Yoga in Tobago…our 18th year!

with Monica Voss
March 2 – 10, 2024

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.

The atmosphere in Tobago 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. The weather is usually sunny and pleasantly hot with the occasional refreshing tropical shower punctuating the day or evening.

* The retreat begins on March 2 at 5:00pm

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. 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”.

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 teaching in ajoupa, Tobago

MONICA VOSS has been a student and practitioner of yoga for 45 years. In addition to co-owning and directing Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.

Visit for photos and descriptions.

Your payment is separated into two parts: yoga fees and accommodation/meal package. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction of $750 is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, e-transfers to, cheques, debit, MasterCard, and Visa. For more information, please contact Monica Voss,

Following registration with the Studio, contact Joseph Machado at Merit Travel (, 416 345-9726 x5319, 111 Peter Street, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, TICO-registered #T781396) pay for your assigned accommodation and meal package at Kariwak Village.

March 2 – 10
8 nights, 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Single garden room…$2895
Shared garden room (pp)…$1695
Single poolside room…$2295
Shared poolside room…$1595

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 March 2 or after breakfast on March 10, lunches, snacks, drinks, excursions, gratuities, massage.
*Please book extra nights’ accommodation and meals directly with Kariwak Village,,

Flights can be booked with Joseph Machado at Merit Travel, through your own travel agent or on the web. The preferred flight is overnight Friday, March 1, arriving early Saturday, March 2 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Caribbean Airlines or WestJet, then immediately to Tobago on a short haul (, For exact flight details, call or email Joseph Machado.

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.

50% refund, fewer than 120 days but more than 60 days prior to the beginning of the retreat
No refund, 60 days prior to the beginning of the retreat

Cancellation policies for transportation, accommodation and meals are at the discretion of Merit Travel and the retreat centre. The Studio is not responsible for any refunds for transportation, accommodation or meals.

Trip cancellation and/or medical insurance are available from Merit Travel.

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