About this wellness retreat
What you will experience
Our bodies are a map of our emotions as they operate together providing the building blocks of our mental lives. So when we neglect one of them, how we think, feel, and act is affected. And when we intentionally move and stay present with the flow and sensation, our body gives us immediate feedback about what is really going on inside ourselves. This retreat will be much more than physical exercise for health, it will be a path to personal growth, a reminder that there is much more than just living within the confines of our physical body. By the end of our 109 Curaçao retreat you will be paying more attention to all that surrounds you. You will be more curious, humorous, empathetic, and caring, because after all the greatest sense of happiness and fulfillment comes from care for oneself matched with empathy and care for our world.
About the location
Where You'll Be Staying
Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island – sister of the islands of Aruba & Bonaire – and is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life. The capital, Willemstad, is famous for its pastel-colored colonial architecture, the floating Queen Emma Bridge and the sand-floored, 17th-century Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. For the duration of this retreat, we will be staying at the beautiful and Caribbean style Chogogo hotel. Situated on the island’s south coast, between the hills of the Jan Thiel Bay, all the good things the island has to offer will be at our fingertips: sun, sea, amazing food, daily yoga, beach workouts and of course, daily volunteer work helping the stray animal population on the island of Curaçao.
About the volunteer work
Curaçao Animal Rescue Foundation
As any other country, Curaçao also has its struggles. One of the biggest challenges the island is facing is the stray animal population. The number of neglected and abandoned dogs wandering the streets is truly disturbing. Despite many efforts by countless organizations, the problem still remains. So for this very reason 109 teamed up with the local non-profit, Curaçao Animal Rights Foundation (CARF), who has been tackling this problem with incredible dedication and forethought, rescuing hundreds of dogs since 2008. CARF rescues and re-homes abandoned, stray and neglected dogs and is the oldest hands-on no-kill animal rescue on the island of Curaçao. For this retreat, a portion of your ticket will go towards all the materials and supplies needed to fix and renovate CARF’s rescue home, so not only will you help to fund this project, but we will work together to bring it into fruition!
About the accomodation
For this retreat there are three types of accommodations at different costs for you to choose from, but no matter what you choose, all of the Chogogo options are beautiful, extremely comfortable, and immersed in the Curaçao nature. You can read about the accommodations below and decide which will be the perfect fit for you!
Option 1: Bungalow 2 twins shared room. The bungalows have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (with shower and toilet), a spacious living room with sitting area, dining table, TV, safe, open kitchen, dishwasher and a large furnished terrace. This Option 1 is for the room with 2 twin beds, so you will have one roommate. The second bedroom is a private one. This option costs US$2,500 per person.
Option 2: Bungalow private room. The bungalows have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (with shower and toilet), a spacious living room with sitting area, dining table, TV, safe, open kitchen, dishwasher and a large furnished terrace. This Option 2 is for the private room in the bungalow, so no roommates but you will share the bungalow with 2 other participants. This option costs US$2,800 per person.
Option 3: Private Studio. This is a completely private studio with spacious living/bedroom with two double beds, air conditioning, table and chairs, dining table, TV, safe, kitchenette, furnished terrace and a bathroom with shower and toilet. The studios have a view to the beautiful nature reserve behind the hotel. This option costs US$3,100 per person. If you would like to share this option with a friend, please email us at [email protected]
Please email us at [email protected] if you have any special request regarding accommodation or any question.
✓ 6 days, 5 nights lodging at Chogogo
✓ Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
✓ Transportation to and from the airport ( you will fly to Curaçao Hato International Airport – the airport code is CUR)
✓ Daily beach workouts with Laura Lochmann
✓ Closing ceremony
✓ All materials and supplies for volunteer work with CARF
✓ Optional excursions will be available at an additional cost including snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat tours
Meet the Team
This retreat is not possible without the hard work and brilliance of this wonderful team.
Yulady battled cancer successfully and continued to teach and practice yoga to help heal from her medical problems. Ever graceful and full of life, Yulady continues to inspire with her indomitable will to heal herself and teach her students how to persevere through any situation.
Gerald is known for his classes that focus on linking breath to movement with a heavy emphasis on core engagement and the interplay between the recruitment of different muscle groups. Gerald’s classes are designed to challenge you but also leave you peaceful and serene. By moving the body towards physical limits in asana, and connecting movement with breathe, his students learn how to unlock a new mental clarity and overall sense of wellbeing. He is the father of six beautiful children and the devoted husband of Yulady Saluti. If you want to be challenged, nurtured, and uplifted, Gerald has what you need!
When she is not at the gym, Laura enjoys reading realistic fiction and researching nutrition as well as getting outside and hiking, camping, or spending time with her dogs.
As a coach and leader, Laura wants to make sure that every person who walks in to class feels welcome and knows that no matter what the work out is they will get better that day. She feels that the best part about being a CrossFit coach is helping individuals achieve goals that they never thought possible.
Her role for this retreat will be coordinating with the 109 group on the flow of activities and answering any all questions they have.
Her role for this retreat will be as a liaison between the 109 group, our hosts and the local project.
His role during this retreat will be to film and photograph as is appropriate and in line with participants preferences and 109's guidelines. He will be active during the more interactive sessions and leave the more personal, intimate moments to be felt solely by the group.
His role during this retreat will be to photograph as is appropriate and in line with participants preferences and 109's guidelines. He will be active during the more interactive sessions and leave the more personal, intimate moments to be felt solely by the group.
Book Your Stay
For this retreat there are three types of accommodations at different costs for you to choose from, but no matter what you choose, all of the Chogogo options are beautiful, extremely comfortable, and immersed in nature. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any special request regarding accommodation.
Cancellation and Payment Policy
We collect a US$650 deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 60 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot and will not be refunded or transferred.
For the EARLY BIRD AND OTHER DISCOUNTED tickets, we also collect the US$650 deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 60 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot and will not be refunded or transferred. Full amount payment for early birds and discounted tickets is due November 16th, 2021.
Full payment for regular price ticket is due January 16th, 2022.
After January 16th, 2022 tickets must be purchased in full.
I came into this experience with unfathomable trauma, anxiety, depression and truly a loss of myself; yet, I left having redefined my self-love and self-care, strengthened my voice, and grown in love for another community and people. Through this week and all the experience beyond, I am learning that I truly am my own healer, hero and leader. Thank you for keeping my heart soft and until we meet again, may 109 continue to change the world with its presence, action and intention.Caitlin Beauchamp109 Mexico
I'm so thrilled at there being more and more opportunities for women to come together and see how much power we have communally. It is important for our thriving and survival to create environments where women can form coalitions rather than put each other down (which is what culture has been telling us to do for so long). So we truly need that safe space.Anastasia Standrik109 New York
This experience was so much more than I had expected. The professionalism around a difficult topic, the caring and supports in place for participants went beyond what I could have imagined. The yoga was again very professional, therapeutic but most of all fun! We became life long friends bonded by this mission and I believe that we will all come home and make a difference here in our communities as well.Lindsay Baker109 Sweden
I was looking for several months for a trip that would help rejuvenate my mind/body/heart and help me stay on a purposeful and happy path in life. When I saw this trip I knew it was exactly what I needed, and 109 did not disappoint! The group of women were all genuine, supportive, and so fun. The personal growth from practicing yoga, learning Muay Thai, and raw conversation was exactly what I needed to experience on the beautiful island of Samui.Emily Nelson109 Thailand