Active Birth with Prenatal Yoga & Dolphins

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14-21 June 2014

 

 ‘Active birth with Yoga & Dolphins’

Retreat with Lynn Murphy

 

From London Active BirthTM Center

 Active BirthTM, Pre & Post Natal Yoga & Baby Massage Specialist


Join us for a lifetime experience   

 

 

 

Retreat Overview :

 

The retreat is a unique one week holiday combining :            

  • One week Boutique-Hotel accommodation on the edge of Harbour Island’s famous pink sand beach, with half board healthy fine cuisine.
  • Natal Hypnotherapy™ Prenatal Preparation workshop by Maggie Howell, its founder, held in the mornings at your Boutique-Hotel.
  • Private boat excursions for intimate reef snorkeling & wild dolphins’ encounters every other afternoon.
  • An optional ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’, one week body care & treatments package. 

The retreats are packaged and sold by 'Blue World', our partnering Travel Agency.

 

 

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Active Birth™ & Prenatal Yoga Retreat with Dolphins

 With Lynn Murphy

 

 

Benefits of this retreat:

This unique retreat offers a combination of prenatal Yoga and Active Birth preparation; this is learning with the body. The internal focus and emphasis on grounding are ideal preparation for labour and birth. While in the meditative state of yoga, you are especially receptive; you will discover that your body already knows how to give birth. You will learn to be instinctual, to relax and to let go. No matter how birth unfolds the ability to be calm and centered will be invaluable. Lynn's wisdom, warmth and experience are woven into the sessions to provide a truly inspiring experience.

Included in the sessions:

  • Yoga to release tensions and build strength in your body for birth

  • Relaxation and letting go with the breath

  • Active Birth, movements and positions for labour and birth

  • The role of gravity & breath

  • Your pelvis and its potential

  • Pelvic floor awareness for pregnancy and birth

  • Understanding and overcoming your fears

  • Baby Meditation

  • Welcoming your new baby into the world

  • Partner session

 

 

How Active Birth with Yoga© works:

Practicing yoga in pregnancy will enhance your health; increase your self-confidence and sense of wellbeing. While deeply relaxing, yoga will also prepare you for labour, birth and motherhood in the best and most effective way. We will help you prepare to have a more relaxed pregnancy and an easier calmer birth.

We have a wonderful way of weaving this knowledge into the yoga sessions. You will be in completely safe hands, and we be will be aware of your particular needs and will guide you to work at a level that is right for you.

You will discover the confidence to trust in the journey of birth into motherhood.  At the end of each session you will be relaxed, invigorated and optimistic, with more space in your body and your life for your baby and your pregnancy.

 This Retreat is suited to all - from 16 weeks up, whether you have done yoga before or not.

 

 

 Testimonials :

 

“Thank you so much also for all your good advice that I took away from the active birth & yoga classes, all the encouragement and relaxation over the last few months and the ooooh-ing sounds helped!! I am very grateful for having had the best mental and physical preparation.”

 

 “I want to tell you all about my experience and thank you, because your class made a huge difference to my birth story :) Giving birth was a wonderful experience for me! My labour was long but all the positions and breathing techniques I learned during your classes helped me stay in control of the contractions. Both my mom and husband said I never seemed to be too overwhelmed by the pain. The pushing stage was intense but so rewarding - when Annabel came to life I lifted her up and brought her to my chest, it was an amazing feeling! I am sooo glad for this experience which has taught me that nature knows best :)”

 

"When I joined your classes I was petrified of giving birth and wouldn't have imagined in a million years going through it without an epidural. Your classes inspired me, gave me strength, helped me to bond with my baby, kept me fit and made me believe that I could do it."

 

 "Also just wanted to let you know how beneficial I am finding the classes. I have been doing yoga for over 10 years and yours are some of the best and most thorough classes I have ever been too, pregnant or not! I feel it is not only helping me with the pregnancy and preparing me for the birth, but it is really helping my yoga too...thank you."

 

“The yoga classes were superb and gave me so much to take with me into labour. Having had this experience I can’t imagine how women manage without it. I felt calm and in control most of the time. Even at the stormiest moments my yoga breathing was a life line.”

 

 

More about Lynn:

 

Lynn Murphy is well known for her inspiring Active birth pregnancy yoga classes, as well as her postnatal baby & me, courses and workshops for new parents, that she has developed over the last 17 years. She co-manages, with Janet Balaskas, the Active Birth Centre in London and is a tutor on the Active Birth teacher-training course. She is developing a new “baby & me” training to join the developing ABC Professional trainings later in the year.  Lynn also enjoys her work with women and their partners on a 1-2-1 basis. More about Lynn.

 

 

 

 

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, An Exclusive Tropical Paradise

 

 


 

                                          

 

 

            
 

- Blessed with a perfect location, starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, and with a year-round warm climate averaging a little over 75 degrees, the Bahamas are an idyllic sub-tropical gateway.

