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OVERVIEW

Discover the Galapagos via Semilla Verde’s intimate and lush 12 acre private retreat where endemic Giant Tortoises roam freely and walking paths abound.  This once in a lifetime trip is land based to allow for a daily yoga practice and maximum exploration.

Trips to the must-do Galapagos sites such a Bartolomé and South Plazas are included as well as kayaking on secluded bays and an on-site certified Galapagos Naturalist.

Swim with sea lions and sharks, spot Galapagos penguins and flamingos, marine iguanas and Blue Footed Boobies; this one of a kind UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the perfect melding of yoga and an unblemished example of a wild and natural world.

Accommodation Options:

Each guest room at Semilla Verde has its own unique touches.  Some rooms look out over the forest canopy (recording the birdsong for your life back in the urban jungle is highly recommended) and some face the Tortoise Pond and grassy areas where these gentle giants lumber along. 

All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, views, comfort, love and amenities.

Triples can also be accommodated for yoga retreats in some rooms so please contact The Travel Yogi for special rates.

Galapagos Yoga Retreats The Travel Yogi Semilla Verde

ITINERARY

This amazing Galapagos experience includes all of the nature excursions listed (under Included) as well the expertise of a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide.  Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions; yogi flexibility is always appreciated.

Nature & Yoga Retreat - Maile Sivert
March 29-April 5, 2014

Join Maile on her second journey to the magical Galapagos islands!  This trip is truly inspirational, each day has an incredible itinerary of boat trips with a naturalist teaching about the endemic species and evolution, snorkeling, and gorgeous beaches for yoga and kayaking.  Before Maile became a yoga teacher, she was a wildlife biologist so, this dream-come-true adventure retreat for her.  She can't wait to share it with you, through mindful yoga, meditation, silent walks and all of the amazing excursions we do together.

 

Connected Energy Yoga Oasis Retreat - Erica Jung
May 10-17, 2014

Take a break from your life, immerse yourself in yoga and enliven your body and mind on the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Erica is excited to bring her accessible, intuitive, and energetic style of teaching from her studio in New Jersey to the shores of the Galapagos Islands. On this retreat you can expect a safe and beautiful space to move outside the limits of everyday life and step into a place of courage and new possibilities. She invites every level of yogi to escape with her for a unforgettable week of laughter, adventure, and friendship.

 

Liquid Love Wild Blue Retreat - Micheline Berry
Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2014

Immerse yourself in the wild poetry of the Galapagos Islands. This once in a lifetime journey integrates daily yoga Liquid Asana™ Vinyasa yoga practice with authentic eco-adventures excursions to Bartolomé & outlying islands as well as snorkeling and kayaking at secluded crystalline coves and bays all expertly guided by certified Galapagos Naturalists.

Accompanied by expert guides, we will wallk, swim, yoga and snorkel amidst sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and sharks, penguins, marine iguanas and the Blue Footed Boobies famous to Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What is wild here mirrors what is still wild within us.

 

For Love Of Nature Retreat - Ame Wren
Feb 14-21, 2015

After leading retreats for 5 years, Ame is excited to be expanding her offerings to the Galapagos. A long-time traveler, lover of nature, animals and yoga, this trip is the perfect opportunity to combine a once-in-a-lifetime locale with deep yoga practices and community cultivation. We will begin most days with a sweaty practice to wake us up and prepare the senses for the day ahead. After our island adventures we'll cool down with a yin-inspired practice and meditation, prepping you for the best sleep you'll ever have, amongst the stars and the sounds of the natural world. Practice will be catered to the group's energy and inspired by the landscape. Get ready for the most unique yoga retreat you'll ever go on.

 

Explore Galapagos Yoga Retreat "...a little world within itself" (Darwin) - Ryan Leier
March 7-14, 2015

Commune with the Natural Mystic of the Galapagos Islands, and its 5,000 species who co-exist with each other. Enjoy daily yoga practice with Ryan Leier focused on the five elements of nature, walk on the most absorbing wildlife trails in the world, swim and snorkel with the penguins and sea turtles.

Between Ryan’s authentic expression of the ancient, yet vital tradition of yoga and the Galapagos Island's nature and inhabitants; this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Re-connect to yourself to the wonder and appreciation of this precious life and all of nature's creation.

 

Galapagos Grandeur - Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

March 14-21, 2014 

 

Sample Day For All Retreat Weeks:

Sunrise Yoga 
Breakfast at Semilla Verde
Day trip to North Seymour Island

  • North Seymour is a popular nesting ground - you can expect
    • Great frigate birds
    • Blue footed boobies
    • Land iguana
    • Sea lions
    • Guided snorkeling
    • Naturalist guided hiking
    • Lunch on board and post lunch siesta

Sunset Yoga
Dinner at Semilla Verde

Spa treatments are also available via Chi Spa Galapagos. 

