5 Day Yoga & Fitness Retreat in the Dominican Republic

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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Kathy Parsons
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Nov 14 - 18, 2018
Group size: 6 - 12
5 Day Yoga & Fitness Retreat in the Dominican Republic
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Kathy Parsons
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$950
Deposit: $150
Nov 14 - 18, 2018
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

Designed for the time-strapped wellness, fitness and sun seeker, this retreat features high energy workouts, yoga flows & restorative yoga, healthy, detoxifying food, a dose of adventure, and some well-deserved pampering in the beautiful beachside town of Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Suitable for all fitness levels, expect to challenge your body, slow down your mind, catch a few rays and recharge your batteries!

Accommodation

eXtreme Hotel is located on Kite Beach, Cabarete, the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. A beautiful Caribbean Island (shared with neighbouring country Haiti).  Boasting over 1,600 km of coastline and 400 km of sandy beaches, the Dominican Republic is a paradisiacal escape from the everyday. 


Cabarete:
This one-time fishing and farming hamlet is now the adventure-sports capital of the country. You’ll find a laid-back, grown-up beach town, with top-notch hotels, and a beach dining experience second to none (not to mention the best winds and waves on the island).  Cabarete has amazing beaches on the ocean side and a serene lagoon, El Choco National park and the Cabarete caves on the other side of town for you to explore.


Located on the Kite Beach and five minutes away from the town of Cabarete, eXtreme Hotel Cabarete is a 20 room top rated Eco hotel with a cozy, friendly vibe (flip flops optional). There are no bells and whistles! The accommodation is basic, the experience and food exceptional. Expect to meet friendly, laid back kite surfers, surfers and yogi's from around the world.

 

A Typical Day

A TYPICAL DAY
As the sun rises, enjoy a morning meditation on the beach, tie up those runners and go for a beach run, or have a lie in. It’s your vacation and your call!

We’ll meet in the fitness room each morning for an AfterBurn workout led by our expert trainer. You’ll get high energy, fun, and challenging workouts designed to burn maximum fat and tone your entire body in only 30-45 minutes.

The specialized Afterburn workouts use a combination of (HIIT) High Intensity Interval Training and Active Rest Training to get your body to burn more fat and calories than traditional workouts that are twice as long.
Whether you're new to working out or you're an experienced fitness buff he will help to modify every workout so that you'll achieve your goals!

We’ll replenish with a power protein smoothie and some agua, while making our way to the yoga shala which is steps away.

You’ll then be led in a vinyasa flow yoga class with a view of the sea and those beautiful sea breezes.  The flow yoga taught by Kathy Parsons, is a creative sequence of connecting hatha poses designed to connect body, mind, and spirit through strengthening, lengthening and opening. There will be a particular focus on stretches that complement our fitness classes. The classes are set to inspiring music and incorporate a special savasana massage. The classes are suitable for all levels of yogi’s.  The second yoga class (usually in the late afternoon or evening) will be more stretch and restorative in nature.

There are two organic, healthy meals served each day at the beachside restaurant La Mesa Taina using only the best ingredients grown nearby. The menu is designed to give you the protein and nutrients you need to fuel your body for optimal performance.

There is plenty of free time to get a well-deserved massage, try SUP or surfing, relax by the pool or ocean or explore the town which is only five minutes away. On the Friday, there is an optional organized excursion to a world-class organic farm which includes a fresh lunch and a float down a gorgeous river in tubes. 

After dinner each evening there will be plenty of time for socializing, chilling or exploring the nightlife nearby. We'll also have a bonfire on our final evening.

Your Hosts

Kathy Parsons, RYT-200


Kathy's specialty is vinyasa flow, and her classes incorporate creative movements that strengthen and lengthen the body while staying connected to the breath. She also teaches moving meditation, restorative and yin yoga and mindfulness meditation. Classes are tailored to the students with as much personalized attention as possible, including gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, inspirational music and an aromatherapy savasana massage. 


“My philosophy is to provide the space for each student to connect with their mind, body and soul so they finish class feeling simultaneously lighter and more grounded. I encourage students to push themselves to their personal limits, while not taking themselves too seriously. Smiling and laugher is welcome!”


Kathy’s home base is in Toronto, and when she is not leading retreats in Cuba, New York and the DR she is teaching yoga and meditation and running her business,  www.thesantoshalife.com.


Instagram:  @kathparsons  @retreatinsider @santoshawarrior


"I've practiced various styles of yoga for about 13 years, but Kathy is the first teacher who ever made yoga personal for me. For the first time, I experienced the connection of mind, body, breath, and spirit, and it changed the way I view yoga forever. Kathy is so much fun, funny, and friendly in class, and at the same time, teaches in a very loving way". Elizabeth, NYC, 2016


Jeremy Trostel 

Instructor, Personal Trainer Jeremy is NASM certified personal trainer. His main focus as a trainer and coach and what he takes pride in is creating personalized, customized programs. These programs are designed to help clients reach their fitness goals with a focus on correct faulty movement patterns and muscle imbalances through restorative exercise. He has a love and passion for fitness and living a healthy and active life style. Jeremy grew up playing team sports such as basketball and football. For him, the best part about working as a trainer is seeing people come down to Cabarete and seeing them transform not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well.