 

-  Rated as one of the ‘Best Bahamas beaches’ by Frommers and the Travel Channel, Harbour Island is famous for its 3.5 miles of hard-packed picture-perfect pink sand beaches,with its outlaying reefs providing safe snorkeling & swimming.

 

-  Away from mass tourism, Harbour Island is an exclusive intimate location, comprising of private villas & small elegant boutique-hotels, with a plentiful choice of high quality international & local restaurants, marinas & watersports activity.

 

-  The little joyful town of Dunmore is a jewel of beauty and conviviality with its pastel colored houses, lush palm trees, flower-lined streets & friendly inhabitants.You will enjoy wandering around the island & the town on foot or on a golf cart.

 

-  Finally, Harbour Island is blessed by the presence of wild dolphins in its environs, they are often coming close to shore & that remain, as of today, one of the island’s best kept secret.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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A beautiful beach side ‘Boutique-Hotel’:

 


'Pink Sands', the iconic luxury resort on exclusive Harbour Island, has long been known as a celebrity hideaway and honeymoon haven. This is a 20-acre Boutique Hotel set by the edge of the famous three-mile pink sands beach. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki - Pink Sands comprises 25 pastel-colored cottages scattered throughout lush tropical grounds. For those desiring a sophisticated but relaxed beach holiday... Pink Sands Resort is the ideal Harbour Island getaway.


 

Complimentary Facilities & Services:                                     
  • Chaise lounges and towels at pool & beach

  • Free use kayaks and snorkel equipment

  • Free use of tennis courts and exercise studio

  • Free wifi          


Your Garden View Room:

                                                             

  • California King Beds       

  • Central air-conditioning & Ceiling fan

  • Large closet

  • Mini Bar            

  • Private patio with teak furniture

  • Nightly turn-down service               

  • Cable TV with DVD player

  • Bose iPod docking station, with complimentary use of iPod loaded with Pink Sand's music library

  • Tassimo pod coffee maker

  • Full bathroom with luxury in-room products, hairdryers and bathrobe

  • Wireless Internet Access 

  • Duvets, bathrobes and accessories by Anichini LuxuryLinens

 

 

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The Dolphins'encounters


You will enjoy a 2-hour Private Boat excursion every other day (3 in total) within the lagoon.


You will discover the local colorful coral reef spots, home of colorful fishes, turtles, rays & of the giant red sea stars as well as the other surrounding beautiful deserted islands’ beaches.

And when we encounter the island’s wild dolphins, you can enjoy a very intimate snorkel with them.

You will be guided so as to both enter int a respectful encounter so as for dolphins to feel secure & confident and for you to get the best of such an incredible & moving experience.

 

Dolphins are wild & therefore can not guaranteed. Nevertheless as they reside around the island, your chances of swimming with them are great. All snorkeling gear and life jackets are provided on the boat.


The boat remains within the protected lagoon which offers both calm & crystalline turquoise waters for optimum comfort & visibility.

 


 

 

 

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A Serenity Bliss


The ‘Serenity Bliss’ optional package offers you to benefit from a daily body relaxtion & care session every days for 6 days. The body care sessions are held by certified massage & body treatment professionals and the sessions can take place as you wish,  either in your hotel room or on the each. 

 

The weekly package is composed of :

-     One ‘1-hour full body massage’ on the day of your arrival so to release all tensions and any transport tiredness for a smooth & delightful holiday start.

 

-     And 5 additional ‘40-minutes treatment-massage sessions,’ one per day over 5 days, composed of a 10 minutes Relaxation & breathing session to unite & calm your ‘body & mind’, followed by a 30 minutes massage or treatment of your choice among the following :

 

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For Ladies:

  • Body Scrub (best early in the week)
  • Leg specific Swedish massage, stimulating a healthy circulation & easing the release of excess water in tissues
  • Back Deep Tissue massage to release tensions
  • Chest, Shoulders arms neck & head massage for better breathing & mental calmness
  • Foot massage for an entire body energy rebalancing
  • Deluxe Facial                         
  • Tummy gentle re-stimulation of deep muscles, chest Shoulders & arms Deep tissue tension release massage (ideal for Post Natal, not for pregnant ladies)

For Men :

  • Body scrub (best early in the week)
  • Back Deep Tissue massage to release tensions
  • Leg Swedish massage, stimulating a healthy circulation    
  • Tummy chest Shoulders & arms Deep tissue massage
  • Neck and head massage
  • Foot massage for an entire body energy rebalancing                                     
  • Deluxe Facial                                                                                                                                                                                             
 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Weekly Program


Saturday :

Welcome & transfer upon your arrival on Harbour Island to your Hotel,

žInstallation at the Hotel,

žIf you chose the ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ package, a first full body 1-hour massage will be

scheduled on that day for a delightful holiday start.


Sunday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel

žYour 2 to 3 hours Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel

žAfternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion

'Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)


Monday :

Continental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel

žLunch at the Hotel

žThe afternoon is free so can relax & enjoy the beach & the island, and then have your

dinner at the place of your choice.

