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KaYoga experiences combine sea kayaking with yoga

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Ebb and Flow – KaYOGA with Seascape and Lauri Nemetz – Aug 16-18, 2013 (New Date)

Imagine being part of a small group, kayaking on mystically beautiful waters and practicing yoga in the mornings and evenings. This trip, amongst the islands and dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy surrounding Deer Island, New Brunswick, is open to paddlers and yoga enthusiasts at all levels of experience.  If you are seeking a combination of adventure and spiritual awakening, this is the opportunity for you.

Although you may already know Lauri Nemetz, our Yoga teacher for the Ebb & Flow KaYOGA retreat, her bio below will highlight her experiences and certifications to reassure you that these days will provide you with the best yoga practice available.

For several years now, Seascape and Lauri have collaborated to bring the combination of yoga and kayaking together.  Lauri is a certified and registered experienced-level yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Dance/Movement Therapists Registered, a Board Certified Movement Therapist and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is co-President of the YTA (Yoga Teachers’ Association) and is an adjunct professor at Pace University and has served as guest faculty at the College of New Rochelle.

Combining yoga and kayaking has been an interest of Lauri’s since kayaking  for the first time with Seascape in Canada.  Lauri began to work with Bruce Smith, the founder of Seascape Kayak Tours in 2009. She has co-led several trips in both Canada and Costa Rica and loves sharing these special places with others.

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The package includes 3 hotel nights, 2 days paddling and yoga, three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. Meals on Seascape tours are healthy, delicious and plentiful. Fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables are carefully prepared to reflect the local flavor of the region. In the Bay of Fundy, local seafood or fish will be provided, along with fruit, wine, and cheese from our menu of organic and locally grown food, including delicious Bay of Fundy naturally smoked  fish.

Dietary restrictions are happily accommodated with advance notice.

Participants will will stay in quaint local accommodations on Deer Island. Space is limited.

Trip Cost: $895 US pp (based on double occupancy) plus tax.

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We hope that you will join us for this special Kayoga Experience this summer.

Bruce and Lauri


 

Costa Rica KaYoga El Espiritu del Mar

Dates TBA – Please email for details

9-day trip Combining Sea Kayaking and Yoga Practice

Photo: Lauri Nemetz

Imagine being part of a small group, kayaking in mystically beautiful waters and practicing yoga on sandy beaches beneath stately, deep-rooted trees. These trips in the warm, tropical setting of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, or in the dramatic tides of the Bay of Fundy surrounding Deer Island, New Brunswick, are open to paddlers and yoga enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Before and after a day of paddling, you will engage in sunrise and sunset yoga practice. If you are seeking a combination of adventure and spiritual awakening, call or e-mail us for more information.

Includes 4 hotel nights, 5 days paddling/yoga, 4 nights camping

Kayaking in the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean promotes a sense of peace and well-being, both physical and spiritual. The practice of yoga offers many benefits, from increased flexibility and strength to a deeper sense of connection with the world around us. It is therefore a natural fit to combine sea kayaking with yoga. This trip in the warm, tropical setting of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, is open to paddlers and yoga enthusiasts at all levels of experience.

Trip cost: $2,350 US (plus tax).

Covers all accommodations, land-based transportation, guiding and instruction, meals during on-water trip, kayaking, snorkeling and camping equipment. Trip cost does not include your air fare to Costa Rica and your meals before and after paddling (breakfasts are included at hotels). (To assure that you have your hotel rooms to yourself, add $300).

Photo: Lauri Nemetz

El Espiritu Del Mar Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, where you will be greeted by a friendly face, and escorted by air conditioned microbus to your overnight accommodation, the Hotel Don Carlos, a 30-minute ride. The hotel is in a safe neighborhood and in walking distance to many restaurants and historic sites. Hotel staff speak English and are very helpful. There are computers available and a free skype call home to check in. Enjoy your evening.

Day 2: After an enjoyable breakfast at the Don Carlos (included) you will be picked up at the hotel and travel via air conditioned microbus to Puntarenas (2.5 hours). A lunch / snack break is included in the trip. You will then take the ferry with a Seascape escort to Paquera on the Nicoya Peninsula (1.5 hours) and then ride 30 minutes with Seascape hosts to the seaside village of Tambor and your accommodation, the boutique hotel Tambor Tropical. After checking in, relax, have a swim, enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail and prepare for our opening sunset yoga practice, followed by dinner and an introduction to the paddling experience (you pay for your own meal this night).

