Wellness and Yoga Holiday in the Philippines

This program shifts the focus from the intentional detox of our Signature Deep Nature Cleanse (DNC) to an overall Wellness Yoga Program (WYP) with yoga/breathwork as the key foundation. In this retreat, you will have the time and space to slow down and flow with the rhythm of our everyday routine here at Bahay Kalipay Retreat Centre - leaving you plenty of room for introspection and inner work with as-needed support for your personal process and healing. Our space offers the perfect abode to heal your mind, body and soul. This is a less regimented program as compared to our DNC detox program. The WYP is held all year round but we suggest however for you not to arrive during Total Silence/Non-Doing day and the nature trip day, both of which usually fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.

Highlights

  • Nature trip to Nagtabon beach
  • Energy work/breath work/meditation
  • 6 morning plus 3 afternoon yoga classes
  • Workshops and other healing arts practice by visiting BK friends
  • Short raw food talk and raw food movies
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Rites and rituals

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Bahay Kalipay is a community based intimate ashram style which also promotes an eco-friendly environment facilities where guests, teachers, and facilitators make themselves at home. Some of our independent structures include Issa hut with double bedrooms and the Ma-I common space, our personal Dap-ay beach, the healing arts hut we call, Pugad ng Diwata, and Kalipay Kaf, which is also open to the general public for breakfast, lunch and dinner by reservation.

Accommodations include private couples cabin, family rooms, and individual rooms for our guests, which are almost always retreatants. We have a daily onsite staff of kitchen personnel, guest relations, and retreat facilitators, and offer daily housekeeping as requested, and as-needed laundry services. Guests of Bahay Kalipay can take advantage of our gentle detox, deep cleanse program of raw food, yoga classes, workshops, spa services and more.

Liwanag, Punla, Hangin, Sinag, and Daloy rooms

All five rooms in the Main House are on the third floor with views of the evergreen Palawan horizon. We have 2 single rooms, 2 double rooms with a balcony, and a triple ideal for families. All rooms are open-air, equipped with an electric fan and mosquito netting to keep the bugs at bay while sleeping.

Some rooms have a balcony and/or split-level lofts for meditation or additional storage. Alternatively, guests can choose to sleep in the open air on the landing area of Ma-I space, with simple beddings and mosquito nets.

Ma- I space

The second-floor split-level room is a large inner dance space designed to provide conditions for healing, silent and insightful spiritual practice. This is where personal early morning meditations are held, as well as yoga classes, and in the afternoons and evenings, inner dance sessions, workshops, and other gatherings. Ma-I and the accommodations area are closed to the public during retreat days and healing workshops and sessions.

Pugad ng Diwata healing hut

Referred to the nest in English, space is for massage and one-on-one healing sessions. The second story landing is set up with an altar and a collection of books, ideal for contemplation, prayer or a well-deserved siesta.

Dap-ay Island

In the mornings, the functional sandy zen garden is a venue for tea and yoga. In the afternoons, the garden is used for soul work workshops and earth healing. And in the evening, it has hosted bonfires, star and moon gazing, drum circles, tribal ceremonies, singing, fire dancing, and cozy conversation.

Kalipay Kaf

Our dining room can seat 24 comfortably and has squeezed up to 35 guests, as diners enjoy our creatively-prepared raw, organic, mostly vegan cuisine using quality ingredients sourced from certified local producers. It is adorned with a collection of spiritual art by artists who have visited Bahay Kalipay and have left some of their work to share. The Kaf is also open to guests who are keen to experience Bahay Kalipay and meet some of the residents. However, advanced reservation required.

Other services

  • Partially-solar powered eco rooms with fan
  • Shared eco-toilet and bath
  • Library, video screening, art, and hammock reading areas
  • Common workshop area for groups
  • Labyrinth
  • Open sandy space for individual meditation and rituals
  • Wi-Fi (according to the whims of trees and wind)
  • Beach within short walking distance

Program

Deep transformation

Your personal transformation process will be supported by workshops and rituals led by both resident and visiting facilitators. You will also experience the deep meditative quality of a one-day coconut fast as we hold space for total silence.

Hatha yoga

Especially for beginner and intermediate practitioners, Hatha yoga provides a vehicle to strengthen the body, relax the mind, and prepare for union with God (or your highest self) through deep meditative practice. Whether you are experienced in the Ashtanga, Bikram, or Hatha styles of yoga, their roots relate to the same original teachers and bodies of knowledge.

The difference is that Hatha in its current form tends to take a slower, more meditative approach, whereas Ashtanga provides a more challenging set of postures and stretches. Both, however, require focus and can be as intensive or as relaxed as the practitioner chooses. Yoga in its purest form provides a systematic way for the practitioner to calm the mind, and prepare the body for long periods of meditation, leading to self-knowledge and inner peace.

