ARUBA – RETREAT TO PARADISE

ISLAND STAND UP PADDLE-BOARDING & YOGA ADVENTURE

With Mary Susan Stults And Shawn Rodine

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd –  FEBRUARY 10TH, 2018

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Create space to slow down and take in all of the magic and beauty of Aruba’s endless turquoise Caribbean waters and white sand beaches. Connect with nature and the community around you and embrace what it truly means to live well with daily Yoga and Meditation practices, plenty of Stand Up Paddleboarding adventures, SUP Yoga classes in Palm Beach, snorkeling in Mango Halto, and other locales around the island, a sunset sail, hiking in the national park, swimming in the island’s natural pools, and ample time to explore and relax on the beach~

Rejuvenate in Aruba with Mary and Shawn and come back home happy, healthy, strong, and balanced. We’ll see you on the island, mi dushi!

Wanting to further enhance your retreat experience? Book a private Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson with Shawn, or schedule a private Yoga, Meditation, or SUP Yoga lesson with Mary at an additional cost~ You can also personalize your trip further by adding on additional island activities such as snorkeling, kite surfing, surfing, scuba diving, tours, art workshops, and much much more.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONAruba
DEPARTURE TIMEFebruary 3rd, 2018
RETURN TIMEFebruary 10th, 2018
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, swim suit, hat and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
  • 7 nights / 8 days Accommodations
  • Incredible Community
  • Airport Transfers to / from Airport
  • 1 – 2 Yoga Practices a day with Mary
  • Guided meditations with Mary
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding Classes, Workshops, and Adventures with Shawn Rodine
  • SUP Yoga Classes with Mary
  • 3 meals a day
  • Sunset Sail with Champagne/Wine Toast
  • Day Adventures to Natural Pools to swim, Arikok National Park & Caves in Park, Lighthouse/Sand Dunes, Snorkeling at Boca Catalina, North Coast
  • Swimming and Paddling at Baby Beach, Rogers Beach, Malmok Beach and Reef, Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina, Andicuri Beach, Moomba Beach, Manchebo Beach, Hadicurari Beach (scuba diving) (as many beaches as we can reasonably fit in!:))
  • Day or Night adventure to explore Carnival Celebration if time!
  • Wifi on site
  • Air Conditioning
  • Easy access to ocean and pool
  • Water and Tea during retreat
  • Eco-Conscientious Retreat Bag
  • Option to add private lessons with Mary Susan or Shawn
Optional Activities That Can Be Added At Cost:
  • Private Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Yoga, Meditation, or SUP Yoga lessons with Mary Susan or Shawn
  • Kitesurfing Lessons
  • Scuba Diving Lessons
  • Boat Tours
  • Submarine Tours
  • Extra Snorkeling Excursions
  • Surf Lessons in small waves
  • 4-wheel Island Tours
  • Photography Shoot
  • Sailing
  • Art Workshop
  • Massage/Spa services

Itinerary

ARUBA ~ BON BINI! WELCOME TO ARUBA!

Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond white-sand beaches, and gentle surf. Constant trade winds keep things cool and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in both its architecture, in which Dutch gables mingle with tropical pastels, and language, with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento.

Located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, 82-degree days, and some of the warmest people in the world.

The island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a total area of 70 square miles. We’re located just below the hurricane belt, and unlike many islands in the Caribbean, our climate is dry, so we rarely have a rainy day. On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, our capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).

In the interior of the island, you’ll find Arikok National Park, a desert like preserve with a variety of wildlife, cacti and dramatic rock formations. You’ll also find some of Aruba’s most striking views, as the ocean crashes against the rugged shoreline below.

On the northeast coast, along the windward shore, you’ll see our island’s unofficial mascots, the fofoti trees. The constant trade winds have permanently sculpted them into graceful, southwesterly bending forms.

Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters, Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges while swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away.

In contrast, the beaches along the windward coast are in more secluded and undeveloped areas. There are coves carved out of limestone, inlets formed by pounding waves, unique natural phenomena and craggy desert terrain. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming here is not recommended. Both coasts afford spectacular Caribbean views. All beaches are open to the public.

Get into the spirit of Aruba’s biggest party of the year – a month-long celebration with festive street parties known as “jump-ups” and spectacular parades. Lovelies of all ages strut their stuff at Carnival Queen elections, competing for the coveted crown. Aruba Carnivals events are remembered for their powerful music. Winning songs selected at  carnival competitions in Aruba include the best calypso with politically-charged lyrics and social commentaries, and the best road march with catchy lyrics and melodies and movements all perform together.

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Shawn Rodine

Shawn Rodine, owner and founder of Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, was born just a few blocks from Waikiki beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His love and longing to be around water started at a very young age and has never left.  His passion for water has taken him many places as a river guide, kayaker, fly fisher, triathlete and scuba diver.

He discovered SUP 10 years ago and fell in love instantly as it is the perfect way to discover new bodies of water, get a total body workout and become grounded while finding peace and balance.  Most importantly, Stand Up Paddleboarding allows you to capture that aloha spirit even when the ocean is far from sight.