Day 3: The first paddling day is usually a short one, allowing you to acclimatize to the tropical heat and gradually work your way into the daily routine. An early morning yoga session will help you prepare for the adventure ahead. Following breakfast at the hotel (included), Seascape will transport you to Curú Wildlife Refuge, 20 minutes from the village of Tambor. Curú is a small reserve and working farm on the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula known as an ecological gem for its incredible wildlife and well developed system of hiking trails. Here we will review the organization system for packing, then load the kayaks with food and camping gear and experience a comprehensive orientation to paddling technique and sea kayak safety. Our destination is Playa Quesera, a beautiful white-sand beach located approximately one hour from our launching area. After we land and set up our base camp, we enjoy a refreshing lunch and spend the afternoon working on wet exits and rescues. Our sunset yoga practice will allow us a chance to unwind from the busy day and relax into a delicious dinner of a local fish fillet.

Photo: Peter Farley

Days 4-6 For these three whole days, from dawn to dusk and throughout the nights, the rhythms of the sea, sky and spirit will become entirely our own. We will live alongside Howler Monkeys, White-Nosed Coatis, Hermit Crabs, some resident iguanas and a variety of forest, sea and shore birds, such as Black-Headed Trogons, Turquoise-Browed Motmots and Brown Pelicans. No day will be like another, but we will relax into a life flow that begins with early morning yoga at sunrise, involves one long or two shorter paddles during the day, and ends again with yoga practice at sunset. After a hearty breakfast, each day will offer an array of paddling possibilities to explore around our base on Playa Quesera. We will learn basic kayak surfing in protected conditions at Playa Organo, visit the dramatic cliffs of Las Islas Tortugas and Los Arcos, and discover several enchanting mangrove estuaries. Some days we will take lunch along and create a picnic on another beach; other days we may return and have our lunch at base camp. In the afternoons, there will be ample time for swimming, snorkelling, resting in hammocks, reading and journaling. One day the group may hike inland on one of the trails to further explore the flora and fauna. As the days progress, there will be an increased focus on paddling technique and endurance. One day we may paddle northeast, through gentle rolling swell past Playa Organo, where we’ll enter a tight passage between the mainland and Las Negritos, leaving the open Pacific behind for a time and enjoying the protected waters of the Gulf of Nicoya. Back on Quesera, we’ll unwind with sunset yoga practice, and enjoy a specially prepared dinner of local cuisine; those who enjoy cooking are welcome to join in the preparations and everyone works together on kitchen cleanup.

Day 7: Our last day on the water will be marked by a special early morning yoga session. After breakfast, we will strike camp, pack our gear and say our goodbyes to the beautiful beach setting that has been home for the past four nights. After loading our gear into the kayaks, we paddle the short distance to the beach at Curú where we will unpack the boats and prepare for the return journey to civilization. Showers and washroom facilities are available and a traditional Costa Rican lunch will be served at the refuge. Be sure to spend some time in the lovely Monkey Store Gift Shop here in Curú; all the proceeds from your purchases are used to maintain and sustain this special wildlife refuge. Upon exiting the reserve, we travel back to Tambor for another evening at the tranquil Tambor Tropical. After checking in, unpack, swim and enjoy a cold drink and the comforts of this accommodation. Laundry services are available. We will gather once more for a final sunset yoga practice, and then gather for a farewell dinner together in the hotel restaurant (you pay for your meal tonight.)

Day 8: After breakfast (included), you will transfer back to San José and your accommodation at the Don Carlos.

Day 9: After breakfast (included), you will be picked up by Seascape approximately three hours before your departure time and taken to the airport via air conditioned microbus.


Our Yoga Instructor Laurice D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, E-RYT

For several years now, Seascape and Lauri have collaborated to bring the combination of yoga and kayaking together.  Lauri is a certified and registered experienced-level yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Dance/Movement Therapists Registered, a Board Certified Movement Therapist and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is co-President of the YTA (Yoga Teachers’ Association) and is an adjunct professor at Pace University and has served as guest faculty at the College of New Rochelle. Additionally she teaches and works in a number of therapeutic, private and public settings and specializes in teaching accessible anatomy and movement workshops and has been teaching the anatomy component for Ananda Ashram’s teaching training program since 2010.  Lauri is currently an associate teacher for Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains ®.

Combining yoga and kayaking has been an interest since kayaking in Canada for the first time with Seascape.  Lauri began to work with Seascape Kayak Tours in 2009 and has co-led several trips in both NB Canada and Costa Rica and loves sharing these special places with others.  She is the author of A Place of Balance: Yoga Practice for the Kayaker (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. 2010) and has additionally published writings on movement therapy and yoga in several books and journals. Lauri has degrees from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College in addition to continuing education from such institutions as the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband and two boys.  More info on Lauri can be found at www.wellnessbridge.com and www.ytayoga.com.