INCLUDED

What's Included:

  • Accommodation on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
  • Yoga most days (at teacher's discretion on cruising adventure days)
  • Three meals a day
  • Naturalist accompanied visit to the Charles Darwin Station
  • Naturalist accompanied day trips to Bartolomé, South Plazas and North Seymour Islands
  • Snorkeling and swimming on all day excursions
  • Two dinners in Puerto Ayora
  • Naturalist accompanied Highland Tour (pit craters, lava tunnels and cloud forest and wild tortoises)
  • Kayaking on Tortuga Bay
  • 12 acres of private walking paths to explore (wild Giant Tortoises roam the property)
  • Evening fire pit and unlimited southern hemisphere star gazing
  • Transfers to and from the airport (on arrival and departure days only)

What's Not Included:

  • Flights to Baltra, Ecuador (GPS)
  • $10US SICGAL inspection and migration card
  • $100US Galapagos National Park entrance fee (cash only)
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)

 

Mainland Ecuador Options:

Amazon Andes Sky The Travel YogiIf you are looking to explore mainland Ecuador before or after your Galapagos yoga retreat then we highly recommend you buzz the team at Amazon Andes Sky.  These guys are mainland experts and can steer you in the right direction.  Feel free to check out their resource page and contact them for more info.

 

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TEACHERS

ERICA JUNG May 10-17, 2014

Erica Jung Trepta Yoga Galapagos Retreat The Travel Yogi

 

Erica is a teacher all about connection.  Her unique practice and teachings stem from an eclectic background aimed at drawing students out of a place of fear and into a space of fun, freedom, and flight.  

Through her teachings she hopes to break down the walls of old beliefs and get students back in touch with self, bringing a deeper dimension to their practices. Expect to experience more than you thought possible in an alignment conscious creatively playful class, and renew your sense of confidence all while laughing and sweating. 

As an 500hr E-RYT she feels blessed to share her passions and serve community via her studio, Trepta Yoga as well as connecting with students worldwide via retreats, leading 300hr teacher trainings and workshops. 

 

 

 

DANIELE BRITT Sept 20 - Sept 27 & Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2014

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Mornings will include Daniele's original creation, Anahata Bhakti Flow™ (the devotion of the heart), sequences that energize the body & spirit and awake compassion for oneself and others.  From these  step-by-step gentle to experienced back-bend sequences, we will awaken the creative nomad within to prepare us for our daily adventures. Each day will include new layers of the sequences with hand-outs of chakra integration.

Evening practices will offer Daniele's 13 years experience in sharing her unique therapy, BrittYoga Therapy, a practice that fuses physical therapy, BackCare, and takes you on a journey to alignment slow flow, yin, restorative to guided visualization affirmation practice.

Walking meditations will be our breathing intention practice with a letting go bonfire evening to seal our week's work.
Participants are encouraged to honor their limitations.  The practices are accessible to all levels with many hands-on assists.

 

JENNIFER PRUGH & REBECCA BARA Oct 4-11 & Oct 11-18, 2014

Breathe Yoga Vibe Yoga The Travel Yogi

 

Join Rebecca Bara and Jennifer Prugh for an amazing week of physical and spiritual adventure and rejuvenation, surrounded by untouched nature on the Galapagos Islands.

Take a week  to let go of the world you know, experience an entirely distinct eco-system, go deep in your yoga practice, discover new things about yourself and the beauty around you.  Enjoy delicious healthy food and the company of like minded people and leave with new friendships.  We look forward to guiding you on this amazing journey on the breathtaking Galapagos Islands.

 

 

 

 

MICHELINE BERRY Oct 25-1, 2014  

Micheline Berry The Travel YogiImmerse yourself in the wild poetry of the Galapagos Islands. This once in a
lifetime journey integrates daily yoga Liquid Asana Vinyasa yoga practice
with authentic eco-adventures excursions to Bartolomé & South Plazas as well as snorkeling and kayaking at secluded crystalline coves and bays all expertly guided by on-site certified Galapagos Naturalists.

Accompanied by expert guides, we will wallk, swim, yoga and snorkel amidst
sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and sharks, penguins, flamingos, marine
iguanas and the Blue Footed Boobies famous to Galapagos, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. What is wild here mirrors what is still wild within us. 

 

SHANEY AALBERS Nov 1-8, 2014

Shaney Aalbers Galapaogs Retreat The Travel YogiRetreat, consciously withdraw from the familiarity of life’s conditioned rhythms and reintroduce yourself to simple sensitivities, indulgent awakenings, and the gift of community that affords the prioritization of Self study.

