Ocean Awakening Retreat - Dolphin Connection, Yoga & Self-Discovery

Bailey Town, Bimini, The Bahamas

Jen Traxel - The Intuitive Mermaid
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Sep 23 - 29, 2018
Group size: 20 - 20
Ocean Awakening Retreat - Dolphin Connection, Yoga & Self-Discovery
Bailey Town, Bimini, The Bahamas

Jen Traxel - The Intuitive Mermaid
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Deposit: $500
Sep 23 - 29, 2018
Group size: 20 - 20

About this trip

You’re caught in the daily rut, going through the motions and pursuing work that doesn’t bring joy or meaning to your life.  You yearn for a more purposeful lifestyle, one that brings lasting peace & fulfillment. There’s a resistance that overwhelms you, and it’s as if you’re standing on the shoreline afraid to get your feet wet. The waves gently nudge, as they entice you to go for a swim. Should you take the plunge or stay at the safety of shore? 

The tides move back and forth, as they welcome you on a new journey. The sun is bright, the sand is warm, and the water looks refreshing. You take a deep breath, place your hand on your heart and decide to make a courageous choice that’s long overdue.  You open your arms,  and dive into the ocean depths for a life changing adventure…

Join Jen during this full-moon week on an incredible journey of self-discovery to the beautiful island of Bimini to reconnect with yourself. Dig your feet into warm white sand, let the sun kiss your skin, swim in warm turquoise waters with friendly wild dolphins, relax and meditate, indulge in nourishing foods, form lifetime friendships, explore, watch the sun rise and set, laugh, cry and find inner peace as the Intuitive Mermaid guides you on a journey from the inside out, the person you are meant to be.

My own personal 2013 Bimini experience..

November 2017 marked two years since I took a courageous leap into the unknown. From a career as a police officer, I leapt at the chance to begin my entrepreneurial journey to immerse myself in my most treasured passions.

The decision to close this exciting chapter in my life was not an easy one. It was filled with a lot of ups and downs, uncertainty, and challenge. It required me to trust in my instincts, and look beyond the voice of the logical mind telling me,“You’re making the biggest mistake of your life.” 

Beyond the fear, there was an excitement. I got a taste of this when I gifted myself a trip to the Bahamas in 2013 to swim with wild dolphins—something I had dreamt of doing my whole life.

When I dove into the ocean on the first day out and swam alongside these magnificent beings, I came to the realization that I had a deeper calling. I realized that the life I had built back home wasn’t aligned with who I was at my core. I knew that I would have to make some difficult decisions upon my arrival home.

That trip was the catalyst to my transformation. 

Following from my heart hasn’t been easy, and there have been days that I’ve longed to return to my old life. But I can say it’s absolutely worth it. Living safe did have its benefits, but deep down there was a void. One I couldn’t hide from any longer.

Join me in Bimini where I can support your own inner transformation in creating a deep connection with yourself, nature, and a like-minded community.

A Delightful Day in Bimini...

Sunrise: Start your day with optional meditation that overlooks the tranquil bay in front of the retreat center. You can walk out of your room, and take only a few steps where you can sit in silence on the dock overlooking the sunrise.

Morning: Join us for a gentle yoga flow & meditation in the ocean view studio. Accessible to all levels of experience, this flow will include breathing techniques, meditation, intuitive messages, energy work, and aromatherapy from Jen to relax and prepare you to meet the dolphins from a centered and peaceful place.

Breakfast: Energize your body with a delicious and organic healthy meal to fuel your day.

Free Time: Connect with yourself. Enjoy the beach, a swim, a bike ride exploring the island, kayaking, massage, intuitive reading, coaching, energy treatments, hammock reading, taking photos in nature, whatever it is that relaxes you. The list only goes on…

Lunch: Pack your own prana-filled meal from a delicious selection of salads and sandwiches to take on the boat.

Cast off: DolphinQuest catamaran heads out for dolphin encounters and playtime in the turquoise blue waters. 

Everyday is different. At times, the dolphins swim along the bow of the boat—other times they stop and wait for us to slip into the water with them. They may stay a while to check us out and play, other times they come and go. Each day is a different experience.

