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Travel Documents:

Citizens of the US, Canada, and Panama require a passport whose expiry date is at least 6 months after your travel date.  Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Belize. Before you go to Belize, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You can leave your original passport in the lock box at Ak'Bol.



The staff at Ak'Bol is incredible and works very hard to make your stay comfotrtable.  A suggested gratuity of $50 per person is suggested upon checkout.  This gratuity is not included in the retreat rate.


Early Arrival-Late Departure:  

Participants are welcome to stay before our retreat to get settled and after departure date to soak everything in or do extra activities.  Guests may stay additional nights at a discounted rate in the cabanas depending upon availability or within the Yoga Barracks.  There will be no meals included during the additional nights.  Ak'Bol has an affordable restaurant/bar on the beach.  Additional reservations must be made with Ak'bol directly. 

Flights, Transportation, Passports, Details, What to Bring:


For questions pertaining to the retreat, registration and other additional requests please contact: John -  



Plan to book your flights in to Belize City International (Philip S.W. Goldson - code BZE) airport for arrival any time on Saturday, December 27th. We will begin with a welcome dinner that evening. You may depart anytime on Saturday, January 3, 2015.  If you need to arrive a day late or leave a day early, etc, we can prorate the cost.  Please forward a copy of your flight itinerary and a photocopy of your passport to Please note a valid passport is required, it must be valid for 6 months after the date of travel. Flights from major airports like Hartford, Newark, JFK, LaGuardia, etc., can be significantly quicker and less expensive than other airports.



Please note that the airport is on the mainland and Ak'Bol is on a tropical paradise island, Ambergris Caye, just off the the mainland.  The transfers to/from Ak'Bol are not included in the retreat price, and you will be responsible for arranging them.  You have two options: 1) Tropic Airline flight from BZE to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, or 2) Water taxi from mainland to San Pedro and water taxi or land taxi to Ak'Bol.  Keep reading for details...



Inexpensive, fast (15 minutes!), convienent and recommended.  Rountrip flights from BZE to San Pedro are $134.45 US. You would then need to take a land taxi from the airport to Ak'Bol for approximately $15 US. .  Flights can also be booked through Ak'bol and paid upon check-in at Ak'bol.  



Fun and scenic.  You would need to catch a land taxi from the airport to the water taxi port in Belize City  - a 25 minute, $25 US ride - where you would catch a water taxi to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - a 1.5 hour, $15 US ride.  At the San Pedro port, you catch a 5 minute water taxi directly to Ak'Bol or catch a land taxi (easiest).  The water taxis to Ak'Bol run periodically for approx. $15-17 or you can charter one for just a bit more.  Ak'bol arranges taxi pick-ups on retreat departure day, and you pay taxi direct.  



-Passport (valid for 6 months beyond travel dates) - sun screen (it gets hottt!) -  yoga mat and props available at Ak'bol (but bring your own mat if attached like me!) - bug spray - swim suits, beach towel and your own snorkel gear if you have it (Ak'Bol provides the gear, not suit!) - causal clothing (no need to get dressed up) - footwear?? (I went barefoot the ENTIRE week, but sandals are good)

Sample Daily Schedule


7:00 - 9:00 AM      Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 AM     Jivamukti Yoga with John Smrtic

11 AM - 12:00 PM  Free Time*

12:00 - 1:00 PM      Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 PM       Free Time*

4:00 - 5:30 PM       Yoga with Marti Nikko Bradley

6:00 - 7:30 PM       Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 PM      Moonlight meditation, kirtan, sastsang, drumming, etc!


 * = swim, snorkel or sun bathe along Ak'Bol's pristine slice of beach; relax, swim in the pool; walk or take a water taxi into San Pedro to explore town, shop or hang out; daily excursions including snorkeling trips or other countless adventures, and bodywork sessions, will be available through Ak'Bol at additional cost      

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