Sol Goddess Wellness Retreat-ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Bel Esprit Cultural Institute
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3 reviews
Jan 2 - 8, 2022
Group size: 5 - 11
Sol Goddess Wellness Retreat-ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Bel Esprit Cultural Institute
  • Email address verified
3 reviews

Jan 2 - 8, 2022
Group size: 5 - 11

About this trip

Slow down. 

Close your eyes. 

Breathe deeply. 


Join us for seven days of awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping peace and relaxation.  


Guadeloupe is actually an archipelago made up of five different islands, with two main islands called Grand-Terre and Basse-Terre. If you look closely at a map you’ll see  that they actually do resemble a butterfly! Taste the delicious foods inspired by African, Spanish and indigenous flavors. Immerse yourself in Guadeloupe's healing waters and emerge renewed. 
This is your chance to reconnect with yourself in a safe space and share the beauty that is you with a community of women. 


By the end of this retreat, through yoga, mindfulness practices, reiki, nutritional planning, self-reflection and experiential challenges, you will have concrete techniques that you can use at home, in your office, in the car, or wherever you find yourself-- to help you create more  inner balance, improving both your inner and outer landscape, and propelling you forward to close 2021 on an amazing note. 


"A healer does not heal you. 

A healer is someone who 

holds space for you while 

you awaken your inner healer, 

so that you may heal yourself." 

(Maryam Hasnaa)

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Bel Esprit's Sol Goddess Retreat is a powerful program offered in environments which are naturally conducive to the work of letting go of our past, true healing and restoration, and ultimately, the manifestation our dreams.

Important Details

Airport & Ground Transportation

You will fly into Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes Airport, also known as Pointe-à-Pitre Airport (PTP). Details about ground transportation to the villa will be made available closer to our departure date.  


Passport Required

A passport book is required for entry into Guadeloupe. Please make sure  that your passport is valid for at least six (6) months beyond our trip end date. 


Cell Phone Service

Contact your carrier to ensure that you will have access to service while in Guadeloupe, or alter your plan for a better rate for service while you are there. Depending on your carrier, service may not be reliable. 


$111 OFF of deposits received before May 31, 2021. Payment plans are available.  

Instructors

Nadege Fleurimond

Nadege Fleurimond is an award winning speaker, author and chef. She has over 18 years experience in the entrepreneurial space building businesses and helping entrepreneurs create impactful businesses fueled by passion and purpose. Nadege utilizes her Haitian culinary background as a guide to pull a world of flavors from Asian, Latin American and African Cuisines to create tasty conversations and events that inspire, motivate and unify. Her catering company, Fleurimond Catering, has catered for companies and institutions such as Anheuser Busch, Columbia University, New York City Hall, BET News, and The Colbert Report, as well as notable individuals such as Vivica A. Fox, and Dr. Mehmet Oz's organization, Healthcorps. Nadege has also catered at the White House.   


Nadege is the author of Taste of Life, part cookbook, part memoir, Taste of Life offers readers an opportunity to view their own lives through a culinary lens and appreciate the beauty of food, family, friends, and tasty pleasures. Her second book, Haiti Uncovered, is a culinary travel coffee table cookbook that delves into the Art of Haitian Cuisine. Haiti Uncovered brings the beauty of Haiti into focus through its diverse culinary traditions, thereby offering Haitians and non-Haitians an opportunity to explore and learn. Her third cookbook, Taste of Solitude: A Culinary Journal,  sparked out of quarantine during COVID-19, offers the reader an opportunity to see that power remains in each of our hands. Taste of Solitude was released along with her Haiti-inspired embroidered denim apron line.   


Nadege graduated with a degree in Political Science from Columbia University and is an avid real estate investor and educator. She is the recipient of the New York Media Alliance’s Ethnic Press Fellowship for 2010,  and the 2011 Feet in Two Worlds Food Writers Fellowship from NYC Media. Nadege has appeared on Food Network's Chopped and has received a US Embassy grant to provide Culinary Diplomacy work utilizing the culinary arts as a tool for empowerment, cultural exchange, entrepreneurship, and self esteem. 


Sokhna Heathyre Mabin

Sokhna Heathyre Mabin is a Solo Mama of two vivacious cubs, a Certified Herbalist, a seasoned Full Spectrum Doula, a Perinatal Counselor, and an experienced Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teacher of almost 30 years.  She is the founder of MamaSutra Loving Arts, a woman~centered wellness practice that merges fertility, creativity and sexuality as the foundation of wholeness. Sokhna has taught six prenatal yoga trainings and several intensive modules to date and leads an annual "Svadhyaha" ~ a yearlong guided self study group for women. Yoga and herbs have been the guardians of her wellness maintaining harmony between the mental, physical, emotional and sexual health over the phases of her life. 


