Saint Lucia to Host “Elevate Yourself” Third Annual Health & Wellness Retreat to Kick-off Health & Wellness Month in November

Written by Yndiana Montes

From November 1 to 3, 2013, the idyllic setting of Saint Lucia is once again host to a roster of renowned health, fitness and wellness experts during the third Annual Health & Wellness Retreat: “Elevate Yourself.” Noted experts include Cat Cora, the only female Iron Chef winner, and Gabrielle Bernstein, featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, who join premier yoga practitioner John Schumacher along with island-based experts in exercise, weight loss and Tai Chi.

During the three-day retreat this group of experts will provide nutritional, wellness, health, relaxation and beauty advice, tips and hands-on experiences through beachside clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations, wellness seminars and sunrise mediations.

A day rate of $200 per person is available to nationals and a number of the island’s top hotels are offering discounted rates starting at $75 per night. For hotel rates, a complete schedule and more information, visit

131101-yoga-02“Saint Lucia has a reputation as a tranquil, rejuvenating and even spiritual destination, with a number of resorts widely recognized for their world-class spa and wellness programs,” said Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “Our reputation as a sporting destination is growing as well, and the Health & Wellness Retreat the first weekend of November is the beginning of a month-long focus on Saint Lucia as an active vacation leader.”

Rounding out Health & Wellness month, Saint Lucia will host its first international triathlon, November 22 – 23, challenging participants to swim, bike and run picturesque Pigeon Island. Triathlon organizer Human Race is the largest and most diverse mass participation events company in the United Kingdom hosting over 55 events each year. Human Race Director John Lunt organized the amazing Olympic Triathlon at London 2012. For more information on the Saint Lucia Triathlon, visit

Retreat to “Lift the Senses”
With time built-in for relaxation and island exploration, the Health & Wellness Retreat will take place in locales across Saint Lucia, from Pigeon Island National Park near the capital of Castries to the natural mud baths of Sulphur Springs in the southwestern town of Soufriere, near the UNESCO World Heritage Pitons.

The diverse program will be led by renowned experts in the wellness field including:

  • Cat Cora, known for being the first and only female iron chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and best-selling author, will lead healthy cooking demonstrations and host the seminar entitled “Elevating your Living.”
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of “May Cause Miracles,” motivational speaker, life coach, and founder of, a social networking and mentoring website for women, will lead seminars on ‘Living a Miraculous Life’ as well as morning meditation.
  • John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center and one of only 13 certified advanced lyengar yoga teachers in the U.S., will lead daily yoga sessions on the basic postures and breathing exercises that energize and center the body.
  • Dani Devaux, creator of Blood, Sweat and Tears fitness program, will lead multiple sunset beach boot camps based on her high intensity interval training program, designed for all fitness levels.

Each day retreat guests will find a choice of seminars, activities such as guided Rain Forest hikes, beachside Tai Chi and Yoga, and healthy cooking demonstrations led by the experts, as well as the opportunity to indulge in the natural therapeutic benefits of Soufriere’s mineral and mud baths.

The third annual ‘Elevate Yourself’ Health and Wellness Retreat is proudly supported by corporate partners LUCELEC, Blue Waters, Lazy Lagoon, The Wave, Saint Lucia Export TEPA and Yoplait.

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About the author

Yndiana Montes

For over 25 años, Yndiana Montes has traveled around the Caribbean to promote the tourist attractions of this beautiful region of our continent. She currently lives in Wilmington, NC (USA), from where she runs Solocaribe Inc.