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Eat, Pray, Travel: Yoga and Adventure Retreats in the Philippines

The stresses of living in the city can take its toll on our health and mentality. Are daily traffic, record temperatures and constant pressure at work getting to you? You probably could use a break. Count on these wellness groups to whisk you away for a weekend (or two) around the Philippines with their yoga and adventure retreats:

1. FLOW SURF YOGA SAMBA
Caliraya, Siquijor, Subic, Bataan

Flow Retreats organizes holiday wellness retreats in beach resorts and hotels around the Philippines and Asia. As their name suggests, they offer much more than yoga – a typical weekend includes surf lessons at the best surf spots in the country, samba workshops, occasional diving lessons, and curated tours to local spots around the chosen venue.

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Their commitment to wellness also means that they serve healthy food, such as smoothies and raw food recipes. Just recently, they branched out to Manila with Flow in the City, a one-day wellness pop-up, and workshop event, and Flow Mystery Tours, a half-day tour where one discovers under-the-radar spots, healthy eats, and new ways to move the body.

Flow Retreats has a league of loyal flow-ers, making it the ideal retreat if you want to meet like-minded folks who love healthy, mindful and passionate living.

CONTACT Website:    www.flowretreats.com
Facebook: facebook.com/flowsurfyogasamba
Email:        info@flowretreats.com
SCHEDULED RETREATS Yoga & SUP Retreat
Caliraya
May 6-8, 2016Yoga & Adventure Retreat
Siquijor
June 9-12, 2016Yoga & Life Coaching Retreat
Subic
July 8-10Yoga & Nature Retreat
Bataan
October 21-23, 2016
2. QI RETREATS
Bohol, Moalboal  

Based in Bohol, Qi Retreats is a wellness dive, yoga and nature adventure company established by three expatriates. They offer year-round yoga classes at the cliffside of Amorita Resort and Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP yoga in Alona Beach. A combination of yoga and stand-up paddleboarding, SUP Yoga offers a fun, full body workout.

Aside from their regular classes in Bohol, they offer guided nature getaways that combine yoga, diving and exploring exotic off-the-beaten-path destinations. They aim to bring their guests to unplugged locales for them to be fully present in the moment.

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Should you be interested in venturing out, Qi Retreats is currently the only Philippine-based retreat company to offer wellness trips to the Himalayas.

CONTACT Website:    http://www.qiretreats.com/retreats/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SUPyogaBohol
Email:        qiretreats@gmail.com
SCHEDULED RETREATS 3D2N Yoga, Detox, and Relax in Eco-Farm Resort
Bohol Bee Farm, Bohol
March 1, 2016 – June 30, 20164D3N Yoga Beach Retreat and Island Adventure
Alona Beach, Bohol
March 1, 2016 – July 31, 20163D2N Holistic Yoga and Wellness Beach Retreat
Panglao, Bohol
March 1, 2016 – July 31, 20164D3N SUP Yoga Beach Retreat and Island Adventure
Alona Beach, Bohol
March 1, 2016 – July 31, 20164D3N Dive Yoga Relax
Panglao, Bohol
March 1, 2016 – July 31, 20164D3N Sardines Spectacular Scuba Diving Retreat
Moalboal, Cebu
April 1, 2016 – July 31, 2016
3. RECONNECT DISCOVER
Camiguin, Misamis Oriental

If you’re looking to explore Camiguin and nearby islands in Mindanao, then Reconnect Discover is a good starting point. Established by a warm and friendly Finnish-Dutch couple, the focus of the retreat is to provide guests with a place to reflect and allow them to rediscover new sides of themselves.

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Attendees can choose between a retreat that’s purely yoga, purely diving, or a mix of both. Solo yoga retreats are accepted too, if you feel like being present with the coaches and guests, but would like to stick to your practice.

To maximize your wellness experience, they offer additional services: massages in their open massage area, healing Reiki treatments, and private guided meditation sessions on the beach.

CONTACT Website:    http://www.reconnectdiscover.com/retreats/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReconnectDiscover
Email:        welcome2@reconnectdiscover.com
SCHEDULED RETREATS 3-day Let’s Get Balanced Retreat with 5 Yoga Classes

5-day Let’s Get Balanced Retreat with 8 Yoga Classes

3 or 5-day Breathe In Retreat with Yoga, Island Hopping, and Diving Classes

All classes are offered year-round.

4. SAMYAMA YOGA
Sagada, Caramoan, Palawan

Samyama Yoga is based in Dalston, East London, but their enthusiasm to share the benefits of yoga brings them to different parts of the world. For the latter part of the year until early 2017, they’ll be exploring India, Myanmar, Bhutan and make their second visit to the Philippines.

