Daily yoga and meditation
A tailored spa
A thai chi class
West Indian herb workshop
Going green clean up project
Some local specialities are:
1. Flying fish cutters are becoming rarer and rarer as the years go on as they are a national favourite and therefore, like cod, are over fished. A meaty, battered fish which is split in half and presents (as with many things) with salad, pie or potatoes.
2. ‘Pie’ is basically macoroni pie
3. Coconut shrimp
4. Salt fish cakes
5. West Indian Rotis
6. Jamaican Patties – light and fluffy, small cornish pastie snacks found on the edge of the road
Oistens Friday Night Fish Fry
Is an utter unorganised chaos giving you a taste of not only the fabulously fresh fried fish with salad and potatoes but also the unique way the islanders, like the Fijians, and other Carabineers just let go. No frowning, no negative comments just patience and smiling, that’s all you need. A beer or rum while ‘you people’ watch or indulge in some dancing will help you submerge yourself in this one-off experience.
We will choose one of a small collection of eco lodges depending on the size of the group. All are hand picked and chosen becauae of their green practices, location and comfort levels.
Saturday Day 1
Arrive from 7.30am, where you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. Welcome to Barbados briefing followed by a mini cultural show. Lunch and relaxation. Workshop 1: Discussion and exploration of the benefits and use of West Indian herbs in our diet. Herbs on sale. Afternoon yoga to unwind and relax. Evening video on yoga through the years. Orientation to the island and the retreat. Welcome sing-a-long.
Sunday Day 2
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. Early morning trip to an East coast beach for our ‘Going Green’ clean up project or ‘Plant a Tree Project’. The late morning sporting activity is stand up paddle boarding. Packed lunch on the beach. Afternoon adventure walk (nature trail) – over to a stunning film set garden in the centre of the island. Pass by a traditional rum shop for a local beverage and learn the purpose of rum shops in ‘Ole time Barbados’. Early evening drum yoga before an inspirational evening movie night.
Monday Day 3
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. Morning workshop 2: Acupuncture explained and the uses and benefits. Late morning Tai Chi before lunch. Afternoon Island safari with yoga in the country. Early evening rest and light snacks before dinner and live music or entertainment.
Tuesday Day 4
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. Morning pottery tour and venture to a magical Gully for an easy stroll. You could also choose horse-back riding as an alternative. After lunch take part in workshop 3: detoxing /juicing / live foods – easy salad preparation. Afternoon trip to the beach for bathing (water sports optional) and sunset yoga. Evening trip to Martins Bay for Fish Fry then enjoy an evening mingling with the locals – fun, entertaining and educational.
Wednesday Day 5
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. The morning trip takes you to a cave eco tour and today you’ll have a packed lunch. Afternoon trip to Speighstown – History of a fishing village followed by free time.
Thursday Day 6
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. The morning workshop 4 is: Benefits of a meat-free diet and how to prepare tasty meals for vegetarians followed by lunch. Take an afternoon tour of an historic Rum factory. The afternoon is spend indulging in a personally tailored Spa (organize massages, facial, manicures, pedicures etc. Evening meeting re: departure arrangement. Set plans for shuttle arrangements to airport. Social gathering and farewell party.
Friday Day 7
Daily morning routine of meditation at 6am, sunrise yoga at 6.30am and breakfast between 7.30-9am. Various departure times all day. A day of relaxation.
Western and local dishes using seasonal ingredients. Meals will be vegetarian unless requested otherwise and we will use as many organic ingredients as possible. All will be locally sourced.
Taxis are more expensive than you would imagine.
Water is good to drink unlike other Caribbean destinations.
Please let us know if you would like to upgrade to a private room and we will advise on the price change.
Details of your resort/lodge names and full itinerary will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed with 20% deposit.
As usual, look out for yourself at night.
We advise arriving the day before to acclimatize before the trip starts.
Please bring your own reusable water bottle or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink boiled water.
All levels welcome to join this dynamic week of activities focussing on your yoga practice. We offer variations for less experienced students. It suits eco-conscious travelling yogis who are interested in practicing their yoga, learning about local flora and fauna and culture as well as meeting local islanders and other like-minded people. The experience is designed for yogis who are interested in authentic Barbados.