Bedroom in the Almond Cottage, Balenbouche Estate St. Lucia Bathroom at the Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia Estate house at the Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia
Checka Antifonario
Torallie Waterfall, St. Lucia
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Mamiku Gardens, St. Lucia
Yoga in the Caribbean
Balenbouche Estate, St. Lucia
Rainforest, St. Lucia
Sunset in St. Lucia

lutations in the Sun:
St. Lucia All-Levels Yoga Retreat with Checka Antifonario

Island: St. Lucia

Date: February 16-21 or 23, 2013 (5 or 7 nights available)

Accommodations: Balenbouche Estate
Retreat Overview:

Mid-winter is the perfect time to relax and recharge on beautiful St. Lucia, to delve deeper into your yoga practice, to reconnect with old friends and get to know new ones under the island sun. 

Enjoy an invigorating vinyasa yoga practice each morning and wind down your day with a mindful, joyful and expansive class in the late afternoon.  Afternoon sessions will range from chakra flow to restorative yoga to partner and group work  - there will be something new for everyone! Join Checka for extended meditation sessions, and/or schedule a discounted-rate private yoga session to focus on a personal goal. 

We will also get our creative juices flowing with journaling and craft sessions throughout the week.  During your free time, embrace your adventurous side and explore the three nearby beaches, go snorkeling, or head out to explore St. Lucia on group excursions included in the price of your retreat.  Rest and relax in your beautiful cottage at Balenbouche with a good book, schedule an on-site massage, or take a meditative walk around the stunning retreat grounds, soaking in all the wonders of this special place. 

At each meal, you will enjoy healthy, organic, local and *delicious* food prepared with care and love by our wonderful hosts - and served in a beautiful setting!  All accommodations, transfers from UVF airport, and meals are included in your retreat package price.  Please join me for five or seven days of relaxation, connection, and contentment. 

In the words of a past Salutations in the Sun attendee, "My Tropical Escapes retreat to St. Lucia was an experience of a lifetime.  I had the chance to rejuvenate and reflect, relax, do all different kinds of yoga, make new friends, spend time with old ones, see beautiful places, experience exciting new adventures and heal my mind and body! I will take the experience with me forever :)"

Yoga Instructor: Checka Antifonario

Breathe, expand, challenge and nurture yourself, discover something new, and maybe even laugh a little (or a lot!) - these are the intentions that Checka holds for her yoga students each day.  Checka is deeply honored to share the practice of yoga, and passionate about her work.  She teaches an upbeat Vinyasa Flow class, offering fresh and creative sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists and adjustments.  She provides smart and safe pathways to deep openings and peak poses, so students feel both exhilarated and supported in their practice.  Moments of challenge and intensity are woven together with times of deep relaxation to keep yogis curious, engaged, and full of breath! 

Checka Antifonario (E-RYT, RCYT, RCY Facilitator) is a full-time experienced adult yoga instructor and children's yoga specialist based in the greater Boston area.  In addition to her local weekly classes, Checka travels far and wide to lead workshops, retreats, and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Trainings. 

Checka's yoga journey began in 2006, when she moved from Cambridge, MA to the Big Island of Hawaii to live and work at a yoga and wellness retreat.  In this setting of stunning natural beauty, she began to deepen her own practice, along with her love and appreciation for the strengthening and healing nature of yoga.  After two years of serious practice, Checka traveled to Costa Rica to complete her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification with Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga (based in North Adams, MA).  She then returned to the Boston area and has been teaching full-time ever since.  

Checka has completed additional training with Shiva Rea, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Alice Senko and YogaThree founders Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Roberto Lim.  She continues to be gratefully inspired by the guidance of her yoga mentors as well as the lessons she learns from her students each and every day! 

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Daily Schedule:
6:30-7:15 Meditation
7:30-9:00 Yoga
9:00 Breakfast
12:30 Lunch
4:30-6:00 Yoga
6:30 Dinner
Itinerary & Excursions:

Saturday - Arrival and Welcome Dinner
Sunday - First full retreat day. Settle in at Balenbouche, property tour and on-site beaches
Monday - Picnic lunch and afternoon at Laborie Beach
Tuesday - Crafts, massages and private yoga sessions available at Balenbouche
Wednesday - Rainforest walk, town of Soufriere, and New Jerusalem Hot Springs.
Thursday - Departure for 5 night participants.
Crafts, massages and private yoga sessions available at Balenbouche.
Friday - Picnic lunch and afternoon at Sandy Beach.
Saturday -  Departure for 7 night participants

Package Pricing:

Five Night Package
Shared Occupancy $1095USD
Single Occupancy $1350USD

Seven Night Package
Shared Occupancy $1450USD
Single Occupancy $1795USD
Package Inclusions: 
  • Round trip airport transfers on the retreat start and end dates (from airport code UVF only)
  • 5 or 7 nights' accommodations
  • Morning Meditation, Twice Daily Yoga, Journey Dance sessions
  • Three delicious, healthy, homemade meals per day beginning with dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure
  • Activities listed on the Itinerary above
Package Exclusions: 
  • Airfare and travel to St. Lucia
  • Gratuities including tips for taxis, tour guides, maid service etc. are at your discretion
  • Personal expenses including souvenirs, massages, incidentals, alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend that you verify your health insurance coverage and purchase travel insurance

*Note: There are two airports on the island. Airport code UVF, the international airport in the south, and the smaller airport in the north, code SLU.
Transfers from the smaller airport in the north, SLU, are not included. You can expect to pay about $90 for the 1 ½ hour taxi ride to Balenbouche.

Registration Instructions:
Please click the buttons below to submit a registration form and $500 deposit to reserve your place. Full payment is due 45 days prior to departure.
Visit our Travel Tips page to see our recommendations about preparing for your trip, a basic packing list and answerers to frequently asked questions.
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