Puppies & Yoga in Siargao

Siargao Island, Philippines

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Kayla Nielsen
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7 reviews
Oct 21 - 26, 2019
Group size: 5 - 17
Puppies & Yoga in Siargao
Siargao Island, Philippines

Kayla Nielsen
  • Mobile phone verified
7 reviews

$1400
Deposit: $700
Oct 21 - 26, 2019
Group size: 5 - 17

About this trip

Join us for a week which fuses yoga with volunteering and adventure on Siargao Island, Philippines. Together, we'll dive deeply into what it means to practice compassion and service both on and off of the mat. 


100% of the proceeds from this retreat will be donated to Kindred Connection's animal projects on the island.

We are partnering with local Filipino organization PPBC Foundation to make this experience possible.

Not only will you be investing in a life-changing experience for yourself in a beautiful location; but you will also be giving back to animals in need, as well. 

Be a voice for the voiceless today.


For more information: www.GLOWyogaretreats.com



What’s included

-6 days, 5 nights stay at Lotus Shores Siargao

-Daily Yoga

-Intensive workshops 

-Guided meditation

-Volunteer clinic

-Volunteer house check ups

-Volunteer vaccinations

-Island Hopping (Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island)

-Private Swimming Pool

-Walking distance to white sand beach

-Access to organic farm

-Breakfast and dinner (all vegan) on full days of the retreat

-Professional photos from group classes, workshops, and excursions


***We can arrange for airport pick up, additional accommodation, and all other bookings for those arriving prior to the retreat start date for an additional fee.

Not included

-International and/or domestic airfare

-International or domestic transportation of any kind (ie- ferries, bikes, taxis, etc)

-Cost of Visa

-Traveler’s insurance (highly recommended)

-Lunches

-Additional excursions

-Additional yoga classes

-Additional activities (surfing, motorbikes, snorkeling, etc)

-Airport Pick-Up

-Airport Drop-Off

-Cost of airport tax upon arrival and/or departure (often included in price of plane ticket)

-Additional hotel bookings (for those arriving early, or staying later)

-Independent ground transportation (motorbike rental, bicycles, cars etc)

-Personal photoshoots with retreat photographer

-Diving: including certification, gear, lessons etc 

-Personal shopping expenses/souvenirs

-Vaccinations, additional preventative medical needs

-Soda, juices, or alcoholic drinks


*Can arrange airport transport for an additional fee of $6/person to be paid directly to driver

Before You Go

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OPTION 1 FOR TRAVEL: (fastest, most expensive)

-Book your international flight in/out of Manila, Philippines.

-From Manila, book a domestic flight with Skyjet Air to Siargao island.


OPTION 2 FOR TRAVEL: (fast, moderate price)

-Book your international travel in/out of Cebu, Philippines

-From Cebu, book a domestic flight with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines to Siargao Island.


OPTION 3 FOR TRAVEL: (longest, least expensive)

-Book your international flight in/out of Cebu, Philippines

-From Cebu, book the overnight ferry to Surigao city, then to Siargao (12 hours of travel total)

-The ferry will travel from Cebu to Surigao, then Surigao to Siargao. You will need to change boats in the city to transfer to Siargao. 


OPTION 4 FOR TRAVEL: 

-Book your international flight in/out of Manila, Philippines

-From Manila, book a domestic flight to Surigao, Mindanao

-From Surigao, take the ferry to Siargao (about 4-5 hours)


*PLEASE NOTE:

-Always check into visa requirements if you are entering from outside of the country

-Flights and ferries are often delayed in the Philippines; therefore, it's best to give yourself an extra day on either end of the travel.

-Make sure to check into the ferry times available in correlation with the flights, and to give yourself plenty of time in case of delays


Available Packages

Single Space in Shared Room
Available until Sep 14th14 left

-Shared room options vary slightly

-Rooms have either 3 single beds, or one double bed

-If you chose the double bed, you will be sharing the bed with your room mate

-Double bed option has private bathroom

-Single bed option has shared bathroom

-Please note which bed option you prefer

-All rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE

$1400
Deposit: $700
Private Room
Available until Sep 14thonly 2 left

-Private Rooms vary slightly

-Some rooms have a single bed, and some rooms have a double bed

-All rooms have private bathrooms

-All rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE

$1700
Deposit: $500
$1400
Deposit: $700

Single Space in Shared Room

Itinerary

ARRIVAL & ACCLIMATION
DAY 1 (OCT 21)

*Highly recommended to arrive the day before to sleep away any jetlag/exhaustion *Please note lunch is not included this day 


2:00 pm: Check in available

 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Free time (rest, nap, explore the area) 