Sunset: As we sail back to land, we can practice yoga and meditation on the boat, or discuss topics on life purpose, the inner self, wellness, and healing. Take the opportunity to have another swim, meditate, connect with nature, and visit with others from our like-minded group. 

Dinner: Savour a hot, delicious daily special back at the retreat house, cooked by an in-house chef. As an exciting bonus, one night out on the island to sample local cuisine, dance to island music and explore. 

Evening:  Stroll along a starlit beach, engage in some fireside chats, book one-on-one private sessions with Jen, dance on the beach, sit in silence, sip on a glass of wine, take a midnight swim, settle down for some meditation, or just relax—do whatever you feel drawn to.

About the DolphinQuest catamaran...

DolphinQuest is a ‘Lagoon 410’ sailing catamaran docked right on the doorstep of the Retreat Centre. With the options of sailing or motor cruising, DolphinQuest offers the simple, steady beauty of being on the ocean.

The boat is comfortable inside and out with plenty of places to relax in the shade or sun, and offers you the opportunity to soak up the stunning scenery. There is a marine toilet (head) onboard and wide rear steps (transoms), which allow easy entry in and out of the water.

We usually motor out (surprisingly quiet) of the bay to meet the dolphins. When the breeze picks up, we sail along, harnessing the loveliness and power of nature. Catamarans are stable and don’t roll side to side like mono-hull boats. DolphinQuest’s stability means nausea is rare, even for those usually sensitive to sea-sickness.

Note: On Jen’s first trip, she was worried about the seasickness and was able to manage just fine for two weeks out on the boat almost everyday. If you are looking for recommendation to combat nausea, you can get the patch, non-drowsy gravol, ginger candy, essential oil and drops. FAQS page on Wildquest Webpage https://www.wildquest.com/faqs/

The Magical Island Of Bimini Awaits..

To say Bimini is beautiful would be an understatement—it is ethereal. The island, roughly 50 miles off the coast of Florida, is comprised of pristine fine-white sand, fifty shades of ocean blue, tranquil palms, colourful architecture, reggae, and welcoming islanders. Meaning the “Mother of Many Waters,” Bimini is a tropical paradise where you spend the day exploring the ocean, swimming with dolphins, catching fruits de mer, or getting lost in the island’s culture. Claims to fame for this island include the home of the “Fountain of Youth,” and the ancient “Lost City of Atlantis.” *Activity may require taking a day off the dolphin boat.*

Other nearby attraction sites include: 

*Healing Hole: Enjoy a day submerging yourself in a cool, curative, and mineral-laden spring of sulphur and lithium.

Atlantis Road: Investigate the underwater rock formations just off the west coast of North Bimini that may have been the remains from the lost continent of “Atlantis.”

*Fountain of Youth: Visit the shallow pools on the South Island either by bike or taxi that are suggested to be the “Fountain of Youth,” as referenced by the sixteenth century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. 

Kayaking, Biking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Hiking Nature Trails: Explore the beauty of this fun-loving island on your own.

Snorkelling: Skim the water’s surface to explore coral reefs and shallow lagoons full colourful, oddly shaped fish.

*Diving: Book a lesson or excursion and dive into the deep blue to experience more of the diverse sea life in this Caribbean paradise. 

Adventure Investment

$1997 USD per person for double occupancy room with a private bath.

To join in on the fun, register to claim your spot and pay a $500 USD non-refundable deposit through Jen by no later than March 1st, 2018. Full final payment is due by May 1st, 2018. No partial refunds for full payment are available after March 31, 2018 for the remaining payment as costs to the center are incurred to reserve. I highly recommend you purchase travel insurance at time of booking. 

Full Final payment must be made by May 1st, 2018.

 > Single Room Upgrade(+$390 USD) and only a few are available. Will be given on first come basis. Please book early if you would like a room to yourself.

 > Ocean View Upgrade (+$190 USD) in a single or (+$95 USD) per person in a double. Only 5 are available and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Once you have paid your deposit/or full payment to Jen on this page below, you will be given information to access the Wildquest booking system to make your account with them, and to confirm availability of your upgrade and to make payment of:

– Booking any upgrade choices (single room or ocean view choices above).