Sokhna's training stems back to her degrees in Psychology (University of Michigan) and Education (Western Michigan University) and extends into artistic expression as a touring vocalist and dancer.  She has performed internationally from NYC to the renowned The Sydney Opera House.  Indeed ~ fertility and creativity are of the same essence. In 2014, Sokhna relocated from Brooklyn to Kalamazoo, Michigan to care for her brother. At present, Sokhna is the lead Doula at Healthy Babies Healthy Start in Michigan and has created a program to train women of color as Doulas to heal the tragically high mortality rate of black infants.  Her next birth is to complete a book of her memoirs and discoveries of being a Doula for over 13 years. 


Kafayat Alli-Balogun

Kafayat J. Alli-Balogun is the descendant of Nigerian and Honduran kings, queens, warriors, judges, fishermen, farmers and healers. A Certified Reiki Practitioner, Kafayat first learned of the ancient Japanese form of energy healing in 2007. A modern day medicine woman, Kafayat works with the Plantcestors to create formulas using recipes passed on to her from her grandmothers, her communities and her intuition. She considers her hands to be sacred anointed instruments created in service to her communities. 


Kafayat is the Founder & Executive Director of the Bel Esprit Cultural Institute, and the Founder & Principal of the Sol Goddess Wellness Collective. She is also a seasoned Marketing & Communications professional having worked for organizations such as the UNDP, the American Cancer Society, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ESSENCE Magazine.  


A lover of travel, Kafayat has traveled to many countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Grenada, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Senegal and Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, Portuguese and Wolof. She received her B.A. in Psychology and African-American Studies with a minor in Dance from Wesleyan University. She graduated from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy with an MA in International Affairs & Economic Policy concentrating in Infrastructural Development.


What to Bring

An open mind

Mosquito repellent

Sunscreen / Sun block

Personal toiletries and medications

Vitamins / Supplements

Alarm

Yoga mat and/or mat towel 

Yoga clothes

Swimsuit, swim shoes, beach towel and anything else you want for swimming/beach activities

Walking shoes

Water bottle

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your booking more than 30 days prior  to departure, the penalty is 50% of the trip price. Within 30 days of  departure, the penalty is 100%.

What’s included

  • Accomodation
    4-5 star accommodations
  • Meals
    Fresh, nourishing and in-season (Dinner only on the first night; and breakfast only on the last morning)
  • Airport Transfer
    Limited hours from CTG to the City Center
  • Hatha Yoga
    Hatha Yoga Gentle introduction to yoga. A great way to work out kinks in the body, get grounded and calm. You will leave class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
  • Mindfulness Meditations
    Become the observer of your thoughts, instead of a slave to them.
  • Kundalini Yoga
    Awaken the energy of consciousness. Kundalini sheds light on our self-imposed limitations, and invites us to think out of the box and develop our intuitive mind.
  • Yoga Nidra
    becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.
  • Two Cooking Workshops
    Cooking as a spiritual practice: Food heals! We connect over food, we share experiences through food, and we develop community over food.
  • Sister Circle
    Heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul. Learn more about one another.
  • Incredible Community
    Who better to celebrate the dawning of the new you, than other Sol Goddesses like yourself!
  • Daydreaming
    Endless sunrises and sunsets
  • Star Gazing
    Our experience begins on heels of the Summer Solstice & the new moon. Celebrate all that you are as the Universe conspires to deliver new truths and bring awareness into ancient beliefs.
  • Reiki
    Breathing exercises and visual meditations coupled with the power of healing touch.
  • Airfare
    International travel to and from Cartagena (CTG) is not included.
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel Insurance is not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Optional Excursions
    There is an abundance of excursions that you may want to explore in your spare time: jungle hikes, tours, wonderful eateries, spa treatments, boating, scuba diving, etc.

Available Packages

7 days / 6 nights-- (Shared Room)
Available until November 8, 202111 left

This room is ideal for two friends. Or if you would like to make new ones. 

$1850
Deposit: $400
7 days / 6 nights-- (Single Occupancy)
Available until November 8, 20215 left
$2100
Deposit: $500


Itinerary

Welcome
Bienvenidos a Cartagena!

Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a historic city of preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old, bright colonial structures.

Your Organizer


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Bel Esprit Cultural Institute
3 reviews
The Bel Esprit Cultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) created to provide individuals, families and organizations with travel experiences that delve into the depths of the soul--- combining the thrill and adventure of travel with sustainable local projects that engage with communities on THEIR terms.

