Lush Life Nature RetreatOn the quiet East coast, in the unspoilt hills a couple of miles above the famous Bathsheba surfing beach, the Lush Life eco-retreat space is set in 22 acres of virgin Barbadian forest overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Far from the often crowded hotels and more touristy parts of Barbados, this secluded tranquil spot has tropical flower gardens, pool, restaurant, veranda practice spaces and beautifully crafted luxury wooden eco-cottages with their own kitchens, lounges, verandas and adorned with Caribbean artwork and furnishings. There are 6 one bedroom cottages and 5 two bedroom ones. See more events in this venue
Lush Life Nature Retreat, Barbados
Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter
December 16-30 2014
After 3 years of running yoga retreats from our home in the mountains of Portugal, we’re excited to be returning to Vonetta’s home island of Barbados this December for a fortnight of yoga. On the quiet East coast, in the unspoilt hills a couple of miles above the famous Bathsheba surfing beach, the Lush Life eco-retreat space is set in 22 acres of virgin Barbadian forest overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Far from the often crowded hotels and more touristy parts of Barbados, this secluded tranquil spot has tropical flower gardens, pool, restaurant, veranda practice spaces and beautifully crafted luxury wooden eco-cottages with their own kitchens, lounges, verandas and adorned with Caribbean artwork and furnishings. There are 6 one bedroom cottages and 5 two bedroom ones.
You are welcome to join us for just a few days or the whole fortnight, from December 16-30.
All accommodation and facilities
3 daily Ital vegetarian meals, with local fish options
Morning yoga classes with Vonetta
One hour massage and acupuncture treatment
Afternoons free for exploring the island, walking in surrounding forests or relaxing on the beach
A couple of evening trips to Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap to dance with the locals.
You can also stay for any number of nights between 3 and 14. Prices are $175 / 130€ per night, with massage treatments additional for less than 7 nights and 2 massages included for a fortnight. You can reserve your place online here on the Barbados tab, and send us a message with the dates you can make if it is more or less than a week. We'll email you confirmation of your balance immediately and will be payable by November by bank transfer. If you'd like to arrive or leave earlier or later than these dates, also let us know and we can enquire if it's possible with the owner Tom Hinds.
Find best flights from Europe and the US via Skyscanner. We can arrange transfer taxis from Grantley Adams airport to Lush Life, although to make the most of your stay, hiring a car or mini-moke will be worth it. There’s so much to see, taste and experience in Barbados.
Lush Life video on Youtube.
Growing up in the West Indies I became acutely aware of the natural and joyful ways people healed themselves and each other through touch, dance, storytelling, simple local food and a slow soul bolstering approach to life. This initial grounded upbringing was enhanced by the study of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, with a particular interest in shamanistic healing. Subsequent study of Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths and several years working with homeless people, those with mental health difficulties, unemployed and vulnerable young people further fueled my compassion for human life and the desire to assist in a more pragmatic and direct approach.
It was around this period in my life that I became a Mum and suffered greatly with severe back pain and several years of allergic responses to various forms of pain relief. Walking one day with my son Joshua through the local library I found a rather dull looking little book with an unusually skinny big bearded Asian man performing various postures. For over one year this little book of yoga saved both my back and my sanity and therein began the long and as yet unfinished journey into the enquiry on the nature of healing.
With the birth of our youngest Eloise in 1999 I continued for another two years the practice of Astanga yoga and Iyengar before completing teacher training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Godfrey Devereux in Tuscany, Italy. This method is a complete accessible system for the recovery of disturbed muscle tissue which is immediately accessible requiring no profound flexibility, stability or strength and yet I found that the leaps I made both physically, emotionally and spiritually to be both profound and unsurpassed.
After training for 3 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned BodyHarmonics Centre in Cheltenham, I opened a yoga and massage clinic from our London home in 2004. Then in 2007, with the desire to find pastures greener, I closed the clinic, spent time in India and on return went with my family on an adventure around southern Europe in a motorhome to magically find an abandoned farm in the Portuguese mountains that happened to have the same name as my dog. So we stayed to live in the rhythm of remote country life. It has been a joy to teach yoga and provide massage and acupuncture treatments from our home in Portugal and from now onwards in my island of Barbados over the winter months. See more photos and other events by this presenter