– Booking your seat on the short hopper flight to the Island of Bimini from Ft.Lauderdale. Cost is $390 including all US taxes. Wildquest will collect the cost of this hopper flight from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini and collect the departure tax of $29 USD (subject to change) that is due in cash upon departure from Bimini, as well as the airport screening fee of $32 USD (subject to change) paid also on the island. Terms and conditions apply.  

**Teens ages 12-17 are welcome and receive a $200 discount to join**

Refund Policy

$500 USD Deposit is non-refundable and must be paid to reserve your spot by no later than March 1st/2018. If you must cancel, you are welcome to transfer your deposit to someone who would like to take your spot.

Hopefully this part isn’t necessary, but if for some reason you can’t join us, the following refunds are in place to support you:

A 75% refund on full payment (Deposit portion is non-refundable)from December 1, 2017- January 30, 2018

A 50% refund on full payment (Deposit portion is non-refundable)from February 1-March 31, 2018

After March 31st, 2018 no refunds will be issued on full payment (Deposit portion is non-refundable) as costs to the center are incurred to reserve.

Begin Your Journey To Self-Discovery

Six Quick Steps:

  1. Register Your Spot with Jen by paying your non-refundable deposit below by March 1st/2018, you can also choose the option to pay in full now. Book your spot early as spots fill FAST.
  2. Fill out the questionnaire below after you have paid. 
  3. Jen will be in contact with you via email to make sure you are connected with the WildQuest team to reserve your room of choice, food specifications & payment for the small flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini & departure/airport tax
  4. Final Full Payment is due no later than May 1st/2018. No refunds are available after that as costs to the center are incurred to reserve the space. Travel insurance is recommended.
  5. Email Jen with any questions at guidance@jentraxel.com or phone 780-298-4443.
  6. Get ready for an incredible life-changing trip! I am so excited that you are joining me!

*Please note the refund policy below*

For more trip information, visit www.jentraxel.com/oceanawakeningretreat & www.wildquest.com

What’s included

  • Ft.Lauderdale Hotel
    The Sunday night hotel in Ft. Lauderdale before the island flight the following morning
  • 5 Nights
    Stay on island
  • Daily Boat Trips
    Weather dependent boat trips out for 5 days to see the dolphins. The boat usually leaves daily at around 11:30 AM and returns at 6:30 PM right from the centre.
  • Food/Beverage
    Most meals, drinking water and hot beverages
  • Wellness Classes
    Yoga, Meditation, Talks & Group Sessions with Jen
  • Shuttle Transfer
    From the hotel to the airport on Monday morning
  • Airport Transfers
    On the island upon arrival on Monday and upon departure on Saturday, when travelling with the group.
  • Sport Items
    Complimentary use of bicycles & kayaks on the island
  • WIFI
    Although not guaranteed, this is island living
  • Flight Costs
    To & From Ft.Lauderdale
  • Crew Gratuities
  • Two dinner meals
    Sunday night dinner in Fort Lauderdale and one fun group dinner out at restaurant on the island of Bimini
  • Private Sessions
  • Snorkel Equipment
  • Retreat Photos
  • Bahamas Departure Tax
  • Bahamas Airport Tax
  • Insurance
    Important for travel

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Jen Traxel - The Intuitive Mermaid
Jen is a creative, adventurous free spirit whose mission is to live a life guided from within while teaching others to do the same. Having left behind her career as a police office to pursue her distinct creative passions, Jen is now a Blissology Inspired Yoga and MMI Certified Meditation Teacher, Intuitive, and purposeful Life Coach who is passionate for earth, animals, and nature. Inspired by doing meaningful work that leaves a lasting impact, she believes devoted self-care and a strong connection to your inner voice are foundational in discovering your unique heart-centered path. When Jen isn’t teaching classes or running retreats, you’ll find her caring for animals as a Zookeeper at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. If you’re a creative who is ready to feel a deeper connection with yourself and pursue your life’s work, connect with Jen at www.jentraxel.com