In 2012, Shawn’s passion for Stand Up Paddleboarding and building community led him to found and establish Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, an independently owned and Boulder based company dedicated to the sport, lifestyle and community of stand up paddleboarding. Since establishment, RMP has since expanded to Longmont, CO with offerings on Union Reservoir, and more recently to Denver, CO with a new brick and mortar at the Cherry Creek Reservoir.


Mary Susan Stults

Southern Utah native Mary Susan Stults has been practicing Yoga for over 19 years since she was a young teen, surfing for 17 years, and paddling for over 6 years now. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Mary Susan was raised in Cedar City, a town in southwest Utah about an hour from Zion National Park. Mary Susan, an avid nature lover, grew up exploring the many hiking trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, canyons, and the endless outdoor beauty of Utah and Colorado with her friends and family. Despite growing up landlocked Mary grew up a deep love and appreciation for the ocean and water and that passion has only grown with each passing year.

After moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2001 to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has made Colorado her home for over 15 years. You can often find this nature lover hiking or biking on a trail, paddling, surfing, practicing yoga on the water, camping in the mountains or desert, or exploring her yoga practice outdoors! Mary Susan loves to share her passion for the outdoors and adventure with those around her, which has led her to plan and lead Yoga retreats and adventure Yoga, surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and hiking retreats in Colorado and abroad.

An absolute people person, Mary has taught Yoga for adults, all-ages, family, adaptive, tweens, teens, kids, and tots for over 5 years, and is a certified 1000+HR RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher, a WPA/Paddle Into Fitness Certified Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga teacher, certified Kids Yoga teacher, certified Adaptive Yoga teacher, and is known by all for her enthusiasm and positive outlook. Many describe her energy as contagious, finding her nurturing and patient style of teaching to be welcoming and supportive. She infuses her Yoga, SUP, and SUP Yoga classes, workshops, and retreats with her grounded yet light-hearted nature. For Mary, being a student of the practice of yoga is as important as being a teacher. When she is not working and teaching herself you can often find her in a teacher training or yoga intensive somewhere around the world with her forever teacher, Maty Ezraty with whom she has completed over 600+ hours of formal training. She hopes to help others delve into what it means to live well physically, mentally, and spiritually, by exploring and developing their own yoga practice, and translating the joy, strength, confidence, mindfulness, balance, and grace that we find on the mat, into our lives off the mat!

Mary Susan teaches Yoga, SUP, SUP Yoga, and Meditation for Amana Yoga Studio in Boulder, The Sol Shine in Denver, Altitude Paddleboards in Denver, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard, Urban Peak Shelter in Denver, and for her company’s, Float & Flow Yoga & SUP, and Adventure Yoga For Kids throughout Denver, Boulder, and beyond. Mary Susan leads adventure Yoga-SUP-Surfing retreats in Colorado, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Hawaii, and will be adding retreats in El Salvador, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Belize, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Columbia, Germany, Moab, Zion National Park, Sonoma, Telluride, and beyond over the years to come. She leads AYFK Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings several times a year through her company Adventure Yoga For Kids, and will be offering SUP & SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings through her company Float & Flow Yoga & SUP beginning in 2017. She also offers Yoga, Meditation, SUP, and SUP Yoga privates, small-group classes, corporate yoga classes, school groups, workshops, trainings, and events nationally and internationally.

She wholeheartedly believes that Yoga, Meditation, and Stand Up Paddleboarding are for everybody, and is passionate about sharing these gifts, as well as her love of nature, adventure, and the outdoors with all ages.

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During this Retreat To Paradise we’ll be tucked away in the beautiful, peaceful, and quiet Mango Halto area of Aruba in two private residences, one property that includes six apartments & bungalows across the street from the beach, and another property that includes a private pool and deck that is also within walking distance of the caribbean sea.

We’ll have some of Aruba’s best restaurants within minutes of where we stay, and the beach and sea at our fingertips.

This adventure and retreat is about inclusivity, intimacy, and lifestyle over luxury as we are sourcing private, affordable, and lovely island accommodations versus partnering with the expensive resorts in the high tourist areas this time around. We want to keep this incredible island adventure affordable and sustainable for all joining!

5 Mango Halto Ocean-Side Apartments:

  • Mango Halto Apartment Private Occupancy: $3,545
  • Mango Halto Apartment Shared Occupancy: $3,245
  • 2 Apts with 1 Queen Bed & 1 Queen Pullout Sofa (1-2 ppl) (single or double occupancy)
  • 1 Apt with 1 King & 1 Queen Pullout Sofa (1-2 ppl) (single or double occupancy)
  • 2 Apts with 1 Queen Bed (1-2 ppl) (single or double occupancy)

Mango Halto Pool House: 

  • Mango Halto Pool House Private Occupancy: $3,695
  • Mango Halto Pool House Shared Occupancy: $3,395
  • 2 Rooms w/Queen Bed (1-2 ppl) (single or double occupancy)
  • 1 Room w/King Bed (1-2ppl) (single or double occupancy)

Tour Reviews

February 25, 2017

My experience in Mary’s class was a rare journey through careful instruction of the fundamentals. Mary masterfully cues alignment while facilitating a sacred space and supporting a personal practice. She provides rich, detailed explanation of each posture, while allowing time to process and come into full expressions in silence. All levels can access and engage in her sequencing and selection of asanas. I would recommend Float & Flow to any student of yoga.

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