Optional Activities

  • Taino Farm tour, transport, farm fresh lunch and river float - $40 (Minimum of 4 participants)
  • Private yoga or meditation with Kathy - $50/session
  • Trapeze or Aerials class - $40 
  • Single Surf lesson  - $50  
  • Massage -  $50/hour
  • SUP rental - $20/hour.  Lessons and excursions available.
  • Week of Kitesurfing Classes -  $550/week (including gear rental, lessons and unlimited supervised practice time with an assistant instructor)
  • Horseback riding - $60 per person (about 2 hours)

Testimonials

"Amazing retreat, feeling recharged and ready for the world! Thanks Kathy. Beautifully organized, a very thoughtful program and a great group of people. ​Perfect setting on the beach as well!" 
Christina, Yoga & Fitness Retreat in Cabarete, February 1-4, 2018


"Kathy is kind and encouraging, with so much positive, infectious energy. She really made me feel good about myself and my new yoga practice. And Daryl's tough love and never-ending smile helped me excel in the fitness sessions... I was surprised by what I could do!  
It was obvious a lot of thought and heart went into planning the retreat. 
The entire experience has inspired me to again make fitness and meditation an important part of my life, and I left with some tips and recommendations from both Kathy & Daryl on how best to start that journey". 


​Bonnie from Seatte, Yoga & Fitness Retreat in Cabarete, February 1-4, 2018

Deposit & Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is due at the time of booking to secure your spot on the trip; final payment is due 45 days prior to departure.   Trip operates with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12.   Travel and health Insurance is recommended. The  itinerary is a guideline and is subject to change.   Retreat Insider reserves the right to make modifications and/or changes to the retreat program and/or accommodations as it deems necessary. We also reserve the right to cancel any retreat. In the unlikely event of a cancellation you will receive a full refund of the money you have paid. Transfers are permitted. Client will be responsible for finding the replacement.   If you have to cancel the retreat for any reason (which we hope you don't), here are the terms:   *46 days prior to departure - Deposit Payment *45-25 days prior to departure - 50% Cancellation fee *24-1 days prior to departure - 100% Cancellation fee 

What’s included

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 8 Yoga Classes
    The morning classes will be a vinyasa flow yoga and the evening classes will be more restorative in nature and incorporate deep stretching.
  • 5 Fitness Classes
  • Sun Salutation Workshop
    This workshop (optional) offers yogi's a chance to learn or fine-tune their downward-facing dog, chatarunga and cobra poses.
  • Breakfast & Dinner
    Meals will be at the beachfront restaurant La Mesa Taina. They have an excellent organic menu.
  • Daily Protein Smoothie
  • Use of the grounds
    Swimming Pool, Beachfront
  • Bonfire
    Closing bonfire on the beach
  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfer
    The closest airport is Puerto Plata (POP), 30 minutes from the hotel. Taxi is $35 USD
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Spa Services
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities

Available Packages

Double Room
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All rooms are spacious, comfortable, have a 52” ceiling fan and en suite-bathroom. They each come with a mini fridge, safe, screens against mosquitos, private bathroom, balcony and a 5-gallon jug of drinking water. 


The room comes with two double beds.


eXtreme Hotel is one of the most eco-friendly hotels on the strip, and the only one with an organic garden onsite to ensure fresh, amazing food.  Please bring a beach towel and toiletries with you.

$950
Deposit: $150
Single Room
Sold Out

All rooms are spacious, comfortable, have a 52” ceiling fan and en suite-bathroom. They each come with a mini fridge, safe, screens against mosquitos, private bathroom, balcony and a 5-gallon jug of drinking water.


The single room comes with one double bed or two double beds. 


eXtreme Hotel is one of the most eco-friendly hotels on the strip, and the only one with an organic garden onsite to ensure fresh, amazing food.  Please bring a beach towel and toiletries with you.

