belize with the boersmas

an off-the-grid yoga retreat exploring
Bocawina - Glover's Atoll - Belize City

FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 2, 2020

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this isn’t your every day yoga retreat…

Plug in, reset, renew: Drop into the natural rhythm of life and nourish your body, mind, heart & soul. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime for an environmentally low-impact eco-conscious yoga retreat on the famous and precious Glover’s Reef Atoll. Let’s all take ourselves a little less seriously, put our phones and computers away, connect to ourselves, each other and the environment, immerse in the Belizean culture, and PLAY in the carribean sea!

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Join us on an adventure of a lifetime for an environmentally low-impact, eco-conscious yoga retreat on the famous and precious Glover’s Reef Atoll. With the entire Basecamp to ourselves, we will have plenty of space for connection and reflection. Complete with setting daily intentions, affirmations, what it means to live in gratitude, and what radical self care looks like. Amber and Brittany Boersma will guide you in daily yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Workshops include: Journaling with Jonah Boersma, Yin yoga, Essential Oils & the Chakras, and Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation workshop with Brittany & Jonah. Daily activities such as sea kayaking, snorkeling, SUP, and plenty of relaxing on the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Come home feeling refreshed, aligned and inspired to create and live the life of your dreams!

what's included:

  • Double Occupancy in eco-lodge & island basecamp cabanas with shared bathrooms (single rooms available)

  • Local Guide throughout Trip

  • All Tour Transfers

  • Arrival Airport Transfer (6am - 1pm on first day)

  • Departure Airport Transfer

  • All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Happy Hours & 5 Dinners

optional add-ons:

  • 1:1 Coaching session with Jonah Boersma

    • Details: Is there a gap between where you are now and where you want to be in your life? If so, then working with a life coach might be just what you need to get there. There is no need to struggle. You can get exactly what you want with the support, structure, and tools that a coach can offer you to help reach your full potential. 

      Join Jonah Boersma for a one on one session to help you reset and refocus your mind. Together, we will move forward towards your goals and desires using tools to have you feeling recharged and inspired.

Not included: 

  • International Flights

  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)

  • Visas & Travel Insurance

  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

  • Tips for Guides

  • Perfect Weather

  • Private Bathrooms

  • Cellular or Wifi Access at Basecamp


 

Details:

$2495/person

25% deposit due at booking

  • 7 days

  • 14 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in eco-lodge & island basecamp cabanas with shared bathrooms (single rooms available)

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 happy hours & 5 dinners included

  • Fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)

  • Fly out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)


ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Daily Yoga Asana, Meditation & Pranayama

  • Journaling with Jonah Boersma

  • Yin Yoga

  • Essential Oils & the Chakras

  • Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation Workshop

  • Island Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding

The Venue

Located on Southwest Caye, at Glover's Reef, the Glover's Reef Basecamp is the perfect base to explore the surrounding reefs. The dining pavilion is the center of all social activities and meals on the island. There is a resource library, games, and always drinks and juices on hand when you are thirsty. Meals will be set throughout the day, but feel free to peek into the kitchen if you need anything.

The Basecamp is situated on the east side of Southwest Caye, to take advantage of the easterly trade winds that blow off of the open sea. To the back of the camp, shared modern composting toilet system, as well as a central shower building with fresh-water showers to rinse off the day's salt and sand. The accommodations are aligned along the eastern point to take in the ever-present cooling breeze, flowing off the open caribbean. The safari style tents are simple, clean and comfortable. Each one is appointed with a real wood-frame bed, a 6-inch foam mattress, a night-stand with a kerosene lamp, as well as some organizational shelves.

The camp is run primarily on solar and wind generated energy, with a small generator to supplement or recharge batteries when necessary. Perched over the water, there is a thatch-roofed hammock palapa, which is a great spot to read a book and enjoy the breeze. This is a perfect area for early morning yoga sessions, or a place to get out of the sun in a nice covered environment.

ACCOMODATIONS:

The accommodations are aligned along the eastern point of the island to take in the ever-present cooling breeze, flowing off the open caribbean. The safari-style tents are simple, clean and comfortable. Each tent accommodates a couple or two singles, and are raised 6 inches off the sand and are wood floored. Each one is appointed with a real wood-frame bed, a 6-inch foam mattress, a night-stand with a kerosene lamp, as well as organizational shelves.


itinerary

click on a day to see activities

+ Day 1

Welcome to Belize! For all travelers arriving before 1pm, we will be providing complimentary overland transfers to your first hotel, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort (2.5 hours). Arriving after 1pm? No problem, select the optional flight transfer when booking. The flight from Belize City to Dangriga takes about 15 minutes and we'll pick you up at the Dangriga airport to transsfer you to the resort. In the evening, we'll get together in an opening circle to set intentions for our week ahead! Complete with some light movement to unravel from traveling and prepare for rest. Overnight in Bocawina.

Arrival: Fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). We will provide a complimentary overland transfer for travelers arriving by 1pm. Travelers arriving after 1pm will be required to book the optional flight transfer.

