Relax and Rejuvenate: A Nervous System Regulation Retreat for Stress

Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

11 reviews
Jan 13 - 20, 2024
Group size: 10 - 22
Relax and Rejuvenate: A Nervous System Regulation Retreat for Stress
Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

11 reviews

Jan 13 - 20, 2024
Group size: 10 - 22

About this trip

This retreat is designed for a broad spectrum of participants:  yoga students (new and experienced), yoga teachers, and any individual who wishes to incorporate stress management practices in their life. 

Yoga Instructors: earn a Yoga Alliance CE approved 25 hour Yoga for Stress Management certifcation that allows you to teach Yoga for Stress Management.

Participants:  Learn to use the practices of Yoga for Stress Management for your own personal healing journey.  You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend this retreat; it is designed for all. 

The retreat provides an overview and understanding of what stess is, how it affects us, how to use yoga as part of the healing process, and how to incorporate components of yoga for stress management into your life or classes. We will also cover the benefits of yoga for students who are experiencing everyday or chronic stress. We will focus all of our practices on healing and regulating ourselves from current stress, past stress, and creating resources for future stress. 


During the day, wake up with morning breath work, meditation and healing yoga in the yoga hall, cooled by ocean breezes.  Yoga is followed by a scrumptious, plant-based breakfast featuring local exotic fruits.  Then dive into experiential workshops that teach you how to bring stress managment into your life.  Later, there is time to soak in the salt water pool or explore white sand beaches, peaceful harbors and rocky shorelines; go hiking (in many different ecosystems), snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing or kayaking.  Enjoy a delicious lunch, visit colorful local festivals, historical and ecological tours and much more.  Return to a gentle, therapeutic yoga class for stress managment in the afternoon to unwind from a day of relaxing, Caribbean style.

In the evening we gather in the oceanview gallery porch for dining on a sumptuous gourmet 100% plant-based dinner prepared from local organic produce while the sun sets beautifully behind the water.  Then enjoy our evening program or additional evening activities such as therapeutic yoga, dancing, star gazing, or free time.

About your Facilitators

Denise Hyble, LMFT, RYT200, ESMTT

Denise’s approach as a yoga teacher is to help people feel connected to their body, quiet their minds, stimulate a healthy nervous system, and release tension in the body caused by stress, anxiety, or trauma.  Denise teaches gentle, mindful yoga. She sees yoga as a means of listening to the truths of our bodies rather than only the “shoulds” of our brains.  Her teaching technique uses a combination of gentle asanas, breathwork, meditation, and somatic yoga.

Denise is also a gestalt psychotherapist in private practice specializing in trauma and PTSD work. Healing from trauma has been her focus and her passion both on the yoga mat and in the therapist’s chair.   She is trained in Yoga to Transform Trauma, TRE (Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises),  Essential Somatics, Neurogenic Yoga, EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Emotional Freedom Technique, Gestalt Physical Process, Restorative Yoga and Embodied Life.  Denise also created and teaches an online series on Yoga for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.

Having raised two adult sons, she now lives in Bloomington with her husband, dog, and two cats. In her spare time Denise can be found gardening or knitting. 

Matece Skow, CMT, E-RYT500

Matece Skow, Founder of Nourishing Heart Yoga, has been fostering compassionate growth and healing for students and clients for the past 24 years. She facilitates safe and nurturing environments for the transformation of body and heart through the practices of yoga, breathwork, meditation, essential oils, hands-on healing, and massage.

Matece directs and teaches the Nourishing Heart Yoga 200 Hour and 300 Advanced Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.  By design, she works with small groups, so as to develop close relationships with students and trainees. She devotes her attention and energy to meeting students where they are, helping each individual experience yoga in their own way, according to their own understanding and capability.

An avid traveler, Matece has led numerous international and domestic retreats and trainings.  Through her travels and online yoga classes, she has had the pleasure of sharing yoga with people all over the globe.  Returning to the midwest from northern California where she taught and studied yoga in the Silicon Valley for 8 years,  she currently enjoys the adventure of being more rooted in her town of Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband, young son, two cats and a dog.


We will offer a few included adventures during the week in which you will be welcome to participate: 

Snorkel lesson

Guided snorkel along Frederiksted Pier

Guided nighttime snorkel along Fredreiksted Pier

Swimming and sunning at Rainbow Beach

Shopping/dining trip to Christiansted that includes a yoga class and an organic fruit smoothie at the local’s yoga studio

Guided snorkel of the Coral Restoration Project in Butler Bay

Basketweaving class and/or a vegan cooking class 

Historical walking tour of Butler Estate

All this adventure will flow beautifully with our daily program. 