$1050
Deposit: $250

Available options

Ocean ViewSold Out
$50

Itinerary

Day 1
Flow and Let Go - Wednesday. November 14

3:00 pm  Check-in 

4:45 – 5:45 pm Welcome and Slow Flow Yoga Class (Kathy) 

7:30  Dinner at La Mesa Taina Restaurant 

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


KP
Kathy Parsons
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Certified Yoga teacher (RYT-200), meditation guide, entrepreneur and lover of a good laugh. Kathy leads retreats in and around her home base of Toronto and around the world. She also teaches yoga and hosts workshops through her company www.thesantoshalife.com. Having been on over 25 international health retreats over the years, Kathy is a self-proclaimed retreat addict. A Type-A in recovery, Kathy left the corporate world in 2014 to help bring the retreat experience to others. @kathparsons @retreatinsider @santoshawarrior -I had the pleasure of attending yoga retreat in Cuba led by Kathy which far exceeded my expectations. Kathy has a very balanced and well rounded approach to yoga which can benefit anyone regardless of experience or fitness level. Her humour and relaxed approach creates a very comfortable atmosphere while her experience and knowledge of yoga helps each of her students grow and improve.- Peter, Germany, Cuba Retreat April 2017

Reviews

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It’s hard to imagine that The Kaaterskill is only 120 miles away from New York City. From the moment you pull into the gates, you are instantly transported into a land that feels a million miles away. My wife and I first experienced The Kaaterskill back in April when we attended this very same retreat. We left the first retreat thinking there was no way it would ever be as good if we attended a second time around, but boy were we wrong. The moment we found out that Kathy and Mary were hosting the retreat again in September we immediately signed up. Arriving at The Kaaterskill on Thursday afternoon is a bit surreal. You pull up and park and the first thing you might notice is the idyllic tranquility of the place. The brick red buildings are faded, but still stand stark against the green grass and blue sky. The grounds are neat, but not perfect. The “Guest Entrance” sign can be a bit hard to miss, but you’ll soon find your way through the trellis and into the main guest house. The main guest house has six guest rooms, a couple of common space rooms and my favorite room of all which is the full kitchen and dining area. Upon arriving, you are shown to your guest room (we actually got to pick our room this last go around!) and depending on what time you arrive you probably have some time to go exploring before the first yoga class of the retreat. If you are wondering what to pack, my suggestion would be tons of your favorite yoga clothes and maybe a pair of jeans and a sweater if you want to do a quick wardrobe change before dinner one night. If you decided to only wear your yoga clothes all weekend, trust me you will fit right in with the rest of the group. One of the many magical things about The Kaaterskill property is that you and your fellow yogi’s are the only ones there (sans the grounds keeper and property manager.) It’s hard to describe, but without any additional guests or activities going on around you it feels like you actually are living there and for those brief few days it feels like home. The property is also home to a couple dozen farm animals, so if you ever wondered what it feels like to wake up to a rooster crowing this is your chance. The retreat itinerary is pretty simple – yoga, eat, relax, (maybe more yoga) eat, relax, yoga, eat, relax, and sleep. Let’s start with what most people would say is probably the most important activity of the retreat and that is the yoga (I mean, it is a yoga retreat.) My wife and I had been attending Mary Horne’s classes here in Manhattan for about two years before we attended the first retreat back in April, so we were already very familiar with her and her teaching style. On the flip side, the first time we met Kathy Parsons was back in April when we attended the retreat the first time around and we had no idea what to expect. Kathy and Mary complement each other well – Kathy teaching the evening yoga classes and Mary the morning classes. The evening yoga classes start around 5:30 pm and take place in “the barn” or somewhere outside on the property. The barn is basically just a wooden structure that opens up overlooking the pond and tree line and is perfect for a yoga class. It was even more magical this time as they still had string lights and a chandelier hanging in the barn as the property is mostly used for weddings throughout the summer months. Kathy’s evening classes typically last close to 90 minutes and will be a mix of a vinyasa flow, followed by a yin practice and maybe even some meditation. Overall Kathy is a wonderful, gracious instructor and makes something as scary as meditation seem easy and accessible. Mary Horne leads the morning classes which last at least 75 minutes and would be classified as strong vinyasa flow. Starting at 8 am, these morning classes will make you sweat but will also energize you for the day ahead. Mary is an inspirational and beautiful instructor, but completely grounded and down to earth. Kathy and Mary are both very generous with their yoga knowledge and this retreat is perfect for those of you who want/need a little extra attention. Besides doing a ton of yoga, you also spend a lot of time eating. I know this sounds a bit counterproductive, but wait I haven’t told you about Emmett Moeller. Who is Emmett you ask? Well Emmett is a chef and a very special one at that. Remember how I mentioned the kitchen and dining area as being my favorite in the guest house? It’s all due to this guy and his amazing cooking. Emmett has this spectacular ability to make meals that are not only extremely healthy, but that also tastes good and looks like something straight out of your favorite cooking magazine. My wife loves to cook and she has now come away both times inspired by Emmett and all of his amazing dishes. If the weather is nice, you can expect to eat dinner outside. Think rustic old furniture, candlelight and seasonal floral arrangements all while watching the sun set and farm animals grazing in the open. The long weekend goes by too fast and it’s a bit heartbreaking when you have to say goodbye to your fellow retreaters, but you will feel strong, well fed, and hopefully super relaxed. All in all, worth every penny and we can’t wait to do it all over again.