Duration: 04 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Price: $2995/person
  • Evolving Into Wholeness:
    A Meditation Retreat with Kimberly and Emmett

    Part of the beauty of being human is opening to the unknown evolution of ourselves, to let the fixed ideas fall away and experience ourselves dynamically as we shift and change. How do we stay open? How do we become still enough to  experience life revealing itself to us?

    Kimberly and Emmett will take us on a journey of adventure through the true evolving nature of ourselves that we may emerge ready to bring new levels of peace, awareness and joy into our every day.

    We will offer:
    Two meditation times and one inspirational talk per day, reflection exercises, group share, chant and music, and private consultations as desired. The retreat will also be recorded so you can take your unforgettable Galapagos experience home with you.

    Discover the Galapagos from the youngest and largest of its islands, Isabela. This bucket list destination will host us for the perfect combination of meditation and the magic of nature. Basing ourselves in a beach-front lodge at the edge of town, we’re perfectly set up to enjoy plenty of time for self-exploration while still heading out and about to experience the islands.

    Highlighted activities include snorkeling, hiking, beach-front relaxation, biking, and kayaking. Balance this adventure with time for two meditation and instructional sessions per day and we believe you have the perfect combination.

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  • In the itinerary below, you will see a statement from the instructor detailing what to expect from each meditation or instructional session as well as a summary of the day’s activities. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask. As always, this itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather, Galapagos National Park regulations, or other events.

    Day 1: Arrival

    Fly into the Baltra airport (GPS) on Santa Cruz island where a group representative will meet you and guide you through the bus, ferry, taxi ride to your home for the evening in the lovely town of Puerto Ayora.

    This evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner together and our first session with Emmett & Kimberly ending with a night meditation to tuck you into a sweet slumber.

    Day 2: Transfer to Isabela & Snorkel with Sharks

    Morning Meditation & Instructional Session

    This morning’s travel is rough but oh-so-worth the journey. Prepare for a 3 hour speed boat ride to our lovely beach-front home for the rest of the week on Isabela! Take time to settle in and rest this morning and enjoy lunch at your leisure in town.

    This afternoon, we head out to explore the Tintoreras where we have a short hike over a jagged lava field to a narrow channel where sharks rest. After the hike, enjoy time to snorkel, usually with sea turtles!! When we get back to the main dock, feel free to hang on to your snorkel gear and swim around with the penguins and sea lions before heading back to the lodge.

    Evening Meditation & Chant

    Day 3: Volcano Hike

    Early morning meditation

    Today, we’ll hike into the highlands to reach the most active volcano in the Galapagos. Marvel at the 10km wide caldera before continuing on to walk through the surreal landscapes of young lava fields full of lava tubes, colorful minerals, stunning vistas, and several different types of lava. We depart for the hike at 8am and the 5.5hr journey may be quite HOT as we cross black lava fields but the wild landscapes are absolutely worth it. We’ll have tons of water, sunscreen, and hats to combat the heat. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the hike under a lovely shade tree.

    Early Evening Meditation

    Post-Dinner night chant and music

    Day 4: Snorkel and Free Time

    A.M. Meditation & Inspirational Talk

    Today, enjoy the island at your leisure. Rent kayaks to paddle around the bay, take your snorkel gear back down to the pier to snorkel with penguins and sea lions, visit the tortoise breeding center, or simply enjoy the beach. If you want to take a trip up to the highlands to visit an old lava tube or are interested in biking, we can make this happen too! It’s your day.

    Evening Meditation

    Day 5: Tuneles Snorkeling

    Early Morning Meditation

    Today’s snorkel will be a longer journey, about 5 hours in total. We’ll head out at 8am to an area known as Tuneles. Here, we hike atop a lava field where tunnels formed as the molten rock hit the ocean forming what appear to be natural bridges over the aquamarine waters. After a short stroll atop the lava, we don our snorkel gear to swim under it! We’ll hope to swim with sharks & rays and will surely see colorful fish and perhaps a playful sea lion or two. Return to town in the late afternoon and enjoy some free time on the beach.

