Yoga in Tobago…our 17th year, presented by Merit Travel

Monica Voss teaching in ajoupa, TobagoFebruary 16 – 24, 2019, with Monica Voss
Our 17th year!

COME TO YOUR SENSES
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the activities varied.  Everything from swimming and snorkelling at isolated white sand beaches to hiking and bird-watching in an untouched rainforest reserve is on offer. Shopping and strolling in the pretty villages are trouble-free pleasures rarely found in other resort locales.

The weather in winter is usually sunny and pleasantly hot with the occasional refreshing tropical shower punctuating the late afternoon.

* The retreat begins Saturday, February 16 at 5:00pm.

KARIWAK VILLAGE HOTEL
Your stay will be truly memorable for its unique setting, a renowned tropical garden filled with exotic birds, rare butterflies and botanical marvels, all a five-minute walk to a lively local beach. The rooms are in comfortable cabins set within the gardens. Kariwak Village has a lovely pool and outdoor whirlpool bath and offers massage and other therapeutic treatments to enhance your health and holiday. You will find the staff warm, gracious and attentive. Most of our meals will be provided by Kariwak’s superb kitchen, directed by owner/chef Cynthia Clovis. Here freshness and creativity are paramount with island specialties featuring locally grown produce and daily ocean catch offered at every sitting.

“The best food I’ve ever had away from home… and served by the most delightful and friendly staff”.

YOGA AT KARIWAK
In the warm and fragrant environment of a tropical retreat, you will discover a yoga practice clearly supported by the energy of the earth and the wave-like rhythm of the breath. Awaken to a world that loosens body and mind and brings you fully to your senses.

Our practice venue is a large ajoupa, a marvellous open-air structure with a towering thatched roof and beautiful hardwood floor.

Each day will include an early morning and a late afternoon session of relaxation, breathing practice, yoga poses and meditation. All levels of yoga experience are welcome.

“The time spent in the ajoupa was divine… the most marvellous part… the focus, centre and heart of the week”.

MONICA VOSS has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 40 years. In addition to co-owning and teaching at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.

Visit www.kariwak.com for photos and descriptions.

REGISTRATION
An $850 Studio payment for twice daily yoga is due now. For more information, please contact Monica Voss, monica@estheryoga.com.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Following registration with the Studio, contact Kevin Choong at Merit Travel (kchoong@merittravel.com, 416 345-9726 x5317, TICO-registered #50017684) pay for your assigned accommodation and meal package at Kariwak Village. The following prices include 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, and 8 dinners.
Shared room (pp)…$1595
Single room…$2195
All prices listed are in Canadian Dollars and include taxes and agent’s fees.

NB – Merit Travel cannot guarantee roommates for those without. If you request shared accommodation, you must be prepared to upgrade to single at the higher rate.

NOT INCLUDED
Meals and accommodation prior to dinner on February 16, lunches, snacks, drinks, excursions, gratuities, massage
*Please book extra nights’ accommodation and meals directly with Kariwak Village, www.kariwak.com, kariwak@gmail.com.

FLIGHTS
Flights can be booked with Kevin Choong at Merit Travel, through your own travel agent or on the web. The preferred flight is overnight Friday, February 15, arriving early Saturday, February 16 in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Caribbean Airlines or Westjet, then immediately on to Tobago on a short haul (www.caribbean-airlines.com, www.westjet.com). For exact flight details, call or email Kevin Choong.

WHAT TO BRING TO TOBAGO
A valid passport is necessary for travel to Tobago. Please make sure your travel documents are up to date.

Bring your own yoga equipment (sticky mat, light cover or shawl, belt, cushion, whatever you need).

Pack clothing for sun protection, and for going out in the evening. Be sure to have sunscreen (level 30) for daytime and bug repellent for evening (citronella is good).

The local currency is Trinidad/Tobago dollars obtainable at the airport in Trinidad and from bank machines (exchange rate is approx. $1.00 CDN=$5 TT). Bring a debit card and/or credit card.

Bring snorkelling gear, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, drawing and reading material (bicycles can be rented).
The voltage is 120, same as North America.

CANCELLATION POLICY
If you must cancel your trip, the yoga portion will be refunded by EMYS upon receipt of written notice, according to the following timelines:
– More than 120 days prior to departure date,  50% refund
– Fewer than 120 days prior to departure date, no refund

Please contact Merit Travel regarding their cancellation policies and to purchase travel and medical insurance. Esther Myers Yoga Studio is not responsible for any refunds for transportation, accommodation or meals.