žThe ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if you chose this option)


Tuesday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel.

žAfternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion.

ž‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)


Wednesday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel and then the afternoon is free.

ž'Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)


Thursday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

Your 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

Lunch at the Hotel.

Afternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion.

‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)


Friday :

žThis your last full day of Holiday on the island, so the whole day is free

 for you to make the most if it, the way you feel like.

ž Continental breakfast & Lunch at the Hotel


Saturday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

Room check out late morning.

Lunch at the Hotel.

žWe transfer you back from the Hotel to the dock at the time needed according

to your flight schedule.

 


 Please note that the activities’ schedule is given as a general indication. It may be adjusted onsite based on the number

of participants, the weather, sea conditions & Dolphin’s presence within the bay as needed to maximize your wellbeing

& the dolphins’ encounters.


 

 

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The retreat Package Price & Conditions :

 

 

 

Dates :

 

Your onsite Retreat Package stay on Harbour Island is from Saturday to Saturday

Please note that retreat dates refer to your onsite stay on the island at the Resort, you therefore need to add your travelling time to obtain your overall holiday duration. So this will be in total an overall 8 or 9 days holiday more or less, depending on your country of origin & travelling arrangements.

 

 

Package Content:

 

The Onsite Retreat Package includes 7 nights / 7 days as follow :

  •  Transfer from North Eleuthera Aiport to your Boutique-Resort upon your arrival on Saturday.
  • 7 Nights Boutique-Hotel accommodation (double room sharing) from Saturday evening to the next Saturday morning.
  • 7 Days half board with fine & healthy cuisine at your Boutique-Hotel: continental breakfast and lunch with non-alcoholic beverages included from Sunday to the next Saturday included.
  • The mornings 2-to-3 hours Prenatal workshop & activites at your Boutique Hotel.
  • Every other day of the week (3 afternoons in total), you will enjoy a 2-Hour private boat snorkeling excursions within the shallow crystalline lagoon to discover the colorful coral reefs, giant red sea stars, turtles & go encounter wild dolphins. Chances of swimming with them are great, nevertheless they are wild, so not garantied. Snorkeling gear & life jackets included.
  • Transfers from the Hotel to the marina & back for all boat excursions.
  • Transfer from the hotel back to the island dock on Saturday upon your departure.
  • The overall onsite stay coordination by Valérie VALTON, founder of Dolphinesse (French, English & Spanish spoken).
  • A protected Holiday package sold by Blue World, a licensed French Travel Agency.

 

The Retreat Package Excludes :

  • Transport from your country of origin to North Eleuthera Airport.
  • The transfer from the island dock to North Eleuthera Airport as you leave (15 minutes -10$ pp)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa if needed
  • All Dinners
  • All other beverages not mentioned as included
  • All other local transports not mentioned as included
  • All personal expenses or any further activities not clearly mentioned as included.
  • All options

 

 

Package Prices


Adult Retreat Package (in a shared double room):                                                                                                               2800 € per person

  • Babies (under 2 years old - cribs & cots available):                                                                                                                                   Free
  • Children package (from 2 years old) - Additional cost per child in your                                                                                   820€ per child

         room for 7 nights, Breakfast & kid’s lunch included. Max 2 per room.

 

 

Suggested Options:

 

  • Serenity Bliss Ritual’ package’                                                                                                                                               540€ per person

(6 massages/treatments & relaxation sessions - 1 per day over 6 days)

 

  • Travel insurance : 
    • if participant is 12 years old & above                                                                                                                               54€ per person
    • if participant is < 12 years old                                                                                                                                         64€ per person

(Please see on the online reservation page the policy description)

 

  • Golf Cart rentals :

You can rent golf carts onsite. The best local prices are as follow as of January 2014

as an indication: classic 4-seaters Golf cart: 50$ per 24H or 300$/week.

 

  • Extensions :

Half board Hotel extension including the night, continental breakfast & set lunch with non-alcoholic beverages

-       Adult package extension in a shared double room, per night & per person                                                                                     210€

-       Child in your room, per child per night                                                                                                                                            98€

or

Simple Hotel Extension: Hotel night & continental breakfast

-       Price per night per room (1 or 2 person in the room)                                                                                                                      370€

-       Price per child per night                                                                                                                                                                   85€

 

Reservation :

 

  • Retreats reservation can be done online, via email or also via telephone with Blue World Travel Agency.

 

Terms & Conditions :

 

  • The retreat is open to everyone in a healthy physical & psychological condition.
  • Pregnant ladies are welcome except during the last 2 months before their due delivery date.
  • babies & children are also welcome.
  • A Travel Insurance is mandatory for all participants (either Blue world's one or any other of your choice)
  • Each retreats are confirmed with minimum of 9 participants. if not confirmed you may choose another one or get fully reimbursed.
  • Blue World – Blue Lagoon Travel Agency Bahamas full terms & conditions apply. They are available on Blue World online reservation website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Any further information  
- VIP & custom demands

 

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