    Evening talk leading into group share & meditation

    Day 6: Wall of Tears Hike

    Morning Meditation

    Today’s activity is a combination of biking and hiking. We’ll travel out to an area known as Humedales which is essentially a long road that leads to an enormous wall made of lava bricks built by the first settlers of the islands…prisoners! Along the way, there are side trails such as an estuary where many blue-footed boobies rest, tidal pools where marine iguanas are plentiful, brackish lagoons frequented by flamingoes, and giant tortoises strolling along the trails.

    Sunset chant leading into the inspirational talk

    Evening meditation before bedtime

    Day 7: Return to Santa Cruz

    Ending ritual to bring your retreat to a climactic conclusion: meditation, music, and words will bring everything together

    We’ll take the afternoon ferry back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz in preparation for tomorrow’s departure flight. This evening, we will have a farewell dinner together and have time to stroll around the town.

    Evening Meditation

    Day 8: Departure

    Making our way back to the airport, we’ll say goodbye to the islands and each other. Want to stay longer in Ecuador and/or the islands? Just ask!

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  • For the majority of our retreat, we find ourselves at the edge of the world on Isabela Island in the lovely Casa de Marita. With its beach front location and homey charm, this home away from home is a lovely haven. From their website:

    “It’s hard to speak of paradise without losing credibility. It’s an ambitious concept that more properly fits somewhere in between the lines of doctrine and over-the-top advertising for holiday destinations.

    And yet, once you’ve experienced it, there seems to be no better way to describe what feels like a lost Eden hiding behind the horizon in the equatorial Pacific.

    Today, just about 2000 people inhabit Isabela, the largest, purest, most protected island in the Galapagos archipelago. They live in Puerto Villamil, a small, friendly village that houses both locals and travellers, as it becomes a part of one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

    In it, La Casa de Marita, Marita’s house (literally), started out as the home of a couple who, as Dante would have put it,“midway upon the journey of their life” 20 years ago, realized that life was actually about living.

    A home born of love is now so much more than a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Darwin’s inspiration. It’s a getaway from everything outside, a place for thought; a home in Eden.”

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  • Galapagos Meditation Retreat March 4- 12, 2017

    Galapagos Meditation Retreat Instructors (1) Reverend Kimberly Braun, M.A., CSP and Meditation Coach

    Kimberly has been devoted to meditation from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a monastic nun. Her Masters in theology was completed in 2001 in Washington D.C., and is concentrated upon the adult spiritual journey. As a CSP, keynote presentations are a primary tool in her personal mission to inspire others to live from the power and wisdom within them. Her style is playful, deeply inquiring, and intelligent in the synthesis of not only how to access this part of ourselves, but how to live from that place more consistently. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, TEDx speaker, meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute, and fellow seeker on the path to living freely. She has three CDs and a book now available about her time as a nun, Love Calls, Insights of a former Carmelite nun. Kimberly is now available for private sessions, keynotes, retreats and more. Stay in touch by visiting: www.kimberlybraun.com and www.EssenceMeditation.net

    Galapagos Meditation Retreat Instructors (2) Emmett Miller, MD, acclaimed as one of the fathers of Holistic Medicine, is a mind-body physician, psychotherapist, visionary, musician, healer, coach, and master storyteller. Dr. Miller pioneered the use of meditation and guided imagery in his practice for healing, spiritual empowerment, and peak performance, published the first deep relaxation/guided imagery tapes (1970), and helped create the now mainstream field of Complementary/Integral Medicine. His groundbreaking work in Mind-Body Medicine led to the creation of the deep multimedia website, DrMiller.com.

    His presentations, like his individual consultations, are highly experiential, using deep relaxation and inner imagery to evoke healing energy, inspiration, and peak performance. His goals at the community level are to tap transpersonal levels of individual inspiration and collective intelligence, and collective wisdom.

    Dr. Miller’s many publications include his expansive library of audio and video programs, the free offerings on DrMiller.com, such as his Healing Times Newsletter, and his weekly internet radio show, Conversations With Extraordinary People, which hosts in-depth conversations with thought leaders, healers, creative thinkers, and inspired doers. He is well known for his depth, wisdom, and warm, engaging personality. You will find the time you spend with him very rewarding.