The Flow

You can expect a wonderful flow to your days.  There will be opportunities to practice yoga and meditation at least once daily, with a spacious balance of personal time to truly relax, let the teachings sink in, and enjoy the island pace of life.

This location was chosen for the retreat specifically because it is on the quiet side of the island, away from distractions and tourists.  If you are hoping for a week of reconnecting with yourself, with the ocean, with spirit, then this retreat is for you.  If you are hoping to learn the invaluable healing techniques of yoga for stress management either for your own personal healing journey or to share with others, then this retreat is for you.  The emphasis will be on slowing down, resting, and rejuvenating the body, mind, and heart while enjoying the serenity of the pristine natural ocean environment.

The Yoga

We will focus all of our practices on healing and regulating ourselves from stress.

Throughout the week you can expect to practice yoga that is gentle, beginner-friendly, contemplative, and easeful.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  If you have been practicing for a while, you will enjoy the slow pace of the classes that allow for tremendous depth and exploration in the postures. 

The breath work and meditation practices are accessible and straightforward.  The focus will be on depth and cultivating a mindful presence through open and loving awareness.  Journaling and writing will also be woven throughout the week as well.  

The Food

Savor three organic, vegan, plant-based gourmet catered meals daily:

•A Full Breakfast; fresh exotic, local fruits; coffee & tea; fresh squeezed juices and smoothies; and baked goods

•A Tropical lunch daily all prepared from fresh local produce.

•A Two Course dinner each evening with dessert.

All food is vegan. 

We can accommodate allergies & sensitivities, please make sure to list them when you sign up.

The Journey

Feather Leaf Inn is a short 30 minutes drive from Henry E Rohlnson Airport (STX). 

American Airlines is the main carrier to St. Croix, though you can find flights on other carriers.

Roundtrip transfers from the airport are included at no additional charge.

Transportation on arrival and departure day will be made according to the flight schedule of our participants. We will do our best to keep your wait at the airport to a minimum!

The Pricing

All prices listed are per person.

•If you are traveling with friends, please write in the comments section of your checkout, whom you would like to room with.

•If you are traveling alone, we are happy to pair you in shared accommodations.


What’s included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights, 8 days at Feather Leaf Inn
  • Airport Transfer
    Arrival day transportation from Henry E. Rohlson Airport (STX) provided and departure day taxi to the airport included.
  • Daily Yoga
    Beginners welcome & encouraged! Enjoy a variety of yoga styles, all designed to heal and regulate the bodymind from stress and trauma.
  • Daily Meditation
    A safe and nurturing environment for transformation of body and heart through the practices of breathwork and mindfulness meditation.
  • Plant-based Meals
    Three 100% organic, gourmet vegan meals each day. UV filtered water, teas and coffee throughout the retreat.
  • Christiansted Excursion
    Safari Taxi to Christiansted for a yoga class and fresh, organic juice at The Courtyard followed by free time for shopping and exploring Christiansted.
  • Guided Night Snorkel
    Our expert guide will take us on a night snorkel at Frederiksted Pier. Snorkel gear is provided or bring your own from home.
  • Basketweaving
    Spend a leisurely afternoon learning to weave a basket from natural plant materials from the rainforest of St. Croix.
  • Historical Walking Tour
    Learn the history of the Butler Bay Estate (Feather Leaf Inn). We’ll talk about the plants and animals we share the land with and give an overview of the coral reefs.
  • Airfare
    We are happy to offer guidance regarding flight itineraries.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Independent Transport
    If you wish to rent a car to get around on the island, we can make recommendations.
  • Souvenirs/Personal Items
  • Bodywork Sessions
    We will provide an experienced massage therapist for private bookings on site.
  • Live Music Sunset Sail
    Our final night excursion is a sunset sail with live music. This excursion is optional (not everyone likes boats!) so it is *not* included. The trip costs $150 and we will help with reservations.
  • Gratuities
    It is recommended to bring cash for gratuities for drivers and staff. We can offer guidance in this area.

Available Packages

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Premium Double is a QUEEN BED in a newly renovated room that has Crucian mahogany headboards made on the property from storm-felled trees.  

All rooms and balconies have high-powered fans and screens on all the doors and windows to harness the ocean breeze plus the following amenities:

  • Private double occupancy rooms with ocean-view 
  • Ocean view from each shower
  • Private balconies
  • Two beds per room
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • Desk and armoire in each room.
Deposit: $500
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The Standard Double room is for a TWIN BED in a double occupancy room.  

