Start The 2022 New Year Off Right with a Yoga Retreat to Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Merriam-Webster first defines retreat as “an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable.” Naysayers may point out that going to a retreat during a pandemic is risky. But what if it’s the pandemic you’re retreating from? Naturally, it helps if your retreat takes place in wide, open spaces, flush with oxygen from the towering rainforest or sea spray from your isolated private isle in Belize. Thanks to yoga’s skyrocketing popularity, there are a wealth of options to choose from, and you’re in good company: Wellness tourism is growing in Belize and Belize Retreats—Muy’Ono Resorts’ retreat arm of wellness packages—is curating a calendar all 2022 long. Here are two yoga retreats to eye if you’re looking to kick 2022 off on the right foot.

The Stars, the Sea & the Soul: A Reef to Ridge Yoga Package in Belize

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Yoga on the pool deck at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge.

Daily asana practice and yoga theory classes are the culmination of a week spent at Sweet Songs and Thatch Caye, two Muy’Ono Resorts hosting The Stars, The Sea & The Soul yoga retreat in Belize. Hosted by Checka (E-RYT, RCYT), the founder of Yogaway Retreats, immerse yourself in the open-heartedness of her cultivated community that’s deeply committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive space for practice in lush surroundings!

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Live out your overwater bungalow or island cabana daydreams at Thatch Caye

For those looking for a different side to island life, you can find it nine miles from Dangriga Town in Southern Belize. With a name like Thatch Caye, you’d expect just that in its structures. Instead, you’ll find a barefoot casual island resort, housing only 30 guests at a time in overwater bungalows or cabanas. Blissfully tropical with only 15 rooms, you’ll find yourself learning the art of community inside the common Coco Lounge (and only source of Wi-Fi) one second and under the moonlight the next.

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Yoga mats on the lawn at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge. Image via Muy’Ono Resorts

Yet coming from the reef into Belize’s interior ridges, Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge is Muy’Ono’s eco-friendly riverside lodge in the Cayo District. With 21 rooms in a combination of private and family-style accommodations set on 20 acres of lush tropical vegetation, the Macal River is just steps away. Not to mention, their brand new addition of a pool: perfect for morning asana.

INCLUDES:
  • 3 nights accommodation in a private or shared room at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge
  • 4 nights accommodation in a private or shared room at Thatch Caye Resort
  • Daily asana practice
  • Daily yoga theory classes
  • Three fresh, chef-prepared meals per day and a snack (pescatarian or vegetarian optional)
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Horseback ride to Xunantunich for yoga practice on the Maya site
  • Snorkeling the second largest Barrier Reef in the world
  • Roundtrip local transfers (Belize City – San Ignacio / San Ignacio – Dangriga / Dangriga – Belize City)
  • Roundtrip boat transfer (Dangriga – Thatch Caye)
  • Marine reserve access fees
  • Exclusive use of our yoga equipment, canoes, hiking trail access, tubing, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear, fishing poles, and other non-motorized island toys

Rates start at US$2,790 per person.

Practice Presence in Paradise: A Belize Yoga Retreat w/ Yoga Soullective

For this five-night, six-day island retreat, take a deep breath in, a deep breath out, feel the warm saltwater air flood your space, relax and come home to your body offshore on the private, intimate Thatch Caye. Let the reality of your day-to-day grind slip away with the ocean tide. We see this time as an opportunity to practice presence, to reset, and to restore. Join us for six days of yoga, meditation, snorkeling, food, friends, salt, and sea! Not to mention, the sunrises and sunsets from Thatch Caye’s picture-perfect practice space overlooking the sea.

Hosted by Jolene Johnson & Katie Clemons of Yoga Soullective, your 5-night yoga retreat to Thatch Caye includes the following:

  • 5 nights accommodation in a private or shared room at Thatch Caye
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Three fresh, chef-prepared meals per day and a snack
  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Snorkel trip to the Belize Barrier Reef
  • Roundtrip local flights (Belize City – Dangriga)
  • Roundtrip boat transfer (Dangriga – Thatch Caye)
  • Marine reserve access fees
  • Exclusive use of our yoga equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear, fishing poles, and other non-motorized island toys

Rates start at US$2,319 per person.

All images courtesy Muy’Ono Resorts/Belize Retreats.

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