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 retreats begin Saturday, February 16 at 5:00pm and Sunday, February 24 at 5:00pm respectively.
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.
Your payment is separated into two parts. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction is due now and made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. February 16 – 24, $850 February 24 – March 3, $750. EMYS accepts cash, cheques, debit, Mastercard, and Visa. For more information, please contact Monica Voss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Following registration with the Studio, contact Kevin Choong at Merit Travel (email@example.com, 416 345-9726 x5317, 408 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1K2, TICO-registered #50017680) pay for your assigned accommodation and meal package at Kariwak Village.
February 16 – 24
8 nights, 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Shared room (pp)…$1595
February 24 – March 3
7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Shared room (pp)…$1395
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.
Meals and accommodation prior to dinner on February 16, and 24, lunches, snacks, drinks, excursions, gratuities, massage, laundry.
*Please book extra nights’ accommodation and meals directly with Kariwak Village, www.kariwak.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or Saturday, February 23 arriving early Sunday, February 24 (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.
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.