yoga vacations. I know the amount of work and pulling together of details that are involved. Trish definitely knows what she is doing. She knows the area very well. Most importantly, she does YOGA!! She understands our needs.The accomodations,yoga space,food, and day trips were awesome!
If you are an instructor wanting to host a workshop, but don't have the time or know how to put one together-- trust Trish. She has created a wonderful life for herself and is willing to share a Tropical Escape with you.”
- RaeLynn Summers - Yoga Instructor - Springfield MO: February 2008
“A wonderful week of yoga and peace with the added bonus of marvellous company and a beautiful location. superbly organised so that every worry was taken care of.”
- Andrew Shaw - - February 2007
“I definitely got what I needed: 1) time to think - in a vibrant, rejuvenating and verdant paradise as well as 2) time with healthy yogic people. As a bonus to this trip, I consider myself to be completely fortunate to have crossed paths with some of the coolest, capable, independent, and entrepreneurial women I had ever met. They were of different nationalities, ages, and locales, but shared a kindred spirit. From their collective inspiration, I've tapped into a new spectrum of light. Namaste.”
- Sharon Ruvane - Avon, Connecticut: February 2007
"Tropical Escapes was great in arranging different opportunities for us to experience the island. They were flexibility in meeting our needs and desires during the prearrival planning stage and Trish maintained a "personal touch" throughout our entire stay on the island. Tropical Escapes was able to provide options to experience the island outstand the usual "canned" tours."
- Tim Lyons - President, ABC Consulting LLC - Winnsboro, Texas: November 2006
"Trish did a fantastic job putting together an exciting itinerary! She was prompt, efficient, and provided great personal service by meeting with us and being accessible during our stay. She also hooked us up with some wonderful folks in St. Lucia who really made our stay personal and enjoyable!"
- Don Parker - IT Project Manager - Dallas, Texas: November 2006
"Tropical Escapes did a fantastic job!!! Patricia was very thorough and answered all our questions (all the time). Tours were wonderful and went off without a hitch. And the destinations chosen were excellent."
- Lynn Young - Cape Coral, Florida: May 2006
"I have been raving about St. Lucia, Balenbouche, the yoga, and Patricia ever since I returned. My whole family wants to join me next time. I think she did an absolutely fabulous job of imagining our week, making it happen, responding to ideas from individuals that fell outside the basic plan, and keeping an eye on everyone to make sure that all of us were having fun--not an easy task when the age span stretched from 31 to 77. Hats off!!
A highlight for me was sitting on the porch in the evening with candlelight, jazz or classical music, rum punch, great food and wonderful conversation, a wonderful way to close out each full day."
- Deborah Foster - Brookline, MA: April 2006
"As a yoga teacher who has run yoga retreats overseas on my own before, I just want to express how happy I was to have someone else to take care of everything (except, of course, teaching the yoga classes, which is what I want to do). Patricia Perkins and Tropical Escapes offer yoga teachers an invaluable service in this regard, and with Patricia, I feel we can safely explore going to various locations from year to year instead of just finding one good location and returning there year after year. We are, after all, teachers, not travel agents and tour guides.
My group and I had a wonderful experience at the Balenbouche Plantation on St. Lucia. Patricia's knowledge of where to stay, where to go etc. led to our having a great time. I've been getting lots of unsolicited feedback, and everyone was satisfied. Patricia's ability and commitment to making the trip a success took the pressure off so I could enjoy myself with my students. It was a "no brainer." In addition, her level-headedness and the fact that she is so very personable combined to help us enjoy her company- -an added perk. I plan to work with Patricia again in the future and look forward to it."
- Deborah R. Cohen - Core Yoga, Cambridge MA: April, 2006
Hi Trish!!
Thanks so much for coordinating all of the excursions during our visit to St. Lucia. My goodness…we never expected to find paradise in one trip, but were blown away by the natural beauty of the island and their people. My favorite part was relaxing on the back deck and watching the sunsets every evening.
But in second place was hiking to the top of the Pitons and meeting Shybee. He coordinated a nice lunch afterwards at the Captain Hook restaurant, and the meal was terrific. With your business skills and local connections on the island, I feel confident that Tropical Escapes will be moving onward and upward in years to come. We had such a nice time and would recommend you and your company to all of our friends. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
- Karl Langston - Texas: November 2006
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