ROOTS & CULTURE

A Wellness Retreat with WalkGood LA

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

July 2 - 7, 2022

Join the WalkGood LA family Etienne Maurice, Ivy Coco and Namaste Marley Rae for a 5 night, 6 day wellness retreat in none other than the island of Jamaica, to experience their roots and culture!  We’ll practice yoga and meditation, discover the unique community of Treasure Beach, explore and swim in the cascading waterfalls at YS Falls, learn to cook the delicious cuisine Jamaica is famous for, and live the “irie”(good) life.

RETREAT LOCATION

When you think about St.Elizabeth, imagine entering the parish on the old road, listening to the rustling leaves of the arches of Holland Bamboo. You can stop on the roadside to savour St.Elizabeth’s favorite street food, hot pepper shrimp, and wash it down with a cool jelly coconut. From the coconut to the coastline, your heart will be captivated by the sweeping views and story of Lover’s Leap. You’ve heard of forbidden love, but nothing like Lover’s Leap. Standing 1,700 feet above sea level, with views of the Manchester and the St.Elizabeth coastline, the legend of Lover’s Leap is about two star-crossed lovers who, rather than be taken from each other by a jealous plantation owner, chose to love eternally and jump to their death. 

 

St. Elizabeth is home to the Accompong Maroons, who are descendents of enslaved West Africans who conquered enslavers and established communities of free black people in Jamaica. Their history of revolution and freedom is deeply woven into their lifestyle, drumming, and ceremonies, a kaleidoscope of art, spirituality and culture. Spirits and spirituality go hand in hand in every Jamaican household. Whether it’s used as a healing remedy, to cast off evil spirits, or to spice up your favorite cocktail, the best aged dark rum is created at the Appleton Rum Estate in Siloah. Appleton Estate is authentic Jamaican rum that seduces the senses and inspires the soul. The heart and soul of St.Elizabeth parish is their ability to produce 22% of the national domestic food needs, which makes them the “Bread Basket” of the country.  

 

The power of St.Elizabeth lies in its people. From their fishermen and farmers who are well-known for their friendly ways and intimate knowledge of earth, sky and sea, to their adventurous local guides who provide excursions to the Black River safari and the mid-ocean Pelican Bar. If there is one place the gracious people of St. Elizabeth would lead you to for rest and relaxation, it’s Jake's Treasure Beach. It's most unusual to find a hotel that functions as the heart of a community. But that’s Jakes—a rustic yet porous place where locals, Jamaicans from around the island, and travelers coming from around the world connect. Treasure Beach isn’t a place you tick off a bucket list, it’s a place you tuck into. Treasure Beach is one big watering hole, a meeting spot made for fellow travelers.

ITINERARY

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DAY 1

Arrival day!

 

You'll arrive into Montego Bay International Airport and be shuttled to our retreat centre in Treasure Beach (2 hour drive)

Settle in and join us for our Opening Ceremony to meet one another, set intentions, meditate and gently move our bodies.

 We'll dine together as a community and gather around a bonfire under the night sky. 

RETREAT INCLUSIONS & EXPERIENCES

  • 5 Night stay at the uniquely designed and famous Jake's Hotel in Treasure Beach

  • $75 Daily F&B Credit

  • Group cooking class to learn about the flavors and spices of Jamaica 

  • Group roundtrip airport transfer at select times 

  • Daily Yoga classes led by Namaste Marley and Etienne Maurice 

  • Roots & Culture workshop and Goal setting workshop led by Ivy Coco 

  • Visit to Chantilly Primary School 

  • An adventure to YS Waterfalls, an exquisite 120-foot seven-tier falls—one of the most beautiful falls on the island—with cool pools perfect for swimming and a rope swing for thrills.

  • A private 3 course dinner on the beach 

  • Bonfires and more surprises! 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to/from Montego Bay International Airport 

  • Optional/extra activities you'd like to partake in 

  • Travel Visa - Not required for American or Canadian passport holders. Please check for entry/exit requirements based on the passport you hold

  • Travel Insurance (medical, covid & trip cancellation) is mandatory to protect you in case of any unforeseen emergencies. Proof of purchase is required before trip departure. We recommend purchasing cancel for any reason insurance to protect your investment. 

  • COVID-19 Tests required for arrival or departure (Tests prior to departure home will be arranged). For more details please see COVID-19 Health & Safety

  • Gratuities for your tour guides and hotel staff 

MEET YOUR HOSTS

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WalkGood LA Family
Etienne Maurice - President
Ivy "Coco" Maurice - VP
Namaste Marley Rae - Director of Health & Wellness

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Azma Ousmand
Adzenture Retreats Co-Founder

ABOUT WALKGOOD LA 


WalkGood LA is a family run non-profit organization that brings people together from all walks of life to fight for racial equity and heal in solidarity through the arts, health, and wellness. Recognizing the need for community healing after the racial strife suffered by Black and brown people in 2020, WalkGood’s founder Etienne Maurice joined forces with his sister the Vice President of WalkGood LA, Ivy Coco and his cousin, Director of Health and Wellness, Marley Ralph to provide a space of healing through community based yoga classes, running groups, hiking, and various wellness activations in the city of LA. WalkGood LA has become a safe haven for Los Angelinos since its inception in June 2020 and has been featured in publications such as the LA Times and BuzzFeed News. WalkGood LA is a devoted homage to their Jamaican heritage and grandmother who always reminded them to “Walk Good,” a Jamaican euphemism, meaning good fortune, safe travels, and well being.

