Q: I have noticed that there are some body-based movements and yoga during the retreats. I am not very physical, and nervous I might be either embarrassed or simply not know what to do.
A: The exercises you will be taught are gentle and yin-centered, meaning that they will work with any body type and level of physicality. You will sweat a little, shake a little, and get your heart rate up a little, but participants of all ages and all health backgrounds have participated in my classes in the past without any problems. During the yoga and dance retreats you will learn to dance authentically, exactly as you are and with whatever you come with, and learn to open yourself to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative.
You will be well taken care of and helped with your personal level of physicality. There are plenty opportunities for rest and relaxation. this is what the retreats are about - finding the perfect balance between movement, rest and just Being.
Q: I have no experience in Yoga, are the retreats suitable for me?
A: The yoga classes are a blend of a gentle and dynamic yoga postures. The retreats welcome ALL levels of practice, experienced yogis, beginners and those who have never practiced before might find a new love of the practice. Being a small group is to better personalise the classes and the attention given to each participant. Classes will be adjusted to the level of the participants - they will work for everyone.
Q: I have no experience in dance, is the Yoga Dance holiday suitable for me?
A: The dance during the retreat is suitable for all levels including those who have never tried dancing before. It's very easy and fun! We will be practicing a freestyle movement, a fresh way of moving - a unique dance that opens ways to creativity, to a full expression of life and guiding us back to the wisdom of the body.
Q: I have never dived before, but i would like to discover, is it possible to attend the Yoga & Diving retreat?
A: The Yoga & Diving retreats are open to all levels of divers, whether you are an experienced diver or have never dived before. during diving trips we will arrange the group in ways that new divers will learn the basics of diving (discover scuba diving) and join our experienced divers for some of the dives the dives.
Q: What if i love all the activities and want to register for the retreat but do not want to dive?
A: Sure you can! you have two options - one is to join the Yoga and Diving Retreat and together we can figure out what activity would suit you best, other than diving. You can always join for snorkeling, swimming or exploring. Or you can register for a Yoga & Dance retreat.
Q: Must I participate in all physical activities during the retreat?
A: This retreat is all about you. Therefore, all classes and activities are completely optional, and if you need to take it easy one morning, or not participate in a certain activity - please, listen to your body and do only what feels good for you. in that moment.
Q: Can i bring a friend/partner who doesn't want to participate in the yoga classes?
A: Absolutely! Non-participants are always welcome. All classes are voluntary and there is always plenty of activities (or total relaxation) that can be enjoyed during the retreat in place of one of the yoga classes.
Q: I noticed there is meditation. I've never meditated before, and am not sure how it will be for me?
A: During the retreat, you will learn some mindfulness meditation practices to help you slow down and quiet your mind. with this extra spaciousness, you will be able to more clearly see and learn more about yourself and the ways you have traditionally reacted and will gain greater control over how you see, react to and respond from your emotions.
Q: What if I'm a single traveler?
A: Great! You are very welcomed! The resorts and villas differ on policy as some offer 2 single beds in a room (great for sharing) and some offer only one double bed in a room. The shared rooms are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms. most of the time you will be spending time in your room to sleep only as you will tend to relax in the common areas (salons, terraces, pool, etc). It's up to you if you prefer a room to yourself and if you want to share a room - I will pair you with another participant (depending on availability). Let me know what type of room you choose, and we will figure it out.
Q: I am a woman traveling alone, do i need to be worried?
A: All retreat destinations are very tourist friendly - clean and safe and offer wonderful food, amazing people and great tourist attractions!
Q: How do i register?
A: Sign up by using the "Register" button at the bottom of the retreat page. It will take you through filling out an information form, shortly after you will receive an email with a deposit payment link through Paypal or bank transfer. Your spot for the retreat will be reserved as soon as the payment has been received. Once confirmed, you will then receive a welcome email as well as travel information you may need for your retreat destination.
Q: How do I reach the destinations?
A: Each Retreat has a custom made FAQ in the bottom of the page answering all questions regarding transport options to retreat location, should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Q: Will there be someone to pick me up from the airport?
A: Pick up can be arranged upon your arrival to the resort, please contact me here.
Q: What if I would like to arrive earlier?
A: That's a great idea. Arriving early will allow you to adjust to the time difference and culture, while also allowing you to rejuvenate from the long fight. contact me and I can recommend of some great places to stay. Staying late will allow to fully integrate your gifts from the retreat and to settle fully into yourself before making the journey home. This will also give you ample time to book those day trips and travel around!
Q: Do I need a visa ?
A: For some destinations, yes - depending on your nationality you may need to apply for a visa in advance or you may be eligible for a Visa on arrival (VOA). Please make sure that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date or in some destinations you will be turned away from your departing city. In some destinations you must also have proof of a return ticket.
Q: What is best to pack?
A: Light clothing that breathe but can also protect you from the sun, comfortable, loose clothing are preferable. Sleeves or something warm is also helpful in the evenings if it gets chilly. bring your own sun screen lotion and mosquito repellent, and you can always purchase some once arrived. Bathing suit, comfortable clothes for yoga, dance and movement exercises, personal yoga props, sweat towels for practice, sarong, t-shirt for snorkelling, plug adapters/converters, book, journal.