We have rebranded this trip to be more culinary in nature. 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.
I elected to switch to a vegan menu in January of 2013 and have not looked back since. Victor has scoured the internet for the most interesting of recipes and preparation secrets and truly enjoys bringing a mouth full of flavors to the table.. While we may choose to give up dairy, meat and processed foods, none on this path have elected to give up delicious flavors.
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 daily morning paddle outings straight off our ocean front lodging or join us for a sunrise yoga session. We have bicycling, horseback riding, snorkeling and more 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. Every day includes and option to paddle, practice yoga flows and some sort of adventure, sightseeing, excursion. 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 is vegan, loosely following the wfpb, whole foods, plant based menu and is included in the package. We shop primarily fresh and organic. We do have a few meals out that you can choose to step out of the non-meat, non-dairy menu. The program is an all-round feel good week incorporating mind. body and soul... head to toe.
This can be an active trip with daily paddling ranging from 2 to 5 miles, an hour of yoga movement and more. Most of our outing activities require a good bit of walking, climbing, hiking, swimming... general movement. It's a grand idea to be ready for this rather than uncomfortable. Book early, then take the rest of the fall to get prepared for it. Make this trip your motivation to improve your health!
Alternatively, Victor has a bad knee and enjoys the activities that do not affect this. He still participates in the paddling, water sports and more but takes it easy on the walking, climbing and knee-centric explorations, We have enough itinerary stops to build a program that suits your best needs. Gather a group together, rent to whole house and you decide the experiences you wish to have.
The Fall 2019 version of this trip will be the first of it's kind. If you are able to join us on this trip you will get serious discounts for helping us identify our best recipes, outings and interests. The week will be jammed packed with foods, wines and activities you will love.
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 casa.
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 Chef Victor. Everyone is welcome to join Victor in the kitchen for tips and trick for 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.
The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival at the villa.
If you cancel 60 or more days before the program starts, all but $100 will be refunded.
If you cancel 30-60 days before the March 19th, you forfeit your 25% deposit.
If you cancel less than 0-29 days before the start of the program you owe 100% of the program cost unless we find a replacement person for your slot.
If you ever have to cancel and 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.
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!