•This is a 5-day yoga retreat immersed in the cultures of southern Belize
•The program is conducted by a Ph.D. Medical Anthropologist/ certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist-in-training with a 16-year relationship with the community and supplemented by Belizean holistic practitioners and environmental experts.
•With an option of three yoga/meditation classes per day, we also explore the health and healing practices of the local community with daily excursions to surrounding natural sites and workshops with local healers, artisans, farmers, and other specialists who utilize plants, spiritual beliefs, and local therapeutic techniques.
•Much of our time is spent outdoors in the natural environment.
Amínata (Amíkolé) Maraesa is from New York City where she leads group and private classes informed by her training in vinyasa, traditional hot, yin, trauma-informed, and children’s yoga and is currently enrolled in an accredited yoga therapy program. Amíkolé is also an herbalist and Ph.D. medical anthropologist with a longstanding research focus on childbirth and midwifery in southern Belize. She is the founder of Dr. Amíkolé’s Shea Butter natural skincare products and director of Mango Meditation Healing Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Belize where she facilitates health and wellness services and training for the Belizean public and guests.
Yoga helps us to forge connections—both within and without. This unique yoga retreat will foster connections within the self while encouraging deeper connections to the natural world and cultural environment of our rainforest home in southern Belize. The chosen activities complement our daily yoga practices by finding union among asana and the surrounding landscape. This retreat encourages you to explore the health and healing practices of an unfamiliar place to find new avenues for self-actualization, renewal, and surprise.
•Daily access to yoga classes (morning, afternoon, and evening)
•Adventure and cultural activities: rainforest hikes, riverboat tour, chocolate making from bean to bar, coconut oil workshop, therapeutic massage, mountainside farm tour, local food preparation from "wild" ingredients, and so much more!
•Meditation in nature
•Explore local cultures and cuisines of the Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, and Creole peoples
•International Airport pick-up/drop-off
•5-nights accommodations in seaside suites with outdoor pool and bar
Pranayama and Meditation
5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English, Spanish, French
You may choose any activities you like—they are all included in the price of the retreat.
Private yoga (65 USD per hour)
Therapeutic massage [Swedish/Thai/hot stones/aromatherapy] (75-95 USD per hour)
•Mango Meditation Yoga Retreat is a sustainable environment centered on yoga where guests can reset, recharge, and realign to reconnect with their supreme self and access peace. Our goal at Mango Meditation is to facilitate holistic health and wellness through quality programming in yoga, natural attunement, nutrition, and mindful existence. Through these practices, our participants assimilate the kinds of self-care activities that foster physical, mental, and spiritual health, radiating this positivity to the larger community, and by extension, the world.
•Culturally immersive yoga experiences add a layer of awareness that brings mind and body closer in alignment with local ecology, plant-based healing, spirituality, and the cultural beliefs and practices of local healers, artisans, farmers, chefs, and restaurant owners.
•Mango Meditation Retreat is designed to create comfortable places for you to relax and reflect. Its remote location in the southernmost town of Punta Gorda, Belize is the perfect setting to discover inner and outer peace. Here you will find freedom and support to transform the body, mind, and spirit.
Most of our time is spent outdoors and in natural locations. Indoor yoga and healing sessions will take place at the yoga studio and rooftop terrace at Mango Meditation Healing Arts Center and/or our hotel accommodations: The Coral House Inn - www.coralhouseinn.com
•Rooms are double occupancy in a private home-style apartment, overlooking the Caribbean Sea
•Swimming pool (outdoor)
•Full liquor bar (not included in price)
•Hot showers and A/C
•Free Wi-Fi and complimentary bicycles
$1450 early bird special by May1st, 2021 ($1700 regular price)
3 optional yoga classes per day
All excursions and activities
All delicious and locally-prepared meals
5 nights accommodation
Transportation to/from Philip W. Goldson International Airport
What's not included
Any alcoholic beverages
Any additional private lessons or massages
Any meals outside the standard 3 meal plan
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Philip W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Mango Meditation will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Main flights that leave from NYC are
Delta leaving JFK at 6am with a layover in Atlanta, arrival into Belize City at 10:53am
American Airlines leaving LGA at 6:29am with a layover in Miami, arrival into Belize City at 10:39am
United leaving LGA at 6am with a layover in Houston, arrival into Belize City at 11:17am
A reservation requires a deposit of $500.
The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before June 1st, 2020
The rest of the payment is due July 1st, 2021