With Bahay Kalipays Hatha yoga classes, you can gradually give yourself a healthier body and mind, reduced stresses in your daily life and an overall sense of well-being. The yoga of awareness is appropriate for beginner to advanced students. Explore different postures, and movements designed to give an aerobic workout, cleanse the body and strengthen the nervous system.

With the balance of the energizing Breath of Fire and the relaxing Rebirthing breath, participants feel energy flow, tension release, and have heightened body listening. Kundalini yoga reminds us to connect with our inner teacher and face the challenges of life with grace, clarity, and strength.

In addition to the wellness program, main activities within the 7 days include any or all of these:

Short raw food talk and green smoothie demo, preparation and raw food movies

Energy work/breathwork/meditation

Inner Dance sessions

Yoga discourse

Rites and rituals

Workshops and other healing arts practice by visiting BK friends

Note:

Private hut is available at 505 - 660 PHP per night additional and family hut at 750 - 1200 per night additional.

Instructors

Serena Olsen
Serena, originally from New York, has been living in South East Asia since 2011. Highly intuitive since birth, Serena has always found solace and connectivity in nature. Serena combines her love of learning, healing, community, science, and integrative wholeness systems into all she is. Finding flow within the forms and the formless, life is no longer a doing but a remembrance of being while creating spaces for gifting each other with possibilities for resonant change and transformation.
Tza Bautista-Leube
Sivananda Institute in Neyyar Dam, South India (Yoga)
Tza Bautista-Leube is a certified Ayurvedic massage therapist whose own life and practice mirror her profession. She is an Ashtanga certified yoga teacher who went to India on a yoga pilgrimage and came back after receiving her certificate from the Sivananda Institute in Neyyar Dam, South India. Tza shares her passion for the healing arts by exploring other modalities compatible with an Ayurvedic philosophy. Among these are raw food, yoga, Reiki, meditation, and qi gong.
Maya Bisschop
Maya has been practicing yoga for 17 years and has taught for 12. Studying Integral Yoga from 2005 gaining a deep understanding of the Philosophy befire discovering Ashtanga in Hawaii, 2008. Embracing the Ashtanga Vinyasa Principles and gathering a thorough comprehension of the mind, bod and breath connection. Life experience and extenuated practice has taught the importance of mindfulness in Yoga and everyday life. Maya believes mindfulness of breath is the key to relived suffering and happiness for yourself and others.
Carien
Carien is multi-talented, vibrant traveling Yogini. She is originally certified with Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga during her travels. She was introduce to Therapeutic Traditional Hatha Yoga and Ancient Tibetan Female Yoga the former is to heal the Physical body and the latter is to balanve the emotional body. Carien teaches several styles,i.e. Vinyasa Flow, traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin and Ancient Tibetan Female Yoga. She's also a certified Ayurvedic Therapist amd Thai Masseur. All these experiences makes her highly intuitive in body work.

Location

Features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

Food

Using organic ingredients and sourcing from certified local producers whenever possible, the raw food dishes are creatively and lovingly prepared. If you are new to raw, you will be surprised by the intense flavors inherent in live foods. When you have it for lunch, you will feel energized after, instead of the familiar sleepy tiredness that comes after eating a typical cooked meal. We also make our own chai, healthy after-yoga breakfasts, power live food lunches, healthy snacks, and simply satisfying vegan dinners. Our food is also always freshly prepared.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Energy bodywork, such as deep soul bodywork

BK trifecta massage

Detox massage with medicinal oils

Deep nature body scrub

Guided personal process, such as language of possibilities

Nature trips: Underground River tour, Honda Bay visit, city tour, firefly watching, dolphin watching, whale shark watching, seasonal activities, etc.

What's included

  • Single or double room with fan
  • 6 morning yoga + 3 afternoon yoga classes
  • Green smoothie/day
  • 3 scrumptious 100% live food meals/day with guilt-free snack & detoxifying/energizing drinks
  • Coconut feast for a day
  • Nature trip, usually to Nagtabon beach

How to get there

Driving directions from Puerto Princesa Domestic Terminal

In the city or terminal on a trike, tell the driver to go to Wescom road and make a left on Hagedorn road extension.

You will be on this rocky road for a little less than a kilometer; follow the road as it curves to the right passing Purok 8 then left.

You will pass a sign for Clarkville beach on the right, and Bahay Kalipay will be on your left side, a few meters past the small sign.

Bahay Kalipay has a bamboo-coral fence with a gate made of bike parts.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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