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Costa Rican Sea Turtles Adventure
Jan
9
to Jan 17

Costa Rican Sea Turtles Adventure

Maine Yoga Adventures is partnering again with outstanding nonprofit conservation organization, Earthwatch Institute, to assist on a 9 day Costa Rican Sea Turtles Expedition.

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Following volunteer work, adventurers will head to an awe-inspiring private home, The Sunset, in the rainforest of Nuevo Arenal for yoga, healthy vegetarian food, hiking, sightseeing, playing in the pool and more!

Adventurers are free to choose just the sea turtle expedition with Earthwatch Institute or just the adventure with MYA or both!

Lead scientist Frank Paladino, Professor of Biology, Indiana-Purdue University, has a research team to help gain a better understanding of the ecology of endangered turtles that nest on the beaches of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. These beaches host the largest remaining population of leatherback turtles in the Eastern Pacific as well as important populations of olive ridley and East Pacific green turtles. (pics below by Jeff Morey)

The work will consist of... 

  • Observing and monitor nesting leatherbacks. Those working on the beach at night will visit each nesting leatherback to take measurements and record any unusual markings or injuries—in other words, you’ll get as close as a person can to these majestic animals.

  • Release hatchlings in the ocean. When babies start to emerge from the eggs in the hatchery, our team will take the tiny turtles down to the water's edge and release them into the wild.

  • Survey the beach. During the day, our team will count sea turtle nests on the beach, take nest temperatures, and look for signs of erosion that could put nests in danger.

Accommodations are at the Goldring Marine Biology Field Station perched at the edge of the beach. Team MYA will share a bedroom with bunk beds. We'll have plenty of space to lounge at the pool or in the hammock. Typical tasty Costa Rican breakfasts and dinners of beans will be served up as well as ingredients for simple delicious lunches. 

Adventurers can create an expedition fund through Earthwatch to receive tax-deductible donations to cover volunteering costs ($2,845 accommodations & food are included; flight is not included) or use another contribution platform such as GoFundMe. If you can’t commit but are interested in supporting endangered sea turtles, make a donation to support MYA founder, Holly, in her volunteer work.

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The former Principal Investigator for this project, Nathan Robinson, is the scientist seen removing a straw from a turtle’s nostril in what is considered to be the viral video responsible for straw bans! More needs to be done in terms reducing the plastic threat in oceans but banning straws is a good place to start. Tamarindo, across the way from Playa Grande, could do with more education in both light reduction and reducing their disposables that end up in the waters that these turtles return to every year to lay down their future generations. The risks are many for turtles, humans can do more to help their plight by refusing plastic and considering options other than convenience.

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Nature is abundant in this peaceful place - the Costa Rican sunsets are gorgeous, like none other! Volunteers will have some time to relax on the beach, explore, and soak in the beauty. There will be time for wildlife watching, howler monkey families reside there, anteaters, crocs in the slower waterways, and more...

Post-research expedition, MYA will adventure to The Sunset in Nuevo Arenal for four blissful nights (January 17-21) of yoga, nature immersions (finding a sloth or two!), excursions, rainforest rambling, stargazing, birding (toucans visit the house), and delicious food!

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Rachel Hicks, our cook from Virginia, will work her adventure magic in the kitchen again. Rachel comes to MYA with a vibrant passion for the outdoors, sustainability, food, and wellness. A yoga teacher with a masters in nutrition, Rachel has led retreats and workshops in her wheelhouse of health and well-being.

The Sunset, our home, is going to be unbelievable! Located in the rainforest rather than a gated community, surrounded by nature, a 500 hundred acre preserve to the east and thousand acres of protected rainforest encompassing Tenorio National park to the North and West. A spot of peace and privacy with access to amazing excursions both in the forest and on the lake.

The entire property is a showcase of Costa Rican art, decorative tile, stone and craft work. Six beautifully appointed bedrooms featuring artwork, hand carved beds and doors with bathrooms en suite, and two decorative fireplaces are all for MYA. The master suite bathroom features a hot tub built for two (Holly promises to share!). There’s a chef’s kitchen, library/living room area, dining area, and a unique indoor pool with jacuzzi. We can play billiards and ping pong - lounging areas, an inversion table, and a massage table are also at our disposal.

Lake Arenal has so much to offer adventurers - windsurfing, canopy tours, boat tours, jungle hiking trails, kite surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming in an extinct volcanic crater, spelunking and more. We can decide as a group our fav excursions, definitely hanging bridges and hot springs, and still have the option to simply relax and enjoy the tranquility and majesty of your surroundings.

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To help the Costa Rican National Park system finance education, outreach and protection, Red Sunset devotes 50% of each commission gained through sales of adventure tours toward this goal. With the benefit of access to individuals in the tour system that make it all work - tribal leaders, guides, and park directors. MYA will take advantage of a couple tours for sure!

This will be MYA's 5th journey to Costa Rica via the airport in Liberia. Founder, Holly Twining, will fly from Bangor, if adventurers feel more comfortable with a travel buddy. Flights are in the $500-$600 range.