These rooms provide a delightful space that offers luxury accommodations and ocean views while providing stylish creature comforts within. 

All rooms have high-powered fans and screens on all the doors and windows to harness the ocean breeze plus the following amenities:

  • Private bedrooms with ocean-view
  • One queen bed and one twin bed (this pricing option is for the twin bed)
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • Private shared bathroom
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Shared
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The Deluxe Shared room is for a TWIN BED in the multiple occupancy Seaview Suite.  (No more than 5 guests in this two room suite.)

The deluxe shared room provides ample space in a luxury accommodation with ocean views.  The Seaview Suite has two sleeping areas with a total of 4 twin beds and a king size bed.  (To sign up with a friend and share the King Size bed, please make a note of this in the comments when you register.)

  • Private bedrooms with ocean-view
  • Mini fridge
  • Private bathroom
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • High-powered fans
Deposit: $500
Single Suite
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The QUEEN BED Single Suite at Feather Leaf Inn offers spacious, luxury accommodations while providing stylish creature comforts within.  

  • Private bedroom with garden view
  • Private patio/entryway
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • One queen bed, perfect for a couple
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • Air-conditioning
Deposit: $500
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This option is for locals who will not be staying at the Feather Leaf Inn, but who wish to participate in the yoga programming, excursions/adventures and meals.  The price is per person and is inclusive of everything except sleeping accommodations.

Deposit: $500


Your Caribbean Dream
Ocean view & Salt water pool

Your Organizer

Nourishing Heart Yoga
11 reviews
Guided by Founder, Matece Skow, and additional expert instructors, Nourishing Heart Yoga provides safe and nurturing environments for the transformation of body and heart through the practices of yoga, breathwork, meditation, essential oils, hands-on healing, and massage. Nourishing Heart Yoga has been leading international yoga retreats since 2012. Participants on our retreats walk away feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and refreshed.


It was a trip of a life time. Wonderful people, accommodations, a beautiful town, perfect weather and scrumptious food. Could not ask for a nicer place or an overall perfect trip..thank you!
By Aldine P for Yoga in the Land of Saints and Scholars on Sep 30, 2023
Matece, Since I arrived one day late for the yoga retreat last week, I am trying to get reimbursed from the insurance. I do not have a receipt for my final payment. Would you please send me a receipt for the total amount I paid? Thank you for helping. I loved the week and you were awesome, by the way. Susan Smith
By Susan S for Nourishing Heart Yoga Retreat on Mar 01, 2023
This was a fantastic trip! Great group of people, lovely Inn and an amazing location. Matece was an amazing hostess and "party planner"; overall a fantastic trip! Her love of the island is apparent, and she chose great options for our travels/excursions! The yoga and meditation was lovely and clearly well thought/planned out. I especially enjoyed the yin classes and the violin meditation. Such a great variety of things to do and experience and different from any other retreat I have been on. It was also great to learn about the island, the history of our Inn and the ocean. We certainly enjoyed all that St. Croix had to offer! Just book it, you won't regret it!
By amy l for Nourishing Heart Yoga Retreat on Feb 28, 2023
This was a well organized, soul filling yoga retreat. Matece is amazing as a teacher, planner, and friend. I’m hoping I can go every year! Feather leaf Inn was a great place to stays the food was fabulous.
By Lisa S for Nourishing Heart Yoga Retreat on Feb 28, 2023
Thanks, Lisa. I also hope you can come every year! It was wonderful getting to know you and I look forward to more. I appreciate your time in posting your review here. It means a lot. Thank you!
By Nourishing Heart Yoga on Feb 28, 2023
I had a fantastic time on this retreat. The setting was just stunning and the accommodations were beautiful and more than comfortable. The delicious meals were presented elegantly and were highlights to each day. The people were wonderful and interesting,, and I just loved the whole experience. I highly recommend this retreat for people looking for a fun week of yoga and adventure. There were plenty of options for relaxation as well. All that and yoga and meditation with a very knowledgeable teacher! It’s hard to describe it in a way that does it justice.
By Louise K for Nourishing Heart Yoga Retreat on Feb 27, 2023
Thank you, LouAnne. Hearing your words and knowing how much you enjoyed the retreat brings such a joy to my heart. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them here. I appreciate it so much!
By Nourishing Heart Yoga on Feb 28, 2023
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My first retreat with Nourishing Heart Yoga. Very well and thoughtfully planned. Good balance of yoga , education & free or fun time. I’m in for 2024.
By Laurie E on 30 Jan, 2023