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Restorative Flow with Kayla 

7:00 pm: Group Dinner

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


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Kayla Nielsen
7 reviews
My name is Kayla Nielsen. I am the founder of Go Light Our World (GLOW), which is a non-profit organization that diminishes poverty with solar solutions. I am also the founder of Kindred Connections, a charitable organization serving mistreated animals around the world. I am currently implementing projects across Africa, Asia, and India. In addition to running GLOW and KC, I am also a traveling yoga teacher. My teaching styles & specialties are: dynamic vinyasa flows, arm balance & inversion workshops, back bending workshops, partner yoga therapeutics, yin, meditation & visualization. I am a dedicated Karma Yogi, in that the majority of my global retreats are fundraisers for GLOW's solar projects within impoverished communities . I am often found upside down, adventuring, or mermaiding somewhere around the world. Instagram: @kaylala88, @go_light_our_world, @glowyogaretreats Facebook: Kayla Nielsen Yoga Websites: GLOWyogaretreats.com, kaylala-yoga.com & golightourworld.net

Reviews

I had an amazing time volunteering! It was a bit unorganized at times with pick ups and getting to the clinic, but that’s understandable for it being the first project. I loved staying at lotus shores. The yoga was fantastic, the food was amazing, and it was so peaceful. Everyone I met was so wonderful and made the whole experience even better. The volunteering aspect was so rewarding and I loved being able to be a part of such an amazing cause. Overall it was an amazing experience and I’m very greateful to have been a part of it! Thank you :)
Extremely grateful to have found this trip via Kayla and Kindred Connection, but this particular week was extremely unorganized...this was the feedback felt by other folks during the week as well. Mix-up with the volunteer dates: most people anticipated the project ending on October 31 (not the actual October 30) this can alter flights, accomodation, your deposit and balance due. Kindred Connection Street Dog (& Cat) majorly lacks monetary transparency. From volunteer sign up costs, money raised online, to local donations at registration desks - none of it is calculated and posted for transparency: this really confused me as I was chased and shamed for money after thoroughly communicating in advance my change in volunteering dates - there needs to be 100% transparency when running an NGO as this is the major issue with all of them globally. There wasn't much work to do when there wasn't a clinic day which can be frustrating for folks who show up really wanting to contribute. It wasn't specified in the description that there would be specific clinic days (the dates and village locations are organized on posters and advertised online and in the towns, so look out for them on instagram (@puppypuddlesiargao) and be sure to show up on and around the surgery clinic days) It seemed like more work could have been organized beforehand for volunteers during the days when the pop-up spay/neuter clinics were not active. There also isn't any mention on WeTravel of the two major animal foundations that Kindred Connection is partnering with locally - Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation (the veterinarians from Manila) and Puppy Puddle Siargao. There isn't any wish list posted and if you ask via email in advance you're asked just to bring cash donation. If you are traveling from a developed country, it is very easy and cheap to bring crucial materials like; an animal specific shaving razor, surgery instruments, gauze, medical tape, surgery drapes and the like....even collars and leashes would really be useful to bring and donate as many locals do not have the money for leash and collar for their pets and it's MUCH safer to have these on the animals while they are waiting for surgery and when waking up after surgery. I spent most of my time with the doctors and was told they desperately need certain items as their tools rust & burn out quickly and are all usually donated second hand as they are expensive on these islands. Cash is spent for vaccines, syringes, veterinary flights, food etc. This was extremely frustrating to learn - i could have brought a lot of these items from NYC, if only a wish list was researched & prepared in advance! Lastly, although we sign a waiver with the risks involved, it should be reiterated in the WeTravel description and in email to have at minimum, your anti-rabies and tetanus shot vaccination up to date. The work is super risky even if you are comfortable working with animals in stressful situations. Much love, DZ
Cc
This trip was magical! Before this retreat I had practiced yoga maybe 4 hours my entire life. Kayla and Cait made me feel welcomed and confident. Through their empowering sessions I was able to push my body in ways I never thought possible. All of the women at the retreat were incredible. The atmosphere was one filled with love happiness and trust. I felt free to come as I was, shed parts of me that I no longer needed, and grow. This is a truly life changing experience that I have not stopped recommending to anyone who will listen. Kayla created a sanctuary where all were welcomed and no one left the same. I am already counting down until next year!
It was an amazing experience that is still impacting my life. I thought it was going to be hard for me because I had never before practiced yoga but Kayla and Cait were awesome. I didn't feel uncomfortable or that I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do, I felt free, doing my best on my own pace. I felt in peace, able to silent my thoughts for seconds for me was a huge accomplished. Connected with myself and with the girls in a way I never ever thought I could. I feel lighter, my heart does, my expectations of myself. Im so grateful with Kayla and Cait for this extraordinary experience, zero regrets! Thanks so much for be dedicated to help so many women to heal, to love themselves.
BS
We had a great time! Such a solid group of inspirational women. and Kayla, Sarah and Rivka were amazing leaders and hosts. I will never forget this retreat or these people!
By Britteny Salvador for Algarve, Portugal on Aug. 15, 2018
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