To secure your spot on the sea turtle expedition team, Earthwatch will receive an initial contribution, a nonrefundable $300 deposit. Adventurers can use the fund for the deposit as well. If you're ready to commit to the expedition call Zach Zimmerman at 978-450-1226.

Adventure cost including four nights of fab accommodations, daily yoga, nature explorations, stunning sunsets, vegetarian dinners & breakfasts, pool dipping, wildlife viewing, airport transport & more...

$2,200 shared queen ($1,100 per adventurer); $1,700 solo queen; $1,200 bunk bed; secure your space w/ a $600 deposit

Please feel free to contact Holly for a payment plan if need be, MYA doesn’t like to turn down adventurers :)

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Yoga Retreat in Cuba
Mar
8
to Mar 14

Yoga Retreat in Cuba

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Travel to Cuba on an amazing yoga retreat in Havana and beyond! MYA’s Holly Twining will be your yoga teacher and fellow adventurer throughout a fabulous multi-layered Cuban experience.

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yoga & adventures worldwide offers legal travel to Cuba for US citizens, one of the locations nearest and dearest to their heart over the past several years. The newly opened privatization of the island has blessed Havana and beyond with a deep expression of the underlying creative pulse that defines Cuba. It is our deepest desire to support this expansion for the Cuban people and to do all we can to help them grow as a culture and gain independence as a community.

Our yoga retreat in Cuba offer an insiders look at history, art, culture, music, and expression from a local’s perspective. Our itinerary is filled with Q&As with historians, art gallery and studio visits, yoga exchanges with local teachers and students in our classes, donations to local organizations working to aide families in need from natural disasters to economic hardships, and workshops in music and dance from Cuban Salsa to Ballet.

We’ll explore the city of Havana re-emerging as one of the hottest cultural centers in the world, loaded with rich history, incredible music, art, amazing food, charming people, and lots of soul with locals supporting locals. Adventurers will also explore beyond the city to the countryside for hiking, birding and eating more amazing food!

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This retreat falls under the US Department of the Treasury, Division of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Support for the Cuban People general license §515.574. This license allows US citizens to travel with us as a group to Cuba and participate in a full schedule as outlined by the US government while we are in Cuba.

6 Night Cuba Yoga Retreat Includes :

– 6 nights accommodations in a Casa Particular (5 in Havana, 1 in Viñales)

– Yoga practice daily as per the itinerary

– Breakfast daily

– Donation offerings for families and working artists

– Salsa Music & Dancing Workshops at local dance school

– Beach day with clean up with lunch

– History talk with Cuban local guide

– 5 dinners together as a group; 1 on your own

– Classic Car ride along the Malecon

– Overnight trip to Viñales includes a visit with an artisanal cigar maker & tobacco farm followed by lunch at an ecological Farm-to-Table restaurant with garden walk and agricultural discussion; overnight stay in a local accommodation in the Valley with a morning hike with bird watching, yoga, and an adventure with snorkeling on the way back to Havana.

– Roundtrip airport transfers from Havana International Airport

Adventurers will stay at a beautiful Casa Particular. Casa Particulares are private homes that rent out a few rooms to travelers. Staying in a Cuban home is an incredible way to get a real taste of the culture and to experience this Caribbean lifestyle. Our homes for the retreat are particularly charming and hosted by amazing families. Each house we choose is unique and we are sure you’ll love the experience of staying in a Cuban home!

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Cost of private room: 1 Double Bed with private bathroom ensuite.
Double Bed 2,000 Euro private; 1,850 Euro shared bed per person

Cost of shared room: Double Bed 1,895 Euro + Twin Bed 1,805 Euro
Private bathroom ensuite

All rooms are part of a beautiful Colonial style home in the neighborhood called Vedado which is close to a variety of restaurants, bars, nightlife, and art galleries.

To register for the Yoga Retreat in Cuba with MYA’s founder Holly Twining, please visit Yoga & Adventures Worldwide. Feel free to contact Holly as well with any questions :)

Check out a video on YouTube for a good look at the fabulousness!

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Algonquin Resort Weekend Adventure
Sep
6
to Sep 8

Algonquin Resort Weekend Adventure

MYA is headed to Canada to the loveliest spot, St. Andrews by the sea, with the most fabulous accommodations at the Algonquin Resort. Adventurers will get in plenty of exploring, hiking, a ghost tour, yoga, yummy food, hot tubbing, pool splashing, and more…

Adventurers will gather on Friday at the resort, arrival time is flexible, and settle into our rooms. Please keep in mind, that the rooms will be shared, the beds don’t have to be! We can hit the pool (with waterslide!) and the hot tub to shake off the drive and head off to the sweet little seaside town on historic Water Street to watch the sunset. Perhaps we’ll find some lovely yoga postures to mix into the experience. There’s a quaint stroll along the rocks if the tide is right. MYA will bring along a tasty vegetarian soup for dinner that we’ll enjoy back at the Algonquin.