Dare to curate a style of life that adores the importance of restoring Self in the beginning of a season that asks a sincere amount of sharing, giving and patience.

Champion the effort of Self care by gifting your practice the benefit of time to adventure and reflect introspectively. Invest, dive further into personal value and importance, fuel your Self!

Shaney will lead the group through daily movement and meditative practices that will bookend the guided explorations of the surrounding splendor.

 

 

 

AME WREN Feb 14-21, 2015

DSC_0615Ame Wren began her yoga practice in 2001. Her teaching is a reflection of her deep love of precision and movement, and heavily influenced by all of her gifted mentors.

She is known for her lighthearted but very specific approach to asana and sequencing and her desire to make every student in the room feel known and attended to. Throughout the years she have been a dedicated student of Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, most notably influenced by Patricia Walden, Schuyler Grant and Natasha Rizopolous.

With a solid aim to educate, confront and guide while honoring the power of yoga as a complete mind-body practice, Ame works to present intelligent flow that combines the sweat of astanga, the wisdom of iyengar and the freedom of vinyasa. Ame has been a featured teacher in Yoga Journal, at Wanderlust Festival and was awarded the honor of"Best of Boston in 2010. She travels extensively leading retreats, trainings and workshops all over the world and is the founder of Boston Yoga School.

 

 

RYAN LEIER March 7-14, 2015

Ryan Leier- bio pic 2Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. Equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching, his distinct expression of ancient traditions touches his students’ hearts.

Registered as an E-RYT 500, RCYT, the highest designation with the Yoga Alliance, Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage having received teachings directly from the Master, Sri BKS Iyengar and the Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Drawing profound inspiration from his daughter, Kiyah, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organisation designed to empower youth ages 5 – 22 through the practice of yoga.

Ryan is a firm believer that, through steady practice and devotion, all people – regardless of age, gender, race or religion – can experience the Oneness of Yoga.

 

 

JENNIFERLYN CHIEMINGO March 14-21, 2014

Galapagos Jl boatIn her second retreat to Semilla Verde in the Galapagos Islands - JL can promise you a trip of a lifetime. Jenniferlyn talks about the last time she went by saying, "You just cannot oversell this place, it is everything you can imagine and more." 

Incredible meals made with love, strong power vinyasa in the mornings and restorative, relaxing yoga in the evenings make this a retreat of dreams. JL merges popular music, creative flows, lots of love and genuine connection on her retreats. You will find more Joy, Love and Yoga in your life with every breath of this trip, while you cultivate a deep connection with nature and like-minded people.

 From Mexico to Costa Rica and now a second retreat in the Galapagos – once you come along with JL, you will want to come every time she journeys somewhere new.

JL has been featured at Wanderlust California, as a lululemon and YogaEarth Ambassador, on MindBodyGreen, and Grow Soul Beautiful.

This is not just a yoga retreat (though there is plenty of yoga). This is a yoga adventure that will change your life. Great Yoga, New Friends, Amazing Food, Ocean Experiences and so much more.

 

FAQs

What airport do I fly into?
You will be traveling Baltra (GPS) in the Galapagos.  Many flight schedules require an overnight in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Please feel free to contact us for recommendations on hotels in Guayaquil.

Do I need a passport/visa?
US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Ecuador, but no visa is required at this time. Passports will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.  Ecuador reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

What wildlife should I expect to see?
Animal sightings are never guaranteed, but then again, this is Galapagos.  Expect to share dining space in town with marine iguanas and sea lions.  Frigate birds, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks and pelicans should all be on your checklist.  Giant tortoises roam freely in the highlands and will certainly be at Semilla Verde around the month of November and are always at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in Ecuador?
Ecuador uses the same plug and currency as the US (110-120V).  Some plugs will not accept the third 'grounding' pin so a back-up adapter is recommended. 

Is there internet access on property?
Yes, Semilla Verde does have wifi on property that can be accessed in the rooms or communal spaces.  Please note that the signal may occasionally drop and that email and Skype are possible but large files or pictures won't work.

Can I drink the water?
Fresh and filtered water is available in multiple locations and fresh water and juices will be available at meal times.  The water out of the tap is not suitable to drink.

Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
Semilla Verde is fully stocked with Manduka mats and blocks and YogiToes straps.  If you are attached to your mat and accessories, feel free to take them, but they are not necessary on this adventure.

Should I book any other activities/massages ahead of time?
This trip is fully itinerized leaving only minimal time unscheduled.  There is so much to see on the islands so please plan on full days of adventure, animal sightings and beautiful star filled skies.  We recommend that you schedule massages 24hrs in advance, but allow for a little quiet time for yourself or for strolling on the grounds.  Listening to nature is almost more fun than seeing it!

