The Travel Yogi Conducts Yoga Retreats in the Galapagos
Combining Wellness with Nature
By Sara Widness
The Travel Yogi specialist in
international yoga retreats and yoga adventures, announces a series of yoga
retreats in the Galapagos Islands.
They are the only
organization doing week-long retreats in what Jennifer Hoddevik,
company founder, calls “one of the most spectacular places we’ve been in the
“In our yoga practice we are
looking for balance,” explains Hoddevik. “Can you
imagine a better setting for a yoga adventure than these amazing islands where
humans and nature will strive for that same balance? It has been a personal
passion to take our yoga adventures to Galapagos; an
off-the-beaten-yoga-retreat. These islands will humble and amaze all our
The retreats are conducted on
a 12-acre estate in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The location hosts a
six-room lodge, a coffee plantation (Arabica coffee), tortoise pond, walking
paths and a fully-stocked yoga studio. From guest room patios are amazing views
of Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Marine Reserve and outlying islands.
Two of the multiple retreats
scheduled here in 2013 still have availability: Ocean of Love with Ashley
Turner, July 27-Aug 3, and Great Galapagos Getaway with Jenniferlyn
Chiemingo, Oct. 19-26. Visit: thetravelyogi.com/ad
Included in per person double
rate are accommodations, two yoga classes daily, three meals daily, a
naturalist-accompanied visit to the Charles Darwin Station, a
naturalist-accompanied day trips to Bartolomé, South
Plazas and North Seymour Islands, snorkeling and swimming on all-day
excursions, two dinners in Puerto Ayora, a
naturalist-accompanied Highland Tour (pit craters, lava tunnels, cloud forest
and wild tortoises).
Also included are... sunrise
yoga/meditations on the beach followed by a beach breakfast, kayaking on the
Tortuga Bay, 12 acres of private walking paths to explore (wild Giant Tortoises
roam the property), evening fire pit, southern hemisphere star gazing. and all transfers to and from the airport (on arrival and
departure days only).
Although yoga is the focus,
each location offers optional activities such as surfing, cultural excursions
and hiking. Guests can generally expect two yoga sessions offered per day with
a possibility of additional yogic training and philosophy. Some teachers
may choose to lead a pranayama, meditation, sutra or style specific workshop.
These retreats stay at one specific retreat location and have specific rooms or
spaces designated and designed for yoga.
explains that destinations are scouted by The Travel Yogi team and are vetted
for suitability to host yoga teachers and guests seeking yoga retreat holidays
and/or vacation adventures with time out for yoga each day. Non-yoga practicing
travel companions are welcome to join twice daily yoga sessions, or not. A yoga
practice is not required and, even for practicing yogis, the yoga is always
While the retreats are yoga
focused, other destinations offer Yoga Adventures with the opportunity to
practice yoga while engaged in other adventure travel activities.
International and domestic
destinations for 2013 include,but
are not limited to Aruba, Galapagos, El Salvador, Santorini,
Maui, Cabo, Queenstown, Tulum, New Zealand, and Vermont.
Guests will interface with some of The Travel Yogi’s better-known instructors,
who expertly handle all levels of experience and ambition.
The Travel Yogi is about
expanding boundaries through yoga and travel. Founded in 2010, the goal is find
balance and personal transformation through yoga practiced in
naturally-inspiring destinations. This group discovers and organizes
compelling locations that get yogis traveling adventurously in a way that the
typical yoga retreats do not.
For more information visit:
the travelyogi.com or call: (562) 335-8000.