7 Things to Know About Bula Wellness Retreat

Hi Friends! I want to answer a few of the most common questions I'm asked about my upcoming retreat to Fiji (happening May 8-13th 2016!!), to get you all the info you need to get ready for the trip! 

First and foremost, know that I designed this retreat to be a little different than most. Rather than focus only on yoga, I created this retreat to be a lot like how I vacation, personally. I want to stay healthy when I travel, and not arrive home feeling like I have to do a complete diet reset or get to the gym immediately to sweat off the indulgences of vacation. But I also want to experience the food and cuisine of a place, and sometimes, a few Mai Tais! (It's a tropical island, after all.) So this retreat is about variety, and balance. It's about making fitness & exercise FUN and something that gets you out to explore the sights at the same time. It's about slowing down enough from the pace of our busy everyday lives to see the big beautiful world around us. It's about connecting with new friends, across the Pacific Ocean. Reconnecting with nature. All while having a boat-load of fun!

The Floating Adventure

The Floating Adventure

1. How long is the flight?

It's a 10 hour direct flight from LAX to Fiji.  Picture this: A leisurely dinner at LAX, board your flight at 11pm; a glass of wine (or Xanax) and poof - you'll wake up over the South Pacific, eat a snack, and you're there! That's how my flight went anyway; amazingly easy and no jet lag, since the actual time difference is only three hours!  PS - you'll have one more quick flight from the international airport to Savusavu airport on a small plane that will make you feel like you've left the world of the tourist and become a real traveler. 

Fiji Islands

2.  I don't do yoga - can I still come?

YES! This is NOT just a yoga retreat. Each day will have a group session in the morning which will be a workout one day, a yoga session another, a hike on another. No weights, no chanting, just easy-going, get-a-little-sweat-in before you head out into your day, FUN sessions together. All are optional. We'll also have nutrition sessions like a cooking demo/class based on Fijian Kokoda or ceviche, a smoothie workshop, and a Tree of Life Workshop based on the coconut palm. 

Morning Rainforest Yoga

Morning Rainforest Yoga

3. What's the weather like there? 

Fiji is a warm, tropical climate all year - Expect temperatures of 82-88 degrees Fahrenheit. Pack light! This is the northern division of the Fiji Islands, with lush rainforest climate - there will likely be a shower or two while you're here. If it rains, it's usually a passing cloud or two and will clear up within the hour!

Riding down the Hibiscus Highway

Riding down the Hibiscus Highway

4. What should I pack?

When you enroll, I'll provide you a more detailed packing list to help. But think: bikinis & board shorts! Flip-flops are about all you need - plus one pair of shoes for workouts. Not much else. No need for a hairdryer or heels. This is island life at its finest. 

stand up paddle bliss

stand up paddle bliss

5. What's the food like on the retreat?

Koro Sun has a beautiful daily menu for you to choose from; all healthy, locally sourced, organic. You're on an island so expect beautiful local fish choices, vegetables from the on-site garden, vegetarian options, and lots of special treats. One of my favorite meals is Fresh grilled Ono, over a bed of mashed cassava (a lot like potato) and a saute of rainbow organic vegetables with a chili-lime sauce. 

Fresh Pacific Grilled Ono

Fresh Pacific Grilled Ono

6. Do I need a visa, or any special shots?

A travel visa is granted upon arrival at Nadi International airport. Most people who have had travel shots in the past or are up-to-date on vaccines like tetanus need not get any special vaccinations for travel to Fiji.

7. Does my phone work in Feej?

The resort has wireless, which works in *most* places/cases. If you have an IPhone, you can make face-time audio calls over wi-fi without having to set up an international phone plan. You'll need an outlet converter, as the electrical outlets in Fiji are 220/240 like Australia/NZ. We'll talk about disconnecting from our devices a bit once we get there... :-)

Fun Facts:

  • There are three pools on site at Koro Sun, and snorkeling opportunities right in front of the resort!
  • Be sure to book yourself some time in the Rainforest Spa - it's an incredibly tranquil, lush setting, and the Banana Leaf Wrap will spoil you for life. 
  • Yes, this is a Wellness retreat, but to me that means a being able to let go of rigid health rules a little as well - so there will be healthy chosen indulgences! My two favorites: a trip to the Hot Bread Kitchen in Savusavu town where you can dive into a steamy-fresh cheese bun for about 15 cents; and the Koro Sun Banofee Pie for dessert - ridiculously decadent and delicious. 
  • Bring a few books or school supplies to donate to the local school, on our village visit. We noticed last visit that the children LOVE books and reading but that the library stock is running a little light. 
  • Scuba Dive certified? Our day trip to Namena Island reserve is for you - you can go on two spectacular dives in the "Soft Coral Capital of the world!"
Banana Leaf Wrap at the Rainforest Spa

Banana Leaf Wrap at the Rainforest Spa

I hope you'll join us! 

Get in touch to reserve your spot via my contact page! 

Snorkeling off the Edgewater Bure

Snorkeling off the Edgewater Bure

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