  • To register for your Galapagos Meditation Retreat simply fill out the form below.  If you have any questions or special requests, please make sure to include them in the message. Bienvenidos!!

  • What is included?

    *7 Nights Accommodation based on double or triple occupancy
    * Transfers between the Baltra airport (GPS) and Puerto Ayora**
    * Ferry to and from Isabela from Puerto Ayora**
    * Daily meditation & instructional schedule to be determined by the instructor
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip with snorkeling to Tuneles
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip with snorkeling to Tintoreras
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip to Humedales/Wall of Tears
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip to Sierra Negra Volcano
    * Snorkeling and swimming on all day tour boat excursions
    * Snorkel equipment for water excursions
    * 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners (alcohol NOT included)
    * All applicable sales and hotel taxes
    **NOTE: Transfers are guaranteed only on arrival/departure day

    What are some costs not included? (please note that this is not an exhaustive list but includes the most common “extra” expenses)

    * Airfare (both international and domestic)
    *$100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee (payable only in cash upon entrance into the islands)
    *$20 Transit control card
    *Meals that are not listed as included on your detailed itinerary (5 lunches & 5 dinners)
    *Items of a personal nature not limited to: shopping, laundry, postage, etc
    *Any activities you choose during your flexible day (listed in the detailed itinerary as Day 4)

    What airport do I fly into?
    You will be traveling to Baltra Airport (GPS) in the Galapagos. Many international flights require an overnight in Guayaquil (GYE) or Quito (UIO), Ecuador so plan on arriving on the mainland at least one day prior to the first day of your retreat.

    Flight schedules work best if you purchase two separate flights. The first is the international leg getting you to either Guayaquil or Quito the day before the retreat begins. The second leg is the domestic flight from GYE or UIO out to the islands. Please arrive at your leisure on Day 1 of the retreat and depart at your leisure on Day 9 of the retreat. There is a NEW option to purchase this domestic airfare through AAS. Please ask if you have not been offered this option!

    Please feel free to contact us if you would like help arranging transport, hotels, activities, guides, etc for time on the mainland before or after your retreat.

    Do I need a passport/visa?
    US citizens do need a valid passport to visit Ecuador and this passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your dates of travel. No entry visa application is required at this time. US citizens are automatically granted a 90-day visitor visa per year upon entry. If you have visited Ecuador within the past year, please check into your visa requirements.

    Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

    What wildlife should I expect to see?
    Animal sightings are never guaranteed and every retreat is different, but you are sure to be blown away. Expect marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs, golden rays, sea lions, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks and giant tortoises…to name a few.

    What is the electrical currency/outlet in Ecuador?
    Ecuador uses the same plug and currency as the US (110-120V) but some outlets do not accept the third prong so an adapter may be helpful.

    Is there internet access on property?

    It is recommended that you assume you will not have internet access during your retreat. Isabela Island only received electricity in the year 2000 and is quite remote. While many establishments do have WiFi access, the signal is weak at best and is unreliable.

    Can I drink the water?
    No. Do not drink from the tap. Fresh and filtered water is available for refilling your water bottles. Please use this filtered water for brushing your teeth too!

    What do I need to bring?
    You will receive a full packing list upon registration.

    Do I need travel insurance?
    This retreat is quite an investment and life is uncertain. We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance including trip cancellation coverage in the event that an unforeseen situation arises. All guests of Amazon Andes Sky are required to carry international emergency medical coverage. Your current health insurance plan or coverage provided by your credit card (if you purchase travel with the card) may already include emergency international coverage. Check with these suppliers before you purchase a separate policy.

    What is the weather on the islands?
    June to November is the garua season.  Water temperatures are in the low 70′s and mornings are often foggy.  Generally, the cloud cover burns off as the day wears on and the equatorial sun can be quite hot.  Rain is common in these months.

    December to May is considered the ‘warm’ season with ocean temperatures in the high 70′s, hot day temperatures and little to no wind.  Strong rain storms can blow in and out during this time of year though they usually don’t last more than a couple of hours.