We have rebranded our original adventure to be more culinary in nature with a lighter focus on the paddling and Yoga. Victor, my chef husband, will be joining the trip and providing the evening meals along with tips & tricks for cooking healthy and delicious! Meals will be vegan with a leaning towards the plant-based-whole-foods direction.
This program is designed to be 8 days and 7 nights packed full with activities. You can be as active or inactive as you like. We will offer a daily morning paddle outing straight off our ocean front lodging or join us for a sunrise yoga session. We include bicycling, hiking, snorkeling and have horseback riding and surfing as optional outings.
This exciting hosted trip gives you more than just the highlights of Puerto Rico, we also get into some really cool local places. This program is especially unique in that we run it in a small, intimate format with no more than 8 participants and two hosts.
The food at the villa and our picnic lunches are vegan, generally in the tradition of wfpb, whole foods, plant based menu and is included in the package. We shop primarily fresh, local and organic whenever possible. We do have a few meals out that you can choose to step out of the non-meat, non-dairy menu. The program is intended to be an all-round feel good week incorporating mind. body and soul., head to toe with some delicious meals and some cooking tips you can take home with you. .
Our foodie outings will include coffee productions stops including high in the mountains, Sandra Farms and Hacienda Tres Angels. You will have access to two different chocolatiers, on very different production scales, Traditional Puerto Rician fare, homemade ice-cream, a vegan/smoothie restaurant and more.
As an alternative to this hosted tour, perhaps you have mobility concerns, a larger group or special interests that you would prefer to explore. We have enough itinerary stops to build a custom program that suits your best needs. Gather a group together, rent to whole house and you decide the experiences you wish to have. This sort of program can have a maximum of 11 people.
The Villa is located on the ocean in the center of the Gastronimica Routa, a restaurant rich area along the coast Salinas, Puerto Rico. There are two houses on the property, the smaller one bedroom Casita and the larger 3 bedrooms and 2 bath Seacasa.
There is direct access to the ocean from the house, for swimming, paddling and SUP Yoga.. There is a laundry building and a nice courtyard for outdoor Yoga sessions. The large house has a marvelous porch with good cross breezes from the ocean. Meals are shared here. The smaller house has a comfortable private deck, dining area and superb ocean and sunset views.
With this program all meals at the villa are included and lead by Victor. Everyone is welcome to join Victor in the kitchen for tips and tricks for meal preparation, seasoning and cooking for the plant based lifestyle. The kitchen is comfortable with all the standard amenities including a ninja for smoothies. We will always have coffee and tea available, you are on your own for any specialty beverages. Meals at home base are vegan, generally plant based, whole foods in nature using fresh and often organic ingredients. Plan on low salt, low or no added sugar, low gluten and light oils. Think healthy!
The three bedrooms are set up in a traditional island layout, two with separate doors to the porch and all flowing through each other. The largest bedroom is reached through the double and has it's own bath, dressing area and closet.
This program is intimate in size with a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 8 plus 2 instructor/hosts making it truly a one of a kind experience.
Lynn Upthagrove on the path towards her 200 hour yoga instructor certificate and has been teaching yoga several classes a week for over a year with Sacred North Studios in St. Germain, Wisconsin Lynn is also an intense SUP Paddler. Victor Niebylski is a long time chef having owned several successful restaurants. Victor has had experience cooking vegan/plant based for 7 years Lynn and her Victor own the Villa we will be staying at and are happy to open their property to folks who love what they do.... yoga, paddling, dining and Puerto Rico. When not in PR, Lynn & Victor live in St. Germain, Wisconsin where they are kept busy with Cedaroma Lodge, an 11 cabin resort and their passion business: YogaPaddler with weekly excursions, night paddles, private SUP yoga classes for groups, equipment rentals and more.
These annual retreats are a natural extension of what Lynn & Victor are passionate about in life and it shows in their attention to detail on their trips.
A 25% deposit is required to hold your space in this program.
90 days prior to arrival a second payment is due bringing the amount on deposit up to 75%.
We must have our minimum of 5 people with 75% paid at this point to move the program forward. If we have less than than 5 enrolled and paid by you will receive a refund of the program fees paid. Please do not purchase your flight before we confirm to you that we have met the minimum number of participants.
The final payment for the remaining balance is due 45 days prior to arrival
If you cancel before the 90 day payment is due, you will receive a refund, less a $100 cancellation fee
If you cancel after the 90 day payment you will only receive a refund, less a $100 cancellation fee if we are successful filling your spot.
If you have to cancel and you are able to send us a substitute participant, there will be no cancellation fee. We will transfer your reservation to their name. They will take on all future payments with us and the two of you can work out all earlier payments between yourselves.
The program as outlined here is set up for 5 participants, each in their own bed and priced as noted.
If you would like a private retreat or hosted gathering of friends and family and will be booking the whole lodging space there is some flexibility in the two houses where we are able to add up to 6 additional people with the sharing of beds. This change makes the small house also available with a queen bed, a queen sofa sleeper and a double sofa sleeper. A group booking can be accepted for this week up to the moment we have our first booking of a single bed. After that we will entertain a private group booking for any other week from the end of March through April or in November/December, not at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
This is a perfect little room for those on a budget., cozy with just enough space. This room has a closet and dresser and your own air-conditioner. Bright & colorful, this room is accessed off the living room and shares the main bathroom with the double bedded room. Book one of the beds or join with a friend and take this whole room!
Rate is for one Person, you can add a second person for $950.
This room has one double bed and shares a bath with the bunk room. This room has direct access from the porch to get to the rest of the house. The Double-Double room access is through this room.
Price listed is for 2 people, one person per bed. You can add up to 2 additional people for $950 each.
This is the largest of the guest rooms with two double beds, a closet and a private bath. You can share this room with 2, 3 or 4 people. The base rate is for 2 people. Add $950 for each additional person in this room
While each day is nicely configured, the order they may be experienced could change as we negotiate with our vendors for the best packages. This year we found many of our favorite things to do don't always happen on the day we want to do them... so we many need to change our days around. This itinerary is also very flexible. If the tour is sold to individuals that are unrelated, just coming together by the coincidence of this trip, then we will keep this basic outline. If this trip is being booked by a group as one package, you can determine much of the program. We have itinerary pieces that can be inserted or deleted based on your preferences. More dining & shopping? More physical activities... We can make either happen. We are also comfortable changing the number of days if you are booking as a group. So give me a jingle and let's go over what will work best for YOU!