Included: Airport Transfer before 1pm, Opening Circle, Welcome Dinner

+ Day 2

After breakfast, you’ll depart from Bocawina and head to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here, you'll board a charter boat to our private Basecamp on Southwest Caye. Southwest Caye is located on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer. Unwind with sunset yoga and guided meditation for the perfect end to a busy day. Overnight in Glover's Atoll.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Transfer to Glover's Atoll, Sunset Yoga & Meditation

+ Days 3-5

Start each day with morning meditation, yoga & pranayama followed by breakfast. Workshops will take place each morning after breakfast. Depending on factors like weather, availability, and your own personal preferences, your guides are ready and available to help you design a fun and exciting itinerary on a day to day basis. Interested in learning more about Belize? Just ask your guides! They are a wealth of knowledge and can share information on Belize's unique marine environments and local culture. Perhaps discover the diverse ecosystem of the Belize Barrier Reef by snorkeling off the East reef wall, which dazzles with marine life, and an astounding underwater drop-off of over 1000 feet. Other activities might include stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, or sailing on the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, fishing for your dinner using traditional Belizean hand-line techniques or taking part in a Garifuna culture night full of drums and dancing. The great thing about this flexible itinerary is that it’s largely up to you, so if the day’s activity doesn’t sound like something that interests you, you can always kick back in a hammock and read a book under the tropical warmth of the sun and the cool breeze of the sea. End each day with happy hour, an incredible dinner and sunset yoga, pranayama & meditation. End each evening happy hour, an incredible dinner and sunset yoga, pranayama & meditation Overnight in Glover's Atoll.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Island Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Daily Yoga Asana, Meditation & Pranayama, Journaling with Jonah Boersma, Yin Yoga, Essential Oils & the Chakras, Emotional Expression & Desire: A Manifestation Workshop with Brittany, Discussions of Radical Self-care and Leadership.

Optional: 1:1 Coaching with Jonah Boersma

+ Day 6

Unfortunately, it's time to head back to the mainland. We'll transfer you by boat (1 hour) and bus back to Belize City (3 hours) where you'll check into your room at the Biltmore (15 minutes from the airport). Lay by the pool or explore Belize City, the afternoon and evening is yours! You'll come together for a closing circle led by Brittany and Amber. Overnight in Belize City.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Transfer to Belize City

+ Day 7

We’re so incredibly happy you decided to travel with us. We will providing airport transfers for all travelers to the airport. Until next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer Departure: Fly out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Airport transfers are included and will be provided by the hotel.


MEET YOUR RETREAT LEADERS

AMBER BOERSMA:

Amber was introduced to yoga in her early 20’s. During that time She was a new wife and mother. She learned that she needed to take time for herself to reset her mind, process and heal from past emotional wounds and engage in some form of sustainable physical activity. 

Yoga helped her body through 3 healthy pregnancies, deliveries, and the changes afterward. Amber’s body, soul and mind needed all of the benefits of yoga and it created a healthy habit and desire to learn more. 

Life’s schedules changed and she could no longer attend classes at the local gym or studio. She started following instructors online. 

Practicing at home is great but she didn’t have an instructor to tell if she was holding postures in the correct alignment or engaging the correct muscles. She didn’t want to get into bad form habits that could lead to potential injury. So she decided to look into teacher training and found a great fit. She went 3 full days a month for 6 months in Bend, OR. It was a lot of work and she couldn’t have done it without her husband Brant’s help staying with the responsibilities at home. She finished her 200 yoga teacher training from Heart and Mind Yoga June 2018.

Amber still enjoy practicing yoga at home and now has the ability to share by leading classes. 

Being an example of love, enjoying creation and living in the present moment are her passions. She is dedicated to being a lifelong student of yoga and cares about promoting good sustainable lifestyle habits for her children, friends and family. Amber loves to be out in her yard with her flowers and garden when she’s not out on travel adventures with her family or friends

Brittany Boersma:

Brittany, co-founder of BZen Wellness, has been on an everlasting journey of self-discovery. She has experienced many challenges throughout her lifetime and has learned through the practice of yoga, therapy and meditation to thrive in even the most difficult times. We all have pain, really. Everyone has a story, and everyone has emotional challenges of some sort. “The issues are in the tissues” they say. She believes that our emotional health manifests in the physical body and raising awareness around this has transformed her life. The breath, movement, meditation, the foods we consume, our choices, all help us to lead a healthy, well-balanced life.

After earning her degree in psychology, she worked in research for a short time and then stepped into owning and operating a Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise in Eugene, OR with her husband, Jonah. She gained a valuable perspective during her tenure with Dutch Bros about the importance of radical self-care in leadership. Many of the leaders she worked with experienced challenges and burn-out, and her mission was to help prevent burn-out for the people in her business from a holistic perspective (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health). She believes that as business owners and entrepreneurs, it is vital to take care of ourselves so that we can better support our team and encourage them to do the same.


FAQs

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+ Who will be my roommate?

If you choose a double occupancy room, please let us know if you have a preferred roommate, otherwise we will carefully and thoughtfully assign you one.

+ Wait! I’ve never tried yoga before. Is this for me?

Absolutely! This is a perfect time to be immersed in the practice, away from your everyday life, allowing your body, mind & spirit to rest and restore. This retreat is not simply yoga 1-2 times a day. We'll work in many more beach and water activities to get you moving!

+ Traveling solo?

This is a perfect opportunity to meet new people and connect with yourself on a deeper level. We will support you while you make your travel plans and answer any questions you may have.

+ Is this a coed retreat?

Yes, it is! This retreat is for males and females, so bring your significant others and enjoy a long weekend of playfulness together. All yoga and meditation sessions are optional!

+ Should I bring additional props for yoga?

There will be yoga mats & straps on-site but if you need anything else, please bring it with you.

Additional questions? Contact Brittany here

or Email: info@bzenwellness.com


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Here’s how to book!
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