Authorized L2 Ashtanga teacher
Bonaire 7-14 May 2022
Come deepen your Ashtanga practice during a one week Mysore intensive in the Caribbean. Your teacher Heather Serna is a direct student of R. Sharath Jois of Sharath Yoga Center in Mysore, previously known as K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). She is known to share her love for the practice. Her teachings are in a safe, gentle but firm way, that acknowledges every student's capabilities in order to start a process of self discovery. It is an honor for her to pass along this sacred practice.
Stay in a stylish and spacious luxury villa with ocean view, only a stroll away from idyllic Bachelors beach. Each room has king size double beds, easily transformed into twin beds with ensuite bathroom and outside area to relax. The communal areas are very spacious. Many different lounges and sun beds near the pool to choose from, all with ample privacy for all guests. The villa will be redecorated early 2022, so the images currently displayed is the current, already lovely, state of the villa.
Upon arrival on Saturday, you are welcomed with a welcome cocktail followed by dinner. Every day after practice a nutritious brunch awaits you and every evening we'll have dinner together while enjoying the stunning Caribbean sunsets. All menus can be made to suit vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians and our brilliant chef Madelaine is happy to take any dietary requests into consideration too. A typical Mysore, South Indian meal made by our Indian chef on one of the evenings is also included.
Every morning we will start the day with yoga, in accordance with the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. On Sunday morning Heather will teach a full primary led class and from Monday to Friday it's Mysore Style self-practice. The two workshops are dedicated to the tristana method, breath work, meditation and chanting. All levels are welcome to the retreat, previous experience of the Ashtanga series is recommended. Heather is an Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga teacher and can help you wherever your practice is at the moment.
Heather started her journey in yoga during her last year of college, in 2007. After graduating with a BA in Psychology, she made her first trip to Mysore, India in 2008 to practice at KPJAYI. Ever since, she has continued her travels and studies to Mysore, to practice under her teacher R. Sharath Jois and assist him at the main shala. In 2012, Heather was blessed upon receiving Authorization to teach. Over the years, Heather developed three Mysore programs in the United States (Florida), and has taught internationally in Asia, Middle East, Europe and around the USA.
Arrival and settling in to your accommodation, welcome cocktails and dinner
8:30 am Ashtanga Led class
11:00 am Brunch
Free time/ optional excursion or wellness treatments
6:00 pm dinner
7:30 am Mysore practice
11:00 am Brunch
Free time/ optional excursion or wellness treatments/workshops (2 in total)
6:00 pm South Indian fare well dinner with Henna (optional) party.
8:00 am breakfast and good byes
10:00 am check out
Luggage can be left at the villa if return flights take off later in the day.
*) schedule is preliminary and can change during the retreat.
things to do
The island of Bonaire is small, yet surrounded by crystal clear waters with many beaches you can have all for yourself.
The activities below are just an indication of the endless possibilities
Swimming & snorkelling
Diving & free diving
Kite surfing & windsurfing
Horseback riding & swimming with horses
Stand up paddle boarding
Kayak trip in the Mangroves
Visit the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire
Visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park
Twin/double shared with ensuite bathroom in 2 BR apartment
$1695/€1475* per person
$1520 for non-yogi roommate**
Single with ensuite bathroom
in 2 BR apartment
Deluxe Twin/double shared with private porch and lounge
$1995/€1730* per person
$1820 for non-yogi roommate**
Deluxe Single with private porch and lounge
*)Prices will be charged in USD, EUR prices are just indications
**) excluding yoga If staying with partner in same room
7 nights accommodation in luxury villa
Brunch and dinners
1 Ashtanga Led Class
5 Mysore Ashtanga Self-practice
Transfers to and from the shala
Return flights to Bonaire (direct flights from Amsterdam, Miami, New ark, Atlanta, Medellin, Curacao, Aruba)
Optional excursions & activities
Tourist tax $5.50 pppd
Stinapa Nature fee $25 for swimming & snorkelling, $45 for diving including entrance to national Park
Transportation on the island (we're happy to assist)
Wellness/massage treatments (upon request)
Terms & Conditions
To secure your spot a 20% non refundable deposit is required.
The full retreat fee is due 30 days prior to retreat on April 8th 2022.
In the event of cancellation due to COVID restrictions* payment, including 50% of deposit, will be refunded.
*) restrictions are; complete lockdown on Bonaire and teaching is not possible, or flight cancellations by airline.
Payments can be made via bank transfer to US$ account or IBAN in EUR. Please use wise.com for the lowest bank fees and best currency conversion.
The exact amount in EURO will be communicated to you on the day of payment.