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Their Philippine stint will take place from November this year to February 2017, where they will trek from Sagada to Bontoc, go island hopping in Calaguas and Caramoan, and finally, explore the world-renowned islands of Palawan. All retreats will include yoga sessions as well as guided Pranayama and meditation to complement the practice.

CONTACT Website:     http://www.samyama-yoga.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/samyamayoga1

Email:         samyamayoga@yahoo.com

SCHEDULED RETREATS Yoga and Trekking in the Philippines
Sagada, Banaue, Bontoc, and Batad
November 6-19, 2016Yoga and Island Hopping
Calaguas and Caramoan Islands, Bicol
November 26-December 9, 2016Island Hopping and Yoga
Palawan, Philippines
February 6-17, 2017
5. MANDALA SPA
STATION 3, BORACAY

Mandala Spa and Villas is well-known around Boracay for their luxurious villas and wellness treatments, but did you know that they host yoga retreats as well? It makes a perfect addition to their approach to holistic wellness and individual wellbeing.

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If you’re after solitude, their retreats would be ideal for you since they offer personal yoga classes only. Aside from the private daily yoga lessons, retreats already come with villa accommodations, daily massages, and a healthy breakfast. Longer retreats are complemented with guided Pranayama and healing Reiki treatments.

CONTACT Website: http://www.mandalaspaandresortvillas.com/yoga-at-the-vessel/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/mandalaspaandvillas

Email:
reservations@mandalaspa.com

SCHEDULED RETREATS 3-day Stretch and Relax Retreat with 2 Yoga Classes

5-day Submerge and Learn Retreat with 4 Yoga Classes

7-day Emerge and Revive Retreat with 6 Yoga Classes

All classes are offered year-round.

6. BAHAY KALIPAY
PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

Bahay means house and Kalipay is the Filipino word for happiness – which was precisely the aim of the people behind this rustic retreat house in Puerto Princesa. Built by a community of artists, healers, teachers and, advocates and explorers of the raw food lifestyle, they guide visitors from all over the world in their journey towards making conscious choices for their mind and body.

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Aside from yoga lessons, their retreats include workshops and discourse on raw food and raw food creation, energy and meditation practices, and the Inner Dance ritual, ancient Filipino babaylan (shamanic) tradition that aims to bring the student to heightened awareness, restoring balance and wholeness.

CONTACT Website:     http://bahaykalipay.com/wp/retreats

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/bahaykalipaypalawan

Email:         bahaykalipayretreats@gmail.com

SCHEDULED

RETREATS

3D2N Weekend Wellness Yoga Program

5D4N Deep Nature Cleanse

7D6N Deep Nature Cleanse

7D6N Wellness Yoga Program

All classes are offered year-round.

7. THE BEACH MEDITATION
White Beach, Boracay

If the glorious sight of Boracay’s beautiful White Beach isn’t enough to take your stress away, then maybe a yoga glass on the beach and some sunset meditation will do you good. The Beach Meditation focuses on helping urban dwellers like you to remove stress, old patterns, and emotional burdens and find real peace and bliss right at the famous island of Boracay.

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Their programs begin with yoga on the beach, followed by a combination of active and passive meditation that is designed to transform you day by day, and ended with a relaxing sunset meditation session on the beach. Their spiritual talks also give you the chance to mingle with co-participants, so you can bring home not just a renewed spirit, but new friendships as well.

CONTACT Website:   http://www.thebeachmeditation.com/programs/retreat-packages/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/thebeachmeditation

Email:
thebeachmeditation@gmail.com

SCHEDULED RETREATS 3 Days Explore Yoga and Tantra Retreat

4 Days Stress Release Yoga and Meditation Retreat

4 Days Healing Yoga Vacation

7 Days Transforming Yoga & Breathwork Retreat

All classes are offered year-round.

8. ACTION JACQUELYN’S BORACAY RETREAT
BULABOG BEACH, BORACAY

 

Stretching expert, certified Pilates instructor and professional ballet & ballroom dancer Jacquelyn Umof will be in Boracay for a one-time yoga retreat. She brings with her certified yoga instructor and Lulu Lemon Ambassador Harold Gim for a series of classes that will not only focus on the practice of yoga but on the importance of movement as a whole.

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The retreat aims to give participants a balance of methods, with Harold’s tough strength yoga classes in the morning and stretching classes with Jacquelyn in the evening. They will also be holding an Acro Yoga Workshop, and Handstand Workshop. Not to worry – even beginners are welcome!

CONTACT Website:
http://www.actionjacquelyn.com/boracay-yoga-retreat/Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/actionjacquelyn/Email:
actionjacquelyn@gmail.com
SCHEDULED RETREATS 8-Day Boracay Retreat
July 14-22, 2016

Please contact the hosts directly for prices and bookings.

All images courtesy of the companies’ official websites, unless otherwise stated. Main image courtesy of Yoga Loft Tampa.

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