What do I need to bring?
You will need a good sturdy pair of walking shoes as well as a pair of shoes that can go from water to land (i.e., Tevas or the like).  The topography of the islands is varying and you'll want sturdy shoes for the time spent in the highlands.  Bring your yoga clothes, casual wear, a swim suit and plenty of charge on your camera.

Do I need travel insurance?
This trip is a big investment of time, energy, imagination and funds.  We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises.  You will also want to know that you are covered medically if a penguin bites off a finger (kidding!!).

What is the weather on the islands?
June to November is known as the garua season.  Water temperatures are in the low 70*s and fog is typical in the mornings.  Generally this cloud cover burns off (think 'June Gloom') and the sun is still warm.  Rains are also typical during this time of year. 

December to May is considered the 'warm' season with ocean temperatures in the high 70*s, hot day temperatures and little to no wind.  Strong rain storms can blow in and out during this time of year. 

Regardless of the time of year, the highland location of Semilla Verde offer fewer bugs, cooler temperatures and a quiet to the bustle of town.

What if I want to visit mainland Ecuador before or after my yoga adventure?
Amazon Andes Sky The Travel YogiIf you are looking to explore mainland Ecuador before or after your Galapagos yoga retreat then we highly recommend you buzz the team at Amazon Andes Sky.  These guys are mainland experts and can steer you in the right direction.  Feel free to check out their resource page and contact them for more info.

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BOOK NOW

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Connected Energy Yoga Oasis Retreat with Erica Jung May 10-17, 2014   

Erica Jung Galapagos Retreat The Travel Yogi

 

Accommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): Sold Out
Plantation View (downstairs): Sold Out
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): Sold Out
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3295 **female roommate spot available**
Forest View (upstairs): $3395
Ocean View (top floor): Sold Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rejuvenate your Practice, Restore your Body & Create Balance with Daniele Britt Sept 20 - 27 OR Sept 27 - Oct 4, 2014

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Accommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): $3195
Plantation View (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3395
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3495
Forest View (upstairs): $3595
Ocean View (top floor): $3795

 

db4-1Part 2: Sept 27 - Oct 4

Accommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): $3195
Plantation View (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3395
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3495
Forest View (upstairs): $3595
Ocean View (top floor): $3795

 

 

Galapagos Adventure with Jennifer Prugh and Rebecca Bara Oct 4-11 OR Oct 11-18, 2014

Jen Prugh Breathe Studio Vibe Yoga Rebecca Bara The Travel YogiPart 1: October 4-11

Accommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): $3195
Plantation View (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3395
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3395
Forest View (upstairs): $3595
Ocean View (top floor): $3795

 

 

Breathe Studio Vibe Studio The Travel YogiPart 2: October 11-18

Accommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): $3195
Plantation View (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3395
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3395
Forest View (upstairs): $3595
Ocean View (top floor): $3795

 

 

 

Liquid Love, Wild Blue Retreat with Micheline Berry Oct 25-Nov 1, 2014

Micheline Berry The Travel Yogi Galapagos Yoga Retreats

 Accommodation Options:

Double Occupancy  

Garden View: Sold Out
Plantation View: $2850
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3050
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3150
Forest View: $3200
Ocean View: $3350 (**female roommate only**)

Single Occupancy

Plantation View: $3950
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $4350
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $4450
Forest View: $4550

Triple Occupancy  

Forest View: $2750

 

 

Mindfully Exploring Our Human Spirit: Nature’s Abundance with Shaney Aalbers Nov 1-8, 2014

Shaney Aalbers Galapagos Retreat The Travel YogiAccommodation Options: 

Garden View (downstairs): $2995 **roommate spot avail (male yogi only)**
Plantation View (downstairs): $2995
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3295
Forest View (upstairs): $3395
Ocean View (top floor): $3495

 

 

 

For Love Of Nature Galapagos with Ame Wren Feb 14-21, 2015

Ame Wren The Travel Yogi

 

Accommodation Options:

Garden View (downstairs): $2995
Plantation View (downstairs): $2995
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3295
Forest View (upstairs): $3495
Ocean View (top floor): Sold Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Galapagos Retreat "...a little world within itself" (Darwin) with Ryan Leier March 7-14, 2015

Ryan Leier The Travel Yogi

 

Accommodation Options:

Garden View (downstairs): $3195
Plantation View (downstairs): $3195
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3295
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3395
Forest View (upstairs): $3595
Ocean View (top floor): $3795

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos Grandeur with Jenniferlyn Chiemingo March 14-21, 2015 

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Accommodation Options:

Garden View (downstairs): $2995
Plantation View (downstairs): $2995
Tortoise Pond (downstairs): $3295
Tortoise Pond (upstairs): $3395
Forest View (upstairs): $3495
Ocean View (top floor): $3595