Belize with the Boersma's Yoga

Bocawina - Glover's Atoll - Belize City

2020: Feb 25 - Mar 2

TRIP CONFIRMED

Plug in, reset, renew: Drop into the natural rhythm of life and nourish your body, mind, heart & soul. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime for an environmentally low-impact eco-conscious yoga retreat on the famous and precious Glover’s Reef Atoll. Let’s all take ourselves a little less seriously, put our phones and computers away, connect to ourselves, each other and the environment, immerse in the Belizean culture, and PLAY in the carribean sea!

  • 7 days

  • 14 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in eco-lodge & island basecamp cabanas with shared bathrooms (single cabanas available). The island cabanas do not have electricity nor bathrooms attached (see photos for example).

  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 happy hours & 5 dinners included

  • Fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)

  • Fly out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)

Activities Included

  • Daily Yoga Asana, Meditation & Pranayama
  • Journaling with Jonah Boersma
  • Yin Yoga
  • Essential Oils & the Chakras
  • Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation Workshop
  • Island Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding

Plug in, reset, renew: Drop into the natural rhythm of life and nourish your body, mind, heart & soul. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime for an environmentally low-impact, eco-conscious yoga retreat on the famous and precious Glover’s Reef Atoll. With the entire Basecamp to ourselves, we will have plenty of space for connection and reflection. Complete with setting daily intentions, affirmations, what it means to live in gratitude, and what radical self care looks like. Amber and Brittany Boersma will guide you in daily yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation. Workshops include: Journaling with Jonah Boersma, Yin yoga, Essential Oils & the Chakras, and Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation workshop with Brittany & Jonah. Daily activities such as sea kayaking, snorkeling, SUP, and plenty of relaxing on the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Come home feeling refreshed, aligned and inspired to create and live the life of your dreams!

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in eco-lodge & island basecamp cabanas with shared bathrooms (single rooms available)
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All Tour Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (6am - 1pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Happy Hours & 5 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times
  • Tips for Guides
  • Perfect Weather
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Cellular or Wifi Access at Basecamp

Your Hosts

Brittany Boersma

bzenwellness.com

Brittany, co-founder of BZen Wellness, has been on an everlasting journey of self-discovery. She has experienced many challenges throughout her lifetime and has learned through the practice of yoga, therapy and meditation to thrive in even the most difficult times. We all have pain, really. Everyone has a story, and everyone has emotional challenges of some sort. “The issues are in the tissues” they say. She believes that our emotional health manifests in the physical body and raising awareness around this has transformed her life. The breath, movement, meditation, the foods we consume, our choices, all help us to lead a healthy, well-balanced life.

After earning her degree in psychology, she worked in research for a short time and then stepped into owning and operating a Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise in Eugene, OR with her husband, Jonah. She gained a valuable perspective during her tenure with Dutch Bros about the importance of radical self-care in leadership. Many of the leaders she worked with experienced challenges and burn-out, and her mission was to help prevent burn-out for the people in her business from a holistic perspective (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health). She believes that as business owners and entrepreneurs, it is vital to take care of ourselves so that we can better support our team and encourage them to do the same.

Amber Boersma

@amber_boersma

Amber was introduced to yoga in her early 20’s. During that time She was a new wife and mother. She learned that she needed to take time for herself to reset her mind, process and heal from past emotional wounds and engage in some form of sustainable physical activity.

Yoga helped her body through 3 healthy pregnancies, deliveries, and the changes afterward. Amber’s body, soul and mind needed all of the benefits of yoga and it created a healthy habit and desire to learn more.

Life’s schedules changed and she could no longer attend classes at the local gym or studio. She started following instructors online.

Practicing at home is great but she didn’t have an instructor to tell if she was holding postures in the correct alignment or engaging the correct muscles. She didn’t want to get into bad form habits that could lead to potential injury. So she decided to look into teacher training and found a great fit. She went 3 full days a month for 6 months in Bend, OR. It was a lot of work and she couldn’t have done it without her husband Brant’s help staying with the responsibilities at home. She finished her 200 yoga teacher training from Heart and Mind Yoga June 2018.

Amber still enjoy practicing yoga at home and now has the ability to share by leading classes.

Being an example of love, enjoying creation and living in the present moment are her passions. She is dedicated to being a lifelong student of yoga and cares about promoting good sustainable lifestyle habits for her children, friends and family. Amber loves to be out in her yard with her flowers and garden when she’s not out on travel adventures with her family or friends

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Belize! For all travelers arriving before 1pm, we will be providing complimentary overland transfers to your first hotel, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort (2.5 hours).

Arriving after 1pm? No problem, select the optional flight transfer when booking. The flight from Belize City to Dangriga takes about 15 minutes and we'll pick you up at the Dangriga airport to transsfer you to the resort.

In the evening, we'll get together in an opening circle to set intentions for our week ahead! Complete with some light movement to unravel from traveling and prepare for rest.

Overnight in Bocawina.

Arrival: Fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). We will provide a complimentary overland transfer for travelers arriving by 1pm. Travelers arriving after 1pm will be required to book the optional flight transfer.

Included: Airport Transfer before 1pm, Opening Circle, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

After breakfast, you’ll depart from Bocawina and head to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here, you'll board a charter boat to head to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye (~1 hour). Southwest Caye is located on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer. Unwind with sunset yoga and guided meditation for the perfect end to a busy day.

Overnight in Glover's Atoll.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Transfer to Glover's Atoll (~1 hour), Sunset Yoga & Meditation


Days 3 - 5

Start each day with morning meditation, yoga & pranayama followed by breakfast. Workshops will take place each morning after breakfast.

Depending on factors like weather, availability, and your own personal preferences, your guides are ready and available to help you design a fun and exciting itinerary on a day to day basis. Interested in learning more about Belize? Just ask your guides! They are a wealth of knowledge and can share information on Belize's unique marine environments and local culture. Perhaps discover the diverse ecosystem of the Belize Barrier Reef by snorkeling off the East reef wall, which dazzles with marine life, and an astounding underwater drop-off of over 1000 feet. Other activities might include stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, or sailing on the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, fishing for your dinner using traditional Belizean hand-line techniques or taking part in a Garifuna culture night full of drums and dancing.

The great thing about this flexible itinerary is that it’s largely up to you, so if the day’s activity doesn’t sound like something that interests you, you can always kick back in a hammock and read a book under the tropical warmth of the sun and the cool breeze of the sea. End each day with happy hour, an incredible dinner and sunset yoga, pranayama & meditation.

End each evening happy hour, an incredible dinner and sunset yoga, pranayama & meditation

Overnight in Glover's Atoll.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Island Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Daily Yoga Asana, Meditation & Pranayama, Journaling with Jonah Boersma, Yin Yoga, Essential Oils & the Chakras, Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation Workshop with Brittany, Discussions of Radical Self-care and Leadership.

Optional: 1:1 Coaching with Jonah Boersma


Day 6

Unfortunately, it's time to head back to the mainland. We'll transfer you by boat (1 hour) and bus back to Belize City (3 hours) where you'll check into your room at the Biltmore (15 minutes from the airport). Lay by the pool or explore Belize City, the afternoon and evening is yours!

You'll come together for a closing circle led by Brittany and Amber.

Overnight in Belize City.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Transfer to Belize City


Day 7

We’re so incredibly happy you decided to travel with us. We will providing airport transfers for all travelers to the airport. Until next time!

Included: Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Airport transfers are included and will be provided by the hotel.

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