Saturday will be a big exploration day. So many sites! We’ll head to Indian Point, the sacred grounds of the Passamaquoddy Nation, located at the tip of the peninsula in St. Andrews. Adventurers will get take in marine life in a diverse inter-tidal zone. Nearby is Pagan Point Nature Preserve with coastal spruce forest and salt marsh. After a break for lunch, MYA will provide yummy eats, adventurers will hike Chamcook Mountain, an easy hike with splendid views from the top.

We’ll need some relaxing in the hot tub, poolside yoga, and happy hour at the MYA suite post hiking. As a group we can decide where we’d like to eat dinner, keeping in mind that this meal is not included in the adventure cost. Saturday night, get ready, we’re going to get in on the ghost tour led by a resort staff member, they spin great stories! The Algonquin opened in 1889, there’s plenty of history there and a few spirits as well.

Sunday funday we’re gonna get the tides just right for Ministers Island Trails, a 500 acre island only accessible at low tide. There we’ll explore fields, forest, and shoreline, oh la la! Before heading home, adventurers may want to check out Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve with some dramatic cliffs on the way to the peak of Chickahominy Mountain.

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to explore St. Andrews with MYA! Please register as soon as possible, just in case we need to book an extra room or two…

Cost per adventurer: $350/sharing double bed; $400/sharing queen bed; $450/solo double bed; $500/solo queen bed

Please contact Holly directly for booking this adventure at 207-299-0082 or maineyogaadventures@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Costa Rican Sea Turtles Adventure
Jan
20
to Jan 31

Costa Rican Sea Turtles Adventure

Maine Yoga Adventures is coming together with outstanding nonprofit conservation organization, Earthwatch, to assist on a 9 day Costa Rican Sea Turtles Expedition. Following our volunteer work, adventurers will spend extra time in Playa Grande with plenty of yoga, healthy vegetarian food, surf time and more!

Adventurers are free to choose just the expedition or just the adventure or both :)

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Lead scientist Frank Paladino, Professor of Biology, Indiana-Purdue University, has a research team to help gain a better understanding of the ecology of endangered turtles that nest on the beaches of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. These beaches host the largest remaining population of leatherback turtles in the Eastern Pacific as well as important populations of olive ridley and East Pacific green turtles. 

The work will consist of... 

  • Observing and monitor nesting leatherbacks. Those working on the beach at night will visit each nesting leatherback to take measurements and record any unusual markings or injuries—in other words, you’ll get as close as a person can to these majestic animals.

  • Release hatchlings in the ocean. When babies start to emerge from the eggs in the hatchery, our team will take the tiny turtles down to the water's edge and release them into the wild.

  • Survey the beach. During the day, our team will count sea turtle nests on the beach, take nest temperatures, and look for signs of erosion that could put nests in danger.

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Accommodations are at the Goldring Marine Biology Field Station perched at the edge of the beach. Team MYA will share a bedroom with bunk beds - if our numbers are 6 or more we're working solo with researchers. We'll have plenty of space to lounge at the pool or in the hammock. Typical tasty Costa Rican breakfasts and dinners of beans will be served up as well as ingredients for simple delicious lunches. 

Adventurers can create an expedition fund through Earthwatch to receive tax-deductible donations to cover volunteering costs ($2,845 accommodations & food; flight is not included) or use another contribution platform such as GoFundMe.

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Be sure to mention to possible donors that the former Principal Investigator for this project, Nathan Robinson, is the scientist seen removing a straw from a turtle’s nostril in what is considered to be the viral video responsible for straw bans!

Post-research expedition, adventurers will head to their own beautiful private space located further south. Also directly on the beach in close proximity to the estuary. It's the perfect site for hammock lounging, yoga, meditation, group meals, playing in the surf...

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Nature is abundant in this peaceful place. Nicely secluded in our backyard the glorious Costa Rican sunsets will reveal themselves!

As a delightful contrast, we're not far from the bustling town of Tamarindo with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. We'll hit the the dance floor at the disco for a well-rounded adventure! So much more than a yoga retreat... 

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Casa Mandarina boasts a fully equipped kitchen that Rachel Hicks, our cook from Virginia, will work her magic in. Rachel comes to MYA with a vibrant passion for the outdoors, sustainability, food, and wellness. A yoga teacher with a masters in nutrition, Rachel has led retreats and workshops in her wheelhouse of health and well-being.

This will be MYA's 4th journey to Costa Rica via the airport in Liberia. Founder, Holly Twining, will fly from Boston, if adventurers feel more comfortable with a travel buddy. Flights are below $500.

To secure your spot on the team, Earthwatch will receive an initial contribution, a nonrefundable $300 deposit. Adventurers can use the fund for the deposit as well. If you're ready to commit to the expedition call Zach Zimmerman at 978-450-1226.

Adventure cost including three nights of fab beach front accommodations, daily yoga, stunning sunsets, vegetarian dinners & breakfasts, airport transportation & more...

Cost: $1300/shared king or $1100/solo king available

Please be aware of MYA's Cancellation Policy prior to booking...thanks! 

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