Handstands & Acro Play Retreat in the Caribbeans

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Join us for a week of AcroYoga & Handstands in Caribbean Paradise! Come retreat from the everyday hustle & focus on SELF. Chill out beachside, poolside, with old friends & new. Eat clean, Train hard, Dance, Play as much as you like & Relax as much as you need!

Announcing our Fall 2019 retreat in partnership with Hotel Villa Taina in Cabarete, Dominican Republic!! We want to welcome you to what has become a second home for us. The Beautiful Beaches, Welcoming Caribbean Culture, Ocean Sports Playground, Delicious Local Fruits & Vegetables, and Vibrant Atmosphere make this destination a must visit. With our combined knowledge and training, we have created for you, an unforgettable experience where you will come away with new Acro & Handstand Skills, Training Tips & Techniques and Lifelong Friendships.

Adventure awaits… Are you ready??!!
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6:30am – Optional Morning Surf Session / Meditation
7:30am – 9:30am BREAKFAST
10:00am –1:00pm AcroYoga & Thai Massage
1:00pm – LUNCH & Free Chill Time
4:30pm –6:30pm Handstands & Dance Movement
6:30pm – Community Sunset DINNER
8:30pm – Optional Group Activities: Latin Dancing, Beach Volleyball, Night Swims…

Early Bird Pricing ENDS June 9th, 2019
Standard Double Room $1,595 (Late $1,795)
Standard Single Room $1,795 (Late $1,995)
Oceanside Double Room $1,895 (Late $2,095)
Oceanside Single Room $2,095 (Late $2,395)

*Beach side accommodation at Hotel Villa Taina
*3 delicious personal chef prepared meals per day
@Serenade Restaurant
*Transfers to and from Puerto Plata (POP) International Airport (on retreat start/end dates only)
*Daily AcroYoga Conditioning & Skills, Handstand Training, Technique, Skills & Personalized Training Routines, Explorative Body Aware Movement, Thai Massage, Slack-lining, Core Conditioning, Bachata/Salsa/Merengue Lessons, Twerkshop, Basic conversational Spanish class, Beach Volleyball, Connection to community of like-minded individuals, etc.. etc..

*Daily morning/afternoon Surf sessions
*Flying Trapeze!
*Additional Massage Therapy sessions & Private classes
*Tranquila Spa Services
*Tours & Excursions: Local Cacao Farm Tour! Canyoning, Catamaran Tours, Hiking, Horseback riding, Rafting, Surfing, Kite Boarding, Mountain Biking

MORE INFO: https://bodybalanceretreats.com/
QUESTIONS?? [email protected]

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Your Instructors:
Kathy Gade
AcroYoga, Thai Massage & Healthy Eating Guru
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kathy grew up with an active spirit and a heart for teaching. Shortly after becoming a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor in 2007 she discovered AcroYoga and was blown away by the trust and community that can be cultivated in just one short class session! Soon after, Kathy began to study Thai Massage and Nutrition Education, and the pieces of the Body Balance puzzle began to take form. Driven by a spirit of collaboration and play, she has dedicated herself to building and sustaining community through Nutrition Education, AcroYoga and Thai Massage. Healing clients, community, family and friends from the inside out. With opportunities to travel, teach, and experience different cultures around the world her eyes have been opened to the greater global community that exists and connects us all together. A global community that she is committed to contributing to through whole body healing and play!

Rachel Baker
Handstands, Thai Massage & Twerking Guru
Rachel Baker, known to friends & family as Chachi, is commonly found signing to her current favorite song, twerking in a handstand, dancing solo; with a friend or a stranger, stitching a head wound or a sliced finger, all while maintaining a huge grin on her face that we have all come to recognize and love. Fed and inspired by the creativity of her Athletic Playground community where she has been teaching Monkey Conditioning, Handstands & Thai Massage since 2008. Her constant drive for helping others and love of play have enhanced her journey as a mover, dancer, hand balancer, and Thai body worker.
Having studied with hand balancers from all over the world, Chachi has a deep understanding and appreciation of the basic foundations from which you build a handstand. She incorporates this in her teaching with clear instruction to insure all students find success at their level of practice.
Since 1996, Chachi has trained in many different dance modalities from modern dance & hip-hop, to lindy hop & blues. More recently inspired by Axis syllabus, contact improv, and Tango. Movement exploration and body awareness are her lifelines.
When not following her passion of movement, Chachi is busy saving lives in the hospital as a PA in Emergency Medicine. We believe there is nothing Chachi can’t do, although the search continues!

Crystal Hatzimichael
Acro Play Expert & Massage Magician
Crystal found her passion for healing arts at a very young age, as inspired by her massage therapist parents. In 2003, still a senior in high school, she became a certified massage therapist and started her practice full time. She found her career and she loved being of service. In 2006, Crystal and her lifelong friend Kathy Gade began practicing Vinyasa Yoga, and they were immediately hooked! In January, 2008, in the middle of their yoga teacher training, they stumbled upon what would become their new passion, path & love; AcroYoga. The 3 elements that make up AcroYoga – Yoga, Acrobatics, and Healing Arts – inspired Crystal by showing her that therapeutic connection can come in many different forms. Like nothing else she has experienced, AcroYoga has the ability to transform lives in a matter of moments. It can free ones’ playful spirit, build trust, create community and space for clear communication. After becoming certified as an AYI teacher in 2012, Crystal has been teaching ongoing classes, workshops, intensives and retreats locally & internationally. As a Massage Therapist, AcroYoga and Yoga instructor Crystal aims to bring the joy, deep knowledge / experience and the healing energy that these practices brought into her life, into others.