 

YOGA & WORKSHOPS

What to expect in Marley's classes? 

Marley Rae’s classes aim to impact the soul through rhythmic-based mindful movement. Offering a deeper understanding of healing through community and solidarity at the intersection of yoga, wellness and social justice. Marley Rae’s classes journey you through a one of a kind experience which will breathe vibrancy, strength, and freedom into your life.

What to expect in Etienne's classes? 

 

As a film-maker, Etienne has mastered the art of story-telling, a trait he uses to connect his students closer to their purpose on and off of the mat. Etienne will be guiding us through a 1 hour vinyasa flow aimed to connect you with your whimsical being and inner child. Expect to laugh, let-go, and stretch your worries away. 

 

Workshop # 1: Roots & Culture

Get rooted in Jamaican culture, by learning the history and tales of the island. Join Ivy Coco and Kingston raised Jodi McFarlane in a 1 hour workshop that will help you gain a rich understanding of Jamaica and the African Diaspora. This workshop will leave you with a deeper sense of yourself and the world around you. 

Workshop #2: Yuh Felt the Riddim, You’re on the Ride, Now It’s Journal Time. 

Tek time to reflect on your experience on the island and set goals that will live with you when you return home and beyond. Ivy Coco will lead you through a 1 hour goal-setting journaling workshop of release, reflection, and writing. This workshop will help you connect with your higher self and make space for all that is yet to come.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

A $500 USD Non Refundable initial deposit will secure your spot on the retreat or you may choose to pay in full. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date.

Please note, our cancellation policy is as follows: 

  • Initial deposits are strictly non refundable.

  • If cancelled 90 days before the Retreat start date, your initial deposit may be transferable to another retreat.  

  • If cancelled 60 days or less prior to the Retreat start date, 100% of the Retreat price is forfeited.

  • If you choose to join the Retreat after the start date or leave the Retreat prior to the end date, full payment of the Retreat price will apply.

 

Please do not book your flight until you have received a confirmation to do so.  You will be provided with instructions on when to arrive/depart along with travel agent details to assist you with your flight booking (or you may book your flight on your own). 

​An information package will be sent 15 days prior to departure and will include the retreat schedule, recommended packing list and trip details. 

​IMPORTANT COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: To enter Jamaica, all travelers regardless of nationality, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test performed by an accredited lab for which the sample was collected within 72 hours of the travel date. 

​IMPORTANT COVID DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS:

ALL US air travellers returning to the US need a negative Covid-19 test taken within ONE days of their departing flight.

We will be assisting you to make arrangements for you to take your Covid-19 tests prior to your return home. 

Please carefully read all of the COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures that will be implemented and we will require you to follow. 

By booking a retreat, you agree to the COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures and Terms & Conditions.

QUESTIONS?

Email us at hello@adzentureretreatsyoga.com and see our Frequently Asked Questions​.

AVAILABLE PACKAGES

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Shared Double/Twin Garden Room

These beautiful and charming rooms are equipped with two single beds and full private bathroom. Each has its own private outdoor space, A/C, Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffee maker, digital safe, rainfall showerhead. Please note, each room is uniquely designed, room may not be as pictured here. 

If you're booking with a friend or partner, please indicate their name on the booking form so we could arrange it accordingly, otherwise we'll pair you with a new friend. 

$2,999 USD

per person

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Shared Double/Twin Ocean View Room 

Colorful, sensual and with a Moroccan-style vibe, these seaside rooms pack tons of charm—and a stunning ocean view—into a cozy space. Each has unique design details and its own private outdoor deck. Some rooms have an outdoor shower. Each has its own private outdoor deck A/C, Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffee maker, digital safe, rainfall showerhead. Please note, each room is uniquely designed, room may not be as pictured here. 

If you're booking with a friend or partner, please indicate their name on the booking form so we could arrange it accordingly, otherwise we'll pair you with a new friend. 

$3,299 USD

per person

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Single Garden View Room

These garden view rooms are a quirky collection of tropical digs. Each has unique design details and its own private outdoor deck. Some rooms have an outdoor shower. Each has its own private outdoor deck A/C, Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffee maker, digital safe, rainfall showerhead. Please note, each room is uniquely designed, room may not be as pictured here. 

$3,599 USD

per person

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Single Ocean View Room

Colorful, sensual and with a Moroccan-style vibe, these seaside rooms pack tons of charm—and a stunning ocean view—into a cozy space. Each has unique design details and its own private outdoor deck. Some rooms have an outdoor shower. Each has its own private outdoor deck A/C, Wi-Fi, mini fridge, coffee maker, digital safe, rainfall showerhead. Please note, each room is uniquely designed, room may not be as pictured here. 

$4,099 USD

per person