Dominican Republic Explorers' Tour

  • Karaya Villas Karaya Villas
  • Perla Marina, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 2 - 6, 2019 (5 days)

Event Highlights

  • Retreat Center with pool
  • Meals (Breakfast on-site, pack lunches for excursions, traditional Dominican dinners)
  • Excursions, entrance fees, and supplies included
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Cultural immersion (Dominican language, history, and interactions with locals)
  • Local goods shopping (honey, coffee, larimar, silver, amber, paintings)
  • Airport transfers can be arranged

Schedule

Sample Itinerary
Day 1 is all about getting adjusted to the peace and focus on yourself.
Arrival at the relaxing retreat center
Option to take a tour of the facility and area to help situate yourself
Community dinner and discussion of the next day's itinerary and what to expect
Fun and light-hearted cultural understanding activity in the living room
Expect to start learning some key Dominican Spanish words
End the evening with a swim or retire to your room

Day 2 takes you to a heart-centered school that has the mission to allow access to school to all kids despite immigration status or socio economic status
Yoga Practice at sunrise
Community breakfast and overview of what to expect
Service activity in Puerto Plata with children at Luz en El Camino school where you will get hands on with the students and staff
Picnic lunch in Puerto Plata Malecon (coastal boardwalk) to capture the breeze and have some time to share with the group
Tour of Puerto Plata and eat tropical fruits
Community dinner at the retreat center
Evening activity: Gratitude and how it impacts our well-being blended with the day's activity

Day 3 is the day to reflect and grow
Yoga Practice
Community breakfast, setting agenda for the day, discussion
Large group dialogue and skill-building session which is dependent on participants' ideas
Vision board work facilitated by a trained art therapist
Lunch by the pool or sea
Small group work or one-on-one sessions along with opportunities to do self-directed growth work using the yoga studio, art studio, pool, hammocks, journaling, beach, resort, kitchen
Group discussion on day’s work
Community dinner by the pool
Evening activity as a group: Making meaning out of the trip and what you can do to apply it to your life at home.

Day 4 is about facing fear which is the main reason why people stay in the safe zone and live a small life.
Yoga Practice
Community breakfast, setting agenda for the day, discussion
Adventure excursion to 27 Waterfalls to climb to the top and work with fantastic guides that will give you everything needed to get down. They know the falls as they were once open space for them to play and explore. It is now a top-tier tour destination that was refined by a former Peace Corps volunteer to allow tourists access.
Lunch on site
Shopping for local products in markets using Spanish, bartering, and culturally-appropriate social skills.
Evening activity as a group: Building community and dance lessons

Day 5 is a day to reflect on the powerful lessons learned and the change that occurred.
Yoga Practice
Community breakfast, setting agenda for the day, discussion
Independent time
Group discussion and share vision boards
Cook dinner as a group and Spanish cooking vocabulary
Community dinner
Evening activity as a group: Boldness
Closing Ceremony

Day 6 is a powerful day where the connection to a new group is brought to a close and everyone spends time saying goodbye and making the transition home.
Breakfast
Independent time to finish work and set intentions for return home
Closing activities: New Agreements, Letter to self and Take Away
Pack and depart

About This Event

We have created this trip to provide you a cultural immersion into what makes the Dominican Republic one of the top three traveled places by Americans!  Foreigners fall in love with this place and that's why there is a huge expat community that live on the island.  The tour is organized so each day has a focused activity that highlights different aspects that Dominicans do best.  They are known for fun, joy, adventure, passion, music, and delicious food.

You can expect to get off the path of traditional tours that are limited by time and locations.  This trip offers you the opportunity to see villages, people, and programs that were formed with longstanding relationships with the locals.  Our driver is also a Dominican who is a great resource on what it means to be Dominican as well as very resourceful in finding anything we need along the way.

Activities vary depending on season and number in our group but they have included the following:

 Climbing 27 waterfalls and jumping and sliding down

Visiting the monkey preserve and Zip line jungle

Building an outhouse for a village member along side the Neighborhood Association

Planting pineapple and avocado trees in former garbage dump zone

Teaching Yoga to intercity kids

Cooking lessons on traditional Dominican food

Landscape painting class on the beach

Historical tour of Puerto Plata

Rum Factory Tour

Playing dominoes in the barrio with Dominicans

You can expect a well though out trip that will inspire you!

This was the best retreat I've been on. It was so much more organized than other ones I've been on. It was a lot more included than we expected. We would have paid more.

What's Included

  • Airport transports can be arranged for additional cost
  • Pre-departure meetings are included that will go over logistics, insurance coverage, packing list, expectations, and answer questions
  • Accommodations (single and double available)
  • Breakfast and dinner at the resort
  • Packed lunches
  • Transportation to locations
  • Yoga lessons
  • Instructions each day
  • Entry into activities

What's Not Included

Flight (also $10 Tourist visa in price of flights)
Transfers to and from airport can be arranged
Eating at restaurants
Shopping purchases

Venue Highlights

Located along the sprawling north coast of the island, the retreat center has four individual homes with a private pool in the center. There is a Dominican family that manages the property on site. The neighborhood is secure, has all the basic amenities, and access to the beach. Within walking distance of the retreat center, there is a min-market and a delicious Italian restaurant run by Italian ex-pats. There is a Dominican housekeeper and a cook who are delegated for the group's housing and food needs.
The facility allows access to a beach-side yoga studio in Cabarete that has the world-famous kite surfers.

Accommodations

Each home has three bedrooms, kitchen, and there own living room. Some rooms have two twin beds and others have queen beds. There are two bathrooms in each home. We often eat community meals outdoors as the air at night is very refreshing and we can see the stars. Towels are provided. Please let us know if you have any accommodation requests.

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Breakfast includes typical food like oatmeal, fruit, eggs, fresh bread and tropical fruit jam

Lunch are packed based on individual preferences for sandwich type, fruit, trailmix, and water

Dinners are hot meals that include main entree, rice, vegetables and dessert.

No alcohol or drug consumption permitted.

Directions

You can pre-arrange a pick up to meet you just outside baggage claim who will have a picture of you and a sign with your name. You can also give a taxi or arrange for shared-cars just outside baggage. The resort area is known to the locals and the address for the resort can be confirmed at the entry to the neighborhood. It is uncommon for housing numbers to be used.

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