Reviews

What a trip! Or should say EXPERIENCE! As a hard working mom who is actively working on bettering herself everyday so she can learn to heal herself and heal others. This was the perfect opportunity to go on this retreat. I was able to enjoy time with likeminded Goddess who were just a joy to be around. Kafayat was the perfect host, very gentle, considerate and left no question unanswered. I’m looking forward to the next one and will start to work to make this an annual ritual for myself. You will not be disappointed Goddesses:-)
By Alana D for Sol Goddess Wellness Retreat on 22 Dec, 2019
Thank you for this amazing review, Alana. This is exactly the type of feeling we hoped you would have from a Sol Goddess Wellness experience. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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KG
I really needed this. I spent more than a decade putting off appreciating or celebrating my hard work as punishment for mistakes I made. It was always after I earn this, or achieve that, or lose this (weight), or pay that. If everything wasn’t lined up perfectly, I felt like I didn’t deserve it. When I arrived, I realized how deficient I was in self-nourishment - how I was living in the past and taking the present for granted. I made it through some tough times and deserved this investment in self. My senses were heightened with breathtaking views, calming sounds, connections with the earth, therapeutic movement and energetic food. As a vegan, I was especially apprehensive about the food and brought my own stash so I wouldn’t go hungry if there weren’t provisions. Not only did Kafayat make sure I was well fed, but the menu was catered to everyone. If you had a special diet, or allergies, or just preferences, you were taken care of. Fresh fruit and vegetables were in abundance and no meal was the same. By the time I left, my soul was awakened, refreshed and nourished...and I had a blast on the excursions! The best part was knowing that the proceeds from the trip would go to communities in need. By helping myself, I was also helping others. I am forever grateful for the experience.
By Kyma G for Sol Goddess Retreat: Heal Thyself on 26 May, 2019
Thank you for this astouding review, Kyma. This is exactly the type of feeling we hoped you would have from a Sol Goddess Wellness experience. Taking the time to tap into the sacredness of our humanity, and to harness self-love is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
BE
By the time I took this trip I was in desperate need of a pause in my life. I needed a break from work, motherhood and men. I wanted to connect with women in meaningful ways outside of my normal routines in a relaxed vacation setting where the pressure to party was off or optional. Thankfully, Kafayat had the same idea! My favorite parts of the trip were the heart connected evening discussions, day and evening hikes and group journaling. And the food was AMAZING!
By Kelly M for Sol Goddess Retreat: Heal Thyself on 21 Mar, 2019
Thank you Kelly! It was a pleasure to host you. Your feedback was impactful to our program structure, and greatly appreciated. We hope that you are spending time with your first priority- YOU. We look forward to having you join us again soon.
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References

AC
I was blessed to attend the first Sol Goddess Wellness Retreat in Port Antonio, Jamaica. I have spent most of my days the last 2 years caring for my child in a hospital over 500 miles away from home. The opportunity to retreat for 5 to 6 days with other women in a setting fit for a movie was a dream come true. I didn’t know how much I needed to leave my everyday surroundings for a place as beautiful as Port Antonio and with the company of an amazing group of women. During the trip I focused as much on self-care and self-love as I did on breeding new friendships. I practiced Yoga first thing in the morning every single day. Imagine laying your mat down and raising your head high towards the open sky. The ocean ahead of you and the sun kissing you good morning. Yoga was always followed by my favorite meal of the day! Breakfast. And what a meal it always was. Fresh fruit, coffee, pastries, made to order eggs and more. Imagine rolling up your yoga mat, grabbing a cold drink of water and walking over to a beautifully set table facing the ocean. Breakfast was made all the better by the company. I absolutely loved meeting the women on the trip. My roommates and I became instant friends. We were like 3 peas in a pod. We allowed each other the space to be or genuine selves around each other. And boy did we laugh every day! No day was complete without an excursion or time at the beach. Winnifred Beach, Frenchmen’s Cove (named one of the best beaches in the world), San San Beach, the Blue Lagoon, hiking at Reach Falls and more. Hard to imagine we did all of that and more in 5-6 days. In the late evenings we dined under the moon to food catered by either the hotel staff or very own chef Nadege Fleurimond. Nadege not only prepared food for or group but invited us into the kitchen to participate in the experience. We shopped for ingredients together and each of us played a small role in preparing a portion of our meal. Dinners were lively some nights with lots of conversation and peaceful other nights. On the more peaceful nights we would gather at the table and reflect on our day - share small moments and open up about the life that awaited us back home. Together - whether at Yoga, over dinner or an evening sit down - we helped each other heal, soul-search, rest, leave worries behind and grow. Sol Goddess Wellness Retreats provides an array of opportunities for all women. It’s opportunity to say “this is my time”! It is so hard to dedicate time for self-care, but nothing forces you to focus on you more than leaving your everyday surroundings and flying to somewhere as beautiful as Port Antonio. If you are looking for ME-time, a little adventure, a little out-of-your comfort zone time to challenge yourself, a beautiful setting to explore, a moment to rejuvenate your spirit with the help of other women, a hands-on learning experience or simply a vacation, then Sol Goddess Wellness Retreats are for you. Kafayat, founder and organizer, of Sol Goddess was a great facilitator and leader of the retreat. Every day / night was thoughtfully planned out. You could see in her eyes and her smile how much she wanted all of the attendants to get exactly what they were each looking for in the Retreat. I would highly recommend you consider Sol Goddess for your next trip or retreat. You will not regret it. It’s important to also note that part of the proceeds from the retreat helps to find some very important work at the Bel Espirit Cultural Institute - whether it’s working with at risk young girls in The Dominican Republic or gifting Haitian youth with much needed school supplies. What more could you ask for? The Retreat took care of me and sent me on my way feeling ready to conquer another day fighting for my daughters life. Thank you Kafayat and Sol Goddess.
By Adayna C on 21 Mar, 2019